Gamifying Aragon inside of Atlantis World


Atlantis World is building the Web3 social metaverse by connecting Web3 with social, gaming and education in one lightweight virtual world that’s accessible to everybody.

Essentially, a mobile-ready pixel metaverse that could be stored on a pen drive and played seamlessly on most devices (even an old laptop), combining social features with incentivised interactive learning to onboard users into the Web3 ecosystem.

From creating a first ever Web3 wallet, connecting to new blockchain RPCs (we rebuilt inside of the game so users can connect to new chains with 3 or 4 clicks), depositing into DeFi markets, trading assets on DEXs, trading NFTs using popular marketplaces and voting in DAOs… all is possible inside of Atlantis World in a gamified way.

We’re building quests and designing incentives so that users can be rewarded for interacting with and learning about these kinds of applications and use cases in-game.

Imagine every time a user is guided through the process of using a DeFi protocol by a scripted non-player character, exploring the Web3 ecosystem as an MMORPG game world, they might earn some tokens, an NFT badge or wearable or an in-game perk (such as a mount, super-power or any other kind of experience enhancer). DAOs could also leverage this to increase participation in their governance, especially when combined with other Atlantis World features like token-gating and voice chat!


  • Build the Aragon Clubhouse inside of Atlantis World so that users can gather together, socialize (voice chat), and explore Aragon. The clubhouse will be fully personalized to Aragon branding and even feature NPC(s) who teach users about Aragon and DAO governance. We could also implement token gating in future.
  • Integrating Aragon Client inside of Atlantis World in a gamified way.

Next Steps to explore with the Aragon community

  • Integrating other gamified Aragon products (Aragon Voice, Aragon Govern, Vocdoni, etc) inside of Atlantis World
  • Creating MMORPG-style Learn2Earn (incentivized learning) quests to onboard users into Aragon + the wider web3 ecosystem.
  • Enabling network effects by rolling out gamified Aragon products in Atlantis City and cities of other DAO / web3 communities to onboard more users who are already Web3 native.
  • Airdropping (optionally, token-gated) clubhouse to the AN DAO.
  • Aragon wearables and swag inside of Atlantis World.
  • Aragon core contributors co-working space (token-gated with NFT/POAP/social token etc)
  • Other suggestions from the Aragon community.

Additional support requests

We’d highly appreciate some support on our mission to collaborate and provide value to the Aragon ecosystem / community:

  • Grant funding;
  • Community / user feedback and collaborative efforts;
  • Joint marketing.


CJ Hetherington - Co-Founder, Product Lead

CJ is a Web3 startup founder operator that built one of the first ever DeFi NFT games on Ethereum and is now building the Web3 social metaverse at Atlantis World. CJ also engages in various other DAO, advisory and speaking ops around the world including at Unchain Fund and speaking engagements in Davos during the WEF Annual Meeting.

Rev Miller - Co-Founder, Growth Lead

Rev is a serial entrepreneur with over 9 years experience building and growing media, FinTech, 3D / XR, and Web3 networks. He’s leading growth at Atlantis World, contributing to Gitcoin (KERNEL), and overseeing the public good impact at Unchain, the Web3 native fund he’s initiated with other Web3 builders to help Ukraine with humanitarian aid during the crisis period.

Julio Alcantara - Lead Game Developer

Julio is our lead game developer who has an additional 6 years of experience in design. He’s currently overseeing core development of Atlantis World, whilst working across the tech stack from PhaserJS, UI/UX design and Web3 integrations, as well as even creating game assets. Julio led the Atlantis tech team to win Best DeFi Project on Polygon as well as prizes from Aave and Audius at HackFS, and a winning effort in NFT Vision Hack’s Rarible track. In the past, he’s also led teams and won hackathons at Mintbean.

Ilayda Pinarbasi - Lead Game Artist

Ilayda is our lead game artist with over 4 years of experience designing and even developing games. Whilst currently studying game design in Istanbul, she recently completed an exchange program at Seoul National Tech University in Korea. Also, Ilayda is a Youtube creator with over 500k views and enjoys Twitch streaming.

Carlo Miguel Dy - Web3 Lead

Carlo is a software craftsman from The Philippines. Over the past 3+ years, he’s worked across various tech stacks and recently made the jump to go full time in Web3. He’s a highly versatile and passionate engineer, known to make high quality and easily maintainable applications. In his spare time, he enjoys researching Web3, contributing to DAOs such as Developer DAO and writing technical documentation / creating tutorials.

Austyn Studdard - Game Developer

Austyn is an experienced game developer with over 5 years of experience, as well as being official developer support in the PhaserJS Discord server for over 2 years and making contributions to the core PhaserJS framework. He recently joined us from Treeverse, a sci-fi and fantasy based blockchain MMORPG.

Chris Diperio - Game Developer

Chris found his way into software development having almost fully automated his financial analysis role as an operations manager at Xerox using SQL and becoming restless. He then became proficient in Java, C++ and C# before being captivated by Javascript, eventually joining Atlantis World as a game developer. Chris is comfortable wearing many hats across our tech stack.

Eylül Civelek - Game Artist

Eylül is our designer/artist with over 6 years of experience in design and games. She is an architect and currently studying digital game design in Istanbul. She spent 6 months studying in Portugal as an exchange student for her architecture degree. She is one of the recipients of the “2021 Generation Google Scholarship: for women in gaming” in the EMEA region. She recently completed an Erasmus exchange program at Tecnocampus, Pompeu Fabra University in Spain.

