Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of Spells of Genesis (SoG), generally regarded as the very first play-to-earn blockchain game. EverdreamSoft, the game studio behind SoG, first distributed many of the game's trading card-based nonfungible tokens (NFTs) back in 2015, though its mobile trading card game did not go live until 2017. To commemorate the occasion, Everdream Soft announced the opening of an NFT History Museum within the CryptoVoxels metaverse on April 20. This virtual exhibition will feature new and vintage SoG cards as well as assets from various other popular NFT collections.
Spells of Genesis fuses a trading card game with point-and-shoot arcade gameplay. Players have to collect and combine cards to create the strongest deck to fight their enemies and earn cryptocurrency at the same time. Original cards from the collection's inception will play a prominent role in the upcoming showcase.
Each month, one vintage card will be chosen and displayed on the museum's rooftop. Users who click on the showcased card will be transported to the Spells of Genesis Showroom, which acts as a gateway to learning about blockchain gaming history. According to the company, the museum has been in development for several months and features collections from projects that "have advanced the ongoing evolution of digital assets."
Shaban Shaame, CEO of EverdreamSoft, believes that the NFT History Museum "puts forward some of the most historical and iconic NFT projects in the industry." Other assets to be displayed in the museum include the Bitcoin Genesis Block, the Nakamoto card from RAREPEPE Series 1 as well as collectibles from another early game named Etheria. Cryptopunks, Counterparty, Mooncats and Axie Infinity collections will also be exhibited.
Additionally, users will receive a special discount on the card of the month and one lucky participant among those who have signed the NFT Museum's guestbook in April could secure a Spells of Genesis card from 2017. Other signees could gain exclusive access to future SoG experiences and events throughout the rest of the year.
Recently Cointelegraph interviewed Shaame for a YouTube episode of Crypto Stories, where he answered questions about the game's recent resurgence in popularity. Originally, in-game cards could only be minted on the Bitcoin blockchain using an early blockchain protocol known as Counterparty. After several years of stagnation, SoG became compatible with the Ethereum blockchain in 2020 and sales started to rise again. During the conversation, Shaame revealed his vision, which has now become a reality, of displaying those so-called rare SoG trading cards in a museum setting.