MY BITCOIN STORY

Bitcoin is seen as many things to different people.  Some people see it as a currency used for value exchange, some see it a volatile digital asset that “is not backed by anything”, some see it as a brilliant use case of blockchain technology.

The bitcoin is simply a ‘crypto’currency built on the blockchain to allow person to person value transfer without restrictions from any central body.

We might have also heard the term “Decentralization” used a lot. This simply means that there is no central authority governing the bitcoin network, its governance is overseen by anyone who cares to join the governing network.

This story will start from breaking up the word cryptocurrency into two distinct parts:

  1. Crypto: Crypto comes from the word cryptography which is the art of securing communication in the presence of enemies or adversaries 
  2. Currency: Currency is simply a medium of exchange of goods and services.

Combining both definitions in layman terms we can simply say cryptocurrency is the technique of exchanging goods and services in a secure way in the presence of enemies.

Anyone can read this story but it can get quite technical at some point. At any point you are unable to understand the technical parts, please go and learn about that topic and come right back. I will try my best to add links to resources where you can learn and practice each technical concept.

I will start my journey by focusing on the Crypto part of the Cryptocurrency. A complete understanding of this part is sufficient to describe how the cryptocurrencies work and why the idea is brilliant.

CRYPTO-[CRYPTOGRAPHY]

Cryptography is not a modern technique. It is as old as man. In the ancient times, cryptography mostly focused on message confidentiality(or encryption). For example rearranging “Hello Ugo, how are you?”  to “llHeo oUg, ouy rea woh”? Was a common cryptographic technique employed in the past. See more about history of cryptography here

Cryptography is very important to the study of cryptocurrencies because it provides the following services

  1. Confidentiality – Assurance that information is only available to authorized people.
  2. Integrity – Assurance that information is only modifiable by the authorized person
  3. Authentication – Assurance about the identity of a person or the validity of the source of a message
  4. Non-Repudiation – Assurance that someone can’t deny something

Mathematics sits at the core of cryptography and I will be introducing a few mathematical concepts below. Don’t be scared I have added links to resources that will make learning these concepts fun.

We will be looking at:

  1. Prime Numbers
  2. Sets
  3. Groups(Abelian Groups)

Please make sure you study these concepts before you proceed so my story can be more exciting to you.

So because I don’t trust you. I want you to prove to me you studied the topics above by solving the questions below. Share your answer on the google form(code_name, picture of your solution and goofy picture of you holding your solution). Best goofy picture with a correct solution gets $10 worth of Bitcoin and txId will be shared on a list of My Bitcoin stories beneficiaries. Please try and provide proofs where necessary.

Prime Number Questions
  1. Question 1
  2. Question 2
Set Questions
  1. { Question 1, Question 2, Question 3, Question 4 }
Groups
  1. Pick any question online and solve it. Then share with me.

NEXT TOPICS: SYMMETRIC AND ASYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY

Partnership with Wicrypt, a service that enables users to get paid while sharing their Wifi. Wicrypt uses a proprietary peer to peer internet sharing protocol and leverages the power of the blockchain to enable Individuals(Agents) to resell data providing internet within certain areas (residential and commercial locations).

To use this service, the users can download the app from Google Playstore and Apple app store and top up their wallets via bank transfer, USSD, or cards. Users who can’t download the app can also connect to the service using a voucher.

Once a user is in a location where the Wifi is available (Enugu Wifi Zone), they will be able to connect to the wifi instantly using a router code generated from their Wicrypt mobile app or using a voucher code purchased from an Enugu Wifi Agent or from the Wifi Home page.

Enugu SME Center will be the super-agent with other agents under the Enugu SME Center. From the Dashboard, the Enugu SME Center will know what each Enugu Wifi Agent makes monthly and deducts from the source to repay the loans given to them to buy the router, the range extender, power bank and initial 100GB of data for reselling. We believe that on average each Enugu Wifi Agent can make between ₦150,000 – ₦200,000 in a month.

Cryptobarons to speak at the Crypto Games Conference; Minsk 2018.

With Crypto Games becoming a huge force and crypto-bound games springing forth in a sneeze, the need for a developer-investor gathering was absolutely necessary hence the Crypto Games Conference. The Conference is a unique and exclusive gaming event where developers, entrepreneurs, and investors meet and discuss the world of cryptocurrencies as well as the blockchain technology development.

