Spells of Genesis
Spells of Genesis is a game developed by the Swiss-based company EverdreamSoft that integrates the bitcoin blockchain technology in both its game economy and its storyline. It uses BitCrystals as its premium currency, which is a Counterparty asset that can be easily traded on external cryptocurrency exchanges such as ShapeShift or Bittrex. EverdreamSoft also issues a number of game cards as Counterparty assets that can be exchanged peer-to-peer outside of the game.
The game is currently in a public beta testing phase. A roadmap until the official launch in December 2016 has been published. To play the game, sign up on the Spells of Genesis website. The web version and the Android app are then available from your profile page on the website. The access to the iOS version is given upon request by sending an email to bitcrystals[at]everdreamsoft.com.
The different levels of the game are located on the map of Askian when you enter the app.
Note that, for the time being, all rewards earned in the game (gold, elemental crystals and non-blockchain cards) are only temporary and are reset after each testing season.
Counterparty compatible wallet
If you want to acquire blockchain-based cards and use them in game, you will need to set up a Counterparty compatible wallet and connect it to your game account. There are several different types of Counterparty wallets, some of them being listed on the Counterparty website. EverdreamSoft also proposes its own wallet (called BitCrystals Box) developed for Spells of Genesis players.
The best mobile wallet is certainly Book of Orbs, an enhanced Counterparty compatible wallet that has been especially designed for game assets and enables to visualize them exacly as they are displayed in game.
Blockchain-based cards can be acquired from different sources.
You can visit the official store, that proposes the most recent cards, even if some of them are only accessible to lifetime members (premium merchant) and partners (partner merchant).
Most cards can only be acquired on the secondary market, either from other private stores (mainly swapbots) or on the Counterparty Decentralized Exchange (DEX). All cards publicly proposed for sale are displayed and can be accessed from the Sogassets website. Cards can be bought with different Counterparty assets such as BitCrystals (BCY), Counterparty (XCP), Storjcoin X (SJCX), and sometimes also with Bitcoin (BTC).
BitCrystals (BCY) is at the same time the fuel of the game and its premium currency. BitCrystals were initially issued by EverdreamSoft in a limited supply of 100 000 000 and 70% of them were offered for sale during the BitCrystals Token Sale that took place in August-September 2015. Backers of the project bought BitCrystals and thus supported the development of the Spells of Genesis game.
BitCrystals can be traded on the blockchain or used to purchase blockchain-based cards. BitCrystals is a deflationary cryptocurrency: At the end of each month, 50% of the card sale income in BCY on the official store are burnt (destroyed). The total supply of BCY is therefore constantly decreasing. BitCrystals can be freely traded on different platforms such as ShapeShift or Bittrex. You can follow the evolution of its exchange rate on CoinCap.
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