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Gordon Goner Takes Leave of Absence from Yuga Labs
Bill Monighetti

In a Twitter thread today, Yuga Labs co-founder Gordon Goner (Wylie Aranow) announced he has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure and will be taking a leave of absence from Yuga Labs to focus on his health.

🤔 What It Means

  • Wylie will stay on with Yuga as a board member and strategic advisor while he recovers.
  • In the interim, Yuga's leadership team will be led by Garga (Greg Solano) and Daniel Alegre.

Lucky Trader's best wishes are with Wylie and the whole team wishes him a speedy recovery.

Gordon Goner Takes Leave of Absence from Yuga Labs
Prep Your Sewer Passes, Dookey Dash Going Live
Logan Hitchcock

Dookey Dash is expected to be ready for play around 4:00 p.m. ET, according to a tweet from Bored Ape Yacht Club

Why It Matters: 

Those holding Sewer Pass NFTs will now be able to use their passes to earn entry to the Dookey Dash game. Holders will aim to score above 0 points to ensure their Sewer Pass NFT is eligible to transform and reveal an "unknown power source" at the game's conclusion on Feb. 8. 

Action Items: 

Sewer Pass holders can visit dookeydash.xyz/ to play Dookey Dash. A full leaderboard can be found here

Community Thoughts:


Let the games begin 🔥😍 LFGggg!!MissBayc

By The Numbers: 

Sewer Passes, free to claim for Bored and Mutant Ape holders, have traded more than 9,000 ETH in the last 24 hours on OpenSea. The Tier 1 Sewer Passes (the lowest tier) have climbed to a floor price of 1.84 ETH at the time of writing. 

Go Deeper:

Prep Your Sewer Passes, Dookey Dash Going Live
Sewer Pass Claim, Dookey Dash Delayed
Julian Son

The claim for the sewer pass will occur "around end of day PST", the official BAYC account tweeted. The Sewers will also now instead open Thursday, Jan. 19. 

The Fine Print: All Bored Ape and Mutant Ape holders worldwide will have at least 24 hours to claim their passes.


We will tweet a 1-hour heads up before Dookey Dash goes live, to make sure everyone has their scuba gear ready to go. Dookey Dash and Sewer Pass claims will still close on 2/8 as planned. Questions about how claim works? Reach out to our official Discord.@BoredApeYC

Why It Matters: Eager apes will have to wait another day to start playing Dookey Dash, as speculation continues to percolate on Twitter around how much the different tiers of passes will cost on the secondary market.

Apes will not only have more time to claim, but also got a more concrete time today for when the claim will start. Interested non-BAYC/MAYC holders will have extra time to obtain a pass before the games begin as well.

🕳️ Go Deeper:

Sewer Pass Claim, Dookey Dash Delayed
Make Sense of Dookey Dash
Logan Hitchcock

Bored Ape Yacht Club released a detailed explainer video, breaking down the mechanics of the upcoming Dookey Dash game. 

Why It Matters: Users struggling to make sense of the lore and mechanics of the Dookey Dash game now have a simple explainer that details the upcoming skill-based mint. 

Action Items: Watch the video on Yuga Labs' official YouTube! 

Go Deeper:

Make Sense of Dookey Dash
Dookey Dash, And Monkey Buttholes?
Julian Son

Bored Ape Yacht Club revealed upcoming mint details, and declared that Dookey Dash kicks off January 18 in a tweet this evening.

Why It Matters: After months of anticipation, the final stages of the Jimmy The Monkey Trial are underway, starting with the Dookey Dash on Jan. 18. Additionally, Yuga revealed that the upcoming skill-based mint experience will be open to anyone with a "Sewer Pass" - though only BAYC/MAYC holders will have a free claim to a pass. 

What They Said: "Apes, stretch your eyeballs and warm up your scroll muscles — lots of new info about next week. Short version: monkey butthole, Sewer Pass January 17, skill-based mint begins January 18, new power sources. Video explainer coming soon, more at MDvMM.xyz"

What to Know:

  • Sewer Pass is an NFT, and your ticket to play Dookey Dash
    • BAYC and MAYC holders can claim a free Sewer Pass from Jan. 17, 2023, until Feb. 8, 2023.
    • Every Sewer Pass falls into one of four tiers, which determine your score’s bonus percentage. 
    • Combining a BAYC or MAYC with a BAKC earns a higher-tiered Sewer Pass.
    • Sewer Pass can only be claimed by BAYC and MAYC holders. Non-holders must buy from a holder.
  • "Dookey Dash is a skill-based mint playable like an endless runner — a category of game where you attempt to go as far as possible as the game progresses in difficulty. Your mission: get in the sewer to dodge and break through obstacles as you pick up items called fragments."

What are People Saying?: 

  • "I don’t understand what any of this means, but I like it," tweeted Captain Jhyan
  • nix.eth cheekily added, "Economists trying to figure out why so many techies are taking vacation days from Jan 18th to Feb 8th and the correlation to Adderall shortages."

Official Links:

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Dookey Dash, And Monkey Buttholes?
Warm Wallets Allowed
Julian Son

Bored Ape Yacht Club advised holders they can use a "warm wallet" ahead of the mint next week in a tweet from the official BAYC account. 

Why It Matters: Bored Apes holders have long been the target of malicious actors. Because a new mint is coming, Yuga is ensuring users are aware that security solutions like warm.xyz and delegate.cash are viable solutions for the mint. 

