The Peel — October 23rd 2021
Roadmap & project updates
Here’s a recap of what we achieved the last week in terms of roadmap progress and notable new projects being embarked on.
Times Square Billboard
WE DID IT!! Ape Gang’s billboard went live Friday October 22nd 00:00 on the “Express Store” billboard (The North East Corner of 46th St & 7th Ave, New York City) and will be displayed every 5 minutes until Sunday October 24th. +30 ape holders were present at the launch, including fan favorite “how are you f…ing doing” king of hype TDUCKS, HBA, and that kid who got BGB tattooed on his thigh. Ape Gang’s first exclusive line of merchandise flew of the shelves as well so we couldn’t be happier with how things turned out.
Next up will be to secure mentions of the event in print & online media. We have a few good leads already but let us know if you know someone who knows someone.
Toucans — 100% completed
Toucans were made available for minting on October 20th and despite some issues with failed transactions, which is to be expected for mints, 6800 out of 10000 Toucans have been claimed at the time of writing.
If you weren’t able to mint a Toucan there are ample opportunities to stock up on OpenSea’s secondary market for Toucan Gang.
Keep in mind that Toucans will be playable characters in future Gang Wars seasons. In addition, releasing Toucans from their blockchain (“burning”) will yield a multiplier on the amount of $GANG tokens accumulated for apes once our new smart contract goes live in Q4 2021.
So, plenty of reasons to stock up on those birds.
Online marketing — 100% completed
Ape Gang’s online marketing campaign is live and we are currently tweaking campaign parameters as data ticks in. Please submit screenshots whenever you see an Ape Gang add popping up on your screen. We’re taking over!
📣 Shout-out to some great Ape Gang community sites
Ape Gang’s community never ceases to amaze us. We hope you all enjoy these sites as much as we do.
Ape Gang stat site
“Carve.eth” put together a great looking site compiling Ape Gang collection stats from OpenSea. Link here.
Full Ape Gang collection site
“StrongKongz — NFTCowboy” put together an impressive site displaying all apes in one place. Link here
And so did “primata [MADG]”. Link here.
A word of caution — stay safe out there!
This weekend, an Ape Gang community member fell for a social engineering scam and lost a cool laser-eyes cop ape in a deal that went south. In an amazing rally of community support, the ape was returned to its rightful owner who is now seriously considering adding it to his forever collection.
It turns out that more than one NFT owner has fallen victim to the scam so Ape Gang detectives are now working on unraveling what seems to be a larger network of scammers. Possibly there will be a separate blog post describing the scam and the network in more details.
So how did this go down? The Ape Gang owner was looking to sell the ape and was approached by the scammer via Discord. After a day or so of chatting and negotiating price, the scammer suggested a trade via OpenSea.
The trade was turned down initially because it sounded too good to be true, which was followed by the scammer expressing his gratitude for the Ape Gang owners honesty. After another day of chatting back and forth a new deal was agreed upon.
The scammer produced a fake video showing him listing an NFT bundle for 0 ETH on OpenSea and asked the Ape Gang owner to do the same with the explanation that the unique URLs needed to complete the transfer would be exchanged after the mutual listing.
The scammer asked for another OpenSea account (First named NFT_Moonboy, now named JohnnyDoez — 0x597a39e3844481403ab1e509e2447fd8975bc4f9) to be used for the transfer and proved that he was in control of this account.
After the Ape Gang owner completed the 0 ETH listing, the scammer snatched the ape, went off the grid, and proceeded to dump the ape on OpenSea.
Take home message: always use NFT trading sites for two-way deals and transfers. Take no chances. It’s simply not worth it to save a little gas.