I am very sorry to be so serious on a weekend, but after my recent realization that steemit can be quite good for one's soul, I felt I would get something pretty huge off of my chest.
Hi, my name is @hanshotfirst and I am an addict.
It has been 9 hours since I have fed my addiction.
It has also been 10 hours since my addiction first started.
I'm a little nervous, let me start again.
In my last post I mentioned how I almost never post about steemit. And yet, in the span of three days, I am doing it twice. But it is not my fault! I swear! These damn monsters made me do it!
Just look at them!
I am a self proclaimed geeky man-child. I collect toys and go to comic book shows. How in the Hell could I possibly resist these things. Oh and to top it off, I have "friends" like @sirknight pulling me in real close and whispering, "Hey kid, try this. You'll love it. The first one's free." That's how they get you. The damn free first one. Thanks @sirknight for being such an excellent pusher! (By the way, I am completely kidding. @sirknight is trying to do some real good around here. Please check him out.)
So after one night, I am totally addicted. I started off just opening the one @sirknight sent me. Then I decided I should buy one just to see how the purchase worked. Then one more, then another, then another, then another... then 95. I'm not kidding. It didn't feel like it at the time but looking back, I bought NINETY-FIVE packs of these cards in a little over one hour.
And I had a ton of fun doing it!
Why am I an addict even before the game mechanics have been released?
The Geeky Dad's Guide to Steem Monsters
Screen capture from https://steemmonsters.com
Steem Monsters is a brilliant idea! Even though the official game mechanics are unknown, I know enough about these types of games to see the potential. Here is what I already love:
The artwork on the cards is well done. It seems they went for more of a fun style than anything too serious. I love it!
When you buy the packs, you have to "open" them. (That is a big deal for this kind of game. The "hunt" to find rare cares is as much fun as the game.)
The site is incredibly easy to use. It is easy to buy and gift cards or packs. This also means you can start trading with people you trust. Trading is another huge part of this addiction. Trying to complete your set and "winning" a trade is also so much fun.
They have 4 levels of rarity. I bought 150 cards and only got one of the absolute rarest level. That level is.... wait for it... Legendary. (Edit: then I bought another 325 cards and ended up with 6)
I also got 19 of the next level down (Epic) so they did a good job of creating the excitement of the chase.
It felt so good to actually buy something directly with SBD. It is true all I have are some digital cards... but I also had fun opening them. And look at that! I got a freaking Lightning Dragon!
You can stack the cards to make them more powerful. So getting doubles, triples or... 16 (like I have of one) is not a bad thing.
The transactions are really fast. (This is an EXCELLENT example of what Steem can mean for existing companies or start-ups)
By purchasing them, I felt I was supporting an awesome project built on Steem.
It will hopefully spark other creative people to develop other fun games built on Steem.
The game is going to encourage true community building. I envision being able to compete in tournaments with a wide variety of steemians who I have not met yet. It is going to create a common bond between steemians from all corners of the platform. It is going to encourage a large group of people to all "pull on the same rope" in order to try and make the game a success. And it will be a model of the idea that each individual person may choose to pull on that rope in a different way. Some may just like collecting and trading. Others might love competing. Many may want to buy and sell the cards like investments. Artists may have fun designing new cards. Those with technological skills may try to figure out ways to improve the game. People could gift them to others in order to try and brighten their day. No matter how they do it, all of these people will be trying to contribute to the overall success of the game. I can't think of anything more "Steem-like".
Come on everybody! Let's pull Steem Monsters up!
Oh. One more...
- I can't wait to play it with my kids.
Yeah that's it. I'm not an addict or an immature, geeky, dorky, man-child. I'm just a really caring dad.
I happen to care so much that I think I will go buy some more right now to show just how awesome I am at being a dad.
F.Y.I. I decided to open a special account called @hanshotfirst-sm for the vast majority of my Steem Monsters related posts.
My collection, the game description and The Lightning Dragon are screenshots from steemmonsters.com.