Update: Just about everyone was selected. Emails are out/going out with updates.

Welcome to the New Gaming Promotional Grant Round 2! Have fun while helping us create a wonderful database of information here for Mass Effect 3.

All users with at least 300 reputation are eligible to receive Mass Effect 3.

The catch? Simple - ask 8 questions about your new game within the first 2 weeks of playing. If you don't get to ask 8 questions, no fear, you just sit out the next round.

For every Reaper you kill, you save one unicorn from poachers (huh?).

How to sign up: Fill out this form specifying which game you want.

Entries will be open until Friday 3/2 at 12pm EST. Selected entrants will be notified promptly.

  • You can buy this game through Origin and then have the purchase reimbursed through Paypal. We can't use gifts for this round unfortunately.
  • The reimbursement is only for the regular edition of the game. If you buy the deluxe versions, you can still get reimbursed for the price of the regular edition.
  • If you fulfilled the commitment for the last round, you get this game. Please still do fill out the form as usual!

A few people didn't fulfill their commitment (and get to watch this round from the bench :P) and we will treat new applicants equally — so we do expect more than 20 copies of ME3 to be awarded in total (moar games please!).

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    Relevant: meta.gaming.stackexchange.com/q/4059/8581 (comments about this topic purged --badp) – James Feb 28 '12 at 17:27
  • This round is ONLY ME3? We're not offering any other games? I am interested in ME3 (although it would really suck if I wasn't!), but I don't think there's going to be any shortage of content for it. There are some other notable titles launching in the next month, so this is a little disappointing. (Also, I was going to wait for it to be available on Steam which I'm sure it will eventually, but that's a quibble.) – Shinrai Feb 28 '12 at 18:08
  • Also, I think that only offering the one game is actually going to make meeting the question commitment difficult - I got FF13-2 last round and almost had trouble meeting my quota because a lot of the questions I had were already asked - this will only be a lot worse with a ton of copies of the same game out there. I'm sure it's probably too late to expect you guys to reconsider, but I wish you would. – Shinrai Feb 28 '12 at 18:10
  • @Shinrai The last grant explained that participating didn't disqualify you from the next round, unlike how things were done last year... – Tharius Feb 28 '12 at 18:10
  • @Stephen - I'm confused as to how that has anything to do with my concerns. I think that's a good thing. I just think the single game approach may make things more difficult than it has to be. (Also, if somebody was in the last round, and met their quota so they automatically qualify for this round, what if they just don't like RPGs? Do they get to keep their 'bye' until next time?) – Shinrai Feb 28 '12 at 18:12
  • Also, selfishly, I was hoping to score a copy of Silent Hill: Downpour out of this round. XD – Shinrai Feb 28 '12 at 18:12
  • @Shinrai Sorry, I thought your comment "There are some other notable titles launching in the next month, so this is a little disappointing" indicated that you were hoping to qualify for next month and wouldn't be able to get what you wanted then if you participated now. – Tharius Feb 28 '12 at 18:13
  • @Stephen - No, I meant that we seem to be doing these grants one month apart now, so there are some other about-to-launch titles that could be offered in addition to ME3. – Shinrai Feb 28 '12 at 18:15
  • @Shinrai I hear your wish for Silent Hill! You never know, there may be another game giveaway round later on in March. But, who really knows :P – Seth Rogers Feb 28 '12 at 18:16
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    @SethRogers - That's nice to know (I am curious to know if the auto-in from the first round carries over if somebody decides to sit this one out). I still think that we're going to be hard pressed to have HUNDREDS of valid, distinct questions about ME3 - assuming 30 copies at 8 questions apiece, that's 240 questions from the promotional grant alone, nevermind the large amount of traffic it'll probably generate anyway. I just don't think this game is going to be nearly as deep as, say, Skyrim. – Shinrai Feb 28 '12 at 18:24
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    To ask directly, are we really expecting 200+ questions alone just from this? It seems unreasonable...that would make this one topic more popular than TF2 or swtor in our questions. – Ben Brocka Feb 28 '12 at 22:42
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    I am concerned that I would not be able to fulfill my commitment if I get the game because I think I will make progress more slowly than quite a few other people. Because of this, I think that whenever I get to any point in the game, many of the useful questions will have been asked already by people who played that part and were desperately trying to fulfill their commitments. – murgatroid99 Feb 29 '12 at 0:36
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    If a healthy amount of questions arised, I'm confident I could help in answering at least 8 of them, and if no such questions were there I'm confident I could ask 8 of them. I'm concerned that with a large body of questions all 20+ of us may well not be able to ask 8 good questions on the single topic. – Ben Brocka Feb 29 '12 at 1:17
  • Oh, for Amazon orders are you preordering (meaning we get the preorder bonus rifle in game?) – Ben Brocka Feb 29 '12 at 1:21
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    Quick question: do I send the re-reimbursement email when I enter the form, or after I've fulfilled my question quota? – MBraedley Mar 3 '12 at 4:04

If I completed the first round, but I'm not interested in ME3, do I get into the next one that I enter into automatically still?

