How often do you get a chance to win good games?
There are two contest running that have pretty good prizes.
The first is the Cafe Games TEMPUS giveaway on BoardGameGeek. Tempus is a Martin Wallace game that's going to debut at Essen. Those of you who like Wallace's games should be happy with the opp to win one of 12 that are going to be raffled off. All you have to do is answer the 10 multiple choice questions posed by Cafe Games guy Morgan Dontanville. Yes, they're not easy. Yes, you can Google. No, you're probably not going to get them all right even if you Google. Guessing also works I guess, I got 7 of 10 without consulting The Oracle. For each correct answer you get a chance to win. For those of us who aren't impressed with Wallace games, it makes great trade fodder, so why not join? All you need is a BGG account. (Who am I kidding, if you're reading this, you're already a BGGeek.)
The other is the contest Tom and Joe are running on the podcast The Dice Tower.
All you have to do is send Tom and Joe an email with the Top Five Games You Think Their Listeners Hate the Most. The contest is patterned after Richard Garfield's "What Were You Thinking." You get more points if your opinion matches that of the other people who send in entries. The prize? Reiner Knizia's Beowulf - The Legend, published by Fantasy Flight Games. Along with that you also get a poster autographed by Reiner and artist John Howe, best known for his Tolkein work. That's a damned good prize, and it's well worth the email.
As we say in Amun-Re, free is good. Unless it's an all-farmer province in the third year of an epoch.