"Heads up, Apes: you'll be able to use a warm wallet through warm.xyz or delegate.cash for next week's mint. We recommend setting up the wallet ahead of time. As always, be on guard for scams around an upcoming mint. If you have any questions, head over to the official BAYC discord and open a support ticket," said the project. 

How It Works: Both warm.xyz and delegate.cash allow users to link their vaulted assets to a fresh, "warm" wallet that can be used separately for minting NFTs and signing transactions. 

What People Are Saying: 

"These are trusted and commonly used protocols in the web3 space for hot wallet delegation that allows you to interact with your cold wallet without directly connecting it. Warm.xyz came from the wenew fam," @NBATopShotEast said on Twitter.

Jampzer added, "Love to see you guys creating and adopting frictionless protections and software to help us out!"

🕳️ Go Deeper:

Warm Wallets Allowed
Late Swing Shakes Up ApeCoin Special Council Election
Logan Hitchcock

A surge of votes ahead of the 9:00 p.m. ET deadline flipped the standings of the ApeCoin Special Council election voting according to the tallies on the Snapshot website.

The top three vote-getters - BoredApeG, veratheape, and Gerry - have all been elected by the community of ApeCoin holders, each earning a one-year term on the Special Council. 

The final standings can be found below:

  • BoredApeG: 6.3 million APE
  • veratheape: 6 million APE
  • Gerry: 5.5 million APE
  • Degentraland: 4.7 million APE
  • herb: 254,000 APE

While the distance between Gerry and Degentraland seems large in hindsight, the flip is magnified even more when compared to the 10:00 a.m. ET polling results, as displayed in our initial reporting

At that point in time, Degentraland actually lead all vote-getters with more than 5 million in APE backing, only to have it slip as the day went on, pushing him from first place, to fourth, missing a Specail Council seat entirely. 

The elected members will begin their one-year term on Jan. 3. 

Late Swing Shakes Up ApeCoin Special Council Election
Next Phase of Trial of Jimmy The Monkey Unlocked
Logan Hitchcock

Yuga Labs unveiled the next phase of the Jimmy The Monkey Trial on Wednesday evening.

Users eager to learn more are first asked to try and shake open the jewelry box that holds the next set of mysteries. After trying a few times, they are first greeted by the Great Dog Prophet. 

The Prophet, Gary, then goes on to share in riddle the meaning of the different hieroglyphic-like markings around the edge of the box, starting first with the top. On the top, Gary explains that all things first start with a "boom." With the boom, "a portal opens and shards appear, fragments that need to be collected." The wise dog voice goes on to explain that these shards are power sources, which can be found in the underworld (presumably The Otherside). 

The Gret Dog Prophet then speaks about a major battle that is brewing, one that depicts what many have speculated is a "Mecha Monkey" versus "Mecha Dog" battle. This speculation, should it be true, would also provide an answer to the MDVMM acronym from which the site gets its name - "Mecha Dog versus Mecha Monkey." 

Prior to signing off, Gary informs the crowd that he is "super high" and that "everything starts with a key."

The next stage of the MDVMM mystery is slated to unlock on Jan. 11 as users "prepare for the mint." A few of these details may have been previously shared by Yuga Labs when they started revealing details about the Trial of Jimmy The Monkey earlier this month - but many formal details are still outstanding. 

Want to explore the mystery for yourself? Head to mdvmm.xyz.

Next Phase of Trial of Jimmy The Monkey Unlocked
ApeCoin Special Council Nomination Voting Ends
Logan Hitchcock

Voting has ended for the ApeCoin Special Council nomination process, according to an announcement from ApeCoin Twitter

The nomination process narrowed the applicant pool to a final five, voted on by the community during the first voting phase. 

The final five will now move to the second round of voting, whereby the top three vote-getters will earn a term on the ApeCoin Special Council starting in Jan. 2023. 

Starting tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET, ApeCoin holders can cast their votes for any of the following:

Voting for the Special Council will conclude on Dec. 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

Earning a seat on the ApeCoin Special Council will compensate each seatholder $20,833.00 of ApeCoin each month, for a full one-year term. 

ApeCoin holders can cast their vote here

ApeCoin Special Council Nomination Voting Ends
Yuga Labs Releases "Trial of Jimmy the Monkey" Trailer
Bill Monighetti

Yuga Labs released a video trailer for the upcoming "Trial of Jimmy the Monkey" from its @BoredApeYC Twitter account Wednesday evening, while directing users to the MDvMM website for further updates.

On the website, there is a timeline of events where only the first one has been revealed: "Prologue: The Trial of Jimmy, December 21." Upcoming events listed on the website include:

  • December 28: "The Past, Present, Future"
  • January 11: "Prepare for the Mint"
  • January 18: "Multi-week Interactive Mint"
  • February 8: "Mint Reveal"
  • TBA: "The Story Continues"

Today's trailer follows news yesterday from Yuga Labs that "apes who also hold a BAKC will be in tiers of their own" when it comes to the minting experience for the Trial of Jimmy. The Bored Ape Kennel Club collection surged about 40 percent on that news, while today's news has had less of a market impact, with the Bored Ape Yacht Club floor price up just slightly (under 1 percent) over the last 24 hours.

Yuga Labs Releases "Trial of Jimmy the Monkey" Trailer

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