The Gaming Conference which boasts of well over 600 professionals in attendance with up to 50 speakers from around the world is scheduled to have it’s next stop at Minsk, Belarus from 17th-18th October, 2018. The Crypto Barons team are not only going to be present, but also will be one of the speakers at the event.

The conference is poised to unite the worlds of games, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and other cutting edge technologies together, while discussing the profound implications of their convergence to discover the new opportunities that result from their synergies.

To read morehttps://cryptogames.events/

 

CB: Progress Updates and Barons Awakening Game Release.

Hello everyone. We know you’ve waited a while for some updates and we have good news. We’ve really been working hard to put things in place and get everything ready for a smooth release and we can tell you that you’ll love what we’ve cooked.

CryptoBarons was selected as one of the finalists for alto.io Cryptogame challenge and the demo version of the game has already been sent for review. Let me tell you a little secret about it… sshhh!! Don’t tell anyone yet. Its awesome; you can purchase ERC 721 cryptoassets and … Yes!!! you can fight battles   Since our last update, we have made a number of modifications in our game design, logo, gameplay etc. to bridge the gap between blockchain games and everyday games that can be downloaded on Google Playstore and Apple App Store.The game is quite interactive and soon enough, you would be able to compete with your friends when playing the game.

CRYPTOBARONS — BARONS AWAKENING

Over 3,000 years ago, there existed the era of Barons who were an unstoppable force in war and had an unbreakable bond between them.
While the Barons enjoyed their victory over the Banditians (Kingdom of thieves) in the cool of the night, Sparda poisoned their drinks and sent them into a deep sleep. While the Barons slept, Sparda harvested their souls as sacrifice to the dark lord Amheh.

This is the intro story for the mini-game which we have released as a preamble to the Main version of the game which will be released much later in October this year. In this mini-game you can buy the game assets such as Soldiers, Workers, Farm, Gold mine, Defence mechanisms, Barracks etc. You can gather food, wood and even upgrade your assets too. All these game assets you have purchased in mini-game will also be available when the Main version of the game is launched, by the power of the blockchain.

STEPS TO PLAY THE GAME

Getting Started
To set up an account, click on the Register link provided and sign up with a valid Email Address.
An Ethereum address will be generated for you and mapped to the Email provided. If you already have an account, you can login with your existing Email and Password.

Viewing Your Profile
To view your profile, chest items or transaction history, click the Profile link on the top header.

Purchasing Baron Tokens
Purchase Baron Tokens from your profile page by clicking on the “Purchase Tokens” tab. You have an option of paying with your credit/debit card (Mastercard or Visa) or with Ethers.

Acquiring Game Assets
Purchase Game Assets from the market place with your Baron Tokens, Ethers or Smart Card.
The purchased assets will be mapped to your Ether address.

Barons Awakening: Game Intro
Navigate to Barons Awakening and input your password to continue.
Every Baron is expected to gather resources from their production buildings, and upgrade available buildings in preparation of the War of Barons.

                                                           Screenshot of gameplay

Remember, we’re currently selling Baron tokens at a discounted rate. Buy tokens, buy assets, play the mini-game, upgrade your assets and have fun. The marketplace to resell assets will be released soon and players will trade cryptos for money.

Join the discussion in our community:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/crypto_barons
Telegram: https://t.me/cryptobaronsgame
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoBarons
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cryptobaronsgame
Website: https://cryptobarons.io/#/home/index

KIN Developer Program; WiCrypt, the next big thing?

Cryptocurrencies or magic internet money, anything you wish to call it, is fast becoming the future of online trading. How long will it be in play??? That’s still a huge debate amongst developers but one thing is certain and that’s the need for more crypto-bound apps!

With increasing online transactions, there is a massive need for platforms enabling easy payment and receipt for services provided and also for swift transferability… Still wondering where WiCrypt comes in?

The Kin Developer Program, is a modelled initiative that will empower developers to successfully create KIN-powered apps, or build KIN-powered experiences into their existing apps with more than 200 developers from over 37 countries around the world proposing new and innovative use cases for KIN over the past few months, with WiCrypt, a product of Ugarsoft Limited being 1 out of the 40 selected finalists in the KIN Developer Program.

