As blockchain technology hits the gaming industry, most game developers are only exploring subtle integrations. Meanwhile, a Seattle startup is making extensive use of the technology to completely reinvent how tabletop card games are played and distributed.
New Gaming Paradigm
CryptoSlate recently spoke with Seattle studio Cryptogogue about their unique crypto-backed trading card game and radical plan for distributing it. Having noticed that many companies are “trying to map existing paradigms to the blockchain”, Cryptogogue set out to take this concept to the next level and “gamify the blockchain” itself.
The result is Volition, a hybrid concept that combines a traditional printed trading card game with all of the features of crypto-collectibles. The game’s name, Volition, means “an act of making a choice or decision; the power of choosing or determining.”
“There are so many crypto projects out there that help facilitate a better physical to digital transformation,” says Ken Pilcher, “but not many that help bring it full circle and back to something tangible.”
The game is built on top of a new digital-to-physical distribution platform where the game’s content is published and sold to the community of miners running the network. Meanwhile, the game is actually played on a physical tabletop with real-world friends.
When it comes time to play, anyone who owns a card can print it out and use it in a game.
Changing Play and Trade
Thanks to blockchain technology, proof of ownership and authenticity can easily be verified by scanning a code on the card and checking it against the network. Cards may be checked casually by scanning them with an app on your phone, or systematically by judges and organizers during tournaments.
Because a blockchain is the distribution platform,