Next week Dark Country will sell the first land parcels on the Wax blockchain. Gamers interested in buying land will need to be whitelisted. The presale takes place on May 25th through the Atomic Hub Marketplace, followed by a main sale within 14 days.
The Dark Country land sale isn’t open for everybody. The first wave of the pre-sale is for players who spent $39,90 or more on the Dark Country website before September 15th 2020. In addition the guild leaders, chat moderators and top chat members are eligible. However, there’s a limit of 1 rancho pack containing one land plot, and 1 mayor pack with 3 land plots with a 30-minute cooldown. This first round of the pre-sale starts on May 25th at 4PM UTC.
One hour later the second round takes place. Every gamer that has played Dark Country at least one time before May 19th 2021 will be eligible for this sale. Again, there’s the same buy limit, but with a 20-minute cooldown.
The rancho pack will cost $200, which will give players one random land parcel. Buying the mayor’s pack gives gamers a bigger chance to find a higher level land plot. However, this pack costs $600. All prices are paid in WAX tokens.
Last week Dark Country already did the land sale on the Flow blockchain. They announced that the game would come to Flow back in April. The sale sold out within minutes.
Land in Dark Country across blockchains
Dark Country works across different blockchains, and on the world map every continent represents one particular blockchain. When a new chains gets added, a new continent will appear. On these continents there will be lands, which give players access to resources. Every continent consists out of 10,000 land plots, and only 4,000 will go to players. The remaining 6,000 will be used for activities organized by the developers.
All lands have their own unique set of buildings that landowners can build and upgrade. Doing so will improve gameplay abilities, as heroes can get a buff, or farming income will increase. The closer a piece of land is to the center of the continent, the better and more valuable it will be. A common land will have a normal farming rate, while an epic one is labeled as ‘very fast’. At the center of the game world there are 10 mythic lands, which promise ultra fast farming.
What can you do with land?
As a landowner there are active and passive activities for owning land NFTs. You could rent your land to someone and receive a passive income. However, you could also receive a share of the in-game rewards from player adventures. When landowners start building on their land, it will become more interesting. An alchemy lab is perfect for creating potions, taverns provide quests, blacksmith make weapons and for those good trades players can go to the black market. Earning a revenue share from all sales here, is part of the game.
At the same time lands add a whole range of new gameplay options. Players could complete quests, discover random adventures, or defeat portal beasts for extra points. In addition players can use land to upgrade their cards, and of course visit the buildings made by landowners to craft new clothes, weapons and scrolls.
Shadow Dimes: the SDM token
Every day landowners earn Shadow Dimes, or SDM tokens. At the heart of the continent there’s the Dark Portal, from where the tokens get distributed. Based on their land, the development of it, and the in-game activity, landowners earn SDM tokens. Players also earn SDM tokens for completing quests. They can then use these coins to upgrade building, acquire new cards, and upgrade existing ones. The introduction of the Shadow Dimes is the biggest play-to-earn mechanic that’s they are adding to the game.
To create certain buildings, to craft items or prepare a hero character for quests and adventures, players will need resources like food, wood, etc. These resources are produced by buildings on land or players can purchase them with Shadow Dimes. In addition they can be earned through gameplay, by completing quests and adventures.
Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he’s a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He’s a content manager and creator at heart, started the Play to Earn Online Magazine in early 2020.