The Orthoverse News

22 June, 2022

The Map

We said that when the first 1250 tokens were revealed, we would be allocating proper co-ordinates to them on the Orthoverse map.

This has now happened, and the map is here, or you can find a link on the main page clearly labeled "map" that will take you there.

For those of you revealing tokens 1251 upwards - fear not. When we hit 5000 tokens revealed, the second wave of Orthoverse land tokens will be allocated their co-ordinates too.

It's just that the early token acquirers have been given land closer to henges, the significance of which will become apparent when we launch the Orthoverse Metaverse.

When? One of these days. We don't do milestones. We do henges.

22 April, 2022

Three month anniversary

The Orthoverse is now three months old, and going strong. We have seen over 1000 of the 10,000 map tokens revealed.

"Map tokens?" I hear you ask. Yes, the first 10,000 tokens to be revealed will end up as land on the Orthoverse map. A unique opportunity to be one of the few owning virtual property in a made-up metaverse (but aren't they all?) is yours simply by wandering over to the reveal page and shelling out a few thousandths of an ETH.

What's more, the first 1250 tokens will be positioned in the center of the Orthoverse, making them even more special. Read all about it in the tokenomics paper that isn't a tokenomics paper.

30 March, 2022

Codename: Panic In The Orthoverse

On Thursday 23 March we noticed a rather odd minting transaction, in which someone going by the name HashArt on OpenSea.io managed to mint a random token from one address to another. On closer investigation we discovered that there is a flaw in the original Orthoverse NFT contract. We've since been in touch with HashArt and I'm glad to announce that he will be a character in the up-and-coming "The Orthoverse Is Doomed" book.

The severity of the flaw was higher than HashArt realized. Not only does it allow skilled people to mint any token to themselves (not that useful because, you know, 1.5*10⁴⁸ tokens), but worse, a properly crafted transaction enables you move tokens out of other people's addresses and into yours.

And so Richard and I spent Friday through Sunday fixing the bug (just one extra line), producing over 100 tests to verify that the new contract works, and writing some migration code. That last bit was the trickiest, and I can now honestly say that if you haven't handled an emergency contract migration, then you can't call yourself a smart contract expert.


So like the Sandbox did in December/January, we're migrating to a new contract. Unlike the Sandbox, we don't require you to register a centralized account on our server, and jump through the hoops of signing several challenges while wondering if you are unwittingly participating in a phishing attack.

Instead, the Orthoverse migrated while you were sleeping.

The New Order

All the old Orthoverse tokens now show an announcement message indicating what has happened. These tokens can still be traded if you want, but they do all look identical, so we can't imagine they will be worth much. Not that they were worth much before (but see below).

We have duplicated all the old Orthoverse transactions into a new contract

Change List

We have made some significant changes in the process:

  • Just to repeat - if you had a revealed token in the old Ethereum contract, you now have a token with the same level in the new contract.
  • Polygon has been completely discontinued. Anyone who had a token in the old Polygon contract will now find that they have an equivalent token in the new Ethereum mainnet contract. If you already had both a Polygon and an Ethereum token with the same address, you will find that your new token is one level higher.
  • We introduced a MAX SUPPLY! How is that possible, I hear some of you ask. Well, there are still 1.5*10⁴⁸ tokens out there, but the first 10 000 that are revealed will be special (further announcements to come when we work out what special is going to mean), and subsequent tokens will be ... less special. Why did we do this? Because it turns out that one can't avoid scarcity economics.
  • We also fixed a few minor bugs we found in the original contract. These related to administrative functions in the contract and won't affect ordinary users.
  • An unfortunate side effect of the fixes and supply change is that revealing a token just went up in price. So lucky you for doing so early!

Keir Finlow-Bates