Geeky worlds collided in a flash of hypernet light that lasted 10 seconds as Cthulhu met the otherworldly temptations of Veve and NFT.
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Veve sells digital collectables. Are digital things really collectable in a world with the “Save As” and “Copy” functions? These days, yes, thanks to the rise in NFT (non-fungible token).
A non-fungible thing can’t be copied, so NFTs act as digital certificates that prove you have the original copy of a digital asset. That’s what collectors and investors need.
On Thursday, Chaosium announced a partnership with a platform called Veve to sell some Call of Cthulhu assets created by Type40. Simon Lissaman and Seth Laster are the digital sculptors who brought the project to non-fungible life.
The sale would happen over the 23rd, 24th and 25th at Comic-Con@Home.
Today, Michael O’Brien announced the first wave of this digital Mythos horrors sold out in 10 seconds.
Geeks have heard of NFTs, have got Veve accounts and know the potential value of being in the first wave.
Some might worry that NFTs will open due doors to criminals and result in environmental harm as computers are turned over to cracking algorithms to dig out more value like blockchains and cryptocurrency. It’s not entirely a hollow concern but the risks are much fewer.
Chaosium tends to be on the ball with this sort of thing and has twice posted a Veve reassurance statement twice now.
Since its inception, VeVe has used a distributed ledger technology that is over 99% more energy efficient than the Ethereum blockchain. In March 2021, VeVe committed to 100% carbon neutral NFTs and provided $7+ million in grants to environmental nonprofits to raise money for causes through NFT promotions.
This blogger is a supporter. Hasn’t done it, doesn’t have the money, talent to know what to buy or inspiration to purchase anything. However, tabletop companies build up great art libraries, curate a dedicated community of supporters and still struggle to make money. NFTs seem like a way for financially robust fans to benefit and support these studios simultaneously.
You can also support Chaosium and enjoy the publisher’s art by buying from their RedBubble merch store. It’s a similar idea, but other people might have the same design as you.
There will be another NFT sale from Veve and Chaosium later this year.
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