Steam has had a fun little promotion going on for the holidays again this year. I didn’t spend much money on games, since I already have most of what I want and far more than I have time for. Still, it was fun to see what they had up for sale, and to try some of their challenges for their promotion. I even wound up tying Sanctum (that I purchased a while back in an Indie Royale sale) to my Steam account to try for that Achievement, hoping for a useful coupon (I got the Solar 2 one that way).
Short story long, I now have a handful of coupons and a pair of games to give away, and nobody obvious to give them to. (I’m keeping the lumps of coal.)
For the next few hours, Terraria and the Portal games are on deep discount (and I highly recommend Portal and Portal 2), so those coupons aren’t much use at the moment, but they will be someday.
So… how to decide who to give them to?
Well, for Cogs, a great little sliding tile puzzle game with delightful steampunky overtones, how about this? Whomever makes the gearflake that my panel of elite judges likes the most will win Cogs. Instructions for how to make a gearflake are in my Steampunk Snowflake post from a little while back, but don’t just take that pattern, try something new, a variation on the theme of “gears and snowflake”.
For World of Goo, a fantastic puzzle/building game, I’m looking for a good practical way to make some goo of my own, for some Zomblobs! promotional experiments. The person who finds me the best recipe for homebrew goo suited for my use will win the game. Specifically, I’m looking for some sort of goo that’s partially translucent, mostly gelatinous, but able to hold a shape well enough that it could be used as a board game piece, about the size of a standard chess pawn. Sort of a stronger, more durable JELL-O, nontoxic, of course. I’ll need to be able to put it into a mold for shaping, so it will need to be mostly liquid but be able to “set” and be removed easily from a mold (so the final surface can’t be sticky, and it shouldn’t stick to a plastic or ceramic mold).
As for the coupons, as specific as they are, it’s probably best to just say that whomever speaks up first for a specific coupon will get it.
Entries for the Cogs and World of Goo contest should be sent to my contact email, tishtoshtesh in the gmail system. If you’re the first one to speak up for a coupon (speak up here first, then if you’re first, email me), please send your Steam handle to me at that same email, and I’ll get in touch.
For all of these, it looks like I’ll need to be logged into Steam and so will you to perform the trade (really just me giving you the widget), so it may take a few days or so to get the timing right, just because of scheduling, but I’ll do what I can, again, communicating via that gmail address.
Entries for the game contests have until January 15th, but the coupons are up for grabs immediately.
Happy New Year!
2012 should be a good year. It’s either the end of the world or the release of Zomblobs! and either should prove interesting. (I’m still formatting the rulebook PDFs for the Zomblobs! beta. I meant to have it done last week, but circumstances prevented it.)
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