The Red Village - A brutal village. An honorable death

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AuthorAuthorVersaGames
GameGameThe Red Village
DateDate26 Jun 2022

The Red Village is a dark-fantasy play-and-earn ecosystem, built on Polygon and backed by Animoca Brands and Blowfish Studios (makers of AAA-rated title Phantom Galaxies). It is currently known for its championship fighting Tournaments, but has recently completed a multi-year deal with Animoca Brands to build an open-world RPG, the first of its kind on the blockchain to explore dark-fantasy themes.. In this NFT-based multiplayer game, you will be the battle master. Fight your NFT characters, which are called "Champions," in different tournaments and help to satisfy the insatiable thirst of the Blood Queen. 

The mechanics of the Tournament mode (currently live and in open beta)  were inspired by the hugely successful blockchain title ZED.RUN, and the graphics and themes were inspired by classic games like Diablo, RuneScape and Elden Ring. The game makes you feel like you're in a medieval gladiator fight because every time you battle, blood splatters all over the arena.

What is covered in this article:

  • Introduction

  • Gameplay

  • Team and Partnerships

  • Assets & Ecosystem

  • How to get started

  • Conclusion

Introduction

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The village and the lands beyond are under the control of the Blood Queen. She is ruthless and has a strong desire for blood and violence. She is neither dead nor alive, human nor demon. She is powerful, interesting, and terrifying, which is why the world's most fearsome warriors fight just for her entertainment. The Blood Queen promises them an eternity of life and wealth in exchange for their service. Would you refuse her offer? 

Characters who must fight in the village are known as "Champions." Champions are unable to leave the village since they are destined to fight, bleed, and die till the end of time. They're sold to powerful battle masters who manage, feed, dress, train, and take them into tournaments. If they win, they will receive a large sum of money. However, if they lose, they will be forced to suffer endlessly. 

Gameplay

In the Red Village Tournament Mode, currently live and playable in an open beta, there are many ways to fight that have their own benefits and risks. Battle masters are encouraged to fight different kinds of Champions in different kinds of fights to discover their underlying abilities. This way, they can fully master the game and know more about the different Champion fights. Become a Battle Master by using your Champion, your in-game NFT, to win challenging battles. These Champions are available on their official website and on the secondary market.

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Tournaments

This is the first and most basic way to play the Red Village. To enter your Champion, you will have to pay a small fee. You will choose one of four fighting styles before a tournament begins: 

  • Aggressive

  • Defensive

  • Accurate

  • Balanced.

A tournament can have up to 8 Champions. They compete in a 1v1 single-elimination format until only one character remains. The fees are then divided 70/27.5% for the winner and runner-up. The remaining 2.5 percent will go to the Red Village Community Chest and is used for game development and free tournaments, which will happen at designated times. 

To-the-Death Matches

In this game mode, you will engage in a 1v1 fight. If you lose this match, your Champion will be gone for good, and the winner will receive both of the used Champions. Take note that this is not a reversible situation. In To-The-Death matches, players can also play for just cash, removing the need to play for NFTs, if they do not feel comfortable with such a high stakes match.

Free Tournaments

Anyone can join these free tournaments. It is a great way to see what your Champions' fighting styles and preferences are and to understand more about how the game works. The prize pool for these tournaments varies, but it is derived from the Red Village game developers' 2.5 percent cut of regular tournament prize pools.

Faction Fights

A faction is basically a team in the Red Village game. To join a faction, you simply need to own a token of another NFT community that has established itself a faction within the Red Village ecosystem. 

For example, a battle master is automatically a member if they also have the token of another community, like BYOPills, DeadHeads, the Bored Ape Yacht Club, or Cool Cats. Any other NFT project is also welcome as long as it has its own faction community in the Red Village.

These fights can be shown on big screens in metaverses like The Sandbox, where faction members can gather to watch their teams compete. 

Note: Also, it's important to note that the NFTs (from other communities) mentioned will not literally fight in the Red Village. Holding one of them just grants you a membership in the Red Village to participate in their faction fights. 

Roadmap

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Based on their plan, they have already finished the first quarter of 2022. At the time this was written, they were working on their project "to the death and apparel."  Also, their interactive roadmap shows that they plan to have mobile viewing so that you can watch tournaments on your mobile device. 

Click here to see their interactive roadmap, which shows more of a real-time development schedule for the highly active team

Team & Partnerships

Team

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The Red Village has a team dedicated to recreating what blockchain gaming could and should look like. The simple idea that motivates them is that games should be, first and foremost, fun.

The Red Village's CEO and founder is Lucien Dorman. He is also the CEO and founder of Big Kid Ventures, the game’s parent company.

Brendan Robb is the CCO and a Red Village founder. He is also the Head of Communications at Big Kid Ventures.

Lastly, Matan Adato is Red Village's COO and co-founder. He also has the same job title at Big Kid Ventures. 

Roy Hui is the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for The Red Village and Big Kid Ventures, coming from an extremely distinguished background in tech.

Partnerships

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The Red Village has established partnerships with well-known gaming platforms and companies. Backed by Animoca Brands, GameFi Ventures, KuCoin Ventures, Polygon Studios, Sfermion and more, The Red Village also has partnerships with The Sandbox,  ZED.RUN, Undead Blocks, BYOPills and Decentraland, to name but a few. They also stated that they will be announcing more partnerships soon.

