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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Thanks - 3 -

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Thanks!

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Bump!

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bump!

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I need 3 more entries for PAC-MANβ„’ CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2
I will temporarily add you to my wishlist until the end of the giveaway to participate.
I'll take the first three to ask
(end in 15 hours)

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me! thanks

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added! thanks

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hmm, seems you have the game so you can't join sorry

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wow wasn't aware of that (:
thanks anyway

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May I?

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Oops, I already own the game :(
But, I would love to be in your WL :)

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^^ no problem

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i have 100 people in my wishlist and don't want to add more for now
sorry. maybe later ;)

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I would like to try, thanks!

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Added!

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May I enter?

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Added! thanks

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Thanks to you

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can you add me please ?

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You already have the game sorry.

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no problem thanks

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Can I enter?

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Added! Thanks

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Hi tucsoufle,
Is it possible to be added?
Thanks in advance!

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Hi. you already have the game ;)

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Oh, sorry that I'm overlooked the game! >_<

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No problem don't worry ;)

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Small platformer that looked interesting.
RITE Level 2+ [ENDED]
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1322650/RITE/

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Thank you for the chance, Lexp. :)

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This thread don't need your, daily, bumps

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You forgot to write it to someone who did bump after me, as well as to all those who did it before me. You still have a lot of work, don’t stop.

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Bump!

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boop :3

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Thanks =)

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Thanks

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Thank you

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Thank you!

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Please read
Requisite to enter is having Randals monday on their steam account.
I need at least 5 people to whitelist to participate in my giveaway of "Olorun: Theocracy" https://store.steampowered.com/app/692780/Olorun_Theocracy/

Entering on this gw means that you accept the giveaway being deleted if the key is for the other game
But there is a chance that the key could be for Randals Monday instead, For that reason the requisite is to have "Randals Monday" bought on his account in order for me to delete and create the giveaway again with the correct game, if this sound too complicate for you please just keep going

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may I join in?

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I already own Randals Monday. May I join then?

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Of course, both can join. Ill wait until getting at least 5 persons tho.
Entering on this gw means that you accept that the giveaway will be deleted if the key is for the other game are you okay with that?

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I'm ok :)

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may i?

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You cant, You dont have Randals monday, im sorry

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can i join too ?

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You cant, You dont have Randals monday, im sorry

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can i join? (but after 5 hours, need some sleep) owned RM.

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Sure!

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May I join?

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No, sorry

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I already own Randals Monday. May I join?

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I own Randals Monday. May I join?

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I own Randal's Monday, Can I join?

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May I join?

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i have randals monday can i join?

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Hi if your giveaway is still going, I'd love to join and I have Randal's Monday.

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:-DDDDD

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aA#aa

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dont try 7

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Thanks!

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bump ;)

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Been a bit, enjoy... Or don't, I get rid of keys either way. :P

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway//extinction
axy0T

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Thanks a bunch!

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Thanks for the giveaways!

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Thanks a lot :)

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Here's a "your welcome" to all the people that said thank you, I'd go and drop an individual welcome for all of you, but I just went for a run and am currently in the dying phase, so you'll have to settle for this.

I hope you all enjoy the games!

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bump

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Level 3, ends in 24 hours:

...but, first, you need base -free- game: https://store.steampowered.com/app/298160/Eldevin/

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No Level, has maybe 5/6 days left
The Signal from Tolva

here

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bump

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UNLOVED
https://store.steampowered.com/app/321270/

https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/98jwF/
lvl 1, 17 hours remaining
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I highly, highly recommend Unloved to everyone. It really is fantastic if you like FPS games

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Thanks, I feel this is my lucky giveaway for this game!

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I have felt that with this game like 20 times :').

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Thanks a lot!

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Umm... they don't seem to work, even when I fix the link

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Five is a magic number

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I still don't get it

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Thanks!

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Thank you! x)

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Hm... I am not sure if I just can't solve mystery of these links or if I am bot.

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Thanks for the GA!

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Clever, thanks!

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Nice puzzle bump :)

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i think im a bot

EDIT: am I math bad

EDIT: ADD A SLASH AT THE END

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haha you are not the only one, I'm joining the BOT group xD

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It really should have worked.
As long as you using matrix one, not cyclic permutations.

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I really don't know what else to tip, it works for me, and others made it through, so I assume that everything is correct.
Just in case: you did put a slash at the end of those?

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Welp. There was a slash at the end of all those I feel so stupid now. Maybe add an edit about it? Might help - Thanks for the giveaway!

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Beep Boop, Boop Beep?

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IΒ΄m a bot. I try and try and try.

Do you have any tip?

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I identify as a BOT too..

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I am clearly a bot ... because all switching around bring no result

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Happy Cakeday!

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Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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πŸŽ‚πŸ₯³πŸŽŠ

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Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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Sorry to hear that πŸ˜” The weather is cooling down this week, so I hope you'll be feeling better than before 🀞

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Happy Cakeday Bot sama ツ

i'm your bot brother

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BeBo-Bebo

Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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I hope your problems are solved and don't worry, no obligation to do anything even if it's your cakeday ;)

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Happy cakeday Masafor! :D

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Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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Happy πŸŽ‚ Day MasaBot! 😁

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BeBo-BeBo

Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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:)

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Danke dir :o)

Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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Kein Pronlem ^^
real life comes first so all is good and i hope everything got sorted out.. well except for the heat... cant do anything about it.
also... i seem not to be able to pass your sgtools requirements xD

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Schreib mir mal im discord...

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Happy Cake Day! 🍰 😊 πŸ‘ πŸŽ‚

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Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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https://www.steamgifts.com/go/comment/DMg2hrh
And happy cake day too, i guess :)

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Thanks for your wishes.
Sorry that i first react today. It have reallife issues and the hot weather are only one of the reasons.
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/3DizQ/belated-3rd-cakeday-open-till-27-august-8-pm-mez

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Got there eventually :P Thanks for the giveaways.

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thanks :)

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Video not available in Canada.

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Its this song here

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Thanks, :-)

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What should be transposed? What's the matrix, I have no idea

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F in the chat

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Try this

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I know what it is but what are the elements of the matrix also what do I do with the elements?

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Thanks but i found that site by myself and anyway can't solve it.
and the slash at the end isn't my problem

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Thanks! A good excuse to open Gogole Sheets :)

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Clever, i like it!

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Really clever! Thanks!

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Now I got it.
My mistake was to confuse O with 0 (zero)
Thank you!

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Bump! Good puzzle :)

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Thanks :)
X+Y Scene Clip from A Brillant Young Mind movie

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Thanks

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Here's a couple of GAs I forgot to link in the train of my cakeday thread, so giving these two more visibility here as well.

LV 5+
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Bah8y/atari-vault
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/5C7Pf/stasis

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Thank you, and happy cake day!

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boop ;)

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Thanks

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Thanks, Again!

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bumped

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