Alex Beltramo, the lead developer of the web-based online game Dungeoneers, says that he's been quietly working on his game for years, and planned to keep it under wraps until it was finished but something came up: the presidential campaign. Beltramo believes strongly in Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul - so much so that he has pledged to give the candidate money the first time a player slays a dragon in his game. The game, for the record - is currently free. Here's Beltramo, in his own words:
"After years of crafting, our game Dungeoneers is now available for public testing. I had been planning to keep it under wraps a bit longer, but something came up…
What came up is that presidential candidate Ron Paul has a good chance to win the Republican nomination for President. And because he does not have big corporate backers, his supporters must find creative ways to promote him.
With the 'Slay a Dragon for Ron Paul' campaign, I can support both my game and Dr. Paul. When a player kills a dragon for the first time, if they agree, I will personally contribute $5 to the grassroots Super Brochure campaign for Ron Paul. My goal is that we find 5,000 Ron Paul dragon slayers so that I can contribute $25,000.
I support Ron Paul because he consistently and honestly adheres to America's core principles. He champions a constitutional government that does not wage endless wars, that does not recklessly print money, and that does not undermine our economy with intervention and corporate favoritism.
America is awakening to Ron Paul's message of liberty, financial responsibility, and peace. I am excited to have an opportunity to help. Now, please, go slay a dragon."
According to Balmeo, players of his game have raised $7500 for Paul's campaign, which means about 1500 dragons have been slain. Whatever you think of the candidate, Beltramo's method for raising money is certainly unique. You can check out the game here.