1. Signing up without a referral link
If you do put some money into the game to help you get started, Upland will give you an additional 50% bonus on your purchase – only if you signed up with a referral link. For example, if your first in game purchase is $50, you will receive $75 worth of UPX. If you aren’t interested in spending money that is OK as well, but see the second biggest mistake below. If you decide to hold off on spending money, the 50% bonus is valid for your first purchase and does not have to be done right when you sign up. You will still want to have a strategy before starting (see mistake #10)
2. Not spending a minimum of $5
By not spending $5 (the minimum amount of money you can put into the game) you remain a visitor. As a visitor you are unable to sell a property until you reach uplander status (net worth of 10,000 UPX ($10). You are gifted a 4,500 UPX to start and you get some bonuses along the way, but not enough to level up. The only method is to ask for more experienced players to visit your properties in order to receive more UPX. The effort and time that you will invest in asking players for visits is most likely worth more than $5. In addition to that, refer back to mistake #1. Read here to find all the ways of reaching Uplander status.
3. Starting in the wrong city
Many cities are sold out of properties, or are all out of affordable properties for new players. Make sure to head into Upland’s discord server to ask where to get started. The game is dynamic, so the answer to this question can change on a day to day basis.
3A. Trying to mint a property that is not available
Many people have found properties in cities that appear to be available to mint. In a city like Manhattan, where it has been sold out for months, finding an available property is too good to be true. If you click the property and see “This property is not available”, it means just that. Don’t waste a visit trying to mint it, its not available. Read more about this here.
4. Not setting maximum visitor fees
This is a critical mistake if you insist on not investing money. As a visitor, when you ask people to visit your profile, where the entire goal is to earn as much UPX per visit you should set the fees to the maximum. Even as a more experienced player, this is not a bad strategy.
5. Not understanding the numbers
It can be tempting to jump right in and buy your first few properties. Understand what you are buying. Don’t be fooled by the size of the property. Not all properties of the same size are equal! Read about understanding the property card here.
6. Not taking advantage of FSA properties
FSA stands for Fair Start Act. This allows new players (Visitors and Uplanders who have less than 100,000 UPX net worth) exclusivity on minting certain properties. These properties are typically more affordable, and can be found in all neighborhoods! You can find excellent properties if you take part in the release of a new city. Read more about FSA properties here.
7. Not knowing about the FSA restrictions
You may only sell (and list for sale) 2 FSA properties per calendar week (resets on 12AM Monday UST). If you are unable to sell a property for a very large markup, being stuck trying to flip FSA properties can be a very slow process for growing your net worth. It is recommended to not only purchase FSA properties. Read more about FSA properties here.
8. Treasure hunting
It might be tempting to try out all the features the game has to offer. For new players, avoid treasure hunts. They require searching the city by use of sends (and paying visitor fees) in the hopes of finding a treasure of more UPX. Sending your block explorer to your own property is free of charge, so treasure hunts typically favor players who have many properties scattered around a city.
9. Not being a part of the amazing Upland community
10. Spending $5 to get started without thinking long term
If you did use the referral code, spend some time thinking about how you want to play this game. $5 is a great way to get started, but you might soon realize that it is still difficult to grow with only a handful of properties. By making that $5 purchase, you miss out on an opportunity to gain a 50% bonus on a larger sum of money. The best starter value is to spend $50 as your first purchase. This will give you 75,000 UPX and a lot more room to purchase a more well rounded profile, while still enabling you to benefit from the ability to purchase FSA properties. In addition, if you use the referral code above AND spend $50, you are entitled to another bonus from the Upland Guide! Read more about that bonus here.
Click here to read about the top mistakes to avoid when participating in a new city release.
Good luck in the Metaverse!