Current State of Pod Town
It's been a while since we updated you on the latest happenings in our little corner of the metaverse. And boy, do we have some exciting news for you!
GM, residents of Pod Town,
We hope you're doing fantastic! It's been a while since we updated you on the latest happenings in our little corner of the metaverse. And boy, do we have some exciting news for you!
How it all started
First, let's take a trip down memory lane. Pod Town was created not so long ago with a mission to merge metaverse and DeFi. Our team has been building products for the last 10 years, and we saw a lot of opportunities where things could be improved in the crypto and DeFi space. We wanted to build utilities that would enhance the experience of DeFi investors and NFT collectors. Our first debut collection, Cyber Neko, quickly proved itself as the OG blue chip project on Fantom and was officially supported by the Fantom Foundation. And since then, we've been working tirelessly to build a vibrant community on top of that, where you can have fun and make money.
We envision Pod Town as a modern Cyber World and Zootopia-themed metaverse, with NFT Cyber Neko being the first-gen citizens, Cyber Rabby, and Fukuro being the second gens. Through a gamification prism, we make it possible for its citizens - the Podians, to hang around, interact with others, and participate in DeFi activities via their virtual NFT profile.
How’s it going
Although things might have changed here and there a bit, we’re still here, still head-down building towards the goal of making Pod Town the place for all, home for a thousand pods. We welcome all new members to our community and encourage them to take advantage of the various services and amenities that Pod Town has to offer.
Fast forward to today, and we're proud to say that Pod Town is home to 8888 residents, with a balanced birth rate among our three races: Cyber Neko, Cyber Rabby, and the rare Cyber Fukuros. Our town has become a sought-after destination for families and individuals seeking a quieter, more sustainable way of life.
In response to this growth, we have been working hard to improve the infrastructure and services available to our residents. This includes the construction of new community facilities, such as a town square that will provide a space for community events, and social gatherings, a recreation center that provides a relaxing retreat for our residents where we released the Tripod game last month, and another one coming this month.
In terms of infrastructure, we have made significant investments in developing our virtual world. We have expanded our server capacity to ensure that all residents can enjoy a smooth and seamless experience while navigating our world, as well as upgrades to the existing Pod Wallet and our data engine system.
We have also made significant progress in our efforts to build a comprehensive identity system for our citizens. Thanks to the hard work of our art and animation committee, Pod Town has become a leader in creating awesome virtual avatars. We have created uniquely cute animated characters for every single citizen that will be your identity going through town and participating in town activities later on. And we didn’t just stop there, we’re working on allowing other citizens from other worlds to have an identity in Pod Town. Soon everyone can walk around town with their own favorite NFT character, no matter what collection it’s from. How cool is that?
Housing sustainability improvements have been a priority for Pod Town in recent months. We are pleased to announce that our construction quality has undergone significant upgrades, including the construction of a new pod builder that allows us to build not just our own houses but our own maps as well. Imagine having a little world of your own where you’re free to build and govern it. Additionally, our public transportation system has been expanded, and you can teleport to any other maps in an instant, providing greater access and convenience for our residents. That’ll all be reality in a matter of months.
As for community development, Pod Town has several ongoing projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life for our residents. One of our top priorities has been Mochi, the intelligent bot that provides everything you need to run a web3 community right in Discord. It started out as an experiment we did for fun, but it has grown into something bigger and bigger. At this moment, we can proudly say that Mochi is the most comprehensive bot in all of Discord, giving you smooth onboarding, holder verification, automated moderation, watch list, tip bot, airdrop, crypto ticker, NFT rarity ranking, and much more. Just a couple of weeks ago, Mochi took home the second prize for the most innovative project from the Solana Foundation. We're not stopping there; Telegram and the web version are coming along too.
We are proud to report that the bug rates in the Mochi neighborhood have remained low, thanks to the diligent efforts of our bug fix enforcement officials. We encourage all residents to continue reporting any suspicious activity to the local authorities.
We want to remind all our residents that community involvement and engagement are crucial to Pod Town's success. That's why we invented the Proof of Engagement™ with the Engage and Earn model, which ensures that every action counts in Pod Town. It ensures that users on different dapps will benefit, starting with Discord engagement, GM GN, and now expanding to daily and weekly quests on the web version, releasing soon.
