Originally created for gamers to talk with their friends while playing online games, Discord has become the most important platform in the NFT market. (The only other contender would be OpenSea.) Discord started by providing basic text and voice chat functionality and has grown into the top place to center an online community. However, nearly all NFT projects fail to utilize many of the best features of the platform.
The primary way NFT projects build their communities is by giving collectors a chance to get on their whitelist (a spot in their presale). It’s usually much more lucrative to mint in the presale than the public sale, because buyers have a guaranteed spot, and the mint price is often discounted.
Most projects whitelist members who are active in their respective Discord channels. These members constantly chat with other members and moderators and are generally supportive of the project.
Yet standing out in a sea of thousands can be extremely time-consuming and difficult. This grind has quickly become one of the most hated aspects of consumer engagement with NFTs, but thanks to a new project, that is about to change.
A project called Star Wolvez is pioneering a way to make the experience of competing for a whitelist spot fun.
Using Discord Right
One of Discord’s main strengths lies in its potential for customization. The platform’s basic functionality is already useful: server administrators can open text and voice channels, create emotes and stickers for members to use, and more. Its main competitor, Telegram, employs a lot of similar features, but where Discord really differentiates itself is bots.
Server administrators can both create bots and invite existing bots into the server. These bots are assigned specific permissions, like the ability to boot or ban players, send messages in text channels, and manage information from outside of the server (called webhooks).
Despite the wide range of options provided by bots on Discord, they remain heavily underutilized in most servers.
Nearly all of the top NFT project Discords employ moderation bots that automatically ban fake accounts and users spamming messages, but they rarely utilize bots for much more beyond that.
However, that has started to change due to two particular projects.
An NFT project called The World of Norja set the stage for using complex custom-crafted Discord bots to gamify their server. This ambitious project focused on organically building a tight-knit community around its Discord server.
They created a dueling game with custom bots that could be played right in the server, plus boss battles and more. Unfortunately, they failed to market the project effectively. As such, The World of Norja didn’t get their great product in front of enough people, and they failed to “mint-out.”
However, The World of Norja walked so Star Wolvez could run.
Star Wolvez is a mysterious new project with the best implementation of Discord bots ever seen. It’s main collection consists of 8,800 generative sci-fi wolf NFTs. Information about the project is still scarce, but Star Wolvez should launch sometime in early March.
Every so often, the project drops a fantastic teaser with great music detailing a new tidbit of information or an important announcement.
From one of the teasers, it looks like the Wolvez may employ some kind of play-to-earn utility. ( It seems that, like Kaiju Kingz, users may even be able to earn interest with certain collections.)
The same teaser also hinted at a second generation collection of NFTs called Star Cubs.
Everyone in the project’s Discord server is a Star Wolf character playing a carefully crafted RPG. The ultimate goal of the game is to either get a rare genesis Star Wolf (there will only be one hundred) and/or get a spot in the whitelist for the main generative mint.
Players can attain both by being active, supportive of community members, and by playing the game often. One can even get onto the whitelist by writing a stellar piece of lore for the Star Wolvez backstory.
The Game Mechanics of Star Wolvez
Five different channels in the server each utilize a unique bot built from scratch. My favorite of these, the battledome, is also the most unique.
Every once in a while, a prompt pops up in the channel to enter into the battledome–but the prompt only stays there for five minutes. After five minutes elapses, the game begins, and a bot details an entire battle-royale story, reminiscent of The Hunger Games. It’s really fun to watch, especially as the last player standing. Winners often get a bunch of in-game items to improve their character and take one step closer to landing a whitelist spot.
During special events, a genesis battledome channel opens. It is comparable to a regular battledome except for the prizes. At the moment, this function represents the greatest incentive to level-up a player’s character, because only level 20 (and up) wolves get to participate.
The first time a player wins in the genesis battledome, they receive the whitelist role called “The Elders” role. If an Elder is the last wolf standing, they win a rare Genesis Wolf NFT, which has a floor value of 4.2 ETH.
The bread and butter of the Star Wolvez Discord game are three channels: quests, solo battle, and boss fight. Players have 4 different pools of points (that act like stamina bars in traditional video games) to spend on questing: Health, Energy, Awareness, and Skill Points. Every time a player goes on a quest, it uses up some of these points, so players can’t spam quests all day. They eventually regenerate while the player is inactive, so players can start questing again in only a few hours.
In the solo battle channel, players face a dangerous pack of rats in a high-risk, high-reward battle. It is a turn-based duel where players have to strategically choose between four moves: heavy attack, light attack, defend, and heal. Players who win pull in a ton of experience, but if the rats win, players lose experience.
Boss fights are the simplest of the three options. Many times a day, hordes of deranged beasts appear in the boss fight channel, and players have to team up to defeat them.
The higher the level a player is, the more damage they inflict and the more experience points they earn after the battle. It may take a little while, but if a player actively quests, fights bosses, and participates in the battledome, they stand a decent chance of getting on the whitelist.
It’s not too late to start playing to earn your very own Star Wolf.
Other NFT projects can learn from Star Wolvez how to best build their communities. Discord is perfectly capable of facilitating any number of new and fun incentives for members.
If the NFT community takes notice of Star Wolvez, perhaps new projects will change the way whitelists are populated. Until other creators catch up, players can complete quests and battle dangerous beasts and vermin in the Star Wolvez Discord.
By: Henry Stater and William Laurent