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Common Ground World Earth Day Art Contest

Common Ground World Earth Day Art Contest

Common Ground World isn’t just a chill farming game with deep wells of strategic nuance… it also stands for regenerative agriculture and sustainable practices for food and resource production. These are issues that affect the entire planet.

We’re all on this rock together, and it’s our responsibility to do better. With Earth day coming up, we thought it was a good opportunity to not dwell in doom and gloom, but instead celebrate the efforts to make our planet healthier, long into the future. It’s time to let the community show off some of their epic talent while also showcasing the theme of sustainability and regenerative practices that are near and dear to our hearts.

Earth Day Art Competition

Theme: CGW Celebrates Earth Day

The time has come to muster your creativity and show us your talents! We’re calling for art from our community that relates in some way to both Common Ground World as well as our planet. Note that the planet is a pretty wide category… get creative and express a unique message!

Get out your paints or pencils… we’re staying organic on this one! Any type of physical art will be fair game during this competition. This means no graphic design software of any kind should be used… this also rules out digital paint or animation, even if executed by hand.

Your art must be a physical object that you can hold… painting, drawing, diorama, sculpture – all of that fits the bill! Get in and get your hands dirty to create something totally original!

This contest will begin on April 22nd, 2024 at 12pm PT.

Last submissions will be accepted on April 25th, 2024 at 12pm PT.

How to Enter

To enter, creators will need to take a picture of their physical art and share it on Discord and/or X. You can snap a pic of yourself holding it, or place it on a background where it can be clearly seen in all its glory!

If shared on X, submissions must:

  • Tag @CommonGroundWLD
  • Include the hashtag #CGWEarthDayEntry

We don’t want to miss your submissions, so make sure you follow the instructions!

On Discord, submissions should be shared in the cgw-discussion channel.

Participants can share either place, but you shouldn’t hesitate to share both places if you’d like!

Voting and Prizes

Starting on April 26th at 12pm PT, we’ll hold votes in Discord for the top five winners. This voting period will last three days, then we’ll announce winners shortly after!

The five top creators will receive Natural Energy Plants to commemorate their work and make their towns more sustainable for the planet!

We can’t wait to see all the amazing art submitted by the Common Ground World community. We know there are some amazingly talented people around town, and we’re anxiously awaiting to see what everyone creates!

Contest Terms and Conditions

The Guardian Papers 3: Wallets

The Guardian Papers 3: Wallets

When you get change back at the grocery store, do you tell them to hang onto it until next time? No! You put that money in your wallet where you can ensure that your property stays protected. This is the exact same in the world of blockchain. Your wallet allows you to safely store digital items like currencies and NFTs in a private place where you always have control over your property.

Welcome to our 3rd installment of The Guardian Papers – the series where we discuss how best to defend yourself from threats in the digital frontier of blockchain technology. 

The revolutionary concepts of blockchain have the potential to create a better world and offer new and exciting opportunities for all its early pioneers. Just as opportunities exist for those noble individuals who champion this fledgling community, however, the villains that lurk in the shadows will also capitalize on weaknesses whenever they can.

The best defense for all of us against the thieves, scammers and general malcontents in this space is to propagate the knowledge and skills that can empower our entire community to feel empowered to defend themselves. Then we can look out for each other, serving as sentinels against all threats that may harm any citizen of the digital world.

What is a Blockchain Wallet?

The idea of a wallet seems simple enough. It’s the place where you put your money. There are certainly nuances that should go into a more formal definition, but that function is consistent with any wallet– from that leather tri-fold in your pocket to that slick hardware wallet that protects your valuable coins, tokens and NFTs.

Unlike those scraps of paper and shiny bits that people may put in a traditional wallet, however, in the crypto world your digital assets exist on the blockchain and can’t be folded up and taken with you. The blockchain itself records the history and protects the security of your transactions, and a wallet gives you your own private parking spot on the chain itself.

