- Oct 23, 2017
Welcome to the Gaming Giveaways OT, a magical place where publishers, staff, and members alike gather to donate free stuff to you, the community! This thread is the successor to both the GiftBot 2.0 Launch Giveaway Extravaganza, as well as the longstanding FREE to a good home thread. Thanks to Tebunker for handling the latter and giving his blessing to this new thread. While members are free to run giveaways in any thread (and often do for their favorite communities) this thread remains an unprecedented nexus of generosity.
Free stuff? How does this work?
The vast majority of giveaways are run by members like you (either for fun or to get rid of spare keys) but we also host "official" giveaways including amazing prizes from publishers, developers, and friends of the site. Here are some simple guidelines to follow as you participate:
- Please do not beg for random stuff that no one is offering, as this goes against the spirit of the thread. Keep in mind that most prizes are provided by other members out of the goodness of their hearts. If you are looking for something specific, there are all kinds of jewels to be found on the cheap in the Buy/Sell/Trade thread.
- For the sake of convenience, most giveaways are powered by GiftBot 2.0, our advanced proprietary gifting tool. You can access GiftBot's tools from your giveaways page. While you are welcome and encouraged to make use of GiftBot, this is not a requirement! Some members prefer to conceal codes behind HIDE tags, to simply drop them in unprotected lists, or to run forum games with rules of their own making.
- Be nice and don't forget to thank the giveaway creator whenever you win a prize!
- Don't be greedy. Be mindful that no one owes you anything. You should avoid taking more than you give, and if you've been blessed with good luck and many wins, you should always pay it forward. If you've got unused codes lying around, why not post them here? You never know who might find your trash to be their treasure.
What is GiftBot?
GiftBot is a powerful forum gifting tool developed for our exclusive use here on ResetEra. An initial version of it, based on an externally hosted bot system, was made available near the beginning of our site history. A much more advanced version was integrated directly into our forum software as GiftBot 2.0 in September 2019. You can read all about GiftBot 2.0 and its ever-expanding suite of features in this thread.
For your convenience we have also reproduced the initial GiftBot 2.0 announcement below. Note that additional features have been added since the announcement:
Guess Who's Back?
The original GiftBot was a much-beloved feature that helped inspire generosity and joy throughout the community. Unfortunately, it did not survive the transition to ResetEra 2.0. At the beginning of the year we pledged that GiftBot would return. Since then we've performed several critical tech upgrades, including an improved version of Image Options and a number of new features.
Even so, fans of GiftBot have been left waiting for a successor. We knew that if we were going to deliver late, it wouldn't be enough just to port the original. We had to go above and beyond what the old GiftBot offered. And so we set our sights on implementing the concept in a way that has never been attempted before.
The result is packed with features we think you'll like. Let's get right to them…
A True User Interface – No More PMs!
GiftBot was previously an externally hosted bot that required members to send a private message in order to create and enter giveaways. Complicated syntax was required to interact with any part of the system, with little to no margin of error. All commands were text-based.
We were determined to find a better way.
From that ambition a brand new user interface has been constructed. Members can now access the Giveaways feature from the left sidebar or their account options. Press the Create Giveaway button, and you will be greeted with a slick and intuitive page that walks you through every step. No more worrying about a typo breaking your whole entry, no more struggling with syntax.
Getting a Giveaway Started
When you enter the desired thread URL, the system will now automatically check to make sure that the URL is valid and that the target thread is eligible. Locked threads will be invalid.
You will be offered the option of creating a giveaway anonymously, without your username attached. Please note that to prevent abuse of this feature, moderators will still be able to see who created an anonymous giveaway. The next step then is to decide if you want to create a raffle or a first-come first-serve giveaway. If you're creating a raffle, a convenient dropdown will allow you to select your desired length (anywhere from 1 hour to 1 week).
Adding prizes couldn't be any easier! Simply select the platform from a dropdown (or choose "Other" and enter the platform name manually) and then fill out the fields for the title of the prize and the prize code itself. Selecting the PS4 or Nintendo Switch platforms will automatically prompt you to include region information, as those codes are region locked.
These aren't the only tools available to giveaway creators. There are others that are brand new.
New Options to Limit Giveaway Participants
In the past one of the biggest headaches for giveaway creators and staff was trying to prevent users from exploiting the system -- a small number of individuals tended to follow GiftBot from thread to thread, entering as many giveaways as possible, trying to rack up prizes in a way that violated the spirit of the whole feature.
To address this and similar concerns, the giveaway creation interface includes a Participants section with a whole suite of options designed to give creators control over who can enter their giveaways. These limits can all be wholly disabled with the Everything Must Go option; as the name suggests, this is good for getting rid of codes when you don't care who gets them.
With past winner restrictions, giveaway creators will be able to limit entrants to members who haven't won any giveaways within the past hour, day, week, or calendar month. Note that the calendar month option is unique in that it counts only the current month and not a fixed duration. Options also exist to restrict entry for Junior Members or lurkers (members with less than 5 posts in the designated thread). It's even possible to grant entry only to members who have created a giveaway in the past 30 days, or members who have created a giveaway since the last time they won one.
All of these options are at your fingertips. Beyond those, Admins have additional tools to ensure that wins are not dominated by only a handful of users. Exploitative behavior is now easier to detect and deter.
Include Messages With Your Giveaways
Giveaway creators now have the option to include a friendly message that will accompany their giveaway. These messages are directly integrated into the posts as quotes, with the creator named as the quote author (unless they have selected the Anonymous option). This feature can be used for friendly greetings, information about the prize or the giveaway, or anything else that is appropriate.
