This episode of BNB Chain Project Spotlight is an interview with Lin Iron from Era7: Game of Truth, a trading card game packed full of NFT, GameFi, and metaverse elements. According to DappRadar,  as of 1 June, the number of users has surged by over 750% in the past month.

Let’s delve into what they’re doing to stand out in this highly competitive space!

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1. Welcome to the BNB Chain community, Lin! Could you please introduce your project to those unfamiliar with it and share the backstory of Era7? What are Era7’s vision and mission?

Game of Truth is a metaverse-style TCG developed on BNB Chain, created by a team of core blockchain technicians and well-known casual game development company members. Era7 has brought the advantages of DeFi and NFT together into a GameFi ecosystem. Based on the play-to-earn gaming model, with more than 1,000 cards in the game plus a 3-minute, fast-paced and competitive battle, you can take part in Era7 easily and be rewarded with our dual tokens, GOT and ERA. The game provides players with unlimited imagination and fun.

Game of Truth: The Backstory

Era7's artistic inspiration comes from TCGs like Hearthstone and Magic: The Gathering.

The Game of Truth plot revolves around seven races on the Continent of Truth who compete for the title of "King of Truth". Amongst the races are groups of specially gifted individuals who are sent to attend Summoner Academy to undergo rigorous training where they graduate to become Summoners. Upon graduation, they travel the world to make Summoning Pacts with the most powerful amongst the seven races, to establish strong allies to consolidate their power.

Since ancient times, battles amongst the Summoners have been held in the heart of the Continent throughout the year. These Summoning Battles attract Summoners from all over the world who battle for the "King of Truth" title. The winner is crowned King of the Continent, and he and his race are awarded the highest honors in the land.

Era7’s Vision and Mission

The Era7 team has created an original win-to-earn mode that enables users to entertain and consume during the "winning" process. The light-esport environment of playing a game in 3 minutes and the high flip rate is very much in line with the mentality of blockchain game users. Via the above steps, the Era7 team is able to lower the entry barrier of users and achieve user segmentation more efficiently. A sense of immersion and a "winning" experience for all levels of users are guaranteed through the core economic system in the game.

Our goal is to enable players who like Era7 to get a "win" experience in a way suitable for themselves so that investment users can get benefits in an exciting way, and the users who experience entertainment can get satisfaction and achievements, at the same time attracting more players from all over the world to join Era7 and witness every stage of the project's development.

It is also part of our mission to carve a lasting name in the blockchain EsportFii and GameFi market for our native digital currencies while at the same time investing every effort to propel the entire industry forward. In the future, we will build a native GameFi platform using proprietary tools such as a series of IPs and metaverses bound together in one esports ecosystem.

2. Let's say I want to start using Era7. Where do I start? Where can I find some how-to guides?

Game of Truth is played on a 3x3 grid battlefield on both sides of the player. Both players draw cards from their deck of 30 pre-constructed Battle Cards and deploy the cards into the battlefields with various strategic combinations. The goal of the game is simple: get your opponent’s health to zero!

If you're new to the world of Era7, this is what you need! An Adventurer’s Guide to Era7: Game of Truth

Let's take a quick look at the introduction of Battle Cards in Era7:

  1. Rarity: Battle cards come in four rarities: Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary.
  2. Name: The name of this battle card.
  3. Mana cost: Mana is required to use battle cards.
  4. LV: The higher the level, the stronger the card.
  5. Race: The race of this battle card.
  6. Attack power: Damage dealt to the enemy per attack.
  7. HP: If zeroed, the creature will be destroyed.
  8. Special effect: Battle cards will have some special effects or abilities.

The ability icon below the creature allows you to quickly identify the creature's abilities.

3. In Era7, players can enjoy fighting while collecting NFT cards and earning token rewards. Could you introduce the rules of Collectibles and the long-term benefits for NFT holders?

The Era7 TCG gaming experience is hinged on two kinds of cards - Master Cards and Battle Cards. Each NFT box will contain one Master Card, belonging to one of the seven categories in the game by a random probability. Master Cards will be valuable to holders in different ways.

Battle Cards have a mining function. They will also be used to attack and defend with the passing of each round. Some cards will have characteristics enabling the effects that transcend rounds. They can be used for accessing the PVP mode, PVE mode, Ranked Competitions (monthly), and World Cups.

Moreover, Battle Cards have four different qualities: common, rare, epic, and legendary. The value of the Battle Cards stems from the fact that they are a mandatory requirement for playing the game.

By setting a reasonable card deck that requires the use of different strategic combinations of Battle Cards to compete favorably, all players can gain a winning experience and win rewards in the game, to realize long-term benefits.

