So you want to create public GAs, but you don't want bots and auto-join scripts to enter? Good. Just post a comment in this thread with a link to an invite-only giveaway. The idea is very simple and is really not different from many (most?) of the other threads in the forum, except that you don't need to invest much time or thought into it. Just post the link in a comment, and you're done :-)

A few additional guidelines:

  • Feel free to obfuscate the link to make it more difficult for bots/scripts to enter. This is completely optional and may not make much of a difference, because the forums are probably not as infested with bots and auto-join scripts as public giveaways (see example).
  • You may use itstoohard.com, sgtools.info or other sites as filters to the link, but do try to keep things easy (for humans) to enter.
  • Don't feel obligated to write anything to accompany the giveaway link. If you have stuff to share beyond just the link, you probably should create a dedicated thread for it. Needless to say, you can also write it here, but it's not required.
  • Cross-posting giveaways your posted in other threads is fine, as long as they are your giveaways.
  • If you want to add a dynamic signature showing the game name, giveaway end date and current number of entries, but without revealing the URL to bots, you can use this tool created by Reforced. It takes the signature created by SG and provides you with a new URL that hides the original giveaway address. Just add it to your comment using the regular format for posting images: ![](URL)
  • Just like public GAs typically have a lot of entries, there's no need to maintain a low number of entries in GAs posted here. If you want to give especially good odds to people who enter and still get CV, you may want to instead consider posting the link here (and then remove it when you have your 5 entries). This is not needed here in this thread. The more (humans) the merrier :-)
  • The best way to bump this thread is by posting a link to your own invite-only giveaway. With that said, if the thread drops from the first page a regular "Bump" would also be appreciated.

I'm trying to find how serious the issue with bots really is. So far the results don't really prove things one way or another. Here are some stats from my latest experiment:

Game: Space Trader: Merchant Marine
Number of giveaways: 5
Period: 3 days

Giveaway # Level Type Number of entries Winner's Sent:Won Reroll needed?
1 Level 0+ Public 891 0:82 No
2 Level 0+ Invite only, direct link 55 4:47 No
3 Level 0+ Invite only, SGTools (no restrictions) 48 6:71 No
4 Level 0+ Invite only, shortened URL, captcha-free 50 1:205 No
5 Level 0+ Invite only, shortened URL with "I'm not a robot" captcha 54 162:86 No

Yet some more stats:

Giveaway game Period Level Type Number of entries Winner's Sent:Won Reroll needed?
Tales from the Void 5 days Level 0+ Public 755 0:37 No
Tales from the Void 5 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 183 42:514 No
Hyper Box 4 days Level 0+ Public 554 0:32 No
Hyper Box 4 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 193 178:188 No
Ace Combat Assault Horizon 3 days Level 0+ Public 1596 0:28 Yes
Ace Combat Assault Horizon 3 days Level 0+ Invite only, obfuscated link 234 88:107 No
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5x "Fish for gold", +1, 35 minutes remaining

/giveaway/ P 8 7 U G /fish-for-gold

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game is this one 5x, level 1, 25 minutes remaining
giveaway/ t T t r A /neoboom

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Encore

giveaway/ v g W x y /neoboom

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Ghost Files: The Face of Guilt , 1+, 3 days remaining

/giveaway/ q R 7 c k /ghost-files-the-face-of-guilt

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Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition, bundle containing base game and DLC. Ended.
Please make sure you don't own the base game before entering.

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LOL!!!

cg, look at that domain!!!

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I aim to amuse! :)

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thanks for the puzzle

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Bump.

1 week ago
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This giveaway was meant to be public, but somehow I hadn't realized I made an invite only giveaway. Here you guys go:
Game is Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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Bump and meow

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Bump

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Too bad it is VR, I love Star Trek!

But you have enough entries now, so all is well.

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It's playable without VR, but I don't know if it's any good then :3

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Thanks!
But no idea if it would be enjoyable then, so better leave it too someone with a fancy VR set!

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Yep, that was my thought too. Furthermore, it's meant to be played with friends, so that a whole other barrier.

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Giving away UnderRail and LostWinds.

Layers of Fear: Masterpiece Edition still has a day left, so check that out too.

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Bump!

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Have no idea how to uncode this, lol Ttwosquareda??

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Try saying it out loud.

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Bump

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bump

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Bumpo

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Bump!

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🤜🤛

1 week ago
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boop :3

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The LostWinds one has me stumped.

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The first ? is in a place not usually used for these hints. The second is in the normal place, but a little more subtle. ;)

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I was so close and then I found another way. :p

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Bump!

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Bump!

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Thank you! Have Underrail on my wishlist.

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Thank you! UnderRail looks fun!

