Steem Monsters alpha release! A collectible trading card game with RPG elements comes alive on the Steem Blockchain!

in steemmonsters •  4 months ago

I'm excited to release to the public the alpha of Steem Monsters; a collectible trading card game with RPG elements. @yabapmatt and I have been hard at work creating the cards, art, a website, and building the game function on the Steem Blockchain. It doesn't do everything we want yet, but we're ready for some users to help fund faster development and unlock the full potential of Steem Monsters.

What is Steem Monsters?

It's a game you can play after you've created an account on the Steem Blockchain. You'll purchase cards and get a mix of summoners and monsters. You'll arrange them in tournments to fight and win prizes and glory. You'll trade cards between players to maximize the heart of your deck and over time you'll empower your monsters with items and new abilities. As they fight they'll earn XP, level, and grow more powerful.

Where are we at?

You're currently able to purchase a starter pack, booster packs, and see cards in your collection.

The starter pack is currently set at $5 USD. This is an intro price and will become substantially higher as new features are added and we move out of Alpha. The starter pack isn't precisely necessary, but it gives you summoners, which you'll need to start playing. Booster packs contain 5 cards each and are set at $2. We'll use funds raised initially to fund development, but as the core game gets put in place we plan to use a lot of the incoming funds to fund tournament prize pools.

We'll be adding the ability to trade cards and combine cards of the same type to help them level in the very near term (should be released in July). We're building the fighting aspect, which will likely take us through early Fall to get rolling. At that point we'll be launching tournaments where your summoners and the monsters they control will fight for glory and rewards!

Once the core fighting piece is baked then it's about game development. Maximize the meta. We'll be looking to add items that will level and gain abilities over time. These items will empower your summoners and monsters. We'll add new skills that the monsters can learn. We'll create some cards to increase stats and grant abilities cards wouldn't normally have. You'll have a completely customized deck unique to you based on your preferences and choices and we'll see how well you compete over time as the meta evolves!

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The goal is to make it so you can start the game with just a $5 purchase. You can then level cards and gain new abilities faster with additional purchases, but the goal will be to make it so that everything can be unlocked with time and dedication to the game. We don't want this to be simply a "whoever pays the most wins." Strategy, following the meta, and playing smart combinations of cards should do better than simply plowing in cash to get powerful cards that get smoked when used in combination poorly.

What it looks like so far

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Card purchase- note that the account you use to purchase the cards is where they will be sent (we're adding a gift feature and it should be ready in July)

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Marketplace

We're adding the ability to buy and sell your cards on a common market. We plan to take a small cut of the action and add a lot of money back into tournament prize pools. As your monsters fight you'll win some combination of steem, sbd, new packs, cards, unique items, xp boosts, SMTs, and monster upvotes. You'll trade the cards you have and level for Steem and SBD.

Inspiration for the game

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The inspiration for this was watching my daughters play fight with each other and I imagined them throwing buttons down on the floor and summoning monsters to fight on their behalf!

So, the basic mechanic works as follows: you'll get summoners and monsters. Summoners will summon monsters. Monsters will fight using four key stats of attack, defense, speed, and health. They gain experience as they fight and learn new skills and increase their abilities as they go. You can hasten the time it takes to level a monster by purchasing boosters or trading with friends for card duplicates and then merging them into one card that then has increased XP.

As your monsters level skill ranks will go up and abilities are unlocked. Some examples are:

poison: do increasing damage over time
stun: chance to stun an opponent for a turn
slow: chance to slow an opponent decreasing chance to hit, increasing chance to be hit
void: immunity to magic attacks
trample: push damage to a second monster after killing the one you're currently facing.

Summoners will be able to impact monster team abilities. For example every monster on your team will get +5 health.

Sneak Peek into the near future

Tournaments

Over the course of a day there will likely be 10 tournaments that you can enter combinations of monsters and summoners. Some tournaments will have larger prize pools than others and that should draw your best teams to those while the other tournaments will attract different squads.

Once there your monsters will be run through simulated combat and we'll put out reports of how the fighting went so you can see who you smashed and who REKTed you. Then you can make some changes to your lineup and find the best bracket for your team.

You'll have to come daily to see what fights are available the next day, create your teams, and be prepared to fight. We'll work on granting things to you for dedication such that if you fight every day we'll give you some cool rewards for completing your dailies.

