Grizzled Games Giveaway – The easiest, givingest contest

We’d like more followers. Aside from wanting more people to read our articles, a variety of places measure us by our twitter (and Steam) channels and that lets us get free keys for games without having to interact with developers. So, super easy contest to help that along:

How to enter

1. Follow us on twitter
2. That’s pretty much it. We pick a random follower each month, they pick a prize. So once you follow you get chances to win each month while doing nothing, forever.*
3. Bonus – it’s also very helpful if you follow us on Steam but I can’t track it so just a request, not part of the contest.

Current Prizes

Winner picks one**. Each month we add a new prize. Physical prizes are shipped with Amazon so if coverage is spotty in your country you might have to go with a digital prize.

1. Almost any game we’ve reviewed

Excluding Kingdom Come Deliverance because it’s too expensive. But pretty much any other game, pick and we’ll Steam gift it to you or send it physically if that’s your preference (and Amazon delivers). If it helps you choose, we have a handy review table that you can sort to find the best titles.

You can also use our tags if you want a list of the most beautiful, emotional or just want some PvP.

Prize choices: Digital, Physical

2. Dune by Frank Herbert

We sometimes have this sanitized impression of sci fi and fantasy from before the 70’s, assuming it came from the same era that spawned Happy Days or Leave it to Beaver. But a lot of it was incredibly dark and original and as a kid, Sci-fi epics like Dune or fantasy tragedies like Elric sucked me in far deeper than fun but cute Star Wars or Tolkien.

The series really drops in quality, especially once Frank Herbert dies and his son takes over. But the first one is a masterpiece. I’d give the movie but the that’s only enjoyable after you’ve read the book – trying to make sense of it on its own would be madness.
Prize choices: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audio CD, Audio Digital

3. Wolverine Weapon X by Barry Windsor-Smith

I was a bloodthirsty child. Not physically, but in my literary preferences. I was endlessly frustrated by the non-fatal (and therefore non-repercussion) entertainment on offer: GI Joe, Transformers, Batman, Superman, A-Team. They all seemed one design choice away from being truly awesome. It frustrated me that an otherwise genius detective would repeatedly imprison an unimprisonable mastermind like the Joker.

Then came Wolverine. He just stabs things. His whole power set is having claws made out of a material that lets him stab through anything and healing so he can keep coming back until he manages to stab things. So elegant. Being Canadian is just a nice bonus.
Prize choices: Digital, Physical graphic novel

4. Wolverine Old Man Logan by Mark Millar

Just like Wolverine was the first superhero I really liked, it was this run that made me get back into comic books after a 20-year hiatus. Mainstream comics in the 80’s were just so….80’s and I grew bored. I grabbed this at a comic book store while waiting for a haircut. I asked the friendly geek behind the counter what I should read if I hadn’t touched comics in forever. He asked who was the last guy I liked and when I shrugged and said “Wolverine” he confidently handed me this.

He was right. There’s some fucked up shit happening in this alternate future timeline. Hulk losing his mind and creating a clan of cannibal hillbilly Hulk incest inbreds isn’t even the oddest.

Prize choices: Digital, Physical graphic novel

5. Deadpool Volume 1: Dead Presidents

The next time I needed a haircut I went back to that store and asked for something new. After asking me a series of seemingly unrelated, Miyagi like questions he gave me this.

“Deadpool? Really?” I asked. “I don’t really like funny comics.” I cast my glance over at the C section looking for Conan.

“You’ll like it”, he said, with a shrug that somehow conveyed supreme confidence.

He was right again. As much as I hated becoming a Deadpool fan right when the movie was coming out, somehow having a ridiculous multi-issue battle with zombie ex-american presidents did it.

Prize choices: Digital, Physical graphic novel

6. Jaipur (board game)

Board games can be a nice bridge between gamer and non-gamer. There’s something un-intimidating about physical pieces and they tend to have such abstract rule-sets that they soften the gamer’s natural experience advantage. Nevada, who covers board games for Bits & Pieces, recommends Jaipur as the perfect, competitive, portable little game that sort of fits our niche.
Prize choices: Physical

7. Audible Membership

As life got busier and entertainment options exploded, I found myself reading novels less and less. Which is a shame because there are fantastic, sprawling, mature sci-fi and fantasy epics being put out all the time. Audio books let me partake again. The good ones are narrated closer to a play in terms of production values. Between the shower and walking the dog I get through an opus a week.

I highly recommend the Ender series if you want to start with a classic that shows off what the medium can do.
Prize choices: Digital

8. Memento by Christopher Nolan

I love movies and watch a ton although my tastes aren’t particularly refined. When Memento came out in 2000 I was in a jaded movie slump. It seemed like the most movies could do was spring twist endings, which was fine but somehow became tiresome even when it worked.

Memento’s structure blew me away to such an extent that it was (and still is) the only movie I ever watched again immediately after watching the first time. It doesn’t just make you feel its protagonist’s disability in a vague sense, it does it literally and so thoroughly it redefined what films can do in my mind.
Prize choices: Digital, Blu-Ray, DVD

9. Picasso Tiles

I have five year old twins. I bribe them with toys. We’ve gone through a lot of toys. Out of all of those purchases, this is the single toy I recommend. Just like a good game, it scales up in skill level so it has kept their attention for three years (the next most captivating toy doesn’t make six weeks). At first they just liked snapping the magnets together. Now they use it more like an awesome Jenga set. And it’s all about building and spatial awareness and hand eye coordination.

Far superior to Lego which is expensive and impossible for two year old hands to separate.

10. 3-Month Utomik Subscription

A new game service that is trying to be the Netflix of games. You can read Chris’ review of it or my reasons for allowing it on the site. I like it, it’s super cheap, has lots of good games and doesn’t suffer from bandwidth problems like cloud based services.

Have better prize ideas? Comment below and I’ll add.

*Forever being as long as the contest runs, which should be indefinitely.

** Obviously whatever you sign up with has to be a real account because if you win I’ll message you so you can pick your prize.

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2 Comments
  1. Anonymous 8 months ago
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    Well I just did. I’m kinda amazed at the growth of your site. I stumbled upon it from waaay back then, when you did Shigatari review, and you’re kinda just playing around with a site? And suddenly you say you’re looking to *pay* people to write here? I thought, what year is this, is this suddenly the dot.com bubble again? Are you sure you’re actually a person and not secretly the face of a big company or something, trying to start a grassroot…. something? I’m not sure what, but I’m sure those crafty big business can think of something ominous.

    • Galp 8 months ago
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      Aw, thanks – looking good enough to maybe be a corporate shill is a great compliment 🙂 And yup, we pay our writers. I don’t want to sound too 1st world problem about it, but playing a terrible game for 15 hours and then writing about it is hard work! Thanks for following and being around since Shigatari – I promise there’s nothing shady and I’m just a dude who likes indie games 🙂

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