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    The Kernel Gaming Track💡 Week 0 - Brainstorm

    Week 0 Syllabus

    In Week 0 of the Kernel Genesis Block, the participants of the Gaming Guild started mapping out topics that we'll both learn and build on during the 8 week program. This is a draft syllabus based on the brainstorm.

    We envision this being a participatory community where different guild members sign up to learn about and then present on topics that interest them. Below is the format of what you need to do when you sign up for a topic:



    Spend time learning about your topic.


    Document things to share with the group. This can be as simple as putting links and a few sentences describing the links in a google doc.


    3-5 days before our meeting send to the group your documentation (optional for the group to read) and 15 minutes of media to prepare them for your discussion. For example:

    • A medium post
    • A video
    • A game to play

    Be prepared to give a short presentation on the topic or lead a participatory activity.

    • Power Point
    • Brainstorm

    Be prepared with questions to lead a discussion.

    Week 1 - Project Pitches

    The first week of the guild had the members pitch their projects and work on their Substack Newsletters. These can be found in the ⚾ Curveball Section

    Week 2 - Game Design and Player Motivation

    H/T Paul Gadi

    Crafted Reading

    Group Report: Prosocial economics for game design

    The Chemistry of Game Design

    Engines of Play: How Player Motivation Changes Over Time

    Curated Material

    Week 3 - Chainlink Oracles + Bringing Free-to-Play Players to Blockchain Games

    H/T Leon Prouger

    Crafted Reading

    Curated Material

    Week 4 - Bringing Free-to-Play Players to Blockchain Games

    H/T Wade Kimbrough

    Crafted Reading

    Week 5 - NFTs for Humanitarian Outcomes and Community Inclusion Currencies

    H/T Wade Kimbrough

    Crafted Reading

    Week 6 - Avoiding Gas Fees via Sidechains
    Topic Backlog

    The Technology

    • NFTs, ERC-1155s
    • State Machines
    • Dynamic NFTs
    • Re-Fungible Tokens

    Moving Beyond NFTs

    • What other affordances does blockchain bring games?
    • What kinds of mechanics can we only do on blockchain?
    • Crypto-economic primitives (e.g. refungible tokens)
    • New Monetization Models

    Learning Games

    • Through play users learn about blockchain
    • Through play users learn about smart contracts

    Network Effect and Games

    • How To Bring in new players
    • How To Bring in new developers
    • How to build more prosocial web3 games
    Collected Examples