GoG’s Homeworld Giveaway


It’s time for another one of eXplorminate’s celebrated, venerated, sometimes slightly masticated game giveaways!

This time around, we’ve got twenty (count ‘em, 20!) keys to share with the community, courtesy of our good friends at Good Old Games. Ten keys are for Homeworld: Emergence, the expansion to the original, classic Homeworld released in 2000 as Homeworld: Cataclysm. The name is now different, but the game is the same.


We also have ten keys for the more recently released (and well received by eXplorminate) Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

How can you get access to these wonderful toys at no cost to you? Easy. Just post in the comments below  and tell us your fondest memories of playing the Homeworld series. Don’t have any fond memories? Just make them up! Or put in a good recipe for pie. We’re really craving pie lately.


In any case, we’ll pick twenty names randomly to receive the keys. Winners will be chosen on July 5th, 2017. Keys not claimed within 72 hours will have new names drawn for them, so make sure to check back and see if you’ve won!.

Do not forget that YOU need to contact US to claim YOUR key once you’ve won. Contact US at eXplorminate@gmail.com with the name/handle that you used in the contest entry.



39 thoughts on “GoG’s Homeworld Giveaway

  1. Well I’d always wanted to be a pirate so when I saw these games I was all excited but there must have been something wrong with the voiceovers because they kept calling me “Commander Threepwood” and instead of shooting the other ship captains kept insulting me so I think something was broken. Then this really pretty ship appeared but this ghost ship captured it and I don’t remember what happened after that because I was really young and I don’t even think there was any pie or desserts of any sort which is really a shame because I hear blancmange is pretty good or maybe crepes or something.


      1. I’ve never played homeworld, so my post was a rather silly homage to Curse of Monkey Island, as others have noted. But it made you post that, and now I have to face the fact that someone made Treasure Island into a 3D RTS.

        I’m not sure if I’m appalled or curious. :D

        Thanks regardless.


  2. well well well i remember my first homeworld 2 game as i bougth my new pc in 2003 after 2 months of getting married !! when i installed the game i falled in love from the first screen …. what a grafic what a game play the story was AMAZING !! after few days my wife started to be jealous because i was spending more time with my pc and homeworld then with her and sincerly that didnt stop me playing it , the game was simply fantastic and ohh yeah i have to tell you this for a week a was spending all nights trying to resolve some hard missions my wife was sooo irritated for neglecting her she just turned off the electricity meter…………!! hahahahahahaha


  3. I had several favourite moments.

    1. Stealing everything in homeworld 1. Literally making your entire fleet out of stolen ships. Not a single RU spent on anything other than a salvage corvette. Cruisers, carriers, frigates, all of them are getting abducted into the mothership hangar.

    2. Homeworld cataclysm had a mission where there is a large outpost with cruiser in your way and you are given the use of parasite ships which can damage ships or leech health from those ships and convert them to resources. Parasites are cloaked and the outpost has no detectors present. So instead of doing what the game asks you to do and damage the cloaked ships with the parasites, you can instead decide to leech all their health out, gaining so many resources that you never need to mine again, then send a single scout ship to one hit kill the battleship, the outpost and any escorts in one hit. Tiny bullet pings the hull and BOOOM!

    3. Homeworld remastered introduces all the ships from all the factions except cataclysm into the game. They also introduced the seriously OP kamikaze command. Kamikaze does a ridiculous amount of damage to the point that I’m pretty sure everyone online had a “no-kamikaze you jackass” rule. It takes only a few scout ships to blow up a carrier and even less to blow up a refinery ship. Don’t ask what happens when you try to use frigates and destroyers as makeshift fireships.

    I think you played curse of monkey island. XD


  4. Homeworld: Cataclysm was my favorite of the series. My fondest memories are the chilling first encounters with The Beast. I also remember enjoying the gameplay improvements over the original, like the nifty mimic ships.


  5. Homeworld was the first PC computer game I bought with my own money. It was a major production- I had to take a several hour bus ride to a mall and back just to get it.

    The opening was a thing of beauty.

    I am the kind of gamer who saves every health pack and advanced ammunition reload for the entire game as I scrape by with a default pistol because “I might need all the stuff I’m carrying later.” In Homeworld I met my match. It was the level with the ion cannon sphere. I began diligently salvaging



    Ion cannon frigate.

    I got about half before I gave up. The sphere had collapsed in on itself dramatically increasing the density of frigates and every foray near it was instant death for both corvettes and my cpu. I worked at it for a while, attracting attention with scouts and sneaking in salvage corvettes. But it became too much. This, finally, was the point where Iet my match. I retreated and faced the final level with an array of ion cannons that only mostly blotted out the stars, instead of blotting them out entirely.

