“The exciting new board game” may show you how! Here’s the #2Sats!
Board game designer and founder of Satori Games Jason Burwood (Mind Your Monster board game, Mind your Gremlin card game) has created a family-style board game titled Crypto Millionaire where players as young as six years old can have “lambo” dreams and the crypto portfolios to make them happen.
When unboxed, Crypto Millionaire offers players sixteen different cryptocurrencies peppered with newsmaking blockchain projects, game-changing wild cards and secret token offerings. Burwood promises an hour and a half of play that is “full of events and lessons.” He says, “Events boost your wealth but the harsh lessons from the Crypto world will cost you!”
Being that Burwood and I both started our crypto education in December 2017, I wanted to hear more about how his boundless enthusiasm would translate to those willing to risk it all and roll those digital dice!
Franklin: It’s very easy to experience the thrill of investing in crypto, as you described when you first got into it. I know a lot of people are apprehensive about Bitcoin because there’s no “real money” and you “can’t put your hands on it.” What was your process in figuring out how to represent digital currency when designing the game pieces?
Burwood: To me, it’s now strange how people don’t think of Bitcoin as “real money” just because it’s digital, when in fact less than a quarter of all GBP is in notes and coins, the rest is digital.
The big problem is governments are pretty much free to print as much of it as they like under the guise of quantitative easing and devalue its value just like that. At least with Bitcoin, they can’t print any more than 21 million.
As for representing digital money in a tabletop game, it’s tricky so there really is only one simple way and that is with paper notes. In Crypto Millionaire I have Fiat currency and Cryptocurrency and they are two different types of notes.
Franklin: During your research while designing the game, did you come across any bizarre and outrageous stories about crypto millionaires? Any favorites? Do share…
Burwood: I didn’t have to actually research real-life crypto millionaires although I did have one real life crypto millionaire play test the game… and he won! I think some of the craziest stories are about the would have been crypto millionaires like the guy who bought pizzas for 10,000 bitcoin. A guy in the UK threw out his laptop which had the keys to 7,500 on it. Both stories are on cards in the game!
Franklin: Many of us are familiar with a little well-known game called Monopoly where there’s a strong possibility of landing in jail. With crypto enthusiasts thriving in unregulated territory (thus far) how did you approach making rules in an industry where there are no rules?
Burwood: That’s a great question, I really wanted to create a light-hearted family friendly game so I didn’t want anything too heavy in it. I have however included cards which allow you to divert someone’s winnings from their investment and the lessons cards are full of all the bad actors ploys to get hold of your crypto.
Franklin: It’s so cool that everywhere around the world, the term Bitcoin and soon to be the names of many other altcoins will be a part of a universal language. Do you have plans for international distribution?
Burwood: Absolutely. Crypto is worldwide. We have followers from all corners of the globe, so we will be delivering our games worldwide from our Kickstarter campaign and continue to do so in the future.
Franklin: Finally, what, in your mind, makes up the qualities of the ultimate crypto millionaire?
Burwood: Ha, if I ever become one, I’ll let you know. I think a lot of crypto millionaires were in the right place at the right time and recognised how much bigger this would become. We are almost certainly in the same position now. It’s just harder to see the possibilities looking forward than it is to see the growth that has happened already.
Jason Burwood, thanks for playing!
Nicole Franklin is a writer/director who is passionate about fintech, distributed/decentralized ledger technology and all things crypto. Meeting crypto millionaires comes with the territory, so she shares their financial advice and #2Sats here and on Twitter @Nicoleedits.