Contests Archive


Contest: Tribes Ascend Giveaway

Happy Xmas, Xmas people!

Just in time for the annual solstice festival of your particular choosing, I’m giving away some swag.  This time it’s two keys for access to the closed beta of Tribes: Ascend.

I know what you’re thinking: Adam, you’re supporting a free to play game?  I’ll freely admit that I have no great love of free to play gaming.  In fact, I think most free to play games are nothing more than instant gratification engines intent on separating the addiction prone from their money.  That being the case, the only thing that got me interested in this game was the Tribes intellectual property.  For those of you who don’t know, Tribes and its sequels represented the high water mark of PC based first person shooters.  No mindless frag fest, Tribes was a true three dimensional shooter that demanded planning, teamwork and a healthy respect for Newton’s laws of motion.

Despite adding a free to play mechanic to this game, Hi-Rez Studios has done a fantastic job recreating the Tribes franchise.  Even the aforementioned pay model seems tolerable in that paying primarily serves to double the experience points a player collects at the end of a given round.  Fortunately, those points are pegged to performance in game.  Thus a weak player is only going to get a marginal bonus regardless of the cash they toss into the fray.  But more on this when the game moves out of beta in early 2012.

For now, leave a comment on this post by Noon EDT on Friday December 23rd and you’ll be in the running for an early access closed beta key.  I’ll contact the winners via email so make sure that the address you enter is accurate.


Contest: The Eldritch/Undead Giveaway

Wow, it has been a while since I’ve done a contest.  So here’s what I’m thinking; since I’m still not done editing the podcast that I wanted to post today – that is to say that I haven’t even started the editing – I’ve decided to give away some free stuff as an act of contrition.

Sadly, it’s not a free copy of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  Though if the good folks at Bethesda Game Studios want to send me a review copy that I can later contest away, I’d be happy to accept it.

Instead I’m going to give away a copy of a delightful indie game called Cthulhu Saves the World. If you’re a fan of classic RPGs in the fashion of Final Fantasy V and Chrono Trigger, a loyal minion of the Old Ones or somebody who thinks that games are just too damn easy, this is the title for you.  The game is also tongue-in-cheek funny in a way that I haven’t seen since the old Space Quest games.

But wait, there’s more.  Cthulhu Saves the World comes bundled with Breath of Death VII: The Beginning. In this game you’ll lead Dem the Skeleton Knight, Sara the ghost historian, Lita the vampire techie and Erik the zombie prince as they “explore an undead world in search of secrets from the past.”

Both games are published and developed by Zeboyd Games, who are in no way affiliated with this contest, but I imagine them to be very charming folk.

Leave a comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win.  I’ll roll 4d6 to determine the winner and send you an email so you can claim your prize.  Contest closes on Tuesday, November 8th at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Kindly note that Steam is telling me this is a PC only game.  Sorry mac users, but you made your choice and now you have to live with it.


Giveaway: Destiny’s Blood by Marie Bilodeau

To promote her Aurora Award nominated novel Destiny’s Blood, Canadian SF author Marie Bilodeau (and her most generous publisher) are giving away free e-book editions of Destiny’s Blood.

Here’s the run down on the novel:

Layela Delamores wants nothing more than to settle into a quiet, peaceful life, running a small flower shop with her twin sister, Yoma. But Layela is tormented each night by terrifying visions that she cannot remember when she wakes. When Yoma vanishes, Layela is certain that her nightly visions hold the key – but only her sister’s thieving friend, one of the last survivors of the ether races, can unlock them. Layela suspects that her friend isn’t telling her the whole truth, instead sheltering her from her own visions.

Ripped from the safety of her flower shop into a universe of smugglers and assassins, Layela must pursue her sister across space in a desperate bid to overcome the destiny of destruction foretold in her dreams. But without full knowledge of her visions, Layela has no way to prevent them from coming to pass. And the fate of a whole world is on the line: the mythical First Star is on a path to self-destruction and the annihilation of all life.

Unless Layela finds a way to stop it. But to stop it would mean sacrificing her sister.

Or herself.

You can get your free e-book edition of Destiny’s Blood and information on voting for the Aurora Award nominee of your choice via Marie’s blog.


Contest: Free Books! Well, Free Book.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for another Page of Reviews giveaway.  Huzzah for free swag!

This time, we’re giving away a copy of Jamie Mason’s new novel, Echo.  No need for skill testing questions here; all you have to do is leave a comment on this post.  Make sure to use a working email address when commenting so that we can get a hold of you if you win – Emails will not be published.  Failing that, you could send me a mention on twitter @adamshaftoe and I’ll put your name in the hat.

The deadline for contest entry is at 5pm EST on July 19, 2011.  Jamie and I will announce a winner during a podcast on July 20, 2011.

NB: Echo is currently available in e-book format, so that’s what you’ll get if you win.

Free books! Happy Happy Joy Joy!



Space Pirates and Zombies Contest Winners

It’s time to announce the winners from the first phase of the Space Pirates and Zombies give away.

The twitter winner is @TheMikeSheridan

The winners from the Page of Reviews comments are Ogto and the Amber who commented at 10:17am.

Congrats to all three.  I’ll be contacting the winners to confirm emails and provide the access keys.

I still have one more copy of Space Pirates and Zombies to give away.  If you want a chance at winning it, you should tune in to tomorrow’s podcast with MinMax developers Andrew Hume and Richard Clifford.



Contest: Big Money, Big Prizes…well Big Prizes at least.

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for some swag.  Courtesy of the good folks at MinMax Games I’m giving away four, count ‘em, four access keys for Space Pirates and Zombies.

Here’s how it is going to go down.

To get in on this give away, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post or the post where I reviewed Space Pirates and Zombies. On Thursday June 8 at 12:01AM EST I will pick two comments at random and send those commenters an access key for Space Pirates and Zombies. Make sure that the email address that you give me is valid so I can get in touch with you if you win.  Fear not, email addresses don’t get published.

If you don’t win one of those keys, you can always ask me for one on twitter.  Seriously.  All you have to do is send me a mention on twitter (@adamshaftoe) asking me for a SPAZ access key.  Get your request in by June 8 at 12:01AM EST and you will be in the draw to win.

The fourth and final access key will be up for grabs following my podcast with MinMax developer Andrew Hume.  Stay tuned to The Page of Reviews for more details.

Space Pirates and Zombies is currently being distributed via impulse.  That is where you will redeem the CD-Key.

Big Money, Big Prizes, I love it!