AIP-179: NFTCG Generation 2 - ApeCoin DAO Physical & Digital Trading Card Game

PROPOSAL NAME: NFTCG Generation 2 “Going Bananas”
PROPOSAL CATEGORY: Ecosystem Fund Allocation

ABSTRACT

The proposal presents the idea that NFTCG Generation 2 will feature Bored Ape Yacht Club as the pilot collection that introduces PBTs (Physically Backed Tokens) under the EIP-5791 contract, in the form of a physical and digital collectable trading card game. Each physical trading card will contain an immutable private key that ties itself to a token on the Ethereum blockchain. This not only allows for immediate authentication of every physical trading card, but also allows for future on-chain interaction in order to play NFTCG within the Otherside. In doing so, BAYC is able to leverage the mainstream trading card market as the gateway into the BAYC community, while simultaneously pushing forward the first macro implementation of PBT technology within the Web 3.0 and IOT space.

Each booster pack in this pilot collection is exclusively purchasable in $APE, pushing forward further exposure and adoption of the token. 5% of revenue generated from NFTCG Generation 2 “Going Bananas” and ALL FUTURE Yuga Labs related collections will be donated towards endeavors that are to benefit the Ape DAO as a whole. These endeavors are to be decided based on Ape DAO participation and community thought. Suggestions include an agreement to redistribute the donation back to the ApeCoin DAO community directly, burn the $APE, or donate it to a charity of the community’s choice. This is in an effort to give back to the $APE DAO and thank the community for their efforts.

AUTHOR DESCRIPTION:

Cyrus, also known as “Lycaon”, is a corporate financial consultant in Los Angeles, partnered with Oracle. He studied finance in college, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in three years. He has over seven years of experience in design and illustration, as well as two years of experience running his own corporation alongside his consulting career. He will be the project lead and Chief of Design, specializing in some card illustration, gameplay mechanics, project timeline, and delivery.

TEAM DESCRIPTION:

Thomas, also known by the username “Drebin”, studied electrical engineering in Los Angeles and currently works as a sales engineer in industrial automation and the Industry 4.0 space. He will be Product Lead for backend tech implementation as we work on streamlining a manufacturing plan for PBT (Physically Backed Token) tech at scale.

Nate, also known as “NVNEIK” online, is a 3D illustrator and motion designer with over five years of experience in the industry. His experience in the NFT space is highlighted through the release of his own NFT collection, “Lunarbirds”. Nate is behind the artwork displayed on each NFTCG card. He will be responsible for any design and illustration needs throughout the project, including the illustration and production of the digital version of each card to be used within the Otherside.

MOTIVATION

  1. Bored Ape Yacht Club has consistently proved themselves to be the industry leaders of Web 3.0, introducing revolutionary ideas to the space and serving as a beacon for mainstream audiences to onboard into the ecosystem. Recently, the Azuki team released a CC0 PBT contract. The BAYC community should be the ones to take this bridge between physical and digital collectables to a never before seen macro scale, with the funding of a proposal that plans to manufacture 6000 PBTs for this trading card game collection.

  2. With $APE as the exclusive payment method for ALL FUTURE NFTCG collections, the APE community can ensure a greater adoption of the $APE token as one of the only transfers of value within the overarching mainstream TCG ecosystem. The implementation of NFTCG’s future generations (featuring other NFT collections) will allow for additional use of the token within the NFT space as well, as the exclusive purchase method for all booster packs will continue to be $APE.

  3. 5% of revenue generated from this collection, and all future Yuga Labs related collections, will be allocated towards endeavors that are to benefit the DAO. To reiterate, these endeavors are to be decided based on Ape DAO participation and community thought. Suggestions include an agreement to redistribute the donation back to the ApeCoin DAO community directly, burn the $APE, or donate it to a charity of the community’s choice. This is in an effort to provide a diversified source of consistent income for the DAO, aside from after-market royalties.

