Chris: Hello there! Please introduce your self.

Swift: Good day my identify is Swift, and I’m the founder and developer for Protonauts. I’ve been a very long time believer and champion of blockchain expertise, and have been excited to see it develop into what it’s in the present day. Professionally my background is in Market Knowledge Science, the place I labored for tier 1 tech firms analyzing and constructing methods for international merchandise for the final 5-6 years. A couple of 12 months in the past, I switched to full time web3, instructing myself Solidity and entrance finish internet growth to convey Protonauts from a dream to fruition. 

Chris: Protonauts are an NFT character experiment. What precisely is supposed by an on-chain NFT experiment? What’s the central theme behind the creation of this token?

Swift: In essence, it is going to act like a SIM card whilst you traverse by the blockchain, gaining expertise and rewards on your Protonaut. Different collections, which wouldn’t have a local development system, might probably bootstrap a sport or metaverse expertise utilizing Protonauts as an underlying character system if customers held each tokens in the identical pockets. 

What we imply by experiment is that we wished to check out a number of completely different distribution, worth, and assortment scaling strategies that we imagine shall be general net-positive for the house, however are barely completely different than the meta of present collections. As an alternative of randomly assigning traits at mint, we wished customers to earn their traits by a development kind system, and make it out there to extra folks than regular collections enable, however taper that development just like Nouns “one-a-day” auctions. We imagine that is mandatory for mass adoption in the long term, which a wholesome sport ecosystem wants. We additionally look to check out theories round cross-world and interoperable metaverse development, and construct out these future capabilities round Protonauts. We do all of this whereas conserving the unique token on-chain, which basically means all of this knowledge (even your token’s 12 body sprite picture!) requires no exterior servers and can exist so long as Ethereum does.

Lastly, we imagine it’s in a manner additionally a  social experiment, testing customers conduct in direction of a professional development system, and the worth {that a} system like this might probably unlock sooner or later, given the permanence of the blockchain and the potential development of the group and ecosystem. This opens much more prospects for the long run in addition to bringing varied collections nearer collectively.

Chris: The NFT additionally gives staking alternatives. What are the advantages of staking the NFT?

Swift: Staking truly is a important part of our undertaking and permits for cross-chain communication. This provides you entry to a whole merchandise system hosted on Polygon, and the flexibility to equip or unequip objects that customers can earn from rewards whereas utilizing their Protonaut. Your Protonaut’s on-chain picture will replicate regardless of the character has geared up. 

Whenever you unstake, all tools is returned to the holder, and any ranges that had been accrued whereas staked, are completely added to the metadata of your Ethereum token after which returned to the person. 

Chris: Furthermore, how does the facet chain system enable for affordable equip-unequip transactions? How a lot value is lowered by this technique?

Swift: So whereas this might most likely be executed solely on Ethereum, the scaling subject alone of equipping and unequipping probably 1000’s and 1000’s of things amongst numerous customers, could be a considerable burden on our person base and just about make this product un-usable. Fuel charges will simply be too excessive even with the potential good thing about sharding and PoS. Layer 2 options and side-chains are a brand new and evolving house and we glance to develop with them, however they permit us to cut back this value by over 99% however retain safety of Ethereum’s mainnet. As an alternative of probably paying the price of a sandwich per merchandise being geared up, you’re paying fractions of a fraction of a penny. A person might make 1000’s of equip and unequip transactions on the present transaction value of most side-chains, and nonetheless have sufficient left over to ship their token again to Ethereum, and nonetheless have sufficient leftover to purchase the sandwich. 😉

Chris: So, what are the completely different character traits of the NFT? How are the tokens distinctive? Additionally, what number of NFTs shall be revealed for public minting?

Swift: So as a substitute of traits, we determined to offer characters attributes and have these all begin at stage 1. We selected 4 important attributes that we imagine are quite common in sport worlds of their varied varieties, however can very simply be interpreted by many genres. These 4 attributes are: Well being, Protection, Assault, Magic. 

Whenever you equip objects to your Protonaut you’ll achieve 3 advantages: 

  • The merchandise will modify how their sprite appears to be like, by layering on-chain artwork on prime of the sprite sheet
  • The token will achieve static attribute ranges, that shall be added/eliminated with the merchandise
  • The token will achieve everlasting attribute ranges if the merchandise geared up has dynamic stat values. This stuff shall be uncommon, however will enable your character to progress and these shall be retained when transferring again to Ethereum

We hope this incentivizes a brand new meta, the place the rarity of a token is extra primarily based across the development or time you set into the ecosystem. 

What makes Protonauts distinctive isn’t essentially the Protonaut, but it surely’s the system it exists in, and the journeys the customers take their Protonauts by. If we have a look at MMORPG video games, characters will not be distinctive in nature when created, however time beyond regulation taking part in your character causes it to evolve and grow to be distinctive based on that person’s play type and the gear and loot it acquires. We wished to offer holders a strategy to make their character individualized, the place customers can apply sport principle and tailor their character how they see match for the actions and video games they wish to take part in. 

