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Alien Worlds guide: How to play to earn

Alien Worlds is the largest decentralized play to earn metaverse.

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What is Alien Worlds?

Alien Worlds is a blockchain-based metaverse where players can play to earn NFTs. Players get the opportunity to mine the token TLM, battle other explorers and earn commission from their virtual real estate. Launched only in December 2020, the game had broken through 200,000 users in August 2021.

What is the metaverse?

The metaverse is a term referring to a virtual world within a digital environment where people and technologies interact. The term was coined by author Neal Stephenson in his 1992 work of fiction: Snow Crash. The book referred to a 3D virtual world populated by humans as avatars.

Metaverse is an amalgam of the words “meta”, which means “beyond”, and “universe”. In recent years, the book has been an inspiration for Silicon Valley creatives, who have come up with dozens of games all using the metaverse concept.

How does play to earn work within Alien Worlds?

Currently, you can play and earn on Alien Worlds by mining Trillium (TLM). For this, you need mining tools and access to some land with potential Trillium deposits.

Landowners get a commission when mining happens on their land. If you’re not a landowner, you will have to part with 20% of the payout.

If you have not invested any money in Alien Worlds, you have only a shovel to start playing. However, you can still travel to different planets to find Trillium. NFTs can also be discovered during mining. Luck statistics of the tools used determine your chances of finding avatars or even new and more powerful mining tools.

Between mining sessions, your tools need to cool down. Rare mining tools take longer to cool, while common tools like the standard shovel can cool in 30 minutes.

TLMs mined can be exchanged on Alcor while NFTs can be sold on AtomicHub.

What is Trilium?

Trilium (TLM) is the native utility token of Alien World. TLM motivates players to participate in games and stake their tokens to take part in the platform’s governance. Trilium plays the following roles in the Alien Worlds metaverse:

  • Governance. Staking TLM allows users to participate in governance and earn rewards.
  • NFTs. Users acquire NFTs by purchasing them with TLM, by mining, and by engaging in competitions.
  • In-game quests. Participating in all in-game quests requires users to have TLM.

TLM on Ethereum

Ethereum supports trillium through the MetaMask wallet. Ethereum sets a minimum amount of TLM that can be transferred due to the high gas fees on the network. Moving TLM to or from the Ethereum blockchain requires gas fees. Thus, you need to have some ETH in your MetaMask wallet whether you’re moving these tokens to or from the Ethereum blockchain.

Trillium on Binance Smart Chain

TLM can also be moved into or out of the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). On the BSC mainnet, it is implemented as an ERC20 smart contract with the address 0x2b7e5869d5e8c77e38529474325cdd6a61cd947a. Like Ethereum transactions, moving TLM to or from BSC requires gas. This means you need to load some BNB (Binance Coin) onto the MetaMask wallet before moving TLM tokens.

Trillium on WAX

TLM is also available on WAX and can be moved to and from both Ethereum and BSC. The minimum TLM that can be sent either way is 100. To use TLM on WAX, you need a WAX cloud wallet that runs on web browsers. The wallet can then be linked to Ethereum using MetaMask.

How can I mine Trilium?

To get started on mining Trilium, you’ll need an account on either Binance Chain, WAX or Ethereum.

Then, follow the below steps.

Pick a planet

Choose a planet. Each planet will show you the amount of Trilium that can be mined there.

Choose a land

Next, choose a piece of land. Depending on your stake in TLM, you may have your own lands to mine. Before choosing a land, you may want to consider a few things:

  • Commission rate. If you don’t already have your own land, the commission rate is the fraction of the TLM you mine that will pay the landowner.
  • Yield multiplier. Some lands have more luck depending on their terrain. For example, lands with volcanoes have more yield. However, these lands also make you wait longer to mine them.
  • Charge time. Charge time refers to how long you have to wait before mining again.
  • NFT luck multiplier. NFT luck multiplier refers to the probability of receiving an NFT from a mining expedition.

Choose your tools

If you’re new to the game, you’ll get a shovel. However, the game’s launch pack should provide you with more tools. Each tool features statistics that determine how much Trilium you can mine at a go. It’s possible to use 3 tools simultaneously.

Click mine

Once everything is set up, click on the Mine button and get started.

What are planet DAOs?

Alien Worlds features decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) that allow TLM holders to choose council candidates and distribute the token to various holders.

What is inside an Alien World NFT Pack?

Alien Worlds features different types of NFTs. They include:

Rarity and Shininess

Rarity refers to how hard it is to find a digital item in Alien Worlds. Rarity has 6 levels: Abundant, Common, Rare, Epic, Legendary and Mythical.

Shininess refers to the process of shining NFTs, which turns them into either stone, gold, stardust, antimatter or XDimension. Two lower-level items can be combined to create a single shinier item. All NFTs can be shined, except land. To “shine” an NFT, Trilium is required.


In Alien Worlds, Land is a game card on a planet. If you own land, that ownership is represented by your game card. Different types of land have different values. There are different types of land, including tree forest, geothermal springs, icy desert, dunes, mountains, rocky coastline, rocky crater, active volcano, dormant volcano and plains. Landowners can earn a commission from the percentage of mining rewards.


Tools are game cards with which players can mine Trilium on land. You can use different tools at once. Also, tools differ in terms of strengths and weaknesses. For example, a Lucky Drill works way better than a Standard Drill.


Minions are NFTs that players use in battles. Minions can be equipped with weapons or gain extra power from specific weapons. The minions on the losing end of the battle will lose their health and need to be healed in the Federation Hospital.


Weapons are NFTs that minions can use in battles. Weapons have an attack and a defence rating. Weapons that are damaged during battle need to be repaired in the Weapon Repair Shop in order to restore their usefulness.


These are game cards that represent you (the player) in the Alien Worlds game. The different types of avatars include Robotrons, Little Green Persons, Nordics and Greys. Avatars do not currently (November 2021) have any effect on gameplay, but they’re still fun to collect.

How can I earn commission on my land?

You can start earning commission on your land by buying, then opening your Land Pack. When you open your Land Pack, it allows explorers to mine your land, whereby you can earn a percentage of their mining payout.

How can I stake Trilium?

On Alien Worlds, the planets are competing for the scarce Trilium. Staking your Trilium in 1 planet increases the amount of TLM staked in that planet. You can stake TLM to support planet DAOs and receive TLM rewards in return. Staking commits your Trillium to a planet and you cannot unstake until 2 days lapse.

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