Epoch 3 started with the same frustration and headache as it was in the previous epoch 2. We babysat the node and restarted it whenever our node was stuck. As in epoch 2, the endless waiting game continued. Our team consulted with fellow stake pool operators in the Cardano Shelley Testnet & StakePool Best Practice Workgroup Telegram channel. Many other stake pool operators were experiencing similar problems. Then, the most exciting thing happened in a later slot of epoch 3.

Despite two days of waiting, the Dapp360 stake pool node finally created its first-ever block (10540) in the Incentivized Testnet (ITN) at 20:04:57 on December 16, 2019. It doesn’t seem like a big event. But for the DApp360 team, it was a big event. It finally validated and confirmed that our team had set up correctly, registered, and configured our stake pool node for the ITN. It also confirmed that we had enough stakes to be a slot leader in the ITN despite our low pledged delegated stakes. It was an exciting event to see the DApp360 node actively participating in the incentivized testnet. In epoch 3, the DApp360 node created just 1 block out of 43200.