Scaling AavegotchiDAO


Last week’s successful launch of Aavegotchi’s first Haunt marked the entry into a new phase for the Aavegotchi project, the Aavegotchi community, and the Pixelcraft team.

  • Should there be and what does a second Haunt look like?
  • Are Kinship potions too OP?
  • Should Gotchis be bulk-pet, or individually caressed?
    …and many moar!
  • Consensus over control — We should aim for the largest possible community consensus, versus having a small group of players controlling the majority of decisions.
  • Adoption over entitlement — We should remember our end goal of making Aavegotchi into a game that can cross the chasm and convert “non-crypto people’’ into players. If Aavegotchi becomes a niche game with only a few thousand players, we have failed.
  • Future-oriented over present (or past)-oriented — We should orient ourselves to maximize our growth in the future, instead of maximizing value in the present. It is inevitable that mistakes will be made, but we should trust in ourselves that they can be corrected in the future.

AavegotchiDAO 1.5 and Gradual Decentralization


A cocoon enables an organism to transform itself into something new via an internal, vulnerable process while in the safety of a dependable structure. The results of the work accomplished while inside the cocoon lead to the organism’s rebirth with a completely unrecognizable beauty revealed on the other side. Likewise, we as the Aavegotchi community will come out of our cocoon with a true metamorphosis achieved.

  • No large community schisms.
  • High voter turnout.
  • High voter enjoyment.
  1. Signal Proposal — A proposal that anyone can post to the Community tab on These votes are non-binding, but if quorum is achieved, the proposal will automatically be upgraded into a binding Core Proposal, as defined below.
  2. Core Proposal — A proposal that Pixelcraft puts forward, with options based on Signal Proposals that reached or nearly reached quorum. These votes are binding and are eligible for XP rewards to participants.

How a Signal Proposal Becomes a Core Proposal

The core team, Pixelcraft, will rely on the signaling of the community defined through quantifiable votes on Snapshot and also the non-quantifiable content created on Discourse and Discord.

  1. A Signal Proposal is posted to the Community tab of Snapshot by an author. In order to be upgraded to a Core Proposal, the proposal must pass with a quorum reaching 20% of circulating GHST eligible to vote on Polygon at time of proposal creation (viewable in the Matic Bridge), minus the GHST in the following addresses:
  • Rarity Farming Rewards: 0x27DF5C6dcd360f372e23d5e63645eC0072D0C098
  • DAO Treasury: 0xb208f8BB431f580CC4b216826AFfB128cd1431aB
  • Burned GHST: 0xFFfFfFffFFfffFFfFFfFFFFFffFFFffffFfFFFfF

Template for a Signal Proposal

Implement format below as standard/required proposal format

  • Author + GotchiID
  • Link to the matching Discourse thread (Proposals without significant discussion in the forum will be automatically removed from Snapshot)
  • Summary (include rationale, timeline, goals and any key performance indicators) Copy/paste proposals of existing proposals will be removed while proposals with similar but distinct variations are permitted to exist side by side.
  • Effect
  • Highlight end goal and benefits
  • Acknowledge potential risks or unintended consequences
  • Any alternative paths (Plan B, Plan C, etc)
  • EDIT (3–18–2021): The end time of a proposal should not be longer than 30 days from its starting time, to ensure that only active proposals are displayed on Snapshot Community board.

3 Types of Core Proposals

Reminder: Quorum percentages are calculated from the amount of circulating GHST eligible to vote on Polygon, not the total supply!

  • A proposal to introduce a cosmetic feature to the game, not the Aavegotchi itself.
  • A proposal for a marketing strategy.
  • A proposal to introduce a new game item.
  • A proposal involving the allocation of XP to some item or event.
  • A proposal to change something about an Aavegotchi that does not affect its rarity score.
  • A proposal for a new Haunt.
  • A proposal for changing something about Aavegotchis that affects its rarity score

Vote Differentials

Vote differentials are the difference between the top two options, and are indicative of whether or not a reasonable consensus has been achieved.

  • 2 Options — 10% VD
  • 3 Options — 15% VD
  • 4 Options — 20% VD


Why 20% Quorum for Signal Proposals?

A 20% quorum ensures that Signal Proposals with significant community interest are guaranteed a core vote, while ideation and more niche suggestions also have a platform to test their popularity.

Why Two Votes?

There are two major reasons a Signal Proposal reaching 20% quorum (and majority support) still needs a second vote as a Core Proposal. First, the wider community isn’t watching, or expected to watch, for binding votes on a daily basis. Core Proposals are more rare occurrences that are broadcast across all socials, notifying all types of community members.

I Spent all my GHST budget on Portals and Wearables — Where’s my Voice?

You’re in luck! The Aavegotchi game has always intended to allocate voting power based on Aavegotchi ownership, in addition to just holding GHST. Stay tuned for an exciting discussion where we explore various GHST/Aavegotchi voting power hybrids on the road to Metamorphosis. Luckily, the methods Snapshot uses to calculate voting power are very flexible. As long as it’s onchain, it’s fair game!

What about Funding Proposals?

Funding requests are not found in the Cocoon proposal template, primarily because the “walk before run” principle suggests we focus on establishing a healthy framework before introducing financial complexities.

The Important Roles of Discourse and Discord

Discourse and Discord maintain their important roles as the home of fellowship, ideation and debate. It is HIGHLY recommended that any mustard seed of a proposal start there within the community conversation.

A Promise to Ourselves and Each Other

The community has been electric since launch and we hope that we all can approach upcoming proposals with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. No doubt all of us will debate fiercely and often find ourselves with different ideas for Aavegotchi’s direction. Unlike rather technical blockchain protocols, we have a living breathing game to nurture and grow. This shouldn’t be a burden! Let’s instead all promise each other that we will adopt a positive attitude that prioritizes goodwill toward one another when engaging in debate and brainstorms.

Wen Haunt 2??

Last week’s release of Haunt 1 saw over 25,000 unique wallets connected to trying to secure at least one Portal. These incredible numbers ensured an instant sell out and also instant pain for many players hoping to own an Aavegotchi for 100 GHST.

Onwards, AavegotchiDAO!

Cocoon is only the beginning of a transition of power (and responsibility!) to the wider community. The fully realized Metamorphosis will be a beautiful milestone but it first requires the experimentation and energy of all of us together. See you in the forums!



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