Meta #40 - Forking The Society
MetaGame Season1 Launch <2 Days
⛓️ Chainlog 📜
Marko creates MetaGame’s design style guide, making it easier for other designers to create the next parts of the interface.
Lone Ronin takes a stab at the MetaOS, builds the first version of the app drawer. Now waiting for a designer to envision the dashboard; more in the quest below.
MyMeta receives a bunch of updates, including the long-awaited NFT gallery 😱 Props to Dan13 for this awesome update 🙏 Go check it out!
Uranus drafts the House of Permaculture, gets a bunch of feedback from the other in-house permaculturists.
Hammad writes this awesome article about Forking Societies.
Also shills MetaGame at the 1726 meetup, getting Balajis himself interested.
The new Autonomous B episode airs! Smart Villages & Crypto Networks with Nelson Melina & Magenta Ceiba.
charingane makes the MetaGame quest for Gitcoin;
go, try it out & drop some feedback - they’d appreciate it.
Cooper becomes the first - and the second - to write a Playbook! How to add value without writing code & how to turn your contributions into paid positions.
Misanth makes a bunch of awesome meme gifs, you’ll see some below.
Started brewing a collaboration on a collaborative calendar for DAOs 👀 Interested? Let us know.
Tragically, many lose their player status, though some do convert to patrons.
A bunch of new patrons join the game, some of the most notable being: Coopahtroopa, Austin Griffith & Simona Pop.
We had an awesome DAOHaus x Raid Guild x MetaGame meetup yesterday, talking about the history & the future of our decentralized collectives.
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Big announcement & MetaSys 1.0/Season1 Launch on Dec. 21st.
Followed by The Season1 (semi-private) Launch Party! 🕺💃🎉🎊🎶
Talking “Building Decentralized Societies” at Buidlerberg. (also on 21st)
Wednesday the now-usual Mid-week Storming, Feedback & AMA.
OK, that’s it from this newsletter!
For the first time ever, I didn’t prepare any new article to go out along with the weekly newsletter. 😶
Coincidentally, Hammad aka METADREAMER, decided to publish his first post on Medium.
Fun fact: Just a year ago, I did’t even know Hammad. Dude was just minding his own business, something like 10,000 kilometers away, when he came upon my scattered pieces of the MetaMeme. Today, he stands as the main reason I never gave up on it.
If it weren’t for him, I’d probably be just one of those lunatics, endlessly talking about their vision but never getting anyone to help them because it seems just too crazy.
At times, I did think I’m crazy.
If we had any respect for hierarchies whatsoever, Hammad would be the Chief Technology Officer aka the CTO of this god damn spaceship.
Hence, I am more than honored to copy paste his work here 🙃
Ladies & gentlemen, I give you Hammad, The Tech Beacon of MetaGame!
Forking The Society
These distributed collectives of creators are starting to manifest all over the internet. We have a bunch of them just in our immediate ecosystem alone; Raid Guild, 1Hive & MetaCartel are some of them. The goal of MetaGame is to connect these decentralized collectives into a fully functional decentralized society including physical “hubs”, distributed across the globe.
Our present society is far from being in an ideal state, trying to fix those problems is like trying to re-write a centuries old codebase written by millions of devs most of which are dead.
The best we can do is try to refactor bits and pieces of it to bring it up to modern standards, but at the end of the day it will always be built on an obselete foundation.
The only way to escape it is to start from scratch.
The Octalysis Gamification Framework
A great example of people effectively creating new societies in the digital age are video games, specifically MMORPGs. Games do an incredible job at orienting people & allowing them to coordinate with a ton of people in a complex environments. They do this through intelligent game design and game theory.
Players who perform the best are the ones who understand the “meta” (most-effective-tactic-available) and use it to game the system.
Game designers continually balance the game based on player feedback & order to keep all tactics from staying overpowered for long and making the game unfair to regular players.
Like all games, real-life has a meta, but the current meta has been one that optimizes for maximum profit at the expense of pretty much everything else.
Unlike video games, we don’t have any mechanism to directly tune the balance of the game — even if we did, the centralized nature of out society would lead to the people in power abusing it to give themselves an even bigger advantage. Therefore, any such system needs to be decentralized in order to work.
Web 1.0 (2000s) — Single player information sharing
Web 2.0 (2010s)— Multiplayer information creation
Web 3.0 (2020s)— Multiplayer value creation
The Internet made it easy to coordinate information at a global scale.
