Classic Gamebook Series Of The 80s To Be Developed On Blockchain

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Microsoft is teaming up with game maker Eidos and gamebook firm Fabled Lands to jointly develop the classic gamebook series of the 1980s as a blockchain card-collectable game.

The first book series to be developed as a blochchain-powered card game will be "The Way of the Tiger." It was one of the best selling classics in the 1980s, written by award-winning author Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith. It will be renamed as "Arena of Death."

The Way of the Tiger is a series of adventure gamebooks set on the fantasy world of Orb. The reader takes the part of a young monk/ninja, Avenger, initially on a quest to avenge his foster father and recover stolen scrolls. Later books presented other challenges for Avenger to overcome, most notably taking over and ruling a city.

The series of eight books could be played in sequence or as standalone adventures, although playing them in sequence preserves the continuity of the storyline. If played in sequence, any abilities, bonuses, penalties or special items Avenger had acquired carried over to the next book. They were also converted to video games.

The ninja-fuelled, samurai-packed blockchain-powered game will pit player against player in fantasy card battles, with the same characters, skills and magic of the original series.

The CEO of the new brand, and original author Jamie Thomson said he was going to relaunch the series into a computer game format. But, he added that the new technology of blockchain just made more sense.

The game will be released with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on Singapore-based VeChain's public blockchain platform, VeChainThor, which has been largely associated with enterprises and supply-chain management.

Each NFT will be wholly owned by a player, with the player having the ultimate permission to use, trade or sell it. They can sell it for real money, collect them, or use them in the game. NFTs remove the need for cryptocurrency in order to create game cards.

The promotional materials and roadmap for the blockchain-powered card game will be released soon, and is set to be a top contender for the gaming world in 2020.

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