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Have you noticed that whitelists are requiring more grinding? And mint prices are going up? And total number being minted is going up? Smells like greed to me.
I love NFTs and what they offer – but I think it’s worthwhile to take a step back now and then and ask ‘WTF is going on here?’
At the moment – we have been gentrified in the worst possible way. Artists and musicians and people seeking community created this space in our culture. They have largely been pushed out by con artists, hype marketers, and celebrity or brand cash grabs. Be careful out there folks – I’m going to sum it all up in two words that most of you will remember:
Stranger Danger. If you don’t know them, you probably shouldn’t trust them – or their hyped up project.
This morning’s cover (on Vagobond) is my new Censored piece by Pak & Assange
* ALPHA * – The Vagobond Discord is one of the best free alpha servers around. You might see it in this briefing, but you’ll definitely see it in the Alpha channel of our discord first.
– Bitcoin and Ethereum on the Rise – but $XRP leads gains!
– Meta Threatens to Shut Facebook and Instagram in Europe
– Bring on the Lawyers: Wave of Litigation Over NFT Copyrights
– DAO to free Julian Assange Raises over $40 million
– Sequoia invests $450 million in Polygon in Web3 Bet
– Another OpenSea Competitor is Coming
Vagobond’s New Acquisitions
Rue Arcana #2932 – Stealth Mint (seen on Vagobond Discord early) sold out in 3 hours.
Censored #9667 by Pak, Assange, Vagobond – https://opensea.io/assets/0xda22422592ee3623c8d3c40fe0059cdecf30ca79/9667
You can find my NFT buying methodology and more on the NFT 101 page on Vagobond.com
Literary NFT Beat
Cryptoversal Books 2/6/22:
News Item 1: Cryptoversal Books is the recipient of a PageDAO grant to support our efforts to onboard authors and provide education and training in the NFT book publishing space. We look forward to growing our community of leaders, innovators, and talented creators from around the world.
News Item 2: This week, Cryptoversal Books became a signatory of the Crypto Climate Accord, pledging to achieve net-zero emissions from NFT publishing operations and assisting in the development of standards, tools, and technologies to accelerate progress toward 100% renewably powered blockchains. The Accord is consistent with, based on, and inspired by the Paris Climate Accord.
News Item 3: Combat infringement, plagiarism, and IP misinformation with a Copyright Basics NFT textbook chapter,published to the PageDAO Readme Collection on OpenSea. Better yet, drop one into the wallet of your favorite copyright infringer.
News Item 4: The first Cryptoversal Writer’s Studio is now open to holders the Medusa Collection by Mieke Marple. The Studio will produce a community-driven NFT novel as a companion to the generative art collection, together reframing the snake-haired Gorgon of mythology as the empowered heroine of her own story.
This week, resurfaced tweets from ENS Domains Director of Operations Brantly Millegan outraged the Web3 space with expressions of toxic hate toward the LGBTQ+ community, a denouncement of women’s reproductive rights, and an indictment of anyone who practices self-love.
Given the opportunity to walk back the 2016 tweets, Millegan instead doubled down on his intolerance and a debate ensued in social spaces as to whether someone who wishes to erase certain identities should continue to hold power in an organization specifically charged with providing identities in the form of decentralized domains.
Many holders of the $ENS governance token removed Millegan as their delegate in advance of a decision by True Names Limited to terminate his contract.
The question for the literary NFT community is how we draw the line when hateful or harmful views are inevitably pushed out on NFT publishing platforms, or whether Web3 speech should be policed by consequences in the larger Web3 community. Some would argue that empowering authors requires us to be a common carrier for all viewpoints, while others say there should be no tolerance for intolerance.
NFT Book Releases (Anticipated):
Annie’s Bookshop (Website | Twitter | Discord) – An upcoming collection of 9,920 generative NFT books with design trait rarities and unique content. Books will be published as MP4 animations that users will be able to pause and unpause to read a uniquely generated short story of 30 to 40 sentences.
Jenkins the Valet – See Writer’s Rooms below. The project’s initial book is expected in an April-ish release. Holders will be able to stake or burn the book for rewards.
NFT Book Releases (Available Now):
Jenkins the Valet (Website | Twitter | Discord) – A multimedia studio creating content from licensed BAYC and MAYC characters. Jenkins’ initial project is a book from author Neil Strauss and 4,075 licensed characters. Representation by CAA.
Literary NFT Publishers:
Cryptoversal Books (Website | Twitter | Facebook) – Onboarding and educating authors into an community partnering with emerging book minters and eco-friendly marketplaces. Cryptoversal also plans to launch its minter.
