Getting Started with NFTs on Hic Et Nunc
Hic Et Nunc (HEN) launched in March. The site and interface have been growing rapidly and are still evolving. Here is how to get started on the platform.
Setting up a wallet
Your wallet will hold your cryptocurrency and enable you to buy and sell. It’s also how you connect, or log in, to HEN. We’ll focus on the Temple and Kukai wallets, which at different points have been recommended by HEN. These options store your data locally on your computer.
When setting up a wallet, you’ll be presented with an automatically generated 8- to 12-word seed phrase. You’ll need the seed phrase to recover your wallet or to install it on another computer. Make sure you write down your seed phrase and put it in a safe place. If you lose the seed phrase or it falls into someone else’s possession, you will not be able access or recover your wallet, which means you will lose your money.
Once you have downloaded your wallet browser extension, you’ll want to make sure it’s accessible. For example, in Chrome and Firefox you can pin it, so it’s always visible as an icon in your toolbar.
Connecting to HEN
Once you have your wallet, you’ll want to go to hicetnunc.xyz. At the top right of your screen you’ll see the word “sync” next to three stacked lines. Click on “sync.” A popup will appear, and you’ll be prompted to connect your wallet. You should see the wallet you’ve installed as the first option. Click on it to connect to the site. Once you’re connected, the word “sync” will become a string of letters and numbers. This is your wallet address, and it indicates that you’re now connected to HEN.
Once you’ve connected your wallet to HEN, you’re going to need a transaction on the blockchain to initiate your account. There are three ways to do this.
Purchase Tezos via a coin exchange like Kraken or Coinbase. (Please note that in some states, like New York, you may not be able to purchase Tezos from a coin exchange owing to regulatory difficulties with the state’s BitLicense.)
Have someone send you Tezos to help you get started. Just make sure you give them the correct wallet address.
Apply to the Tezos Fountain at HEN, which will provide you with a small amount of Tezos to get started. Access the form here: https://forms.gle/9NnshQ92tjs4JPw46
After you’ve activated your account, you’ll be able to buy Tezos via a coin exchange or by visiting https://tzkt.io/yourwalletaddress. After the final forward slash add your wallet address. (It starts with tz**.)** Once you include your wallet address, this link will take you to your ledger, where you’ll be able to see all your transactions. Toward the top of your page, you’ll see a link that says “buy Tezos with a credit card.” Click on the link. (Once more, you won’t be able to purchase Tezos with a New York billing address.)
Congratulations! You’re now ready to start minting NFTs!
How to set up a Temple Wallet
How to set up a Kukai mobile wallet
How to Mint (upload) an NFT
How to Swap (sell) an NFT
How to access the HEN Community
How to discover NFTs
• Vertical Crypto, founded by Micol Apruzzese, is a hub for all things related to Crypto Art: https://verticalcrypto.art
• Pop Twig is a collective of curators, collectors and artists whose mission is to aid the discovery of art on HEN: twitter.com/poptwig (Disclosure: I’m part of the collective.)
• This discovery tool by Mark Knol enables you to sort through art on the platform by price, tags, creator and so on: https://projects.stroep.nl/hicetnunc
Where to find events
• Hicathon, a gathering of the HEN community, focuses on the design, direction and governance of the platform: hicathon.xyz/
• Columbia DSL hosts monthly HEN meetups, as well as staging large global collaborations. Our latest is a blockchain fairy tale: http://digitalstorytellinglab.com
How to locate tools
Hic et Nunc Tools is a repository of community-created tools and resources to improve the HEN experience: https://www.hicetnunc.tools/
Where to learn more about hosted files
If you are concerned about how your media (photo, video, audio) is hosted, you can learn more about how hic et nunc supports IPFS pinning here: https://youtu.be/mFuPAxFKn-k