Dark Country prepares to unleash a beta test of new gameplay involving land. Featuring a new token and a play-to-earn economy, land gameplay promises a major expansion of the Dark Country universe. As one of the older games on the Wax blockchain, Dark Country has not enjoyed as much of the spotlight as some of the more recent, meteoric risers. But that will likely change very soon.
Sold back in May of 2021, Dark Country land NFTs seemed a big stretch for what was just a horror-western themed trading card game. But the Dark Country team promised that the card game was only the beginning. Lands would bring new adventures, more play-to-earn mechanics, and an potential investment for those who wanted to own and manage a plot.
Now the time has come to get a look behind the curtains. Dark Country is currently running an open playtest for the strategic land layer. The playtest is happening on both the Wax and Flow blockchains and they expect it to last for a couple of weeks. Standard packs will be give to random participants, and the players with the most influence levels on their lands will be awarded 10 packs and 5 boosters!
Participating requires a WAX testnet account. A regular WAX account will not work. Here is a video about setting up an account on the WAX testnet. Then you will need to fill out this form and wait to be accepted. Submissions are processed every few days. the Flow test has not begun yet. Instructions for that will come at a later time.
About Dark Country Lands
Dark Country lands exist in continents, which each continent existing on a separate blockchain. WAX and Flow are the current, active chains. Continents are 100×100 with 4,000 of the plots available for ownership. Dark Country reserves the rest of the land for special game activities.
Land provides access to Adventure zones, special areas where players earn Shadow Dimes by completing quests. Landowners receive a portion of the earnings from players on their lands. To entice players, landowners have the option of upgrading several buildings and creating quests of their own.
Shadow Dimes are the basic game token for Dark Country. Landlords earn daily revenue from a shared pool in addition to their cuts from Adventurers. Players use Shadow Dimes to buy packs, Reforge heroes, and for staking on Lands. Land owners also use Shadow Dimes to pay for building upgrades and construction and as rewards for players using their lands.
Apparently, there will also be options to provide rewards for players to attack other landowners, and pay for protection for your lands! Details on this feature are lacking, but it could make for an interesting PvP layer.
What is Dark Country?
Dark Country is a collectible, trading card game built on the WAX blockchain. Featuring cowboys, guns, demons, magic, and undead minions, Dark Country brings a different theme to the world of card battling games. Dark Country plays like other TCGs you might be familiar with such as MTG, Hearthstone, and Gods Unchained. Players spend mana, play cards from their hand, and try to reduce the opponent’s health to zero.
The game is free to play and currently in an alpha phase. Though players can purchase Dark Country cards on the marketplaces, you actually don’t need any to play the game. While it’s in alpha, all cards are available to all players. Players can already play to earn via regular tournaments, special Play the Pros events, and by staking Hero cards on the Dark Country website.
The game plans to expand considerably with the introduction of a map layer with land ownership and strategic decisions for players.
Dark Country has also been active in the WAX ecosystem, partnering with many other projects such as Nova Rally, Exit Limbo, and Deepmine. Sometimes special cards are released, other times card owners get a chance earn tokens from other projects.