Blockchain was going to revolutionize the world, not like some Bio-digital jazz, but something more pertinent to the world economics. While those dreams have not been shattered there is certainly some lost sheen.
After the highs and lows of the preceding year, one hopes this year will be more stable and things will get back on track. In the meantime, there are still crypto enthusiasts who are keeping themselves occupied.
Digital assets have a certain allure that is hard to peg down. While some have argued that this is a craze which, in essence, is nothing more than a collector’s item; a rare bit of code created for programmers by other programmers.
Yet the crypto community would beg to differ. For the millions who send receive and hold these assets, they want more. So now one can find a wide variety of merchandise, from accessories to clothing to stickers. It is little wonder that the next iteration involves games, board and card games, at least for now.
Small Steps For A Budding Industry
There have been many games which “borrow” heavily from established games like Monopoly or Life. These are mostly from inspired fans on Reddit who drew their mock-up version and received enough interest to involve others.
Yet, there are more serious game makers who are interested in this community. While the games themselves are not as polished as Clue or Risk and might not have the intricacies of a Warhammer series.
That is hardly a surprise with the relatively small fan base of a young technology. While it will certainly take some time and a few good runs in the market before the likes of Bitcoin become more mainstream, Crypto based games are already available. Some noted games are:
A trendsetter in its own right, this was the first Bitcoin game to gain wider public attention. The creator of the game, David Thomas says that It is a card game with the simple objective of amassing the most bitcoins.
It has varied and interesting game mechanics. For instance, it has Character cards that deal with law, coding, and marketing; in a little tongue in cheek fashion, it also has attack cards named Hack, Lawsuit, or Smear Campaign.
Though the game came out in 2017 and was even discussed online a fair bit, it has since almost disappeared. Having said that, it must have done fairly well to get a second iteration.
Bitcoin Empire: To the Moon 2.0
This sequel of Bitcoin Empire had its creator going back to Kickstarter and succeeded in obtaining funding for this project. The game released in the first quarter of 2018. It builds on the framework of its predecessor but adds a host of pop culture references.
The game was described as “a card game about bitcoin and a conspiracy that the moon landings are fake.”
This is a is a strategy board game released with help from crowdfunding via Indiegogo. The game looks to include everyone and claims that it: “requires you to know absolutely nothing about cryptocurrencies.”
The game has event cards such as Rumors, Hacks, and Hard Forks and offers a variety of auction methods. Undoubtedly a great place to start learning about cryptos, in a similar vein to what Age of Empires did to teach many about history.
Cryptocurrency: The Board Game
This is a game with the tagline:
“Trick your opponents into buying cryptocurrency scams while you trade, mine and rumourmonger to riches.”
It certainly captures the prevarication prevalent in the market. Putting the player in the shoes of the CEO of a startup, they are expected to trade and mine their way to success, along the way they will need to hire and fire experts, horde and dump coins and deal with crypto mining issues.
Considering the game was able to raise well over $10,000 from its Kickstarter campaign, it certainly has enough interest in the wider community.
Games serve to entertain and at the same time educate. Some will find comfort and distraction in these while others will no doubt find stark reminders about the nature and vagaries of the crypto market.