The second DCR comic is here! Learn about Proof-of-Work mining. What do we mean by “mining”? How are new blocks created? How does mining keep the Decred blockchain secure?
01 - Securing a blockchain requires a lot of work… and proofs of it. How does Decred's first layer of security work?
An entrance to a dark cave. There are cables going in.
Big title: Proof-of-Work, explained
02 - Those who work to keep the network secure and process transactions are called miners.
Full shot of a miner Ticket with its helmet, spanner and rubik cube (the puzzles). Some items may have little descriptions.
03 - But these are not your regular miners. They use computers to solve puzzles in exchange of new coins.
Scene: Close-up of a weird machine solving a rubik cube. The miner is putting the cube into the machine.
04 - Even high-end computers must work for several minutes to find a solution. Electricity and time costs keep the network secure.
Scene: Weird machine panel with difficulty meter and past block solving times.
05 - When they solve it, they get paid by the network and the new block is added to the blockchain.
Opened rubik cube with coins inside.
Scene option 2: Coins in a pair of hands + Blockchain of shiny rubik cubes
06 - All miners compete to be the first to find a solution. When solved, the race begins once again with a new block with pending transactions.
A miner lifting a shiny coin and a rubik cube. Other miners are sad and their cubes turned grey.
07 - Because mining requires a lot of work, those who want to cheat the network must invest tons of resources to hack it.
A hacker’s nest. He is staring at a PC screen with a shield/protected/error icon. The room is dark. On the wall hangs a Guy Fawkes mask.
08 - Yes, miners process transactions and secure the network. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility…
A miner with an imposing look. He seems big and powerful. His power makes his face shine. Other tickets behind him look worried about the whole situation.