Thousands of Salad Chefs have already earned their Discord Nitro Classic Bonus at Level 10 — and kept on cruising even higher! With just weeks left in the first-ever Salad Season, let’s take a look at some of the newly unveiled Levels and perks.

Announcing Levels 15–19

The latest Levels introduce a trifecta of gilded avatars, an instant-unlock game code from Luci Entertainment, and personalized Balance boosts to the tune of big bucks! Check out all of the Bonuses revealed this week:

  • Level 15: Golden Avocado Avatar

Mapping the Metaverse: Transmission IV

Like any place in Reality, the Street is subject to development. Developers can build their own small streets feeding off of the main one. They can build buildings, parks, signs, as well as things that do not exist in Reality, such as vast hovering overhead light shows, special neighborhoods where the rules of three-dimensional spacetime are ignored, and free-combat zones where people can go to hunt and kill each other.

— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Beyond his career as an author, Neal Stephenson has become a sought-after futurist* in his own right. During a stint at Blue Origin in the…

Mapping the Metaverse: Transmission III

Chiklet art by @shaneyboyart.

We are all susceptible to the pull of viral ideas. Like mass hysteria. Or a tune that gets into your head that you keep on humming all day until you spread it to someone else. Jokes. Urban legends. Crackpot religions. Marxism. No matter how smart we get, there is always this deep irrational part that makes us potential hosts for self-replicating information…The only thing that keeps these things from taking over the world is the Babel factor — the walls of mutual incomprehension that compartmentalize the human race and stop the spread of viruses.

— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash


Mapping the Metaverse: Transmission II

Lost Chef art by @brainsneggs.

The dimensions of the Street are fixed by a protocol, hammered out by the computer-graphics ninja overlords of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Global Multimedia Protocol Group. The Street seems to be a grand boulevard going all the way around the equator of a black sphere with a radius of a bit more than ten thousand kilometers. That makes it 65,536 kilometers around, which is considerably bigger than Earth.

— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Mentioned somewhere in the cacophonous backstory of Snow Crash (and pretty inconsequential to the plot) is the Global Multimedia Protocol Group, a once-fictional* software consortium responsible…

Mapping the Metaverse: Transmission I

N.E.A.L. art by @brainsneggs.

About ten years ago, when the Street protocol was first written, Hiro and some of his buddies pooled their money and bought one of the first development licenses, created a little neighborhood of hackers. At the time, it was just a little patchwork of light amid a vast blackness. Back then, the Street was just a necklace of streetlights around a black ball in space.

— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Despite thirty years of popular success, few critics have bothered to remark on the way Snow Crash parodies the clichés of the cyberpunk genre — and maybe because it’s not…

Hiro’s not actually here at all. He’s in a computer-generated universe that his computer is drawing onto his goggles and pumping into his earphones. In the lingo, this imaginary place is known as the Metaverse. Hiro spends a lot of time in the Metaverse.

— Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson released the sci-novel Snow Crash in 1992, just years after the Internet first registered on the global consciousness. …

Things are getting personal! We’ve improved Community Challenges to give you more control over your corner of the Kitchen. You can still crush goals with fellow Salad Chefs, but the spoils of victory now come in the form of personal Bonuses to use whenever you like!

Say goodbye to 2X Balance rallies during your prime weekend gaming hours. Now that Salad Season 1 is in full swing, you’ll be able to claim Community Challenge rewards from the Bonuses page to activate later on (just like a Season Level Bonus).

Community Challenge #6

Test your mutual mettle with this week’s Community Challenge! Donate $500…

Everyone knows the most decadent dishes take time to prepare. In Salad Season 1, we’ve introduced the long-awaited XP Level Bonus to the Kitchen. Chefs can now earn additional, XP-based Bonuses just by Chopping! You can officially begin racking up Season XP later today at 12:00 PM (MST).

Here’s the skinny on everything to look out for in Salad Season 1.

Season Levels

Season 1 makes XP a potent ingredient! Every time you reach a new XP Level, you’ll be able to claim another unlockable Bonus. Chop to score Salad Balance earnings boosts, games, and a seasonal menu of never-before-seen profile avatars.

More Minecraft capes are soaring in today! We’ve partnered with Mantle to add 28 new capes to the Salad Storefront, including the never-before-seen Official Salad Cape.

28 New Mantle Capes

All hands in the Kitchen! Starting today, you’ll be able to team up and conquer Community Challenges, a brand new series of collaborative missions where Chefs can work together to unlock bonus rewards for the whole Kitchen.

This week’s snack-sized target is sure to whet your appetite. If our Chefs collectively donate $200 to One Percent for the Planet, everyone will score 2X Salad Balance earnings for the next 48 hours! Head to the Salad Chefs Discord to coordinate with your fellow Chefs, and track the progress of all active Community Challenges right from the Salad homepage.

Update: Extra Helpings

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