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In addition to a collection of NFTs, an action-packed 2D side scrolling game is on the way.
One of the artists from the immensely popular Bored Ape Yacht Club has started another NFT club: the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate.
The vampire-themed NFT project, which will let the public mint 8,888 NFTs within the next few weeks for 0.08 ETH ($313) each, has already attracted over 12,000 followers on its Discord server after it was fired up on Tuesday.
Like the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, some of which fetched several million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction this week, the Sneaky Vampire Syndicate is a collection of generative cartoon portraits that are tokenized as ERC-721s. Some vampires are rarer than others, and eight of them won’t be generated. They are hand-drawn by the artist, migwashere.
Migwashere told Decrypt that, unlike with The Bored Ape Yacht Club, where he was part of a team of artists, he feels like he’s in control this time around. “This one feels more like something I’ve created,” he said, though he said that he still bounced ideas off the team.
Shortly after the drop, the murderous syndicate intends to produce a 2D side-scrolling fighting game centred on the NFTs. Static City Games, an indie game firm, is working on the game.
Woof, the game’s lead creator, told Decrypt that the game “would have a limitless escalation in complexity over time.” Only NFT owners will be able to participate. There will also be leaderboards showing how long participants have lasted.”
To battle armies of vampire hunters, skeletons, zombies, and werewolves, players must employ a variety of equipment and attack methods. A biting mechanic will allow players to drain life from an enemy, but doing so will lock their character in place.
The recent craze for avatar NFTs helps projects like SVS and BYAC create visible online communities that blur distinctions between fan clubs and shareholding groups.
The Sneaky Vampire Syndicate will select 400 people who have engaged with the project on Discord or Twitter for a pre-sale, allowing them to mint up to two vampire NFTs before launch. The team is currently whitelisting 25-30 people a day.
If the project takes off, rich folk might flex their vampires as profile pictures on social media sites—although the status game only works if ownership of the NFT itself can be proven. And if one member of the group resells their NFT for a high price, the others are likely to appreciate in value.
Several post-launch milestones have been planned by the team. A week following the project’s introduction, vampire owners will receive free NFTs. The Syndicate will send holders bats at a later date, similar to how Bored Ape holders received free dogs and, later, free mutant apes. In addition, the team wishes to establish a Vampire Lair community hub in the metaverse video game The Sandbox.
The unsolved question is what will drive the next hundred million-dollar NFT endeavour. If it’s the artist, Sneaky Vampire Syndicate’s style might be universally appealing. If it’s the community, a membership club in the style of the Bored Ape Yacht could take off. Of all, if it’s purely by chance, it’s anyone’s guess if SVS will be a success.