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We're back and this time we're making a social game using blockchain (yes, really!) and badges!
We're back and this time we're making a social game using blockchain (yes, really!) and badges!
92 backers pledged $18,635 to help bring this project to life.

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So we've been trolling you all on Twitter about this whole "Blockchain" badge concept and the general reaction has been:
"They must be trolling!"
and
"Cryptocurrency mining on a badge??"

The truth lies somewhere between; sure we've had some fun trolling but we think we've found an interesting use for a distributed blockchain!  Our blockchain implementation is a little different:
1.  It's not a centralized blockchain like bitcoin but instead a distributed "tree" of interactions
2.  It operates on collaborative proof of work proving interactions are authentic
3.  It runs on sneakernet instead of the interwebs!

As you walk around DEFCON and meet other folks wearing one of our badges you will trade one of your White Blocks and they will begin doing their Proof of Work.  A special animation plays on each of your badges to tell you that it's building the new block.  When this process completes you will see a special completion animation before your badge and the attached blocks resume their normal bling patterns.

The goal is to do this trade with as many folks as you can, swapping your White Blocks and gaining new interactions to build your score.

We've decided to spice up the game a little with a bit of pay-to-play because capitalism!  We've offering some special blocks that aren't meant to be swapped that come in a variety of colors and with different effects on your badge and/or the game.  See the reward levels for more information.

Risks and challenges

We're running pretty close to the deadline to get hardware made in China on time, hence we're not shipping any of these out. We will announce times to come collect your badge in person at DefCon and the earlier you pick it up the more time you will have to play!

We're watching component stocks and have some backup components in mind if they go out of stock so we've put limits on the reward levels this year. We will keep you all updated if this impacts production.

We're also still developing the firmware and testing the game mechanism; we believe this will be finished during the manufacturing phase.

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    Fist Bump (and sticker)

    We'll give you a fist-bump if we see you at DefCon and a sticker!

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    The Basic Badge Kit

    Your basic badge kit comes with 1 Genesis Block, and 3 "normal" White Blocks.

    This gets you started with our social game and allows you have our blinky bling around your neck at DefCon!

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    • Genesis Block
    • White Block
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    Fancypants Badge Kit

    All the goodies in the Basic Badge Kit PLUS you get to choose ONE of our various SPECIAL color blocks that have special powers of animation or color manipulation that will give your badge a bit of flair.

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    • Genesis Block
    • White Block
    • Special Colored Block
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    Fancypants Badge Kit II

    Double the fancy, double the pants!

    All the goodies in the Basic Badge Kit PLUS you get to choose TWO of our various SPECIAL color blocks that have special powers of animation or color manipulation that will give your badge a bit of flair.

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    • White Block
    • Special Colored Block
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    Mr/Mrs Moneybags Badge Kit

    Got extra money and want to give it to us? This level comes with all the goodies in the Basic Badge Kit PLUS you get a SPECIAL Silver Block that increases the points you earn as you play. Those you interact with will benefit as well so expect to be popular!

    Yup; we're not above selling you an advantage in the game!

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    • White Block
    • Silver Block
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    Fancypants Badge Kit III

    Triple threat!

    All the goodies in the Basic Badge Kit PLUS you get to choose THREE of our various SPECIAL color blocks that have special powers of animation or color manipulation that will give your badge a bit of flair.

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    • Genesis Block
    • White Block
    • Special Colored Block
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    Richy McRichpants Badge Kit

    Well look at you! You clearly are a person of refined and expensive taste and you don't mind showing the poor plebs out there just where they rank in the world, do you?

    This level comes with everything in the normal kit PLUS a GOLD-PLATED Block that gives you even more points than the Silver Block does!

    You will be even more popular and we're sure that members of the appropriate gender you prefer will flock to you to marvel at this amazing badge you wear proudly upon your neck!

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    • Gold Block
    • White Block
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    Ultra Exclusive Personalized Badge!

    Are all these lesser kits beneath your notice? Do you need something truly special? Do you have more money than sense and/or a strong desire to help a couple of nerds make a blinky bling game for folks to play at DefCon 26? Then this level is for you!

    For just a select few individuals we will deliver both a Gold and a Silver Block, the normal kit, and we will laser-engrave your handle/name on the badge. We will also give these special Genesis Blocks their own unique viral animation that you can spread among those who interact with you. Witness your impact on the game as your animation spreads and know that mere mortals stand in awe of your influence and power!

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    • Gold Block
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