A place to put your stuff on the blockchain only fills half the purpose of your wallet though. As we’ve previously discussed in regards to private keys, you need your keys to be able access your assets. What good is a wallet that doesn’t open, no matter how well it protects your money? In addition to offering you an address to store your assets on the blockchain, a wallet must also offer you keys to securely access your digital hoard.

Caption: With a properly secured wallet, you can soar through the blockchain world with confidence!

What’s the Difference Between Wallet Options? 

Your wallet offers you the security of having a blockchain address with public keys so you can receive and store your assets, as well as private keys so that you can securely access them.

Beyond those two points, however, there is a wide variety between different wallets and their functionality. Often people will use multiple wallets throughout their financial infrastructure for different types of assets and situations.

Supported Assets 

There are many different blockchains out there, and each coin and token functions on a specific blockchain. There are certainly exceptions to this rule when dealing with more complex topics like bridges, wrapping and layer 2 solutions – but no wallet is going to support every chain and asset that exists.

The wallet provided as part of your Gala Games account is based in GalaChain and can support transactions throughout the entire Gala Ecosystem. It is also compatible with the Ethereum Network, and can bridge between the two chains using the Gala platform and hold any Ethereum assets, such as ERC-20 tokens

It’s important to note that you can’t just send any asset to any wallet. You’ll notice that your Gala Inventory shows a different address for Ethereum and GalaChain. These are not interchangeable! Attempting to send your assets from Galachain to a blockchain address that doesn’t support them could easily result in your treasures being lost in the void of digital space.

Occasionally, you could wind up with more assets in your wallet than you realize. You’ll often need to set up support for a token on a particular wallet. In these cases, even though your items are in your wallet, you won’t be able to see them through your wallet until you follow the wallet’s procedure to add the token.

Hot vs Cold

Whether a wallet is “hot” or “cold” refers to if it has any connection to an external network. A hot wallet is any wallet that is stored on a device connected to the internet or any other network that allows it to potentially be accessed from outside the device itself. This covers most of the widely used wallets out there. 

While you may only transmit public keys to sign transactions, your private keys can still be vulnerable to sophisticated attacks from outside forces. Hot wallets can certainly be secure, but also require that you pay very close attention to device security and protection and who you connect your wallet with.

Cold wallets aren’t connected to anything on any network. Your loot exists on the blockchain itself, but cold wallets store the keys to it safely offline where they can’t be accessed unless villains happen to get their hands on not only the physical device itself, but also acquire any needed passwords, PINs, seed phrases, or biometrics to open the vault. These can be set up on any unconnected device, but also includes standalone, dedicated hardware wallets that sign transactions offline within the device itself to access funds.

Features and Opportunities

Many wallets offer specific features and functionality that may make them preferable to use compared to other wallets. You may decide, for instance, that using a multi-chain wallet like Metamask is a better fit for you than another option because its browser extension is convenient to use and it can be used to hold any ERC-20 token, and it supports a ton of other networks.

You may opt instead for a more involved software wallet that offers more onboard analytics and data so that you can use it much more as a one-stop-shop for your asset management.

Just like with the management of physical assets, sometimes what works best for you has more to do with things like location and efficiency. Though the idea of location is a little different in the digital world, thinking of different blockchains as bordering countries may be a useful comparison. 

There are usually ways to send your assets from their native chain to another, but it is usually far less convenient than transacting within their ecosystem within the chain. This may mean that a wallet with access to an address on a certain chain could prove more useful to you than another based on what your plans are with your digital treasures.

When Is a Wallet not a Wallet?

Your wallet and the keys that access it are your personal sovereignty in the blockchain world. There are many different types of wallets out there, but it is always important to remember that if you do not control it, it’s not your wallet. 

Blockchain technology was founded on the pursuit of trustless systems. While that manifests as a spectrum across different platforms and ecosystems, if it’s not your keys, it’s not your crypto!

While having assets intertwined in curated ecosystems like centralized exchanges happens sometimes, the private keys to these coins and tokens are held by the company who runs the exchange. 

