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Open Source Play-To-Earn - Revelar

$85,000.00 Requested
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Problem:

设计一个有研究支持的可持续的游戏赚钱模式是非常昂贵的,而且最佳实践还没有建立。

挑战: F8: Open Source Development Ecosystem
over budget Requested 7.083% of the fund.
Proposal Assessor Reviews:
4.6 (9)
Yes Votes:
₳ 46,546,778
No Votes:
₳ 22,523,179
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经验

Benjamin Beer - Formal engineering education in Computer, Electronic and Industrial Engineering with focus on mathematical and algorithmic decision support systems.

Jason Toevs - Formal education in Mathematics with a focus on Set Theory and 10+ years as a CTO/Technical Founder

解决方案

开发一套开源的基础数学/经济模型,可用于设计使用CNFTs的新游戏的代币。

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[IMPACT]

NFT games present a new way by which players can earn value out of time and resource investment into a game. The usage of game tokens allows for a game to have its own system of value that rewards existing players and makes it affordable for new players to be on-boarded.

In addition to the conventional one token idea, two-token systems can also be used to provide players with value, driven by their involvement in the game and a say in the governance of the game whilst still allowing for inflationary movement. One of these tokens can also be exchanged bidirectionally for in-game assets. Governance say can be distributed according to value involvement in the game. This bi-directional exchange allows for a true play-to-earn model that is community oriented and creates an ecosystem of value where the community owns the value. The token should also be engineered to allow for a value withdrawal method. This means that value generated in-game can be withdrawn as real rewards without opening the system to exploitation and liquidity rugging.

These tokens should also be engineered to prioritize rewards for active involvement within the game's ecosystem. However, there should also be opportunity for passive value generation given historic activity to allow for long-term value investment. All of these threads should be captured within a framework that also provides some consideration for the free-market decisions made by players.

Within the academic fields of game theory, stochastic modelling and economics design, tools do exist by which these tokens can be represented and their design enhanced. We therefore propose the creation of a framework for token design that pulls in tools from these fields and creates a baseline for token engineering within the NFT gaming ecosystem. The creation of a such a framework would provide game creators with valuable insight into:

  1. How does the token scale within the game given certain market conditions?
  2. How can this token provide long-term sustainable value to players?
  3. How is this token affected by different scenarios and free market decisions and what does that do to the token’s value?

The mathematical nature of the framework would also open the door for more technical tools such as sensitivity analysis, what-if analysis and Monte Carlo simulation all of which provide valuable insights for technical design.

Play-to-earn is here to stay and could greatly benefit from some dedicated research. We also recognize that there are others within this ecosystem that could make valuable contributions so our goal is to establish the seed framework to which community experts could contribute and drive subsequent research.

By establishing a seed framework, we create a standing invitation to academics in the fields of mathematics, game theory and economics to focus their research attention towards cutting edge technology that is accessible to everyone. By creating this seed framework as an open source framework also gives anyone in the community the opportunity to continue and add value.

This proposal is inherently academic in nature and so many of the risks associated with academic research are also relevant here.

  • Rabbit hole and scope creep: It is very easy to hyper-focus on a small subset of the real problem and over solve for that one nuanced problem. Likewise it is so easy for the original scope to grow to try to solve all the problems. We mitigate this by having two technical founders with formal education in both mathematics and engineering as well as experience with academic research. Along with a local University partner with committed graduate assistants. As the cliche says, this isn’t our first rodeo

  • Lack of problem understanding: Academic research aims to develop new solutions to existing problems, however sometimes the problem is much larger than originally anticipated. We plan to mitigate this risk by devoting a significant amount of time toward a literature review and state-of-the-art evaluation. The results from this will be used to revise the scope of the original research task.

  • Lack of Time: Arguably the biggest risk with academic research is a lack of time to be able to do thorough research and provide holistic solutions. We aim to mitigate this by providing a time risk adjusted timeline (below) as well as revising the research outcomes upon successful completion of the literature study

  • Research sniping: In academics there is always a risk that someone else will take some of your shared findings before publication and create a derivative work, thereby claiming “ownership” of an idea. In a decentralized ecosystem, we plan to mitigate this risk by publishing initial results in a manner that promotes auditability, whilst still preserving record of the timeline, thereby preventing someone from running off and claiming ownership of work they did not do.

