Whitepaper (AKA Brickpaper)
The whats, whys, hopefully the whens and definitely the hows.
The premise of this project is a LEGO based building experience with NFTs to promote my art interactively. Like many kids I grew up with LEGO in my collection of toys. I took to it pretty quickly and created all sorts of builds. As I got into high school LEGO slowly faded but never went fully away. I still dabbled here and there. When LEGO first released their Star Wars sets in 1999 I was sucked back in. I did a little building here and there but in 2013 I started embarking on what would be my magnum opus, a 1:1000 scale model of downtown Portland OR (the city I lived in at the time). I brought it to the Bricks Cascade LEGO convention, my first one ever. It won a trophy hands down.
I also got media coverage from that build which led to several commissions. In the meantime I kept building and building, winning more trophies every year but one. More media coverage, more commissions, more five minutes of fame.
The purpose of this project is to take you through that journey with me. Every season we will focus on a specific genre of my custom models. You can follow the instructions to create your very own build, NFT style. A few lucky winners will also get a special ticket to redeem for an IRL custom set which will be mailed to you upon redemption of the ticket. That’s right, I’m GIVING AWAY some of my custom LEGO sets.
There are at least 6 seasons planned at the moment, including a couple of collabs where I’ll be designing and creating brand new custom sets for these partners.
All NFTs will be issued on and be manipulated via the WAX blockchain only. The issuing wallet is dags.bricks.
Players will need to register for a WAX wallet. It's free and easy! You'll need to load it up with some WAX tokens. The easy but more expensive route is to get some directly via WAX's preferred partners (shown on screen). The cheaper but more complicated way involved sending some USD to an exchange, buying WAX, and then sending to your wallet.
The next step is to join the Discord so you can be in the know about when drops happens, how to 'build', special events, etc. 'Drops' are specific times when packs can be bought firsthand. Pack sales may be limited. You will be able to open your packs after a predetermined time and see your pieces. Pieces and packs can also be bought on the secondary market though packs may be more expensive that way. LEGO pieces can be collected and then blended to create an NFT of a piece of my artwork.
Pieces are the basis of the entire project. Pieces are all based on the offerings of the LEGO Company. All pieces chosen will be those whose copyrights have expired so as not to infringe directly on any IP.
Some players may choose to select and keep only the pieces that they need on hand to finish the projects in the current season. Other more hardcore players may choose to keep dozens or hundreds of pieces on hand to be ready for any surprises. Extra pieces may be used in other art blends, or, could be traded in for different random pieces, or sold on the secondary market.
Stickers will be given out free as promo items and possibly useful in future builds or for other purposes.
Dye is needed to color chunks or final builds. In order to keep the number of NFTs from getting out of hand, all pieces are neutral in color. Simple builds will require one color of dye for blending, more complex builds may require chunks to be colored before a final blend, or a final build may require two or more dyes to be included. Dye is considered as a piece and will be included randomly in packs.
Chunks are small sections of final builds. In order to keep things manageable, final builds are broken into smaller chunks. As such there should be less confusion as to how many of which piece is needed. In some cases smaller builds may act as chunks on their way to becoming the final build. The idea is to not have to figure out more than 10 or 20 units in a blend at a time.
Once a final build is created a dye can be applied (and possibly a ‘sticker’) to achieve a final blend that could be traded for a physical kit. Depending on the color complexity of a build, some chunks may need to be colored before being blended into a final build. Every blend or color change results in a burned NFT and a brand new one issued with a new mint number.
Packs (AKA polybags) are the main method of piece distribution. Main drops will contain 4 pack sizes of 50, 100, 250, and 500 pieces. Many builds will require a hundred specific pieces. Some may require less, others may require more.
Depending on the value of the set it is common for IRL LEGO collectors to keep packaging and inserts. 'Torn' packs may be able to be kept. At some point the polybags could be ‘recycled’ imitating the idea of turning the plastic packaging into something usable, like more pieces.
IRL stands for "In Real Life" and is one of the real draws of this project. When a final build is blended, there will be a chance of receiving not only the final build NFT, but a special redeemable ticket NFT. The value of the redeemable NFT lies in the fact that it can be exchanged for an actual custom LEGO set of the build on the card. Many of the IRL builds will be valued at $10-$50. Redeemable NFTs will be transferable, allowing them to be sold or exchanged to other wallets.
Rarities are assigned to pieces based on their IRL abundance. There are not multiple rarities of the same piece. Rarity determines how often a piece has a chance of showing up in a pack. Rarities are assigned to chunks based on the rarity of the pieces involved and similarly to builds. Rarities of builds will determine how many redeemable ticket NFTs will be available. Rarity of dye will be based off of IRL abundance on LEGO pieces.
Baseplates are the large 10x10” or 15x15” flat pieces that can be built on. Baseplates will allow for display. Each baseplate can hold a certain amount of builds. Baseplates will eventually have a special additional function to be revealed at a later time.
Tokens seem unnecessary at this point. There are no plans to create a new token for this project. If ever a utility is needed it would be replaced by piece drops. These would be NFTs of small unique pieces (possibly round 1x1 plates AKA ‘dots’) that would have build function but could also be redeemable for other pieces through a blend mechanic. These pieces would have an inherent value of somewhere between 1/10 to 1/4 stud each. A ‘stud’ is the knob or bump on most LEGO pieces.
Basic timeline as follows:
Q1 Season 1, alpha run, Big Bricks
Q2 Season 2, beta run, collab?
Q3 Season 3, wen baseplate, micro
Q4 Season 4, 'dots', ornaments
Q1 Season 5, 3d displays, collab
Q2 Season 6, Digi Dagcon!, wearables
Q3 Season 7, player building interface
Q4 Season 8, ???