  • We're reevaluating the program with every round, so I can't guarantee right now- but it is likely. – Seth Rogers Feb 29 '12 at 15:21

Any Canadians participating in this give away are warned that amazon.ca couldn't be slower to ship if they went out of business.

After 3 weeks my copy of KoA was still not shipped and there didn't seem to be any good reason for it, other than Amazon being terribly slow.

Lauren Gundrum 11:05 AM (48 minutes ago) to Stephen

No problem. Just heard back from our office manager and it has been ordered but has not been shipped yet. She said Canadian orders can take up to 4 weeks to ship, unfortunately.

For the record, the turn around time for reimbursement from prior grant rounds has been fantastic and I appreciate all the hard work the SE staff does ... my beef is with Amazon.


Lauren was able to cancel the order with Amazon and get my copy of KoA via Steam ... I thank her for all the aggravation this has caused her and look forward to getting everything downloaded and installed.

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    I didn't participate in the previous round, however the rounds before that my games would come from various retailers. My last game came from a local Edmonton company, and I think that solution worked out great. – Resorath Mar 1 '12 at 17:23
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    @Stephen I recall similar problems trying to get Deus Ex: HR for the PC from Amazon.ca. Turns out that sometimes they delegate that to third-party sellers (for example, the PC version of KoA says "Ships from and sold by biddeal.") which can throw a wrench into things. Normally amazon.ca is great if they're the ones doing shipping but for some reason they don't always on new releases. – Adam Lear Mar 2 '12 at 3:03
  • @AnnaLear Thanks! Nice to know it's not personal :-) Nonetheless they lost this sale, several computer science books I was buying to prep for grad studies and who knows how much more before I'm done. – Tharius Mar 2 '12 at 3:09

Does duplicate questions count towards the 8 question requirement? Even though we do our best to try to avoid dupes sometimes its unavoidable since the wording on some questions may be very misleading.

(I suspect the answer is no, but I would just like to make it clear)

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    In general dupes don't count, but we look at each case individually. – Seth Rogers Feb 28 '12 at 18:00

I'm from Honduras. I have a friend that has a U.S. Mailing Address. Can I use that address to get the game even if would have his name? It is basically a U.S. P.O. Box that forwards his mail to Honduras.

Related question: This would mean that I would receive the game 1 or 2 weeks after everyone else. Does this mean I would have less time to ask my questions than everyone else, or do the two weeks start counting after the game is in my hand?

  • If selected, we could only send it to you, I'm so sorry @marcelo! – Seth Rogers Feb 28 '12 at 19:43
  • @SethRogers and for my other question? If I receive my game 1 or 2 weeks after everyone else, do I have less/no time to fill my quota of questions? – Marcelo Feb 28 '12 at 19:56
  • the parameter is 2 weeks, so yes. Is there no way for you to buy the game and get paypal reimbursed (if you're selected that is)? – Seth Rogers Feb 28 '12 at 19:58
  • @SethRogers One more question, if I am selected and choose to use Amazon, will you guys make a preorder of the game, so that it's delivered exactly on release date? Will you send us the tracking number for the package? – Marcelo Feb 28 '12 at 22:00
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    Orders will be placed Friday afternoon- hopefully Amazon can deliver in time. As of now, we don't plan on sending everyone tracking numbers. – Seth Rogers Feb 29 '12 at 15:23
  • @SethRogers Thank you! – Marcelo Feb 29 '12 at 15:29
  • @SethRogers The question now has the Status-Completed tag. Does this mean I wasn't selected? I thought I had completed my quota for Round 1 :( – Marcelo Mar 5 '12 at 13:12
  • @SethRogers just got my confirmation, never mind my previous comment! – Marcelo Mar 5 '12 at 16:52

When filling out the form, do I use the email address that is linked via my openID account, or the email address that is on my profile page?

  • Your primary email or the one on your profile page. – Seth Rogers Feb 28 '12 at 21:08
  • Does the "Reimburse me" option work for purchasing in Pound Sterling?

  • Would we need to convert the value to dollars in the email body?

  • Additionally, would a high resolution photograph of my receipt count as an electronic copy?, as I was planning to pick the game up in store.

  • A photo is fine if no receipt is on hand. We can reimburse Pounds through Paypal, though its still a conversion. – Seth Rogers Feb 29 '12 at 20:54

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