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The real twist that Spellfire Re-Master the Magic has in store for its players lies in how card ownership works.
Back in the early 1990s, collectible card games (CCGs) emerged as a niche tabletop gaming option. But today, they’re big business. They’re a part of a market that’s worth over $9 billion – and growing fast. Part of the reason for it is the loyalty and dedication of each game’s fans, who will go to almost any length to acquire the cards they need to win.
In recent years, though, many of the biggest players in the CCG market have started to shift focus toward creating digitized versions of their flagship games. For them, it’s a smart economic move that cuts their production costs (digital cards don’t have printing costs) while maintaining high revenues. But for CCG fans, it means the loss of tangible card ownership and the elimination of secondary card trading marketplaces.
But there’s a new entrant into the CCG market that aims to change all that. It’s called Spellfire Re-Master the Magic, and it leverages NFT game cards to put card ownership back where it belongs – in the hands of players. And their game concept goes much further than that, too. Here’s what Spellfire Re-Master the Magic is and why it may be on the verge of creating a revolution in the CCG market.
A Legend in the Making
If the name Spellfire Re-Master the Magic sounds familiar, that’s not an accident. It has its roots in a legendary out-of-print CCG from the early 1990s. After that game went dormant, a group of its ardent fans went looking for a way to revive it. Spellfire Re-Master the Magic is the result of their efforts, a new game with the old charm.
The game’s roots play a big role in why it’s being designed the way it is. By creating a game based on NFT collectibles, the developers are putting players at the center of the in-game economy. And that economy has the potential to be both vast and quite profitable for players.
That’s because the game will integrate a novel play-to-earn mechanic that allows players to upgrade their cards through gameplay, making them more powerful and more valuable at the same time. It’s a game mechanic that no other CCG has ever attempted, and it’s not even the most interesting innovation included in the game.
Cards that Earn Money for Their Owners
The real twist that Spellfire Re-Master the Magic has in store for its players lies in how card ownership works. It begins with the fact that there are three different card types available for players to purchase. And each offers unique benefits of ownership. The most valuable of the card types are called original NFT cards. They come in multiple rarities, and some of them are one-of-a-kind. Needless to say, that makes them quite valuable. But that’s not all.
The next type of card, called playing NFT cards, are copies of the original versions. But what’s interesting is that owners of the original versions get 90% of the sale proceeds of the copies. This makes owning originals a way to earn a constant stream of income, which increases with the rarity of the card.
And last but not least, are the non-NFT cards. They’re standard printed collectible cards with one major innovation – each has a unique QR code on it. That makes it possible for a card’s owner to register it in the game app. And from that point on, any upgrades they add to the card stick with it. So if they choose to sell a card to another player, all of the upgrades go with it, increasing its value.
A Unique Play-to-Earn System
Spellfire: Re-Master the Magic leverages its three card types into a rather unique play-to-earn system. Because of their inherent value, the developers expect that most players will own and play decks built primarily with playing NFT cards.
Those cards, despite not earning money directly like the original NFT cards, can still be profitable. That’s because using them in gameplay helps them gain experience – and in-game $MAGIC tokens. Those tokens are how players may buy upgrades for their cards, making them stronger and more valuable.
The non-NFT cards aren’t left out, either. Players can upgrade those cards through a four-level system, at which point they transform into playing NFT cards. That then makes them eligible to participate in the play-to-earn mechanics described above.
And the game’s developers want players to take advantage of the play-to-earn system. They’re even proving it by rewarding members of their Discord community with on-platform Frostfire tokens every day they’re active. Those tokens can be redeemed to purchase Spellfire NFT cards, making it free for participants to start their collection.
A CCG Set to Dominate
So far, the team behind Spellfire: Re-Master the Magic has gotten 115 of their first custom-designed NFT cards onto their OpenSea marketplace. And they’re preparing the next batch of cards for minting and release right now. They’re also hard at work refining the game’s app to get it ready for a public release, too.
When that happens, players will get their first taste of a next-generation CCG that solves many of the problems that fans have had with conventional digital CCGs. They’ll even have the chance to have a real stake in the success of the game, which is something that’s sure to delight the game’s old-school fans and new players alike. And in the meantime, they can begin to build their collection of NFT cards in preparation for the battles to come – which will no doubt be epic.