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  • Subjective budgeting: Every team builds and spends differently. A risk if funded is being transparent with the community through open accounting on what we are spending. Thankfully the Catalyst team allocates awarded funds in traunches and as we report our progress every month for ongoing funding. To create accountability and offset this risk we use them as a community arbiter to review our spending &amp; hold us accountable by withholding or delaying funds if we abuse the budget.

    [FEASIBILITY]

The week estimates are derived by taking risk seeking (25% shorter) and risk averse (50% longer) estimates given a moderate allocation of 20 hours per week. Research is difficult to predict accurately hence some contingency for being under and over the initial allocated time is factored into the planning.

Min / Max

Milestone 1 (5-9 Weeks): Literature and state-of-the-art review.

Milestone 2 (6-12 Weeks) : Development of the math modelling framework

Milestone 3 (3-6 Weeks) : Creation of a long-run simulation mechanism

Milestone 3 (2-3 Weeks): Testing of the model and simulation framework using a use-case

Milestone 3 (3-6 Weeks): Compiling the complete model and results into a document for open-source publication

The requested funding amount for $85,000 will be allocated as follows.

$15,000 : Literature Review and State-of-the-art Evaluation

$42,500 : Model framework development

$20,000 : Simulation framework development

$4,500 : Use case testing and analytics

$3,500 : Compilation of final publication

The cost estimation is obtained using an average hourly rate of approximately $35/hour utilizing both Jason &amp; Benjamin will act as Lead Researchers along side 1-2 graduate assistants from Wichita State University (our local alma-matter)

Jason Toevs - CEO / Founder

Jason’s formal education is in Mathematics with a focus on Set Theory. With 10+ years as a full stack developer and technical founder, he has experience building business systems and scaling software products and teams. His most recent experience has been focused on systems architecture design and leading an engineering team for global enterprise SaaS product used in Fortune 50 companies and in 127 countries with 99.95% uptime. Plutus Pioneer Cohort #2, Atala PRISM Cohort #2

LinkedIn: <https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-toevs/>

Twitter: @JasonToevs

Discord: ₳ussieGingersnap | DUO#1037

Benjamin Beer – CTO

Ben’s formal education is in Computer and Electronic Engineering with a focus on both hardware and software based programming and system design. His Masters degree specialty focus is on the creation of decision support systems. He was on the NWU Solar Car racing team in South Africa as an engineer to create a web-based Race Strategy Optimization System that provides near real-time feedback in a race scenario by collating and processing large amounts of telemetric data. As part of his post-graduate thesis he focused on the incorporation of blockchains, specifically smart contracts, into the supply chain. This research involved significant work on Ethereum with Solidity, before being introduced to Cardano. Plutus Pioneer Cohort #3, Atala Prism Cohort #2

LinkedIn: <https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-beer>

Twitter: @bigbenbeer

Discord: KarooSeun | DUO#2202

[AUDITABILITY]

  • Literature and state-of-the-art review: Article/Video describing findings at a high level)
  • Development of the math modelling framework : Article/Video of preliminary results
  • Creation of a long-run simulation mechanism : Output dumps from the simulations with figures and results
  • Testing of the model and simulation framework using a use-case : Publication of a subset of results
  • Compiling the complete model and results into a document for open-source publication : Github release of relevant coding and an open-access published article

Success of an academic research project is difficult to pin down to a particular metric.

Short term success: A model that performs comparatively well against a known use-case plus at least 5 forks

Long term success: 10 Citations on the published paper (Puts the paper in the top 25% approximately)

Upon publication we will also seek to present the paper at a conference. The exact conference will be determined at the time of publication.

This is a revised &amp; improved version of a proposal from Fund 7 that was approved but not funded.

https://cardano.ideascale.com/c/idea/383935

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The proposers wants to develop a play-to-earn model in the typical cardano way - by doing research, so I'd say they're in the right place to do it. Along with the they want to establish best practices, because aas it stands now there are none. There are people taking advantage of the play-to-earn method, no doubt, but it's not in the best and most optimal way, where this proposal might share some insight. There's a good match between the challenge settings and this projects' alignment as it's open source in it's nature. The project will surely bring knowledge to the cardano community and will have an impact on the play-to-earn economic models. I'm a developer that has a degree in economics, and I can garantee the current way of doing play-to-earn needs work, the kind of work the authors are talking about like developing best practices and optimizing the process. The proposal will be able to overcome the given challenges, as they've said, it's not their first rodeo. These are all relevant challenges, unlike some listed in other proposals that are just there to fill up the space and answer the question without much thought. That's not the case here. This proposal would add one more missing piece, not missing but blurry to the cardano puzzle. As a developer I'd be happy if they decide to open source the project from the start, because I'd be interested in followin along with the progress of the project, as I'm sure others will as well. Overall this is an impactul proposal to be sure and will serve to all those who follow and take advantage of the refined and detailed economic model. Good luck!

