Message to Martians Roadmap
Message to Martians is a on-chain project started with a simple idea — to write a collaborative Message on-chain that will last as long as Ethereum lasts.
Along the journey of developing this project, we were inspired by Loot and created two additional NFTs alongside the Messages — Space Capsules and Transponders.
Transponders were used to write messages, and Space Capsules was a loot-like NFT that you could openly interface and pull traits from for anything you would want to use it for.
Thus, Message to Martians was created as a fun project to:
- Collaboratively write an on-chain message
- Create a loot-like NFT that anyone can use however they want
As time passed we created some other things for the project. Primarily Characters.
We felt that we didn’t want to just keep the Space Capsules as some text-based NFTs and wanted to put a face to the Message to Martians project — Thus, we created Characters, which is a combination of Transponders and Space Capsules, minted by burning both materials and creating a Character.
You could imagine it like https://opensea.io/collection/characters-for-loot but it has some stats, equipment, race, and other traits for anyone to tap into and use however they want as well, keeping the loot-like nature of it but also add some interoperability like:
- Uploading Characters
- Rerolling Characters
- Changing Name
- Changing Bio
- Leveling Stats
- Augmenting Characters
Anyone is free to use Characters as they want and build on top of it in the same way as the loot-ecosystem. Our Characters / Space Capsules are compatible with loot-supported front-ends and repositories too.
Alongside the Characters release, we released $MES or Martian Essence. This is the main Utility Token of the Message to Martians ecosystem and is currently primarily used for:
- Augmenting Characters
- Leveling up Base Points
- Upgrading Equipment
- Rerolling Race
- Upload New Race
- Change Name
- Change Bio
$MES is yielded passively when holding Characters depending on Augments, Levels, and Equipment.
As well, we created an innovative $MES Credits system that allows user to spend unclaimed $MES directly without claiming them first, effectively reducing gas spent to do transactions in the MTM Ecosystem greatly.
You can check it out here: https://characters.messagetomartians.com/
Introducing the Satellite Station
One of the core things I wanted to do different in an NFT roadmap was that, I wanted our Utility Token to be able to yield other projects’ NFTs, instead of our own NFTs that a lot of projects do (think breeding), thus, a long journey ensued to try to create an open interface for projects to integrate with to allow minting directly through our Utility Token $MES.
Thus, Satellite Station V1 was born. An open-to-be-interfaced abstract contract that you could import to your smart contract, implement a custom function using a require statement, and allow minting with $MES directly from the smart contract.
The idea was very nice in my head, but there was also a lot of limitations that we discovered after making our first implementation of it:
- Smart Contract developers were hesitant of creating another function for minting
- Smart Contract developers were not confident in implementing a new logic flow into their Smart Contract
- Existing projects that would like to participate in the ecosystem could not as their Smart Contract was already created
- Upcoming projects had Smart Contracts already finished or in the final works and did not want to change their functionality
All very valid points I would agree. Thus, a second version of Satellite Station V2 is currently in the works to alleviate these limitations and allow a non-intrusive implementation of what is essentially an open-interface of an ERC20-based NFT Vendor Smart Contract.
What does that mean?
It means that Satellite Station V2 will allow any project to deposit NFTs inside the Smart Contract and set parameters for their community to be able to mint NFTs using their own Utility Token such as — Price, Token, NFT, Amount Available.
Of course, we would love that all projects use $MES but for an open interface, I believe multi-token support should be possible.
Thus also in the works, the first prototype of the front-end of Satellite Station. Although, any project could interface with our Smart Contract and build out their own front-end for it, themed in their project’s theme, instead!
And that is the current state of our Satellite Station. Still in the works trying to create an open, multi-token ERC20 NFT Vendor that can be interfaced with any ERC20 token and NFT.
Alongside of the Satellite Station, we had to find ways to allow projects who are interested to integrate our technology to easily communicate with our community their intentions to do so. Thus, we created a slow-mode only chat that anyone can chat in, to pitch their project to us while we vote with discord emojis as a community whether we would like to mint this this project with $MES or not.
This will allow us to easily scout-out projects and also allow project owners to communicate to our community closely with their project. They also get eyes on their project and a holder-supporter base from our community.
If you have a project idea in mind or working on a project and would like the Message to Martians community to take a look, please join our server at https://discord.com/mtm/ and come pitch your project in our Satellite Launchpad!
With the pending launch of Satellite Station V2, these types of integrations will be easier than ever!
L2 $MES Bridge and Whitelist Vending Machine
Another thing that I am currently working on for Message To Martians is a L1-to-L2 ERC20 Bridge for our $MES (not for Characters) in order to be able to spend it in the Whitelist Vending Machine (pending name change).
Project Creators will be able to write whitelist opportunities, details, and attach an image, directly into our L2 Smart Contract and allow our community to purchase these spots with $MES, effectively:
- Recording their address on-chain for the whitelist
- Transferring $MES to the receiver address for the whitelist cost (configurable by project owners)
- Emitting an Event of their whitelist registration
- Updating the front-end interface through their interaction
An open-to-be-interfaced Whitelist Vending Machine that any project can tap into the technology and implement on their own front-ends, or using ours at https://whitelists.messagetomartians.com/ (pending release)
Our front-end is in the works and we do not have anything as of current to show on the front-end side. Here’s a small diagram explaining the process instead!
All these developments above focus on:
- Interoperability of Projects
- Contributing to the NFT Space as a whole
- Creating additional Utility for NFTs and its Utility Tokens
Message To Martians stances itself as a utility provider and strong community that seeks to help bring other projects into the MTM Ecosystem as well as providing strong alpha and community internally.
We believe that our Utility Token could grow in value as more users adopt our ecosystem and tools, it will also bring more recognition to the project and encourage project owners to integrate $MES into their platforms / projects as well!
Other Developments and Goals
Our primary goal as Message to Martians is to create a strong community led by active individuals that consistently work together to:
- Share alpha and project insights among each other
- Communicate and collaborate with projects and encourage $MES and MTM Ecosystem integration
- Create gaming guilds and play games together
- Create development resources and community to encourage community-driven developments
With the tools and utility provided from the Core Developments, our community members are equipped with the necessary resources for attractive project collaboration be that as mints, whitelists, or driving community-driven development.
We are also fans of the Metaverse, thats why the Message to Martians team has been working on a few developments that we have not told the community about:
- VX Models for Characters
- Metaverse Games integration (such as World Wide Webb3)
- A SandBox plot that we will create a Mars Base in for our community to hang out in (pending preview)
With our SpaceX Fund, we are able to fund additional developments of our project and continuously find more ways to provide utility to our $MES Utility Token.
As the Metaverse grows, we are also looking to fund more developments that would give our $MES Utility Token further reach into the Metaverse.
Space Exploration Fund (SpaceX Fund)
The SpaceX Fund is the name of the Community Wallet of Message to Martians that currently holds:
- A Sandbox Plot
- A Large Apartment (WWW3)
- An Ember Sword Land
- MTM Characters
As well as 10,000,000 $MES and 35 ETH (as of current) as funds for community-driven development and Metaverse expansion.
If you would like to:
- Know more about our project
- Pitch your project idea to our Satellite Launchpad
- Pitch a community-driven development for funding
- Pitch a NFT Project that integrates $MES and MTM Ecosystem for funding
Feel free to join our community Discord and be a part of the MTM Ecosystem!
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