Different in nature than most if not all previous games on Twitter, which have basically been boringly text based and along the lines of Q&A trivia quizzes or math puzzles, the new Blackjack game has the appearance to the user of being resident on Twitter, in that after the deal, play continues entirely within the user's Twitter timeline, using links as commands to the dealer to HIT or STAY. A typical hand might look like this:
NEW HAND: Dealer: 2♦ Player: K♠ 5♠ bj-HIT.com bj-STAY.com
I HIT w/: 2 cards.Dealer:
DealerWin I STAYED AT: Player: K♠ 5♠ A♥ Dealer: 2♦ 7♣ J♦ bj-DEAL.com/
Using cleverly named domains to represent the actions for HIT and STAY as redirects, the player sends their commands by taking the appropriate link, and behind the scenes the Bwackjack.com program fires off a Tweet from the player's account which then appears in their Twitter timeline, thus giving the appearance and experience of playing the hand right on Twitter. BwackJack.com calls this "virtual residency."
The hand itself at each stage of the deal is well represented by special characters for the 4 suits of cards, the card values themselves with single letters or numbers.
The site is currently beta testing and users are encouraged to play for free and supply feedback or suggestions via Twitter and or email.
Over the next few days, the site will be introducing chip count score keeping to make it more interesting, as well as allowing players to register their unique “monikers,”
Obviously, since the site is in the US, this is all monopoly money if you will, and the proceeds of chip sales, after operating expenses, which are imagined to be fairly low, will go to charity. Bwackjack.com's hopes are to create a popular and highly visible website that will generate both awareness for any number of good causes as well as revenue in the way of donations from chip sales.
Encouraging people to purchase chips will be done by bartering free advertising for businesses and websites in exchange, and promoting a variety of tournaments heavily to the point where bragging rights become a distinguished feather in the cap of winners, and the site plans to be actively seeking celebrity endorsements for these purposes as well.
So, if you're both a Twitter fan and a Blackjack one as well, this new offering appears to be a winner. To deal yourself a hand, visit the site at http://BwackJack.com, where you can take an option to sign in securely via Twitter Oauth without having to reveal your Twitter password.
To contact the developers with feedback, suggestions or questions, they can be reached at http://Twitter.com/