NFT Defi Crypto Collectors Morning Briefing 1/18/2022

Vagobond NFT

1/18/2022 – Morning Edition

As always there is a lot happening in the NFT space and if I’ve missed anything or you would like to see something else covered – reach out to me via DMs on Twitter (@vagobond) or in the Vagobond Discord at https://discord.gg/2nBRJJvyeR.

News

– Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard in a huge $68.7 billion deal. There are rumors that Blizzard has been in talks to make the game for Pixel Vault/Metaheroes. Mind you, these are just rumors – but if true. Connect the dots.

– Coinbase and Mastercard have partnered to allow users to buy NFTs with credit cards on upcoming Coinbase NFT platform.

– NFT influencer ‘Beanie’ was doxxed yesterday which caused some price action in projects he was associated with as the consensus seems to be ‘not a nice guy’. There’s a lot of hand wringing going on from virtue signalers who are canceling him but much of it hypocrisy from people who made money along with him but aren’t jumping to give it back (or acknowledge it). Newsflash: Owning a punk or being an influencer doesn’t make someone trustworthy. Always DYOR and own your buying decisions. This is the wild west. https://twitter.com/NFTethics/status/1483051289022017538

Wilder World just got $30 million fund raised with backing from Spartan Group, Animoca Brands and Metakovan’s MetaPurse: https://zine.wilderworld.com/wilder-world-secures-30-million-usdc-for-the-expansion-of-its-new-dimension-of-reality/

– Great thread on how to secure your NFTs

https://twitter.com/punk6529/status/1461742366696652809

New Acquisitions

Warp Sound – Really interesting new project. Generative Art + AI composed music https://www.warpsound.ai/

The Land Dao – a unique metaverse land development project. https://www.thelanddao.io/

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You can find my NFT buying methodology and more on the NFT 101 page on Vagobond.com

https://vagobond.com/nft-101/

NFT Games

World of Cryptoids. – An interesting whitelist opportunity for closed beta game – will require installing BSC net on your metamask – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-ks_J8hTQ-JYyp0tsKCh95My6kdeUDn7FTz7ZN8D1DMaVuQ/viewform

Doctor Who, Worlds Apart P2E Game and NFT Marketplace – has been under development with the BBC for a couple of years now – the game is in Beta with those who hold founders tokens. This is a p2e game, a fully developed marketplace on a side chain, and a huge community. Recently opened up a limited batch of Founders Tokens (max of 1963 ever) and there are a few hundred left. I feel like this one is under the radar but will explode when the BBC gives the greenlight. There are credible rumors that there will be crafting and planets with land will be released this year. This is worth looking at. Probably a year before it matures completely. 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/

Influence Asteroidshttps://discord.gg/Y3UsdRXvMQ Everything about the game:https://wiki.influenceth.io/en/community/content-creators

Nifty League Degens – $NFTL New game: Tennis. https://twitter.com/NiftyLeague/status/1483131959681318913

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

Free $$$ – New platforms and tokens/ airdrops

Fee.io – https://fee.io/airdrop.html – coming. DYOR.

Gas.wtf – another airdrop for those who have paid gas on Eth. No new news. DYOR.

$WTF – You can still claim here:

https://fees.wtf/claim?ref=0x9346f1d460cbc0fca01997f1e5940fd55675173d

$LOOKS Token – This is going very well. Staking is earning wETH and some are making big money from the LooksRare platform’s giving back, wash trading or no. 794% APY. LFG.

$GAS token – https://twitter.com/0xgasdao/status/1483192016058126339?s=21

$SOS token – Still going. Staking is in place.

Wonderland – $TIME, $MEMO, $wMEMO

– Wonderland has purchased Cross the Ages https://medium.com/the-defi-wonderland/wonderland-enters-the-metaverse-bec1ad6091d1

– $TIME and $OHM prices continue downward. Devs and holders seem confident in future.

– An airdrop has been announced for Wonderland, the actual airdrops will be for wMEMO, MEMO, and TIME token holders on Avalanche, Fantom and Ethereum chains. This includes wMEMO being used as collateral on Abracadabra, in the same way that we include them for Snapshot voting. 100M BSGG tokens will be distributed evenly to HODLers of any Wonderland token based on snapshots taken on Jan 10th 8:00pm GMT. This is being done as a reward for their support at our low price point. An additional 400M BSGG tokens will be made available by staking wMEMO. Like the airdrop, the development team is working on a solution so that wMEMO used as collateral on Abracadabra will also be included. The 100M airdrop should happen sometime in the next 3-5 days. Last

About: Wonderland is not a liquidity mining farm. Founded by Daniele Sesta, Wonderland is a decentralized reserve currency protocol that owns its own liquidity rather than printing tokens out of thin air. In essence, reserve currency protocols have a claim on the value of the treasury itself. As the treasury grows, the claim token holders have grows (not accounting for premium).

https://docs.wonderland.money/basics/faq

https://medium.com/the-defi-wonderland/wonderland-update-transition-to-wmemo-d57845560832

Bored Apes/ Huxley / BYOverse

Huxley – Additional details on robots: – When hunting for robot treasure, speed and strength are required – 1,000 unique Robot Avatars will be available Tuesday, January 25th! Time TBA – there will be 100 robots per category – Minting will be 1 robot per transaction – Robot reveal will be a few days after minting begins. Timing TBA – If not all robots have been minted at the beginning of Burn Event #2, then robots could be claimed from newly created Genesis Tokens.

