The full FAQ from the Vanishing Point site.
What is the Vanishing Point?
The Vanishing Point is a puzzle challenge that spans the globe. Why? Because I was tasked with giving away incredible prizes, but they didn't say I had to make it easy. Each week, 12 puzzles, themed around an obsession of mine will be presented at www.vanishingpointgame.com. Just registering earns you the chance for some incredible prizes, including the sub-orbital flight of a lifetime. All you have to do is solve my puzzles before they vanish, to earn chances to win'.
What are the prizes?
I'm giving away all kinds of stuff: a trip into sub-orbital space to see to the ultimate vista, computers, devices and software. To see the full list of prizes check here, but I'll let you in on a little secret. If you are the first person to find and solve my secret puzzle, you can have your name engraved and immortalized on an AMD chip for a production run through March 31, 2007.
How do you play?
Here's the game: click on a puzzle box when the countdown hits zero, and you'll find a page with a dozen puzzles for you to solve and earn points (entries) for a chance to win the prizes. Watch footage of real world events that I have staged around the world, and then try the puzzles online. I've embedded in the real world events key information that you will need in order to solve the puzzles.
How can you earn points?
Each time you solve a puzzle correctly, you earn a specific number of points (entries) listed on each puzzle. There are easy to hard puzzles - I've done my best to challenge you. At the end of the sweepstakes, each point is good for one sweepstakes entry. The more points you have the more chances you have to win. Here is a list of how to earn points.
What are the real world events?
To make it more fun and challenging for you, I have arranged special events in cities around the globe over the next few weeks - one every week. Each will be an unusual spectacle, and you will have to look carefully, because hidden in these events are the pieces you'll need to solve the online puzzles.
What if I can't be at an event?
No problem. After each real world event, I will broadcast footage of the event on www.vanishingpointgame.com so that you can see what you missed.
If you're going to broadcast the events, why should I show up live?
Each live event will be amazing. I've arranged some spectacular feats that the world has never seen before and should not be missed. Plus, for those of you over 21 who can show up at the final Seattle event, I've arranged for an extra special celebration.
Will prizes be given away at events?
Prizes will not be given out at events. Prizes will be awarded on or about February 2, 2007 after the January 30, 2007 deadline for earning points. Once the final points are calculated, a random drawing will determine who the prize winners are, and which prizes they will receive. For complete details click here.
Will someone really get to experience "sub-orbital flight"?
Yes. One grand prize winner will win a seat on a sub-orbital flight on Rocketplane. For all the prize details, click here.
Who can enter?
This sweepstakes is open only to individuals 18 years or older (or have reached the age of majority in Country of residence) at time of entry who are legal residents of the following Countries: Australia, Canada (except the Province of Quebec), Germany, Singapore, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, France, Italy, Spain and the United States and District of Columbia. Void in the Province of Quebec and where prohibited by law.
When does the sweepstakes begin and end?
The Sweepstakes begins at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time ("PT") on January 8, 2007 and ends at 9:00 p.m. PT on January 30, 2007 ("Promotion Period").