This note is to explain some recent changes to how Tiny Empires 3000 Gift Boxes work. Previously, Gift Boxes could be freely transferred around and then used by anyone who was not yet a paid player of Tiny Empires 3000. Now, when you buy a Gift Box, you will also get a GiftCode with it. This GiftCode is like a password that must be used by the gift recipient to redeem the gift. This change was made to increase security of Gift Boxes and to ensure their authenticity.
A GiftCode is a 16-character string of letters and numbers (e.g. 39f98a77ea7c4aa0) that unlocks the Gift Box. To give someone the gift of Tiny Empires 3000, you must send them the GiftCode as well as the Gift Box itself. When they rez the Gift Box, it will ask them to enter the GiftCode on a specific chat channel. This is an example of the message the recipient will receive:
"Please copy/paste the GiftCode into the Local Chat window on channel 4545 like this: "/4545 GiftCode" (without the quotes, and replace the word GiftCode with your real GiftCode)."
Note that the channel number will be different for everyone. If the GiftCode is accurate and authentic and has not been previously used, the recipient will automatically be sent the Full Version of the Tiny Empires 3000 HUD.
Because the GiftCode can be difficult to type in correctly, it is suggested that you copy/paste it instead.
When someone successfully uses one of your GiftCodes to redeem the Tiny Empires 3000 Gift Box, you will receive an automated IM to that effect.
GiftCodes are sent to you, the purchaser of the Gift Boxes, at the time of purchase. Because a GiftCode can be used to unlock any Gift Box, it is suggested that you keep it safe, and only give it to the desired recipient of the Gift Box. One idea is to copy/paste the GiftCode into the "Description" field of the Gift Box itself. That way the Box and the Code are tied together, making it easier for you to keep track of the codes.
As for existing Gift Boxes that have not yet been used, they are now obsolete and will not work. If you have Gift Boxes that were purchased on November 16 or later, and whose purchase can be verified, those Gift Boxes will be refunded at 100% of the purchase price so that you may buy them again. For Gift Boxes acquired before November 16 or for Gift Boxes whose purchase cannot be verified, I will deal with those on a case by case basis.
If you have any questions about the new TE3000 Gift Box system, feel free to ask me.