1. Winter Train
Winter Train creates beautiful artwork based on AI algorithms. I follow this because they generously give free NFTs to new members. There are no utility nor roadmap tied to the NFT, so the benefit of collecting is just to own a piece of the beautiful artwork. Some are common, like the one below, with 3,500 quantity available (currently only 73 owners). Once gifted, the new NFT holder is free to list it up for sale. But there aren’t any buyers yet, since clearly there is currently no interest in this collection. But who’s to say this collection will not be picked up and be successful? And perhaps this NFT could fetch a small price? In time to come, Winter Train will giveaway NFTs that are more rare, thus increasing the value.
Among all the NFTs I am collecting, this is my favourite because of the beautiful artwork, and I am collecting for the beauty more than the value. It apears the creator is running the whole project on his own, the Discord community is run by the owner alone.
How to receive Free NFT from Winter Train
- Join Discord group -> https://discord.gg/K9eVJp26RE
- Verify your account in Discord (a process that most Discord groups would require to fend of bots).
- Drop your NFT Wallet Address in #random-drop channel
To earn more NFTs, members have to engage in the Discord group to reach certain levels and ranks. This ensures only the committed members get rewarded.
2. Bored of Work Club
The Bored of Work Club is a community-driven collectibles project for a decentralized community of like-minded individuals and entrepreneurs. Bored of Work Club NFTs come in a range of colors, traits and variations with an overall collection limit of 10,000.
The project will launch on 31 March and open to mining to public. When 10% of the collection has minted, they will be giving away 10 Bored of Work Club NFTs to 10 lucky community members. Hence, you are encouraged to stay active with their Twitter and Discord to increase your chances of winning.
I managed to get my free NFT by participating the giveaway on the Discord group. Like most NFT collections, the giveaway is random and details are published on the Discord group. That is why you must join Discord and engage with the members.
Join Bored of Work Club Discord group here: https://discord.gg/azFGA9KZmd
3. Ape Club (APC)
Ape Club is a Luxury French Fashion Brand located in the the heart of Paris. They designed 9,999 original profile picture NFTs, giving holders exclusive access to the VIP Chat, merch and other exclusive members-only perks & benefits. Their next steps include: launching a Fashion Collection, with sneakers, tee shirts, hoodies, etc. derived from the APC profile pictures. APC NFT holders can either choose to hold the merch & sneaker NFTs or burn them to redeem in real life / in various Metaverses (Sandbox, Decentraland, etc.) / via AR apps. They are studying, to potentially launch the collection, either at Paris Fashion week or at a Fashion show in a Metaverse. APMC NFT holders will have exclusive backstage & front-row access to attend the Fashion show. Ape Club has two collections – Ape Men Club (APMC) and Ape Women Club (APWC). 10% of all proceeds will be donated to Wild life conservation & Reforestation.
I did not get free NFT from them, but I received a White List, which means I will get priority to mint the NFT at a low price. Once the NFT goes public, White Listers could sell their NFTs with a higher margin. However, given there are a list of utility (tangible benefits) as NFT holders, the project wants to encourage members to hold them and enjoy benefits as the project grows in popularity and value.
Also, after engaging with the founders, I am appointed as “Ape Club DJ” and sharing my music playlist on the #music channel. I am also in talks with the founders to collaborate by composing music for the projects. Please join me in the Discord group and spend time engaging with the community, and perhaps you might decide to buy your first NFT with APMC when it goes live.
Join APMC Discord here: https://discord.gg/zM2Ay5ddTV
NiftyRecords mint vinyl records NFT, which aligns perfectly with my new vinyl hobby! Each minted record will have different traits, like background, colour, label, record condition, plus you can select a song for each record that will be permanently attached. NFTs can be staked to earn $NIFTY which then allows you to upgrade your NFT.
Just like the above projects, I was engaging with other members in the Discord group and participated in some contests to win a White List. Currently, the way to gain WL on NiftyRecords Discord is to post the most messages or to spend the most listening time in the studio sessions (radio channels). Incidentally, my piano albums are also featured in one of the studio session rooms, increasing exposure to my music.
Join NiftyRecords Discord here: https://discord.gg/zM2Ay5ddTV
5. Whitelist Whales
The utility goal for Whitelist Whale NFT holders is to bring them whitelist (WL) spots from any project that they please. They have a hand selected team whose sole purpose is to seek out early projects and obtain WL spots for the WW DAO. Their current goal is to create a community full of people who want to use Whitelist Whales for its utility benefits, fill up the WL spots with loyal, deserving members, and spread the word about Whitelist Whales before the launch day.
Roadmaps aside, looking for White List is probably a better strategy than finding free NFTs. Reason is that free items are in abundance hence of lower value. Getting a White List means the person has the opportunity to pay for the minted NFT at the lowest price – think IPO. If the winner wants the NFT value to go up, then the project must get some traction in the NFT marketplace. So it is in the hands of the community to make the project a success so that it gives the WL holder more incentive to pay and mint the NFT.
Join this Discord group to find other NFT projects who are giving away WL. Some collab giveaways are easier to win, others are harder.
Join Whitelist Whale Discord here: https://discord.gg/sCzN3AM6ZV
Where To Find NFTs for Free or Giveaway Contests
Most NFT projects use Twitter as their primary platform to reach out to the public and get people to take notice of them, to follow their Twitter accounts, to share the contest with the followers, get redirected to Discord and start engaging members. You can search for #NFTGiveaway but be absolutely careful about the projects.
Similarly, there are also a lot of giveaway posts on Reddit, just follow the instructions on the posts. Most of then require you to upvote and provide your crypto wallet under the comments. Some are upfront giveaways for all participants, others are limited draws. to either free NFT or WL. Just click the above Reddit direct link to the giveaway thread.
Before joining the contest, check the profile of the post originator to make sure he or she has a healthy genuine account. I saw some giveaways posted by a Twitter handle who has no post history, which makes it suspicious whether it’s a fake account. You should also google about the NFT project name to see if it’s a legit project, and also you might find the official websites where you can start exploring and click the real links to enter the giveaway contests. These sanity checks apply to every other online promotions you come across (e.g. Instagram, Facebook), so make it a best practice before joining any contest. Do not divulge any additional security information other than your wallet address. No one will ask you for the password or the seed phrase for contests. If in doubt, do not join, and look for other NFTs.
You can also follow my Twitter account because I will certainly be re-tweeting the giveaways that I come across. Then you can pick up and do likewise for a chance to win NFT yourself.
Here are some other Discord groups that you can join to find more NFT giveaways and to learn more about NFTs too.
After spending time exploring, you will realise that with so many NFT collections out there, what makes one collection achieve higher value ultimately comes down to marketing and promotion, through the project team members and the community of NFT holders. I have seen some projects with really nice artwork, but with small community.
Like other collective hobbies, I want to collect NFT whose content interests me and has a community whom I can relate to. So, go forth and find the projects that you like, be it a Corgi or Chillin Sloth or Covid Pigeon or even a Unicorn (click the links to check the cuties out).