Now that the NFT1 standard has been out in the wild for a few days, and the creators in the Chia NFT space have had some time to start working with it the NFTs we have been waiting for are starting to pop out of the blockchain like a marmot infestation.
Chia’s Chia Friends launch, where 10 000 unique NFT profile pictures were given away to users who submitted their xch address and weren’t me, has created quite the flurry of activity with a pretty healthy market on the NFT exchanges. This is fantastic news since 3% of all sales on the secondary market are going directly to the Marmot Recovery Foundation.
But even more importantly (to me) Space Marmots have officially launched. We had a couple of minor issues in the metadata with the first few we issued but those have been resolved and Space Marmot NFTs are currently on their way out to the first SM1 exchange submitters.
This is very interesting times for Chia Fans. One of the resources that has been missing from the community, and not discussed in the days leading up to the standards release, is a trader’s handbook of sorts. Something to know if you are buying a garbage common or a diamond in the rough. And not surprisingly Jon from Chialinks.com has stepped up to the plate with his list of Chia Friends rarity items. We have asked him to do the same for Space Marmots. This is very nice of him, but it is not sustainable for all the different collections that will be coming out so I am OK with paying for this service and I think he should set a price and let the different NFT collections pay him for his work.
SpaceScan and MintGarden, as well as Dexie.Space have proven to be invaluable resources to the community, while SkyNFT has had a bit of a rockier start. One of the biggest problems that has come up so far has been counterfeit Chia Friends. Chia Network Inc has published their Decentralized IDentifier to DNS at did.chia.net TXT and to Twitter (it is did:chia:19qf3g9876t0rkq7tfdkc28cxfy424yzanea29rkzylq89kped9hq3q7wd2 ) and you should make sure that any Chia Friend you buy matches that identifier. The Marmotverse has followed suite at did.marmotverse.io (and it is did:chia:1ca295es63m6pt4k5rj8cr9fzfvf8qdu9032h907azj2mt60wjh3s4322m5 ). I strongly suggest that all Chia NFT projects follow suite. The various sites are already adopting this model as an automatic verification and it is a great idea. I am told it was Roybot’s idea, and it is truly inspired. Well done sir.
No matter what your personal feelings about NFTs are it is hard to deny the effect the NFT1 and Chia Friends release has had on the Chia ecosystem. It seems like a replay of the CAT Cambrian Explosion from half a year ago, which had a great impact on Chia and everyone in it. We are hoping the full launch of the Marmotverse has a similar effect 🙂