Starting today, the online gambling game Cordial Minuet launches for all to play. The creepy and deceptively simple strategy game can only be played with real money, provided via your credit card. This may dissuade many potential players, but the game can be played for just pennies. The minimum deposit is $2.oo, which leaves you with $1.64 after a credit card processing fee. That’s enough to play 164 penny games.
The mechanics of the game itself are simple and are probably best explained by the video below in three quick minutes:
The largest amount that can be deposited via credit card is $999,999.99, but customer service can be contacted if you want to add more. To further entice players, a 12 day competition is being held for cash prizes and a series of amulets. Each amulet is made up of either pure copper, pure silver, and pure gold. Players can only win one amulet, which are rumored to have life-affirming secrets on their reverse sides. The front-facing side: strange carvings taken from the game.
In order to win an amulet, a player must gain points by winning a game of Cordial Minuet against a cabal member. Players lose a point when they lose against a cabal member. The catch is that there is only one known cabal member, creator of the game Jason Rohrer. The other cabal members’ identities are secret and you will never know if you are playing against them or not.
What does this mean? What is the significance of the amulets? What are the cabal? There are no answers to these questions as the entire game itself is shrouded in mystery. The following paragraph, taken from the contest’s web page, should be more than enough to prove how strange this whole thing is:
Do you know how to get WHATEVER YOU WANT and even more using NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING? Have you ever built a WORKING RADIO with NO POWER SOURCE? Do you know how much an OUNCE OF GOLD could buy in ANCIENT ROME? Shockingly, this is only the TIP OF THE ICEBERG.
Cordial Minuet is available for download for PC, Mac, Linux, and Source at www.cordialminuet.com.
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