Ninja Punks Girls founder Richard Boase always had a fondness for toys. While living in Harajuku, Japan, he was surrounded with basement toy shops and developed a keen interest in robots. As he tells Kurt Wuckert Jr. on this episode of the CoinGeek Weekly Livestream, “I always wanted to make a company around robots.”
Ninja Punk Girls and The Evil Erobotz came to fruition after several years of product development. The final concept is an NFT-based card game and fighting game that pits players against one another to win currency or NFTs.
Richard says the plan is to issue a billion tokens for a penny each, released in batches. “We want to stagger the series so that the earlier are sure of more valuable as the latest series start getting published and it starts hopefully taking off and scaling,” he notes. Each token is a card with a unique score that can be used for battle or trading.
In this interview, Richard was happy to announce that the first drop of Ninja Punks commenced last April 17, 2022.
“The job went quite smoothly and the reveal we did on Easter Sunday, which was like kind of a nice light,” Richard reveals. He says a new series will be released every three to four months to give way for artwork, weapons, and accessory upgrades.
Richard is also keen to point out the other moving parts of the business besides producing and dropping a series. As he explains, “It’s also about making our website work pretty well, having the exchange work really well, rolling out the app so that so that people can actually try to battle the cards against each other,” he says.
In the pipeline, Richard and his team are working on releasing a 3D battle game, similar to the Japanese-originated nineties fighting game Tekken.
The concept behind Ninja Punks began several years ago, with artists already at work in 2012. But it wasn’t until 2021 when Richard and his team were able to make it work on Bitcoin. Before NFTs, he says, “we couldn’t make cryptocurrencies out of them, we couldn’t do the generative stuff.”
Ninja Punk Girls is a product of the Satoshi Block Dojo, a BSV blockchain startup incubator that provides mentorship, technical guidance, and a host of support services. Richard describes being part of the Dojo as an incredible experience saying, “Ten grand and 12 weeks training, so putting the team together, I was finding a bunch of different artists who could do the artwork, I actually did the graphic design and the assembly of the stuff and I love doing that.”
“I think the criticisms on VCs are misplaced in the Bitcoin community and the BSV space,” Richard notes, sharing his views on venture capitals.
For his part, the advantage of raising venture capital for a business boils down to time not being much of an issue. As he points out, “There are companies which you cannot start without venture capital, essentially, it’s a lot of blood, sweat and tears and then you don’t know how long you’re going to have to work, maybe a few years before you find out whether it’s a failure or success. Whereas I think if you raise venture capital and then you get into it and you scale some business, you can run at a loss for a long time.”
Richard is inviting people to visit Ninja Punks’ Twitter page and click on a link to purchase Ninja Punks and Erobotz JPEGs.
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