NFT Defi Crypto Collectors Morning Briefing 1/21/2022

Vagobond NFT

1/21/2022 – Morning Edition

GM! If you are like me, you want a way to see whatever is new (I realize there is a fair amount of repeated information on this sheet for things that are coming up or ongoing) – so I’ve started marking new items with a ‘*’ on the left side. That way you can scan through the sheet even faster. 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

– BTC, ETH, Equities, and every other market dumping.

*Useful Info

– How to safely use a verified NFT on Twitter

https://twitter.com/tropoFarmer/status/1484265271678361600?s=20

– How to Approach Influencers

https://twitter.com/Zeneca_33/status/1484568339976499202

*Rumors

*- Pulsechain – an ETH fork that will mirror everything – I will be exploring this

New Acquisitions

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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/

 

*The Graveyard (New Section)

This is a section that after today will live at the bottom of this newsletter. These are projects that I wanted to believe in that simply seem like they are dead. 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!

cMyKatz – I really like the dev on this and the community rallied around him but it just didn’t happen, a combination of bad timing on market sentiment and high gas fees. I have cMyKatz, cMyGravez, and ZombieKatz – they are all worthless now.

Good Guys – One of the rare projects I drew a rare on. Dev got sick and it all just seems to have died.

Invariant Labs/Monkey Bets – I hold two full sets here. I hope it recovers but with the Beanie mess, just doesn’t seem very likely.

aiVatar – This project from Trey Ratcliffe was really cool. Totally unique. No one cared.

CubeVerse – An MIT program turned avatar that seemed cool but then just sort of fizzled. I have several and derivatives – worthless

Bear Market Bears and Doadz – I really really really want these to succeed. I love the art. Hamm is a cool guy that does cool stuff. It’s just that nothing happens with these and you can’t even give them away (but I won’t)

Hobo Beards – One of my all time favorite projects and communities. The devs are still working, still making things, still trying to resurrect – but for the moment, it’s in the graveyard.

The MTA/Metahelmet – I have no idea what happened here. Not a rug, but they just died on the vine.

Template – I was so excited to buy this one, so excited for the amazing innovation and ideas behind the project but it just seems to have gone nowhere

Madame Sofia’s Oracle of Wisdom – It seemed like such a good idea, but so quickly dropped to zero

 

Music Oriented NFTs

Warp Sound – Generative Art + AI composed music. Reveal either tonight or tomorrow.

https://www.warpsound.ai/

Moons of Mars – Super interesting fashion/music facing game/story/project. https://www.moonsofmars.xyz/

*https://twitter.com/moonsofmarsnft/status/1484296341228457984?s=20

Arpeggi.io – On-chain music studio. Create it, then mint it. https://arpeggi.io/

Spottie Wifi – The #1 DJ in the Metaverse https://www.spottiewifi.com/

Tiki Festival – No New News https://tikifestival.io/

Bitlectro Labs/Dreamers/DreamLoops – https://bitlectrolabs.com/

 

Food and Travel NFT Projects (new section)

SuperLocal – NFT gated travel app where users can mint locations as NFTs

 

The Miners Club – Floor price cratering. No news. No announcements.

Watching:

Travel Toucans – Minting 2/22/22 – https://www.traveltoucans.com

Bald Jesus – 1st 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

 

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.

– Adidas (into the metaverse) getting ready for first partner drop-

– 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.

*Correction! – Free Planet Drop #3 is suppossedly happening today

– Physical comic will release soon – logistical issues with cases and covers holding it up

https://twitter.com/vagobond/status/1484213225482690565

 

NFT Games

Cat and Mouse Game – Launched and sold out about a month ago but was quickly taken down due to gas errors in the contract. Much to their credit – devs fixed the issue and did not rug. Game restarted today. https://www.catandmouse.game/

*- https://twitter.com/catandmousenft/status/1484380538299420672

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/

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

Nifty League Degens – $NFTL

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

Danger Islands / Lazer Defi – $xBMF token live and can earn by owning Lazer Soda, Bloot, or BlootMF. One of my favorite projects. Danger Islands game and land sale coming in 10 days. https://discord.gg/FksWeDWFxe

World of Cryptoids. – Interesting game and concept.

