With the recent peak of the price of Bitcoin altcoins have been going down and people have been looking for alternatives to the most popular and profitable coins to mine. Here is one interesting alternative called BitcoinZ (BTCZ) that is based ont he same mining algorithm used by ZCash (ZEC) – Eqihash for GPU mining, and comes with a large total supply and big block reward. The max supply of the coin is 21 Billion with 12500 coins block reward and blocks every 2.5 minutes, so not like most other ZEC clones that come with small supply and block reward.

With enough user interest and a decent community forming this could as well turn out to be like the DOGE, even though it is not based around a meme. If you are into coins with large supply and block rewards you might want to dig a bit deeper into BTCZ and see what it is all about, do note however that it is still fairly new project that is just about a month old since launch. Profitability wise it is not that profitable to mine at the moment when compared to other more popular coins, but things could turn out to be more interesting in the future if interest in BitcoinZ continues to rise.

Visit the official announcement thread for BitcoinZ (BTCZ) on Bitcointalk…

There are less than 7 days remaining until the end of the first stage of the Cryptum ICO that is currently going on with the goal of crowdfunding the first crypto mining board game as well as a future line of board games development. At the current moment there is already enough funding for the development of the Blockchain: The Cryptocurrency Board Game and in fact that development has already started even before the end of the crowdfunding as it was expected that there will be enough funding for it anyway. With the current level of funding however the development of the other board games could see a bit of delay, as will some of the other parts of the project, though there is still some time for things to get better. Then there is the second stage of the crowdsale that will start after the first one is over and will allow for another month of token distribution for people that have missed the first stage with more altcoins being accepted aside from the Ethereum and Bitcoin available for Stage 1.

Up until this moment the Cryptum crowdfunding campaign has managed to secure over $40000 USD equivalent in Ethereum (ETH) and about $70000 USD equivalent in Bitcoin (BTC). So even though crowdfunding board games development via an ICO with crypto currencies may not be the most common thing you see when Initial Coin Offerings are considered there is still good user interest. One of the reasons for the not so big user interest is that the project does not promise to bring you stars out of the sky and the other one probably being the fact that a lot of people into crypto are actually not very familiar with the board games business and market. It is a fact that the board games business is big, with around $5 billion global market, and continues to grow with a very good rate heading to over $8 billion in the next few years according to analysts. Of course it is up to everyone to decide for himself if investing crypto into a project targeting that market is a good idea or not, but there is a huge potential in that market and we are seeing this as very good opportunity at the right moment.

As we have already mentioned a couple of times we have partnered with the Cryptum project for the development of the Blockchain: The Cryptocurrency Board Game as we really see a great opportunity especially with that board game and want to see it become a reality. With the current level of funding the project has received things are already looking great for that particular title and the development has been going on for a while already anyway. Your feedback can also help shape the look and feel of the game, so do take some time and vote for your favorite coins that you want to see in Blockchain: The Cryptocurrency Board Game.

More details about the latest development of the Cryptum board games crowdfunding project…

The Xevan algorithm used by BitSend (BSD) has finally recieved a GPU miner for Nvidia-based mining rigs with the ccMiner fork by krnlx (source). Unfortunately for the moment the code of the miner only compiled and works under Linux, though hopefully soon things will be ironed out and a Windows version will also be available. For a Xevan AMD GPU miner check this older fork of sgminer available for both Windows and Linux OS with precompiled binaries. The Xevan algorithm is essentially a dual X17 with 128 bit headers, but it wasn’t that easy to implement apparently or there weren’t enough incentive up until now apparently.

The ccMiner fork from krnlx is reported to provide 3.3+ MHS on Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and around 6 MHS on Nvidia GeForce GTX 10880 Ti GPUs according to the author. Owners of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 mining rigs are advised to set the intensity manually in order to have the miner work properly with their hardware, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 Ti should work fine with the default intensity of 20. If you are interested in how the Windows version is coming, then you might want to check out the official thread about the miner on Bitcointalk.

Update: Windows binary is now available thanks to Palgin, you can download a 32-bit Windows binary, VS 2013, CUDA 8.0 here.

Check out the announcement thread for the ccMiner fork with Xevan support on Bitcointalk here…

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