WIP Publishing (Website) – WIPP is the publishing arm of PageDAO (See Literary DAOs and Communities below).
Literary DAOs and Communities:
Cosmia DAO (See Literary NFT Publishers above)
Cryptoversal (See Literary NFT Publishers above) – Community currently focused on Facebook.
LIT DAO – A cultural DAO including literary, artistic, musical, and fashion NFTs. Linked to some heavy-hitters, LIT is notable for airdropping an Ethereum-based NFT book to token holders and awarding copyright interests to a randomly selected reader. Token: $LIT
NFT Book Minters:
Creatokia (Wesbite | Twitter | Discord) – Literary NFT minter and marketplace owned by the parent company of book producer and distributor Bookwire. Creator of book-themed NFT collectibles that provide original artwork and unlockable PDF and audio excerpts from a classic work. Token: $NFTBS
KOTA (Website | Twitter | Discord) – Literary NFT minter, marketplace, and app to deploy on a blockchain being developed through the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure project of the EU’s European Blockchain Partnership.
PageDAO (See Literary DAOs above) – The PageDAO is currently in beta and open to cardholding DAO members, minting to the Polygon-based Readme Collection on OpenSea.
NFT Book Marketplaces:
Creatokia (See Book Minters above) – Marketplace Status: Marketplace stocked with in-house book-themed collectibles derived from public domain works.
KOTA (See Book Minters above) – Marketplace Status: Currently invite-only.
Mirror (See Book Minters above) – Marketplace Status: Active
Readl (See Book Minters above) – Marketplace Status: Beta marketplace open with in-house public domain NFT books and derivative collectibles, public launch announced for February 9th.
Soltype (See Book Minters above) – Marketplace Status: Beta Marketplace Delayed.
Token Literary (Discord) – Focused on helping creators with marketing, logistics, and tokenomics.
Blue, Red, & White Chip NFTs Beat
These are my personal blue chip plays. Not everyone will agree they are all blue chips. I’ve given Pixel Vault/Metahero/Punks Comic a category of its own because there is so much happening with it.
On Chain Monkeys – One of the most positive ‘do good’ projects out there.
-Karma project underway with v2 monkeys
BAYC/MAYC – $APE token. Huge sales. Roadmap underway.
Jenkins the Valet
10KTF – $NTD token. This is a cool and probably Beeple project. https://10ktf.com/
Huxley – https://huxleysaga.com/ The Robots have arrived and they are fire. Big things happening here always.
– Burn Week 2 – The Great Robot Race, will end on Tuesday February 8th at 12pm PST.
* – Big News coming: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1LyxBobrXmEKN
BYO Pills – BYO Craft Snapshot 2/18 – $TRYP currency and p2e game
– BYOCRAFT MINTING MECHANICS
– will be claimed rather then airdropped to holders of a BYOPill and a BYOVape.
– you need to have a BYOPill AND BYOVape during the snapshot and during the time of claiming.
– 1 BYOPill + 1 BYOVape = 1 General BYOCraft
– 1 BYOPill + 1 BYOVape + 1 Apostle = 1 Tier-Specific BYOCraft
– 5 different tiers of BYOCraft with unique and generative traits & utility.
– BYOCrafts are 3D, game-ready vehicles with future use in the BYOVERSE, as well as other metaverses and blockchain games. • BYOCrafts will be AR-enabled as we continue to roll out AR experiences for all our collections • Aside from the existing attachments, you will be able to add additional attachments with unique utility either through crafting or via the TRYP Marketplace in the future that will help with other activities throughout the BYOVERSE. • BYOCrafts will allow you to play & earn starting with the racer mini-game, which will then be integrated within the BYOVERSE. Every racer will be rewarded for participating and completing a race with $TRYP/in-game currency. The reward will be based on the Apostle riding the craft and not your position in the race. Details on earnings will be released closer to mini-game launch.
Peace Void/ Peaceful Groupies – $PEACE token, PeaceDAO, partnerships with other projects and festivals (IRL and MV). So much happening in this community right now. Super exciting.
– Groupies can now be staked for $PEACE.
– $PEACE is the currency of the PeaceVoie ecosystem, the digital money to interact with – PEACEFUL GROUPIES: You only need 1 Groupie to be part of the party.
– PEACEVOID: A web3 native brand. It’s art, music, poetry, fashion, lifestyle
– Focus is to take Groupies to festivals all around the world
Pixel Vault/ Punks Comic/ Metahero $PUNKS/$POW
– Origin Story #1: Courtney – 5902 origin stories – PVFD holders snapshot prior to Feb 1 claim on a 1-to-1 basis with how many FD you own. Any that go unclaimed will open up to punks comic #1 and #2 until all are sold out.