10KTF – No new news – $NTD token coming

BAYC/MAYC – The mobile game competition is coming Jan 20th (Apes vs. Mutants). If you own an ape or mutant, you can get a code to take part. https://boredapeyachtclub.com/#/apesvsmutants -$APE token is coming.

BYO – No new news

Satoshiverse – no new news

Literary NFTs

Nuclear Nerds – a Web3 story telling masterpiece. https://www.nuclearnerds.io/story/

Page Dao book minter is live. $PAGE token is in play. No new news today

https://discord.gg/pm24RDKEb4

Jenkins the Valet – no new news

$LIThttps://medium.com/@LITWTF/lit-welcome-to-the-worlds-first-cultural-currency-f06b6dc09f72

Influencer Projects

Rug Radio – Farokh project -Rugs revealed. They turned out pretty cool.https://twitter.com/farokh/status/1483313658100862976

Nate Alexander Projects – No new news, Arena battles continue.

Gary Vee Projects – No new news.

Impact Theory / Tom Bileyu Projects – No new news.

Pixel Vault/ Punks Comic/ Metahero $PUNKS/$POW

https://twitter.com/Gfunkera86/status/1483313377329963011

– 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. Available now on PunksComic.com and OS.

Other Projects I Like – Fashion, Games, Comics

One Day Bae – Alpha test stage – early February: All discord members with OG role can help us test the game on testnet! Beta version for ODB passengers – February: Free claim of land for mint-pass ticket holders! Beta version will have the following mechanics: building, resource extraction, resource transportation and trading. Flat world official public launch – early March: Public mint of land for everyone! At this stage the game will include diplomacy and opportunity to explore the world with Mekabaes! Every explored piece of land can be purchased at a cheaper rate! Further development – Summer, Fall: New building packs, in-game events, cataclysms and full-scale clan wars will be added to the game!

On Chain Monkeys – Floor pushing for 2 ETH. https://onchainmonkey.com/news.html

https://twitter.com/OnChainMonkey/status/1482526167210938368

Lazer Defi – This is one of my favorite projects. Danger Islands game and land sale coming. $xBMF token live and can earn by owning Lazer Soda, Bloot, or BlootMF https://discord.gg/FksWeDWFxe

Danger Island Mint starts in 11 days! https://twitter.com/LazerDeFi/status/1483430618272866308

Moons of Mars – Super interesting fashion/music facing game/story/project. Mint sold out. Airdrop for Poster #4 will likely occur today. Other airdrops down the line!

The Miners Club – Supply locked at 4444. Floor price cratering.

Peace Void/ Peaceful Groupies – $PEACE token coming No New News

Creatures – No new news

Creature Toadz – Mashup of Creatures + Cryptoadz . No new news. $FLYZ token coming, an $OHM fork. Swampdao.finance homepage now live: https://swampdao.finance/

Peaceful Toadz – No new news.

Non-Fungible Heroes/Bored Bananas – No New News

Two Bit Bears – Breeding has begun for Gen 3

Bloot – $BGLD v2 has been ‘unrugged’

MyPfpLand/Bloot Elves – No New News

Tiki Festival – No New News

Bulls on the Block/Bears on the Block – No New News

Bald Jesus – First NFT/crypto native religion born in the Metaverse

– Bald Jesus is Your Bro https://www.baldjesus.com

– Minting for Bald Jesus Drinking Club – .05 ETH https://www.baldjesusdrinkingclub.com

– Holy Bjble – AB version – https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0x931204fb8cea7f7068995dce924f0d76d571df99/3

 

Hamm and the Bear Market Bears – An Artist, A Project, A Mission

The Bear Market Bears are Here!
The Bear Market Bears are Here. Mint yours at BearMarketBears.com

Andrew Hamm is on a mission.

“The nft space is the world I live in now and I want to build a thriving community that helps its members and encourages people. I will be here every day, that is what sets this community apart.”

