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Massive respect to the developers of Darkwood [Official Site, Steam, GOG]! They've released a news post about how things have gone for them and inside is a link to an imgur post, containing a little story and a free torrent if you can't afford the game right now.

Here's what they said

Steam lets you refund a game if you haven't played it for more than 2 hours, and as a developer we can see the reason why people refunded it. When we read the explanation from someone who wrote that he needed the refund because he didn't want his parents to be stressed out when seeing the bill at the end of the month... well, it made us feel quite bad.
So we decided to do something about it! If you don't have the money and want to play the game, we have a safe torrent on the Pirate Bay of the latest version of Darkwood (1.0 hotfix 3), completely DRM-free. There's no catch, no added pirate hats for characters or anything like that. We have just one request: if you like Darkwood and want us to continue making games, consider buying it in the future, maybe on a sale, through Steam, GOG or Humble Store. But please, please, don't buy it through any key reselling site. By doing that, you're just feeding the cancer that is leeching off this industry.

Here's the torrent link. However, it's only for the Windows version currently. If you do use that (dual booting?), I urge you to support the developer with a purchase in future, they seem worthy of the support.

Credit to wolfyrion for posting it in the forum.

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nll_a 25 August 2017 at 11:24 pm UTC
Yes, seriously awesome devs. Very inspiring!
Comandante Ñoñardo 25 August 2017 at 11:25 pm UTC
chancho_zombieI never thought it that way publishers prefer to get pirated than you to buy from g2a or kinguin. Sometimes I buy a few keys from g2a because other sites they simply don't like my money I use a visa debit card and argentinian currency is banned in some sites. Some sites will ban currency exchange from ARS to USD or EUR, or whatever. Is the price I've got to pay for living in unstable country with 30 per cent of inflation, my money is worth nothing so I'm lucky that g2a takes my money.

I am from Argentina too and I buy games on GOG, Steam, humble, Greenman and Gamersgate using a VISA DEBIT card without any problem.

Spoiler, click me
Te pesifican la compra con el tipo de cambio del momento en que hacés la compra, y no como las tarjetas de crédito que te pesifican recién al cierre.
Yo uso VISA ELECTRON de Banco Patagonia.. no se cual Banco usaras vos..
Elvanex 25 August 2017 at 11:28 pm UTC
Very nice to see this! =D Gonna buy this game for sure now, as well as help seed the torrent.
orochi_kyo 25 August 2017 at 11:32 pm UTC
chancho_zombieI never thought it that way publishers prefer to get pirated than you to buy from g2a or kinguin. Sometimes I buy a few keys from g2a because other sites they simply don't like my money I use a visa debit card and argentinian currency is banned in some sites. Some sites will ban currency exchange from ARS to USD or EUR, or whatever. Is the price I've got to pay for living in unstable country with 30 per cent of inflation, my money is worth nothing so I'm lucky that g2a takes my money.
I dont want to sound or be harsh towards you but your excuse sounds lame, I live in a third world country too, Costa Rica, and I have bought games on GMG, Steam, Humble bundle and GoG with my debit card, the most simple debit card the bank can give.
You say a company should never take on users but sometimes users abuse of devs and companies, and buying on g2a makes you an abuser...
And as you can see it seems other user here from Argentina also reports that he had no problems buying with his card, so, I smell something fishy here...


Last edited by orochi_kyo at 25 August 2017 at 11:35 pm UTC
chancho_zombie 25 August 2017 at 11:41 pm UTC
There's a difference between resellers and retailers. Resellers are g2a and kinguin that sell the keys in a ebay-like marketplace and take no responsibility they are just the middle man. Retailers in the other hand buy the keys to the developers directly, then they sell and can take responsibility and check if the key is legit or not.
This is bad because developers are turning away from legit retailers, and taking the blame on them also for charge-backs, and will not sell keys to legit retailers. But devs should take it on visa or mastercard to start off for making fraudulent chargebacks. They are the more evil of them all.
chancho_zombie 25 August 2017 at 11:55 pm UTC
orochi_kyo
chancho_zombieI never thought it that way publishers prefer to get pirated than you to buy from g2a or kinguin. Sometimes I buy a few keys from g2a because other sites they simply don't like my money I use a visa debit card and argentinian currency is banned in some sites. Some sites will ban currency exchange from ARS to USD or EUR, or whatever. Is the price I've got to pay for living in unstable country with 30 per cent of inflation, my money is worth nothing so I'm lucky that g2a takes my money.
I dont want to sound or be harsh towards you but your excuse sounds lame, I live in a third world country too, Costa Rica, and I have bought games on GMG, Steam, Humble bundle and GoG with my debit card, the most simple debit card the bank can give.
You say a company should never take on users but sometimes users abuse of devs and companies, and buying on g2a makes you an abuser...
And as you can see it seems other user here from Argentina also reports that he had no problems buying with his card, so, I smell something fishy here...
not true you are calling me a liar, it´ s true that Humble bundle GOG and Steam will normally take paypal with debit card but it was until recently. But last year some transactions where banned I don't know why but they got rejected. Some official retailers like green man gaming, nuuvem and others also don't take local visa cards only international. On patreon for example I got rejected even with paypal, I don't have a screenshot now but next time my card gets rejected I will show you.
Asu 26 August 2017 at 12:01 am UTC
omg just do a sale lol... don't put up a torrent.
Cybolic 26 August 2017 at 12:05 am UTC
tomaszgThe torrent seems to be Windows only
That's where the pirates are
In light of their statement though, the Linux version would make sense to include as well.
chancho_zombie 26 August 2017 at 12:05 am UTC
chancho_zombie
orochi_kyo
chancho_zombieI never thought it that way publishers prefer to get pirated than you to buy from g2a or kinguin. Sometimes I buy a few keys from g2a because other sites they simply don't like my money I use a visa debit card and argentinian currency is banned in some sites. Some sites will ban currency exchange from ARS to USD or EUR, or whatever. Is the price I've got to pay for living in unstable country with 30 per cent of inflation, my money is worth nothing so I'm lucky that g2a takes my money.
I dont want to sound or be harsh towards you but your excuse sounds lame, I live in a third world country too, Costa Rica, and I have bought games on GMG, Steam, Humble bundle and GoG with my debit card, the most simple debit card the bank can give.
You say a company should never take on users but sometimes users abuse of devs and companies, and buying on g2a makes you an abuser...
And as you can see it seems other user here from Argentina also reports that he had no problems buying with his card, so, I smell something fishy here...
not true you are calling me a liar, it´ s true that Humble bundle GOG and Steam will normally take paypal with debit card but it was until recently. But last year some transactions where banned I don't know why but they got rejected. Some official retailers like green man gaming, nuuvem and others also don't take local visa cards only international. On patreon for example I got rejected even with paypal, I don't have a screenshot now but next time my card gets rejected I will show you.
you are wrong nothing fishy comandante ñonardo is right that Humble Bundle and GOG take ARS with paypal over debit card. But sometimes I like to purchase with debit card with a none paypal associated card, that's when I have basically no choice other than g2a. On the other hand I will be more than happy if the steam store had the half of payment options that Brasil steam store has.
MKN-dev-LINUX 26 August 2017 at 12:07 am UTC
I have had this game on my wish-list for some time now. I saw this post and instantly picked this title up ($14.99 USD). To take a large financial hit by offering a DRM-free version is something. Respect.
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