Despite launching over a year ago, we haven’t covered Galaktika before because, well, they weren’t really a game! Started by a couple of artists who have some vague idea of merging NFT artwork and community, Galaktika has pivoted and begun building a mission oriented, staking game with an interesting twist. And hot on the heels of their gameplay update is a sale for the newest Civilization, the mystical Axolotl!
Built on the WAX blockchain, Galaktika began as an art project. And this is pretty obvious when you look at the cards. The art style is not something you will typically see in any game, much less a space game. It sparkles with a surreal effervescence that immediately catches the eye, with each rarity level bolder than the last. Galaktika also donates to charitable causes with every sale. Donations from the Axolotl sale go to the Indian Orphan Mission.
The Galaktika collection includes several types of cards, including Portals which provide ongoing airdrops of Sparks and Cosmic Sparks. These Spark NFTs will be needed to fuel missions. They are also used for crafting rare Krystals, another type of fuel.
The Galaktika team recently released an updated whitepaper and a series of medium articles to lay out their plans and vision for the game. There is no war or galactic conflict or PvP. Instead, Galaktika is a game of peaceful exploration and community engagement.
The Galaktika game plays out over three day cycles, or Epochs. For each Epoch, every civilization offers three missions — mining, exploration, and invention. Players may choose one mission type per civilization, for a maximum of five missions total. One day one, those with GLK, the Galaktika token, may stake GLK to their selected missions. Staking GLK opens up the ability to stake more NFTs on the missions on day two. Any staked GLK is returned to the owners at the end of the Epoch.
But here’s the twist. Increasing the amount of staked GLK on a mission, also increases the chance of mission failure. If everyone just loads onto the same mission, it’s more likely that no one will receive any rewards. So there’s some room for strategy here. Do you stake your NFTs to missions as soon as possible to make sure you get on board and hope it doesn’t get overloaded? Or do you wait until the last minute to try and pick the best option in regards to risk vs reward? Greed vs community?
On day two, players may stake NFTs to join missions, whether or not they staked GLK on day one. Joining missions requires specific NFTs, randomly chosen from the associated Civilization. Players may stack up to three cards into each slot, more if they staked GLK on day one (up to a maximum of 10). Players also have the option of increasing their mission power by adding Special cards, Resource cards (Spark and Krystal NFTs), and Synergy cards. Cards with low mint numbers (1-10) multiply the overall mission power.
Everyone who joined a mission receives rewards on success, with those who staked more GLK and mission power earning a larger portion. Missions reward both GLK tokens and NFTs. The type of NFTs depends on the mission. Mining missions find Spark NFTs, while exploration missions and invention missions discover fragments. Use the fragments to expand the associated civilization. Why? I’m not completely sure. I suppose this will feed into the later ‘Phase 2’ release, where players can use their governance votes to help shape the galaxy.
Sales for the first four Civilizations already came and went, though you can find cards and even unopened packs on the secondary markets. However, the sale for the most recently released civlization , the Axolotl, is still ongoing. The packs are pre-minted, meaning that more valuable low mint cards could be in any pack!
Packs for this sale come in two styles, small and big. Small packs cost $13 (payable in WAX or Nefty tokens), while large packs cost $25. The big packs contain 20 cards, the small 8. Each pack also includes one Spark (or Cosmic Spark), and one Avatar card. Avatar cards will be used for galactic governance in a later update. There are also ultra rare Bounty NFTs and 1/1 Satoships to be found in this collection.
Players who collect a full set of a Civilization card in one rarity will receive a special Fleet card of the same rarity. If you collect all rarities of a card, you will receive a Supernova version of the card. Snapshot for these rewards to be revealed at a later date.