[Game Ideas] NFT integration for ecosystem value - a look into collective gameplay & a mission system

Since launch, Mars Colony has done a great job of capturing the attention of the Harmony community as well as broader p2e game community – only, it’s not much of a game yet.

There are some compelling game elements that can be easily implemented . One thing that immediately comes to mind is: settlers/people. A space colony needs people (who’s building the buildings?!) – how can we do that? Well, Freyala, an OG project on Harmony, announced that they are adding NFT character staking onto their land plots (up to 3 slots).

This is a great chance to bring in various communities in the Harmony ecosystem. Devs just need to decide which ones to go with first, and which ones to add later – I think thematically, having the Harmonauts come first makes sense (already wearing spacesuits :smile: ). Humanoids should be the first settlers of the mars colonies in my opinion → this means first potential integrations/partnerships would be with: Harmonauts, Harmony Punks, Pixel Pirates, The Frey, Cosmic WIzards, and Harmoonies to name a few. Even DFK heroes can work (this might be a very valuable growth mechanism).

Following the theme of colonization, Devs could add a collective MISSION to current plot owners → track the number of plots that have base stations and power generators. Set a number, ex. 70% lvl1 base stations built and 50% lvl1 power generators built) → hitting this milestone would create a new occurrence/building option: the “biodome generator”. This is important because having everyone work toward a common goal is a great way to strengthen the community and make the game feel more fun/engaging (when in reality it’s currently still mostly just gamified DeFi, point and click).

Really interesting opportunity for mechanics you can choose to add for funding of the “biodome generator”:

  1. It can be a pool that people stake into (i.e. like an IFO on PancakeSwap)
  2. Instead of burning the CLNY cost, it can either:
    a) be locked and returned after allocating another token based on each person’s contribution (set a limit like 5 CLNY/wallet).
    b) be like a lossless lottery where the amount is turned into LP and staked somewhere, then periodically (once a week or 2 weeks), the amount of interest accrued is (like PancakeBunny’s system) distributed to a couple random winners.
    c) operate as a one-time lottery where after completion of the building, there are a few winners randomly selected (by the smart contract, using Harmony’s VRF -Harmony VRF - Harmony) and the CLNY accrued is sent out. This is just a fun outcome that will make people excited to contribute to the building of the biodome.
  3. you could also make it a perpetual system by saying that the biodome has a “maintenance cost” of CLNY or a different non-CLNY resource (to continue fueling lotteries, etc. without the supply being burnt, since CLNY is also for governance).

If this works, it can be a model for future “collective-colonization buildings” - starport, warpgates, etc

After the biodome is built - now it can sustain life for all sorts of lifeforms → additional NFT projects can now be accepted, such as Harmony Whales, OneCan, Crypto Piggies, etc. People like to bring their pets. In terms of staking: they can either use the same missions system as humanoids, or they can have their own set of non-human missions. So, what are missions?

Well, it’s possible to add a few types of staking options:
First can be “inhabiting” (i.e. locked staking) → pick a period and your NFT stays there, in return for some benefit. Here I think new resource tokens should be created (no pre-mine, no liquidity, new tokenomics – things like Supplies which could be used to increase mission success; etc)
Second can be “missions” (i.e. short time-based staking) → similar to DFK but without stamina, just send your NFTs on missions that are randomly generated in terms of reward/time requirement (many non-web3 games have this kind of minigame - Crazy Defense Heroes has a great card based mission system that is timed and has % probability success).
Third can be “group missions” or “space excursions” → same as second type of staking, only the initial requirement would be multiple NFT characters and have different outcomes/rewards.

Whatever type of staking is implemented, the important thing is to keep in mind: 1) theme, 2) fun, and 3) balance.

I think implementing these systems would start truly building the metaverse vision, by first “connecting” various Harmony projects. Before the other worlds are ready (Stellaverse, Freyala, Ragnarok, Defira, etc), we can start first by connecting NFT communities. Once the other worlds come online, it may be possible to partner/integrate through building future buildings such as the starport or warpgate I mentioned above (as well as to new planets made by the Devs). Plots are indeed getting expensive, and there are only 21,000 of them. New planets should be a thing, but balance has to be taken into consideration (of existing player wants/needs and new player wants/needs). New planets should have a new token for building, and new pricing model. I think the key is - don’t increase supply too fast before the demand is there, but don’t price people out of joining once there is sufficient demand.

Games are more fun when they let people play/work together. Let’s do great things together!

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I especially like this thought. Having “global” missions/goals helps to build a collaborative nature within the community, and it’ll encourage the use of investing CLNY into the land (as opposed to selling the CLNY), which will further the burn of the token.

At this point, there is neither collaborative nor a competitive dynamics in the game. That’s expected since the project is very young. But thinking about the future of the project, we’ll need to consider what route the game will follow: 1) one that is more collaborative in nature, 2) one that is more competitive in nature, 3) one that has a balance of the two.

I like the 3rd option because it’s just more fun: we get to work with one another, and we get to compete with one another. These global missions you propose, though, would fit well in the collaborative side, and there’s tons of potential there. As you mention, these global milestones (e.g. “70% lvl1 base stations built and 50% lvl1 power generators built”) could unlock new features in the game/project, they could advance lore/story lines, and they could offer participation rewards (e.g. a unique NFT for contributing to a global event, like a badge for helping to build that biodome generator or a badge for participating in a seasonal event like defending against a global invasion). Lots of potential there!

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The partnerships through NFTs as population is a cool idea. It’s an innovative way to integrate with the Harmony community.

I really like the global mission idea. The occasional events could bring the community together, provide something fresh to look forward to, could be used to move forward any world story narratives as well as a way to introduce new game mechanics, and is a great excuse to burn CLNY through interacting with the missions.

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I actually think we don’t want to “burn” more CLNY since it is theoretically the governance token; but sometimes locking up a portion of it via staking is good for stability.

@Candor Great ideas about collaborations with other NFTs and how it fits with the vision of metaverse.

Also, like your Biodome idea, but we’re already building Base Stations that serve to host and sustain martians and other life forms.

Staking options and references are also extremely useful. Thanks for inspirations and tips.

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Staking

To help implement a use case for $clny build a staking pool dedicated to various loans such as flash loans taking advantage of Harmony’s fast and cheap transactions. The fees for each transaction could be an additional revenue stream for the Mars team. The loans could open up the Land NFTs to everyone that either missed out on initial sale, or just do not have spare funds to buy land currently. Interest that is charged would be used to pay investors that funded the liquidity. The community is very excited about this project and would love to support the Mars Colony family. Great job so far!!

Thanks for the clarification - I checked the Tokenomics docs and didn’t see where it mentioned the future usage of buildings such as base stations (good to know!). I thought they were simply to generate more CLNY.

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