Is Lost Relics a scam? The answer is a resounding NO. This game is legit and one of the best blockchain game out there. It is rather normal for people to be suspicious in the world of crypto and in this article we will answer some of the questions that players may have regarding the legitimacy of the game.
Is Lost Relics really free to play?
Yes, Lost Relics is a free to play (f2p) game. The game allows you to play without paying anything. You can loot valuable blockchain items regardless if you are a paying player (member) or a free player.
When a new player discovers that better weapons cost money, while he can’t loot weapons because they are very rare, he might start thinking that the game forces him to pay to play, even go as far as call it a scam. However, this reaction is not common, most players understand that better weapons are supposed to be valuable because if they’d drop easily, they would have no value.
The game offers a lot of benefits to free players. If you compare it to other f2p games, it’s quite generous. Which other f2p games give you a chance to loot items worth thousands of dollars or even more? The game isn’t even pushy on buying membership. Most players who buy membership do it to support the game, since you can enjoy a lot of it just by being a free player (also read: Is it worth buying a power pendant?).
Is Lost Relics really Play to Earn?
Yes, Lost Relics is a play to earn (PTE) game. The issues that some players have is due to their expectations. Usually a new player saw a video on YouTube about this wonderful game that made him $17/hour or a fixed $$$ amount and they expect the same to happen to them. But the revenue is not predictable, it’s based on luck (read this too: How much can you earn?).
Transferring items requires huge gas fees
This happens sometimes, due to the nature of the blockchain and the free market, it’s beyond anyone’s control since it’s a decentralized chain. If you’re new to the blockchain space, it’ll be hard to assimilate all the information about how Ethereum blockchain works and why can the gas fees increase so much.
High gas fees can upset players so they’ll blame it on the game and call it a scam, but if you think about it, the gas fee is distributed to the miners, it doesn’t go to the developer of the game, so there’s no gain for him. High gas fees affect both players and developers, it’s something beyond everyone’s control.
The issues of high gas fees started in 2020 when the DeFi space got popular and the volume of transactions exploded on the Ethereum blockchain. In 2021, the crypto bull run came with huge price pumps along with blockchain usage so the gas fees increased even higher.
The blockchain gaming ecosystem had to find solutions to survive. Similarly, the developer of Lost Relics fixed this issue by creating an offline blockchain marketplace in-game (read more here: bc marketplace), which is functioning nicely while eliminating the gas fee problem.
If a player gets banned from chat (in-game) he may become upset and call the game a scam. The chat banning works automatically, there’s no moderator banning you directly. If you get reported by too many players you’ll get banned from chat, but you’ll be able to chat again later or the next day. This happens when players don’t respect the chat rules, usually because of link promotion or whining/tantrums.
You can also get banned from the game if you cheat. As any blockchain game, there’s a lot of anti-cheating systems put in place, to ensure that people are discouraged from using exploits and bots. A cheating player that gets banned can become vengeful, trying to ruin the game reputation by posting online, telling people to stay away, so on.
Who are the developers?
For someone new, wondering if the game is legit, it’s important to know about the team behind the project. Shady developers or straight up anonymous teams are often correlated with scam projects, but Lost Relics isn’t like that.
Who is Cliff Cawley?
The sole-developer, Cliff Cawley is very transparent, he has a face to the name, he does video interviews when he has the time (see one of his interviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrgyrJgyYCk).
Cliff has a strong background in the gaming industry, he has worked for over 20 years doing programming/engineering and design for games such as: Battlestar Galactica, Trainz, Happy Feet Two (the game) and others.
Players who have been with him in the last 2 years, know a lot about him because he used to talk to players almost daily. With such a tight relationship, older players know even his sleeping schedule, they know he lives in Australia, they know he got married in the fall of 2019, he loves rock music and he’s a great cook. He’s very hard working, he has worked 2 years on Lost Relics, almost 7 days a week, 10-12 hours per day.
How to contact Cliff?
Cliff used to receive private messages from players all day long on his telegram and discord accounts, but that was because there were only a few hundred players. In the meantime (since the end of 2020, beginning of 2021) the player-base exploded to tens of thousands of player and he simply doesn’t have the time to talk to all of them.
If you want to submit feedback, use the discord channel, for suggestions and bugs. If you need customer support, use the official website (lostrelics.io).
New players may have the feeling that they can’t reach him so a few of them will become suspicious about the game as a whole especially combined with the feeling of unmet loot expectations.
Can’t cash out?
When you just discovered a play-to-earn game, you want to see if you can cash out. If you can’t do it, you’ll become suspicious and think that the game is, maybe, a scam.
Lost Relics always had an option to transfer items out and sell them on blockchain marketplaces at your sole discretion. But then the gas fees increased and people started complaining that it costs too much to transfer items out, sometimes players didn’t even pay attention to fees just to realize later that they paid more in fees than what the items were worth. To prevent this situation, Cliff added a limit to the gas fees, so that people don’t spend too much on fees accidentally, also you had to buy transfer crystals instead of ETH balance, making the process less prone to accidents. But this also prevented transfer-outs when the fees were too high.
In June-July 2021, the blockchain marketplace changed all this, with the introduction of the shadowstones (see: What are Shadowstones?). Making it possible to sell blockchain items in-game for shadowstones. But because the implementation is so new, there is no option to cash out as in converting the shadowstones to JENJ yet (see: what is JENJ) because Cliff still has a lot to implement (legal procedures, maybe even adding KYC).
You can still transfer out blockchain items on the mainnet (Ethereum blockchain) using transfer crystals (see: How to sell bc items) if the items are minted on the network. Newer blockchain items (since the beginning of 2021) aren’t minted yet (as a consequence of the high gas fees) but they will, on Jumpnet (2nd layer).
I can’t transfer out because I’m not verified
To find out more about verification read this: https://lostrelics.info/faq/whats-my-reputation-or-verification-score/
You might get a message that you’re not verified, but it will go away after a while, like it did for many thousands of players, just keep playing.
Cliff is trying to create a robust system that allows players to transfer their items, cash out, without bugs and exploits, while keeping all the legal aspects in check, and this takes time, so it’s a work in progress right now.