  4. NFTCG can be implemented within Otherside as a mini-game for the Voyagers. This plan will further develop as the Otherside finalizes development, but the objective is to have tokenized versions of Generation 2 NFTCG cards implemented within the Otherside. Each player will have exclusive access to their physical cards as an NFT within the Otherside. When the physical cards are traded in the real world, so will the access to the NFT cards within the Otherside. The eventual introduction of other NFT collections to NFTCG will continually promote a larger player-base within the Otherside.

RATIONALE

This proposal aligns with the APE community’s mission and guiding values, broken down into three parts:

  • Market Penetration: The TCG industry is currently valued at $25 billion (projected to hit $98 billion by 2027). NFTCG serves as the platform that will incorporate the BAYC brand to disrupt the TCG market with industry-first PBT technology.

  • Mass Inclusion: With the upcoming release of the Otherside, the goal is to gain and maintain a large active player base. While BAYC is the proposed pilot collection that introduces mass adoption of PBTs in Web 3.0 technology, it is only the first of many planned collections that will continue to feature this technology. The consistent introduction of new collections to NFTCG will introduce a wider player base to the Otherside.

  • Proof of Concept: NFTCG has a foundation established for manufacturing, market interest, and supply chain management; a fitting incorporation to the $APE DAO. NFTCG’s first collection for Moonbirds serves as a testament to sustainable manufacturing and supply chain capabilities.

NFTCG KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

NFTCG Generation 1 “New Hatch’', was released on November 19th. This limited collection represented the Moonbirds NFT project. The launch was a success, selling over 400 packs in just 72 hours. Three KPIs are highlighted below:

  1. Average Order Value: The average order value was $46.19, or 4.619 packs per order. This data point suggests that customers tend to buy multiple packs, and that there is a pool of repeat buyers, given that customers have an opportunity to purchase another limited collection.

  2. Conversion Rate: NFTCG’s first drop had a conversion rate of 10.25%, denoting that 10.25% of potential customers that viewed the website, followed through with a purchase. Average industry conversion rates range from 2-5%. NFTCG had no marketing budget, all outreach was conducted via personal Twitter account.

  3. Visitors By Country: Customers’ geographic locations were recorded to provide insight regarding our global market. 57.9% of customers were located in the United States, resulting in 42.1% of customers being located abroad. These regions include Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom.


KEY TERMS

PBT
  • A Physically Backed Token is a standard used to showcase physical assets as NFTs with verified authenticity and ownership.
  • The concept of PBTs are unique, as most current implementations have an NFT and physical item functionally being two decoupled distinct assets after the NFT mint. With PBTs, the NFT cannot be freely traded independently from the physical item.
  • Conceptually, a PBT features:
    • NFT transfers to a different owner only when a signature from the physical chip is supplied to the contract.
    • A token cannot be transferred without consent from the owner of the physical item.
EIP-5791 (Ethereum Improvement Proposal 5791)
  • This standard is an extension of EIP-721. It proposes a minimal interface for a EIP-721 NFT to be “physically backed”, and owned by whoever holds the NFT’s physical counterpart.
  • A chip contained within the EIP-5791 protocol fulfills the following requirements:
    • The chip can sign messages using the private key of the previously-generated asymmetric key pair.
      • The chip exposes the public key; and
      • The private key cannot be extracted
NFTC Chip
  • NFTCG’s custom-encrypted type-4 NFC chips are capable of securely generating and storing an ECDSA secp256k1 asymmetric key pair. Has the ability to redirect users to a predetermined web page, which in this case will be the OpenSea page of each ape featured as a card design.
    • A common analogy with this sort of tech is to imagine the fusion of a hardware wallet and your typical NFC chip. Each NFTC chip has the security of a hardware wallet and allows for transfer of ownership in a similar way.
    • Just as a ledger needs to be present physically to sign off on the transfer of funds, so does an embedded NFTC chip need to be present in order to claim ownership of that corresponding NFTCG trading card.
TCG
  • Stands for: Trading Card Game
    • Examples of TCGs: Pokemon Trading Card Game, “Yu Gi Oh!”
  • Typical Trading Card Games exemplify periodic releases of unique collections that introduce new characters and card designs.
    • For NFTCG, periodic releases are denoted by collection title, containing a unique slogan following a generation number.