Hamm is an artist and illustrator from Halifax, Nova Scotia but now lives in New York. Originally he went there to be a stand up comic but quickly realized that art was where his heart had always wanted to be. He drew a cartoon and posted it on his Instagram feed every day for a year before he began submitting his work to The New Yorker magazine. After another year, they finally published one of his submissions. Hamm has several superpowers – two of them are consistency and perseverance.

Hamm’s first cartoon was published on his birthday. From that day forward he found commercial success with publications such as Wired.com, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. His work has also been seen in High Times Magazine and widely on the web … but commercial success as a cartoonist means needing a second or third job. Selling cartoons has rarely made anyone wealthy. The ones you know about are among the few. Life as a working artist was a struggle – especially with a family to support.

Like many, it was during the pandemic that he became aware of blockchain, then crypto, then NFTs. His first awareness of the power to control his own financial destiny was through watching the GameStop saga unfold. This led to stocks, then crypto, and finally NFTs, a journey Hamm describes as going from terrible to less terrible to pretty good.

His start was rough – he helped develop a collection for FM Gallery, a Chinese NFT platform that fizzled with the advent of the Nifty Gateway/Beeple craze. Old school cartoonist and artist friends ridiculed his choice to enter the NFT space, but Hamm didn’t let that stop him. Realizing that working for other people was the opposite of how to make it as an artist, he developed his own project, taught himself to code so that he could create a layering program, and recruited a team to build the next big thing. A big thing that was the antithesis of the big pump and dumps and celebrity cash grabs that have been happening in the NFT space. Thus was born the Blazed Cats which raised over $300,000 for mental health on the launch and continues to raise money for mental health causes. Blazed Cats was the first NFT project featured in High Times. Blazed Cat holders were given 0xHeads as companions a month later.

Shortly after this, Hamm inadvertently downloaded a malicious virus that asked him to enter his seedphrase into a fake metamask page. The result was that his prized Cool Cat, his favorite NFT, was stolen from the wallet. Not having enough spare ETH to buy back into the project, Hamm channeled his anger into creating his own version of Cool Cats – the Bear Market Bears. The Blazed Cat team was having some internal strife and Hamm used the opportunity to start putting together his dream team of people he wanted to work with for the Bear Market Bears.

Blockchain and NFTs have changed Hamm’s life. As a result, a part of the motivation for creating them was to teach kids about this emergent technology and to help people avoid making mistakes like the one that cost him his Cool Cat. Bear Market Bears will be a fun avatar project, an educational platform, and a community for building the future together.

What’s next? In addition to remaining fully committed and present with Bear Market Bears, Hamm is hard at work on a project he calls ‘The 100k Free NFT Project’. It involves layering male and female punk traits to make new jpegs and will be launching sometime in the coming months.

 

The Many Kinds of NFT Projects

There are so many choices and options right now in terms of NFT projects. For this post, I’ll look pretty strictly at projects on the Ethereum blockchain – but there are equivalent projects being developed or taking off on ADA, Solana, Ravencoin, and more.

The best of these projects incorporate aspects of all of these. The most top of mind examples are Pixel Vault which has avatars, daos, game (coming), tokens, staking, and much more. Bored Ape Yacht Club. I’m also betting on the future of Raini Lords of Light (game, staking, defi, art drops) , Doctor Who-Worlds Apart, Non-Fungible Heroes, and Buzzed Bear Hideout. Many of the other projects I’m interested in (Monkey Bets and Ape DAO) are offshoots or aligned projects.

I find myself getting into several different kinds of crypto/nft projects lately. They are:

  1. Avatar/pfp projects – I’m pretty well done getting into new ones of these and generally look for a good reason to get in that is more than just fun/funny/amazing art
  2. Communities – things like BAYC and MetaHeroes or Gutter Cat Gang – vibrant active communities that support each other
  3. Games – things like Influence Asteroids, Lords of Light, Doctor Who
  4. DAOs – decentralized orgs that have a purpose – Ape DAO, Monkey Bets DAO, United Planets (Pixel Vault) DAOS
  5. Curated Drops – Good Guys, Holmo Viemiento etc.
  6. Generative art  – Genetic Chain, Pixelglyph, Cubeverse.
  7. Tokenomics/coins/defi Unstable Horses Yard, WEmint.cash, Bulls on the Block,
  8. Innovative use of blockchain/nfts – Spottie Wifi, Deadheads, The Adventurers, Heaven Computer, Tiki Festival, Jenkins the Valet.
  9. Funky/quirky art communities One Day Bastards, Crypteriors, Invaders, Deebies and Mighty Manateez
  10. Metaverse stuff – I’m kinda late to this and missed out on a Metaverse Jetpack which was a big win even though I was whitelisted for it. With all of these communities and projects – liquidity is the big issue and also I don’t have the ability to play whale games by buying up big mints or speculative bets.

God – there is so much happening in NFTs and blockchain right now – what did I miss?

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