 

Free $$$ – New platforms and tokens/ airdrops

*Tokenify – No clue if this is safe. DYOR.

https://twitter.com/tokenfy_/status/1484508779756544000?s=21

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.

 

Tokens incl. $TIME, $MEMO, $wMEMO, $OHM, $LOOKS, and other Tokens

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

The 100M $BSGG airdrop has not happened yet. https://docs.wonderland.money/basics/faq

$WTF – You can still claim here:

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

$LOOKS Token – Lots of competition coming, but Looks Rare platform is gaining traction and those daily rewards for staking are unmatched.

$GAS token – This team is doing some really interesting stuff with data and analytics. Listening to their Twitter space yesterday I heard the term DaaS for the first time. ‘DAO as a Service’. I’m holding my

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

 

Bored Apes/ Huxley / BYOverse

BAYC/MAYC – $APE token is coming. Mobile game competition scheduled to start today when they provide the download link in BAYC discord announcements. Register here: https://boredapeyachtclub.com/#/apesvsmutants

Huxley – 1,000 unique Robot Avatars will be available Tuesday, January 25th! Time TBA

10KTF – $NTD token coming – No new news –

BYO – No new news

Literary NFTs

Nuclear Nerds – Create lore, engage in interactive storytelling and more. https://www.nuclearnerds.io/story/

Page Dao – $PAGE token is in play. Book minter is live. https://discord.gg/pm24RDKEb4

*https://twitter.com/page_dao/status/1484239143253286919

Jenkins the Valet – No new news

Watching:

Dead Handz – This is an interesting story oriented NFT I just learned about. https://www.deadhandz.com/

$LIT – No new news

Token Literary (agency) – interesting project that may well help shape the future of books in the NFTverse https://discord.gg/gM2TXQ3D9t

 

Influencer Projects

Gary Vee Projects – Book Games givewaways scheduled for next week.

Rug Radio – Farokh project -No new news

Nate Alexander Projects – Arena battles continue.

– A major aesthetic upgrade by a professional illustrator is coming to the entire chainfaces universe (including fallen faces), and will be preserving the rarities both randomly drawn from the mint as well as earned from the arena. These will be free to claim, except for gas costs.

Impact Theory / Tom Bileyu Projects – Huge burn event.

*- The Pulse – a Weekly IT update https://impactnews.substack.com/p/the-pulse-20220121

 

Other Projects I Like – Fashion, Games, Comics

On Chain Monkeys – One of the most positive ‘do good’ projects out there.

Peace Void/ Peaceful Groupies – $PEACE token

Creature Toadz – Mashup of Creatures + Cryptoadz . $FLYZ https://swampdao.finance/

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

Non-Fungible Heroes/Bored Bananas

*- Tokenomics 101 and the $NFH token- https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1yNxaYRowNWxj

Two Bit Bears – No new news.

Bloot – Bloot is being redefined.

One Day Bae – Game coming.

MyPfpLand/Bloot Elves – No new news.

Bulls on the Block/Bears on the Block – No new news.

Satoshiverse – No new news.

Peaceful Toadz – No new news.