    I incinerated the final level in seconds, but always felt like I hadn’t quite won for real.


  6. here is the recipe for the best blueberry pie I have ever had ( and blueberry is my favorite ).

    Ingredients Nutrition

    1 pie
    5 cups fresh blueberries
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1 (15 ounce) package refrigerated pie crusts
    1 cup sugar
    1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
    1⁄8 teaspoon salt
    1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    1 teaspoon sugar
    SPRINKLE berries with lemon juice; set aside.
    FIT half of pastry in a 9-inch pieplate according to package directions.
    COMBINE 1 cup sugar and next 3 ingredients; add to berries, stirring well.
    Pour into pastry shell, and dot with butter.
    UNFOLD remaining pastry on a lightly floured surface; roll gently with rolling pin to remove creases in pastry.
    Place pastry over filling; seal and crimp edges.
    Cut slits in top of crust to allow steam to escape.
    Brush top of pastry with beaten egg, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar BAKE at 400° for 35 minutes or until golden.
    Cover edges with aluminum foil to prevent overbrowning, if necessary.
    Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

    I’m Spartacus and I love blueberry pie!

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  7. I play homeworld series since the old days, before remasters.. i just love this game, used to play them with a dear friend against the most dificult AI possible,. i have great memories of getting ass kicked by the machines, lol.. we live in brazil so, buying games here is money demanding, but we both bought homeworld remaster at Steam, and sadly we could not even play because the game crashed at his old pc and he asked for a refund, to buy another game.. Now GoG have the game, this is great because i love gog so much its my favorite store ever.

    I still got mine at steam, but i dont have the deserts of kharak, because i dont think the game is the same if i play it single player.. good news is, my mate now have a brand new pc, if i win this key, i will gift him and then we gonna bring the old days back. thank you for this giveaway =)


  8. 1. MP awsome, right?
    2. Beast was frightening.
    3. Dead Bentusi I cried for
    4. One of the best games ever.
    5. Game that solved vertical positioning and tactics in 3d better then any other.
    6. Hard missions took several tries and even reverting to previous missions to have different capitals and compositions.


  9. The original Homeworld blew me away. The 3D graphics, the music, the gameplay. It felt it was a generation ahead of all other games at the time. I still have the CD for it and I don’t even own a CD rom. I’m excited for this giveaway because I haven’t played Cataclysm and always wondered if I missed out on something.


  10. Two favorite moments from the series.

    1. The beginning of Mission 3 of HW1. As that haunting music kicks in the mothership emerges from hyperspace after rushing home only to see Kharak burning and the scaffolding destroyed. Filled me with anger and set me on a righteous vendetta.

    2. The Cataclysm mission where the Beast takes over the lower decks of the Kun-Lan and you hear the crew screaming. Gave me chills and made the Beast a scary enemy.

    I already have DoK and I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit, but I’d love a chance to return to Cataclysm/Emergence :)


  11. I never played Homeworld, but I do know a good pie recipe. Enjoy!

    Double Chocolate Ganache Pie
    Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel
    Recipe type: Pie
    Prep time: 2 hours
    Cook time: 10 mins
    Total time: 2 hours 10 mins
    Serves: 16-18

    This Chocolate Ganache Pie is incredible. Smooth, creamy, and bursting with chocolate flavor, you don’t want to miss this easy, show-stopping treat.

    1 pkg. Oreo cookies, finely crushed
    6 Tbsp butter, melted
    FOR PIE:
    12 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used 3 boxes of Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate)
    4 Tbsp butter, cubed
    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    3 Tbsp sugar
    1 tsp vanilla


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a tart pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray and place it on a baking sheet. Set aside.
    Combine the Oreo crumbs and the melted butter and gently stir to combine. Press evenly into the prepared tart pan and bake for approx. 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool completely.
    Once tart crust has cooled, make your ganache. In a large bowl, add the chopped chocolate and butter; set aside. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat together the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla over medium heat or until mixture begins to simmer. Pour the cream mixture over the chocolate and set aside for about 5 minutes. Once five minutes is up, stir or whisk to combine until ganache is creamy and smooth.
    Spread the ganache into the prepared pan and even out the top. Refrigerate for approx. 2-3 hours or until set before cutting into slices. I served mine on a bed of chocolate and caramel sauce, but this would be great with whipped cream, raspberries, and/or ice cream, too!


