Check Out the Ethereum Powered Fantasy Action RPG Built on Unreal Engine 4 by Lucid Sight!
From the makers of Crypto Space Commander and MLB Champions Crypto Baseball comes a fantasy action RPG built with Unreal Engine 4, Cryptic Conjure! The presale for in-game items - which exist as ERC-721 non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and ERC-20 tokens - has already begun as of January 2020. Of course, this means players will have full ownership of their digital assets, which can then be traded freely on any Ethereum asset marketplace.
What do we know about Cryptic Conjure so far? There are a few things we can gather from their home page. Apparently, information about the in-game world is very valuable, and it can actually bring you an economic advantage. Basically, secrest are going to be a part of the in-game economy. That should be very interesting.
Another unique part of Cryptic Conjure is that through resources and loot acquired through playing the game can be used in crafting unique spells. These spells can then be sold for a profit in ETH. The best players can probably derive a substantial side income from this, and we’ll be keeping an eye on just how profitable it can be.
The last major feature we know about Cryptic Conjure so far is that while the game is being developed by gaming industry veterans, the game is going to be heavily influenced by the community. The players are going to have a strong say in the game’s development, which while not unique is certainly a big step when it comes to a game of this scale!
Is Cryptic Conjure a game you’re looking forward to? We certainly are!
In our regular Roundup series, we’ll be sharing some of the latest news and insights about digital collectibles, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain tech from the past few days. We’ll also add some of our own commentary. If there’s a link you believe should be included in one of our Digital Collectibles Roundups, let us know!
Gods Unchained mythic card sold in $31,000 auction - Story from Nederob.nl
While it’s not Gods Unchained’s most expensive card ever sold at auction - that honor still belongs to Hyperion at around $60,000 - Atlas is the first one-of-a-kind mythic rare card that a player has sold at auction. The $31,000 sum - or 210 ETH at the time - was acquired by selling the card as a digital asset on OpenSea. Notably, this same buyer has purchased $14,000 worth of other Gods Unchained cards. The other Gods Unchained unique mythic cards - Hyperion, Teyhys, and Prometheus - remain with their original owners as of this writing. Clearly, the Gods Unchained trading card market is already thriving.
Speaking of blockchain trading card games…
‘Game Changer’: Trading Cards Head to Blockchain to Transform Gameplay - Story from CoinTelegraph
While Cryptomages is another blockchain trading card game, it’s very different in gameplay than Gods Unchained. It actually has multiple battle modes and many different characters in an EXP-based trading card system. What’s interesting about Transcemdence’s game is that it’s powered by two separate blockchain networks: the TELOS blockchain for payments and the BitcoinSubsidium blockchain for the storage of the cards (NFTs) themselves. It’s going to be available on many mainstream platforms: Windows, Linux, MacOS, iOS, and Android. It’s a game worth watching.
Microsoft Validates Enjin’s Tech, Launches Azure Heroes - Story from AltCoinBuzz.io
Enjin gets their biggest partner yet, about as big as you can get in tech with Microsoft. Azure Heroes is Microsoft’s first official foray into digital collectibles, backed by ENJ - Enjin Coin. It’s a huge step forward for the Ethereum-based gaming platform, but Azure Heroes is more of a rewards system than an actual game, per se. People get stds from coaching, creating demos, and blogging about the Azure cloud computing service - essentially rewarding contributions to the tech community, But, what it does do is expose Enjin and its stable of games to a brand new and much larger audience thanks to Microsoft’s involvement. These rewards tokens could become nifty little digital collectibles investments as Enjin’s platform grows.
WAX (WAX) Launches Its Blockchain Gaming-Focused Cloud Wallet - Story From SludgeFeed
Wallets are the way to securely store all of your various cryptocurrencies and blockchain collectibles. But, there are so many to choose from, and to support all the various cryptocurrencies and tokens you acquire, you may end up having to keep track of many different wallets. While many companies are releasing innovations to crypto wallets all the time, the WAX blockchain network has launched one that’s focused towards blockchain gaming. It features two-click account creation and a simple interface to interact with the WAX dApps (decentralized Apps). This should go a long way towards WAX gaining popularity with a more mainstream audience than Ethereum or EOS.