– Each planet holder will be eligible for sidekick claim. Sidekicks will be stakable. TBA
– Elite Apes Covers to be released using Metahero/Ape Token in early Feb – unique gamification of mint using a coin that has future utility.
– Physical comic will release by end of February
What’s a Red Chip? These are projects I think have the potential to become blue chips.
Non-Fungible Fungus – Fun and trippy.
Rebel Planet Motor Club – I’ve jumped this straight from watchlist to Red Chip. Not positive what is coming yet, but positive you don’t want to miss it. https://discord.gg/2pFUWV6R6p
*- RPMC is planning on sending an NFT holder to Space on a Commercial Flight!
*- Art Reveal coming this week
Creature Toadz – Mashup of Creatures + Cryptoadz . This is one of those projects that might hit or completely miss. It literally could go either way. Project Dev is relentless, so I’m in but DYOR.
– $FYZ claim and staking now live at https://swampdao.finance/
Adidas: Into the Metaverse – What’s going to happen here? I guess we wait and see.
Two Bit Bears – There is a level of genius working here that is largely overlooked.
* – Info on Goldilocks DAO https://twitter.com/twobitbears/status/1490406162738688003?s=21
These are projects I love and support – but tbh, some of them may end up in the graveyard….
Glitchy Bitches – Visually morphing muses. https://glitchybitches.com/ – still minting.
Rue Arcana – Tarot + Attractive art + SciFi vibe
CyberGalz – Sold Out
Do Not Mint – This may be idiotic but it’s feeling like something
Avax Wolf Game – Great team, easy minting and low gas, and always evolving dynamics. https://avaxwolfgame.io/
Bloot – https://discord.gg/Qdep8xgGqE Bloot is being redefined. $BGLD is being unrugged.
Bulls on the Block / Bears on the Block – https://bullsontheblock.com/ This project, DAO, wallet being moved to the community.
Heaven Computer – https://heaven.computer/ Female led, amazing art project. Godmin abides.
Satoshiverse – https://www.satoshiverse.io/ This feels like the slowest moving amazing project ever. Still, I believe.
One Day Bae – https://onedaybae.io/ This is a favorite project. It vibes with me just right.
Raini Lords of Light – p2e game. Rumor has it that the beta game will launch in a few weeks. Already has great cross chain assets, card staking, and more. https://discord.gg/2TbrB7mk5F
NFT Gamer Beat
Doctor Who, Worlds Apart– P2E Game and NFT Marketplace – Founders Token sale continues (part 3 is well under way), tokens $1000 each. Gameplay continues in Beta among founders only. https://doctorwho-worldsapart.com/r/2909/
– Time Lord Elementary School to learn how to play the game. Week 1 will offer the basics.
Monday – 10 am CET, hosts Vitas and Pericyte
Wednesday – 8 pm CET, hosts Bronik and Alan
Friday – 2 pm CET, host Zygon
Non-Fungible Heroes/Boring Banana Co. – https://www.nfheroes.io/ Land and token coming soon.
– Beta Game Testing Underway for holders
Influence Asteroids – https://discord.gg/Y3UsdRXvMQ Everything about the game:https://wiki.influenceth.io/en/community/content-creators
Nifty League Degens – https://niftyleague.com/ P2E games, avatars, comics, $NFTL
Danger Islands / Lazer Defi – $xBMF token live and can earn by owning Lazer Soda, Bloot, or BlootMF. One of my favorite projects. https://discord.gg/FksWeDWFxe
Mighty Manateez – Fun project with comic, video game, $ALGAE token. Saving IRL manatees.
– Game is live! https://mightymanateez.itch.io/cybersea
Invaders WTF/ Pixelglyphs – https://www.pixelglyphs.io/ P2E game, ships, DAO, innovative and fun community
*Here’s official links:
Star ships https://opensea.io/collection/star-ships-1
Get planet mint passes: https://invaders.wtf/
Music NFT Beat
Warp Sound – https://www.warpsound.ai/ Generative Art + AI composed music.
Moons of Mars – https://www.moonsofmars.xyz/ Fashion/music facing game/story/project.
Arpeggi.io – https://arpeggi.io/ On-chain music studio. Create it, then mint it.