  12. My memory wasn’t so much of playing the game but having to explain the game and how to play it to the Parish Priest when called round one night. He wasn’t very good at the game but liked the soundtrack.


  13. I played Homeworld. I remember that they explained why they kept the battle on the same plane instead of being able to come up underneath a ship, but for the life of me I can’t remember their reason


  14. I’ve never played homeworld, and I don’t know how to make pie…But I do have know a recipe for buffalo chicken chip dip that won over my wife for me and is 100% the only reason I’m married.

    You need a pie tin, 2 packages of cream cheese(the blocks), a can or two of chicken(or however you want your chicken, I use cans because its easy) buffalo sauce, blue cheese crumbles, and butter.

    -Let your cream cheese soften then spread it evenly along the bottom of the pan.
    – Make sure your chicken is shredded then throw it in a bowl.
    -melt some butter, maybe half a stick, and toss it in the bowl with the chicken.
    -Pour buffalo sauce in the chicken bowl enough to get everything buffalo-y.
    -Put chicken in the pie tin till reaches near the top, then sprinkle your blue cheese on top of everything else.
    -put it in the oven at 350 for 20 or 30 minutes or so then take it and let it sit for a bit, its still pretty hot.
    -Recommended to eat with Fritos Scoops chips.


  15. Oddly enough, my first memories of playing the original Homeworld are that it made me sicker than hell. hahaha Once I finally got used to it though, it was both very cool and unlike anything I had played before (being, even then, mostly a turn-based player). Btw, if it matters, I’d rather have “Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak”. I would get a Lot more out of it than returning to the ancient (wait, no that’s me) past.


  16. I loved the original. I fondly remember reading the previews in PC gamer, and then getting the demo disk in a later magazine and playing it over and over again! It was everything I had ever wanted in a PC game, and got me started in my love of strategy games.


  17. again a nice giveaway from eXplorminate. good luck to everybody.

    (don’t count me for the lottery, not my kind of game)


  18. I’ve got very juicy memories of playing the original Homeworld and Cataclysm. My girlfriend at the time decided to move in with me, despite my warnings that sometimes a game comes along that simply takes over my life. I was harvesting enemy ships (wait for the hyperdirive module to be build before capturing that battlecruiser!), while she was under my desk trying to persuade me otherwise…


  19. Well Well, I remember very well my first multiplayer game with a good friend. It was my first time playing the game and he was kind of nice and let me build up my fleet. However, at one point he just came in blazing guns from top of my fleet. That’s when I realized the game was not two dimensional style, but had the full three dimensions to compete and master.
    Sure enough, he used that advantage well against me and had me pinned down within minutes.


  20. I know I played the original Homeworld, but I have no memory of it. I do remember, however, playing the Remastered version a few months ago…


  21. I remember I discovered the HomeWorld original when I was student. With my neighbor, we had pulled a coaxial cable to connect our 2 PCs in direct network to play Master Of Orion. He lived in the apartment underneath, so the cable crossed the stairs. When Homeworld came out we rushed to buy it together at the Ultima store.
    How many angers because the IPX was not working properly, how much PC reboot … It was epic, but the game parts too. Our Christmas holidays were busy from evening to early morning ^^.


  22. My favorite was doing a Wrath of Khan/Death from Above maneuver.

    That intro is still one of the best to a videogame, ever.

    Great times.


  23. I played Homeworld a lot of years ago. Sadly, I don’t remember very well, but there are 2 things I can’t forget. I remember was a great great game, with great graphics and great gameplay, one of the best games I played, and OST was absolutely gorgeous.


  24. I visited that damn place once for a so called “beach holiday”. I got sand in every damned, well, just everything! And the closest I got to a beach was what felt like a beachy-head assault to get to the “hotel” (more like a barracks than a hotel). Insane fitness instructors dragging us out of bed before sun-up. All the pre-paid “action activities” being with live ammunition was good fun though. All said and done, I want to go back, but with a damned big army of retribution this time!


  25. I remember when i first played homeworld 1 it was the very first 3D rts game ever and i was just in awe of how detailed and amazing it was

    the best and saddest moment was when in third mission you return to kharak and its burning and you have this sad music playing in the background at that moment i knew that this game is not gonna release me for a long time
    i must have played trough the original homeworld like 5 times and every time i noticed a new detail
    its trully is a space opera

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  26. 1. Zooming in on your fighter squadron dropping on the enemy from above and opening with their cannons

    2. Your fleet lining up next to the mothership before warp

    3. Salvaging enemy refuelling ship only to learn it’s incompatible with your technology



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