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I managed to find url for Layers of Fear and UnderRail, but LostWinds is too shady
I supposed that last two ?? are same letters, but i failed

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Maybe you pay attention to the description of the UnderRail giveaway.

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Thank you.
I think it would be unbeatable for me without your hint

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Glad you got it!

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bump!

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bump

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Thanks

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Bump.

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Bump/thanks!

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Thank you bump :D

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Short Train [LVL 1+]

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bump

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bump

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thanks

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I own all the games but nice puzzle and nice train still, have a bump! (And bonus points, I loved the game Dex)

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Ba da Bump

Thanks!

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BUMP

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Do bots solve jigidi puzzles too? xD

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Bump!

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That's a dirty bumper combo lol

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Bump!

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Bump and meow

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Bump

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bump ty

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bump

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Thanks for the puzzle, and here's a bump!

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Bump, nice little train!

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Happy Cake Day! 😃

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Oh, wow. Thanks. I didn't even notice.

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Thanks for the great train! ;)

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Thanks!

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Here is a quicky for Carmageddon: Max Damage requirement level 3
Edit: It doesn't activate in Germany (according to the thread on SG) keep it in mind I forgot to check that before creating the giveaway.
Edit 2: Ended.

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Thanks =)

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ARMA 2
Take on Helicopters
13 hrs remaining - for level 2 or above

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Bump

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Bump?

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Bump

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Anyone? Hey? Bump

5 days ago
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Your giveaways ended three hours ago. You just have to wait for the winner to accept your game.

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Isn't this word used to raise the topic? Sorry, I'm just new here)

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Yes, that's correct. Sorry, since you were a new user, I thought that maybe you didn't know how it worked because of the "Anyone? Hey?"

Bump away :)

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Ou )
Nothing, it seems we misunderstood each other)

Although, in fact, I have not yet fully mastered here, so I can make mistakes ^ _ ^

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the giveaway link doesn't work

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look carefully at the link ;)

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oh lol im stupid

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oh not so..you just wasnt use to that...now you know ^_^

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Bump! Thank you for sharing.

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Steam game: Suicide Guy
Giveaway Link: Anti Bot Link


?? = iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAABkAAAAQCAYAAADj5tSrAAAAAXNSR0IArs4c6QAAAARnQU1BAACxjwv8YQUAAAAJcEhZcwAADsMAAA7DAcdvqGQAAAC8SURBVDhP7ZLBDcMgDEU9lwdiHqZhGYb5tR1oibGlNJWqHvokDoTE336E8AV+N6QVAlFBG/sVO+OKPvbKvUlakRBGXSsZDYUIxaXf1HUUY59i4fuEeYh9oFrGcgoiLfbMjyHEIb2CTy8fnZ8KbMpiVcplXXuXTlmiSklCOipL0alqLtfmqixTpQQhI+CK76eyXJWSh6xfzJ9gqzKUMct5rErJL34q0iVTtSqFglZtwrCBF5cv/hP+IW8APAC6paINEHpT3QAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==
GA runs for 1 week, good luck!

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ok... seems like I am a bot

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+1, lol ;)

3 days ago
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thx for puzzle :)

3 days ago
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You're welcome ;)

3 days ago
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Thank you :)

3 days ago
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Good Luck! Bol şanslar ;)

3 days ago
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Legit, I can't solve that puzzle haha

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Haha i bet you can do it :) If i had that PFP, i would solve the puzzle.

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Still have no idea :c

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Bump and meow

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I tried 23 different ciphers, and ... NOTHING!

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23 ciphers?! You are obviously a bot, and the Anti Bot Link works ;)

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Yeah, I`m bot. Very stupid bot xD

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You have 5 days 4 hours, keep trying, never give up! Bump! Only 7 entries so far...

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bump Thanks :)

1 day ago
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Bump for cool mini puzzle.

1 day ago
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are you protecting the giveaway from skynet lol

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NO! I'm protecting the GA from BOTS! It is easy, is just uncommon.

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I instantly recocgnized the cypher, or so I thought. Output was gibberish, so now I'm not really sure what was used here.

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Had the same situation. You're probably really damn close. Google is your friend. What you recognized is probably correct (so you should look more into that), but the gibberish output suggest you used what you recognized in the typical way which is not right.

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где там конец комментариев

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Haven't found a fast way to go there either. I just press end key and then press last button (btw I don't know русский).

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So this is just a SGTools test which leads to Crazy Taxi (yes super meh, but what can you do).
It has these rules (read them and then don't click the link, sorry to waste your time).

  • Custom rule: num_won == 0 and wishlist_date < date('2019/08/25')
  • Your account must never been VAC banned.
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lol

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It seems to work as intended. Tested if I can enter, and I can't ;)

16 hours ago
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+1 :-D

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Thanks for testing. 23 hours have passed still no entries.

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