The current design will make it so the different tournaments will have different mana pools allowed and different monsters will cost different amounts of mana. Maybe you just send in your one mega legendary kick ass beast or maybe you send in a team of little guys. You'll have to choose the best squad for the best round.

Prizes

The plan is to create tiers of prize pools. Low level tournaments will likely only give XP and a booster deck. Higher level tournaments will likely have hundreds if not thousands of steem, SBD, and rare cards to enrich you and your deck.

Eating magical kittens by the hearth

Without a doubt the game has been inspired by several games in the world out there. The cards themselves pay homage to Magic the Gathering. Building in the idea of classes and unique abilities starts veering a bit towards hearthstone. Putting it all on the blockchain as an internet ready blockchain based collectible card game with RPG elements is inspired by the success of cryptokitties.

That said. This game is about fighting. This game is about rewarding users. This game is about keeping people coming back to the Steem ecosystem and growing our daily active user base. I think as we grow our ability to engage and reward users will be the highest out of all of these games as we're specifically designing the game to do this. My goal is to be the most actively used app on the Steem blockchain and to drive new users and bolster user retention.

We all go to the same moon folks, and activity is key! I'm looking to get people here and keep them here! I hope you enjoy the first release of Steem Monsters and keep with us as we grow their capabilities!

Kickstarter Coming!

Want to design a monster or have your own summoner in the game? We're going to put Steem Monsters on Kickstarter in order to garner some attention from parts of the internet we're not already poked into. As part of that you'll have the opportunity to create a high level monster with us or get your likeness in a card put into the game. Spots for this will be limited so if you're interested you'll want to get in early. That too should go live in July. There will be updates on Steem about it through @steemmonsters and @aggroed as we go.

Let the rewards start!

Put your epics (purple) and legendaries (orange) that you win in the comments below and you'll get a chance to earn some extra decks, upvotes, resteems, and love from me!

PS the things listed here beyond what exists are plans. We don't know what's going to happen during development. Plans and timelines may change. We reserve the right to change them. We're working to build this game quickly, safely, and productively. We're going as fast as we can to deliver a stellar product in as short of a time as possible. We're planning to reward users heavily. How we do that will change over time as we evaluate risks and benefits. We reserve the right to change how rewards are handled as well and it is likely to evolve from the original plans stated here.

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First off - Awesome, awesome, awesome! I always was a pretty huge fan of MTG and Yu-Gi-Oh, so this obviously instantly got my interest!

The one thing that bothers me most after opening a few packs is the fact, that the difference between the different rarity levels is rather small.

This especially strikes on smartphones. But a modern game definitely has to be smartphone-friendly imo!

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I think at least legendary should look special, shiny, whatever. You need to be flashed when you open a pack with a legendary. Maybe even make a little animation when you open a legendary card.

What also is weird is the fact, that the element "Life" looks different that the other elements. It took me a few packs to realize that it is a own element and not a gold rarity or something like that. I don't know if this is on purpose for game technical reasons or just because you thought a white border would look stupid with the elements white color. However it's irritating imo.

Also Summoners should somehow look different than normal monsters.

Other than that I only can complain about the fact that I didn't get a single legendary yet :P

Greets,
Martin

P.S.:
Now translating this into german like discussed!
Upvoting this for visibility over the screens from booster openings!

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I played Yu-Gi-Oh and loved it a lot. You are right but I am sure they know how to progress, it's only the beginning. I also would love to see something shinny when opening a legendary and something different when opening epics, something like on Clash Royale

My kids and I & @ericvancewalton, who's in town working on HardFork, just went on a buying rampage! Got 3 epics and a legendaryyyyyyyyy!!!!
This is awesome @aggroed! Keep up the great work! Can't wait to play.

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my witch will take you easily!

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now you truly dosent stand a chane!

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Ha, my "Fire Serpent" will melt your little pets to ashes.

You don't stand a chance.

Bow before my might.

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My water elemental will put out your fire!

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Ha you think water can beat fire.

However my "Fire Serpent" can evaporate your entire "Water Elemental".

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My Legendary ANGEL OF LIGHT thinks you should all just relax and have a foot massage x o x o
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Steem Monsters! First Look Video!

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Artakush grabs his sword in the bush, and raises it up!

