Players who will dive into the blockchain-powered MMORPG Chainmonsters when it will launch for the public, will be able to earn from a free-to-play game. German game studio Bside Games said in a recent article about the game economics, that free-to-play gamers can find resources, make these into higher-grade resources to eventually mint NFTs and sell these on the open market.
Earning money from a blockchain-powered game is a challenging proposition for a game designer, because making things too easy will ruin the game’s economy. In addition, gamers playing the game for free should not feel left out. In the development update Bside Games noted that gamers will need to spend ‘enough time’ in the game to earn something. It will probably be a challenge to really earn… but those who’ve played Vanilla WoW know what grinding is.
Through gameplay players can always earn the in-game currency. This currency doesn’t exist on the blockchain, and will allow players to buy a limited amount of resources per week or even per month. Aside from the in-game currency, there’s also a Premium Currency. Players will need to buy this currency through for example Apple Pay to unlock for example the Season Pass or other time-limited drops and bundles.
This means that the game economy from Chainmonsters is not based on crypto, but only on NFTs. Players can consume some NFTs, while they can collect others. These NFTs can add all kinds of gameplay mechanics and game systems to Chainmonsters. For example, the Beta Season Pass includes 25 NFTs and 75 additional in-game rewards including resources, currency and materials.
Not every monsters is an NFT
Players can catch hundreds of Chainmons, but not every Mon exists on the blockchain. Bside Games revealed that every Season Pass will include Mint Tokens. These are consumables and allow the owners to mint a captured Chainmon onto the blockchain. When the Mint Token gets burned, the system creates an NFT on the Flow blockchain. These Mint Tokens don’t have any functionality yet, but this will happen with the first major content update for the beta test.
Players can upgrade their Chainmons using a variety of resources, including Gemstones, flowers, materials and Chip Dollars. Players can find common and rare gemstones in the game world, and these can then be upgraded into epic or legendary ones. These upgraded versions are automatically NFTs, allowing players to sell, use or trade the NFT gemstone. In a similar fashion the rewards from boss challenges and dungeons also come in four rarities, and only epic and legendary ones are actually NFTs.
Sure, players can earn in Chainmonsters. However, if you have the ambition to really earn then it’s likely best to also invest a bit. Thankfully, players who simply want to have a good time, will be pleased to discover that they can actually earn while having fun in the world of Chainmonsters.
Looking to invest? Good timing!
If you’re excited about Chainmonsters, this could be a good moment to spend to money on the game. This Tuesday Chainmonsters will have its Genesis sale. Bside Games will sell 3 bundles, priced $80, $160 and $450. Each of these gives players access to the Beta, it comes with 25 exclusive NFTs and some NFTs that’s only available during this presale.
The most expensive Legendary Bundle comes with one of 1.000 Amber Chainmons, There will never be more of these Mons, make them almost as rare as the Chrystal ones. Check out the Genesis bundle drop here.
What is Chainmonsters?
Chainmonsters is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game inspired by classic games like The Legend of Zelda and Pokémon. It runs on PC and mobile devices. Players will be competing against each other. Every player is an agent working for a corporation. There’s a mysterious disease that makes all creatures more aggressive, and there’s a weird crystal in the world. Guess who needs to find out? But can players trust the corporation? Who knows.
Players will need to acquire all kinds of little monsters. Some of them can only be found in certain regions, others only for a limited time. These monsters come from different elements, nine in total. These are generally home to a certain island or region: pyro, hydro, nature, electro, air, cryo, geo, and crystal.
Each of those mons has several basic attributes: health points (HP), attack, defense, elemental attack, elemental defense, speed, and stamina points (SP). In addition, each mon has individual values for each stats, which means that mons can have different stats even though they look the same.
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, working on Play to Earn Online Magazine. He’s also Head of Content for DappRadar.