4. Era7 has a special token, GOT, which is assumed as a resource token. Why did you create this resource token when you already have the ERA token in your ecosystem? Can you share with us your tokenomics model?

To build a sustainable GameFi model, our reward system will be built on a dual-token strategy. The two tokens will be ERA and GOT.

The ERA coin is the primary token in the game, as its value at any time is a reflection of the game's entire value. GOT is a resource token that fuels the game (similar to Axie Infinity’s SLP). Therefore, its prominent use cases revolve around the core economic cycle system of the game.

The tokens will be used for game rewards, competition rewards, pledge rewards, and most importantly, as an essential condition for players to participate in the governance system of the platform. Both ERA and GOT tokens can be traded on crypto exchanges.

After a player enters the game, they can purchase an NFT Master Card to summon the Battle Card. After having 30 Battle Cards, he/she can engage in PVE and PVP battles. The Battle Card needs to consume GOT and ERA tokens to synthesize higher-level cards.

Thus, if you have a stronger card, you can get more GOT and ERA rewards in the game.  GOT can also be obtained through a DEX/CEX as an essential resource in the game.

In summary, below are the use cases of each token:

ERA Token Utility:

1. Consume ERA, reset the Master Card (to get more battle cards)

2. Stake ERA-BNB LP to get ERA and GOT

3. Later participation, governance of the project

4. Players will also receive ERA tokens as rewards for ranking top of the leaderboard at the end of the month.

GOT Token Utility:

1. The synthesis upgrade of the Battle Card requires the consumption of GOT and ERA tokens, and more vital cards can earn more rewards in the game.

2. Resetting the Master Card also requires a lot of GOT.

3. There will be GOT rewards for daily tasks, participation in PVE mode, and weekly competitive rankings.

5. Are there any upcoming updates or events that Era7 will hold in the long or short term?

Era7 has invested a lot of R&D and design resources in the product. Based on satisfying players’ desire for fun, combat strategy, interaction needs, and in-depth gameplay, Era7 also focuses on PVP in the design of the competitive ecosystem. The gameplay focuses on the design, and different types of competitions between players, such as the Ranked games and the World Cup games, which will be successively opened. While attracting traditional gaming esports stars to participate, it will also train new Era7 esports stars.

Era7 will complete the World Cup event system development at the end of June and launch the first season of the official World Cup from July to August.

What’s more, there are also the following events in the next two months that you should look forward to:

  • Era7 World Championship & Spectator Mode
  • Era7 Gameplay Recorder
  • Era7 EsportsFi Platform & Gaming Scholarship Program

Plans for 2022 to 2028 include building a scalable competitive ecosystem that will encompass a live broadcast platform, esports community, animation series, and GameFi IP. In the future, the most advanced UE engine will be deployed, combined with the Era7 platform to launch a competitive product based on the metaverse.

6. Where do you see DeFi and BNB Chain in five years? Where do you position your brand in the DeFi / NFT / GameFi / Metaverse space?

The development of DeFi and BNB Chain is irresistible. We have witnessed earth-shaking changes five years ago and now. As a public chain, BNB Chain is like a highway in the blockchain, spreading worldwide, and has high-speed vehicles (DeFi, etc.) and traffic order (a stable and orderly mechanism). We firmly believe that BNB Chain will become the most developed transportation hub in the blockchain. This is also the core element that Era7 chooses to launch on BNB Chain.

As you can see, the fields of DeFi / NFT / GameFi / Metaverse have their good development and future. As a GameFi combining EsportFi and TCG elements, Era7 has a precise product positioning and purpose: to create competitive and unique gameplay and let players gain something, from a single product to a competitive game platform integrating fast-paced-mode products, so that players can realize "play and win" and "win to earn". We focus on the inclusiveness and scalability of Era7. The construction of DeFi elements / NFTs / Metaverse platform exists in the ecology of Era7, undertaking important modules and operations.

7. What are the main advantages of Era7 for the user compared to a similar project from a mainstream financial market?

There are three main differences from the popular GameFi projects on the market:

1. Era7 games are rich in depth and content, which can provide users with long-term entertainment. The combination of mildly competitive mode and rich gameplay strategy is not found in current GameFi projects. Our well-equipped and well-skilled project team, from well-known and established game companies, will be intensively developing in the area of gameplay.

2. Era7 takes into account the characteristics of a low threshold for players to get started and the depth of gameplay content, which helps attract traditional gamers to join and consolidate the attention of blockchain players, break the circle, and create a huge market space.

3. Whether you are a novice player or a gamer with solid skills, in the game you can have fun and realize profits through exploration and accumulation. And that is a truth shared by both developers and players in this brave new horizon of GameFi. Both the project and the players work hand in hand to create an ecosystem of gaming that produces value to mutually benefit both parties.