Marguerite deCourcelle (better known as coin_artist) is a technologist, game designer, and blockchain enthusiast. She is the CEO of Blockade Games, a company that designs puzzles and games built on blockchain technology.
She then integrated her background into the blockchain space by becoming the Director of the Dark Wallet Puzzle, which involved creating a viral marketing campaign for cryptocurrency as an asset in educational puzzles and gameplay.
The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto
On Septmeber 2, 2014, Coin Artist revealed that she had designed a puzzle entitled The Legend of Satoshi Nakamoto . The puzzle was a series of minor puzzled that had to be solved before the painting could be accessed for a shot at discovering the private key to a Bitcoin wallet called 1FLAMEN6. It was centered on a painting created by deCourcelle entitled TORCHED H34R7S, which was inspired by William Shakespeare's The Phoenix and the Turtle . Someone had taken the coins out of the wallet three years after deCourcelle created the puzzle.
In March 2016, Coin Artist created whit34bbi7, a series of artistic puzzles and games that unlock a cryptographic treasure. She spent a total of three months on the project.
In 2017, deCourcelle served as a marketing lead for Decred, a cryptocurrency that was aimed to serve as an alternative to Bitcoin. They created consensus voting model aimed to empower stakeholders and allow for the seamless transition from one set of rules to another.