Wizard Wednesday Recap, 2022-11-09
Halloween Event Concludes
The Nightmare Imp’s door was closed today. Out of 16,815 boxes minted, 10,052 were opened, and 6,763 unopened so far. The max cap for treat boxes was around 22,000, so this means all existing boxes/treats are rarer than they could have been. Magic Machine has 100 treat boxes, and plans to give them away in future contests. The House of Wizards has 127 treat boxes, and will also give those away eventually.
Regarding the hidden Dotta in the Nightmare Imp house - he was above the building with the door. You had to drag the screen to make it taller, and he would have been visible. MM wants to provide a permanent environment where you can use your characters’ walk-cycles soon.
Several of the partner communities minted all available treat boxes, including 10KTF, Cool Cats, CloneX, and Moonbirds. Most of the others minted more than half of available treat boxes. Bearsnake said that he felt welcomed after buying a Doodles token, and hopes that these connections between established NFT communities can continue to grow. Jitcy added that it’s a matter of starting the conversations with other communities, & he enjoys doing outreach.
Scroll redemption: MM is working on the UI and tooling to be able to redeem the scrolls. This is being done because Sudoswap doesn’t support ERC-1155 tokens. Niski is building a custom pool that will allow you to trade your scroll token for your choice out of a pool of the corresponding token type (first come, first served). The scrolls will be deposited, not burned, so they can be reused in the future to give out in contests.
Gold Nugget: Update: when you gild your Warrior weapon, there is no animation. The animated Spell effects are NOT present. There was some unclear language in a previous announcement that Dotta wanted to clear up. Functionality to redeem your gold nuggets is coming soon.
First Forgotten Runes 3D models are Unveiled
There is a new Wizard demo website available to all! Dotta recommends checking out the animations, in addition to the actual model. The models have great textures and light effects. Bearsnake mentioned that big partnering conversations have been ongoing for a while with various 3D metaverses. Because development has been ongoing for so long, the models will be released on a rolling basis. So the initial 2 demo models will be available very soon. And 20-25 more will be released by the holidays (the alpha group, based on people with previous Blender experience who requested to be in the group).
Cult Conversations and Q&A
The rest of the WW this week was more of a free-form discussion / Q&A, based on the turbulent state of the industry at the moment.
Any affect of FTX fallout on Forgotten Runes? Dotta: Ours funds are safe, we didn’t have funds in FTX, and our gnosis safe address is public. We’ve been mostly in stables since the Warriors mint. We are in the business of creating Forgotten Runes, not financial speculation. So this doesn’t change anything fundamental, we have what we need to continue working on our projects.
Land sale timing? What conditions are needed to release it? Dotta: We weren’t looking to drop land asset tokens into a speculative market where the price would be unaffordable to ppl who wanted to play, OR to have the price plummet to make the game economy unviable. The technology for low gas, account abstraction, etc. is coming to help onboard gamers with no previous crypto experience. The game development hasn’t been delayed due to the land sale. Land sale timing? What conditions are needed to release it? Dotta: We weren’t looking to drop land asset tokens into a speculative market where the price would be unaffordable to ppl who wanted to play, OR to have the price plummet to make the game economy unviable. The technology for low gas, account abstraction, etc. is coming to help onboard gamers with no previous crypto experience. The game development hasn’t been delayed due to the land sale. As a single player, you should be able to use your land, and this functionality is already done. The other game loops need to be good as well, and those are in progress. But the market conditions are needed as well, with many players ready to buy land AND play in it. So that will affect the land sale date. But the actual game being released doesn’t depend on the land sale.
There was a discussion with the community, since several expressed disappointment about the land sale being delayed indefinitely. Some felt that the game experience would be incomplete without the land owning & development experience, while others feel that their chance to be “early investors” will be lost if the game releases first (and hopefully becomes very popular). Dotta commented that in the current NFT market, the consensus typically deems a project “failed” if it doesn’t sell out quickly. He hopes and expects that to change eventually, but that’s where we are. Bearsnake added that the land sale could potentially be split into smaller chunks, and more specific metrics/prerequisites for the land sale to happen could be developed with Bisonic (Runiverse game developer) to be communicated to the Forgotten Runes community.
Jitcy talked about his experiences previewing the Runiverse battler system. He discussed several of the key concepts of a “sticky” battler experience, based on his extensive experience playing both PvE and PvP games. He said that the Runiverse team was very receptive to his feedback, and had many similar gaming reference points to him.
Dotta Talks Royalties
Dotta has been tweeting a lot about this topic during the past week. During the Spaces, OpenSea tweeted that they would continue to enforce creator royalties on all existing collections. But recommended that creators look to apply on-chain enforcement for their collections.
Dotta commented that allowlists and denylists have their issues. Denylists might work temporarily, but by Q1 next year, an exchange will develop a workaround for denylists. Allowlists are even worse, because it means that the composability of the contracts will be removed - only the allow-listed integrations would work. It would kill innovation. Dotta proceeded to have a discussion with the community about what could be done (no consensus yet).
The Truth About the Shark Emoji
Before the WW ended, Madotsuki demanded to know the origin story. Dotta said that they can share, since Elf is not here today. The shark was intended to be a rare companion in the Warriors collection (only around 8). When generating the collection, certain traits are coded to belong together. The shark was tied to pirate affinity traits, but was mislabeled, so would only appear with a Warrior possessing a 5/5 Pirate affinity. And this combo didn’t come up in the generated collection that was used. So the shark is not in the collection, but was made into a Discord emoji. Bearsnake said that land sharks didn’t make sense, but overall the community loves the land shark.