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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https﹕//www﹒steamgifts﹒coм/giveaway/zzwwΠ

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The riddle was easier than I thought.
Nice DLC.

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Gosh, I have no clue.. What does Π stand for? (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

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You've just helped yourself a lot, actually. 😉

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No idea. I've tried every alphabetic letter..

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find that still doesn't solve the puzzle why?? ಥ_ಥ

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LOL. Reminder that SG links are case sensitive.

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lol, thanks. Helped me.

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It's just this: Dead by Daylight - Spark of Madness Chapter, given away by Alienware:
https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/QWoZw/free-dead-by-daylight-spark-of-madness-dlc-alienware-arena-lvl2

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No idea

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это было Просто (yet it wasn't P)

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Thanks!

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Hellbump

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Bump!

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bump

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Accidentally made this invite only, LV5 Tropico 4 Collector's Bundle. Lasts until June 26th 12 PM CEST. If not enough people join, I'll just delete it and remake it as Public.

water
ice
Z-saber
Ultima
Blast

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is there a link?

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first chars ;) open a normal giveaway and edit the address

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Thanks!

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Tropical Bump

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I dunno how to do train simply ;(

All level 1, ends 26.06, delete last zero in link
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/3Ba250/size-matters
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/hL4b60/retimed
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/6yow80/morkredd
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/WKprs0/scourge-outbreak-ambrosia-bundle
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/DAumY0/family-man
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/0p9Gm0/the-indie-mixtape
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/ajf1k0/space-rangers-hd-a-war-apart
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/XwOen0/levelhead
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Wv3wl0/off-road-drive
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/9Vrko0/smoke-and-sacrifice
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Howge0/relicta
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/ixN180/lovely-planet-arcade
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/U8uCF0/zombo-buster-rising
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/jj4sl0/zombo-buster-advance
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/tXBYT0/the-watchmaker
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/kPI2P0/sudden-strike-gold
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/OW1BB0/12-labours-of-hercules-iv-mother-nature-platinum-edition
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/2B8bS0/the-dream-machine-chapter-1-2
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/lUhZi0/dreadout
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/IiUYS0/steamburg
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/OThgg0/kings-bounty-dark-side
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/qP6c90/imperial-glory
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/P0RyU0/porcunipine
This starts later, by accident.
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/Dg4g10/hellpoint

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Thanks a lot for so many giveaways. Not entering but grateful nonetheless. Stay safe!

To do a train, simply:

  1. Make all the giveaways, invite only usually, and all starting and ending on same date. Make them without description.
  2. Once you've made all the giveaways, edit the description and put a "Prev" link and "Next" link. The links point to the previous and next giveaways. Ofc the first doesn't have "Prev" and the last doesn't have "Next". To do the links you have the "comment formatting" help on the top menu. I use a spreadsheet to generate the text with the links so I copy paste quickly; manually isn't hard, just takes a bit of time.
  3. That's all. You can make fancy arrows, cute ascii artwork, put comments, images and/or quotes...

Bumpythanks.

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Thanks for this.

I get the general idea, but I guess I'm just too lazy to copy and format all the links. Would you be so nice to share yours spreadsheet?

1 month ago
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Or you could install ESGST extension which lets you create trains automagically.

View attached image.
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I've heard of it, but I'm happy with my method, doesn't take me much effort, and I don't like to install too many extensions.

However the slowest part is creating the giveaways, enough reason to try ESGST one of these days.

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I just installed and I will give it a go (maximum giveaways reached at this point). There're a lot of cool features! Thank you a lot :)

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https://store.steampowered.com/app/64000/Men_of_War_Assault_Squad/
Blue heart giveaway but it might not reach 5 so Reply and I add you

It over

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Can i join??

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Add~

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May I?

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Add~

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I would like to join your whitelist.

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Add~

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Also WL

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Add~

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may I?

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Add~

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Can I join? :)

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Add~

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Can i join?

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Add~

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Can you add me?

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Add~

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Dear l2ose,
I am inrerested in joining the giveaway.
Best Regards,
Sir Myr the 13th.

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Add~

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Hello, can I join?

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Add~

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Can I join?

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Add~

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May I ?

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Add~

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I would like to join the GW : )

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Add~

1 month ago
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Thanks sadly I got back to late to enter but thank you for the GW

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May I?

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Add~

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Hello. I'd like to join your WL

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Add~

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Thanks!

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Can i join?

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Add~

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Can I join your WL? :D

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can i join?

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108 pieces Jigidi Puzzle for Uurnog Uurnlimited :)
https://www.jigidi.com/solve/jg5bxc39/img-20170719-125337/

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Adorable cat! 😊🐈

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And you can bet he knows it :D

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Cool idea with this jigsaw puzzle! Thanks for the giveaway 😀

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hello :D im new here, i wanted to know how to access the giveaways that say "
You do not have permission to view this giveaway, since you are not a member of the required Steam groups."

Ive seen this alot and also on most of your giveaways too, do you know where I can find the required steam group?

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Group Recruitment 😉
there is no way of knowing which group(s), unless a member of at least one involved, to hinder mass join requests
aside from it being announced or personally advised

🤵📢 welcome to SG! 🍦🍪🤳
  please take a moment to read the FAQ and Guidlines(rules) when you get a chance
🙃🐨🐻🐶™

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loved the visuals, would like to enter!

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Sorry, but you never played your wins and there were some unactivated wins in your account. I'm not sure you'll even play this one that way. I don't want people to enter just for +1.

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are south asian countries able to claim south east asian only games?

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I dont think so. The region for the giveaway is limited to ID, MY, PH, SG, TH, and VN if you're wondering.

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Can I enter?

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If you are located in the south east asia region and willing to play the game if you win it, then yes :)

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Bump, 1 day left

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Whelp, if anyone is interested in
Nimbatus - The Space Drone Constructor
but doesn't plan on getting the new Choice bundle...

Level 1, ends this coming Friday around 5pm EST.
just hover your mouse cursor over the image

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Looks cool, I'm interested!

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Sorry, I forgot to add what was needed to access the GA. >.< Hover your mouse cursor over the image...

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Thanks for the GA, my dude!

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I'm interested

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I forgot to add a very much needed detail... sorry about that.
Check the image again.

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Haha no worries. Thank you/

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Thanks.

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Thanks and bump!

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Bump!

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boop ;)

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Happy Cake day!

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Thanks and bump!

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thanks
and happy birthday :)

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Happy cakeday =)

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Happy cakeday Aquila

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Happy cake day!

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Happy cakeday :)

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Happy Cakeday :o)

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Happy cakeday ;)

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Happy Cake Day, Yirg!

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cake

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Thanks everyone!

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Bump!

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Never heard of steamed gifts before. Is it an Albany expression?

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Hope you will enjoy that little train. More to come...
https://www.steamgifts.com/giveaway/thereareonly2ds/7rvddd/

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Thanks! Very nice train, looking forward to the passing days 😊

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8 new carts were added to the train... Enjoy and best of luck!

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^^^^^^

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