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I haven’t been buying much in terms of NFTs but my NFT holdings keep growing. I think this is going to become a problem. Now, in addition to (probably) millions of NFT projects – most of those projects are starting to frequently drop new tokens to holders in an effort to give ‘utility’. It feels a little like we are going to have a sort of ‘rabbit’ problem. I don’t want to sound like Elmer Fud here (get it?) but too many rabbits really are a problem. Here’s my experience – I grew up wanting to become a travel journalist. In the late 2000s, I was living my dream for a brief period. I was being paid to travel and write about it and my photos had become a surprising source of extra income. Part of this was because I had a travel blog (this one) and that created a sort of moat to keep everyone with a digital camera from doing the same. Enter Instagram and expanded photos on Facebook and Twitter – in a very short amount of time there were so many free photos that even my best weren’t bringing very much. Granted, I’m not and never have been a professional photographer – but for a time, the exclusivity of my photos and limited opportunities for others to share their photos gave some real value to my pics. And then, there were so many photos everywhere that my photos became almost worthless. And — that also devalued my articles, which devalued my blog, which ended my short stint of living the dream.
So – all these NFTs I’m being given. Thank you. I hope some of them end up worth something but the sad reality is most of them never will be worth anything and the sheer volume of them is going to devalue other similar projects.
Long story short – an NFT that gives other NFTs as utility without giving anything else isn’t actually a utility NFT – it’s more like a cockroach.
* 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.
- BYO crafts happening 3/10
- Pixel Vault Punks Comic #1 physical comic claim ongoing and Mint Pass 2 claim coming this week (or next)
- Free ‘Jake the Degen’ drop for Jenkins the Valet holders on 3/10
- Can the RFOX Marketplace Change Web3?
- Pixel Vault Founder’s Dao Improvement Proposal
- NFT Fashion Hits the Runway as Designers Launch in Metaverse
- Minimum Viable DAO may Supercharge Web3 Governance
- Biden to Sign Executive Order on Crypto Today re: National Security
- Idols Turn Rivals Game – https://www.moonsofmars.xyz/games/idols-turn-rivals-hoops
- pfp/avatars released to Renegade holders. Game coming in 1-2 weeks.
Influence Asteroids – https://discord.gg/Y3UsdRXvMQ
Everything about the game: https://wiki.influenceth.io/en/community/content-creators
- 1. Exploitation Design Doc The team is all hands on deck putting the final touches on this massive document. We are going to be releasing this by the end of next week. This document will outline top to bottom all aspects of Exploitation. Each topic will be explored and you will be able to garner more information than ever before on each piece. From buildings to production chains. We should not that all elements are overviews, and we will be building out the wiki as time goes on to explore each topic in-depth. This guide will give you enough to sink your teeth into and get fired up for the release!
- 2. Art, Icons, Items, Ships, Buildings We are making steady progress on the MASSIVE pipeline of all items and elements that are needed to support the game. We are working our way through ships, raw materials, and finished products now.
- 3. Development Game development is moving swiftly, but it has admittedly had a less visible, highly technical focus lately. Primary activities at the moment are the completion of the new asteroid rendering engine which is needed for viewing the lots up close (especially on larger asteroids), smart contract development for crew and asteroid bridging from L1 and minting on L2, UI development for travel, lot interaction, and inventory management. The next gameplay teasers you can expect to see will focus on the new asteroid rendering engine and the travel / lot interaction UI.
- 4. Community Building In the last two weeks we have onboarded two new HUGE owners, who will be bringing unique and diverse groups into Influence. We have been working steadily on building our community and continuing to expand our community and create a space that is inviting and fun for all.
- 5. Grant Winners We have selected 6 potential parties to receive and have a few more meetings with to discuss the terms and the ideas with each of the groups. By end of next week we will be able to announce each party, what they intend to do, and send them fund to be able to add some incredible integrations that will assist players and grow community.
Doctor Who, Worlds Apart– https://doctorwho-worldsapart.com/r/2909/ P2E Game and NFT Marketplace – Founders Token sale continues (part 3 is well under way), tokens $1000 each.
- Not much happening here at the moment. The main devs are all Ukraine based.
