Thank you all for participating. :)
I'll start with the distribution of prizes tomorrow, need some time to chew a few numbers about the answers, and choose the best title and suggestion. ZPavelZ seems to be unavailable, so the responsibility of the election falls on me...
Good luck to you all! (you all deserve it, wish I had a prize for everyone).
EDIT: There will be a delay. It seems that perhaps random.org is not truly random?
EDIT2: Random.org is is truly random. Here we go!
My dream is a constantly updated thread that forum members will visit regularly to keep track of all the giveaways that are occurring, a thread that the creators of giveaways used to promote their contests, knowing that there will gain much attention as possible to their initiatives.
This dream is possible. The How does one make a gift? (aka "Gifting on GOG for dummies") thread (from now, giveaways listing thread) existed for some time, thanks to the ingenuity and the continued effort of its creator, ZPavelZ. He explains here why we have to choose between rename the current thread or make a new one (if it seems more convenient).
1. To enter the giveaway, you must answer the following survey in THIS thread (even though you don't be interested in entering the contest, please answer the questions, if not too much trouble. The more participation, the better for all. Hint: Milestone prizes!):
-A) Did you know about the giveaway listing thread previously?
-B) Will you begin/continue to use the thread. If yes, why? If no, why?
-C) Do you think the name of the thread should be changed so that its purpose of advertising giveaways is more obvious? If yes, why? If no, why?
-D) Or do you think a separate thread is more convenient for "giveaway advertising" leaving the former to its original purpose as a FAQ on gifting? If yes, why? If no, why?
Optional questions (but I recommend you participate, the best for each category will receive a special prize -see 4th point-). You can make as many suggestions as you like:
-E) Suggest the thread's new name, if you think the change is necessary:
-F) Any suggestions / constructive criticism to improve it?
I really appreciate honest answers. Flattery will not help the purpose of gathering feedback from the community, and let me assure you that nobody will be excluded by express criticism (hopefully in a well-reasoned and civil way)
2. The games will be drawn (random.org) among those who respond to the survey. The winners will be notified by PM on the order in the resulting list of the draw and can choose between games not yet awarded.
3. In order not to paralyze the award, if someone does not respond within 2 working days, lose his/her turn for the following list entries of the draw, at least until they contact me by PM.
4. If participation in the survey is sufficiently high (so you know, spread the word!), there will be special prizes at the end of the contest:
- Milestone prizes, if the thread reaches a number (25, 50 & 100) of surveys completed (random.org again).
- Prize for best suggestion
- Prize for best new title
In the last 2 cases will be decided jointly by ZPavelZ and me. These two awards can be declared void at our choice (hopefully not!)
5. Winners can use the obtained games to gift others members, trade, or as giveaways prizes on their own.
6. The competition will last a minimum of two weeks, this period may be extended or not depending on participation (or lack thereof).
THE GAMES (thx a lot to our contributors!):
Sideway New York - gameon (redeemed by 51nikopol)
BEEP - gameon (redeemed by QC)
Diamond Dan - gameon (redeemed by drxenija)
The Ship (Steam giftable) - Tychoxi (redeemed by VIPERs)
Ion Assault - i666an (redeemed by te_lanus)
The Void - i666an (redeemed by niniendowarrior)
Commandos: B.E.L. - mshashankr & i666an (redeemed by Gazoinks)
Commandos: B.C.D. - mshashankr & i666an (redeemed by MegaDragon998)
Commandos 2: Men Of Courage - mshashankr & i666an (redeemed by Firestorms)
Commandos 3: Destination Berlin - mshashankr & i666an (redeemed by tarangwydion
Shadowgrounds - Lone Survivor - Licurg (redeemed by ViolatorX)
Shadowgrounds Survivor - te_lanus (redeemed by Alesh91)
Shadowgrounds Survivor - adambiser (redeemed by Ional)
Shadowgrounds Survivor - adambiser (redeemed by adambiser himself)
Harvest: Massive Encounter - YogSo (redeemed by maycett)
Humble Indie Bundle 3 - Arthandas (REMOVED FROM THE LIST)
(the key for the bundle appeared on the Ninja thread, I quickly asked Arthandas to remove it for using in this giveaway, and we inmediately ask if someone had redeemed it. Seems someone took it and didn't even bother to thank Arthandas). :(
Postal 2 Complete Edition - Rodzaju (redeemed by PandaLiang)
Settlers 2 Gold Edition - pH7 (redeemed by Accatone -2nd milestone prize-)
Gemini Rue - pH7 (redeemed by YogSo -Prize to the best new title-)
Battle Isle Platinum - pH7 (redeemed by ne_zavarj -1st milestone prize-)
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers - NameGoo (redeemed by Rodzaju -Prize to the best suggestion-)
For any questions or suggestions about this giveaway, corrections to my English, etc.., contact me by PM (preferibly) or post in the thread. Note that I'm not much time online, so can take me some time to respond.
Thanks to our contributors for their generosity (this community is awesome!) and especially to ZPavelZ for his thread and his invaluable assistance in the criteria for the survey and prizes.
Meanwhile, if you want to help in the task is as easy as linking HERE the first post (OP) of any giveaway that is not already listed. Even better if you mention it on the giveaway linked, for his/her author may consider using it in future contests. It depends on all of us that the giveaway listing thread represent in its area that 'The GOG Community Gifting Thread', 'Classifieds' or 'Ninja Giveaway' (to name three well-known) mean for theirs. Thanks in advance!