Cardano has already been blessed by some excellent 3D NFTs, like Ugly Bros and the 3Degens from Degen Crypto Club.
ADA Invadaz are the latest project looking to bring a high level of 3D artwork to the Cardano blockchain.
We chatted to the team behind the project to find out a little more.
Tell us a little about ADA Invadaz, what type of artwork is it, what size drop?
ADA Invadaz is a collection 3D CNFTs from outer space. The first Invadaz from the Planet Zaguro will be minting in April in a 3,500 drop.
The project is based on classic alien invasion and sci-fi storytelling combined with the Cardano and ADA narrative.
The Invadaz are generative 3D models using attributes based on the culture and anthropology of the Zaguro species, alongside a series of legendary 1/1 pieces.
In the ADA Invadaz Universe, hundreds of years from now humans have made contact with alien life forms due to the progress and peace brought about by worldwide adoption of Cardano.
Unfortunately the Blockchain was sabotaged by FUD – the ADA Invadaz are coming from outer space to fight that FUD and reinstate the Cardano Blockchain.
Where did the idea for the project come from?
The project team are all UFO and sci-fi lovers so we knew that we’d love to build something around aliens and outer space.
We have all been involved in crypto and NFTs for what seems like a long time and we thought we could bring something genuinely new to the CNFT space in terms of art style and narrative.
The 3D artwork we were seeing on Ethereum – especially the likes of Tron, Mekkaverse and Hape – we wanted to bring that kind of style to Cardano as we are all big supporters of the Cardano blockchain and believe that Cardano can be the future of the NFT space.
We were also inspired by seeing the innovative ways in which project creators were adding utility to their drops and so also at the core of our early thinking was to develop a holder benefits programme that was unique and gave ADA Invadaz supporters a good reason to hold onto the project.
What makes this project unique?
For us there are a few things that we hope make the project stand out:
1) First and foremost, the 3D artwork – not only the detailed and unique looking models with distinctive attributes, but that we think the project brings a new style to CNFT – namely that the Invadaz do not look friendly – we’ve created mean-looking aliens with edgier and darker colours and lighting effects that is a bit different to the art style in a lot of our favourite projects.
2) The look and feel of the Zaguro Invadaz is based on a backstory and lore of their planet, and why they are coming to Earth (to Fight the Fud!) But this is also only the first planet for the Invadaz. Future planets will have a totally new base model and backstory, for example cyborg aliens or underwater worlds – each season will be totally unique, which we think is a point of difference for the project.
3) Our holder benefits programme includes all of the things you’d expect, like ADA and CNFT airdrops, but we are also planning a range of physical drops paid for by royalties. These would include high-quality 3D-printed models of your Invada, 1/1 unique merch, and bespoke artworks of your NFT printed and shipped to your door free of charge. Winners will be selected by a weekly raffle after the mint, and the only way of getting your hands on these will be through being a verified holder.
What about the team behind the project? Tell us a bit about the team, what are your background(s) and what has lead you to start this project.
We are all experienced professionals in the creative industries. The project co-founders have been working together for more than a decade on creative projects, but this is the one we are most excited about.
Invada Jim is a copywriter and narrative builder by trade and leads on the Invadaz story, community, and holder benefits programme.
Vada is the co-owner of a branding and design agency in the UK and leads the Invadaz visuals and branding.
We then have a 3D artist (Space Invada) who has led the Invada model development process.
We are also working with an experienced blockchain dev (Retro NFTs) who is leading our mint.
Closer to the launch, we will be doing things like AMAs and Twitter Spaces to show more of the project team to the community!
What is the long term vision for the project? Is there a roadmap at this stage or will you be building as you go?
We do have a Roadmap and we have big plans for the project in the long-term.
Our focus is totally on the Season 1 mint, but beyond that we have plans to develop and launch new seasons with totally unique base models.
Outside of that, we are working hard on a Whitepaper we aim to launch in May 2022 which will set out the long-term value proposition and direction of the project – including what other concepts we are bringing to the Invadaz and how we will deliver them.
