The advent of blockchain tech and crypto-collectibles has kicked off a new era of trading card games, with few as fun to play as CryptoBeasties, the latest blockchain-based trading card game featuring exotic beasts and characters to collect, trade, and play with.
The entire team at Decentraland is keen to announce that they’ll be collaborating with CryptoBeasties to build a Decentraland integration for their game, bringing your Beasties right into the metaverse!
What is CryptoBeasties?
Trading cards have been popular with gamers for decades.
There’s something distinctively captivating and rewarding about seeking out and collecting rare items. Trading card games combined this classic recreation with the more social and competitive mechanics of a game. Many of us grew up with these kinds of games, like Pokemon, Digimon, and Magic cards, so we were all instantly thrilled to see how crypto would evolve the genre.
The CryptoBeasties team was just as enthusiastic about the potential of crypto-collectibles, but they felt that the initial crypto games were lacking the fun and engaging experience provided by real trading cards.
They saw slow, clunky interfaces and an absence of immersion and interaction. So, they set to work building CryptoBeasties, a game still met on collectibles, but far more social and engaging, and (most importantly) more fun to play.
How does CryptoBeasties work?
CryptoBeasties is a blockchain-based trading card game (or TCG). This means that each card that you add to your deck is owned by you alone. The scarcity of digital items made viable by non-fungible tokens (NFTs) also means that your rare cards are indeed rare (and significantly valuable).
These attributes might not be new to people already acquainted with other crypto-collectibles (but if they are, we highly recommend reading our blogpost on how NFTs are changing online gaming).
CryptoBeasties stands out with its readily available and directly engaging game mechanics. CryptoBeasties is making it easier to discover, acquire, and trade crypto-collectibles, building your preferred deck.
As you build a bigger deck of Beasties, you can create individual squads of three with complementary powers. The goal is to build the strongest squad that you can! These trios can later be pitted against other players’ squads (or even an AI) to gain experience and strengthen your Beasties.
While a number of other crypto TCGs allow you to customize your cards, CryptoBeasties lets you give specific Beasties different combinations of skills and powers as they level up. For example, Water Boars are normally super slow, defensive-minded Beasties, but if you add to his Speed skill every time he levels up and embed a Flying Attack “Power Stone”, you might create the only superfast, flying Water Boar in the game!
What does this indicate for Decentraland?
One of the biggest issues the CryptoBeasties team saw with most crypto-collectible games was an absence of immersive and social gameplay. While it’s fun to collect and customize cute, digital creatures, they wanted to build a game that was more competitive, required more communication and collaboration, and provided room to grow.
Within the Decentraland Client, players will be able to get up-close and personal with their Beasties, making the battles much more intense.
Decentraland also makes it possible to return to one of the biggest appeals of physical trading card games — spontaneous duels with your friends!
You can carry your customized deck of Beasties with you wherever you go in Genesis City. If you see another person tagged as a CryptoBeasties player, you’ll be able to run up and challenge them to a bout. Or, you could coordinate larger tournaments in one of the many locations of Genesis City.
Decentraland is still under construction (and so is CryptoBeasties) so the teams are exploring options to make sure they deliver the best experience possible. A couple of ideas of what this may look like in-world : players might be teleported to a temporary, remote “arena” either on a individual parcel or a platform suspended in the sky. These arenas might be kept publicly available to vistors or friends of the gamers. Another option they’re contemplating is limiting the public duels to roads and plazas.
How soon can I see CryptoBeasties in Decentraland?
The CryptoBeasties group is first building a robust 2D experience that you can sign up for here . They’re planning on holding the presale this month, so get ready! Later this fall, they intend to have built an alpha version of the card game, and a 3D/VR experience shortly after with a projected launch in coordination with the Decentraland Client.
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