Sunflower Land is bullish on what communities can build in the Web3 space and hence we place a huge emphasis on involving the community in all aspects of the game.
We are moving towards a decentralised model where the community owns the game through DAO mechanisms, but until then we are relying on a few traditional web technologies to help with voting, source code, art and other contributions.
Building a community driven game requires a lot more effort than a traditional game, but we believe this is exactly what the crypto space needs. Of course taking this direction encounters challenges, but we believe in the long term it will help the growth of the game.
We have a grand vision that will require 2-3 years and a talented team to achieve. This clearly will require significant capital. Our revenue model is not based on the large initial investments most projects follow via selling NFTs + tokens with no actual gameplay. Instead, we only make money while people are playing the game based on small fees and taxes.
The game itself is open source and currently has 50+ active contributors. We believe any decentralized project, let alone a community-based one, should be transparent with the code users are interacting.
However, taking the open source approach brings multiple challenges:
- 1.Makes it easier for botters to understand the code
- 2.Makes is easier for scammers to make clones of the project
While this makes development tough, we are currently so proud of the open source community we have built and believe in the long term this will form the foundations of the developers building out the Sunflower MetaVerse.
Most of the awesome art you see in the game has been designed by community members. We perform a range of open source art competitions which let the amazing pixel artists of our community take part in the design process.
Over time we will move towards a more decentralized Community NFT crafting approach where anyone can launch art without the need of a tick of approval from the core team.
One of our underlying aims is to onboard more people into the Web3 space to help build out the future of a decentralized web. We provide support through code reviews, feedback and open source idea collaboration.
We don't believe guaranteeing rewards attracts the right people to the project to build a healthy and long term game. We take care of the community and those that contribute in passion for the project. Those that help the project over time will be pleasantly surprised.
At times this is done spontaneously through:
- NFT airdrops
- Early access to features
- Social media shoutouts
- In-game accreditation