Chain Gamer is a series of articles that explores the brilliant games being developing on the blockchain. Gaming is a massive market and, contrary to popular media, blockchain technology has a lot to offer to both gamers and game developers.
Card games are some of the most popular games across the world. Naturally, the internet era found a means to take these popular games into a digital format and it wasn’t long till online card games attracted an audience.
Card games are straight-forward but quite fun: players collect cards and battle against each other.
However, there’s one caveat. While players put in a lot of time, effort, and dedication into compiling a desirable collection of cards/collectibles, the cards remains the property of the game company. While the internet made it possible to convey data that a specific account possesses certain cards/collectibles, blockchain technology makes it possible for players to own the cards/collectibles. Thus, a private key is needed to access the assets that an account accrues.
Since many games already incorporate a digital currency, the Crypto market has actively captured the interest of gamers. The trend is only getting stronger.
A popular Ethereum game, World of Ether is a card game developed by the founders of the world’s largest blockchain meetup.. While blockchain-enabled games have focused primarily on the collection stage of a card game, World of Ether involves active battling. Rather than just collecting cards based on their aesthetic appeal, Etherians, which are mythical monsters with unique looks and exceptional powers, are sought for both their aesthetics and battling prowess.
The Ethereum blockchain is known for creating robust smart contracts but the end-user products are often severely lacking UI traits that people are adjusted to. World of Ether excels at making the game’s cards appealing to the users while making sure the lore is immersive and interactions are captivating.
The story revolves around the discovery of monsters in the mythical World of Ether. Acquiring the monsters and battling allows users to level up. There’s a bonus Easter egg: discovery of rare monsters, through breeding, allows users to win thousands of dollars!
An Introduction to Etherians
To start the game:
- Simply log in to your Metamask and click play now.
- On the next page, click explore.
- Then, pick your name and avatar, and then click continue; immediately, your Metamask window will pop-up and you’ll have to sign your name.
Playing the Game
The game revolves around collecting Etherians, battling, breeding, and trading your stack.
Etherians fall into the following classes: common, uncommon, rare, and legendary.
Naturally, the rarer breeds are more desirable.
Every player needs at least some Etherians. To acquire an Etherian, you can either ask a friend for one, buy an Etherian from the marketplace, or breed some. Breeding requires you to have 2 Etherians of the same type.
You can ask in Discord and maybe someone will help out, elsewise you can just buy 2 on the marketplace—the cost would be around a dollar for each.
Battles require users to possess at least 2 Etherians. Battles can be against other players or even bots; playing against bots is a good way to sharpen one’s skills and gain the expertise to beat other players. Battles make the game fun as, unlike a typical card game, Etherians can be collected to fight for victory.
Win to level up your Etherians! Etherians of high levels can fetch good money when sold on the marketplace.
The core trading happens on the marketplace.
At any given point, Etherians of all types are for sale and PvP trades happen on a daily basis. This is a good way to monetize one’s progress in the game.
Breeding brings a flavor of suspense to the game. The offspring you get from breeding depends on the parents and leveling up increases your chance of discovering the most sought after Etherians.
Etherians fall under the following types:
Only Etherians of the same type can be bred; rarer Etherians breed rarer offspring.
Discover the rare Etherians in this list through breeding to win large amounts of ETH. The game also includes frequent battle competitions and there is one starting tonight for 9 ETH to celebrate the holidays.
World of Ether is a good display of how blockchain technology can be used to enhance games. While card games have existed for a long time, World of Ether uses the blockchain to give users ownership of their collectibles while also providing a safe marketplace for their trade via smart contracts.
Game Guide: https://worldofether.com/guide
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