Play2Earn Gaming: Dreams Quest
This upcoming RPG game set in a fantasy metaverse will showcase how powerful Dynamic NFTs are for gaming.
The cinematic teaser for Dreams Quest is an eye candy and doesn’t reveal much except for some fantasy RPG staples—a beautifully rendered fire-breathing dragon, an imposing barren landscape, and the reel itself synced to some thundering drums meant to awaken the inner warrior within any gamer. But Dreams Quest isn’t designed to just be your ordinary evening escape into a different world.
Envisioned as a fantasy metaverse where players explore vibrant lands battling it out with mystic creatures and with each other, the game is one of the many up and coming mergers between the gaming industry and blockchain technology, where the inclusion of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as an integral element of gameplay is promising massive play-to-earn opportunities and is reshaping how we view games and how we sustain a thriving decentralized economy on a blockchain.
After all, the NFT market is already raking in some serious profit, becoming a $22-billion industry seemingly overnight in 2021, mostly in the trade of NFT artwork and in-game characters and items—and it’s no secret in the news what unbelievably high prices some people are willing to pay for for something that only exists ‘digitally’. If you’re still finding it hard to wrap your head around what an NFT is and why it has become so lucrative, read on.
Why NFTs are revolutionizing gaming
An NFT is basically a “one-of-a-kind unit of data” that exists in the blockchain, irreplaceable and non-interchangeable. In the same way that the blockchain is virtually a foolproof ledger of keeping track of how many bitcoins there are and who has how much at any given time, the blockchain can also keep track of NFTs and to make sure they retain their uniqueness by preventing NFTs from being copied or duplicated. Hence the original code for an NFT of an artwork for example, exists only by itself in the blockchain in the same way that there only exists one original Mona Lisa in the world—the one hanging in the Louvre.
So early on, it became pretty obvious how NFTs could be used as a storage of value, owing to the capability to make it ‘rare’ or completely unique by itself. The rarer and more desirable the item, the more value it can hold and gain over time.
Now you can see where this is going when it comes to role playing games (RPGs) or trading card games (TCGs) where rare powerful characters, weapons, armor, or magical objects are not just important inside the game itself—but can actually hold value in the real world. In a game built on the blockchain, a rare item is uniquely yours everywhere unlike in conventional games where the rare item exists only as yours within your own copy of the game.
Now this is where Dreams Quest is pushing the concept further with the inclusion of “dynamic” NFTs. Simply put, dynamic NFTs are NFTs that you can improve upon as you progress within the game. As you nurture and level up your character or improve your weapons through upgrades or through crafting, the NFTs thus increase in value over what you bought the NFT for initially when you started the game.
So instead of losing value in the form of hours ‘wasted’ playing as used to be the case —blockchain games allow players to store the time they invested in the game into their NFTs!
Dreams Quest hasn’t released any actual footage of the gameplay yet, though the design is described as allowing for multiple options of exploration with your customizable avatars: single player story quests, collaborative gameplay or “raids”, and head-to-head battles using the game’s collectible NFT cards whose mechanics we’re assuming is going to be somewhat similar to that of trading card games (TCGs) like Pokémon or the immensely popular Magic: The Gathering, where different cards used in play can greatly influence the outcome of a battle.
The world itself is set into two “realms”, a Celestial realm and an Infernal realm consisting of three nations each with many races available for play in each nation. There is only a sparse backstory available so far in the official litepaper, though the “rift” between the realms does eerily sound symbolic somehow about the whole concept of the metaverse project itself in relation to real life (i.e. confusion between wakefulness and sleep; what is real and what is not—some existentialist stuff here). At any rate, inhabiting these realms and keeping an uneasy peace are the “Guardians”, which in gameplay are special cards that can be used to give oneself the upper hand in battles.
The game allows for many styles of play, where players can gain experience and rewards:
Story quests—narratives for players to follow where they can discover or forge special items along the way
Adventure quests—quick single-story quests
Exploration quests—non combat quests where players can simply move around and discover hidden treasures and resources in the vast gameworld
Profession quests—special quests that focus on the unique abilities or profession of the chosen character
Companion quests—quests involving companions that players find throughout the game, some of which can also evolve and become more powerful
Guardians quests—the TCG aspect of the game where players can use their decks to influence the outcome of a battle
Dragon's Lair quest—Leaderboard players compete for a chance to raid ‘the dragon’s lair’
In these various quests, players can stack up on potential profits through the items they find, upgrading them as dynamic NFTs and selling them on the marketplace. As each dynamic NFT is unique depending on how a player crafted it, the possibilities are endless in what you can come up with to sell.
Players can also enter into tournaments for prize money and join guilds for cooperative gameplay, pooling resources together or renting out their items and cards to each other to embark on larger quests and earn bigger rewards and find more valuable items.
Players can also set up shop, becoming merchants, shopkeepers, blacksmiths, or alchemists depending on your character’s unique abilities. Players can haggle among themselves on NFT prices or even hold auctions!
Dreams Quest has many in-game resources used in the gameplay, but only the DREAMS token is used as an actual cryptocurrency for trading or purchasing within the game and for entering into events.
There will be a total supply of 4 billion DREAMS. Currently over 2 billion DREAMS have already been minted. As more players join the network, more DREAMS will be minted during gameplay.
Token distribution are as follows:
Gameplay — 50.38 %
Team and Advisors — 14.5 %
Marketing — 6%
Development — 6%
Private Sale — 18%
Reserve — 3%
MM/LP — 1.5%
Public Sale — 0.63 %
An initial supply of 10 million DREAMS are minted for IDO participants.
The DREAMS coin has recently been listed on the KuCoin exchange.
NFTs are undoubtedly headed to become a mainstay element of gaming in the future and Dreams Quest is certainly one of the titles to keep an eye out for. Riding on both the popularity of fantasy themed MMORPG and TCG game formats and promising a completely free-to-play platform, a likely following is expected soon after beta access in the first half of 2022. Though much remains to be seen with the game itself (we can only hope that the actual graphics are as good as we imagine them to be), weekly project updates on the Dream Quest official YouTube channel are optimistic on game development, community traction and schedule.