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@drakos you should end your message with ....Fear will find you :) lol

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Isn't Sabre Shark the name of a YouTuber? 🤔 I think my nephew talks about him sometimes. Like one of those minecraft letsplayers or something lol

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There isn't one with that exact name.

There is also a similary Yu-Gi-Oh! card: Saber Shark

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Aw, dang XD Do you think it's a reference to the Yu-Gi-Oh card?? Or maybe a coincidence.

Hmm... I don't recognize those two, so I wonder who I was thinking of. Saber... Saber... Shark... Spark?? Maybe it was Saber Spark lol XD Idk, I might ask my nephew later lol

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There are more references to other Yu-Gi-Oh cards.

Here's another comparison from my Comment.

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You have to buy card packs, they give you random cards, if you're lucky you'll get it.

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Nice one.... The graphics was great

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Is it like crypto kitties which jammed eth blockchain. Hopefully steemit doesn't get blocked in capacity. Steemit looks more suitable for this purpose.

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Hell ya dude. I think they made this one on your behalf.

My Gold Dragon and Lord of Darkness, Serpent of the Flame. Ready to annihilate.


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These cards remind me a lot of the god cards from Yu-Gi-Oh!

Here's a comparison:

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Yep, but that's somehow pretty cool^^ lol

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Every card you submit seems really better than before

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let's go together upvote each other

i got none legendary but two epics!! i think i got my favorites for now and with 40+ cards i think i'm ready to fight!!

looking forward for the game! much love to this !

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You have quite cool characters, this card game look so fun, guess I need to try it just to see how it works at least

Oh yes, behold my legendary Chromatic Dragon 🐉

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Trade you for my gold dragon.

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all hail master of the sky, my favourite is the lightning dragon, want it so bad lol

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What cool looking creature!!!

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Aw shit, it's Hiram McDaniels, literal five-headed dragon LMAO

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Inspiring noobs already. 😉

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This exciting news to have a game right on top of the Steem blockchain. I wish you had an animation video to explain this. A promotional video will help bring awarenwss about this game. I am pretty excited on how far could this work out the game on the Steem blockchain.

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Let's get this party started.

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I'm particularly eager to have a feel of this game. Something keeps whispering to me that the game is gonna be awesome.

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let's go together upvote each other

Great work! You guys show the potential of Steem.

Yay, i got a legendary! =)

This rare looks very nice too. °.°

Damn...I got exactly 100 cards in my deck and still no epic or legendary.

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Sorry bud. It's all just stats.

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no need to apologize.
I had no expectations to fill.
I'm investing in a worthy project that can not only be fun...but very well may bring people to the our blockchain.
I'm in!

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Here is a full upvote jonny, get one of those legendary cards.

@aggroed I join the game too. : D LOL
Regards STEEM ON!.


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Undead priest looks dope!

wow i love this game i have spended all my sbds in card packs haha

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there will be a program for delegation?

Seems that I'll be playing with FIYAAA!!!

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First of all thank you @aggroed for creating this great community building card game. That is really a great way to interact with other Steemians and have fun together playing this card game. The community really could need some stress relief after all these flag wars. Let the Battle Begin with SteemMonsters!!!
I was lucky and got 5 Epics and 1 Legendary Card!!!
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I got two epic cards!!

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Got 3 Epics so far, i am looking forward on opening new packs. =)
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I got a starter pack and then 5 packs after

got one legendary

  • and 3 epic
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    and one of these

So far i got only one Epic , i am hoping that i can get a legendary soon.. As of the moment this Magi of the Forest of mine will surely be headache to you guys. He may be small but a great spell cast will surely be a headache.
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Here's mine:

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The Elemental Phoenix is one of the rarest ones !
Stop in our Steem Monsters discord when you can!

opened about 10 packs only got one epic oh well :D

After opening a lot of packs, i have acquired legendary cards. I think three legendary cards is enough.
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Epic and Legendary...
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yisus! how much you spend :o
i hope we can battle >:) or maybe our monsters can be friends :D

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Too much... and ironically the legendary came in my first booster pack!

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Thanks for joining the Steem Monsters discord!

This collection is amazing wow!

Zappl got our first legendary.

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Holy cow! that is one the rarest great job!

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i got none legendary but two epics!! i think i got my favorites for now and with 40+ cards i think i'm ready to fight!!

looking forward for the game! much love to this !

