An Alpha Key is a single-use, 16-character alphanumeric string (e.g. XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX) which grants a user the ability to register one (1) account for The Legend of Pirates Online during the Alpha and/or Beta phase(s) of the game's development. Keys are often released by means of Alpha Key Challenges, Developer Streams, random "drops" in the game's IRC channel, and through different TLOPO-related media, websites and social media profiles.
The alphanumeric string for alpha keys is randomly generated and will always contain uppercase letters (that is, no lowercase letters) and any numbers 0-9, separated by hyphens into four sections. (e.g. XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX)
Following the announcement and release of Beta, the Alpha Key is now coined as a "Beta Key".