Introduction


Playing Appreciated is a group for members that like to play games they win and for giveaway creators that like to see their games getting played. This sounds simple, yet requires committent and dedication from members by filtering out games they like to play from all group giveaways and when won playing those within one month. In return members will get higher chances of winning games they want and creators will know their giveaways have a high chance of getting played. The group has more than 700 active members and over 5000 historical giveaways.

Group rules


  • You need to set and keep your Steam privacy settings for My profile and Game details public (example);
  • You will play all giveaways you win via this group within one month;
  • When creating a giveaway it is recommended to include a small group rule reminder in your giveaway, something like: "This is a Playing Appreciated giveaway, by joining you commit to playing this game within a month when won.".

How to join


  1. Make sure you did not violate any SteamGifts rules in the last month;
  2. Comment one of the two options to enter the group in this discussion:
    • Option 1: Showing your commitment by playing a previous won game on SteamGifts that you did not yet play. The game shouldn't be very short and must have achievements. Comment with the name of the game and comment again when you finished playing it. Please upload some screenshots to Steam as well.
    • Option 2: Supporting the cause by creating a group giveaway of a game that you would like to see getting played by other group members within a month as soon as you get invited. The game should not have been given away free before (marked by ** when creating a giveaway on SteamGifts).
  3. Press "Request To Join" on our group page;
  4. Wait for us to approve your request, we'll always reply on the comment you have made in this topic.

Final notes


More information and a FAQ is available via the Steam group. Current group giveaways can be found here on SteamGifts. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions!

1 year ago*

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Hi there. I am interested in joining the group. Option 1 works for me since i won puzzle agent 2 very recently and im really eager to 100% it.
https://imgur.com/ZXXpoIm

Just finished it. Quite easy puzzles. For most of them you didn't even needed a hint. Only the very last one was challenging.
https://imgur.com/59WoncZ

3 months ago*
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Welcome to the group! :-)

2 months ago
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Long time since I was in this group. What I have to do to rejoin? :D

3 months ago
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Hi david2442, You can join back one more time, after playing all rejected winnings to a good enough level. Refer to our group FAQ what that is and about getting kicked/rejoining.

2 months ago
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I would like to join! I am an achievement hunter / completionist - I've 100% Skyrim & Fallout New Vegas because they are my favorite games, but I try to 100 percent every game I enjoy. I have almost 1k (online) hours on Civ V, and am working towards 100 percent on that one too but with 286 achievements, it is not the easiest goal! I've got a lot of hours and playtime on quite a few games that I enjoy but it isn't because I just leave them open - I actually play them. I've opened almost every game in my Steam library at least once and tried it. I tend to gravitate towards the RPG, puzzle & strategy, and Hidden Object Adventure type games. I've just gotten bored of what I currently have in my library and it definitely feels like time for a new game (which is how I inadvertently discovered this website) so I definitely will play anything I win from here. I only enter GAs with games I'm interested in of course and I've only won one so far (almost put in 1k entries) but I've played it every day pretty much since I got it the other day. It's an adventure type game so it'll be completed very soon and I will have 100 percent on it :) I also have given away one game (but I've only been on the site for a month) and I have a few keys waiting, ready to be given away... I would just like to win more GAs and have some new stuff in my library before I give away the unused key games I have (and I do intend to give away more in the future, whenever I have a spare key, which happens often as a lot of games I acquire don't fit the genres I like to play) :) Thanks for the consideration.

3 months ago
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I'm pretty sure you'll enjoy the group :-) Please see the OP for details on how to join.

2 months ago
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Bump

3 months ago
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Heya, I'm looking to re-apply!
I was booted a little while ago for failing to get the necessary hours on 'Insurgency' within 30 days (shame on me!) and kinda took a break from steam since. However, I've gotten ~50% of the average playtime on it, along with a few achievements. I also won another game 'The Wizards Lair' in that time, and have sufficient playtime on that as well.
Hope I'll be able to re-join!

P.S. I am also considering getting the latest Humble Bundle. If I do, I'll be sure to drop a couple games in the group!! :D

3 months ago
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Hi yfilc! Indeed you've played it sufficiënt now. New invitation was send, welcome back. :)

2 months ago
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i would like to join :D

3 months ago
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Please see the OP for details on how to join.