Watchlist:

Gnomenclaturehttps://discord.gg/vJD94smbnZ

Metroverse – https://discord.gg/metroverse

Apex Wolves – https://discord.gg/apexwolves

– Twitter suspended and Discord temporarily closed

Hype Bears – https://discord.gg/hypebears

Look Labs – https://discord.gg/kscScVhq

Fishy Fam – https://discord.gg/fishyfam

NFT Defi Crypto Collectors Morning Briefing 1/19/2022

Vagobond NFT

1/19/2022 – Morning Edition

Feels like a slow day in the space. Take a breath but as always there is a lot happening in the NFT space even when it seems like there isn’t 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

– Astrology Charts beat Technical Analysis – LMAO

https://cointelegraph.com/magazine/2022/01/19/astrology-charts-beat-technical-analysis-maren-altman-star

– Great thread on how to secure your NFTs

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

New Acquisitions and Watchlist

Syrup by Emily Pollack: Readme Books –https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0x931204fb8cea7f7068995dce924f0d76d571df99/1

Watching:

Metroverse – https://discord.gg/metroverse

Apex Wolves – https://discord.gg/apexwolves

Hype Bears – https://discord.gg/hypebears

Look Labs – https://discord.gg/kscScVhq

Fishy Fam – https://discord.gg/fishyfam

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

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

NFT Games

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/

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

World of Cryptoids. – Interesting game and concept.

Free $$$ – New platforms and tokens/ airdrops

Fee.io – https://fee.io/airdrop.html – Reported safe, but lots of red flags. I’ve been unable to claim so far.

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

Tokens incl. $TIME, $MEMO, $wMEMO, $OHM, $LOOKS, and other Tokens

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

The 100M $BSGG airdrop has not happened yet.

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

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

$WTF – You can still claim here:

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

$LOOKS Token – https://twitter.com/bybit_official/status/1483695725376589824?s=21

https://twitter.com/mooncat2878/status/1483747872764006403?s=21

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

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

Bored Apes/ Huxley / BYOverse

BAYC/MAYC – $APE token is coming. Mobile game competition is coming Jan 20th https://boredapeyachtclub.com/#/apesvsmutants

Check mutations and find the ‘parent’ of your mutant https://bayc.fungibleswap.com/

Huxley – 1,000 unique Robot Avatars will be available Tuesday, January 25th! Time TBA

10KTF – $NTD token coming – No new news –

BYO – No new news

Literary NFTs

Nuclear Nerds – Create lore, engage in interactive storytelling and more. https://www.nuclearnerds.io/story/

Page Dao – $PAGE token is in play. Book minter is live.

https://discord.gg/pm24RDKEb4

Jenkins the Valet – No new news

$LIT – No new news

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

Influencer Projects

Rug Radio – Farokh project -No new news

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

Gary Vee Projects – Book Games givewaways scheduled for next week.

Impact Theory / Tom Bileyu Projects – No new news.

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

– Pixel Vault Weekly Town Hall scheduled for 5 pm EST today

– 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

On Chain Monkeys – Floor pushing for 2 ETH.

https://blocktelegraph.io/top-names-flock-to-metagood-as-social-good-marketplace-matures/

Lazer Defi – $xBMF token live and can earn by owning Lazer Soda, Bloot, or BlootMF. One of my favorite projects. Danger Islands game and land sale coming in 10 days. https://discord.gg/FksWeDWFxe

https://twitter.com/LazerDeFi/status/1483781611053367299

Peace Void/ Peaceful Groupies – $PEACE token coming

https://twitter.com/peacevoid_world/status/1483576463571959810?s=20

Creature Toadz – Mashup of Creatures + Cryptoadz . $FLYZ token coming, an $OHM fork. Swampdao.finance homepage now live: https://swampdao.finance/

Warp Sound – Generative Art + AI composed music. Reveal coming January 21st.

https://www.warpsound.ai/

The Land Dao – A unique metaverse land development project. Smooth reveal yesterday. Team has announced they are getting to work on $RENT token

https://www.thelanddao.io/

Moons of Mars – Super interesting fashion/music facing game/story/project.

Moons of Mars – Super interesting fashion/music facing game/story/project.

Non-Fungible Heroes/Bored Bananas – No New News

Two Bit Bears – No new news.

Bloot – Beanie has been officially banned from Bloot.

One Day Bae – Game coming.

