Gallant Token: King’s Calling, Gallant Arena, Gnarly Knights and how to buy

Gallant Studios is an independent NFT games developer working on multiple titles, as well as the Gallant Token (GAL). Here's your guide.

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There's no shortage of developers working on non-fungible token (NFT) games in 2022, yet Gallant Studios still catches the eye. Based out of Charlotte in North Caroline, US, the developer is approaching its Gallant Token ecosystem from a gameplay-first perspective. Where all too many developers I come across in the NFT games space talk the talk before walking the walk, Gallant Studios put runs on the board before it started to make big promises.

In this article, I will take you through my first impressions of Gallant Studios, its Gallant Token and its Gnarly Knights NFTs. I'll also take you through everything I know about the 5 games currently released or in development, and how to buy Gallant Token.

Gallant Studios interview with CEO Steven Walters

As part of my research in creating this article, I reached out to Gallant Studios to see if they would be interested in an interview. I ended up having an extensive chat with CEO Steven Walters and CDO Samantha Rivera. This interview is live of my NFT Games YouTube channel and part I is embedded below. These videos will give you Steven's take on his company, as well as show you a wealth of gameplay from some of the products the developer is working on.

Gnarly Knights NFTs

Gallant Studios runs with a medieval theme through both its branding and its games. It's embodied by the artistry of Samantha Rivera, who has created 10,000 original, hand-drawn knights that are NFT collectables. Identified via their iconic Spartan-inspired helmets and vivid backgrounds, these NFTs aren't just about the art. They have utility, too.

The Gnarly Knights will not only be your profile avatar, but your key to the Gallant ecosystem. They unlock access to airdrops for Gallant games, as well as events, tournaments and prizes. At this stage, the Gnarly Knights won't be your character in the games themselves, although this is open to change where it makes sense. Such as in the NFT vs NFT fighter, Gallant Arena.

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Gallant Warriors review

Already available on iOS and Android devices is the sidescrolling beat 'em up Gallant Warriors. This is not an NFT game – although the studio is exploring options to bring it into the Gallant Token ecosystem in the future. Instead, it's a proof of intent to show that Gallant Studios can not only make and deploy a game, but also have a developer account with Apple. This is only achievable by registered businesses.

Gallant Warriors is free-to-play, and is a functional experience in the mould of a Golden Axe, Final Fight or Double Dragon. You traverse through a handful of 2.5D environments, using basic attacks to bash enemies and objects in the world. It's not particularly exciting and the best acknowledgement you can give it is that it's playable. But it's not supposed to be a game changer, hence why it's free.

As a means to dipping your toe into the Gallant ecosystem, it provides a taste of the developer's inspirations moving forward.

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King's Calling: Best NFT game of 2022?

When you compare Gallant Warriors to the early work-in-progress footage of King's Calling, it's chalk and cheese. King's Calling has potential to be one of the first genuine approximations of a AAA game in the NFT space. It's being built in the famed Unity Engine, and provides a medieval-set, open-world RPG experience in a vast land populated by forests, seas, cities and castles.

The quest-heavy, story-driven gameplay will unfold from the third-person perspective, but I've yet to see any of it in action. Instead, I've had a tour of the world itself – which you can see in the video above – and it's looking richly detailed and ripe for adventure. Steven Walters told me it'll sit between an Elder Scrolls and an Assassin's Creed, but more to the Elder Scrolls end.

You'll need to have some Gallant Token to play King's Calling and the other games released by Gallant Studios. And it's unclear at this point whether elements of the game will be NFTs in their own right, or whether it will be left to the Gnarly Knights to deliver that kind of utility in the game world. But there will be play-to-earn mechanics.

Gallant Studios is talking up a 2022 release for this game, but in my opinion that is unlikely. From what I've seen thus far, the game is a long way from competition and even an alpha or beta in that window may be a stretch. However, that's only because of its ambition. It's definitely a game to watch.

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Gallant Arena

Gallant Studios is also working on Gallant Arena. This is turn-based strategy game with combat like a Pokémon title and it's also built in Unity. However, the characters going into battle will be NFTs. And you can't grind your way to earning these NFTs – you need to purchase one.