Andy Kaufman - Community Lead

Andy has been one of our earliest community contributors, and now he leads the community at Atlantis World. He’s a seasoned Web3 growth-hacker, with a deep understanding of DeFi and NFT space, as well as Blockchain Gaming. In the past, Andy has helped build & run PoolTogether’s PoolGrants program, and has been successfully leading PoolGrants’ ecosystem success. Beyond that, Andy loves gaming and all things metaverse, right now being Axie Scholarship Manager too!

Rachit Srivastava - Blockchain Developer

Rachit has been programming in Java since age 13 and is a full stack blockchain developer. He loves to build/chat/research anything blockchain related, aiming to contribute to the ecosystem by building solutions, with a primary interest in DeFi. He’s also a solidity developer at Nethermind, as well as a contributor at Harmony.

NOTE: we also work closely with a handful of community contributors and are currently in the process of onboarding new hires.

External Links



Alpha: (token-gated)

Discord: Atlantis World


Guiding Tours

We’ve recorded two guiding tours inside of Atlantis World to share some progress with you & better explain what we’re building!

Part 1. Atlantis World: Overview (5:00)

Part 2. DeFi map & protocol interactions (5:00)

Final Notes

We’re currently building Atlantis World Alpha v2 with the first iterations already live (token-gated) and tested by our community. It will feature over 25+ deeply integrated Web3 applications and social clubhouses across 9 different blockchains with the strongest communities in Web3. Users can have voice chats (with/without token gating) and vote in DAOs in-game, as well as deposit into DeFi, trade assets on DEXs, trade NFTs on marketplaces, play mini-games, view their NFT holdings as a smart inventory, play music using Audius and attend different community social events.

Last year, we had 2k+ active users on our demo version and 7k+ sign-ups for the newer version, and have since built an incredibly strong ecosystem partner network and made vast improvements to our core product and vision!

Atlantis World has never taken a single dollar in private investment, scaling the team whilst building product fully bootstrapped with grants and revenue. We’re a community first project, with 8k+ Discord community where we host regular calls and podcasts, and astonishing 7k+ contributors to our Gitcoin grant!


This is really cool! I have played around Atlantis a bit and it’s a better version of Gather Town. I can see how a lot of growth and education initiatives can feel more engaging in that environment. Looping in @jessicasmith @fmurphy and @Samantha to maybe share some thoughts on how this could work and who else should be looped in such a conversation.

I think bringing the functionality of “vote in the town hall of your DAO” can be pretty cool (not sure how useful) but I like the idea.

@revmiller what is the potential size of a grant you would be looking for, given the deliverables outlined?


Definitely see a lot of potential for interaction inside Atlantis, from exploring DAOs and voting (as @fartunov mentioned), but setting them up inside the game and potentially doing some community management (not yet sure how, but for sure we can think of something).

@revmiller given Aragon has a few products, and we are working on a new one to consolidate this product offering, could we “evolve” the clubhouse in the future to address the changes?

Regarding grants, is it specifically for the clubhouse? Can you elaborate more on the expectations here?



hey everyone, greatly appreciate your feedback and questions @fartunov @ramon !

indeed! DAO voting inside of the lightweight, accessible metaverse enables unique use-cases for DAOs and user/contributor onboarding. think about the possibilities of in-game activities (ie. interactive quests, onboarding flows) that would drive more users to engage with Aragon products!

to start with, it’d make absolute sense to explore:
a) building fully-branded, voice-chat & web3 events enabled Aragon clubhouse, featuring Aragon NPC that will meet and greet users, onboarding them into the Aragon ecosystem. as stated before, the clubhouse (and different rooms in the future) could be open/token-gated.

b) integrating & gamifying Aragon Client.
// long-term vision → incentivise/drive users to interact w/ Aragon all around Atlantis World, especially in the DAO-specific clubhouses that use Aragon as their main DAO tooling.

there will be an iterative process of ideating, sketching/designing, integrating, lots of testing, etc. we’d greatly appreciate Aragon / AN DAO / community’s feedback & preferences (if any) on the exterior/interior clubhouse design, as well the NPC character design. obviously, we’d share our sketches / ideas too (following Aragon’s branding guidelines).

the total requested grant amount for both deliverables would be $25k, paid in stables. we’re happy to start building asap, and, if prefered, even ship the results first & receive grant funding retroactively (we genuinely care about our partners and don’t want them to feel any risk).

after shippiiiiing the deliverables, we’d love to host a community meetup to showcase the results (give a tour of Aragon clubhouse ft. the integration), and then let the community play around and test out too!

all of the above would be a step #1 into our long-term, win-win collaboration. moving forward, we’d be happy to explore:

  • creating fun & meaningful quests to introduce & onboard users to Aragon ecosystem.
  • hosting a week of Aragon events / campaign(s) inside of AW, where (!) all of our ecosystem partner communities will be invited to participate.
  • featuring Aragon in other cities of our partner communities
  • integrating other gamified Aragon products inside of AW (if needed)

happy to answer any other questions you might have. tysm for your care, and let’s DAO it :handshake:

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Loving the direction that this is going.

Maybe we could have a sort of brainstorming session between Atlantis and AN DAO to figure out what this initial integration will look like? Not a gigantic meeting, but with some handpicked people from both sides. thoughts @fartunov ?

Second, just throwing out there the idea for Aragon’s NPC


Yes, absolutely…on the NPC I mean :smiley:

Overall, it could make sense to loop in onboarding (cc:@Shawncubbedge) and dTech (cc: @SpectraCryptoVerse ) - let’s coordinate in Discord for the call you are suggesting.

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