MyPfpLand/Bloot Elves – No New News

Tiki Festival – No New News

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

Satoshiverse – no new news

Peaceful Toadz – No new news.

The Miners Club – Supply locked at 4444. Floor price cratering. No news. No announcements. Possible rug.

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

My Latest Novel – Sly Doubt of Uranus: The History of a Lovable Asshole

My obsession with Uranus has grown and continued. In fact, I decided to start laying down the mythology and canon of Uranus and the surrounding planets with a novel. The protagonist in my novel is named Sly Doubt. As mentioned previously, I’m conveniently using an NFT I purchased as a placeholder for what he might look like. This is, of course, silly as my protagonist isn’t a cartoon character. So, to lay the record straight before we begin – Sly Doubt is bigger than one NFT profile picture(pfp) – much much bigger.

All of that being said – I’ve been using the variations of that first pfp in a series of chapter covers that I’ve been minting as limited edition NFTs with the first drafts of the chapters included as locked content. Each chapter is limited to ten mints of the 1st edition/1st printing.

Upon completion of the novel, I will also be publishing a full edition as a 1st/1st. I’m going to wait to see how demand looks at that point to determine how many the full book 1st edition/1st printing will be limited to. Most likely it will be somewhere between 10 and 100. And that will be it. Future editions will have different art. It is also likely that those who purchase the 1st/1st chapters will be given some sort of utility in the future.

That being said – here are the first five chapter’s covers. You can purchase the indvidual chapter NFTs at  my Vagobond’s House collection on Opensea:

https://opensea.io/collection/vagobond?search[sortAscending]=false&search[sortBy]=CREATED_DATE

Thoughts on the Metaverse NFT Space and other ethereal things.

First of all – I’ve put together a couple of online galleries in the metaverse that showcase the work I’ve been doing the past couple of months:

This is the best of the art that I’ve created since coming into the NFTverse
https://oncyber.io/vagobond

This is the collective work of the Bald Jesus Collective which I’m proud to have built, regardless of what the end results are
https://oncyber.io/baldjesus

This is the cautionary gallery of largely worthless NFT animal avatars I’ve purchased in these past months – also a couple of Crypto Kitties that go back to 2017 when the modern crypto ecosystem really took off.
https://oncyber.io/nftjunkyardcats

I’ve said it before, I’m in love with the potential and the community that has grown up around NFTs on the blockchain. There are however, problems. Not the least of the issues is the insane amount of money that this space is generating and the types of people that brings into the space.

The metaverse is an NFT space or will be so I might as well start calling it the Metaverse – but I’m hesitant so let’s say

  • NFTverse for the NFT centric internet
  • Cryptoverse for the more coin/token/finance
  • Metaverse is more the online world ecosystem including things like Roblox, Decentraland, and even  the online NFT gallery space.

In any event, the NFTverse is the most fascinating place I know of right now. Art, technology, community, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, game theory, and scamming have all collided. I’m fortunate to be in it as early as I am and it’s been strange to watch the migration of new groups into it over the last six months – at first, we were artists, crypto-geeks, and cypherpunks, geeks, nerds, and countercultural types trying to learn how to survive and collaborate in a post-covid society. Then the money started flowing with Bored Ape Yacht Club and the Crypto Punks and Beeple – that’s when it started changing.

In a way, it was a huge process of gentrification. When I worked as a community organizer in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland’s lower income neighborhoods – I developed a theory of gentrification that I think stands pretty good to the test of time. It’s not entirely PC but it works – here is the cycle of gentrification in low income neighborhoods.