WiCrypt enables its users to get paid while sharing their WiFi (Now tell me what beats that, really!). The app is so unique, it allows peer-to-peer internet sharing, giving you your deserved reward for sharing your mobile data. Users can easily purchase a connection to a WiCrypt hotspot using KIN while the hosts will earn KIN in return for providing internet connection. And when you think it’s all over…BOOM! Users get to receive bonuses for high ratings from those who have used their internet connection. (Now I’m certain nothing beats that!).

WiCrypt (which by now I guess you already know is the first of its kind), leverages the Blockchain and allows users to receive payments per kilobyte of their WiFi data consumed by a beneficiary, allowing the user having the freedom to set desired price per kilobyte of data consumed.  The app which is an inbuilt wallet will verify the beneficiary has enough cryptocurrency to start using the service and automatically disconnects the beneficiary when the money is exhausted.

With WiCrypt, the problems of expensive internet services, unavailability of service from service providers at specific locations, unavailability of internet services for tourists and underutilization of abundant internet connection by Individuals/Companies that do not exhaust their excess data or have unlimited internet connection have all been solved.

 

 

 

St. Petersburg and the White Night Conference!

Russia, Russia, Russia! This country has been mentioned side by side with the words “World Cup” in recent times (by the way, congrats to France on lifting the trophy). However, as goals were being scored and clear cut chances thrown away, a certain number of people from various nations but of course with like-minds were assembling in Russia, and it wasn’t to see Paul Pogba lift the trophy but rather for the Nevosoft sponsored International Business Conference for Game Industry at the White Night in the green beautiful city of St. Petersburg.

 

The conference which takes place three times a year has had its first two editions at Berlin and St. Petersburg respectively, with the next stop being Moscow later in the year. The White Night event literally was a “White Night” (means the night never got completely dark, so most of the period of the night, which should be dark was bright just like daytime; had something to do with the season and the geolocation of that area). Amazing… I know right!

The event attracted influential professionals and top managers in the gaming sector with more than 4,000 gamers in attendance. As expected, our Cryptobarons team was there live together with Industry-leading companies like Supercell, Rovio, Big Fish, Wargaming, Pixonic, Facebook, Google and many others.

On arrival we were treated to a Welcome party, creating an atmosphere for fun and creative interaction between like-minds, breeding a scenario to explain the technology behind the game; Cryptobarons, to other blockchain developers, gamers and tech enthusiasts who were excited to see how the first 3D Interactive Game built on the Ethereum Blockchain.

Well, one can’t have a conference or an assembly of influential people without having camera flashes here and there… The paparazzi wasn’t to be left out as they, in their own unique way helped to spice up the event. Don’t know about you but I do love me some attention.*winks*

The feedback we got from gamers, developer and even publishers as well as app promoters was amazing and still remains a huge boost. It was a wonderful experience and we won’t hesitate to attend the next big crypto/gaming conference we are invited to. I’m really overwhelmed typing this, can’t wait to be in Moscow come November… Till then; “Я люблю тебя, россия, и я не могу дождаться тебя скоро.”

 

Blockchain MMORPG CryptoBarons partners with Opskins and WAX.

Tadaa!!! The big announcement dropped yesterday. CryptoBarons has successfully partnered with Opskins and WAX. The game assets such as magic potions, farms, market, armies etc., which are also Crypto collectibles, will be available on OPSkins™, the world’s leading marketplace for online video game assets, and will be tradable with WAX Tokens, Bitcoin, ETH, US dollars, Euros and dozens of other currencies.

We are really excited about the development as this game is set to break new records in Blockchain gaming. CryptoBarons is a decentralized application, but on the Ethereum Network, and is one of the few massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) based on blockchain technology. It has taken a lot of time to develop and we are very close to launch.

The official trailer of the game will be released very soon, but meanwhile you can view small video demo of the gameplay below. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what to expect when the game is launched.

https://youtu.be/Kg0Raw7QyJg

We’ll soon start the airdrop of Baron tokens for our first subscribers to play the game. You can subscribe here to get Baron Tokens for free. The Market Presale starts on Friday May 25th. Be sure to get as many assets as you can because the items will be sold at a discount before the full game launch in June.