2 months ago
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polite request to join

2 months ago
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Please see the OP for details on how to join.

2 months ago
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1 month ago*
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2 weeks ago*
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Hi, is it alright if i join via option 2 :D

EDIT: Hi, I would like to join via option 1 too. I have played finish the entire game that I have won which is called (12 is better than 6) and I have completed all the achievements with a total hours of 17.6 hours

2 months ago*
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I'd like to join through option 2.

I got kicked once, but I'd like to try once again (of course, I played that game for average time + got the achievements since the kick). Cheers!

2 months ago*
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Hi CrypticComrade. It looks like you've used SAM on your Borderlands winning. Therefore you can't join again.

2 months ago
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Hi Reforced, had to google what SAM is. Well I didn't. I had my old Borderlands save from non-steam box version and loading it unlocked achievements en-masse, which I wasn't aware of. Then I played the game with different characters to get other achievements.

/edit: got a couple more. I have a free weekend so I'll finish one of the dlcs again. I'll post screenshots this time (as I probably should have in the first place). I will post updates here.

2 months ago*
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Update: i got some more achievements (frankly, the easier ones as I really can't defeat the final final boss Crawmeraxx no matter how hard I try), also played through the Zombie Island of dr Ned dlc with my low level character for 5-6 hours, finished it and posted screenshots.

Let me know if that's enough or should play Blands some more and post more screenshots (I wouldn't mind it really, I quite like the series, I finished both Borderlands 2 and Tales from Borderlands as well)

2 months ago
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Hi CrypticComrade! I see you have 10 more achievements and a bunch of screenshots now, nice. Please change your privacy settings to display game times also, then I'll ask the mod who rejected it to take a look at it again.

2 months ago
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Oh, sorry about that, I was messing with steam's new privacy settings and I forgot to set it back to public. Done that now.

Got a couple more achievements and posted screenshots from another dlc i finished.

2 months ago
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Looking good and the moderator agreed. You're welcome to join back. :) In order to do so, please request to join the group. If that's not possible, you can add me on Steam as friend, so I can send you a direct invitation.

2 months ago
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Great, thanks. Added you on steam :)

2 months ago
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I was wondering if I have to do anything if a winner hasn't even touched their win within one month or does that get detected automatically by the website ?
My first 3 GAs for the group (FTL, Ronin & Owlboy) all worked out perfectly with one winner even getting every single achievement in Owlboy but this was my highest profile GA for the group so far so it's rather disappointing to see it go to somebody who apparently does not intend to play it.

The same user has another high profile win overdue which you already seem to be aware of so they'll probably be gone from the group soon anyway but please don't be too easy on the re-invites in general.

2 months ago
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The PA tool is broken atm, are you sure they haven't played it by manually looking on their steam profile?

2 months ago
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Thanks for the heads-up. Yeah, I checked manually via their profile.

2 months ago
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I second this. I think the re-invites are fine as they are, IF they are the way I gather they are - A winner must play all of his previous wins prior to rejoining, BUT I would love to see more diligence in banning them/kicking them from the group.

2 months ago
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The winner of my game has another untouched win that was past due ~ 2 weeks ago and OriginalMuffin is already on top of it so that seems fine.

To be fair the winner told me he's currently playing another game and will start with mine after he finished that but I thought it was obvious playing another game first doesn't cancel out the 1 month rule. I even had the Playing Appreciated disclaimer in the description :( But I guess 1 out of 4 is still pretty good compared to the general play ratio here on SG.

