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Puzzle Rewards

Latest Updates:

The game is on!  We've been getting quite a few questions, so wanted to make this update section with additional information now that the game is in play:

-We will be updating this page each morning with the current number of correct entries we've received.

-We will respond to all entrants to let them know if they've gotten the first part of the puzzle correct.

-We will not let you know what number submission you are.  One of the ideas behind the puzzle was gamifying the collection process of the required NFTs (in a similar way to a silent auction) -  entrants (you) won't know exactly where you stand, so it's up to you how invested in this puzzle you are and if you'd like to pursue it to the end for a chance to win.

-REMEMBER: There are two parts to this puzzle; (1) solving the puzzle, and (2) holding the required NFTs by August 5th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

 

-Even if you're not in the top 10 submissions, there's a chance (probably a good one, but I won't go so far as to say that so we don't get sued if the top 10 do get all of the NFTs! ;) ) not everyone will collect the NFTs they need, so you could still win!

 

GOOD LUCK to everyone, and thank you for playing! 

CURRENT CORRECT ENTRIES (as of 7/26, 12:00 p.m.):

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Puzzle Rewards

Information has been hidden in and scattered across the sails of these pieces.  My second release with Nifty Gateway includes a new 'Map' piece that will provide directions for how to unlock that information and use it to redeem rewards (listed below) for those holding work from both collections.

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Reward 1 - The Megalith Original Painting (will also be awarded #1/10 NFT)

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Reward 2-10: 'The Megalith' - NFTs

 

-'The Megalith' will only ever be made as a reward.  It will not be released again.-

 

The Rewards and Eligibility Criteria:

Entries may be submitted starting at 7:30 p.m. EST on July 22nd, 2021 (earlier submissions will not be accepted).  You do not need to hold required NFTs to submit.  Entries will be validated starting August 5th, and players may collect required NFTs until that date (so if you don't get all necessary NFTs on the primary, you can still collect from the secondary market to be eligible)*.  See below for more details.

  • Top Reward (1 award) - An original painting + #1 of 10 NFT of 'The Megalith' will be given to the first person to complete the puzzle and who holds one of the following:

    • 1/1 'Navigate & Explore'

    • Any edition of 'HODL the Course' + 1 'Map'

    • Any edition of any 'Navigate & Explore' Variant + 1 'Embark' + 1 'Map'

    • Any edition of any 'Navigate & Explore' Variant + 2 'Map'

    • A combination of 4 'Embark' + 'Map' (Must hold at least one of each and total 4 NFTs - example: 2 'Embark' + 2 'Map')

 

  • Secondary Rewards (9 total awards) - #2-10 NFTs:

    • Awarded on a first come, first served basis

    • Awarded to the second through tenth persons to complete the puzzle and who hold one of the following:​​
      • The criteria for Top Reward if Top Reward has already been claimed

      • Any edition of 'HODL the Course'

      • Any edition of 'Navigate & Explore' Variant + 1 'Map'

      • A combination of 3 'Embark' + 'Map' (Must hold at least one of each and total 3 NFTs - example: 2 'Embark' + 1 'Map')

 

  • Other Criteria and Information: 

    • 'The Megalith' will only be available as a reward.  It will not be released again.

    • 1 Wallet address may claim no more than 1 reward.

    • NFTs must be held on Nifty Gateway for verification purposes.

    • Submissions will be accepted starting at 7:30 p.m. EST on July 22nd, 2021; entries submitted prior to this time will not be accepted or eligible for prizes.  Submissions will be accepted until all prizes have been claimed.

    • NFTs may be collected to participate until all prizes have been claimed.  We will begin validating winners at 12 p.m. EST on August 5th.  In order to be eligible for prizes, entrants must hold necessary NFTs (as outlined above) on August 5th, 2021 and until we contact you to let you know whether you've won.  We will do this as quickly as possible.  Please e-mail us at contact@davepollot.com if you have any questions or if you haven't yet heard from us.

    • Rewards will be given in order of submission, meaning the first eligible submission will be awarded the Top Reward, the second eligible submission will be awarded #2/10 NFT, and so on.  We will begin announcing winners on or near August 9th and will continue until all rewards have been claimed.

