5 Reasons You Need CryptoKitties

It was a blustery Saturday afternoon. I had just finished feeding my nubian dairy shows goats their molasses-y lunch, and made myself some jasmine tea and was flipping through my Google news feed. Among all the dismal headlines of nuclear bombs, chemical warfare, and the latest orange gorilla tyrant, I scrolled upon an article featuring pleasingly pastel felines. I got 1/3 through the article and KNEW I had found something.

Lickety-split I had CryptoKitties convincing me to “join meow”, then a Metamask account, an Ethereum Account, a Coinbase (where you can also buy and trade Bitcoin), then Etherscan and even my first Reddit (long been a lurker, never went down that rabbit hole until now). I found myself with my first Ethereum, as well.

I had been interested in Cryptocurrency since last year. Had I invested then, I would be a ten-thousandaire by now.

I always doubted myself with cryptocurrency: was it even legal? How could I ever afford to buy a BitCoin? Well, as it turns out, you don’t need $10,000 to buy your first BitCoin – it doesn’t work like that. You could buy BitCoin with, like, $5. It’s not coins like physical coins, you can have (a lot) less than one – its portions or more of a share. In any denomination, too – you choose. So really, as long as you have a bank account, you can be the proud owner of a little bit of Bitcoin!

CryptoKitties uses Ethereum, a currency with less value per 1 share, so most of your CryptoKitties transactions, as of this publishing, will be in the 0.00X range. Depending on the Gas Limit and Gas Price (which you will learn about very quickly should you choose wisely to join CryptoKitties) you choose, buying a kitty is around $2.50+ and breeding one about $0.50+. You only need two kitties to start breeding. They are hermaphroditic, so doesn’t matter who is the sire and who lays the egg and incubates the bun in the oven.

It would have been a long time to get me motivated to set up a digital wallet, set up security, a way to track myself: since everything is open and public, you see EVERYTHING and need to find yourself in there, and a long time for me to put a few dollars into cryptocurrency! The kitties did it! CryptoKitties won!

So, here are the five reasons you need CryptoKitties:

5. You will finally own cryptocurrency. Yes, the game uses Ethereum, but while you’re on CoinBase, you may as well throw some bones into BitCoin while you are there. And hey, Ethereum and maybe even LiteCoin may be worthwhile to give a serious look.

4. You will become remarkably more blockchain savvy. Understanding mining, speed of transactions, and how to manipulate your choices to work in your favor, especially on such a small scale, will REALLY be in your favor as time goes on. Better to learn it and make a $0.04 mistake now, than be trying to send someone a large sum in the future and totally botching it and not even succeeding, still at a price.

3. CryptoKitties will get you interested in investing and following market trends. Maybe something you want to get back to, or start up in the first place. This simple, kitty-as-token based game will prove insightful, and teach you strategies you can apply in other realms.

2. You will be cool. You will finally have something cutting edge, timely and interesting to talk about during all your awkward upcoming holiday parties. From your hipster nephew to old Uncle Rocco who keeps promising he is going off the grid, you are sure to drum up a refreshing lively conversation, surely better than the red and blue convo’s of recent drunken family / work / acquaintance get-togethers.

1. They are cute. That’s it. Cute and fun. That is what everyone wants, and what everyone needs, including YOU!

Be a doll and let me refer you to CoinBase (I get $10!): Melissa Miko’s Coinbase Referral

 

 

 

The Meaning Behind CryptoKitties Traits

CryptoKitties is an adorable marriage between genetics and cryptocurrency all made possible their matchmaker, madame blockchain.

As a new user / obsessed virtual-kitty breeder (I’m CatcoCat), I began to unlock some of the trait names. This list is VERY partial, but…going to start somewhere, and always a work in progress.

 

Backgrounds:

Mintgreen – minty green

Strawberry – baby pink

Chestnut – light tan

Bubblegum – bright pink

Topaz – blue green

Limegreen –  yellowy spring green

Gold – yellow

 

Body Colors:

Salmon – pinkish brown

Orangesoda – orange

Shadowgrey – grey / gray

Mauveover – lavender

Cloudwhite – white

Aquarmarine – greyish blue

Greymatter – light grey / gray

 

Tummy Colors:

Kittencream – cream

Granitegrey –  dark grey / gray

Peach – pink

Emeraldgreen – lime green

 

Tails:

Sphinx – smooth, skinny tail

Munchkin – medium fluffy tail

Laperm – very fluffy tail

 

Whisker Styles:

Dali – moustache

Munchkin – short

Soserious – medium whiskers

 

Hair Do’s:

Ragamuffin – a little fluff on top

Chartreux – super tall hair

 

Fur Patterns:

Calicool – tri-color calico spots

Luckystripe – tabby stripes

Jaguar – leopard spots

Tigerpunk – tri-color stripes

Spock – points (like a Siamese)

 

Fur pattern colors for stripes and spots:

Coffee – dark brown

Chocolate – medium brown

Bloodred – red

Swampgreen – green

Skyblue – light blue

Barkbrown – brown

Royalpurple – purple / violet

Cerulean – gunmetal blue

Scarlet – brick red

Lemonade – yellow

 

Eye Shapes:

Fabulous – almond-shaped eyes

Simple – normal eyees

Otaku – giant glistening eyes

Crazy – eyes looking in different directions, buggy like a pug

 

Eyes Colors:

Sizzurp – purple

Limegreen – green

brown

red

 

Mouths:

Pouty – small mouth

Tongue – visible tongue with crooked smile

Saycheese – teeth sticking out

regular, medium mouth

 

Eyebrows:

Raised Brow – one eyebrow raised, one not

Thicccbrows – sad, thick eyebrows

 

Cheek fur:

Cymric – one fluff

Himalayan – two fluffs

 

Other:

 

Beard

Duck – duck body

Sailor – sailor outfit, big smile and tattoo

 

In Progress:

Happygokitty –

Totesbasic –