Editor’s Note: This is an article published in full without edit from Andreas Greimel, who goes by Acevail on Discord. I believe Marvelous Marmots is a viable project so in order to prevent a conflict of interest with my project Space Marmots I have offered this team, and any other serious NFT project the space to promote their project.
We are proud to release the first roadmap to the Marvelous Marmot Kingdom. In this article, we want to explain where this project started and what our future plans are. Please feel free to provide feedback and ask questions on Twitter or in our Discord.
The nameless road in the west
This is where the Marvelous Marmots project started.
It all began with a tweet by Chia’s @mouthy, where he expressed the wish to have his own Marmot NFT. Thomas, now the Royal Artist of the Marmot King, created the following first-ever Marvelous Marmot!
Since people seemed to like it, we started a Twitter account and shared some random marmots there. Our most successful tweet to date is our marmot astronaut, awaiting the arrival of the Space Marmots.
It was always the plan to bring them on the Chia blockchain as NFTs, but since the Chia NFT standard was far out, we didn’t develop a detailed plan.
Golden Marmot Ticket Offering
The release of CATs and offer files on Chia just two weeks ago made us think of the possibility to issue tickets that could be traded for a Marvelous Marmot NFT as soon as they could be created.
Thus the Marmot King, 1028th of his line, issued a limited number of 100 Golden Marmot Tickets on Jan 16 and accepted offers through a custom inbox on marvelousmarmots.com two days later. After five days, all 100 tickets had been sold.
We were often asked why we picked this form of accepting offers:
It was possible, it sounded like fun, and we didn’t know what price to ask for anyway.
In hindsight we realized that this form of token offering resulted in some scrutiny and questions whether this project was trustworthy. So we would probably not use it again in the future.
The First Edition of Marvelous Marmots NFTs
As stated above, the first edition of Marvelous Marmots NFTs will comprise 100 pieces, one for each Golden Marmot Ticket owner.
We plan to release it as soon as the Chia ecosystem allows that. Our current target is around April 2022.
First Edition – Theme
We decided to further explore the possibilities of the Marvelous Marmot kingdom.
The marmots of the first edition will represent society in this Kingdom, including nobility, knights, (DEX-)merchants, craftsmarmots and (Chia-)farmers. Our goal is to offer a variety of marmots while maintaining style, diversity and cuteness factor.
The marmots will be assigned to one of the 4 major factions/houses, each one inspired by a different kind of real world marmot. These houses will be represented by color scheme and iconography. This provides the opportunity to find your favorite faction but also might be the basis for different events or special editions in the future.
But keep in mind, while there are different factions, the overall unity of the marmot kingdom under its benevolent king is never in question, the houses competitions always marked by goodwill.
First Edition – Minting
We plan to use a fair queue based minting process.
- We will queue up all ticket owners in a random order. When it is your turn, you get an offer for a random Marvelous Marmot
- If you are happy with your drawn Marmot you can accept the offer
- If you are unhappy with your draw or hope to get a better one, you are free to skip. If you skip, you will be placed back to the end of the queue. When it’s your turn again, you will receive a new offer.
The details are not fully fletched out. But we consider this process fairer than a first-come-first-serve or a random draw.
For the people who purchased a golden marmot ticket, but are unhappy with the direction the first edition is going, we have the option of an alternative queue with a few everyday/modern marmots, as they decided to support our cause without knowledge of the choices being made afterwards.
The Second Edition of Marvelous Marmots NFTs
You will surely agree that 100 marmots is not enough for world domination. Therefore, we plan a Second Edition somewhere around in the summer of 2022.
The exact number of marmots still has to be determined. We will discuss that fact with our community to meet your expectations here.
We would also love to extend the Marvelous Marmot Kingdom into an even richer marmot society, from the highest lord to the lowest peasant.
But two things are for sure:
The First Edition will always be visually special, so there won’t be any confusion regarding its rarity. Also, owners of the First Edition will get early access to the Second Edition, be it by an airdrop or some form of exchange mechanism.
Since our Marvelous Marmot Tickets have already been sold out, we can’t give you access to the first edition if you’re not already a Golden Ticket owner.