• Artist Bored Ape Yacht Club is Creating a Community of NFT Vampires

  • The Sneaky Vampire Syndicate was founded by one of the artists from the hugely popular Bored Ape Yacht Club.

    The vampire-themed NFT project, which will allow the public to mint 8,888 NFTs for 0.08 ETH ($313) each in the coming weeks, has already gained over 12,000 followers on its Discord server since its launch on Tuesday.

    Our Discord server has now passed 10,000 members! The Lair is growing by the minute 🧛
    We thought we’d give our Vamps something special today, enjoy two more previews of what’s to come 🦇 pic.twitter.com/wQxbhLelH8

    — Sneaky Vampire Syndicate (@SVSNFT) September 2, 2021

    The Sneaky Vampire Syndicate, like the Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs, which fetched several million dollars at a Sotheby’s auction this week, is a collection of generative cartoon portraits tokenized as ERC-721s. Some vampires are more rare than others, and eight of them will never be created. Migwashere, the artist, hand-drew them.

    Migwashere told us that, unlike in The Bored Ape Yacht Club, where he was part of a team of artists, he feels in charge this time. “This one feels more like something I made,” he said, adding that he still bounced ideas off the team.

    Shortly after the drop, the bloodthirsty syndicate intends to release a 2D side-scrolling fighting game centered on the NFTs. Static City Games, an indie game studio, is working on the game.

    Woof, the game’s lead developer, told us that the game “will have an infinite increase in difficulty over time.” Only NFT owners will be able to participate. There will also be leaderboards showing how long players have lasted.”

    To defeat hordes of vampire hunters, skeletons, zombies, and werewolves, players must use a variety of equipment and attack methods. A bite mechanic will allow players to steal life from an enemy, but doing so will lock their character in place.

    The recent craze for avatar NFTs aids projects such as SVS and BYAC in creating visible online communities that blur the lines between fan clubs and shareholding groups.

    The Sneaky Vampire Syndicate will select 400 people who have participated in the project on Discord or Twitter for a pre-sale, allowing them to mint up to two vampire NFTs before the official launch. Currently, the team is whitelisting 25-30 people per day.

    If the project is successful, wealthy people may use their vampires as profile pictures on social media sites—though the status game only works if ownership of the NFT itself can be proven. And if one of the group members resells their NFT for a high price, the value of the others is likely to rise.

    Several post-launch milestones have been planned by the team. A week after the project’s launch, vampire owners will receive free NFTs. The Syndicate will give 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 unanswered question is what will drive the next hundred million-dollar NFT project. If it’s the artist, Sneaky Vampire Syndicate’s style could be universally appealing. If it’s the community, a membership club in the style of the Bored Ape Yacht could take off. Of course, if it’s purely by chance, it’s anyone’s guess whether SVS will be a success.

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