Hello IC Community,
We’re thrilled to introduce DAOball, an open source IC project that aims to be a fun and low stakes community experience. DAOball is a game, but not in the normal sense. There is no game engine or direct control. Rather the experience is a mixture of on-chain simulation, teams making decisions via DAOs, and social media where users can engage with all the fun. The aim is to have a somewhat narrative experience like a communal tabletop game where the simulation mechanics are handled in a smart contract, but the community fills in the gaps with fluff.
DAOball stands as a unique fusion of a community-driven experience and a simulated spectator sport, reminiscent of real-world sports dynamics but with a twist: the narrative and outcomes are shaped collectively by its community, akin to a tabletop role-playing game. Unlike traditional games where direct control determines outcomes, DAOball hinges on strategic pre and post-match decisions made by team DAOs (Decentralized Autonomous Organizations). These decisions, alongside player stats and an element of randomness, fuel the simulation engine that plays out the matches. This setup invites anyone to be a spectator, enjoying the thrill of prediction and observation, while offering dedicated players the opportunity to dive deeper, joining team DAOs to influence team governance and match strategies.
Inspired by the whimsical nature of Blaseball and Jelle’s Marble Runs spectator sports, and the communal gameplay of Twitch Plays Pokémon, DAOball aims to merge the excitement of spectator sports with the collaborative spirit of community-led gaming. The choice of the Internet Computer as a platform underpins the vision of a game not just hosted on the web but governed by its players through the innovative use of DAOs and smart contracts.
The heart of DAOball is to craft a fun and engaging experience that explores the capabilities of DAOs in a setting that’s both low-stakes and collaborative. It’s an endeavor to enrich the ICP ecosystem, experimenting with Web3 concepts in a context that’s detached from financial speculation, focusing instead on communal enjoyment and innovation.
Community is not just a part of DAOball; it is its lifeblood. The game is envisioned as a nucleus for communal interaction, where the essence of the experience lies in collective decision-making and the bonds formed around the game’s characters and narratives. This approach aims to foster a deep connection between the community and the game, encouraging a collaborative spirit to nurture and evolve the DAOball universe.
Narrative takes center stage in DAOball, with the sport simulation serving as a backdrop for the rich stories and character arcs woven by the community. Drawing parallels to the storytelling in tabletop games, where the excitement lies in the narrative crafted around the dice rolls, DAOball combines competitive elements with a strong narrative focus, aiming to make the unfolding story as compelling as the game itself.
The cornerstone of DAOball is its emphasis on DAO and community-based decision-making. Leveraging Web3 technologies not for their own sake but for the possibilities they unlock, DAOball places the reins of the game firmly in the hands of its players, fostering a sense of ownership and connection that’s rare in centrally controlled experiences.
Looking forward, the vision for DAOball is one of continuous growth and decentralization. The aim is to expand the universe of DAOball, introducing more sophisticated mechanisms for community control and steering the game towards true decentralization. In this future, the original team envisions themselves as contributors rather than proprietors, collaborating with an active, engaged community to shape the trajectory of DAOball.
DAOball is built on the principles of Web3 technology, aiming for a model that’s different from typical online ventures that often focus on profit. We avoid engaging in speculative investments like NFTs or tokens and steer clear of traditional venture capital pressures.
The goal of DAOball is to establish a platform that is sustained by its community, valuing contributions and creativity. By aligning the interests of all participants, we aim to create an enjoyable experience that evolves with the community’s input, emphasizing cooperation and genuine interaction.
DAOball is an attempt to explore new ways of online interaction, with a strong emphasis on community input and shared enthusiasm for the game. Our approach is to build not just a game but a community space that prioritizes practical innovation and genuine experiences over commercial success.
The current state of DAOball is in development with a beta planned for mid 2024. Now with a grant from Dfinity, we are optimistic that we can deliver this IC experience. Though the goal is to create a decentralized community centric experience, it will take a while to get there because decentralization is hard. We are adopted a Benevolent Dictator for Now model where it will start out as a service fully controlled by the creators, then as stability is reached, the pieces will be decentralized and we will become a core contributor vs an owner
Be sure to follow our socials (linked at the top) and this thread for any big announcements. I am going to be doing technical or detailed posts on the blog, for those who are interested. I want to make this project transparent so other creators can use our experience to help them
Also as time goes on the WIKI will be continually updated with the latest information. Also if you have any questions ask them here or send us an email (linked at top)