The preliminary mint will include 3000 tokens, that are thought-about Genesis Protonauts. Genesis Protonauts have an extra particular function known as the Egg system. Every Genesis Protonaut shall be airdropped an egg that can be utilized to burn an extra Protonaut. Protonauts produced from eggs will not be thought-about Genesis and won’t obtain eggs sooner or later.

Chris: By the identical token, what are the advantages of proudly owning the Protonauts NFT? What are the rewards for the buyers?

Swift: So there’s numerous buzz in regards to the Metaverse, and whereas there’s numerous completely different takes about what it will likely be or is in the present day, we imagine it’s not essentially any particular sport world and no firm or particular person would be the sole creator of it. The blockchain introduced in regards to the capability to personal digital property, and that basically created the Metaverse. Now how these property are exhibited to customers graphically, we imagine will change and adapt as expertise permits, however we plan on constructing out the capabilities to permit customers to entry these completely different rising interoperable sport worlds and supply content material that bridges them collectively. We are going to give attention to buying sport land the place it is smart, or using growth instruments constructed by these worlds to create interactive content material. Whereas there shall be a give attention to becoming a member of different worlds, we even have plans to create our personal content material and inform the story of Protonauts. We wish to do all of this whereas working in direction of constructing out a decentralized ecosystem, slowly handing over the management to the gamers in the long term.

We wish to present an expertise and a service to our customers. One thing {that a} holder can truly have interaction with and luxuriate in. We imagine an merchandise system how we designed it will probably unlock extra partaking and thrilling experiences. For instance, to beat a sure sport, you might need to hit a sure stage requirement to beat it, to put on a particular piece of substances, you might also have some stage necessities and/or achievements that should be executed first. We have now plans for implementing quests that may exist in video games, or out of video games, that may give rewards, (and who would not need some candy loot?), and we intention to make the content material difficult however satisfying.

Chris: Additionally, what would be the worth of 1 Protonauts NFT? How a lot of the associated fee would account for gasoline?

Swift: The price of every Genesis Protonaut shall be 0.1 eth. There shall be a slight extra value for gasoline, however how our contract is designed, this must be low in comparison with different mints. The Genesis mint will cease at 3000, and after {that a} new Protonaut shall be minted solely after burning an egg token. These tokens shall be airdropped to Genesis holders on a month-to-month foundation, and the holders can resolve to carry, promote, or give these tokens away. We imagine giving Genesis holders management of the long run provide of Protonauts and permitting market dynamics to play out, will make for a wholesome long-term adoption technique.

Chris: Moreover, please assist us perceive your workforce behind the token. How do the members contribute to the event of the Protonauts NFT?

Swift: Presently, we’re a workforce of three! My associate and long-time good friend XPNF, is presently operating numerous our enterprise growth and has a protracted resume of large-scale enterprise expertise, (in addition to lately instructing himself pixel artwork to attract our web site property). Myself, focusing presently on the front-end and UX of the undertaking, which is a brand new and thrilling alternative, as I’ve principally labored on massive scale back-end infrastructure. Lastly, we introduced on CulturalSurround, who’s our contract developer and actually rounded out the workforce nicely and introduced on a considerable amount of Solidity and web3 expertise. We wish to keep on the forefront of the house, and we plan on rising out the workforce accordingly. Within the quick time period, we plan on in search of a pixel artist and entrance finish developer to proceed telling the story of Protonauts.

Gaming has been an enormous ardour of ours all through our lives, and we felt that gaming within the Web3 house wanted some real work to show the advantages of utilizing blockchain methods to the lots. We have now a deep understanding of a wide-genre of video games on each a aggressive and informal stage, and intention to make use of this background with the understanding we now have of the expertise to pioneer by the house in a constructive mild.

Chris: Lastly, please share the minting technique of the token intimately for the good thing about the buyers.

Swift: The mint course of may be very easy! Go to protonauts.io and join your pockets. As soon as linked, you need to see the button change to “Linked” and a Mint button seems within the navigation bar. Click on Mint and you need to see two doorways with a button within the center. Open the doorways and choose the quantity of Protonauts you want to mint. (We capped the quantity you’ll be able to mint per pockets to three, to permit for a wholesome distribution of tokens.) Hit submit and you need to see a Metamask window pop up, verify the transaction and you’ll obtain your Protonauts in a number of moments! 

We wished to method minting with a gradual, natural development method. We wished customers to come back throughout our undertaking naturally, and determined to steer away from whitelists or raffles that appear to draw speculators versus customers. 

The preliminary mint has already begun! All Protonauts after 3000 shall be minted by the Egg system. You may be part of our social (Twitter and Discord ) in order to not miss new updates.

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