Dave Pollot x Nifty Gateway - July 22, 2021 (Past Drop)

Part 2: The New World

'The Financiers'

1/1 NFT + Original Painting*

Auction 

Sold Out

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'The CryptoCartographer (The Map)'

Edition 75 NFTs + Physical Prints*

$333.00

Sold Out

'Landmarks'

Edition 15 NFTs + Physical Prints*

$15.22 (Drawing for Holders)

Sold Out

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'The Emissaries'

Edition 10 NFTs + Physical Prints*

Silent Auction

Sold Out

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'The Financiers' - Variant 1

Edition 50 NFTs + Physical Prints*

$377.00

Sold Out

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'The Financiers' - Variant 2

Edition 50 NFTs + Physical Prints*

$377.00

Sold Out

*Note regarding physicals (original painting and prints): Buyers must hold the NFT until August 5th, 2021 in order to be eligible for the physical associated with their NFT.  Those holding an NFT on August 5th, 2021 will qualify for the physical print (no additional charge).  We will be contacting buyers via the e-mail address associated with their Nifty Gateway account the week of August 5th to arrange shipping for prints- clients must respond to our e-mail in order to receive the print.  Please check your e-mail after the release as we'll need to collect your shipping details (check your Spam folder if you don't see it).  We will be covering the cost of shipping, but a note to international clients: VAT or other duties may be due on shipments of physical prints and are your responsibility, if incurred.

 

Dave Pollot x Nifty Gateway - May 21, 2021 (Past Drop)

Part 1: Uncharted Waters

Navigate&Explore 1/1 by Dave Pollot

'Navigate and Explore - 1/1'

1/1 NFT + Original Painting

Auction 

Sold Out

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HODL the Course by Dave Pollot

'HODL the Course'

Edition of 10 NFTs + Physical Prints

Silent Auction

Sold Out

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Embark by Dave Pollot

'Embark'

Edition of 75 NFTs + Physical Prints

$350.00

Sold Out

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Navigate&Explore Variant1 by Dave Pollot

'Navigate & Explore -Var1'

Edition of 10 NFTs + Physical Prints

$555.00

Sold Out

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Navigate & Explore - Var2 by Dave Pollot

'Navigate & Explore -Var2'

Edition of 10 NFTs + Physical Prints

$555.00

Sold Out

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Navigate & Explore - Variant3 by Dave Pollot

'Navigate & Explore -Var3'

Edition of 10 NFTs + Physical Prints

$555.00

Sold Out

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Navigate & Explore - Variant4' by Dave Pollot

'Navigate & Explore -Var4'

Edition of 10 NFTs + Physical Prints

$555.00

Sold Out

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'Navigate & Explore - Variant5' by Dave Pollot

'Navigate & Explore -Var5'

Edition of 10 NFTs + Physical Prints

$555.00

Sold Out

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FAQs

We know this space is new for some of you, so we've tried to cover some of the most common questions here.  If you still have questions, please feel free to e-mail us at contact@davepollot.com and we'll be happy to answer them.

Release-Specific FAQs

What do I need to purchase an NFT from this release?

You'll need a Nifty Gateway account (see below) and a digital wallet - Nifty Gateway will automatically create a wallet for you, so you just need to create an account.

 

How do I create a Nifty Gateway account?

For Dave's release with Nifty Gateway, you will need to create a Nifty Gateway account.  While most accounts are verified in a matter of minutes, we recommend you do this ahead of time so there are no hiccups:  

When is the Dave Pollot x Nifty Gateway Release?

This is slated to be a three-part series, released in three separate drops via Nifty Gateway's website:

-(Past) May 21st, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. EST - View release

-July 22nd, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. EST 

-October 2021 (exact date TBD)

What art is included?  Will this release include any physical artwork?

Yes!  The releases will include both digital and physical artwork:

 

Part 1 of 3 (May 2021):

1.  'Navigate and Explore' - 1/1 NFT and physical, original painting

2.  'Navigate and Explore' - 5 Variants, Editions of 10 of each variant - includes NFT and print*

3.  'HODL the Course' - Edition of 10 - includes NFT and print* (the top bidder's print will be hand embellished)

4.  'Embark' - Edition of 75 - includes NFT and print*

Prints will measure 24" on the long side, including a 2" white margin.  They will be printed on matte velvet rag paper and signed.

*Buyers must hold the NFT until June 4th, 2021.  Those holding an NFT on June 4th, 2021 will qualify for the physical print (no additional charge).  We will be contacting buyers the week of August 5th to arrange shipping for prints- clients must respond to our e-mail in order to receive the print.  Please check your e-mail after the release  as we'll need to get your shipping details (check your Spam folder if you don't see it).  International clients: VAT or other duties may be due on shipments of physical prints.