  1. Rents are low. Policing is low. Residents are those who have stayed while things have gotten worse or those who simply can’t afford to live anywhere else. Large numbers of scumbag landlords who exploit and abuse tenants for as much as they can.
  2. Artists, musicians, and counterculture types who can’t afford to live elsewhere begin to populate the neighborhood. Low rent and dangerous conditions provide opportunity to express art without having to have the soul sucked out of you.
  3. Hangouts with some cool cachet begin to appear – coffee shops, dive bars, restaurants from those who can’t afford to start in a better place. The artists and musicians energy is absorbed into and creates these spaces. Other businesses might follow.
  4. I call this the Lesbian Vanguard. Lesbians seem to be the next catalyst that accelerates the gentrification process. Lesbian couples begin moving in, lesbian businesses open. A softer edge is added to the crustiness that existed before.
  5. The Gay migration begins. Male/male couples traditionally are more affluent and when they follow the Lesbian Vanguard into neighborhoods the property values begin to rise. Also, there starts to be a more focused approach to business and dominator capitalism.
  6. Young hip professionals follow. First time home buyers, young childless couples. Predatory lending starts ramping up and developers begin buying property for future development. Policing goes into overdrive.
  7. Rents go up as property values go up. Families that survived the neighborhood in decline now are either legally scammed out of their property or sell before the values begin to skyrocket. Artists and musicians and counterculture types who have not successfully rode the wave of capital are forced to find the next cheap neighborhood to move to – eventually.
  8. Development kicks into overdrive with luxury condos, remodeled single family homes, and businesses like Starbucks and Whole Foods moving in and driving out locally owned business.

 

The process in the metaverse is eerily similar:

  1. Empty space largely unused and mostly free for those who are early. No monetary utility.
  2. Artist, musicians, counterculture.
  3. People start making money. Bankers, finance, and scammers enter the space.
  4. LGBTQ, minority voices, early innovators
  5. Fashion, streetwear, influencers. Projects backed by bigger teams and more money.
  6. Brands that appeal to young people. Rug pulls. Lots of people enter the space hoping to get life changing money.
  7. Organized process of separating small holders from their holdings with hype, pump and dumps, celebrity cash grabs, influencers
  8. Multi-million dollar developments and platforms begin to claim the lions share of profits with one or two early businesses rise to large status while the rest slowly are eaten or fail into obscurity.

 

And this brings me to these random thoughts:

Jesus it’s hard to get any interest or traction in this space. The other thing that’s really hard is that while there are a lot of really great people in the nft-verse, there are also a lot of money hungry sociopaths who will gladly take the last twenty-five cents out of a beggars bowl and laugh about it. Because it is the internet – it’s really hard to tell the difference until you’ve either been helped or been robbed. Even in the pay to play groups there are plenty of predators waiting to take advantage of you – but like my Dad told me – it takes two to make a thief – one to create the opportunity and the other to take it – so buyer beware in this wild west world.
As with writing and tech – I waiver between – what I’m offering isn’t any good and I”m not offering what I have that is really good to the people who can recognize it or need/want it – and I don’t know how to reach them. Sometimes, as with all the drops that malfunction, the floor model after floor model in reveals – it just feels like bad luck. I don’t know.
I’m pretty naive, I always have been. My initial assumption is always that people will not only look out for each other but actually not put themselves first. Sadly this assumption is proven wrong almost daily. Especially in new and lucrative spaces like nft-land. Just because you share an avatar family with someone doesn’t mean they won’t rip you off no matter how much you wish it were so. It doesn’t mean that the incredibly wealthy in this space won’t grind and hustle and manipulate to take all they can from the poor in this space, just like what happens in the world outside. The past few days, I’ve watched the naive and gullible and poor be manipulated into loss by the wealthy, the connected, and the ruthless – on a massive scale. I fell prey to it.
Bottom line, the NFT world is not the world it was six months ago when I entered it – when it was artists and geeks and misfits. WE are still here, but now we are joined by shysters, sociopaths, bankers, financiers, and stonk brokers with no moral code but more more more. It’s far more dangerous now than it was before. I feel like the only way to truly survive in this current and future world is to either get lucky or to join forces with people who have your back – that’s the hard part – figuring out who has your back versus who is going to sell you down the river to the highest bidder.
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