SPECIFICATIONS

Collection Breakdown:

  • Collection Title
    • NFTCG Generation 2 “Going Bananas”
  • Booster Packs
    • Limited collection of 1000 booster packs.
    • 6 cards per pack
      • 3 Common cards (50.00% Rarity)
      • 2 Uncommon cards (33.33% Rarity)
      • 1 Rare (11.66% Rarity); or
      • 1 Holographic card (5.00% Rarity)
    • Each pack will be enclosed in a custom foil packaging
  • Card Content
    • Card Specs:
      • Size: 88mm x 63 mm
      • Print: CMYK dual sided
    • Design:
      • 55 unique Bored Ape Yacht Club card designs on the frontside of the cards
      • Scanning the NFTC chip inside of a card will link the user to the individual NFTs OpenSea page. This is an effort to support OpenSea creator royalty fees, while simultaneously fostering further attention and recognition for each ape featured the collection.
    • Game Mechanics:
      • The front side of each card will display a BAYC character name, unique ability, attack points, health points, card rarity (1-3 stars), and card number.
      • Full set of game rules: NFTCG Rules

Technology Breakdown:

Each physical trading card will contain a unique encrypted NFTC chip, housing the EIP-5791 protocol tied to the Ethereum blockchain. Specific hardware and platforms used:

  • Hardware: (NFTC Chips)
    • Unique type 4 NFC chips that are capable of securely generating and storing an ECDSA secp256k1 asymmetric key pair.
      • These are the minimum hardware specs of the embedded verification chips required to carry out all necessary functions of PBTs.
      • Allows for the physical trading card to be infinitely attached to its digital asset, legitimizing the purchase of cards through a physical secondary market system.
  • EIP-5791
    • The EIP-5791 contract proposes a minimal interface for a EIP-721 NFT to be “physically backed” and owned by the holder of the NFT’s physical counterpart.


Payment & Delivery Breakdown:

  • Payment Method
    • The booster packs will be exclusively purchasable in $APE
    • Price: $15 USD per booster pack (Paid in $APE)
  • $APE Discount
    • As a means to encourage the staking of $APE beyond its use as a purchase method and APR, customers holding $APE in their metamask wallet will receive the following discounts:
      • 100 $APE will result in a 2.5% site wide discount
      • 1000 $APE will result in a 5% site wide discount
      • 5000 $APE will result in a 10% site wide discount.
  • Delivery Method
    • Available globally; Shipping costs are dependent on geographic location.

STEPS TO IMPLEMENT

Phase 1: Card Selection and Final Advisory Board

  • BAYC NFTs will be selected in order to make up the 55 designs within the collection. The selection process will be conducted in two parts:
    • 15 designs in the collection will be allocated to prominent members of the BAYC community by our team. This is a testament to those individuals who have helped build the project and community thus far.
      • Community leaders we plan to include in the collection will be contacted and asked to sign a simple contract which allows us to use their their specific Bored Ape IP rights for this Generation 2 drop only. If some selected community members prefer not to include their Ape in the collection, we will reach out to alternative community leaders as backups.
    • The remaining 40 designs within the collection will be raffled in a randomized fashion, in order to be inclusive of all apes within the space. The raffle
      • Upon entering the raffle, there will be an included statement highlighting that by entering the raffle, a holder is allowing their entered BAYC’s IP rights to be included in NFTCG Generation 2. Winners of the raffle will be contacted if their ape is selected.
  • During the card selection process, NFTCG will finalize the selection of delegates from the Yuga Labs community.
    • Selected community members will act as delegates within the BAYC community to communicate regular internal updates as the project progresses. These community members will be ready to relay feedback to the core team as new ideas or points of growth are cited.
    • The @CryptoLycaon Twitter page will be the source of general updates within the NFTCG community.

