CryptoFights is a blockchain-backed, fantasy combat game for Android that allows players to wager on fights. It is currently in closed beta, and there is no timetable for a public release.
However, some players have played the game, and many details of how CryptoFights works have been revealed over time.
This article will explain what we know so far about CryptoFights. We’ll explain the CryptoFights races, stats, battle actions, wagering system, anti-cheating protections, and more.
We’ll tell you everything you need to know to decide whether this game is worth beta testing or playing.
CryptoFights trailer and graphics
The developer of CryptoFights has released a trailer. Like most mobile game trailers, it’s full of flashy cinematics that tend to distract the viewer from the gameplay itself. But there are still some examples in the video of what CryptoFights gameplay looks like.
What it shows is a 3D arena similar to what is found in fighting games like Mortal Kombat 11 and Dragon Ball FighterZ, but with fantasy RPG characters using swords, staves, and bows instead of fists.
For a turn-based mobile RPG, these graphics are great. So if the gameplay is as good as the graphics, CryptoFights should do well.
The developer has provided some information about how the game will be played, and testers of the closed beta have provided further information. Here is what we know so far about CryptoFights gameplay.
The game currently allows you to play three different races: human, dwarf, and elf. Humans get +1 to all stats, while dwarves get +2 to resistances and vitality. Elves get +10 to initiative and +2 to agility.
Players of tabletop Dungeons & Dragons will find these racial bonuses to be somewhat familiar. We can imagine there will be many players choosing to play dwarven fighter builds and elven thief builds, just as they often do in D&D.
All characters begin with 10 stat points they can distribute as they please. Every time a character earns an even-numbered experience level (2, 4, 6, etc.), he gains an additional stat point to spend.
Here are the stats used in the game:
Strength – Gives a bonus to hit and damage with brutal weapons (longswords, axes, etc.)
Agility – Gives a bonus to hit and damage with dextrous weapons (rapiers, crossbows, etc.) and increases the chance of successfully dodging
Vitality – Increases HP when new levels are attained
As with the races, there is nothing surprising in CryptoFights’ stat system. It seems as if it was lifted straight out of the D&D 5E Player’s Handbook, except that the words “dexterity” and “stamina” have been replaced with “agility” and “vitality.”
This isn’t necessarily a flaw in CryptoFights. Many players who prefer traditional RPG rules will probably like the fact that it is so familiar.
But players looking for strange races or an innovative combat system will not find it here. You aren’t going to be playing a Dragon bard or an Orc wizard in this game.
If you play a character and find that you don’t like it, you can create a new one. There is no limit to the number of characters that can be created.
Once your character is created, you can issue a challenge to duel other players. Or you can browse through the list of players that have issued challenges until you find one you want to fight.
At the beginning of a fight, both players roll for initiative. The player who wins this roll goes first. When it gets to your turn, you have a chance to make an attack roll.
If your roll is higher than your opponent’s AC, it hits. If it’s lower, it misses.
If your attack hits, you roll for damage.
In addition to these basic attack mechanics, you can also perform special actions during your turn. For example, if you are low on health, you can use your action to drink a health potion.
Depending on the type of weapon you have, you may also be able to use your action to perform an “improved attack” that will do significantly more damage than a normal attack.
Or if you fear that your opponent is about to do an improved attack of his own, you may decide to do a “defensive stance” to lessen the damage.
Winning at CryptoFights
If you reduce your opponent’s health to zero before he does the same to you, you win. The winning character receives experience points. Once enough experience points are accumulated, the character levels up and becomes more powerful.
However, experience levels are not the only thing that matters in terms of character power. Characters also need gear.
If a character doesn’t have enough gold to buy good equipment, he may be weaker than other characters of his same level.
This is where wagering comes in.
A new character begins with a free set of starter gear. To get better gear, he will need to wager gold on fights and win these fights. If a character wins gold, he can spend it at vendors to acquire better weapons and armor.
Alternatively, you can spend your character’s gold on crypto collectibles from the game’s shop.
The better pieces of gear are level restricted. So a player cannot simply buy the best weapons and armor to win at the game. Investing in the game does offer an advantage, but this is not an insurmountable advantage against players that have less money to spend.
Because of the wagering system in CryptoFights, the developer has created systems to thwart cheating and guarantee fair fights.
In CryptoFights, each player’s computer produces a random 256-bit number at the beginning of a battle. It then hashes this number to produce a second number. This number is hashed an additional time for each round of combat.
Both players’ hashes are verified by the blockchain nodes and then used to generate a “seed” number. This “seed” number is used for all die rolls within each turn.
This system prevents players from successfully altering the software and making up their own die rolls. It also prevents the developer from “rigging the dice.”
Since the die rolls are all determined on the blockchain, employees of the developer cannot use inside information to cheat in the game.
CryptoFights technology: dual blockchains
To handle both the wagering system and the trading of crypto collectibles, CryptoFights relies on a dual blockchain system.
The collectibles are minted using Enjin Coin, and transactions involving these digital objects take place on the Ethereum blockchain. But the fights themselves are handled using the Bitcoin SV blockchain.
Every CryptoFights collectible is created using a certain amount of Enjin Coin (ENJ). This ENJ is held in a smart contract for as long as the collectible exists. If a player wants to quit the game and cannot find a buyer for his collectible, he can “melt” the collectible.
This destroys the collectible and releases the ENJ from the contract to the owner’s ENJ wallet. In this way, a player can always be guaranteed a certain amount of ENJ for the collectibles he earns.
All wagers and fights in CryptoFights are handled by the Bitcoin SV Blockchain. The developers of CryptoFights believe that Bitcoin SV is the only blockchain fast enough to handle the speeds needed in modern games.
This choice is somewhat controversial in the blockchain community, due to the recent hash war between Bitcoin SV and Bitcoin ABC (also known as “Bitcoin Cash” or BCH). But this controversy has not changed the developer’s decision.
Getting into the closed beta
If you’re interested in beta testing CryptoFights, the bad news is that it’s currently hard to get in. But the good news is that there are a few things you can do to at least be considered.
Even if you do these things, you still might not get into the beta. But at least these actions will give you a better chance. And if nothing else, you’ll be aware of changes in development before the general public is.
It’s too soon to know whether CryptoFights will be a fun game. Many changes are likely to be made between now and release.
Currently, the game appears to use a very simple system for combat that borrows heavily from tabletop RPGs. And there only three races and three stats.
Still, the use of a blockchain-backed wagering system is innovative, and there may be many players who will love this type of game.
In the future, the game may adopt more complex fighting mechanics. Perhaps they will introduce magic-wielding classes such as wizards, sorcerers, and clerics. Or maybe they will expand the number of races. We don’t know.
But this is definitely a game that deserves to be paid attention to. We’ll be checking on CryptoFights as it progresses, and we’ll let you know more right here – as we hear about it.