We developed a very efficient on-chain compression algorithm that allows us to put very complex pieces fully on-chain (games, images, gifs, etc.). This proposal is to fund the building of a Nouns-themed on-chain retro gaming arcade that will make Nouns a household name using the appeal of retro games and their huge target audience.
I joined Nouns DAO with a mission to grow the Nouns brand, and to take the NFT space forward using the DAO’s power.
One of my greatest achievements is my on-chain compression mechanism which we already put to good use when we dropped the gmoney Brick Breaker game - the first fully on-chain game (which is inside the NFT itself). We compressed it from about 1MB to about 20KB - meaning ~50x.
After showcasing this game, I wanted to make something bigger, and immediately thought about Nouns, as there are so many noun combos and it is cc0, and I believe that they have a Super-Mario or Sonic like appeal that can become something huge.
That’s when I came up with the idea of really making an on-chain retro gaming eco-system based on nouns, where every few months we will drop a new game. It will have a decentralized leaderboard, tokens, and more.
I believe this could make Nouns known all over the world, and can attract interest from gaming companies, and media companies.
Another important derivative motivation is that it will help us compress a number of cc0 collections to be used in the games - Nouns, Toadz, mfers, and more - which we will put on-chain.
So TL;DR -
- Cutting-edge tech
- Making nouns huge
- Moving collections to be on-chain.
WHY DO WE NEED THE INVESTMENT?
In order to develop a long-term product aiming to lure in big companies like Nintendo or SEGA, we need a team of devs, a product manager, a marketing expert, and a biz dev manager.
Most of the budget will be spent on salaries, and some on marketing campaigns, and biz dev expenses.
The budget will be given for running as a team for 1 year.
Monthly budget breakdown -
5 full-stack devs’ salaries (including myself) - 20 eth
1 product manager - 4 eth
1 marketing manager - 4 eth
1 biz dev manager - 5 eth
Marketing campaigns and expenses - 5 eth
Total of 38 eth per month.
12 months x 38 eth = 456 eth
I will give more info about it below -
We’re asking for 456 total, but split to milestones, and streamed monthly (~38 eth per month), with an estimated 5 months delivery on the first milestone.
Milestone 1 (~5 months) - A generative drop of 10,000 generative Noun-themed Super-Mario-like fully on-chain games, where Nouns are the Marios, and the enemies are Toadz.
- 10,000 unique games
- A decentralized secure leaderboard
- Compressed nouns, toadz, and mfers to be put on-chain
Milestone 2 (~7 months) -
We aim to deliver a fully operational ecosystem that will allow us to release more Noun-themed retro games and for people to engage with using “arcade tokens”, winning prizes, and more.
Milestone 3 (~5 months, but no budget asked for that atm) -
An API that will allow everyone to use our compression algorithm, to make more on-chain content.
WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT THIS INITIATIVE?
I believe that the power of nouns is in their simplicity and their ability to infiltrate into mainstream culture. I believe that NFTs are also going to infiltrate mainstream culture more, and games are a great champion that can lead the way there. Combining Nouns, gaming, and blockchain can benefit Nouns in a way we’ve never seen before, and the derivative benefits for the space are huge - Nouns as a household name, using the compression tech to make more complex content available on-chain, and more.
It is the second time I’m writing this after a back-and-forth with this amazing community that gave me valuable feedback. Please read and give me more feedback, because I want this proposal to pass.