2 months ago
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But I guess 1 out of 4 is still pretty good compared to the general play ratio here on SG
Indeed it is... However, this is PA! :D

but I thought it was obvious playing another game first doesn't cancel out the 1 month rule
Nope, not at all. PA Wins > Wins > backlog

I even had the Playing Appreciated disclaimer in the description :(
In my humble opinion - if you don't put this one up, no biggie, you put it up more as a reminder for people who might not notice straight away that it is, in fact, a PA GA. Maybe there are people that think the rules just magically stop to apply if you forget it and leave it out :D

2 months ago
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Yeah, I know the disclaimer isn't mandatory. I just put it there as an additional reminder I'd like to see the game played since I'm currently playing it on PS4 and it's AMAZING :D

I think we're on the same page that Playing Appreciated wins should always have priority over other games. Maybe I phrased that badly ;)

2 months ago
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Oh, no, not at all, Sundance, I understood you clearly!
And I do know that you didn't think the disclaimer is mandatory, I was just giving my opinion on the matter as well, because I see it hurts you as much as it does me when you see something like that xD

2 months ago
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Gotta run now and grab some takeaway. Actually I intended to cook this evening but then Factorio happened :D

2 months ago
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Phahahaha, enjoy your food, mate! :D step away from your computer... keep your hands away from the mouse/keyboard and go get some food

2 months ago
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LOL. Thanks! Well, at least I made it to the chinese place and back without replying first but I'm not sure I'll be able to strongarm myself into finishing eating without firing up the game again. Guess I could take a look at the Wiki instead. So much to learn and it keeps my hands free for eating :D

2 months ago
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Hi Sundance85! You don't have to do anything, we'll get to them eventually. If you see a giveaway approved and you disagree, you can always report it. As for rejoining, members can only re-join one time and only after playing all rejected giveaways to a good enough level.

2 months ago
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I like to play games and I want to get into your group and play with you in different games

2 months ago
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Please see the OP for details on how to join.

2 months ago
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Hey Yirg, are you back for real?
1st. Happy Easter!
2nd. May this work as bump for my previous comment a while ago. (edit. more than 3 weeks ago but who's counting? I kept entertained playing so..)

Edit: I'll edit this with a permalink to make it easier if you can't find it tho.

2 months ago
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Hello ! Can i join with the option 2 :)?
I have a game that i would like to see played :)

2 months ago
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5000th comment!
Yeah I'm that kind of guy...
*Goes back to his room*

2 months ago
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Hi, I recently was kicked from this group and I am not sure why, no one sent me a message or anything and to my knowledge I tried and play all the games that I've won... only thing I can think of unless I didn't play them long enough?

I will go through the games that I won, and some reasons why I may have not played them as much as I did.

For Tempest (which I only have 2hrs+ on it) I didn't care that much for that game and that is a reason why I didn't play it that much after trying it for a little over 2 hours.

For Sleeping Dogs (which only 4.8 hours) I really enjoyed this game, and was really liking the story and gameplay, I am not sure why I quit playing the game, but maybe it could have been that I've gotten new games during the winter sale or something?

Reus was a nice little game, and I enjoyed it for being like a god game, but to me it seemed like it was really short, so maybe that Is why I didn't play it that much since didn't want to beat it like in one sitting... and then I think after testing it for a bit I got busy with something else.

Tomb Raider (Had only 5.2 hours) is my most played game that I won, and I enjoyed it so far, and I haven't played any of the tomb raider games before and so far I liked it so much that I want to get the sequel, I think like some of the other games I got busy doing something else and

Grey Goo (which only had 2.4 hours) this game was just an okay RTS, but a reason I decided to quit after having 2.4 hours is that I was stuck on this one part of the campaign which I kept failing and decided to just quit, and haven't touched it since.

If my game time playing these games is in fact the reason why I was kicked from the group then I will try my hardest to play my wins longer and follow the requirements from the group tool, I will then make sure to thank the giveaway creator in the future and also let them know if I have any issues or problems with the game and/or reason why I didn't play it as much.

I also gotten a full-time job (I started the end of january) so my time is more limited then it was before to play games, but I normally have a good 3 to possibly 4 hours after work to play games.

2 months ago
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Hi Panicsferd! You were kicked for not playing Grey Goo enough. We'd like to see a playtime of at least 5 hours for that game (the whole game should take about 15 hours). Once you've played that game some more, you're welcome to join back.

2 months ago
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Thanks for the reply, I had a feeling it was maybe that I didn't play a game long enough and after looking at that group tool I had a feeling it was grey goo. I will get to playing that and hope that I can advance in that campaign (maybe try the other campaign if that works better) that was giving issues.

When I do play it over 5 hours for that game, do I just reply here after I am done, or how will I let you know that I completed that task and then am able to be re-invited?