Stryking opens auction for FC Bayern Munich crypto collectible NFTs - Story from @crypto_ninjas
In the wake of Sorare’s success with blockchain soccer trading cards, Stryking has now officially entered the fray with their FC Bayern Munich player card NFTs. However, these 18 player cards are one-of-a-kind. Stryking already has their [p[ular fantasy sports platform Football-Stars, but this is their first official foray into the blockchain collectibles market. There’s already plenty of bidding going on. It will be interesting to see what these initial one-of-ones will sell for auction’s end.
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by R.A. Rowell
The developers at Immutable have watched their trading card game Gods Unchained explode in popularity. Certainly the PR gained from supporting Hearthstone players vocal about the Hong Kong protests was a major boost. But, the game has blown up mostly on its own merits. The Hearthstone like card game is fairly easy for TCG experts to learn and offers a relatively easy learning curve for newcomers.
The real draw beyond its free to play options - which big name online TCGs like Magic the Gathering Arena and Hearthstone already have - is the chance to earn actual assets on the blockchain. Gods Unchained promised an in-game marketplace, which has since launched, where players have true ownership of their cards and can trade them freely. MTG Arena and Hearthstone don't do that.
Yes, Magic the Gathering Online has long allowed you to freely trade assets within its platform. There are then workarounds to turn those assets - through the use of cleverly programmed chatbots - that allow you to turn them into PayPal cash. But those assets only exist on MTGO. Gods Unchained cards are true ERC-721 non-fungible token assets that exist on the Ethereum Blockchain - true crypto collectibles. These non-fungible tokens can be bought and sold separate of Gods Unchained on non fungible token marketplaces like OpenSea.
To say the Gods Unchained Marketplace has succeeded is an understatement. The marketplace generated over 500 ETH in transactions in its first few hours. Now, Gods Unchained has greatly surpassed former ETH transaction leader MyCryptoHeroes on OpenSea. Of course, seeing this sort of activity from a GAME with literally millions of assets being deployed and so much Ethereum and so many tokens changing hands, you wonder how sustainable it will be.
Unfortunately, sustainability may have nothing to do with the game itself, but the very blockchain it has committed to.
Is the success of Gods Unchained sustainable on the Ethereum Blockchain?
Unfortunately, the success of the in-game marketplace may be tempered by a larger problem with the Ethereum network. The problem emerges from high congestion days on the network which lead to high transaction fees, known as "gas" fees which have spiked as high as $30 per transaction. For their part, the Gods Unchained team does its best to lump transactions into as few actual Ethereum transactions, as possible. But it should be noted that many of the congestion issues come from other ERC-721 NFT transactions and DeFi (Decentralized Finance) movements. In particular, a recent drop in the price of ETH triggered many automatic liquidation requests.
Of course, you can't have a trading card game like Gods Unchained (or any popular Decentralized App, really) with the threat of such outrageous transaction costs. It will be interesting to see how the network evolves to counteract these congestion times. Gods Unchained itself may not be the reason, but if Immutable has to eat fees like that to operate, there's going to be problems.
Trading card games on other blockchain networks such as Steem and TRON haven't experienced these issues. Of course, those games haven't reached the popularity of Gods Unchained, but those networks are known for their superior scalability. It makes you wonder how sustainable massively popular games can be on Ethereum, which has been a worry for quite sometime. It's certainly now becoming a legitimate concern.
Do you think Gods Unchained will inevitably succeed on Ethereum? The game has already committed to the network. But will it eventually outgrow Ethereum and have to migrate elsewhere? Time will tell. But, for now, Gods Unchained is succeeding in what it was meant to do - become a massively popular trading card game. Let's hope the evolution of the Ethereum network can catch up.