Phase 2: Illustration & Designs

  • Each of the 55 Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs chosen for this collection will be assigned a unique hero name, attack points, health points, ability, rarity (stars), and cost to play. These characteristics are displayed on the frontside of the card, and game tested before finalization to ensure NFTCG gameplay remains balanced.

Phase 3: NFTC Chip, Manufacturing, Calibrating, and EIP-5791 Contract Creation

  • Uniquely encoded NFTC chips are to be inserted into each of the 6,000 cards. Before this, it is necessary to ensure that each chip is properly calibrated and programmed in order to be coupled with a unique token under the EIP-5791 contract.
    • The EIP-5791 contract will first be created and relayed to chip manufacturers, so that each NFTC chip is encoded for final token allocation.
    • Each Generation 2 card will be programmed to direct users to the OpenSea page of the Bored Ape featured on the corresponding card design when scanned.

Phase 4: Booster Pack Manufacturing and Packing

  • 6,000 cards are to be manufactured, each with an encoded NFTC chip contained inside. Custom booster pack foils will also be manufactured simultaneously.
    • After each trading card is printed, quality checked, programmed and tied to an on-chain token, they will be organized by rarity and randomly packaged into 1,000 foil booster packs.

Phase 5: Website Developments and Launch

  • The NFTCG website will be updated with all card designs featured in NFTCG Generation 2 “Going Bananas”.
  • The website will integrate a Metamask payment system that permits users to purchase their packs exclusively using $APE, as well as to identify how much $APE a customer has available in their wallet to provide the respective discount if applicable.
    • Website images, artwork, and widgets will be customized to highlight the upcoming release.
  • Upon release:
    • Booster packs will receive a final quality inspection. The collection will then go live on our website.

DESTINATION (NFTCG IN THE OTHERSIDE)

While some Voyagers come together to buy, sell, barter, and trade for what they need in the Otherside, others may instead try their luck going head-to-head in battle. NFTCG presents a reality where Voyagers in the Otherside can use their on-chain public keys of their physical trading cards to duel for in-game items. In this Otherside mini-game, voyagers duel with their chosen in-game items at stake.

𝕿𝖔 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖛𝖎𝖈𝖙𝖔𝖗 𝖌𝖔𝖊𝖘 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖘𝖕𝖔𝖎𝖑𝖘…

TIMELINE

This timeline’s starting date is subject to when the AIP proposal has been officially accepted by the DAO.

  • Phase 1: [2 Weeks]
  • Phase 2: [3 Weeks]
  • Phase 3: [4 Weeks]
  • Phase 4: [4 Weeks]
  • Phase 5: [2 Weeks]

OVERALL COST: $55,885 in $APE

Total Cost: $55,885 in $APE

  • Phase 1: Card Selection and Final Advisory Board [$0.00]

    • Raffle for selected cards in collection and advisory board: $0
  • Phase 2: Illustration & Designs [$4,630]

    • Card illustrations and designs for each selected ape: $4,130
    • Test prints and balanced gameplay testing: $500
  • Phase 3: NFTC Chip Manufacturing, Calibrating, and EIP-5791 Creation [$42,230]

    • Cost of encoded NFTC chips with OpenSea page integration: $5.95 * 6000 cards = $35,700
    • Backend contract implementation for each of the 6000 encoded NFTC chips: $6,530
  • Phase 4: Booster Pack Manufacturing and Packing [$6,645]

    • Trading card manufacturing and holographic foil effects: $5,345
    • Booster pack manufacturing and manual card organization and packaging: $1,300
  • Phase 5: Website Developments and Launch [$2,380]

    • Metamask integration and staked $APE wallet detector: $2,380
    • Updated website features such as product images, rules and a collection breakdown: $0

PITCH DECK

Eighteen-slide pitch deck outlining our proposal:

NFTCG AIP Pitch Deck.pdf (1.3 MB)

PROPOSAL PRESENTATION

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Welcome to the DAO @Lycaon.eth and thanks for sharing your first post and idea.

