Solarians NFT AMA Transcript

The first generative NFTs on Solana. Part of the official Solana ecosystem.

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Solana News
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May 28, 2021
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Andrew:

So first off thank you toeveryone who’s joining us and thanks for doing this AMA with us !😁


Are you ready? @Solarians


Solarians Official:

Ready! 👍


Andrew:

OKay great! so going intoquestion 1...


1. Could you tell me alittle bit about yourself and how you came to start Solarians NFT?


Solarians Official:

Blue: I’ve been doingprofessional software development work for 20 years, and have alwaysbeen a fan of art. Later on, it was natural for me to get acquaintedwith the world of digital art NFTs.

In late March 2020, I thendecided to start a new generative NFT project, and ended up choosingSolana as the target environment.


Andrew:

That's awesome, so you gotto transfer your skills and interests as a professional into the defiworld?


Solarians Official:

Exactly, and so far it hasbeen an awesome journey!


Andrew:

That is great to hear!


2. Can you tell me moreabout your amazing team and how the team you have has led to thegreat project that we see today?


Solarians Official:

Blue: After the initialconcept of building a generative robot-themed collection on Solana, Istarted looking for an artist to partner with. I began to chat withFUX, whose art I started collecting on hicetnunc a couple weeks backat the time. He was pretty much immediately hooked, and the team gotits second member with the drive, excitement and professionalbackground to pull off the art side of things.

Since then, we haveonboarded more members to the team, among them most notably Piair,who is an excellent community manager and marketing lead, and Oswy,who works with me on the dev side of things, and who is also verymuch loved by our community.

We are a team with amazingchemistry and drive, and every day we are striving to find the pathbest for the project and its community.


Andrew:

Yeah I think it's superimportant to always build a team where everyone is passionate anddriven on accomplishing the same goal, because that is what makes thegood projects great.


3. Can you explain whatan NFT is to the viewers who might not know what it is and also howit contributes to the defi market as a whole?


Solarians Official:

An NFT is a Non FungibleToken, it means that each Solarian is unique and different fromanother Solarian. Each NFT characteristic is secure thanks to theBlockchain, which means that it won’t be possible for anyone tosteal or to copy your Solarian.

Each Solarian holder ownsan associated token on Solana, with the on-chain history to prove it.


Andrew:

Great, so this leads meinto the next question...


4. Is each Solarianunique and what makes a particular Solarian more unique than another?


Solarians Official:

Each Solarian is unique,we have 1800 different body parts, which makes each Solarian veryunique and very different from others.

Our artist has drawn eachbody part thinking about scarcity and how creating each part wouldresult in a unique Solarian. Our artist is also a big fan of eastereggs, so some of our Solarians NFTs contain cool things that youwon’t find anywhere else.


Andrew:

Oh wow so a lot of workhas gone into even the smallest details.


Solarians Official:

Absolutely! 👍😊


Andrew:

5. With the evergrowing popularity of NFTs with celebrities and athletes, how are youready to adapt to the mainstream crowd? Will you ever make, forexample, athlete robots based off of an actual person?


Solarians Official:

That is a good idea.

For now we want to focuson building strong partnerships and strong collaborations with otherSolana projects. Having collaborations with famous NFT artists orcelebrities is part of our objectives for the  near future.


Andrew:

What kind of partnershipsare you looking for if you can share?


Solarians Official:

We're not looking for anyspecific kind of partnerships.

We like to think that inthe Solana ecosystem we're all one big family so everyone is welcometo reach us to find any means of collaborations, whether you're anartist seeking to publish your work on Solana or an emerging projectthat would like to collaborate with us.


Andrew:

Okay, thanks for youranswer! This leads me into my next questions


6. What made you pickSolana as the blockchain of choice as Ethereum had been the frontrunner for the NFT industry.


Solarians Official]:

Blue:  Back when I decidedto start Solarians, the Ethereum space was too crowded, and the gasand minting premiums too high. So I started looking for alternativeblockchains. I’ve experimented with Tezos but got pretty quicklyhooked on Solana, being impressed by their computing model and theensuing performance and low cost.

While Ethereum deservesrespect as the current industry leader in smart contracts, I’vealways been most interested in cutting-edge technologies, and insetting up a  first-mover advantage.



Andrew:

Yes I agree, and was itdifficult in starting an NFT project on Solana as most NFT platformsrun on Ethereum?


Solarians Official:

It came with it's fairshare of challenges, but we just pushed no matter what! 💪


Andrew:

Awesome, I bet that it issuper rewarding to see your hard work pay off

Solarians Official, [May27, 2021 at 9:35:39 AM]:

...indeed, it's a cause ofimmense joy to see everything come together!