Gallant does not have any screenshots or gameplay footage to show off, but Steven Walters spoke to me briefly about it in the video interview. Moves and abilities are pre-rendered CGI, so don't expect a heavy hands-on battle experience. It will be more about behind the scenes dice rolling as you match your fighters' skills, equipment and stats against those of your rival.

It will be interesting to see how many gamers will be keen on risking all in a high stakes game like this. Perhaps it will come down to how much the NFTs are worth. The standard mode does allow you to just level-up your character without risk. But the deathmatch mode will put you at risk of losing that character.

I do hope they provide scope for a free-to-play training mode that you can dive into without risk, and modes where larger teams – not just 1v1 – can be assembled for battle by individuals.

I can confirm that you will be able to collect pets to accentuate your character's abilities. This was announced in the above interview. You'll also be able to purchase items like potions and buffs that can help you in combat. Happily, your NFTs will not have a battle limit either, so will continue to gain value as you win more fights.

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Gallant MMORPG

Despite being the first game that Gallant set out on making, less is known about the studio's massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) than its other titles. We know that it will be home to an NFT character you create, as well as no end of NFT items for you to earn or buy as you go deeper into the game.

The Gallant MMORPG will have a visual style that is not dark and realistic like many titles in this genre, but will be more vibrant and cartoony. Like Fable's take on a medieval world; or Elder Scrolls if it were designed like Fortnite. When I asked Samantha Rivera to summarise the set-up, she told me the following.

"Our character is a decedent of the Spartan warriors living in the medieval era. His experience is about having a second chance at legacy. He's a good guy who has lived righteously, but he hasn't been blessed in life. He has no spouse, no heir, no land. So, the gods have chosen to bless him with good fortune in his next life."

The below character will give you an idea of what you will look like in the game and the visual style.

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Incubator and publisher: Anerys Adventure

The Gallant Studios team has also revealed it will be working to help other indie developers to take their NFT games through to release. This suggests that the Gallant Token and Gnarly Knights ecosystem will expand to other titles not made directly by Gallant. Only one such title has been shown to me as of the start of 2022. It's a medieval/Viking themed 3D adventure/strategy game, which is in early development. It's called Anerys Adventure, made by one-man-band developer Mark Drinovan. I've shown some footage of it in the video interviews above.

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How to buy Gallant Token (GAL)

If you're interested in getting in early with the Gallant Token, or indeed investing in a Gnarly Knight NFT, the process is a little convoluted. And as a result, you'll lose an annoying amount to gas fees handballing tokens between exchanges. Unfortunately, the GAL token isn't yet listed on any of the big exchanges. However, it is a BEP-20 token built off the Binance Smart Chain. As such, you can use PancakeSwap or PadSwap to swap Binance Coin (BNB) to Gallant Token (GAL).

  1. Buy some Binance Coin (BNB) from an exchange such as Binance.
  2. Send that BNB to your unique address in a wallet such as MetaMask.
  3. Head to PancakeSwap and link to your chosen wallet.
  4. You can now exchange the BNB in your wallet to GAL. But if GAL does not show in the list of tokens on PancakeSwap, you must first add it. To do this, go to Manage Tokens. Then the Token tab. And add in the address of Gallant, which is 0x580655e2c6d4fc125c0b2d37b2a3e56219bf9f78.
  5. Once added, you can do the exchange. Just make sure your total GAL amount ends with a 1, otherwise the slippage tolerance won't work.
  6. The transaction will be pending for a while, so don't expect an instant result. Once the exchange has been done, you can send your GAL back to your chosen wallet for storage.

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Is GAL and the Gnarly Knights NFTs a good investment?

You're always taking a risk when you make any investment in a token or NFT. You'll need to make your own assessment, but in my opinion, certainly there's promise for Gallant Studios. I like the fact that it is a registered company that has previously deployed a game. And I also like the fact that there is a genuine game world in existence for King's Calling, It isn't just a CGI mock-up or something done as concept art.

I do think there's a long way to go before we're playing a fully finished game from the 3 currently in production. And then, of course, there's plenty to be considered before we can vouch for a game being fun or not fun. But if development continues on its current trend, there's no reason to think that the Gnarly Knights and the GAL token won't find value. So, whether you want to get in now while it's relatively cheap or keep a close eye on how things proceed, you definitely shouldn't ignore Gallant Studios.

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