On Virtual Swords, Core Loops and the Decentralized Cryptoitem Economy

Or: It’s Dangerous To Go Alone! Take This — And Keep It Forever

Paul Gadi
Paul Gadi
Apr 20, 2018 · 9 min read

Only kids will think of taking something like this…
And turning them into this! En garde!🍃⚔ Also, yuck, germs.
Disney’s Sword in the Stone

A popular retention mechanic in Free to Play games — durability of in-game items
Breath of the Wild Gif from Kotaku

Sample Core Loops from Deconstructor of Fun for Puzzle Fighter, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Game of War. While each one has different elements, they all follow the same format —

Cryptokitty # 8 — Selling for 888 ETH
A loop within a loop. Cue Westworld reference!
A Black Lotus Magic: the Gathering card — sells for $5 to $100k depending on condition. via CNET
Autographed CS:GO skin sold for $61k, via Polygon
The Trader-Player-Collector Core Loop

A virtual sword future my 5-year self would be excited about! from Vice

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Connecting Games to the Blockchain

Paul Gadi

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Paul Gadi

CTO and Co-Founder at Alto.io | Into Game Design x New Technologies

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Connecting Games to the Blockchain