Microsoft to Turn 1980s Gamebook Series into Blockchain Card Game

Microsoft, major game developer Eidos and gamebook firm Fabled Lands are jointly developing a blockchain card game based on a 1980s best-selling gamebook.

According to a press release published on Dec. 1, the new card game will be based on the 1980s best-selling book called “The Way of the Tiger,” written by Jamie Thomson and Mark Smith.

The game’s title will be “Arena of Death” and its players will fight in fantasy-themed card battles with features from the original gamebook series.

Thomson is also Fabled Lands’ chief executive officer and decided to use blockchain technology because he believes it suits what he is trying to achieve better than a traditional videogame. He said: We were going to re-launch the series into a computer game format but this new technology (blockchain), just made more sense. Imagine playing Magic the Gathering but knowing if you owned a card, it really does belong to you. Or if we say there are only 100 editions of an item or skill, you know there really are only 100 editions.”

The company plans to use non-fungible tokens on the Vechain blockchain — which has been associated with enterprises and supply-chain management — to ensure ownership of in-game assets.

Vechain will allow creating cards and in-game items “without having to deal with all the crypto stuff,” says Thomson.

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