A centralized exchange may have a native wallet that allows you control over your keys, but anything on the exchange itself is simply a representation of your share of ownership over the exchange’s wallet. This is often functionally the same… but in a pinch, a corporation is less worried about your interests than their own.

Reinforce Your Wallet

Your wallet is your personal treasure trove in the blockchain world, so you need to fortify it as best as possible. As we’ve discussed previously, this starts with protecting your private keys. If your most valuable treasures are stored in your own private vault, how fervently should you protect that one key?

Protecting your wallet isn’t just about keeping the bad guys out, but also ensuring that you can always get in. Recovery phrases should always be stored offline– preferably in non-digital, non-perishable formats. Getting fancy with spy-like security can be fun, but what good is your super-secure hard drive storing your recovery phrase when you spill your coffee on it?

Sometimes an old-fashioned piece of paper tucked safely in some hiding place where it will be undisturbed is the best option. If you lose important information like your transfer code and recovery phrase, there may not be much anyone can do to save the day.

Guardians of the Digital World

We’ve covered a lot already in The Guardian Papers, but we’re not through yet. If you’ve missed anything that we’ve covered in our past installments, catch up below:

  1. With Power Comes Responsibility
  2. Private Keys

 In our next few installments, we’ll be diving into the mind of a digital villain and breaking down some of the most common scams in the crypto world and their variations. It’s easy to think that you’ll never be fooled by those kinds of shenanigans – countless blockchain warriors have thought the same. Many have fallen to these same tactics. 

More knowledge about how these enemies of personal, on-chain sovereignty can only improve your arsenal to both defend yourself and to fight back by helping to educate your fellow citizens of this new world.
If you’d like to get started exploring how to get more out of your wallet, you can check out our support article on how to import your Gala Wallet into Metamask so that you can seamlessly tie your GalaChain assets into your profile on multiple chains. While you’re there, check out some other topics. Buffing your knowledge buffs your security, and none of us can let our guard down until everyone is informed enough to be secure!

Live With the Voyager: Ascension Team

Live With the Voyager: Ascension Team

We can’t wait for Voyager: Ascension to go live on Gala Games as the first 3rd party creator title on the platform!

Tonight on Ahead of the Game, get the inside scoop from the Voyager team themselves! This is one you don’t want to miss!


X Space Tomorrow

Join the Voyager: Ascension and Gala teams tomorrow for a deep dive into the upcoming title on X!

The conversation kicks off at 10am PT. We’ll see you there!


By the way, did you catch us flying around the moons of Saturn on Gala Games Plays the other night?

Check it out to see us hop into Voyager: Ascension for our first try getting absolutely pummeled in Challenge Mode!

Daisy Gray’s New Single ‘Almost to the Moon’ – Dropping Tomorrow!

Daisy Gray’s New Single ‘Almost to the Moon’ – Dropping Tomorrow!

As we continue pioneering the music industry into uncharted web3 territory, Gala Music is excited for tomorrow’s release of Daisy Gray’s latest track, “Almost to the Moon.”

This song is an emotional odyssey that delves into the very essence of human connections—love, loss, and the fragility of life itself.

“Almost to the Moon” is Daisy Gray’s personal reflection on the highs and lows of relationships. It beautifully captures the emotional journey of loving deeply, the heartache of loss and the profound introspection that follows. Its poignant lyrics and haunting melodies convey the delicate balance of love’s strength and vulnerability, making it a powerful anthem for anyone who has ever loved and lost.

Listen to “Almost to the Moon” on Gala Music

At just 24 years old, Daisy Gray has already made a significant mark on the music industry. Her journey began with viral success on YouTube, where her unique covers captivated millions, and has since evolved into an innovative force in pop music. 

Daisy’s ability to infuse her personal experiences into her music, creating vulnerable and unforgettable sounds, sets her apart as a true artist. Her electrifying writing not only entertains but resonates and connects on a deeply human level.