The cards look brilliant! The Moonbirds’ version looked great, the BAYC ones equally great.

Quick question: is there a reason why the BAYC packs are priced at $15 each, as I recall the Moonbird’s were $10 each?

Frankly, I’d be thrilled just to collect the simple physical trading cards – adding a game and NFC tech to it definitely takes things up a notch or two, and I’m wondering if it’s required - I’m sure you have a Web3 reason :laughing:.

By the way, have you read AIP-112 and AIP-148? They are the physical cards and games proposed by Forever Apes. Might be worth joining forces, if it makes sense.

Anyway, just wanted to welcome you to the community, congratulate you on your first post and for taking the time and effort for sharing your idea.

Looking forward to your answers and to reading the community’s feedback.

Cheers,

SSP :v:t4:

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Appreciate all of the feedback, and love to see a familiar face!

To answer your first question, the $15 price-point is to account for the PBT technology integrated into each of the trading cards. The initial Genesis Collection with Moonbirds did not feature this Web 3.0 tech, and hence, it was released at a slightly cheaper price point.

To wrap up that thought, the NFC tech is initially thought of as required in order to showcase chain-based authentication of the physical collectibles. This is a means to prevent any chance of counterfeiting. Beyond chain-based authentication, this tech will allow the cards to have both a physical and digital playable version tied to one another.

I have read the AIP-112/AIP-148 proposals and love what they are working on! While it would definitely be worth picking their brain on the idea, I do see difficulties in entirely joining forces as we do have a different manufacturing process and already established suppliers. Despite this, I am open to having a conversation with their team should they want to reach out!

Would love to hear additional thoughts/questions as they come.

Best Regards,
Lycaon

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Hey guys, Drebin here with NFTCG. I am working on this endeavor along with Lycaon and am really excited to see the community’s thoughts on this idea moving forward so we can make the necessary tweaks. Outside of NFTCG, I work professionally as a Sales Engineer in the Industry 4.0 space and code in my free time. I will be available answering questions alongside Lycaon for this project!

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Hi @Lycaon.eth,

Your topic will be automatically closing in less than 24 hours. Are you content with the feedback received, or do you wish to extend community discussion for a further 7 days?

If we do not hear from you within 48 hours after your topic closes, your topic will be moved straight to the AIP Draft process.

We look forward to hearing from you.

-Pearson

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Hello,

I am indeed content with the feedback I’ve received, and am ready to move on to the AIP Draft process as soon as possible. Thank you.

Best Regards,
Lycaon

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Ofc it’s good to create a profitable initiative, but the DAO can’t accept profits right now. What would be done with profits?

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Hi, thank you for sharing this proposal. I’m wondering on regards storing key pair on NFC, what kind of procedure are being planned to store and securely sign ownership without having any security vulnerabilities, since it would be easy to steal the private key from an NFC, anyone who had any previous contact with the chip can claim ownership.

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Hey Mantis,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read our AIP Idea and leave us some feedback. My team and I have spent quite a few days brainstorming where the royalty we provide the $APE DAO would be allocated since funds can’t be collected by the DAO as of right now. We intentionally left this part open ended in hopes of gauging where the community would like these funds allocated, however we have taken adept time to consider potential avenues, such as using the funds to purchase Otherside land or perhaps to stake/store the funds in a place that is well regarded by the community.

The goal of the royalty structure is to show our thanks to the $APE DAO, and we want to make sure we gauge all of our options to choose the best way possible to show our appreciation to the community. Feel free to provide us with any additional suggestions as to where you might think the funds would be best kept.

