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February 26th, 2022

Dark Forest is a massively multiplayer (MMO) real-time strategy (RTS) game in closed beta. If you like strategy games, you should play it. Anyone who is a fan of games like Sins of a Solar Empire, Factorio, or Civilization should definitely play it. It’s not a game with global appeal like Super Mario Odyssey, but it doesn’t need to be nor try to be.

Personally, it's the best new game I’ve played in 2022. When I got off the waitlist I played it for 10 hours straight -- that’s why I’m writing this post. It’s the most exciting strategy game I’ve played since StarCraft 2. It’s the most exciting competitive multiplayer game I’ve played since Valorant. And it’s renewed my optimism for the potential of web3 games. Why? It gets many things right, but it gets a few things very, very right:

  • It is a refreshing take on a stale genre
  • It has a competitive ladder with a fresh take on ranking
  • It’s plugin system & open source codebase brings modding back to games
  • It shakes up assumptions around the infrastructure costs of online multiplayer games
  • It has a thoughtful team that closely engages with the community

Intrigued? Great, read on! But there is one minor detail you might care to know… Dark Forest runs on “The Blockchain”.

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February 16th, 2022

Is web3 here yet?