Daisy’s official “Wicked Game” Tribute video has amassed an astounding 26M+ views on Youtube and it’s easy to see why. Her famed cover of Chris Isaac’s classic and haunting melody has also been released as a Signature Edition NFT on Gala Music and if you hurry you can still snag a reward enabled copy.

“Almost to the Moon” serves as a mirror to our own experiences, reflecting the universal themes of love’s transformative power and the personal growth that comes from embracing its trials.

Experience Daisy Gray’s “Almost to the Moon” now and get ready for its exciting (limit 100) Signature Edition NFT drop tomorrow at 12pm PT. This track promises not only to enrich your music collection but also to touch your heart and soul, reminding us all of the profound journey that love can take us on.

Join the decentralized music revolution.

Become a Gala Music artist and start dropping tracks.

Check out our collection of All Access Experiences in the store.

Introducing a Groundbreaking Partnership: Gala Games x EMERGE Group

Introducing a Groundbreaking Partnership: Gala Games x EMERGE Group

In an exhilarating development for the future of web3 gaming, Gala Games is excited to unveil a strategic partnership with the distinguished EMERGE Group. This collaboration signifies a joint effort to revolutionize the gaming industry by integrating new game development studios onto GalaChain, enriching the Gala Games ecosystem and empowering gamers with web3 tech throughout the world.

A Fusion of Expertise and Vision

The Singapore based EMERGE Group is renowned for its innovative approaches to commercializing content and managing intellectual property rights. They are experts who facilitate connections between brands and the global esports and gaming community. Their track record of successful collaborations with a wide array of brands and web3 powerhouses positions them as an ideal partner for Gala Games as we hit the ground running with our massive GalaChain expansion.

EMERGE Group Founder and CEO, Roy Kek, expressed his excitement about the recently signed MOU, noting, “We are thrilled to enter into a strategic partnership with Gala. With Gala’s mastery in the web3 gaming landscape and our vast experience as game publishing partners, we are poised to elevate GALA Games to unprecedented heights.”

The Role of EMERGE Group in the Gala Ecosystem

EMERGE Group will act as Gala’s official game publishing partner, identifying promising gaming projects for integration into the GalaChain ecosystem. They will oversee initial due diligence, bridge connections with Gala, providing support in areas like marketing, user acquisition, and Go-To-Market (GTM) strategies. 

This collaborative effort aims not only to diversify the gaming offerings within the Gala Games ecosystem but also to empower game studios with the support needed to succeed in the evolving landscape of web3 gaming. EMERGE Group can effectively act as a bridge between quality developers and the web3 empowerment that is waiting for their audiences.

GalaChain as the Foundation

At the heart of this partnership lies GalaChain, the technological bedrock designed for scalability, security, and eco-conscious user empowerment. As outlined in the Gala Ecosystem Blueprint, GalaChain was built on a vision of empowerment, innovation, and decentralization. Powered by GalaChain and the one of the world’s largest decentralized node networks, Gala Games is providing a versatile and robust platform for game developers and a unique gaming experience for players.

Looking Ahead: A Decentralized Gaming Future

This partnership between Gala Games and EMERGE Group is a testament to our shared commitment towards creating a decentralized gaming ecosystem that places power in the hands of the players. It signifies a step forward in our mission to onboard a billion users to the web3 world, simplifying complex technology to make it accessible and enjoyable for everyone, including the best game developers in the world.

Stay connected for further updates as we progress on this exciting journey with EMERGE Group, redefining the gaming landscape one blockchain at a time. To learn more about EMERGE Group and their impact on the gaming and esports industry, visit their website and follow them on LinkedIn and X.

About EMERGE Group

Headquartered in Singapore, EMERGE Group focuses on developing viable and profitable commercialisation options for content creators, Intellectual Property rights holders, Advertising Inventories and brands in the SEA region.

With an established network of top esports teams and gaming influencers under its flag, EMERGE Group has also worked with multiple endemic and non-endemic brands to fulfill their business objectives.
For more information, please visit: https://emerge-group.co/