2 months ago*
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I finally was able to finish that one mission and was able to finally play at least 5 hours on that game, I even manage to gain an achievement as well.

2 months ago
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Hi Panicsferd! In order to join back, please set your privacy settings for your profile and game details to public. Then I'll check again and you're welcome to join back if the playtime is at least 5 hours now. :)

2 months ago
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Strange I set it to public but it must have not saved? Also I try to change it through steam app and it doesn't change I am currently working and on my break but when I get home from work later today and get on my main pc I will see if I can set it to public.

edit: I am home now and manage to change it to public settings.

2 months ago*
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Sorry to bother you again, but it has been 3 weeks and I am wondering what is the status of me being reinvited? I did change my settings to be public and as you can see I do have 5 hours in grey goo. Also to be reinvited how does this work, do you have to like personally reinvite me since I cannot attempt to join since says I was kicked?

1 month ago
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Thanks for the bump, I forgot about it. Indeed your playtime is 5 hours (the minimum) now. Therefore you're welcome to join back. Please note that this is only possible one time, be sure to only join games you want and will play (more than) enough. If you can't request to join again, feel free to add me Steam so I can send you a direct invitation.

1 month ago
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I just sent you a friend request, since still wouldn't allow me to join and I will keep that in mind that now I will in the future only join giveaways for games that I want and will play.

1 month ago
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Alright, invitation was send. :)

1 month ago
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I want to Join :)

2 months ago
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Please see the OP for details on how to join.

2 months ago
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Hi. I got kicked from the steam's group and can't log into the page (Yesterday I was able to). I never received a warning or something and I'd a good score in all the games (If i'm not wrong). Could I get more information about what happened?

2 months ago
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2 months ago
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I had a similar occurrence as him, and after checking those links it looks like two of the games that I've won I didn't play as much, which was Tomb Raider and Grey Goo.

An Issue I had with grey goo though is I was kind of stuck since this mission that I was on was really difficult and I kept failing it so I just quit the game, so I am wondering for me to rejoin would I have to just play those games longer or something, or what will I have to do?

I did post a post above talking about it and yet got no reply yet, so I am putting this here and hopes of maybe you seeing this so I can know what I can do to possibly rejoin and I will make sure In the future that I follow that group tool and play the games longer then what i've done.

2 months ago
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I added your request to the backlog of rejoin requests. We'll get to it eventually.

Thanks for the patience! :-)

2 months ago
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Thank you for the info Yirg. In all the games (except the first one) I have a Playing Score >60/100. I through that was the most important thing because the minimum is 55/100. I think that I'd failed getting the achievements (Q1 second point)? And not warn about my 3 week's vacations.

Anyway, I will try to complete all my games and ask to rejoin the group.

2 months ago
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Let's say score is not everything.
Especially when you have 5 hours logged, played only 1 game and each games does not take longer than 45m

2 months ago
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Exactly. The group FAQ even states the following:

55 - Minimal acceptable attempt. The winner gave the game a decent attempt, but most likely didn't enjoy it and stopped playing early. If your score is around this number, it’s best that you aim for more because the algorithm is not perfectly accurate, and the approval is still done manually. Better safe than sorry.

2 months ago
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He also cheats achievements. I just finished the campaign of Warhammer 40k Space Wolf (which I won from this group) at 37 hours and I have 18 achievements, so I immediately recognised that there's no way he could have 39/39 achievements after 11.1 hours. Sorting by unlock date reveals they were unlocked over a seven hour period in descending order of "% of players". It also has unlocked achievements tied to an event that had ended months earlier, and the tracked statistics are all the exact number required to unlock achievements. Except for one, "Destroy barrels" which is on 0. Yet he has the achievement for destroying 30 barrels, which is a secret achievement with no description to say how to get it.

2 months ago
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Same goes for Megapolis as well. They were unlocked over a time period of 2 hours and having played the game myself those achievements look bullshit as hell to me. I don't even think its possible to beat all the levels (especially if it is your first time playing), let alone 100% it in that time span.

2 months ago
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Note to self: Processed all new join requests. 779/800 slots occupied.