Best Regards,
Lycaon

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Hey codeislight,

Great question! I think this concept could perhaps use further explanation within the proposal itself as it sounds like you are thinking of the typical non-encrypted level 1 or level 2 NFC chips. While security issues would be an issue with that older form of tech, we are using NFC chips that are capable of generating and storing an ECDSA secp256k1 asymmetric key pair. This keypair has an exposed public key, but its private key cannot be extracted from the encrypted chip.

As a result, individuals who had previous contact with the chip may have a register of its public key, but they no longer have its private key. Hence, they can no longer claim ownership when the card is out of their possession.

Let me know if you have more questions on this concept!

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This topic was automatically closed after 7 days. New replies are no longer allowed.

Thank you @Lycaon.eth for your ideas and the ApeCoin DAO community for the thoughtful discussions. A moderator will get in touch with the author to draft the AIP in the appropriate template. Once the AIP is drafted and meets all the DAO-approved guidelines, the proposal will be posted on Snapshot for live official voting at: Snapshot

Follow this Topic as further updates will be posted here in the comments. @Lycaon.eth please see your messages for the next steps.

-Pearson

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

@Lycaon.eth has completed editing their AIP Idea to be their AIP Draft.

Follow this Topic as further updates will be posted here in the comments.

Kind Regards,

-Pearson

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Hey Guys,

Just wanted to post a brief update on the positive response received on Twitter after our 1st capsule collection with Moonbirds. The packs are all shipped and the response from customers after getting hands on with the product was very positive!

I thought it important to share this as the results from our first release serves as a testament to existing market interest and proof of manufacturing/supply chain capabilities!

As explained in the proposal, Generation 2, under BAYC, will be a much improved iteration of what is displayed here in Generation 1.

See below for a better look at what the cards looked like in hand from our Generation 1.

NFTCG Gen 1 - Hands On Look

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Love to proposal! Have just 2 questions:

How will you guys go about deciding who’s ape is in the collection?

How will you guys go about getting permission for people’s apes in the collection? I can definitely see some people wanting to be added but how will that process look since they have ownership of the ape?

Cheers!

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Hey @lovingtheworld

Thank you so much for taking the time to read through our AIP. To address your first question, the Bored Apes displayed in the collection are determined in two parts:

1) 15 of the total 55 designs will be allocated to prominent members of the BAYC community, which will be agreed upon by our team, long term BAYC members who we believe have been around long enough to watch the community develop into the market dominator it is today, and the owner of the ape in question.

2) The other 40 of the total 55 designs will be raffled off on my twitter account, in addition to other BAYC community members’ Twitter accounts that we are in communications with. Contestants will provide us with their discord name, Twitter handle, and BAYC number. Our team will then take those results, filter out any duplicate submissions, and randomly pick 40 winners. We plan to leave this giveaway up for a week.

In regards to your second question, we plan on providing all chosen Bored Ape owners with a simple agreement that states NFTCG’s rights to use their Ape for NFTCG Generation 2 “Going Bananas”. The contract will only give us permission to use peoples Apes for this collection.

Please feel free to let me know if you have any other questions. I really appreciate the engagement you’ve provided in this post, and I encourage others to do the same if they have any questions!

Best Regards,
Cyrus

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

Our team has reviewed and discussed @Lycaon.eth’s AIP Draft and have sent a list of initial questions. We await answers.

Follow this Topic as further updates will be posted here in the comments.

Kind Regards,

-Escape

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

@Lycaon.eth has responded to our questions and they are in our review once again.

Follow this Topic as further updates will be posted here in the comments.

Kind Regards,

-Pearson

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Hi ApeCoin DAO Community,

@Lycaon.eth has updated their Draft and it is in our review once again. You can check out the changes by clicking the pencil icon at the top right of the post.

Follow this Topic as further updates will be posted here in the comments.

Kind Regards,

-Pearson

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