Non-Fungible Heroes/Boring Banana Co. – https://www.nfheroes.io/ Land and token coming soon.
- Beta Game Testing Underway for holders: Official Link to Play: https://iq.nfheroes.io/
- Lore Gallery launched where players can write their characters lore
- Comic Drop: The free mint for the first NFH Comic Book will open Friday, March 11. You will have until Saturday, March 19 to claim your free mint.
- Entitlements: 🔷 Hold 1x NFH Hero, Villain or God = You can mint 1 comic 🔷 Hold 2-9x NFH Heroes, Villains or Gods = You can mint 2 comics 🔷 Hold 10x or more NFH Heroes, Villains or Gods = You can mint 3 comics We will be taking a snapshot on Thursday night after the Town Hall to verify what your wallet is eligible to mint, so be sure to complete any transactions/mint any additional Gods you’d like before that snapshot is taken.
- Accessing the Comic: The book in it’s entirety is absolutely stunning, and we can’t wait for the world to see it. We’ll be publishing it exclusively in the Discord Holders-Only area for one week before we post it to our website.
- Other Things to Know: When our token launches and our marketplace opens, we will be launching variant covers that will be redeemable for $LORE. @mz09 is the artist of the primary cover you’ll be receiving this week, but variants will follow! The countdown is on- just 5 days till the debut of Night Ape is yours.
Nifty League Degens – https://niftyleague.com/ p2e games, avatars, comics, $NFTL
Nifty smashers is one of the best and most fun games out there. And it’s profitable.
Avax Wolf Game – https://avaxwolfgame.io/ Great team, easy minting and low gas, and always evolving dynamics. I own five sheep, a wolf, and a couple dozen farmers and a couple dozen cows. Cheese and wheat and land coming.
- No announcements or developments in nearly a month. Not a good sign.
Danger Islands / Lazer Defi – https://discord.gg/FksWeDWFxe $xBMF token live and can earn by owning Lazer Soda, Bloot, or BlootMF. One of my favorite projects. Lazer Defi has delivered above and beyond everything they’ve said so far.
2112 – https://www.2112.run
- Going to develop two games: first, an on-chain game that will be released in phases, and in the future, a standalone Videogame.
- On-chain game: an RPG board game-style game that will include token earning, items and land as NFTs. The main activity you will perform in this game is making runs, which represent hack incursions against a server node.
- Standalone game: a procedurally generated puzzle/hacking game What is the Decentralized Narrative System?
- Decentralized Narrative System that will let you propose stories to make them canon in the 2112 Universe
Alright, chums… Runners from all 5 factions joined forces and managed to secure a huge node of information. Who’d imagine we could actually pull this one off?!
We’re dubbing it The Archives . We weren’t able to decrypt all of it yet but it seems like a repository of sorts. Fitting, huh? 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 https://2112run.notion.site/2112-run-The-Archives-7da5eb56844d41fba02fa1e3c4aafa72 We actually had to bypass a nasty ICE we’ve never seen before to get this, so you better get some use out of it. Check it out below how this one looked like! And don’t forget: We’ll be working on decrypting more and more entries, so make sure to check up on it every now and then to have all the info at your disposal. All of the information we were able to decode is already available, with more coming. With that being said, what the heck is a _CHiv1T0 🥖? It seems we have a bit more decrypting to do. Keep it up, chums.
- The Huxley team apologized and organized some giveaways to recompense the horrible mint of Issue #3.
- ✨ ISSUE 2 Giveaway Announcement Details ✨ The HUXLEY Glorious Giveaway begins this Thursday, March 10th 🗓️ We’ll be livestreaming the results with @yungcontent on huxleysaga.com (Timing TBA on 📆・events) 🎙️ We’ll be using Chainlink VRF – a provably fair and verifiable random number generator ☑️ Snapshot Tuesday, March 8th at 11:59pm PST for all ISSUE 2 giveaways 📸 Four Giveaways in Total LOW SERIALS – 90 First Editions with serials #11-100 to holders of both ISSUE 1 & ISSUE 2 GOLD – 90 Gold Edition ISSUE 2 NFTs to holders of ISSUE 1 & ISSUE 2 HOLOGRAPHIC – 9 Holographic ISSUE 2 NFTs to all holders of ISSUE 2 ISSUE 3 – 100 ISSUE 3 NFTs from Commander Ben for holders of ISSUE 1 & 2 that didn’t mint ISSUE 3 (snapshot already taken) ⚠️ For Low Serials and Gold Editions for ISSUE 2, holders will get one entry per every pair of ISSUE 1 & 2 held in the same wallet. Meaning if you have 10 ISSUE 1s and 5 ISSUE 2s, you’ll get 5 entries to the giveaway.