Ethereum makes it easy to coordinate value at a global scale.
With the advent of Ethereum, we now have an unprecedented arena for playing cooperative games (if you’re going to click any link, this is the most important one). Ethereum (and a bunch of other tools) will make it possible encode & recode the incentive fabric of our societies.
The purpose of MetaGame is to use these powerful tools to design an “MMORPG for real life”, “a massive online coordination game”, “an operating system for the society of the future”. Instead of trying to refactor the codebase of the old society, we’ll just design a new one from the ground up, without the constraints of the physical bureaucracies & the technical debt. Realizing a “Game B” of sorts.
One of our core beliefs is that the society of the future must be as decentralized & non-hierarchical as possible, but building decentralized organizations brings challenges you don’t see in traditional organizations or the startup world.
Here' are some of the problems we’ve been tackling:
How to herd and coordinate people without a chain of command
How to pool resources together in a trustless / decentralized way
How to measure the impact of people’s contributions
How to distribute resources fairly and efficiently
How to allocate governance power and execute governance decisions
We’ve been working hard at figuring out & configuring these basic “building blocks” of a new world & we’re quite pleased with what we got so far.
We will be calling it MetaSys & we predict most of the DAOs in 2021 to be running systems similar to, if not exactly like this one.
Starting Season1, we’ll explain & write off MetaSys as 1.0 & the next big milestone will be the first version of the MetaOS.
I’ll stop here because this post is the announcement of the announcement.
Though Hammad already leaked a lot of it in the original post.
Stoked? Get Ready For Launch!
Come December 21st, you should have the 🐙 in your name; like so:
May or may not be a good idea to pre-emptively pick up some Seeds now.
…but its definitely a great idea to earn some! 👇
🤑 Earn XP & Seeds
🧠 Learn or Teach - We need more knowledge to spread! Go to the #🧠-brain-exchange channel and post “I want to learn X” or “I can teach someone Y”.
💦 Water the crops - The Seed price has calmed down and its time to start adding back more liquidity to the Seed market.
📚 Playa - We need more of the people who already found their way in Ethereum, to write their playbooks for people of similar angles & backgrounds. Check what Cooper did then do something similar.
🏗️ FreeMasonin’ - We got the House of Ethereum, we got the House of DAOs, Vanilla is writing the House of DeFiance & Uranus is writing the House of Permaculture… What about the House of Tokens? House of dApps? House of Philosophy? House of Worldviews? House of… Anything? Just go ahead and write something.
⚔️ HackETH - Get over to github & start closing issues.
🃏 DesignETH - Design the Godfather/Godmother of MetaGame achievement NFTs.
🎨 Quests🤩 - Design the Questing interface; just a simple way of displaying quests to begin with. Message @petheth for more info.
😍 MyMeta Dashboard - Design the basic dashboard with the info shown on the wireframe: Seed amount, Seed price & total value, XP & XP gained this week. We’ll get the morale & co2 next once we have more backend for it.
🏥 Help Others - Go help someone! May be a fellow metagamer or it maybe a a fellow stranger - any philantropic or ecological cause out there.
🤔 Open Roles
🛠️ Builder - Can never have enough builders, mainly looking for those familiar with working with React & Hasura, writing TypeScript & GraphQL.
🤗 Friendly Face - Keep an eye out on the #🍻-tavern & welcome new members.
🎊 Meetup Master - Make sure there’s something going on for each Community Gathering. Could be an AMA with someone, a topic of discussion, a game or whatever sort of activity. Just has to be something besides the “welcome new members”.
☸️ Navigator - Help newcomers find things to learn & ways to contribute based on their background & interests.
✨ Fairy - Fairies make sure the XP system is being fair. They keep an eye out for emoji accrual on discord & XP scores in the ledger & alarm when it seems unfair.
Interested in one of the roles? Feel free to ping me on Discord @petheth 🙃
This week’s Community Gathering Special is a Raid Guild x DAOHaus x MetaGame convergence 😱
We’ll be meeting with our extended family from the Meta ecosystem, reminscing the old times with some ale & sharpening our axes for the upcoming crusades.
Ping me @petheth if you want to join but can’t see the #townhall voice channel.
Friday @ 10am PST / 1pm EST / 5pm UTC / 7pm CET / 10:30pm IST