To cut a long story short, Beautiful Desolation, a new isometric sci-fi point-and-click adventure by the Bischoff brothers (Stasis, Cayne) has just been released, and I'm giving away my backer key (the game is dirt cheap in Russian Steam store anyway). Let's do it this way: here is a totally unrelated GA for a random decent adventure game (basic rules). If you're able to enter (meaning you're an honest gamer & SG user), please do the following on the GA page:

  1. Post a link to your Stasis achievements page. I don't care about achievement hunting, I just want to know that you've played the game before today.
  2. Explain why you want to play Beautiful Desolation (I'll be totally subjective here, please don't be offended if I don't choose you).
  3. Be level 3+ :)

I'll likely temporarily add you to my whitelist after the above so that you can enter the GA for Beautiful Desolation. If you're already on my WL, then you don't need to do anything, you're already awesome :)

The GA is not on yet, still waiting for the game to be added to the list.
Update: still waiting...

I'm off for today, hopefully by the time I'm back it will be possible to finally create that giveaway.
Sorry guys, the game is still not on the list, I've sent a support ticket. You'll all have enough time to enter when the game is finally on the list.

The giveaway is on at last.

1 month ago*

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I was a KS backer, so not requesting entry to your g/a, but it's very cool to be hosting one.
https://steamcommunity.com/id/robilar5500/stats/appid/380150

1 month ago
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I also backed this myself and am a bit torn on this one, since they added combat - to an adventure game!! so no request nor entry, but woah, what a nice thing to do!
You make it sound though as if Russia's cheap prices were also cheap for Russians. I was under the impressions that for a Russian your prices have the same "feel" to them as, say, European prices to Europeans, meaning equally in a regional kind of way. Is that not so? Or are you just lucky and somehow privileged? Sorry, I might be asking some sensitive personal question here, but as always, I'm a curious person and I watched a lot of Sesame Street as a kid ... German theme song had a line "Wer nicht fragt, bleibt dumm", which roughly translates to "You never ask - you never know" ... and additionally today I learned that apparently our Sesame Street theme song was different from everybody else's o.O ... sooo yeah, wow, that's a lot of text in my spoiler tag, anyways, long story short: I just ask. Please don't be offended. <3

1 month ago
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For what it's worth, the dev says the combat is, "just one of the story lines. You can ignore it totally and take an alternate route."
Unclear how much of the game you might miss out on, but it is at least optional. Also it's turn-based...not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing compared to other combat mechanisms.

1 month ago
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Who knows, it might even spice up the experience in the end, tho when I first read about it I was pretty upset, they were advertising a classic adventnure game after all. Personally I like turn-based the least of all combat styles - it's soooo boring - so that's not a turn-on, and as far as the skipping goes, I'll find out probably real soon, because unlike you I'm already downloading the game and will start playing it in the near future.

1 month ago
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Enjoy! And I'd be curious to hear what you thought of the combat (or if you skipped it).

1 month ago
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Why would I be offended? :) What I've meant is that there used to be a standard Russian equivalent of $20 price tag, namely 400-450 roubles, but lately many games at the same international price range are being sold at a considerably higher price (like 2-3 times higher). Fortunately The Brotherhood didn't go the same unpleasant way and set a standard affordable price.

1 month ago*
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All depends on which regions you consider.
7 EU countries have an average net wage below 900. So I wouldn't think people in those countries get the same price "feel" as residents of some other European countries.

1 month ago
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Thanks for doing this :)

Have a bump!

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1 month ago
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meaning you're an honest gamer & SG user

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Another happy Kickstarter backer here! I'm sure I won't play for a long time (at least until it's patched a couple of times), but looking forward to it nonetheless. And cool idea for a giveaway! I hope you find a "worthy" winner who will play the game. I've had people swear they were going to play a game I gave them (outside of SG), but no dice.

1 month ago
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I have no interest in playing Beautiful Desolation, but I do want to play God's Basement, so Thanks :)

I have not played Stasis or Cayne yet, but I am interested in both and they will be played eventually.

1 month ago
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I am not on your whitelist but still awesome anyway. :p

Seems like an interesting game, never heard of before.

1 month ago
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That's actually weird, I could swear you were on my WL (and I don't mean the current temporary one). Fixed :)

1 month ago
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Atleast it wasn't a mistake like when someone puts you on their blacklist by accident instead of their whitelist (it happened). :p

Thanks alot.

1 month ago
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Cheers for the tips. Had Stasis.. and they all look good. Will get to them at some point in life 😎

Passing on the GA's.. ty though 👍

1 month ago
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I don't have Statis and never heard about this one before today.
But thank you for the discovery of beautiful Desolation that I just added to my wishlist hoping to do it one day ^^

1 month ago
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i've played stasis on gog, and it was quite special, liked to play something like sanitarium was in the past. also cayne was fun, nice from the developer to offer it for free. so anyway i will buy beautiful desolation sometime when it's slightly more discounted, but it'd be even better to win it earlier.

1 month ago
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Ok, added.

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thanks for the chance.

1 month ago
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Well, I'm not about to play Stasis just so I can be added to your whitelist. The whole "honest gamer & SG user" is a bit of BS though, right?

1 month ago
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Well, that was rude, but whatever suits you, I guess.

1 month ago
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Don't worry about it, often she/he gives similar comments to people.