Oh yeah legendary too :) Sans titre 2.png

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Wao,spirit of the forest, it going be interested

This is my collection ,,, unlucky , my high type card just in rare type ...
i want epic or legend card, hhaaa
btw. i am very excited with this game @anggroed

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Got my first epic. Hurrah!!

Nice, I've drawn a legendary summoner: Selenia Sky

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Got 1 epic :P
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I bought the starter pack, wasn't so lucky, the best I got was just rare, but I'm in.

Man, this is great. I'm already addicted. Especially the way the cards open just like hearthstone.

I hope this will be a huge success for you.


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OMG!!! Finally!!!
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i got none legendary but two epics!! i think i got my favorites for now and with 40+ cards i think i'm ready to fight!!

looking forward for the game! much love to this !

i got none legendary but two epics!! i think i got my favorites for now and with 40+ cards i think i'm ready to fight!!

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I scored the Enchantress of the Night!

And now... 2 more epic!!!

And how could I call myself a FireGuardian, if I didn´t had this one...


Getting Ready to Rumble!!!!

I grabbed some of these. This looks fun!

First boosters and already some great cards in them!

Big collectible card game player here. Spent many hours playing MTG and Hearthstone. I am IN THE GAME.

Nabbed a Frost Giant as my only legendary so far out of 5 packs...also got a epic, Magi of the Forest.

Fire Nation Unit with me !

THIS. IS. GOING. TO. BE. HUGEEEE!!! Joining today!

Oh please someone save me... @aggroed and @yabapmatt you guys have got me addicted already... just bought a bunch. Question will we be able to sell packs as well that we haven't opened yet? Or just cards?





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Just got another Legendary! :D

@aggroed, I have an important question (regarding it in relation to crypto kitties); for legendary creatures/cards, is there a scarcity and only a limited amount of them available that will ever exist (as with crypto kitties), or does your code allow for infinite of, for example, 'gold dragon', or whatever other legendary?

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currently there is no limit to production, but one of the things that will alter their value is the desire to level faster. People will combine like cards to make higher level versions. it will certainly induce some card scarcity.

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Hey @aggroed, thanks for the quick reply! I appreciate it. Yeah, desire to level faster will definitely create a scarcity effect and also the rarity of pulling a legendary in a booster, for example, would give it some value anyway, since someone could pay a portion of what they'd expect the amount of packs it would take to get a legendary would be to buy that legendary directly. I think that if legitimate scarcity can be induced though (Just my two cents of course), it would become a more popular collectible (like MTG, YuGiOh, blockchain example being cryptokitties). with MTG/Yugioh, for example, eventually stopping printing a given set and then going to a new, so past sets then are scarce. cryptokitties approach being randomization and creating super unlikely odds of specific 'mixing'/'breeding' for certain cryptokitties. As a huge fan of trading card games (grew up playing MTG, Yugioh, and DBZ), I'm really really excited to see it moving onto a blockchain and, more importantly, the Steem Blockchain, and I think this will be an awesome opportunity to grow the blockchain community and pull new people in.

and it doesn't even necessarily have to be rare cards. for example, the utility of a common may show itself as crucial to certain battling strategies, so if there was some scarcity there, a common card might end up becoming extremely valuable for trading with people/selling on the marketplace once the set is no longer printed. :)

I plan to, once tournaments, battling, marketplace etc. are up, to bring this up with the owner of the most popular comic book shop/trading card shop in New Hampshire (USA), who I know since I grew up playing there. I hope to pull more people in, introducing them to the blockchain and also bringing more hype to this new style of game. Very cool stuff!

I look forward to playing!

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I could cut a deal with a shop to deliver a lot of card packs to them at a discount and they could sell.

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Yeah, that might be something I can help arrange. Do you have a contact email for the site? I'm imagining people with tablets sitting at the gaming table and battling each other! and they would want to buy from the comic shop since they can get them a bit cheaper because of the discount! :)

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@aggroed

Is it possible to make them rarer and rarer? So lets say a legendary appear in 1 of every 50 packs now. What if that number decreases in time. Each time someone finds a certain legendary (or rare) card the chance of finding it again decreases. Yay-found it, now the chance is 1 in every 51 pack. Next time someone finds it, it will appear in 1 in every 52 pack.