BYO Game – $TRYP will be a ERC-20 utility/governance token for the BYO Universe.
- BYO Craft Drop on 3/10
- Possibly the most exciting upcoming game project with the least hype B.S.
- Total supply of $TRYP will never exceed 270,000,000 and will be unlocked over a predetermined schedule over a period of approximately 72 months from its launch
- $TRYP will be rewarded to Apostles & BYOLand holders via staking over a period of 6 months after TRYP launch.
- A BYOPill is required to stake Apostles.
- You do not need a BYOPill to stake BYOLand.
To check BYOCraft eligibility 👉 https://byocraft.byopills.com/ How long do I have to claim? • The claim window will remain open for 2 weeks, closing on March 24 (3/24). L1 or L2? • BYOCrafts will be minted on ETH Mainnet (L1). After heavy testing, @Dr. Ether Jay 💎 confirmed that despite the complexities of the contract, gas fees will remain relatively low in line with previous mints. Furthermore, BYOCrafts won’t be involved in future microtransactions that warrant an L2 contract initially. REMINDERS 1) You can upgrade your BYOPills and/or your Apostles at any time before/during the claim window if you wish to improve your craft tier (apostles) or your probabilities on craft traits (BYOPills) Both Apostles and BYOPills can only be used once, and we will have a link on the claim website that allows you to see which pill/apostle has been used already 2) For more information on BYOCrafts, please read our previous announcement 👇 https://discordapp.com/channels/859192883571326997/859192883571327000/938215610423312436 This is just the start, expect land selection details and dates to be announced once BYOCraft claiming window opens
Satoshiverse – https://www.satoshiverse.io/
- At least these guys post proof they are actually working on the game from time to time
Metahero/Pixel Vault – $POW is the in game currency. Planet DAOs are being formed.
- The AAA game is years off but it seems likely a smaller ‘smasher’ game will launch sometime around summer.
- No real notifications of anything new. GFunk supposed to make an announcement soon about something but has been absent from the past couple of town halls. Planet prices down pretty bad.
- Physical Claim of Comic #1 now ongoing
- Claim/drop of Mint Pass #2 will be this week
- Founders DAO snapshot and voting enabled
Looks Lab https://420.game Launch TBD – presumed heir to Wolf Game tokenomics.
Mighty Manateez – Fun project with comic, video game, $ALGAE token. Saving IRL manatees.
- You can download version 1.0.2 here: https://mightymanateez.itch.io/cybersea
- Q2 2022 1st P2E game trailer & demo release. 1st P2E game NFT drop
- No significant information released in a while
One Day Bae – https://onedaybae.io/
- Alpha test for OG members will be in early March
- Beta version for ticket holders will be in April
- ODB flat world official public launch will be in April
- No recent updates – word is some of the devs are Ukrainian
Raini Lords of Light – https://www.raini.io/the-lords-of-light
- Migrated to Phantom but no word on what exactly this means for ETH card holders or future game play
- No significant updates – but this in the Discord:
The Devs say that they are doing their best to release it by the end of the month, the game engine works perfectly already, they are working on polishing the visuals. We don’t have any info that it might be delayed.. again. In the next medium, next week, we will get more details, pit was hinted that we will get also a date for the second pack drop.For the first session of packs we got the date of the drop less than two weeks in advance, so there is still time for everything to go smoothly by end of Q1
Lucky Maneki – https://www.luckymaneki.org/
Phantom Galaxies – https://phantomgalaxies.com/
- Gameplay continues, planet sale forthcoming, multiple tokenomics at play.
- Episode 2 now available to play
- I will be stopping coverage of PG until I either spend more time playing or find someone who wants to update on it.