1 month ago
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Ok, let's clarify things:

  1. Your account must have activated all the won gifts. how does this mean someone's honest, it just means they've done the expected thing of any normal individual.
  2. Your account is not allowed to have won the same game multiple times. this goes without saying, and I personally believe it's SG's fault if one is able to enter for a game that's already been won by them before.
  3. Your account must never been VAC banned. Though I generally agree with the sentiment, I've met enough people with a VAC-ban from a long time ago who's ban was uncalled for, and others that deserved it and learned their lesson (that's why people get VAC-bans in the first place, it's to hopefully stop them from doing whatever it was that got them there).

So, what you're implying is if someone can't enter, "you're dishonest and an SG abuser."
I wasn't being rude, your comment about honesty just came across as rather "holier than thou".
I can't enter

1 month ago
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How is it SG's fault if you entered for the same game you already won? That is entirely your fault.

1 month ago
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I don't know about you, but it will either tell me "Previously Won" or "Exists in Account". So either way, I shouldn't be able to enter it.

Unless you've had another experience of being able to enter for something you previously won? I'm happy to be corrected.

1 month ago
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Scenario 1, the obvious implication is you activated it rather than regifting or reselling, which is the purpose of the rule anyway.

Scenario 2, you asking the host to reroll would satisfy the conditions under which you never won the same game more than once. Otherwise, see the reason for rule 1.

Scenario 3. Obvious of course.

Really, they're all obvious. Doesn't really seem like the type of thing to make a point of railing against.

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S1, if we are to assume SGTools takes into consideration that the user owns all the games they won, how can it say for certain that they key wasn't used elsewhere? The only example I can think of the moment is, say, you buy a bundle, don't activate anything, and then win one of the games from that bundle here, activate the game using the key you got in the bundle, and fob the key off to someone else?

S2, In the rare occasion when this might happen, I'm wondering HOW this might happen? (see my post above.)

S3, whatever man, this is a judgment call, you can love it and leave it, just not something I would use as a rule myself personally when restricting entry into a giveaway. At the end of the day, just cos you have a VAC-ban doesn't suddenly mean you don't play games or are more or less honest than anyone else.

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S2: When a game isn't recognized by Steam yet would be the most common reason I think. I don't recall the criteria for that though (total hours played by all owners, total copies sold...can't remember. I should probably look lol).

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Yeah, if you read my post, I mention the "Previously Won" restriction, which if that actually works, I shouldn't be able to enter for the same game a second time. I am curious to know though why someone would request a re-roll for a game they actually want, only to enter again in the future for that same game... (perhaps a change of heart?) I don't understand why that would be punished, I'm just trying to get clarification, but I suspect the OP isn't going to reply to me now, so I'm gonna stop what's become a thread hijack and shut up now.

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I'm sure it happens if the wins happen within a very short window, like they ended within a few seconds/minutes of each other, and a person or bot mass joined that specific game's g/a's. But, the generic rule is probably a bit outdated now that SG actually tracks that stuff better.

It does seem pretty silly to get upset over the inclusion of the rule though, eh? You could simply protest by not entering lol.

1 month ago
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Nah, the whole getting upset was over the unnecessary comment "(meaning you're an honest gamer & SG user)". I don't think he considered the negative connotations of being called dishonest just because someone might have "broken" one of those rules... it seemed to me like an unintentional dig at more people than perhaps the intended audience. OP is free to say what they like, as are we all. The comment didn't apply to me in the strictest sense, but it does irk me when someone implies something inadvertently and then gets offended when someone asks them about it. I've already spent too much time on this, hah.

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Right on.

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1 month ago
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Haven't played yet, and processor not being stronk enough :D I'm just happy the game exists, and it's pretty cheap to begin with!

1 month ago
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https://steamcommunity.com/id/kpax83/stats/appid/380150/achievements

Stasis was a blast for me, it's atmosphere reminded me Alien movies, it has amazing artwork (I'm in love with isometric oldschool art). It was an unforgivable journey, ending was something that I've thought of during next few days. After that I've started Cayne immediately, somehow I liked it less and didn't finished yet, but will do for sure. And Beautiful Desolation looks even more promising than Stasis, with smoother artwork, cool design and nice setting. It looks like a game, which I would play immediately.

1 month ago
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You may like to check out the Alien Breed series. I played the first one (Impact) recently and quite enjoyed my time.

1 month ago
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Thanks for suggestion, gotta try it too.

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Added.

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Thank you!

1 month ago
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The giveaway is finally on, sorry for the delay.

1 month ago
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I played and enjoyed Cayne but haven't played Stasis yet so I can't fulfill your requirements. I'm just glad I learned about this game today so I can add it to my wishlist.

1 month ago
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I backed it on Kickstarter as well. I hope this one is gonna be a real success, they deserve it.

1 month ago
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Giving this a bump ^^

1 month ago
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I watched a Let's Play of Stasis instead of actually playing it, because I am a horror wimp. That said, an old-fashioned isometric adventure game sounds like a fantastic thing to play, so thanks for making the thread and bringing it to our attention. :)

1 month ago
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BD backer here too, have a bump !

1 month ago
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There's a Fanatical coupon for 15% off Beautiful Desolation (which I refuse to write in all caps) that comes with a free key to STASIS (which I am willing to write in all caps) if you buy before March 4th.
I assume the coupon code is easy to come by? Otherwise, if somebody wants it, give me a shout.

1 month ago
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Extra bump for giveaway going live!

1 month ago
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thanks again

1 month ago
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Visibility Bump

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I would like to be your temporarily whitelist and try to play this new game. It looks great and thanks for the chance. However, I haven't played Stasis yet. +_+

1 month ago
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bump since I bought the game yesterday directly from the dev website, so they get more revenue

1 month ago
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Thank you! I've only had a little bit of time to play the game so far, and it's pretty awesome, I hope you'll enjoy it :)

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