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This proposal addresses the needs of a framework for developing the economics of NFT games. If this proposal were to be implemented and delivered successfully, the community would have an open source framework that is built on valuable insights such as how should a token’s value change given a certain market condition. The framework would not only adds value for Cardano space, but also for the whole NFT gaming ecosystem. However it is still unclear what is wrong with the current situation and why is it important to have a framework in the first place. Understanding how NFT game developers currently design their game economics would help focuses the scope and emphasizes the importance of the proposed framework.

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The proposal describes clearly, the problems as well as the impact it brings when users use it. identify some of the challenges faced and suggest ways to overcome them. However, more challenges need to be identified in order to improve your proposal. It's great that you can come up with solutions to overcome the risks that you see,This could be a pretty good proposition.

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The proposers have some serious credentials which they've shared and I was able to verify. I believe being open about your name and skillset and intentions brings a lot of credability to any project. They do have the experience needed to finish the proposal in the specified time. One thing I didn't quite like is the budget breakdown. Let me start of with saying there's a valid IMHO estimation of the time range of each milestone and the milestones themselves are reasonable as well. What I'm a bit hesitant about is the calculation based on the time and hourly rate. If the average is 35$/hour and we take the Model framework development which would take between 6 and 12 weeks, and considering 20hour work week as is mentioned the 12 weeks calculation for this milestone would be 20 hours * 12 weeks * 4 people (2 authors and 2 graduate assistants) = 960 hours of work. 960 * 35$/hour = 33600$, which is off from the 42500$ estimation provided. This confusion could have been avoided if there were accurate breakdown of the work and costs, instead of giving averages and week ranges. This has me a bit disapointed, for an otherwise great proposal.I believe the plan for implementation is sensible, but I don't agree with the estimated values for the aforementioned reasons, given there's no concrete evidence provided as to how they calculated the final budget. As a developer, I would have really liked to know more about the methods they're plannign to use and what technologies and languages as well. Are they going to run on top of another open source project or not. This does not by any means substract from the feasibility score, but it is food for thought about engaging the community behind your work from day one. Overall this is a feasible proposal, with the samll caveat of the budget calculations I've noted for which I'm deducting 1 point.

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A complete process with a relatively reasonable time, the proposed cost is relatively consistent with the set goals, the members are qualified, experienced and are appropriately assigned to each position in the proposal.

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The proposer have provide a well defined steps on how to conduct the research. The budgets have been broken down into details. With a minimum of 19 months and maximum of 36 months, it should be feasible to finish in a timely manner, as the proposer have already accounted risks into the timetable. However, there seems to be an overestimation on the budget for Model & Simulation framework development.

Take the Model framework development for example, even if it takes 4 people (Jason, Benjamin, and 2 other assistants) 12 weeks (maximum time) to complete, it should costs 4 x 12 x 20 x 35 = $33,600 not $42,500.

Perhaps there are other factors that comes into calculation that was overlooked but as of now there is no mention of this in the proposal.

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The proposers not the final project, after all the research is done and published I imagine, they'll release the relevant coding done in github for open access. I'd really suggest to the proposers to consider opening at least the source code, not the whole finished article and finding from day one, because this is what being open source is all about. Further than that, as I've worked for 3 years for an open sourced project, you can't simply open access to a github repository and call it open source. Open source communities are built overtime and need nurturing and guidance, which will be made more difficult with the original plan. Haven said that, this doesn't bring the auditability score down as it does tend to be auditable. The roadmap, milestones as well as the problem and solution statements are done well and I commend the authors for the excellend job they've done on them. Overall an auditable solution and I hope it gets funded and implemented!

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The measurement index is specific, easy to test, and proposes to determine the level of success with specific numbers but has not been tested. A proposal that has been made before but has not been funded.

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The proposer provides a tangible and auditable output to measure the project progress. However the success of the project should be further explained.

Take short term success, how would we define that our model “performs comparatively well” against a “known use-case”. This proposal could be improved by providing specific metrics that can be used to determine whether or not the proposed model performs better. Also, an explanation about the known use-case could be added.

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