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The first player to solve an in-game puzzle in a computer game about finding a stolen beard in Beardsville will receive free Bitcoin.
The game, Who Stole My Beard?, contains 12 scraps of virtual paper, each containing a single word. The scraps form the seed phrase for an Electrum Wallet containing real Bitcoin for the first person to crack the code.
Seed phrases are a series of random words that allow whoever has them to gain access to a cryptocurrency wallet.
The developer, Californian one-man-band Neil Collier, said he transferred “some Bitcoin” to a wallet but didn’t disclose how much.
“I got converted to Bitcoin about a year ago and love it,” Collier wrote on Reddit yesterday. “Anything to raise awareness of Bitcoin (and promote my passion project)…”
Some prospective players on Reddit expressed concern about bots running the fun by mining the game for seed phrases, as is common in crypto. Collier did not respond to any of these concerns.
The game will be released on August 2nd and will be available only in fiat currency. Collier stated that he will also release a version that can be purchased with Bitcoin.
Apart from Bitcoin, the retro RPG detective game takes place in a town where everyone is required by law to wear a beard.
The player, together with his pet dog, Leo, must solve a mystery using “fake beards, goofy items and questionable wit,” according to a press release. In practice, that means darts, trivia, talking to NPCs and playing “wacky mini games.”
Who Stole My Beard? follows Collier’s other games, Football: The Hardest Job and RPG Character Builder.