An In-Game Gun from Dissolution Sells for $2,400 - What's Next for Blockchain Gaming Digital Collectibles & Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs)?
by R.A. Rowell
In 2019 alone, the blockchain gaming world has been a news maker, especially thanks to the high-dollar sales of various NFT's (Non-Fungible Tokens) usable in actual gameplay. The Digital Collectibles Journal has commented on thousands of dollars worth of Ethereum changing hands for playable digital items in Crypto Space Commander and F1 Delta Racing. Now, another notable sale as been made, a $2,400 gun - a "God Tier" called the MAR-4 "Wrath of Seth." It comes from the Enjin-backed Steam shooter game Dissolution, as chronicled by the excellent blockchain gaming blog Nederob.
What's particularly interesting about this sale is who bought it. While the buyer has remained anonymous, the blockchain has identified some interesting aspects about the purchasing party. According to Nederob, the buyer was a Binance cryptocurrency trader who made a point of transferring 20 ETH to a new Ethereum wallet which was used to bid on the Dissolution item. The bidding ended at 13.3 ETH, but clearly, the bidder was willing to spend more on this unique item.
Why is a Cryptocurrency Trader Buying In-Game Digital Collectibles Interesting?
Cryptocurrency traders have been buying Non-Fungible digital collectibles for awhile. That's because they are useful as storehouses of value. Just like traditional collectibles are often treated as part of an investors portfolio, so can Non-Fungible Tokens. What's interesting about this transaction is less the number - which is significant - but the reason for which it was purchased. Because in-game digital collectibles have actual utility, they have value beyond the simple value of the cryptocurrency used to purchase them.
Very early on in the development of the Digital Collectibles Journal, I foresaw not just gamers getting in on digital collectibles. Of course, the cryptocurrency trader may have intentions of using the item as intended. But, clearly the purchase was made as an investment, banking on the growth of the Steam shooter Dissolution.
But the item was part of a "God Tier" auction. So, it represents more than simply a piece of in-game gear. It gives the owner custom animations, particle effects, and sound effects forever imprinted into that gun. It's a unique In-Game status symbol, not just a gun.
The original auction page has since disappeared on OpenSea. It appears So, it will take some digging to learn more. But, Dissolution is certainly a game of interest to us when it comes to digital collectibles. More to come on the fate of this "God Tier" item and other high priced Dissolution collectibles.
DappRadar Adds Tracking for EOS and ERC-20 Non-Fungible Tokens - With Other Ethereum and TRON Blockchain Token Tracking to Come!
by R.A. Rowell
If you're into blockchain gaming and Decentralized apps (DApps), you definitely want to follow DappRadar. This website tracks the daily and total volume of the native crypto currencies used by DApps on several blockchains, as well as those DApps user bases. Currently, DappRadar tracks the blockchains for ETH, EOS, TRON, IOST, LOOM, ONT, Thundercore, and VeChain.
In mid October 2019, DappRadar added full non-fungible token tracking to its EOS DApp tracking. This is important since many apps use tokens based in their native cryptocurrencies, especially blockchain games. The results yielded a wealth of information about EOS based DApps.
Of course, the information isn't just limited to games. One of the biggest discoveries from the addition was actually related to NeoDex, a decentralized digital assets trading platform. Previously, DappRadar had tracked $1.8 million in EOS transaction volume per day. That's impressive, but with the new non-fungible token tracking, it was discovered that the platform generated an additional $1.6 million in token-based transactions daily. That's a huge jump.
Why should blockchain gamers care about the trading volume of non-gaming DApps? The health of other apps on your favorite blockchain is important. Also, knowing which tokens are trading with significant volume is important for digital collectors more interested in the crypto itself than the actual games.
Of course, the DApp token tracking did reveal information about EOS-based games such as Prospectors and EOS Knights. Since Prospectors uses PGL and not straight EOS, its transaction volume wasn't shown. But, as of this writing, we now see PGL gets about $3000 worth of transaction volume a day. That doesn't sound like much, but it's pretty good.