The local economy of Pod Town is thriving, with numerous businesses and enterprises taking root in the area. We have seen an increase in demand for various services such as real estate and entertainment. We are committed to supporting our local businesses and ensuring that they have the resources they need to thrive. Recently, we opened our Mochi ads for a test run and received tremendous support from our community and partners, who continue to provide outreach and partnership opportunities for our town. Pod Town has a robust network of community organizations, including NFT collections, Defi projects, alpha groups, volunteer groups, and advocacy groups across all chains, ranging from Fantom to ETH, Solana, ICP, and more. We encourage all residents to help us connect with more awesome communities to contribute to the betterment of our community.
Moreover, we recognize the importance of community involvement and have established various initiatives to foster social cohesion within our metaverse. We have several community organizations and events, including charity auctions, gaming competitions, and music festivals, which provide residents with opportunities to connect with each other and make meaningful contributions to our virtual community.
Nothing changes much in terms of direction. The opening statement still holds true, we’re here, still building.
Of course, no community is without its challenges, and Pod Town is no exception. Like many communities around the web3 world, we have been impacted by the ongoing bear run pandemic. However, we are proud to say that our community has come together to support one another during this difficult time. We have implemented strict safety measures to keep our momentum going, building, fixing, and releasing new stuff every day, and our town has rallied around to help us weather this storm.
So, what does it mean to be a Podian now? Let’s name a few:
Profit sharing: As we promised from day one, at Pod Town, for every product we build, we will share a percentage of its profit with our current Podians. The bigger we grow, the more profit will be shared and it will accumulate over time. So in short, our Podians can make money just by holding the NFTs. We have done it with the treasury distribution, the Pod Together game, the Pod Compy, and the Rabby mint. We kept our promise, didn’t we?
Digital identity: Have you seen the awesome animated character of your Neko or Rabby yet? If not, here you go: https://explore.pod.town/
Build your own Pod: Ability to acquire lands and furniture items to customize your personal Pod Cube. Upgrade your home, use the land to farm rare resources, and tokens, and create the lands of your dreams! With Pod Town’s own NFTs in hand, the odds of getting better stuff are with you.
Exclusive partner privilege: As we’re getting more support from several foundations, our community continues to grow and our partnership continues to expand across chains, we’ll have more good deals from our community partners, exclusively for our holders.
Collectibility: It’s cute, so if you’re one collector who enjoys acquiring rare and unique digital assets, you’ll love it
It's also a pity that we couldn't release our token due to the bad bear run, but as we always said, good things take time. After the downturn, things seem to stabilize, and we have started seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now. If things keep going in the current direction, we might have a token release in Q3 this year, yay!
And what does the token means for the Pod Town ecosystem? I just mentioned above that soon you’ll be able to build your own Pod and start a little world of your own. So the role of our token in that world would be:
In-game currency: Tokens can be used as a form of in-game currency, allowing citizens to purchase items, equipment, and other assets within the metaverse. This creates a seamless and efficient economy within the game world, enabling players to easily buy and sell goods without having to worry about traditional payment methods.
Community engagement: Tokens can help incentivize and reward citizens for their participation in the metaverse ecosystem. For example, tokens can be awarded to players who complete certain tasks, win competitions, or contribute to the development of the game world. This can foster a sense of community and engagement, encouraging citizens to be more involved in the metaverse.
Ownership and control: Tokens can give players a sense of ownership and control over the game world. For instance, players who hold a significant amount of tokens may have a bigger influence on the development of the game, propose new features, or have a say in how the economy is run.
Investment opportunity: Tokens also serve as an investment opportunity as the metaverse ecosystem grows and evolves. More kick back and airdrop opportunities await.
Decentralization: Tokens enable a decentralized and transparent system for the metaverse ecosystem. This can provide greater security, accountability, and transparency for players, as well as reduce the risk of fraud or manipulation.
Overall, tokens can help create a more engaging, immersive, and rewarding experience for Podians within our ecosystem.
Pod Town continues to grow and prosper thanks to the hard work and dedication of our residents and government officials. We look forward to a bright future for our community and are committed to ensuring that Pod Town remains a vibrant and welcoming place for all who call it home.
Thank you for being a part of our community, and we look forward to working together to build a better future.
Stay awesome, Podians!,
The Pod Town Council