Planet Quest – http://www.planetquest.io/
- Second Whitepaper Spotlight AMA is coming, this time hosted on our Twitter Space. Here we will be focusing on Game Economy and will unpack the utility of PlanetQuest’s token ($PQX), its supply and distribution. Join the AMA @ March 7th 3PM CET on our Twitter | https://twitter.com/joinplanetquest
Invaders WTF/ Pixelglyphs – https://www.pixelglyphs.io/ P2E game, ships, DAO
- Star ships https://opensea.io/collection/star-ships-1
- Get planet mint passes: https://invaders.wtf/
- $EL69 https://app.sushi.com/swap?outputCurrency=0xa1ff4ee88b53124b73ee16b315f61623cdacc987
- No new announcements or developments – Mid-March slated for launch
Not Watching and Being Salty About Missing : Wolf Game, Axie Infinity, Ether Orcs, Gala Games, Generative Dungeons
Vagobond’s New Acquisitions
You can find my NFT buying methodology and more at https://vagobond.com/nft-101/
- I’m generally not paying to mint anything at the moment while I attempt to mentally chart where the NFT market and world is going. My focus is currently on the projects I already own with an emphasis on Music, Travel, and Literary NFTs. That being said – I will probably be getting some free project drops from time to time or adding to my holdings of ecosystems I’m currently in or maybe I’ll Degen into some free mints if the gas is cheap.
- Death Row Records Mixtape – I bought this with Polygon wrapped Eth at floor. Feels historic. https://opensea.io/assets/matic/0x2953399124f0cbb46d2cbacd8a89cf0599974963/101324149589609765444097150160926508741381014360825123442161062425491383779528
- Creatures Journey Reward – Ascension (free) https://opensea.io/assets/0x8ec9c306d203fe7e2fa596d1b19790a9db05ccd2/416
- Genetic Chain reward for stalkers: Train to Neo Tokyo (free) https://opensea.io/assets/0x83d061ea0b237c01bd251695d79d2b1d5f34f789/1
My Chip List Top 5’s Today
(Feel free to disagree) – this list will change daily based on my own hype and holdings. To get the latest news on all of these and my more permanent lists go to https://vagobond.com/my-bag-of-nft-chips-blue-red-white/
- On Chain Monkeys
- Pixel Vault/Punks Comic/Metahero
- Degen Toonz
- Moons of Mars
- Valiant Comics
- Peaceful Groupies
- Influence Asteroids
- Non-Fungible Heroes
- Danger Islands / Lazer Defi
- Battle Maneki
The First NFT/Metaverse Religion- Bald Jesusism
The March full moon is the ‘Sugar Moon’ on this day (March 17th in Hawaii) we share sweet treats with kids and the people we love and also – take the day off work if you can. Enjoy yourself. March 14th is world Pi Day. On this day we celebrate math and eat pie. Sharing pie with math lovers is a very Bald Jesus thing to do. If you are baking pies, cut the pi symbol in the top of your pie! The big one for March though is Garden Day aka Spring Equinox – Generally around March 21st. Do some gardening, get outside, feel the soil under your bare feet. Review your goals and aspirations for the year. Meditate on happiness. Gather with friends.
https://www.baldjesusdrinkingclub.com – Minting Now!- for Bald Jesus Drinking Club
.05 ETH limited to 777 total
Holy Bjble – AB version – Readable on OS! Only .001 ETH on Polygon so no gas
Bald Jesus is Your Bro! Don’t Be a Dick
I periodically move all of this to the NFT 101 page on Vagobond.com https://vagobond.com/nft-101/
1. How do you "buy the dip"?
Those who are toxically positive on Twitter will often lambast bUy ThE dIp during weak price action…but how do you do it successfully without getting rekt?
— OSF (@osf_nft) March 7, 2022
Moonlings – Metahero derivitive project by PVFD – https://discord.gg/cXjPutEu4h
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 March: Cyber Brokers
Tokens & Staking
These are the tokens and crypto/defi projects that NFTs have led me to. Bizarre when you think about it. See the full list at here
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!
Newly Buried: See the huge full list at https://vagobond.com/nft-101/nft-project-graveyard/
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