What's most exciting is that this full token tracking will soon be rolled out for Ethereum and TRON based DApps as well. They added ERC-20 non-fungible token tracking in November 2019. DappRadar will then be able to provide even more insights on the true health of various DApps. This transparency is one of the true hallmarks of blockchain technology. If you want to see how well, or not well, a particular DApp is doing, you can always find out. Kudos to the DappRadar team for bringing all this information to the mainstream!
Head on over to DappRadar and find your favorite DApps and see how they are doing! You may be surprised by what you find!
by R.A. Rowell
It was only a matter of time before there was a way to buy in-game items and earn crypto from games using the wildly popular Unreal Engine. What gamers likely didn't anticipate is what cryptocurrency would be used. It's not an Ethereum based cryptocurrency being used. Instead, the developers of the Nano blockchain are the ones to come up with this new plugin for Unreal games.
You may be asking, what's NANO? NANO is an interesting cryptocurrency which you can learn more about at CoinMarketCap. One of NANO's main selling points is how it's distributed. Each user account receives its own blockchain. Per CoinMarketCap:
"Nano is reportedly able to offer fast and feeless transactions due to the Block Lattice - a data structure in which all accounts each have their own blockchain, rather than competing with others on a central chain."
Because of the nature of NANO's system, the inefficiencies of other blockchains such as Ethereum don't exist. Popular blockchain games have been known to congest the main networks of other blockchains. These congestion periods lead to high transaction fees, sometimes eaten by the developers but inevitably passed on to gamers, as well. That won't happen with NANO.
What's cool about this plugin is that Unreal Engine 4 developers can literally allow their players to earn Nano crypto by killing monsters. Other ways gamers can earn nano is by discovering loot boxes or watching in game advertisements. There's also the possibility of trading funds and items in the game itself.
The other thought that the Nano plug-in developers have is to create more of a pay-per-play subscription model for games. That way gamers only pay for the actual time they play, but with a chance to earn it back. It would give developers the chance to provide better incentives and in-game rewards for players. Also, no more shelling out $60 for a game or paying a monthly subscription with no chance of recouping it.
Another interesting point that's been brought up is the ease of topping off accounts for child and teen gamers. You don't have to worry about leaving your credit or debit card open to unforeseen charges. It's all done with Nano cryptocurrency.
One thing that wasn't mentioned was that crypto gaming could actually be seen as a reward for good behavior or excellent grades at school. It's also good because kids then have to earn their game time. Of course, that could lead to kids actually earning a good amount of money from gaming… which is why a pay to play model for game time could help.
What if your kids get so good that they earn enough to keep playing indefinitely? Well, teaching kids to earn their own way is a good thing. Just make sure they don't get too carried away, but maybe pro crypto gaming is in their future…
Anyway, these developments from NANO make them an interesting contender in blockchain gaming. This will definitely be a project to watch closely and potentially a very good thing for hodlers of NANO. What do you think of this news? Backed by such a powerful game engine, it's all up to the game makers to provide some sweet games.
by R.A. Rowell
On October 10th, 2019, The Sandbox announced the launch of their Dashboard. The first iteration existed off-chain, but you can connect an Ethereum wallet and add the first existing assets to your account. Right now, you can't purchase them, but you can select them for later use. The alpha version of the game is still pending release, as of this writing.RSS Feed
What’s particularly cool about The Sandbox is that it will not only be a sort of Blockchain version of Minecraft, it allows gives voxel artists a chance to monetize their creations. With The Sandbox’s VoxEdit program, artists can create and animate voxel art and export it anywhere. For players, they will get to own various creations and their own LANDs, which will all be a part of The Sandbox Metaverse. The game also has its own in-game currency called SAND.
