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STEAL REAL MONEY
Contest Results


This page contains the official results of The Castle Doctrine's STEAL REAL MONEY Contest.

First of all, over 1000 people participated during peak of contest on Sunday, with 859 people playing during last day on Monday. At the end, 297 of those people still had a house in the game.

$3,163,271 of in-game dollar value had accumulated in these 297 vaults. The resulting exchange rate was $1 USD for every $1054 in-game dollars. 121 lucky people ended the game with at least $1054, which translates into at least a $1 USD prize for each of them. 55 people won $10 USD or more. 6 people won $100 USD or more. As a result, I will pay out $2902 in total prize money.

Here's the prize distribution:
With those stats out of the way, on to...

The Top 9 Houses

It turns out that house #7 on the list had no painting at the end of the contest. Neither did #9. Thus, player #10 receives a painting instead.

Now that a week has passed since the end of the contest, all top players have either died or been robbed down to $0. Thus, I can share their full house maps without giving away any crucial secrets. Yes, insane genius was on full display.


#1: Aaron Bleackley (ZenRose)
$333,952

Also known as
Jeffrey William McCoy
Prize: $316 USD
AND Jason Rohrer's Dog Club
AND A giclee print of Surge After Hokusai --- by Steven Diamond

Surge After Hokusai --- by Steven Diamond

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#2: Tom Loughlin (ukuko)
$254,150

Also known as
Andrew Curtis Thomas
Prize: $241 USD
AND A Door Devil
AND A giclee print of Blythe --- by Andy Lin

Blythe --- by Andy Lin

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#3: Iceman
$200,813

Also known as
David Travis Lopez
Prize: $190 USD
AND A Door Devil
AND A giclee print of Savanna --- by Adam Saltsman

Savanna --- by Adam Saltsman

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#4: CryptoMogul
$135,160

Also known as
Hector Vance Bradley
Prize: $128 USD
AND A Door Devil
AND A giclee print of Down Goes Frazier --- by Jason Stevenson

Down Goes Frazier --- by Jason Stevenson

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#5: SecretBeachIsStillAlive (stars)
$119,720

Also known as
Charles Carl Perez
Prize: $113 USD
AND A Door Devil
AND A giclee print of Speech Balloon --- by Frank Lantz

Speech Balloon --- by Frank Lantz

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#6: Jeremiah Reid (jere)
$119,698

Also known as
John Robert Carpenter
Prize: $113 USD
AND A Custom Cartridge Shopping Spree
AND A giclee print of Redface --- by Phil Fish

Redface --- by Phil Fish

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#7: KimJaeSung
$87,853

Also known as
James Mark Worley
Prize: $83 USD
AND A Custom Cartridge Shopping Spree


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#8: Meier Ernst
$87,225

Also known as
Steven Shaun Black
Prize: $82 USD
AND A Custom Cartridge Shopping Spree
AND A giclee print of Warhol --- by Victor Stone

Warhol --- by Victor Stone

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#10: Christopher Hart (Synthesis)
$82,269

Also known as
Andrew Richard Whitfield
Prize: $78 USD
AND A giclee print of One of Two --- by Chris Bell

One of Two --- by Chris Bell

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Thank you, everyone, for participating.

So... did this contest work to promote the game before launch? Was it worth running? Absolutely. The buzz around the contest created the second biggest pre-Steam sales day in Castle Doctrine history: 795 people bought the game in one day. This was topped only by the alpha launch day back in March 2013, when 826 people bought the game.

All told the contest cost me around $4500 to run, which is cheaper than advertising for a week on any noteworthy website. The sales generated from the coverage on a single day more than covered this cost. It didn't annoy innocent bystanders (like advertising does), and it added to the world and community of the game in an interesting and meaningful way.

And, perhaps most importantly, it created an incredibly tense moment in history that I, and many members of the game's community, will never forget.

4:59pm PST on Monday, January 27, 2014.