Andrew:

7. I noticed in yourFAQ section that there will never be more than 10,000 Solarians. Canyou give an explanation as to why that is?


Solarians Official:

Exactly, there will neverbe more than 10,000 Solarians.

At this moment, we havealready sold 5,100 Solarians. So less than 4,900 Solarians are stilllooking for an owner. We think 10,000 Solarians is the perfectsupply, it is providing the optimal balance between giving theopportunity to everyone looking to get one and ensuring a competitiveprice.


Andrew:

Interesting, so holding aSolarian NFT would be beneficial because it is unique in its ownartwork and it appreciates in value?


Solarians Official:

Exactly, plus we're in theconstant search of new ways to reward solarians holders.

At the moment, with theupcoming marketplace, we're developing a system where Solariansholders get a cut from the Solarians sales made through ourmarketplace!


Andrew:

Okay yeah so I did want totouch more on that actually


8. On your roadmap Isee that you will introduce a system in which holders earn a share oftransaction fees. Can you go more depth in how that would work? Wouldit function almost like a liquidity pool?


Solarians Official:

Blue:  We haven’tfinalized the tech aspect of fee distribution yet. But given the lowtransaction fees of Solana, we might choose to directly snapshot andairdrop holders, for maximum convenience.


Andrew:

Ahh I see, got it. Thanksfor the clarification


9. Do you think youwould ever introduce a system in which the users themselves coulddesign their own Solarian?


Solarians Official:

That's actually a niceidea!

We are open to allsuggestions, so everything is on the table really!

In the future, we areplanning to build a game based on Solarians. There are also somediscussions on how you could create a Solarian based on otherSolarians, mixing body parts to create a more rare one.

Many ideas are coming fromthe community, and we take time to discuss every idea which comes up.


Andrew:

That is awesome seeing howopen you guys are to suggestions from the community!


10. Touching back onthe 1,800 unique robot parts that generate a Solarian, why is thatimportant in terms of the rarity of a certain Solarian. And do youhave a system in which you can determine rarity?


Solarians Official:

We think that having adiverse pool of body parts to choose from makes each Solarian uniquetherefore more rare.

We are currently revampingthe rarity system and we're manually adding weights to each bodypart. The system works by extracting a byte from the mint hash foreach part and then using that to get the body part.

We will also be shippingrarity statistics in our dedicated wallet, so you'll be able to seehow rare is each part that makes up your Solarian!


Andrew:

Great thanks for youranswer! exciting stuff to come from y'all!


And here is the lastquestion from me.


11. Could you give usan inside scoop on what might be introduced to your project that isnot listed on the roadmap? Any major updates, etc.


Solarians Official:

We have no specific scoopbut we are planning to branch out in many different directions, andSolarian holders will be the OGs that regularly benefit in variousways from new ventures! Many good things are coming, and I hope youare all ready for the Solana Summer!


Andrew:

Yup I think I can speakfor the audience when I say we are all looking forward to seeing allthe developments coming to Solana this Summer!

So to wrap up we have twoquestions from the audience...


These questions werepicked off twitter and if you were the one who asked these questionsyou will be contacted via twitter for a prize


@edgorefilia:

How important is theintegration of NFTs and possible metaverse in the Solana ecosystem?What utility and applicability will NFTs have in the ecosystem?”


Solarians Official:

Blue: A diverse andwell-oiled NFT ecosystem is a must-have for any blockchain. Art andgames of all sorts, linked to the concept of NFT ownership, have thecapability to attract a wide audience to populate Solana with freshideas, interaction and, of course, market cap.


Andrew:

Great and here is the lastquestion


@ductrung753951:

Smart contracts arevulnerable to bugs, and even recently three big new DeFi projectswere victims of this, costing user funds. How efficient and securedis your smart contract, and did you ever audit it via any externalparty”


Solarians Official:

Blue: As we are currentlynot using a smart contract to vend our NFTs, we are immune toproblems of such a sort. However, we are finalizing a first versionof our smart contract to vend and trade NFT tokens. The contract isfairly simple, which helps to keep it secure. But we are working ongetting an independent third party to review it soon.


Andrew:

That is good to hearespecially when security is so important these days


Well thank you for joiningus on this AMA, we really appreciate you taking the time to come outand answer these questions for us!


The transcript of thischat will be posted on our telegram soon and a big thank you toeveryone who is here watching this live!


Solarians Official:

Thank you guys for havingus!

It's been a pleasure! 😊


Andrew:

Same to you! 😁



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