The Sandbox Game Maker takes what Minecraft players do on a daily basis and takes it to a new level. You can build just about any kind of game that you want within The Sandbox, allowing creators and gamers to create new and unique gaming experiences. It’s no surprise that The Sandbox has been the most highly anticipated blockchain game since September. Just imagine a Minecraft where you can freely trade assets in a marketplace, truly own a piece of LAND, and make it your own. That’s what The Sandbox promises to be.
Will The Sandbox even overtake Minecraft eventually? This is an exciting project, one the Journal will be following closely. The Sandbox Game welcomes creators, gamers, and crypto enthusiasts alike. Check it out at sandbox.game!
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Soccer Trading Cards and Fantasy Soccer Come to Blockchain Gaming - Fantasy Football on the Blockchain!
by R.A. Rowell
Stryking and FC Bayern Munich have come into a partnership to create digital collectibles based on the top German football team’s star players. Stryking was recently purchased by Animoca Brands, who seems bent on acquiring licenses to create licensed digital collectibles from every major brand on the planet they can. In particular, stryking.io is eyeing other major sports leagues and clubs to create “a global platform for blockchain-based digital collectibles centered around popular sports licenses…”
While this is hardly the first partnership to create NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) on blockchain technology of star sports players, it’s one of the first to feature the world’s most popular sport of football (known to us Americans as soccer.) Already, American sports leagues such as Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) have licensed their own digital collectibles. Like with the MLB and NBA collectibles, these blockchain cards will be usable in a fantasy game called Football-Stars. Also, they will offer their owners true asset ownership and can be freely traded.
With the backing of one of the world’s top football clubs, Football-Stars appears poised for success. According to the CryptoNinja’s article on the Stryking football NFTs, players will create virtual lineups which they pit against other users. Then, based on either historical or real-time results, these blockchain cards can gain value based on the depicted players’ success. Then, these cards can be sold on the in-game marketplace. It’s like mainstream fantasy sports now, but you can profit from the results of your players right away.
Unsurprisingly, Stryking isn’t alone in bringing football trading cards and fantasy football to the blockchain. In fact, there’s already someone ahead of them..
Sorare’s Fantasy Football Game Backed by Gaming Giant Ubisoft
Gaming giant Ubisoft and DLT (blockchain) tech firm Sorare are working on their own official football cards, too. Like the Stryking game, these cards are usable in a fantasy football game, too. They are limited edition blockchain collectibles freely tradable among players. In fact, Sorare’s fantasy football game is already licensed by nearly 30 football clubs as of this writing. It’s in open beta and dozens of other football clubs are expected to join the game, too.
Sorare’s game is fairly simple. You build a team of five players and they earn you rewards based on their weekly performance. Also, players can earn bonus points based on the “power” of their individual blockchain cards. It appears to be a hit game already among football fans. With the worldwide appeal of football, there’s a chance for this game to be a massive mainstream success. That’s likely why Ubisoft got involved and brought Sorare into its Entrepreneur Labs program.
This author has believed from the beginning that fantasy sports built on blockchain trading cards would be a major key in helping blockchain gaming go mainstream. Stryking and Sorare look to be clear frontrunners in helping blockchain fantasy sports to become a worldwide phenomenon.
Sorare clearly has a leg up on the competition with their gaming giant backing. But with all of the major licenses that Animoca is buying up, you can’t count them out, either. These are going to be exciting projects to watch, especially with Stryking and its parent company Animoca Brands eyeing other major sports for their platform, too.
Are you a believer in blockchain fantasy sports? Which leagues or teams are you excited to see join the trend?
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by R.A. Rowell
For all the great things and projects with Blockchain games being built on the popular Ethereum blockchain, this trend is likely to not last forever. A recent article on Crypto Vest suggests that "Gaming is Out, DeFi In for Ethereum" and that statement is backed up by some hard data. Decentralized finance (DeFi) is the use that the Ethereum blockchain seems better for, as the creation of DApps (Decentralized Apps) has slowed. Of course, Ethereum was originally designed for fundraising for ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings). So, the crypto lending programs such as Nest seem like they are better suited for the network than games.
