While I am well aware than many NFTs are selling for literal millions, I am not imposing any monetary value to the ownership of an Inmate Number within the Asylum virtual world, but have listed this NFT at the starting price of 0.001 Ethereum, which is equivalent to $1.81. You decide the value from there.
Now, if you don't know anything about NFTs and are curious what I'm on about, Google can explain this far better than I ever could. If you are in on the NFT explosion already, then do read on to see what I've got in store for you.
About the Asylum Virtual World:
Powered by the Ethereum blockchain, each element in the Asylum world will be offered as an NFT representing a unique digital item that may be bought, sold, traded, but never duplicated, proving the exclusive ownership by the individual buyer for all time (or until it is traded or sold--I won't be offended). A detailed map of the entire Asylum and its surrounding land will be available online very soon;).
The entire Asylum and its denizens will gradually be made available as NFTs in the form of individual inmate numbers, cells, wards, iconic areas from Dr. Stockill’s Laboratory and Dr. Lymer’s Bloodletting Ward to the Operating Theatre and the Bathing Court, and even the infamous characters themselves, including the rats!
Why Sell Ownership In The Asylum Virtual World Anyway?
Here's why: A portion of proceeds from this and other sales will be donated to NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness). The remainder of proceeds will fund the production of the Broadway-bound musical, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. Thus, when you purchase an Asylum Inmate Number, you are directly helping to fund the theatre arts, as well as contributing to potentially life-saving mental health services.
Shall I rewind? Yes, I made the generally unwise and entirely unheard-of decision to attempt the funding of the entire creation and production of the Asylum musical myself with proceeds from my own art, be it musical, literary, or visual.
This means that the total investment in a form of theatre that costs more than most movies, and is a risky investment at best, is my own. This also means full control and no compromises, just as I have achieved with all of my endeavors thus far, from albums to concert tours--there has never been any outside funding, and that is why I could create unique work that has been allowed to prove its popularity, rather than being cut off at the knees by demands to change it into something "safer" (there were many such unheeded demands) before it had the chance to do so. I may not have a manager, an outside record label, or a powerful publisher (had them, fired them) but what you see, read, and hear is truly me.
I also know that, post-pandemic, when theatre does finally return to the world, productions are likely to be smaller, cheaper, and less lavish (or such is the opinion of numerous experts). But the Asylum is not a small show. It can't be. Because it's not a small world. It is epic. The music is epic. And, on another equally important note to me personally, I want to employ as many actors, musicians, and crew members as I can, because they have suffered greatly due to the shut down. They aren't helped by new productions that will (wisely and rightfully) play it safe (i.e. smart) by hiring as few people as they can get away with. These productions aren't wrong. Not at all.
But I'm crazy.
And so I'm going to act crazy by doing something crazy.
I'm going to sell actual exclusive ownership of the virtual Asylum and all its precious parts in order to fund a physical version of the Asylum, on stage, where it can truly come to life. It's a trade well worth the risk, in my opinion. So let's do this, dear friend, one Inmate at a time, one foot in front of the other.