If the cards are basically infinite I don't see the investor value...I just bought a bunch because I took for granted that they were in limited edition..kind of dissapointed. Even though I love the project, looks cool and In was almost addicted - but knowing that the cards are in unlimited supply sort of turned me off a little bit.

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Yeah, I second @scandinavianlife's thoughts on the matter. You're right that the 'speed' that people want to get to certain levels at will influence value of cards/create a scarcity 'effect', when it comes down to it, some eventual literal scarcity would be hugely beneficial to the value of the cards and the incentive for people to get more and more and treat them as a collector's item like other trading cards are. :)

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also, is your code public, by chance, or is it not currently? I'm just so interested in this that I want to be as in the know as possible!

I got a starter pack and then 5 packs after

got one legendary

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I like this

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He is not a legendary but epic and still an awesome creature to have.

I like more card Legendary

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that's really awesome .

I've quickly become addicted to buying booster packs! So far we've gathered a single legendary and a couple of epics for my collection...

hey i have an update!

i bought a total of: 111 packs of cards approximaly (more than $200)

this is the result

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One Legendary out of two booster packs! Not Bad at all!

a true Defender of Truth has emerged
preparing for battle to eradicate crime
epic card in my deck


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Awesome job guys

Other update, baby im the king !

after a total of i really dont know how much card packs i open but was: a total of 190 steem aprox

this is the result

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Prepare, because I'm ready to win.
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Legendary Dragon on the second pack. This is so cool!

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Wooaa I must resist into buying more boosters! You did an amazing job @yabapmatt and @aggroed. I really love some of the monster design like twisted jester and mischievous mermaid.

About the game system, do you think you will add a free way to get boosters or decks? like creating a steem auto and if a user auto upvote 7 time in a week he get a standar booster or something like that ?

My legendaries (so proud ^^):

This is my epic I pulled, Naga Warrior! BA183AFF-5971-45A9-965F-81595C5C6674.jpeg

I've got "Fire demon" from my first booster pack! I'm so exited!

My First Epic!

I am excited for this one.

We will be rdy to battle and level up

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Angel of Light! Boom!

Do you have a need in developers? What technologies are you using to build Steem Monsters?

Bought two more booster packs and got this amazing thing in it: Swamp Thing!

Wow! I got one legendary! Chromatic Dragon!
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SEEMS STRONG!

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My first Legendary card ! I'm so proud of it !

i got none legendary but two epics!! i think i got my favorites for now and with 40+ cards i think i'm ready to fight!!

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Let the lightning strike of my dragon struck on its opponent. I will be focusing on leveling it up once the tournament is started. I can't wait for the tournament begin. But still i'm still missing some legendary dragons, planning on purchasing some more until i complete them all. =)

Hello @aggroed congratulations for the success of the game, excellent inspiration, our children are able to develop our imagination, even if it is a fight situation jajajajaja, I hope to have the Spanish version, to have more skill and game handling ... I identify with THE ELEMENT AVEFENIXBECAUSE I CAN RESTART AND RESURVE FROM THE ASHES TO COTINATE IN THE BATTLE hahaha, greetings from South America.Elemental Phoenix.png

So far my dragons are waiting for someone to eat. I will just try to hold them down.

I bought 2 boosters : There is my (only) epic card ! :

Also, it's a super project and a super game. Amazing !
I wait the next update ;-) !

It seems it cannot be helped, i just bought another 5 packs more, after opening them i did get an epic duplicate. =) anyway it is still good.

My Gold Dragon will be there to turn you to a gold so beware.
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this is epic, i have been hoping a game like this would pop up on Steem. Grabbed my first packs and got this one - love it. It would be great to do some art for cards also .

oooooooooooooh snap i'm all over this

I didn't want to brag but since you asked.

Watch out! Frost Giant about.

Today is a day future generations will remember in awe. For today FLASHFICTION, WARRIOR ARTIST has born!!

And this is his first EPIC CARD:

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Okey! It's my turn! Epic:
Mr. Fire Demon & Mr. Swamp Thing = Great Team!
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What about Your champions? ;)

I have my bet on Enchantress of the Night. She is seems mischievous and deceiving. A good way to battle opponents by her skills. I am looking forward what skills behind this great woman.

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You say "Frozen Soldier" I say Snowyknight!