2 months ago
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Did you miss mine (from 2 weeks ago ish)? D:

2 months ago
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I added your request to the backlog of rejoin requests. We'll get to it eventually.

Thanks for the patience! :-)

2 months ago
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Recently came back to the site and really would like to join the group! Leaving this here to say I'll be playing Lemma to start then will keep moving up the backlog! :)

2 months ago*
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Lemma story completed! 77% achievements. Onto the next! Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden

2 months ago
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Completed Game of Thrones, another win. Did not state it before as I had 2 achievements from a year ago but I did start it from scratch if that counts for anything.

2 months ago
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Hi Bainsol! You're welcome to join, I see you've made some nice progress on the games you've stated. Membership request approved, welcome to the group.

2 months ago
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Thanks a lot! I'll do my best to keep deserving a spot.

2 months ago
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i have an important question that i really want the answer for .

how are the new steam privacy option going to affect this group?

will everyone be required to show proof their profile isn't private and that others can see their play time / achievements? (which i hope is enforced)

2 months ago
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Rule 1 says "You have and keep a public Steam profile" (Maybe the rule should now be described in more detail.)
So everyone has to reset their profile (and Games) to Public. Otherwise, the PA tool does not work.

If the mods / admins realize that a game is not tracked from the tool, they will surely contact the Person.

2 months ago
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thats the thing , they might have had a public profile when they joined . but now someone has to go through all the accounts again and make sure everyone has reset their profiles.

so i am just wondering they will make a post where we check in and say we did it , or they will go around and personally check at some point? or both?

2 months ago
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I think the easiest way is to wait until someone wins something. Then you can use the PA tool to determine if the profile is public. If it should not be public then the mods/Admins can intervene.

2 months ago
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+1

That seems to be the best solution to me as well. Also AFAIK the people moderating this group were pretty busy recently so we should probably give them time to give it some thought while everybody gets used to the new privacy settings.

2 months ago
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The OP has been changed, (new) members are asked to set and keep their Steam profile and game details public. Existing group members can expect a group announcement about it in the near future.

2 months ago
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May I join?

2 months ago
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How to join

2 months ago
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Huh? With option 1?

2 months ago
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Hi CJStrawman! You're welcome to join, via option 1 will do fine. What game are you planing to play?

2 months ago
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Hi, if I join via option 2 the joining GA can be shared with another group or must be exclusive?

2 months ago
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Hi Dux80! We'd like to see it exclusive, however depending on the group exceptions can be made (e.g. sharing a game with a group like Actually Playing Games or Strategy Enthusiast is fine). What game and with what group would you like to share?

2 months ago
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Hi. :)
I don't know, one from Hacknet, Screencheat, Victor Vran or Action Henk, shared between Playing Appreciated and this other group https://www.steamgifts.com/group/j3F7q/tgmgifts just to be sure to reach 5 entries.
Otherwise I can join via option n.1, I just completed Rusty Lake, won 1 week ago (though it have some bugs with a couple of achievements), and i'll probably start Juanito now.
Just let me know. :)

2 months ago
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These all will do fine and since the other group is a small closed group, it's fine too. Also your suggested alternative to play Juanito is giving me a sign that your intentions are good. Membership request approved, I'm curious to see one of the giveaways. :)

2 months ago
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Hi there, never applied before because didn't feel I could commit to playing games within a month, but my life is a bit more organised now so I'd like to join, under "option 2" :)

2 months ago
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Hi PsychoApeMan! You're welcome to join by giving away a game. Membership request approved, welcome to the group. :)

2 months ago
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hello, would like to come back after a long break.
all previous winnings should have been fixed.

2 months ago
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Hi de! Agreed, nice screenshots also. :) Please request to join the group again or add me as friend in case that isn't possible, so I can send you a direct invitation.

2 months ago
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thank you reforced. just added you on steam. really excited to come back :)

2 months ago
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Hi, can someone who's been in the group before can join again? If so, I would like to and I promise to be a good player this time ^^

2 months ago
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Hi ajsemprini! You're welcome to join back one time only (see our FAQ for that), but only after playing your rejected winnings, in this case only Frederic: Resurrection of Music, to a good enough level. Just comment again when you did so.

2 months ago
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