The good news is that I've managed to retain the help of Marti McCuller for the S.MG project.
The deal is that she puts in no less than 20 hours a week for a year, consisting principally of supervision of the untanglement of any codeballs that may in the course of business need untangling as well as supervision of software design. In the good tradition of software engineering, "supervision" means, of course, "do it yourself if you can't find somebody who can do it". She will have no game design nor art responsibilities (so if the quests or graphics suck you'll have to argue with someone else).
In compensation she's agreed to take 10.85 mn shares issued under a SSW at 1.2 par callable in six months. Consequently, as per 3.1(e) a Special Stock Warrant is hereby issued, as follows :
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Under the terms of the S.MG Initial Public Offering Agreement is
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Today the 14th of June, 2013 at 3:00 AM GMT, stipulating that on
or after December 14th, 2013 AE3A51FA6C038A5B4D3FE80FBD7C5558DD9EFA14
shall be issued 10`850`000 new S.MG shares upon payment of
1`302.0 BTC to S.MG.
S.MG will not process or administer any assignments of this Warrant
by or among third parties. The administration of any such contracts
remains the sole responsibility of the respective parties involved.
S.MG will honor partial conversion into shares of this Warrant,
under the reservation that conversions of less than 1 million shares
will be charged a 1 BTC processing fee.
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The SSW Table is updated as follows :
The first order of business is to select an amenable game engine, a process which ideally should not extend for more than two weeks.
To best use this interval, S.MG will organise a drawing contest open to the community.
The specifications are as follows : 2048x1536 pixels png, medieval setting (this means no spaceships and no space explosions, sorry).
What you do : The splash screen for our flagship game. This includes the once in a lifetime opportunity to name it.ii
What you get : Winner gets 1.337 BTCiii because he's so cool, mention by name on the game credits and likely plenty of more work in the not-so-distant futureiv. Other participants may also get further commissions, the entire "winner" thing is more symbolic than anything. Pretty much anyone participating with good stuffv is going to be a winner, because here at S.MG a winner is you.
By submitting artwork you warrant and represent that you have the right to do so, and you assign the rights thereof to S.MG. Please leave a link in the comment section under this article, we don't review emailed files or privately sent links. Results will be announced Jun 28th. The viewing public is encouraged to offer its own critique, but teh artists may rest easy in the secure knowledge that S.MG management doesn't really care what anyone says.———
- In hBTCs, which is to say half BTCs. As previously explained, the logical subdivisions of the Bitcoin will work by two zeroes, so you'll have a qBTC, quarter Bitcoin = 100 satoshi or 0.000001 full BTC, a hBTC, half Bitcoin = 10000 satoshi or 0.0001 full BTC and a tqBTC, three quarter Bitcoin = 1000000 satoshi or 0.01 full BTC. Out of the total eight places available, 2/6, 4/4, 6/2 respectively. Makes sense dunnit. [↩]
ThickAsThieves Tying the splash design, to the name, to potentially (i assume) the entire concept definition is a large bet.
mircea_popescu It is. It's there to signify exactly how open this shit is. The artist can run with it. I mean it. I let him name it, it's a symbol of creative control. I want it to be that.
ThickAsThieves Odds are extrenely low this one impressive artist will solve even 20% of all that's needed.
mircea_popescu True. But the entire art needs to be centered around a pillar, for coherence.
ThickAsThieves What I picture is a table of inspired individuals, brainstorming on the concept. Because the concept art and concept of gameplay all tie.
mircea_popescu That'll be game #2, the stable having been created through work.
ThickAsThieves I see.
mircea_popescu I believe in work. People show themselves working. People shying away from work aren't worth the time. Etc.
ThickAsThieves I agree.
- Before you give way to the urge to tell me that, and I quote, "If you raised it about a hundred times, you'd reach the point where you'd be playing in the small leagues" - there's two kinds of people who call themsevels artists in this world. The first is actual artists, people who produce art. The second is teahouse artists, people who produce a misplaced sense of selfentitlement, large volumes of oral pop-philosophy and die lonely, painful deaths. [↩]
- Perhaps you've heard this a million times, but this time it's different because S.MG actually has ~9k BTC amassed together for pretty much this very purpose. So, if you know a career-making opportunity when you see one then this is it. [↩]
- And if your talents aren't flat art as much as 3D models or whatever, stay tuned, there's going to be stuff for you, too. [↩]