How important do you feel it is, as a new project, to build a community around your project before rushing into a mint?
This is absolutely crucial. We launched our community quite early compared to how long there was until the mint, but we wanted to do this for a couple of reasons:
1) We could slowly and organically build some interest in the project in a way that we could get to know the early supporters without being overwhelmed due to the proximity to the mint.
2) Community feedback is incredibly important for us – on the art, on the story, on the value proposition – so we wanted to be able to grow the project alongside the community rather than come to people with a totally rigid way of doing everything.
What got the team interested in Blockchain and NFT’s?
We have always been interested in the political philosophy behind money and finance. Before Bitcoin was invented, the project co-founders were involved in a pressure group working on monetary policy and raising the alarm about the lack of transparency in how money, banking and debt really work.
Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency have been beyond our wildest dreams in terms of raising the profile and providing solutions to these issues.
We found Charles Hoskinson to be deeply inspiring in his vision to ‘bank the unbanked and document the undocumented’ and we have been Cardano all the way since then.
NFTs was an easy progression – we all loved collecting Pokémon cards and football stickers as kids…. When we first found out about NFTs we just instantly ‘got it’ and we were hooked.
Since then we’ve spent hours… days… researching new projects, trading CNFTs and we bore our friends and families to tears by talking about magic internet jpgs way too much. It’s probably why we spend so much time on Discord with like-minded people!
We believe there is a huge future in this asset class – like Gary V said on a recent video – humans have always spent money on personal branding, this is just a new way of doing that.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far with this project?
One of the challenges is working out the best and most fair way of distributing the WL spots to early project supporters and ensuring that everyone gets a fair shot at the mint – there is no gold standard for doing this as far as we can see, so we just want to be as transparent and consistent as possible with this.
We have an absolutely brilliant Discord that has already given out a lot of WL spots to the first joiners, and we still have a lot more WL spots to give out. We wish we could give more, but then you compromise the public mint process – it’s a really tricky balance and not everyone will come away happy.
We have to say that the community has also been by far the most fun part of this. We are thrilled there is a great bunch of people who are choosing to spend their time hanging out with us on Discord, and there will be a lot more to come on this front.
Why did you choose to launch on Cardano?
For us that was never a question! We have been into Cardano and ADA for a lot longer than CNFTs have been around, and we are brought into the project vision that Charles and his team have laid out.
How do you see the NFT space evolving over the next few months?
The utility coming to the space is evolving so quickly. We think that things like Membership Cards (e.g. Borg Club Card) are brilliant and the directions you could take this are very interesting.
We think you may see a rise in cross-project collaborations – e.g. holder benefits for one project giving you WL for another, for example.
More so, we will continue to see more great artwork coming to the space, more great ideas – and we are keen to be a part of that. 2022 is the year of CNFT!
What project would you ideally love to do a collaboration with?
There are so many projects we’d love to work with, but honestly we are not even thinking that far ahead. Our priority is working towards a successful Season 1 mint and making sure that every single person that mints an ADA Invada looks at their wallet and goes ‘wow, nice – that’s going to be my pfp.’
That is our only goal and focus right now.
Do you guys collect NFT’s too? What’s your favourite? Can we see it?
In terms of art style inspiration, ETH projects like Mekkaverse, Tron and Hapes have been the main ones.
In terms of CNFT, it’s hard to pick a favourite. We really like DeadPxls – we think the work that AF has been doing is next level. More recently, we have been researching and collecting RatsDAO as we consider the potential future opportunities for DAOs in the CNFT space, and the rats are leading the way! One final mention for UglyBros as one of the pioneers of 3D artwork in the CNFT space and also Lucky Planets as some seriously good artwork! We hold a lot more CNFTs than this and we are avid collectors, minters and researchers in any spare time we get.
Thanks to the ADA Invadaz team for sharing with us, we hope you enjoyed the read. If you did, you can find more of our interviews here. You can follow the ADA Invadaz on Twitter or jump into their Discord to find out more.
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