Revamped Giveaway Posts
The glow up is real. Extensive custom coding has allowed us to add slick and unique styling to giveaway posts, including a very visible header. Colorful icons next to each prize will denote the associated storefront or platform. If the giveaway is a raffle, a live countdown at the bottom of the post will display how much time is left until the end. Any restrictions placed on entrants by the giveaway creator will be indicated with gray icons near the top right of the post -- mouse over these icons for more details via tooltip.
When a giveaway post is quoted, it will display as linked text including the name of the giveaway creator and the number of prizes included.
Like giveaway creation, entering a giveaway used to involve PMs to GiftBot and precise syntax, including strings of code to identify a prize. With GiftBot 2.0, it's as simple as clicking a button. Every giveaway post will have an Enter Giveaway button visible to members. The button will bring up a dialogue where you'll pick the prize(s) you want to enter for. If the giveaway creator has chosen to allow users to enter for multiple prizes, the options will be presented as check boxes. Otherwise you will have to select just one. A foolproof process.
Alerts for Raffles You Don't Win
One of the cool new benefits of integrating GiftBot directly into our forum software is that it can now take advantage of the alert system. Whenever a raffle you have entered ends, and you do not win, you will be automatically sent an alert to inform you of the outcome. You will also receive an alert if a raffle you have entered is cancelled. No longer will users have to go looking to find out what happened to their entry.
Track Your Giveaway History
With the original GiftBot there was no way to track the giveaways you created or won. This time around we're delighted to provide a convenient way to do exactly that. In addition to the Create Giveaway button, the Giveaways page also includes three separate tabs for your Active, Past, and Won giveaways. Users will now be able to track and locate any giveaway they're involved in, either as a creator or an entrant.
Because the original GiftBot was hosted externally, it was prone to breakdowns and service interruptions. Each outage would need to be addressed manually, creating work for the team and frustration for the users. GiftBot 2.0 however has now been directly integrated into our forum software, meaning that as long as the site is up, GiftBot 2.0 should remain online as well. The site and the bot are now one.
Era Clear Integration
We were previously pleased to introduce direct Era Clear gifting, which can be done via the recipient's profile or your Account Upgrades page. We've taken the feature a step further by allowing members to purchase Era Clear to include as a prize in giveaways. Simply select the Era Clear 1 month or 1 year options from the platform dropdown while creating a giveaway; the winner will have the prize applied to their account automatically!
Developing custom features like GiftBot 2.0 doesn't happen easily or cheaply. If you'd like to support the site, buying or gifting Era Clear is a great way to do so directly.
Bringing GiftBot 2.0 to life took nearly as much effort and resources as ResetEra 2.0 itself -- as usual, no expense was spared. This is completely custom work. Built to our specifications, coded from scratch, made exclusively for you.
Thanks are due to Jawmuncher, JaseC, and especially ColdSun for their help with the design plan of GiftBot 2.0. Thanks also to the staff who dedicated their time to testing it before it went live.
A feature like no other, for a forum like no other. Let the gifting begin anew!
What do the GiftBot restriction icons mean?
Near the top right of each GiftBot giveaway, there will be small icons indicating any restrictions that may apply to that specific giveaway. If you mouse over these icons on desktop you'll get a brief tooltip of what each one means. These restrictions are set by the giveaway creator at their sole discretion. For your convenience, we have created this guide explaining in detail what each icon means and how the restriction works:
GiftBot Restrictions said:Past Winner Restriction
This restriction prevents users from entering the giveaway if they have already won a prize within a set period of time. The length of time can vary according to the preference of the giveaway creator: Past Hour, Past Day, Past Week, and This Calendar Month. The monthly option is unique in that it is not based on a fixed period of time, but rather the month in which the giveaway was created.
This restriction disallows users who have less than 100 posts, or accounts that are less than one month old. It is intended to ensure that the prizes go to members who are real people and active contributors.
This restriction only allows members who have made 5 or more posts in the thread in which the giveaway is created. This is intended for community threads and OTs where some giveaway creators might want to make sure that their prizes go to folks who are actually part of that community. It is not generally intended for threads dedicated solely to giveaways or threads where there isn't a central topic of discussion. Please be aware that while you are welcome and encouraged to join and participate in new communities, blatantly spamming a community thread for the sole purpose of circumventing this restriction will get you banned.
This restriction requires that users have created a giveaway of their own within the past 30 days in order to enter. It is straightforward and ensures that anyone who wins a prize will have given something back fairly recently.
Pay Forward Only
This restriction requires that if a user has already won a prize, they must have created a giveaway of their own since their last win, otherwise they cannot enter the giveaway. There is no time limit on this. It encourages members to keep paying the generosity forward.
Everything Must Go
Unlike the others, this is not a restriction. In fact, it is the opposite. This indicates that the giveaway creator has decided to allow any and every registered member to be eligible to win a prize. As opposed to simply turning the other restrictions off, this setting even overrides global restrictions set by the staff. It is intended for giveaway creators who want to dump codes and make sure they're gone.
There are some hidden global restrictions that are controlled and set by the staff. These settings are intended to prevent members from racking up an unreasonable amount of wins versus everyone else. One of them is a brief cooldown that prevents you from entering too quickly after a win. Another applies a much longer cooldown if you win too many prizes in too short a time. If you are among the top winners of all time, you will face additional (and increasingly severe) limitations. The specific numbers involved are subject to change, and we will not disclose exact values in order to discourage attempts at exploitation.
Where can I get keys to give away?
If you are not a developer or publisher, it can sometimes be difficult to locate reliable sources of legitimate product keys! Here are a few places that our members have had consistent success: