Welcome to Broadside
A metaverse community fighting for a better tomorrow.
Broadside is a book. A game. A solarpunk storyworld. A dayglo mesh network. A culture. A robot wrecking crew in ski-masks. We are the most hyped community in the open metaverse, and the world we are building is a blueprint for brighter days.
Broadside: The Collector’s Edition is the first time this story is being made available to a wider audience of collectors and represents a new way to join the community.
The first appearance of Shem, the star of Broadside
A brand-new introduction from the authors
A brand-new 300+ page section written entirely by the Broadside community
Rare and Legendary covers feature the first appearance of avatars from Broadside’s much-hyped second phase (launching early 2024)
Collector’s Edition holders are granted allow list for Broadside’s second phase
The now legendary web3 storytelling project Broadside launched in November 2022. Over the last year more than 30,000 decentralized Episodes of the Broadside story have been minted, merged, and bound into ~3,000 First Edition Broadside books.
Along the way, the Broadside community became one of the most engaged communities in the burgeoning open metaverse. This first print of the Collector’s Edition marks the first time this story is being made available to a wider audience.
2037 America is a solarpunk utopia, but terms and conditions apply.
On the surface, this is a world of abundance. Many of humanity’s current problems have been solved. Climate change is under control, and people have access to all kinds of renewable resources. Products, energy, and food can be printed, generated or grown in an instant – just as long as you can afford to buy the copy-protected versions from Prota, a company that controls much of the nation’s resources, not to mention the force of robot security Marshals that patrol the streets, checking nothing is printed illegally.
Like many Americans, the main problem for our hero, Shem, and their family, is rampant inequality. An ever-smaller circle of elites gets richer, while working people struggle to pay for the renewable resources, they could theoretically get for almost nothing, if a handful of companies didn’t control access to them.
All this changes when Shem hacks Broadside, their favorite AR game, and unwittingly breaks the copy protection not just on the game, but on everything Prota controls. Suddenly anything can be illegally printed, from EMP blasters to vehicles to solar panels, and all hell breaks loose. Prota strikes back, desperate to contain the hack. Shem is left with no choice but to escape with the only people willing to protect them – the shadowy resistance movement that wants to overthrow Prota.
The solarpunk storyworld of Broadside is designed to help people collectively envision a brighter future; one where we can save the planet and implement new economic models made possible by emerging technologies, systems, and principles.
Solarpunk is a literary and artistic movement; a reaction to the dystopian futures often presented in the media. As a subgenre of sci-fi It is aspirational, concerned with more optimistic visions of the future. Broadside interrogates new ideas from different character perspectives, rather than preaching one predetermined way forward. The Broadside world is fast moving, and action packed. AR gaming rules the planet, anti-surveillance clothing is always on-trend, and 3D bass music is used as a weapon to fight oppressive robot armies.
The immersive story encompasses gaming, fashion, music, and culture. It has been developed over more than a decade, taking into account a broad range of ideas and schools of thought. It is an optimistic yet realistic vision as to how we might approach contemporary problems, designed to start discussions and then together with the community, implement new ideas and initiatives that have real world impact.
Numbered eBooks: 2000
Number of Unique Covers: 3
Number of 1:1 Covers: 0
1 Unique Designs
x 1200 Numbered eBooks
= 1200 NFT eBooks
eBook Numbers 800 - 1999
(60.00% of Supply)
1 Unique Designs
x 600 Numbered eBooks
= 600 NFT eBooks
eBook Numbers 200 - 799
(30.00% of Supply)
1 Unique Designs
x 200 Numbered eBooks
= 200 NFT eBooks
eBook Numbers 0 - 199
(10.00% of Supply)
First Publication Date : 2022
Language : English
Word Count : 100,000
Format : DEA (Decentralized Encrypted Asset)
Read On : Book.io eReader dApp
Cover Art : Includes 4K hi-resolution book cover
Polygon Retail Price : 90 MATIC
Purchase Limit: 10
Polygon Contract Address : 0x6c6df5d80a24fb1b7fae95703470ea5d78882231
Vector Meldrew went on to become a globally recognized crypto artist, VJ and creative, selling out NFT collections on every major marketplace, as well as auctioning pieces at Bonhams. He has taught storytelling at Hyper Island and worked with some of the largest brands and story worlds on the planet, including the James Bond franchise and Activision Blizzard. Read More
Charlie Stratford-Rex is the pen name of Broadside’s co-author. Charlie is a former pirate radio DJ, producer and journalist who has been published in 20 countries. His previous best-selling book on decentralized culture, The Pirate’s Dilemma, hit the #1 spot on Amazon on both the economics and hip hop bestseller lists, at the same time. He is sometimes confused for the third Broadside co-founder Matt Mason, a decentralized technology veteran who also worked at RWD, and went on to hold leade… Read More
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