Assets & Ecosystem

As of the time this article was written, there has been no information released regarding the tokenomics of The Red Village. Except for the fact that (as stated by their discord manager), The Red Village will eventually have a native token (but at the moment), they do not have a timeline for when this will happen.

Wrapped ETH is the currency that you are going to use in order to purchase your champion and to pay the fees for entering any tournament that will take place within the Red Village.

NFTs

The Red Village is an NFT based play-to-earn game, therefore it starts with the ERC-721 tokens called Champions.

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There are 2 important characteristics of a Champion: bloodlines and genotype.

  1. Pureblood Champions are the most valuable and toughest to obtain. They will have special use in the world of The Red Village, especially in summoning, that hasn't yet been released. In the ecosystem of The Red Village, there are four pureblood bloodlines

  • Genesis

  • Mystic

  • Warlord

  • Lion Heart. 

2. Genotypes, which are shown by an R-number, show how different a Champion is from the first generation of Genesis Champions. The more rare a Champion is, the lower its R-number. Genotypes start with R1 and end with R99.

There are five different character classes you can choose from: 

  • Wizard

  • Paladin

  • Barbarian

  • Ranger

  • Druid. 

Each class fights differently and has its own special attacks. Each character class is made up of several breeds

  • Highborn

  • Nordics

  • Half-Dwarves

  • Elves

  • Orcs

  • Origin

  • The Ethereal

  • The Undead. 

For more information about Champions, click here

Blood Portal

The Blood Portal is a sacred object that has the power to bring things from the world of The Red Village into the real world. Blood Portals are ERC-1155 tokens with elaborate designs and unique details. They used The Ethereum flexible standard token to avoid high gas fees during the mint. ERC-1155 tokens combine the fungible and non-fungible aspect. Therefore, it’s also faster and more efficient to use in batch token transfers, so you can have a smooth minting process. It will be minted on the Ethereum main net, and there will only ever be 5,000 Blood Portals. 

For more information about blood portals, click here

Summoning

Summoning is breeding in the Red Village. It's the process of passing on the skills and traits of two NFTs to a third, completely new token of a later generation. These characters who have been summoned are called half-bloods. Outside the four Pureblood characters, it's the only way to add new Champions to Red Village's ecosystem. Summoning involves two characters of the same class. For example, if you combine two barbarians or two wizards, you can make a new half-blood barbarian or wizard.

Summoning is a critical element of The Red Village ecosystem - it will allow for players to bring together vastly different Champions, leveraging their unique strengths and abilities, in the endeavour to create ever stronger and more effective warriors. Summoning underpins the Tournament mode, and as it is rolled out, will bring huge vibrancy to the ecosystem and the RPG, which is still under development. Of course, players own their Summoned Champions, and can use these Summed assets as they see fit; including selling them on the secondary market.

How to get started

To begin, you'll need a metamask wallet and a cryptocurrency, such as Ethereum or Polygon (MATIC).

If you still don't have a metamask wallet - click here.

However, if you already have one, that is a great way to begin. After creating a metamask wallet, you will need to add the Polygon network. Simply follow the instructions below on how to add a new network. 

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Fill in the details with the following parameters:

Network Name: Polygon Mainnet

New RPC URL: https://rpc-mainnet.matic.network

ChainID: 137

Symbol: MATIC

Block Explorer URL: https://polygonscan.com 

To learn how to load your metamask with Ethereum, click here.

You'll use it to purchase and mint your Champion-NFT. The Ethereum address contains Blood Portals. While your Champions are located on the Polygon network.

After that, you need to connect your metamask to The Red Village's website before you can purchase (or "mint") a Blood Portal or Champion. You can connect to your wallet by clicking the "Connect" button at the top. 

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After that, a pop-up window will appear. Click "Connect," and now you're ready to purchase your first Champion.

If a Champion's drop is coming, it will only happen on the official website. If there is no drop coming up soon, you can buy Champions on the secondary market through their their preferred partner, Hawku, which is a data-driven marketplace specifically developed to support web3 gaming projects, or through their verified profile on OpenSea

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Note: Only purchase stuff with a verified checkmark from their OpenSea collection.

After completing all the needed things, you can now click the play button on the screen and battle. 

For more detailed info on how to purchase, and play your first Champion, click here.

Conclusion

The Red Village is a dark fantasy, NFT-based multiplayer game. It is a play-to-earn blood sport known for its championship fighting tournaments. It has partnerships with well-known companies in the gaming industry, such as The Sandbox and ZED. Furthermore, The Red Village game is built on Polygon and is now in beta testing. It also features faction fights, in which groups of NFTs from other games can also participate (as long as the other game has its own community in the Red Village). These fights can be aired in metaverses such as The Sandbox and can be watched by their teams. 

Useful links:

The Red Village Website 

The Red Village Git book

The Red Village Discord

The Red Village Twitter

The Red Village Medium

The Red Village Youtube

AuthorAuthorVersaGames
GameGameThe Red Village
DateDate26 Jun 2022