Gods Unchained is a free to play trading card game (TCG) where you can fight duels with your card deck in skill based match-making. It is a tactical game that requires players to strategize with different card decks that can be used in a variety of different ways. Thanks to the Ethereum blockchain, it gives players true ownership of the items they earn. The currency has been decided to be a $GODS token, so players can earn and sell their NFTs because all of the in-game assets will be to your name. This web3 Game has also made its way into the Epic Games Store. It’s also worth mentioning that it is one of the earliest games to adopt blockchain technology, initially being launched in 2018!
Reaching New Heights — Immutable X
Immutable is a prominent blockchain company, securing $77 million in venture capital funding. It has garnered support from renowned investors like Naspers, Galaxy Digital, Coinbase, Bitkraft Ventures, Fabric Ventures, and (nowadays less renowned and more notorious) Alameda Research.
Now although Layer 1 (L1) blockchain Ethereum sets up as a good base for Gods Unchained, it still has a very restricted capacity. Its drawbacks for games include longer transaction times and high gas fees. This is where Immutable X comes in. It provides a gas free environment and a Layer 2 scaling solution which results in super fast trades. Furthermore Immutable X does not compromise anyone’s security, providing a safe gaming environment for the NFT space.
$GODS TOKEN — The Currency
The primary in-game currency for Gods Unchained will be “$GODS token”. These tokens can be used to create new NFTs, make in-game purchases and they can be used to participate in governance voting. This creates an environment where the community can not only experience a unique game but also can be a part of the decision-making.
Objectives of $GODS Token
- These tokens give players a chance to earn rewards and is their asset both in the virtual and the real world.
- Since the $GODS token is distributed to all kinds of participants ranging from content creators to third-party developers. It fosters a shared interest in all stake-holders, promoting collaboration and engagement.
- A fixed supply schedule to promote economic sustainability.
$GODS tokens have a fixed total supply of 500,000,000, provisionally allocated.
$GODS Token Utilities
- Crafting Tradable NFTs
In Gods Unchained, players can craft new NFTs for in-game use or marketplace trading. By fusing two identical “plain” cards, players create a valuable “Meteorite” version. Crafting in The Forge requires a combination of $GODS tokens and in-game assets. The $GODS tokens used in crafting are allocated to the $GODS Staking Rewards Pool, providing rewards to active stakers. This system encourages player participation in staking, and enhances the Play to Earn experience within Gods Unchained.
- Purchasing with $GODS
NFT expansion sets entering the ecosystem. These cards can later be traded on Immutable X’s Layer 2 marketplace. The $GODS token plays a crucial role in providing meaningful utility, with 20% of primary sales and secondary trading fees payable in $GODS. Purchasers have the option to use their $GODS to save on ETH/USD costs or keep them for other purposes. If $GODS is not used or is insufficient, the 20% fee is automatically swapped on the open market. This integration firmly connects $GODS to the economy while maintaining sustainable movement through the Staking Rewards Pool for active stakers.
- $GODS Reward Pool
Users who actively stake their $GODS tokens will receive staking rewards, which are sourced from the Staking Rewards Pool. This pool is funded by $GODS tokens acquired through actions in the Gods Unchained store and The Forge. At regular 7-day intervals, eligible users can claim their rewards, which will be determined based on the lowest amount of $GODS held in their Immutable X account during the specific reward interval. The staking rewards are proportional to this minimum token balance. This system ensures that users are incentivized to stake consistently and allows them to earn a share of $GODS tokens according to their staked amount.
- Active Participation — Decentralized Governance
$GODS token holders will have the opportunity to participate in decentralized governance by voting on various token-related proposals. These proposals cover topics such as token reserve allocation, community and ecosystem fund distribution, changes in $GODS token supply, and sponsorship or grant recipients.
Governance occurs on both Ethereum and Immutable X, with voting power directly tied to the amount of $GODS tokens held by users.
Multiple Financial Streams
Instead of having to buy Gods Unchained once, it’s free to play. You can buy special content and features, but you don’t have to buy them to enjoy the game. These extras are there to make the game more fun and exciting, but they’re not necessary to play and have fun with the game.
The NFT “expansion set”
In Gods Unchained, players can buy expansion sets through card packs and chests. These cards can be used in the game or traded outside as tokens. Expansion sets are limited, making them rarer than core cards.
The Genesis and Trial of the Gods sets have generated over $10 million in revenue, adding excitement and content to the game.
Secondary Market Royalty Fees to come
Another source of revenue will be an inclusion of a royalty fee in the secondary market I.E TokenTrove, OpenSea or Immutable X. The team at Gods Unchained sees this as a primary source of revenue in the near future.
- Gas Free Transactions
Instant trading technology creates a super user experience. This allows the game to become more popular by making everything easy and highly efficient.
- Sustained Player Engagement
By incorporating NFT ownership and Play to Earn mechanics, the game creates incentives for players to stay, become active participants, and contribute to the game’s expansion.
- Playable on Mobile
There can be an exponential increase in the number of users, because of it being easily accessible. Therefore, tapping into a much larger audience.
- Lower costs on advertising
Games usually grow by getting more players through paid advertising. Research shows that Play to Earn games like Gods Unchained can get new players at a 30% lower cost compared to regular games. This gives Gods Unchained a special advantage in getting new players without spending as much on ads.
- Using Growth Loops
Gods Unchained used the following highly effective loops for growth in revenue:
The Influencer Loop: We partner with top influencers to spread awareness, attracting new players from diverse niches.Viral Referral Loop: Existing players are rewarded for bringing in quality new players, leading to more referrals. Engagement Loop: Engaging features bring players back, scaling their engagement and increasing their lifetime value.
- $GODS tokens
$GODS tokens are the latest addition to Gods Unchained, a currency for the future that rewards players, fosters growth, and empowers the community to drive the game’s success.
Now that we have gotten to learn about all the technical jargon, let’s move on to the fun part. The game itself!
In-game Mechanics: How To Play Gods Unchained?
All you need to know about Cards & Decks
A combination of 30 cards is called a Deck. Creating a Deck is really important for it to show what kind of play style you prefer.
There are 6 card domains: War, Light, Nature, Deception, Magic and Death. If the card does not have any of these domains then it is considered neutral.A card of a specific domain cannot be added to a deck of another I.e A card of War domain cannot be added to a deck of theLight domain etc.
Cards marked with a tribe have unique abilities e.g Anubian cards can usually draw discarded creatures back from the void and into your hand.
P.S Not all cards have tribes.
A collection of cards grouped by a theme is a Set.
Free-to-play sets are received just by playing the game.
Promotional sets are limited time cards.
Expansion sets are sold directly from the store.
The one-of-a-kind set can only be held by one user at a time therefore, one of a kind.
Here is a complete demographic on different kinds of cards, their attributes and where they can be seen on the card.
Face other opponents without a competitive mindset, just for fun. This won’t affect your rank.
You can only play this mode during the weekend. It will be a competitive game so it can alter your rank. You have the chance to earn Flux, Fragments and packs of cards from this event.
Play against AI for practice purposes.
Play against a friend for no elo at stake.
How Can You Get Started?
Well you could register a Gods Unchained account, download the game launcher. You can do that from Epic Games as well. Now you can just start playing, no strings attached. The best part is you don’t even need to buy an NFT to start playing, it’s completely free-to-play. You will receive a Welcome Set consisting of 2 copies of 70 cards. The game offers various cards that provide a glimpse of its mechanics and each god’s unique abilities. These cards allow you to explore different gameplay styles, helping you decide your preferred path and strategy.
This article has been written by The Web3 Game writer Khawaja Affan, and edited by Jeffrey.