5. MetaTrees

MetaTrees

With MetaTrees, players can experience the unique game world through three (3) different types of game roles:
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    First, as a landlord renting out land for other players to plant their trees,
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    Second, as a natural resource provider, generating water and nutrients that is needed to grow trees,
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    Third, as a forester who grows and breeds trees as well as harvest $MTREE tokens in order to expand and keep the cycle of life going inside the game.
Each role plays a crucial part in the ecosystem and has its own benefits and features. Players can choose the role that best fits their time and play style and become part of the plant-to-earn, play-to-preserve revolution.
One of the core gameplay features of MetaTrees is for players to earn various NFTs which they combine, stake or burn to create and earn new NFTs. Players will create "compounds" in the MetaTrees game world by holding various NFT attributes (for example, Seed NFT + Land NFT = Tree NFT), allowing them to expand the main storyline. This means that players can use a Land NFT and combine it with a Seed NFT to create a Tree NFT. In order for a Tree NFT to grow, players need to care for their trees by watering and feeding them using Natural NFTs like Water NFTs and Nutrient NFTs. However, it doesn’t stop there, as a Tree NFT starts to age, it boosts current features and unlocks new features. At a certain point the tree starts minting $MTREE tokens which players can exchange for fiat currencies. Players can also stake Tree NFTs on the blockchain to get more Natural NFTs, allowing them to continue expanding their gamespace. From here, the other features of the Tree NFT allow players to expand and create Seed NFTs for a new generation of Tree NFTs.
Players will also have the opportunity to donate Tree and Seed NFTs to environmental causes. The NFTs’ value will be converted into real-world currency which is then donated to the cause.
With the emergence of more plots and rarer attribute NFTs, there will be more opportunities to create digital wealth in the game and support reforestation projects in the real world.

5.1 Game Mechanism Diagrams

5.2 Game Mechanics - Phase I

5.2.1 Collecting
Collecting refers to the accumulation of valuable, unique NFTs earned in the game through upgrades and random generating systems. The value of these tokens is often community-driven and can reach extraordinary prices.
5.2.2 Ekta NFT Marketplace
The Ekta NFT Marketplace allows players to buy or sell Seed NFTs, Land NFTs or Natural NFTs using $EKTA.
There are 4 ways to sell your NFT in the marketplace:
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    Normal listing: Players set a price for their NFTs and determine how long it stays on the marketplace.
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    Bid listing: One player sets a base price for their NFTs along with selecting a bidding time duration. During this time period, other players can send bids for the listed NFTs. Once the time duration expires, the player with the highest bid wins the item.
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    Auction listing: Players can set the price for their NFTs to increase or decrease over time. Once a stipulated price is met, the NFT will remain on the market at the set price. Players can cancel this sale at any given time.
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    RNG Raffle listing: First a player sets a price for their NFTs. Next the Ekta NFT Marketplace platform creates 10 raffle slots. Other players will then be able to purchase slots for the chance to win the item for one-tenth (1/10) of the cost. Once all 10 slots have been sold, an automated system will randomly select a winner. Example: You list a Land NFT for 100 $EKTA. The system divides this into 10 raffle slots available for purchase at 10 $EKTA each. Once all the slots have been sold, Ekta’s automated system will select one of these slots as the winner, sending out a notification to all participants.
5.2.3 Land NFT features
Initially, all Land NFTs will be available in 20 square foot plots, enough to accommodate one (1) mature tree. As the tree grows bigger and starts producing seeds, the need for more land will increase. This is where the land upgrade feature comes into play.
With MetaTrees, no land is complete without a little embellishment. Through events and promotions, players can acquire Fun NFTs which they can use to decorate their piece of paradise. These Fun NFTs range from common, uncommon, to rare in value.
Other features related to soil types, region location and weather will be released in future updates.
5.3.4 Seed features
There are 7 types of Seed NFTs representing each of the trees in the game with the exception of the Banyan Genesis Tree:
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    Bamboo
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    Banana
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    Coconut
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    Frangipani
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    Dragon Fruit
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    Jackfruit
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    Mango
In order to earn more Seed NFTs, players are required to tend to and care for each tree. Once the tree is fully grown, it will be able to produce seeds which the player can then collect.
Through the breeding feature, players can create new types of hybrid seeds that have special attributes. Hybrid seeds are designed to grow into truly unique and beautiful trees.
5.3.5 Creature NFT features Initially acquired through the Mystery Chest, these fun type NFTs are used to decorate a player’s land to give it more vibrance and life. The quality of these NFTs range from common and uncommon to rare and legendary. The rarer an NFT is, the more animations it will have.