Spottie Wifi – https://www.spottiewifi.com/ The #1 DJ in the Metaverse
Audius – http://www.audius.co/
Bitlectro Labs/Dreamers/DreamLoops – https://bitlectrolabs.com/
The DAO Beat
The Land Dao – Metaverse land development project. $RENT https://www.thelanddao.io/
SharkDao – https://sharkdao.community/
Buzzed Bear Hideout DAO – https://buzzedbearhideout.com
Pizza DAO- https://www.rarepizzas.com https://github.com/pizzaDAO
Page DAO – (See literary NFTs) https://pagedao.org/ – Weekly Twitter Space
Gas DAO $GAS token – https://www.gasdao.org/
Food and Travel NFT Projects
SuperLocal – NFT gated travel app where users can mint locations as NFTs
Bored Breakfast Club – Coffee delivered by virtue of owning this NFT. https://www.boredbreakfastclub.com/
Travel Toucans – Minting 2/22/22 – https://www.traveltoucans.com
Influencer NFT Beat (almost religious)
Cozomo de’ Medici – https://twitter.com/CozomoMedici
Gary Vee Projects – Veefriends, Bookgames, FlyFish, etc.
Tom Bileyu Projects / Impact Theory – Huge burn event.
– The Pulse – a Weekly IT update –
Farokh projects / Rug Radio
– 2/9/22: $RUG token launch! Yes, that means that on February 9th, every single Rug Radio Genesis NFT owner will be able to go claim their $RUG tokens in their Dashboards! Tokens per Genesis NFT: Standard: 555 tokens Scarce 1/2: 888 tokens Rare 1/2: 1111 tokens
-2/12/22: RugDAO Lunch!
Nate Alexander Projects / Chainfaces –
– Major aesthetic upgrade coming to the entire chainfaces universe (including fallen faces).These will be free to claim, except for gas costs to holders including fallen warriors from the arena.
Danny Cole projects / Creatures – Rumored to have land and token announcement coming soon. Maybe you will be able to change the nose or something though – or get a jock strap.
Bald Jesus – BJ is Your Bro
– Minting for Bald Jesus Drinking Club – .05 ETH
– Holy Bjble – AB version – Readable on OS! Only .001 ETH on Polygon so no gas
Tokens, Staking, Defi
Solon – https://www.solon.finance/ I minted this what seems like 500 years ago. Love the art but the token and the vision are what actually made me mint. Hard to explain in brief – but listen to this:
$WTF – You can still claim here for a few more days:
$LOOKS Token – Looks Rare platform is gaining traction. Daily rewards for staking unmatched.
$TKNFY Tokenify – https://tokenfy.gitbook.io/tknfy-earn-guide/
$LIT – Not really a token – more a movement and a social experiment.
I periodically move all the useful info here to: https://vagobond.com/nft-101/ (scroll to the bottom for most recent)
First 500 Wicked Gorillas are Free
Dead MFers .0069 each.NFA. I minted too many of these. Funny and probably worthless.
Airdrops: Rumored Airdrop List
Fee.io – – DYOR – Reportedly was live, then wasn’t. I’m watching but won’t rush in on this one.
Gas.wtf – another airdrop for those who have paid gas on Eth. No new news. DYOR.
Top of my radar right now probably Rebels in Disguise and 2112.
2112.run– https://discord.gg/2112run Sale Starts: 2/7
Rebels in Disguise – https://discord.gg/s4pRJKTw Presale: 2/9 Public Sale: 2/10
Moonlings – Metahero derivitive project by PVFD – https://discord.gg/cXjPutEu4h
Rap Empire DAO (Snoop Dog) – https://discord.gg/rapempire
Gnomenclature – https://discord.gg/vJD94smbnZ
Look Labs – (former?) Beanie project – https://discord.gg/kscScVhq – Probably won’t mint this.
Nemus – https://nemus.earth/the-nft/ – this is an ecology project.
FomoMofo – Hawaii based project with doxxed founders & branding https://discord.gg/K7vxMCTK
Great Projects I’m Not In or Following:
aka projects I missed and am salty about. There are too many – see the whole list at:
Missed in February: Generative Dungeons
These are projects that I wanted to believe in that simply seem like they are dead. I bought into many of these instead of the winning projects above. Take that as a warning. I sincerely hope that they resurrect – but when I put them here, it means that I’ve stopped believing and looking. I hope to someday have a section at the top called ‘Resurrections’ for when projects in the Graveyard manage to rise up again. As time goes on, I have no doubt this will be the biggest section of this newsletter and I will let it keep growing so that those who care to look can understand that the majority of projects fail and investors lose money. Pick wisely, my friends, and good luck!
See the huge full list at https://vagobond.com/nft-101/nft-project-graveyard/
Februray Graveyard Residents Added:
Tiki Festival – https://tikifestival.io/ I held on to hope as long as I could. Frenchie is still working, but I think this is a graveyard project now.