Nine Chronicles is a ‘decentralized’ peer-to-peer blockchain MMO with open source modification features


Admittedly, that headline has a lot of techbro buzzword nonsense in it, so let’s try to break down what Nine Chronicles is. At the brass tacks level, it’s a side-scrolling MMO that promises dungeons, crafting, trading, arena-based PvP, and nine worlds to explore. The game is also open-source, making it fully customizable thanks to a level editor that lets players design levels and features, send contributions via GitHub, and launch a new network with friends. This ties to its “decentralized” nature, as the game runs on peer-to-peer networking instead of a single server.

Nine Chronicles is created and released by Planetarium, creators of the Libplanet game engine that touts the ease with which designers can create free-to-play games, keep them live via P2P networking, and monetize them via blockchain networks.

“Planetarium is a new engine specializing in peer-to-peer gaming. We have built a .NET-based engine that allows developers to code complex logic and interactive gameplay together in a single Unity project. Think of Node.js, but for multi-platform online games.”

As for the game’s link to blockchain, an official FAQ details how players can turn on in-game mining to both contribute their personal processing power to the blockchain while getting some in-game incentives like 10 NCG per block mined. The FAQ does state the amount of NCG gained from mining will lower by half every four years, and promises that only about 25% of processing power — or one core of a quad-core CPU — is used.

Nine Chronicles is releasing on Steam and through its own launcher, with plans to arrive to mobile later. The FAQ and website offer some more details, while the preview trailer below grants a look at the game as created by Planetarium in action.

source: official site (1, 2), Planetarium HQ, thanks to Kharl for the tip!

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Dug From The Earth

Lol, i remember this…

it seems the devs turned off comments on the trailer and removed visibility of the like/dislike.

Yeah…. wonder why….


The game looks horrible but interesting tech!


Techbro nonsense? In the near future decentralized platforms are going to be the only place where you’ll be able to question the powers that be. And as of now open source software is the only kind of software you can trust not to be selling your personal information to corporations and governments around the world.

Whatsit Tooya

Found the techbro.
(I’m a programmer, background in statistics and calculus, and I love decentralized platforms and open source, but cryptocurrency is nonsense, blockchain is extremely narrow-application, and after recent events I’m extremely suspicious of anyone who thinks deplatforming calls to violence is in service of the “powers that be”, good grief. It’s correct to call these techbro buzzwords because certain people mess their pants when they hear these words that don’t do anything for a garbage, Ponzi scheme product like this to make it >worth< playing ten years from now when nobody else is, and it's telling that you got blasted about it. Nobody's saying decentralization and open source are bad, we're just tired of everything getting put on some stupid mining blockchain like that makes it better when it invariably makes it worse, and "decentralized and open source" is merely lipstick on the latest disgusting financial fad. Face it, cryptocurrency becomes exponentially harder to mine as the cost only gradually declines, it is mathematically inevitable that it will become more expensive to mine than it is worth in electricity, not to mention the ballooning transaction fee, at which point people will realize the whole thing is stupid. Also, your personal information is boring as crud, agencies aren't nearly competent enough to know what to do with what they do have, and it's often not the spicy bits, and nobody really cares.)


I care. Did you hear about the ADT employee that watched hundreds of couples have sex in their homes? Or the Google engineer that abused his admin privileges to mess with a group of teens? Sure these are individual cases, but once you consider the sheer amount of companies that have access to private information, I don’t see why people shouldn’t be very worried about this (unless you rely on massive media conglomerates to give shape to your worldview – in that case I can see why you’d feel safe). All that saying “I have nothing to hide” will ever do is come back to bite you in the ass and teach you a lesson a little later.

As for blockchain, I actually agree that that’s the least interesting part of this project, essentially a gimmick. But you ignored its other two pillars almost completely. Decentralization and freely available source are HUGE. Anyone who’s remotely on the left should want these things, not protest them. The fact that you basically dismissed these aspects as “trump supporter nazi russian agent” stuff tells me that you almost certainly get your opinions from all the wrong places.

Whatsit Tooya

Maybe I was a bit smarmy in my first response.
“Don’t put internet connected cameras in your home” seems kind of obvious to me and I think most people wouldn’t do it either. I looked up the Google incident and it happened 11 years ago, now there’s a lot of hoops to jump through before Google employees can access your stuff. I agree that “I have nothing to hide” is not the proper mentality.
Of course I want decentralized and open source online games, but without blockchain, it still needs host servers, like different server emulators, and without the promise of profit it wouldn’t be very elaborate- we actually already have something similar in the Crossfire/Wyvern/Daimonin family of games, and they’re unfortunately not that interesting. A blockchain product might seem like the way to go, but the only online-enabled feature I can think of would be economy, no open world or anything like that, and that just lends itself to crypto shenanigans. We already have cooperative and competitive games that don’t need servers to play, they’re just not MMOs.
“getting your opinions from the wrong places”- Doubtful. I barely use social media and I don’t go out of my way to read the news. Twitter isn’t going to take away your opinion on tax policy or guns because it’s not going to lead to violence.