This week with Versa’s game review we take a change of pace and have a look at one of the earliest MMORTS blockchain games, League of Kingdoms. With its ICO on Binance launchpad in early 2022, it is still going strong and has more P2E elements incoming!
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League of Kingdoms is one of the world’s first blockchain MMORTS games and is available on multiple platforms including web app, IOS and Android. It has some resemblance to Red Alert or Travian if you are into the RTS genre. Players build their own Kingdoms by gathering resources, upgrade their buildings and plots, and finally build armies to venture outside their kingdoms to battle monsters, other players, or team up together to tackle more advanced content similar to raids in a MMO setting.
The game is free to play but has microtransactions and also has blockchain integration featuring land NFTs and more.
In League of Kingdoms you first start with your castle. You start by gathering resources to build up your plots and buildings.
There are 4 main resources: food, lumber, food and gold.
Build, Farm, Upgrade
Your kingdom consists of the inner castle where there are a number of buildings that can be upgraded to unlock higher level buildings or progress your technology tree.
Outside the castle are some plots in the field. These are plots where you can construct resource gathering nodes or barracks to build your army. Note the plots are limited in number but will unlock as your castle levels up, so this is where you need to make decisions on how to utilize the limited spaces effectively.
The tutorial will guide you upon starting the game for the first time and will take you through the process loop of farming, building and upgrading your kingdom. In addition to the main resources there’s also an auxiliary resource called Crystal which can be used to boost your gameplay. This can be bought through in-game microtransactions via fiat credit card payments.
Fighting Monsters (PVE)
Once you get to a comfortable size in your Kingdom and have built an army, you can visit the field which is the world outside of your Kingdom. Besides other players’ plots you might find monsters on the field where you can defeat for loot:
Monsters provide resources that cannot be farmed inside your Kingdom and PVE is an essential mechanic for players to progress in the game.
PVP — attacking and looting other players’ kingdoms
If you feel like going the competitive route, you can also attack other human players’ kingdoms on the maps. This is the traditional 4X (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) genre gameplay and can be very exciting and hectic. Be sure to watch out for their strengths and whether there are alliances formed by nearby opponents before you launch an attack, or your invasion attempts can backfire.
If you are a part of competitive alliances, you can fight for the crown of the continent in the Shrine War, the battle for the hegemony of the continent and the alliance that controls the congress will become the continent's king.
Once your kingdom reaches level 20, and your continent has a ruling king. you can join the Continent versus Continent (CVC) battle, a four-week long end-game between eight continents to determine the most powerful. The Ancient Battlefield is a separate world from the mainland, housing fierce new monsters like Ogre or Spartoi. You can also raid Magdar the Tyrant Dragon to earn LOKA. CVC participants are eligible to receive LOKA based on individual and continent rankings. In the CVC Major League, a total of 100k LOKA awaits as the prize pool.
Upcoming Drago NFT sale and P2E elements
As part of our roadmap and efforts to enhance play-to-earn (P2E) elements, League of Kingdoms introduced Drago NFTs in the game in March 2023. While purchasing a Drago is optional, free-to-play players can still progress without one. However, having a Drago adds a powerful companion to your journey.
Drago NFTs unlock various content in League of Kingdoms, including new play-and-earn features such as mining Dragon Soul Amber, a special gem used to forge League of Kingdoms' in-game token — DST.
During gameplay, players can bring their Drago NFTs alongside their troops, providing play-and-earn opportunities and buffs to their kingdom and troops. This grants advantages in different situations. Drago can grow stronger through leveling up or Chimeric Fusion, enhancing its abilities and making it a formidable force in your gameplay.
Drago NFT holders have the ability to breed new Dragos using the breeding system. Additionally, players who do not own a Drago NFT can still enjoy Drago content through the rental system.
League of Kingdoms is developed by NOD Games which is a Korean blockchain gaming studio. Its leadership and prominent members have years of experience in building mobile games and are taking that expertise to create entertaining gaming experience with blockchain interactions. Development for League of Kingdoms started as early as 2020 and this goes to show NOD Games as one of the earlier entrants into blockchain gaming.
Key members of the team are the CEO Chanki Lee, CTO Steve Hwang and Chief Game Designer Edgar Kim. The team and its software engineers have previously held roles at major game studios such as Electronic Arts and famous Korean game studio NEXON and have looked into integrating blockchain in gaming back in the days where smart contracts were not yet popularized.
Famed to be the first MMORTS blockchain game, League of Kingdoms has seen a lot of support from investors to fuel its journey into web3 gaming. The game announced a $3M token round led by crypto VC Hashed and including an all star lineup of investors such as a16z, Sequoia, Blocktower, Binance Labs and Yield Guild Games. Later in Jan 2022 its own governance token LOKA also debuted on Binance as part of its launchpad ICO.
Since its investor rounds were announced there has been a stream of partnerships from other players in the industry. This includes Polygon Studios powering some of the game’s resource NFTs and in-game skins, and P2E metaverse guilds such as IndiGG and Avocado DAO. These partnerships leverage the strong player metrics League of Kingdoms has accumulated up to this date and provides an opportunity to expand to other communities.
The governance token of League of Kingdoms is LOKA. The supply is capped at 500,000,000 tokens.
The token had a public sale on Binance launchpad in Jan 2022. At the time 5% of the total token supply was sold and the launchpad ICO price was $0.16. Before the launchpad a private round took place and 6.2% of the supply was sold at $0.1 to raise $3.1 million for the project.
Tokenomics of LOKA is depicted in the following infographic and has relatively linear emissions over 5 years until full issuance.
The LOKA governance token is expected to have the following utilities:
Staking of the token to earn yield. Staking is due to be available in Q2 2022
As rewards from landowners transitioning from previously DAI or BUSD rewards
Future governance votes or proposals
For acquiring the Drago NFTs coming in 1H 2022
To purchase skins and in-game resources in the shop as an alternative to fiat micro-transactions
As a transition into a play-to-earn blockchain game, with the upcoming release of Drago NFTs into the game a secondary token called Dragon Soul Token (DST) will be introduced into the ecosystem. DST is expected to be an inflationary token that is only minted organically in the game via interacting with in-game content and will be the utility token for improving the NFT assets in the game such as the Dragos.
Other game assets that can be tradable as tokens are land NFTs on Ethereum mainnet, skins NFTs on Polygon network, and also resource tokens available as NFTs on both ETH mainnet and Polygon. These can be browsed and purchased on secondary marketplaces such as OpenSea.
League of Kingdoms is free to play and is in the process of adding play-to-earn features since the introduction of its governance token LOKA and upcoming Drago NFTs.
To access the game, simply visit their official website. The game is also available on mobile on Android or IOS devices.
Upon finishing the load screen you will be prompted to login via one of the SSO methods such as Google, Apple, or Facebook. Alternatively you could register an account via email or play on a Guest session.
After signing in, you will be taken through a brief introductory cinematic before being directed to your own kingdom. Then the game would guide you through the basics of building up your kingdom and you are off to explore on your own.
And that’s it! We will have to say we’re very impressed by League of Kingdoms in terms of delivering a smooth onboarding experience that’s very easy for new players to get into. The app and the web game are smooth and its tutorial is intuitive to follow. All the UX controls and the wallet linkage feel naturally integrated into the game and its resemblance to some other mobile game titles with a large amount of micro-transaction options allow for it to be easily monetized, which can be win-win for players and also LOKA holders.