Floatiez have big plans to bring gaming to the Cardano blockchain.
We spoke to Zak, founder of the project, to find out more about the plans, the team and experience behind the project and more.
Tell us a little about Rubber Duckiez, what type of artwork is it, what size drop?
Rubber Duckiez is the first series of Floatiez Collectibles. It is a line art, PFP-based NFT collection of rubber ducks with over 200 different attributes. There will be 10,000 Rubber Duckiez in total spread across 5 different drop phases.
Where did the idea for the project come from?
I started Floatiez because I have always wanted to create my own indie game and NFTs seemed like the perfect way to crowdfund and innovate by adding blockchain technology to the mix.
The idea for Rubber Duckiez stemmed from the phenomenon ‘rubber duck debugging’ which is a software engineering method of talking out the problems you face while coding to a rubber duck on your desk. The rubber duck reference is in a story from The Pragmatic Programmer, but the foundation of the method is that articulating your problems out loud can guide you towards a solution.
What makes this project unique?
Floatiez is special because it is going to be the first 3D PVP Wager game on Cardano.
Most of the games in the space right now are either simulated multiplayer, a single player experience, or a multiplayer experience with no competitive nature.
Through the use of smart contracts, players will be able to play in heads up matches against other holders and make wagers on their own skill using $FLOATIEZ tokens.
These tokens will be earned through staking and winning matches in the game. The NFTs in the Rubber Duckiez collection will unlock cosmetic wearables that players can mix and match on their in-game character.
What about the team behind the project? Tell us a bit about the team, what are your background(s) and what has led you to start this project.
My name is Zak, and I am the only person on the team right now. I have a B.S. in Computer Science (Games) from the University of Southern California, the #1 undergraduate game design program in the world.
I started this project because I truly believe in the ethos of Cardano and that blockchain is the future of gaming. Many games companies offer custodial handling of in game assets, such as skins, but I believe that players who purchase assets should be able to buy/sell/trade in game items entirely on their own.
What is the long term vision for the project? Is there a roadmap at this stage or will you be building as you go?
My vision for the project is to have a fully functional multiplayer experience that holders can take part in and bet on their own skills as a player.
Since the game is going to be 3D, we will also have 3D Rubber Duckiez assets that will be turned into a second collection. These assets will be Metaverse compatible and holders will be able to load them in as pets/avatars/statues or whatever they would like.
We will have our own stake pool and $FLOATIEZ token airdrop rewards for holders who stake with our pool. Overall, I want to create a project that will extend a hand to all types of collectors.
To check out my plans for the project, feel free to take a look at the website. Once all of those things are completed, we will move forward from there.
Gaming on the blockchain seems to be one of the more difficult projects to deliver. How confident are you of being able to deliver a functioning game?
I am very confident that I will be able to deliver a working product. I have already begun development and things are going well!
It will most likely take a lot of alpha/beta testing to ensure the integrity of the systems I have created. I want to make sure that everything works flawlessly due to the competitive nature of the game, so testing will be essential to ensure a smooth user experience.
I have already created the arena and have a functional wallet linking system that links directly with UE5. Users will login to the game using their Discord account and will have access to content based on the wallets they have linked through CNFT Tools. This will ultimately allow our Discord server to function as the main community hub for players to talk, set up games, and get direct contact with me.
As of a few weeks ago, I have begun to work on the multiplayer matchmaking aspect of development using AWS and I expect to soon have a functional alpha that will allow players to queue up against each other and play for in-game currency not tied to the blockchain.
There will not be P2E features in the alpha and it will mainly serve to test the functionality of servers, latency, and gameplay mechanics.
After the first few phases of our drop have finished, the whitepaper and token will be released. Beta access to the game will allow wagering through smart contracts using our token and from there it will be a matter of smoothing out any problems until we reach a gold master standard for development.
What got the team interested in Blockchain and NFT’s?
Originally, I discovered Cardano through Charles Hoskinson’s YouTube channel. I resonated with the mission to create a fully decentralized and interoperable cryptocurrency backed by scientific research.
After buying some $ADA and holding for a while, I found NFTs. I spent some time collecting NFTs from various projects in the Cardano ecosystem which opened my eyes to the awesome, tight-knit community we have and the possibilities of NFTs.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far with this project?
Marketing. The hardest part of everything so far has been getting more eyes on what I am creating.
Since my background is in Computer Science, marketing is not really my expertise. It is also challenging to find someone to add to the team that understands NFTs and the Cardano community.
There are also a lot of people out there that claim to gain exposure on behalf of your project, but most of these are scams and bots. It is hard to find genuine help in this area, especially if you want growth to be organic.
Why did you choose to launch on Cardano?
I chose Cardano because I believe it is a highly sustainable platform. I respect the academic approach to development at IOHK and believe in the chain as a whole.
Cardano is more accessible and more useful given its low cost to transact, and it is also more withstanding than some of the other options given its integrity, decentralized nature and strong community. I am extremely excited to see how the blockchain continues to develop.
How do you see the NFT space evolving over the next few months?
Over the next few months I see another boom in the NFT space coming. As projects that are well known start to deliver on their promises, I think that we will be seeing a lot of cool and new ideas that have already been invested into.
Right now, there is not much utility. I think what we will begin to see next is the utility of solid projects coming to fruition.
What project would you ideally love to do a collaboration with?
ClayMates. They have a couple awesome duck traits in their collection, so it’s perfect.
Do you guys collect NFT’s too? What’s your favourite?
I haven’t minted anything in a while because I have been working on Floatiez.
I really love ClayMates, Spacebudz and H.Y.P.E. Skulls. There are a lot of awesome projects on Cardano, but those are my top 3.
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