5.3 Game Mechanics - Phase II

5.3.1 Staking
Staking refers to the act of locking up NFTs for a set period of time in order to earn passive income and rewards. With MetaTrees, players stake Seed NFTs and Tree NFTs, and in return will earn staking rewards in the form of Natural NFTs (Water NFTs and Nutrient NFTs). This will allow players to earn passive income from their asset collection while maintaining ownership of their NFTs.
Note that NFTs can’t be used in the game while staked. Players will be able to claim their rewards once the staking period has expired and can use these rewards in the game after a 72 hour cooldown. There is also a corresponding $MTREE fee for each time a player unstakes their Tree NFT or Seed NFT. 5.3.2 Leasing
Players who own land can lease their land to other players in exchange for $MTREE tokens. If a piece of land is large enough to accommodate more than one (1) tree, multiple players can lease the land. Players are required to sign a lease contract stipulating the details of the agreement including the lease fee and duration. Once signed, an automated system will activate, governing the lease.
Note that landowners will not be able to sell or trade their land while the lease agreement is valid.
5.3.3 Planting
In order to own a Tree NFT, players are required to combine a Land NFT with a Seed NFT. Once combined, it will initiate the Tree NFT’s sprouting process, effectively burning the Seed NFT.
5.3.4 Growing
Once planted, Seed NFTs go through seven (7) changes as they sprout and begin to grow. Seeds need to be watered (Water NFT) and fed (Nutrient NFT) daily in order to mature. It takes several days for a Seed NFT to fully mature.
As trees grow older, they gain value and become more powerful. All Tree NFTs fully mature after 320 days after which they stop growing altogether.
5.3.5 Tree features
Once a tree matures, it starts to produce $MTREE tokens. To ensure a tree continues to produce a good supply of $MTREE tokens, the player has to maintain the tree’s health by watering and feeding it daily. The stronger a tree’s health, the more $MTREE tokens it will produce.
During its lifespan, a tree will go through seven (7) life stages:
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    Seed
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    Sprout
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    Sapling
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    Mature
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    Ancient
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    Elderwood
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    Ent
As trees grow older, their power and attributes change, becoming more powerful. Once a tree becomes an Ent, it stops producing $MTREE tokens and seeds.
5.3.6 Harvesting
Harvesting refers to the act of claiming your $MTREE tokens which you can then use for the many other features of the game. Harvesting happens during certain seasons similar to nature.
5.3.7 Breeding
In order to produce interesting and unique seeds and trees, players need to experiment with different breeding combinations. In order to breed, a player will need two (2) mature trees and a number of $MTREE tokens. During the breeding process, the $MTREE tokens and one (1) Tree NFT are burned. In return, the player will receive the chance to produce either a hybrid or a normal seed. Hybrid trees are new, unique trees with higher production output and seeding rates.
Breeding seasons also occur in certain time frames inside the game.
5.3.8 Combining Seed NFTs
Another method of acquiring rare hybrid seeds is through a process called combining. With this feature, two (2) or more seeds can be combined for the chance of producing a hybrid seed. The more seeds a player combines, the higher the chances of producing a hybrid seed.
5.3.9 Seeding
Seeding is an automated process wherein a tree spontaneously creates a seed without the need for breeding. The process is totally random but requires a tree to be in good health. Hybrid trees generally have higher seeding rates than other trees.
5.3.10 Variegation
As trees grow, the MetaTrees processing system randomly creates and assigns unique appearances for each tree. In order to create unusual and remarkable trees, players can apply a powerful Fertilizer NFT to help unlock genetic traits hidden inside each tree. Adding the Fertilizer NFT to the tree will result in cell mutations that change the color, pattern and shape of the leaves.
Players can constantly apply this process to unlock different genetic mutations and discover a wide range of tree aesthetics, the only limit is your imagination.
5.3.11 In-Game Marketplace
The MetaTrees in-game marketplace allows players to buy, sell or trade their in-game assets using $MTREE tokens (the main in-game currency). The in-game marketplace has a 5% fee which is deducted from the sale amount.

5.4 Game Mechanics - Phase III and IV

5.4.1 Seasonal Features
There will be a simulation of realistic seasonal changes in the MetaTrees sub-verse. Tree NFT features and yields will vary according to the different seasons. Details to be revealed later.
5.4.2 Donation
If users voluntarily burn a Tree NFT they own, Ekta will donate stable coins to environmental protection organizations or to its own conservation efforts.
5.4.3 Carbon Offset
Tree NFTs (including old Ent Tree NFTs) can be donated for a chance to win a certain number of VCUs (Verified Carbon Units).
5.4.4 Real Time Strategy Beta Gameplay
Players will learn about environmental protection and conservation while engaging in awesome gameplay.
5.4.5 Multiplayer Coop
Details to be revealed later.