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Subject: Planet Baen Game - Win free ebooks from Baen while playing
Date Posted: 5/2/2012 9:41 PM ET
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Well, Baen books has a beta of a game on the internet, where you can play and win free books. They talk about it here...

Here.

You'll need a Baen account to play, from what I understand, and since it's beta stuff will be changing on it. I don't know how many are allowed to sign up.

http://www.planetbaen.net/

It's all about stategy, colony planning, and while I've earned two free books it wasn't easy. After a couple of weeks I still don't know what I'm doing, but I keep going back. Lol. I really have no idea what I'm doing, but there I am doing it anyway.

You need to sign up with the email addy your account is with, because when you earn an ebook they send the code to that email.

Don't hold your breath for free books, (but Baen has quite a few free ones at their free library anyway) but in case anyone likes world-building games, you might want to give it a try.



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Date Posted: 5/7/2012 6:35 PM ET
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is anyone trying this that might want to join my (so far non-existance) alliance, or have me join theirs?  i'm just walking through the first steps now, trying to figure this stuff out.  :)  my username over there is gremlin



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Date Posted: 5/8/2012 2:55 PM ET
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is anyone trying this that might want to join my (so far non-existance) alliance, or have me join theirs?  i'm just walking through the first steps now, trying to figure this stuff out.  :)  my username over there is gremlin

I'll look for you next time I can level up. Costs insane amounts of money to join an alliance now, but gotta get my quota in eventually. Lol

(Ed. Done! if I have any gifts to pass along, about 6:30 and every four hours after that that I'm up, I'll send them your way!)

 



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Date Posted: 5/19/2012 1:26 PM ET
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i thought i'd come back and give some results.  it's 11 days later, and i just earned my fourth ebook this morning.  it took a while, and a lot of reading of the associated forums to figure out the strategy, but i'm finding it interesting.

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 3:30 PM ET
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I'm working on my fourth ebook, and should earn it today. Still trying to figure out how it's all connected.

I must like it, because I keep checking at the end of the cycles to see where I am!smiley We'll see after this next book if I hang in or not. Fun, but I'm not good at strategy type games.

Date Posted: 5/22/2012 12:07 AM ET
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Thanks so much for the link,  I just got my first ebook. 

(Edited, I just found and joined your alliances-I am under MLG)



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Date Posted: 5/22/2012 10:47 AM ET
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Hey, Michelle!

I'll look for you when I get a chance. Not really sure how much longer I'll play. I'm not good at this strategy stuff, but have gotten four freebies so far.

You might find some good strategy help here....

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=176136

 

Date Posted: 5/22/2012 5:44 PM ET
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I joined. dillon3473. It seems easy enough so far.

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 9:38 AM ET
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I joined. dillon3473. It seems easy enough so far.

Wait until you get to the higher levels! You get more bucks per cycle, but right now I need 63,083,516 bucks to make level 18. But I'm earning almost 6,500,000 bucks a cycle.

Oh, and I've seen where they're going to 'launch' the game officially in June sometime. (I lost the location where they talk about it.) Since this is a Beta version, people are wondering if they'll let the older members coast right along, or if they'll reboot and start everyone from scratch.

I'm not too worried either way. If I have to start over, I'd hope I'd at least be smarter about it, and earn levels a lot quicker.

I'd just suggest getting what books you can while you can, then see if they reboot or not.

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 10:48 AM ET
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I am almost done with level 3, so that's why it is so easy.

I see duskyrose as an alliance leader. Is that you? If so, I will join up.

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 12:21 PM ET
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Thanks for this, I am so going to join up at lunch :)

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 2:36 PM ET
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I see duskyrose as an alliance leader. Is that you? If so, I will join up.

Should be. I'm a black and white cat.

 

 

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 4:41 AM ET
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i read in the Baen forums that there was an announcement about the game scheduled for some event in mid-June, so i'm aiming to get as far as i can by then.  that was from a user, not anyone official, and given the changes that are still being made i don't think it's ready for prime-time yet.  but that may be why the changes are being made more often recently.  :)

Susan, i saw you joined my alliance.  thanks!  i'll join you back when i have the Baen Bucks for it.  i've got 3 people waiting now, and at this point things have gotten expensive so i can either uplevel or join alliances but not both.

 

here's a couple of game tips it took me a while to figure out:  Energy is the limiting factor in upgrading, so you want to be sure to put Energy on Quick Charge squares and do those as often as you can.  resources are not consumed (you might thing Food gets eaten, but apparently just having it stockpiled feeds your colony) except through the 'whacks' that you can usually pay off instead.  you joining alliances counts towards you earning ebooks, having people add you back doesn't earn you anything - though it's nice because then you're more likely to share gifts.  as far as gifts - you kind of naturally get Bliss in larger quantities than is needed, so rather than gifting Bliss out of your 'Transfer Only' section you might want to just let those expire unless you see someone is asking for it.  i hope that helps a little!  [though it probably makes no sense at all unless you've started playing.]

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 10:32 AM ET
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So far, I've earned my 7th book. Anyone else still playing?

It'll be interesting to see what happens during the official re-launch of the game. I might not mind starting from scratch, since I have to come up with hundreds of millions of Baen Bucks to do anything. I am getting about 12-22 million per 4 hour session if I keep up with it, though.

It'll be a while before I join an alliance again. It's going to cost me half a billion next time!

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 7:35 PM ET
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i just earned my 7th ebook this morning with my 29th alliance.  i don't think there's enough time to get to level 25 before the reset when it launches for real, but i'll see how far i can get.  :)

i don't know if they're going to keep giving out ebooks when the game goes live, and so i may not play anymore.  i'm probably spending a little more time on this than i ought to.

Date Posted: 6/5/2012 7:43 PM ET
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i'm probably spending a little more time on this than i ought to.

I keep saying that I ought to just drop it, since I'm not very good at it, Lol. But I always seem to notice the time and know when the cycle comes due, and curiosity just kills me.

I only spend a few minute on it at a time, though. There's not much I can do at this point but keep up with restocking Bliss, cashing in my gifts and waiting. It's not really a very active game.

But the free ebooks have been fun. Apparently the code is worth up to $6 even on the bundles.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 5:08 AM ET
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oh!  if you haven't been reading the Planet Baen forums, you may not have read that there's a Baen person you can email if you want to combine three of your coupons into one $18 super coupon that you can then use to get a bundle for free.  i will probably take advantage of that, as there's an upcoming bundle with two books i want and one DH wants - might as well get the extra 3 books thrown in.

http://bar.baen.com/index.php?t=msg&th=87019&goto=793210&#msg_793210

and if you aren't signed up and can't read that but are interested, let me know and i'll copy the details over.

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 8:51 AM ET
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Thanks, Ellen, that's good to know!

Not that I'd have enough patience to save up three.  Lol. I have a lot of singles I'm interested in. But good to know there's an advantage to saving them up.

 

Date Posted: 6/6/2012 3:37 PM ET
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DH & i bought a ton of Baen books in April, cleaning on my wishlist.  so the first book i'm waiting for (Elfhome) comes out next month.  easy to save up the coupons in that case.  :)