Raini: The Lords of Light takes the traditional Hearthstone-style, turn-based collectible card game genre and adds its own twists. Crypto memes, multicolored gems, and other fun mechanics are at the core of this game with collectible NFT cards and its own token for added spice. Developed by Raini Studios, the game is available via the Epic Games Store and is currently hosting an esports world championship with a $40,000 prize pool.
Rather than each player gradually being able to play higher-tier cards as the game goes on, in this game, you must “stake” a card to earn a gem—a crafty reference to staking in crypto. By staking a card, it’s “burned” in exchange for a new card and a gem. There are seven different color gems and the color of the card that is staked will dictate which color gem you’ll receive. The hero you choose dictates the starter gem you receive.
A lot of the cards reference crypto culture in some way. From the “Memecoin Mania” card which features Elon Musk and Shiba Inu dogs to Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin, Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson and even cards clearly referencing disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF). The references run deep, and when first picking up the game it feels like it’s screaming in your face that it’s a crypto game.
Blockchain games are often battling against perceptions and abstracting tech to attract non-crypto audiences, but Raini: The Lords of Light does the exact opposite. That said, there is definitely a crypto audience that will love the references that dominate the game.
The game has its own token, the RST token on Beam, an Avalanche subnet. Token holders can purchase in-game currencies at discounted rates as well as earn exclusives such as battle passes and collector packs. You can also stake RST to earn “rainbows” and if you provide liquidity for RST/MC, you will receive “unicorns”. You can then spend these rainbows and unicorns to enter raffles and auctions for NFT packs.
Crypto memes and colored gems give Raini: The Lords of Light a distinct taste straight off the bat. However, where this game truly excels is how each deck can adapt to a specific play style. This creates interesting dynamics straight off the bat, giving you an opportunity to roughly predict the play style of your opponent.
Raini: The Lords of Light could have easily been a straightforward Hearthstone copycat with crypto vibes and NFTs slathered on top. Luckily, Raini didn’t simply copy and paste every mechanic and then sprinkle on crypto memes. Instead, there are cards with fun abilities and gameplay mechanics that help the game standout in a crowded genre, making it one of the more compelling crypto games you can play today.
Raini: The Lords of Light is a competitive card battler that adds its own twists with crypto memes, multicolored gems and its own token. The references to crypto culture may turn off some non-crypto gamers, but there definitely is a crypto audience that will love the references. The game has a lot of fun cards and abilities, creating interesting dynamics and allowing for a variety of play styles. #RainiTheLordsOfLight #CryptoCardGame #NFTs #RainiStudios #EpicGamesStore #EsportsWorldChampionship #RSTToken #Rainbows #Unicorns #CollectibleOnlyTournaments #SatoshiNakamoto #Web3 #Beam #Avalanche #RTLOL #Ethereum #MC #CryptoVibes
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