Part 2 of 3 (July 22nd, 2021):

Sales Open at 6:30 p.m. EST on Nifty Gateway's website

1.  'The Financiers'

Edition 1/1 NFT and physical, original painting*

Painting measures 32 x 44" including frame

24 Hour Auction

$No Reserve

2.  'The CryptoCartographer (The Map)'

Edition 75 NFTs and print*

30 Minute Drawing

$333.00

3.  'The Emissaries'

Edition 10 NFTs and print* 

-Top bidder's print will be upgraded to a hand-embellished print-

1 Hour Silent Auction

$No Reserve

4.  'Landmarks' (Reward for current holders of NFT from 'Uncharted Waters' release)

Edition 15 NFTs and print*

30 Minute Drawing

$15.22

5.  'The Financiers - Variant1'

Edition 50 NFTs and print*

-One buyer's print (selected at random) will be upgraded to a hand-embellished print-

30 Minute Drawing

$377.00

6.  'The Financiers - Variant2'

Edition 50 NFTs and print*

-One buyer's print (selected at random) will be upgraded to a hand-embellished print-

30 Minute Drawing

$377.00

Prints will measure 24" on the long side, including a 2" white margin.  They will be printed on matte velvet rag paper and signed.

*Buyers must hold the NFT until August 5th, 2021.  Those holding an NFT on August 5th, 2021 will qualify for the physical print (no additional charge).  We will be contacting buyers the week of August 5th to arrange shipping for prints- clients must respond to our e-mail in order to receive the print.  Please check your e-mail after the release  as we'll need to get your shipping details (check your Spam folder if you don't see it).  International clients: VAT or other duties may be due on shipments of physical prints.

Part 3 of 3 (October 2021):

More details coming soon - sign up here to be notified

Do I need Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency to purchase an NFT?

It depends where you're purchasing your NFT from - some sites require you to purchase with a cryptocurrency, but for Dave's upcoming release with Nifty Gateway all you'll need is a credit card - Nifty Gateway takes care of the conversion for you.

How long will artwork be available for?

Part 1 of 3 (May 2021):

Closed.  View release here.

Part 2 of 3 (July 2021):

Closed.  View release here.  

Part 3 of 3 (October 2021):

More details coming soon - sign up here to be notified

General NFT FAQs

What is an NFT?

NFT stands for 'Non-fungible Token', meaning that it is unique and cannot be replaced by something else.  An example of something that is fungible would be a penny - a penny can be replaced with another penny and still retain the same value, whereas an NFT is unique and cannot be replaced (the same way that a physical original painting cannot be exactly duplicated/replaced).

 

An NFT is a token that is associated with a digital file such as an image or an audio/video file.  It essentially is a digital asset that lives on the blockchain (a digital ledger) and forever captures the information about who created it and a history of all of the transactions associated with it.

 

In the past, there has never been a mechanism by which a digital artist has been able to create a unique piece of artwork, whereas traditional artists have been able to create physical original one of one pieces.  NFTs solve this problem for digital creators by allowing them to mint a digital certificate of authenticity that is truly unique.  When you purchase an NFT, you're buying that certificate of authenticity associated with that unique artwork.

 

How do I display an NFT?

There are a few options here.  NFTs live in your digital wallet (which we'll discuss further below) and may also be displayed via digital screens (be it your phone, tablet, or computer) - there are also digital frames available for a more 'traditional' way of displaying the artwork.

 

I've heard that NFTs are bad for the environment.  Tell me more.

NFTs are built upon technology called the blockchain.  Blockchain is a digital ledger in which blocks of transactions are appended and can never be changed thereafter.  In order to process those blocks of information, a lot of computing power is needed quickly.  In order to accomplish this, the blockchain currently uses an algorithm called 'Proof of Work' that broadcasts out a difficult mathematical problem.  Groups of computers compete to solve that problem - the first to solve the problem is allowed to process the group of transactions and is awarded the transaction fee for doing so (this is what 'mining' is).  The problem with this is that there's a lot of wasted computation power (which uses energy).

 

The Ethereum network (which is the blockchain that NFTs use) is planning to switch to a new algorithm called 'Proof of Stake', which will eliminate the problem of competing computer power to solve the mathematical problem, which will greatly decrease the energy consumed to create an NFT. 

 

My personal belief at this moment is that there is enough benefit in cryptocurrencies and NFTs (both for use in the art world and their many applications elsewhere) that I think that it's better to continue to pressure the networks to solve the energy consumption problem than to abandon the technology.  When cars first came on the market we found them to be an incredible advancement for mankind, but they weren't good for the environment - we didn't abandon the technology, but we pushed to improve efficiency and standards and vehicles have evolved for the better.

 

What's the value of an NFT?  Couldn't I just download an image?

Sure, you could just download an image, but that would be the same as downloading an image of the Mona Lisa - there's no value.  

 

The value of an NFT lies in that it shows ownership of a unique digital asset.

 

Can I sell an NFT after I buy it?

Yes!  You own the NFT, so you can keep or sell it.  Nifty Gateway actually provides a secondary marketplace that you can sell your NFT on, should you decide to.  (Note: In order to qualify for the physical print, buyers must hold the NFT until June 4th, 2021).

I still have questions!

Great!  Becca and I are happy to answer them, so just send us an e-mail at contact@davepollot.com and we'll get back to you.