Stay tuned for more updates. Be sure to join the discussion on Telegram and also Discord where you can ask questions about the game and what to expect. See you anon!!!

Latest Updates, Airdrops and Meet the Team…

So far we have been testing the gameplay and we’re pleased to announce that the game will be launched very soon. And if the above screenshot doesn’t wow you yet, we’ll give you jaw-dropping sneak peak videos from the gameplay.

A short intro. Currently, crypto-games existing now are mainly collectible games that allow you purchase digital tokens which you can sell at a later time. Well… how much fun is that? Now, just take a moment, relax and breathe. Imagine yourself playing a 3D action filled game which actually runs on the blockchain. You don’t even need to know what Ethereum is or how to install Metamask. Just the pure gaming experience. And what’s more… it’ll be available on Web, Android and iOS platforms too. Let me hear you say yeah yeah!!!


MEET OUR SENIOR RESEARCH ADVISER

                                               
                                                                            Prof. Veikko Hara

Prof. Veikko Hara  has over 30 years of experience in the area of information technology. Earlier he has held other top level posts in different companies. Currently, Veikko is Research Director at Rovio Entertainment, where IT solutions and contents plays very a important role to Rovio’s key products. Veikko is the Senior Blockchain Research Advisor for Ugarsoft and has made immense contributions to the development of CryptoBarons game.

We are co-developing CryptoBarons, the first interactive simulation multi player game to run on the blockchain with the Ugarsoft Blockchain Division in Nigeria. We believe that such games like this will solve most scaling, payment and other issues traditional games face while encouraging the wild adoption of Blockchain as a technology. We hope that the game community around the world enjoy playing CryptoBarons while giving useful feedbacks that will make the game and other subsequent interactive Blockchain games better.

Have fun playing CryptoBarons, fortifying your kingdom and being a Baron like in the medieval age. Thank you!

Development Team

The team of developers working on this project are very skilled and have various strengths, from UI/UX to graphics design, Development with gaming engines, Blockchain Technology, Payment system etc. So lets introduce you to the team.

NOW THE NEWS WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR …

AIRDROP: Airdrop (a.k.a Free money) is when a crypto project gives out some free tokens to the community. CryptoBarons game makes use of Baron Tokens (BRN), which are used to purchase game assets. These tokens are going to be given out to our early community members, so you all can play the game for free and also purchase assets which you could also later resell when the game market is launched.

“You gotta to be kiddin’ me.”

Dropping into your wallets like this… Airdrop!

No kiddin’. That’s how excited we’re to let everyone get a feel of the gameplay. All you need to do is subscribe here and then verify your email and voila! you are ready to receive free tokens.

PRE-LAUNCH MARKET SALES: The Pre-launch market sales for the game will start on Friday 25th May, 2018. You’ll be able to purchase game assets and resources at discounted prices. The game assets include characters, marketplace, workers, armies, pills and magic potions.

CryptoBarons Marketplace Sneak Peek:

https://youtu.be/14kjKsmzRkk

These assets and resources which you purchase from the market can be used to play the game. Another interesting point to note is that you can also put up your resources for sale and convert the resources back to tokens. These tokens would also be listed on exchanges in the near future so that you can convert your earnings back to cash.

Jaw-dropping yet? Wait till you play the game on the Web, or Mobile platforms. Intense gaming experience, first of its kind on the Blockchain.

Developing CryptoBarons was a labour-intensive task. It’s a work of love of many people, and we are constantly looking to integrate as much community feedback as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected], and we almost always have someone on the live chat on cryptobarons.io.

Join us on Telegram for live updates.

Blockchain Hackathon coming soon to Enugu!

Ugarsoft Limited recently announced that they are organising a Blockchain Hackathon competition which is sert to hold from 15th-16th December.

The competition which aims to produce two winners would give the winners in the first and second place N50,000 and N20,000 respectively.

This competition is the first of its kind to hold in Enugu and it aims to appreciate programmers in the state. The competition is open to interested members of the public who would be able to attend in person.

To register, log on to http://bit.ly/2h0o3RS

Relevant learning materials are also available online:

 

  • https://ethereum.org/
  • http://truffleframework.com/
  • http://solidity.readthedocs.io/en/develop