As this CryptoNews article about the top 5 most popular blockchain games shows, only one of the five games is on the Ethereum blockchain. The other four exist on the EOS blockchain. The one Ethereum game is the very popular MyCryptoHeroes, but it doesn't reach the popularity of Prospectors or EOS Dynasty. Of course, popular blockchain trading card game Gods Unchained uses the Ethereum blockchain, as does the Enjin software development kit for the Unity game engine.
Which Blockchain Network Will Be the Long-Term Solution for Crypto Gaming?
Of course, the real issue with Ethereum is its scalability. It simply isn't designed to handle the amount of transactions necessary to properly run a popular and complex game. Even CryptoKitties, which is hardly complex, badly congested the network back in 2017.
The other news in the TRON network's favor is a Unity SDK for the TRON blockchain similar to the one Enjin created. Up until now, it's been the fastest growing network and largest blockchain ecosystem so far. But, primarily the games have been limited to gambling. A Unity SDK will give game developers the option of another blockchain to develop with, one that offers far more scalability. Also, the TRON network has boasted the best transaction speeds among the popular blockchains. There's a lot to like about the future of the TRON blockchain.
While EOS was the slowest growing of the major blockchains during Q3 of 2019, it also had the best user retention rate. Already many popular blockchain games exist on the EOS blockchain and there are sure to be more.
Will Ethereum Blockchain Gaming Survive Its Growing Pains?
With many projects and related assets tied to the Ethereum blockchain, it will be interesting to see how Ethereum adapts. It's still a growing network, of course, but it's been experiencing big growing pains. Fortunately, one of its biggest pains, the Fair Win FOMO game that turned out to be a scam, is no more. It congested the network so badly that legitimate DeFi apps actually had problems functioning. The loss of an app that congested up to 60 percent of the network at one point will open up the network to more legitimate ventures.
If the trend continues, however, it's likely that Ethereum blockchain gaming won't have a chance against the rapidly growing TRON, the already solid EOS, or rising stars like Chromia. As the author of a website called Digital Collectibles Journal, obviously I am watching these trends carefully. After all, DeFi is cool, but it's not my speed. With so many game related digital assets tied to Ethereum, I'm curious to see how blockchain gaming evolves (or doesn't) on that network.
Where do you see Ethereum blockchain gaming going? Is it doomed to network limitations or will innovations be made?
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by R.A. Rowell
Is this bitcoin mining game just another waste of time and clever Ponzi scheme?
Do NOT bother with this bitcoin mining game, as it looks like yet another waste of time. As the old saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it likely is.
There have been plenty of bitcoin mining games over the years. Many of them take so long to mine anything worth even withdrawing. Some never pay at all. But in the case of RollerCoin, there seems to finally an easy and fun legitimate way to earn bitcoin - or is there?
After reading a RollerCoin Review from The Pathetic Company, it seemed like it was. But, it may take a long, long time to passively mine 1 bitcoin a month (which is several thousand dollars by the way), who says you have to? Sure, the games are fun and easy, and they are adding more all the time. You could invest in mining machines to increase your passive earnings, but you don’t actually have to if you win a few games every day. You can do all this for free. Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it?
My thinking was even if you just earn a few dollars a month worth of BitCoin from playing some mindless games, it’s probably worth it. But, besides the fact that it looks legit, I didn't find payment proofs anywhere after awhile. That led me to stop supporting it. I've now seen a few people calling it a clever Ponzi scheme to sell a token called RollerToken. At first, it seemed OK, but I'm now very hesitant to support it. So, I am no longer supporting this until I see proof that this venture is in fact legitimate.
Again: Do NOT bother with this bitcoin mining game, as it looks like yet another waste of time.
R.A. Rowell is a collectibles enthusiast who comes from a long history of collecting trading cards in both sports and in Trading Card Games. He is passionate about educating the world about the future promise and benefits of digital collectibles, both on the blockchain and off.