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The Dawn of War II: Retribution Out of the Closet Contest!

*Note the contest has ended as of Sunday March 6.

Hey No High Scores readers! I have a little surprise for you this fine Thursday afternoon.

THQ sent me some extra copies of the new Dawn of War II expansion, Retribution. Instead of letting them rot in shrinkwrap I thought I’d give one away to a lucky NHS reader for our very first contest just to show you guys how much we all appreciate you coming here every day to read our collective blathering. They sent me a regular cased version and the super cool looking Collector’s Edition!

More details after the jump!

I am, without any guilt whatsoever, keeping the Collector’s Edition. I like you guys, but there’s a line, you know?

This is an Out of the Closet contest because in order to qualify to win this thing you need to register for the site and post a comment in this here story thread saying something like “I really want to win this contest and you guys are totally awesome!”

We can see who is online and we have a lot of ‘Anonymous’ lurkers here, which is to be expected, but it’s high time you all joined in the discussion. So sign up today and I will announce the winner (who will be determined randomly by Brandon) during this Sunday’s ‘Sunday Time Waster’. Until then we’re keeping this pinned to the top of the blog.

More info on Retribution can be found at the game’s webpage:

Note: This is an M rated game so we’re going to use the “You really should be at least 17 year old” honor system here.

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Bill Abner

Bill has been writing about games for the past 16 years for such outlets as Computer Games Magazine, GameSpy, The Escapist, GameShark, and Crispy Gamer. He will continue to do so until his wife tells him to get a real job.

111 thoughts to “The Dawn of War II: Retribution Out of the Closet Contest!”

  1. I really want to win this. I love Dawn of War!
    You guys are fantastic. This is my favorite gaming blog out there!

  2. I’ve been following you guy since day 1. Literally, I’ve been listening to JTS since the first episode. You put out a fantastic program, and your reporting on games is top-notch.

    Dawn of War: Retribution? Already on my Steam Wishlist, just hoping someone gets me a copy.

  3. You folks are doing good work here, and I had a pretty good time with DoW 2, even if boss fights suck.

  4. I’m enjoying the site so far. I think I’ll probably enjoy Retribution less, but I’ve been thinking of picking up a copy and winning it is the most cost-effective way of doing that.

  5. <_delurk_>

    So the boys at penny arcade referenced you fellows when they spoke their peace on the debacle of a design a certain satchel of small-takus started using.

    Since then I check you lot with the morning comic updates and other such important habits.

    It’s refreshing to be able to read about both video games and analogue games on a single site.
    <_ /delurk_>

  6. Charlie Sheen has done enough winning. It’s time for someone else to win something. Not too surprisingly, I nominate myself.

    I’m also a big fan of Dawn of War II.

    And I love the Jumping the Shark podcast.

    Did I mention that winning this would provide a nice pick me up after dealing with the blown hard drive on my main computer?

  7. I really want to win this contest and you guys are totally awesome!

    On the other hand, I already have the game, so you might want to give it to someone else. But you’re still awesome!

  8. I do like what I’ve been reading here thus far. Relic & PC gaming are cornerstones of any successful entrepreneurial venture.

  9. I like games and I like your writing and I like winning things so you should totally randomly pick me to win and read and play this game.

  10. Hmm…I really want this game. My roommate got the collector’s Edtion and I have yet to buy it (lack of gaming funds at the moment).
    I also really love the lore and setting of Warhammer 40K, I also really enjoyed DoWII and Chaos Rising.
    So please let me save a couple of bucks!

    Oh and you are all awesome…expect for Brandon as he is special kind of awesome.

  11. This may sound strange, but feel free to pass on me. I like Warhammer stuff and this game is probably amazing, but I don’t have the time. I hope who ever does get the free copy will be someone who is incredibly excited for it and is willing to do a User Review for us all. Which leads me to my next point…

    Any chance of maybe allowing Users to post their thoughts of games they play (Not just in the comments section) I know Bill and the rest of the NoHS crew can’t cover everything. but I’m always interested to know what my peers think about game X or Y. Really helps me decide on what games to buy and what to check out next.

  12. Man, I’m a sucker for free things and space elves, boy would this game be fun to win!

    Also, I like your writings!

  13. and you guys are totally awesome!

    I was a fan of the original Dawn of War game and Dawn of War 2 initially disappointed me. However, the Chaos expansion really sold me on the revised franchise. See, I was a Necromunda fan originally. The rp element with tactical combat appealed to me. Just cut out the boss battles and I’d be fine.

  14. as you have obviously guessed. I checked this place out via the penny arcade link a little while back and have enjoyed the ‘we don’t take ourselves too seriously’ approach. Please keep it up!

  15. French guy here, totally addicted to the JTS podcast, not understanding half of it but improving, and always one to two weeks behind, but addicted nonetheless :] I don’t believe you’d be ready to send anything overseas, so I just want to say that was a pretty good opportunity to register to your great blog! Keep up the good job!

  16. I registered to this site after being directed through Penny-Arcade and have since read every article!

    you guys are great, and i will not be upset even if i don’t win this!

    i won’t hold my breath till i pass out, or swallow a bunch of nyquil or anything!

  17. Okay, I comment primarily as a way to kill time during the empty hours of my day, but if a free game can be had from such an activity, then I’m in it for that too.

  18. Thought I’d comment to say that this is honestly very nice of you guys, considering you could have sold them to pay for server fees.

    As for this site, I honestly like the fact that you talk about other thin gs than just ye olde computer games, and I also like the fact that the staff aren’t afraid to say “I don’t like game X because of…..”. Seen way to many sites who just fawn over games for fear of the userbase haveing a fit

    Also, seems to be WAY less “garbage” posts on here.

    Keep up the good work. I’ve stoped going to most of the other blogs.

  19. I love this blog, found it a week or two ago and I’ve added it to my daily rotation of procrastination. It’d be awesome if I could win this!

  20. This is one of three bookmarks I have on my iPhone that i’ve had for two years. And I’d love to win the contest!

  21. Like so many others, I come on board a couple weeks ago and NHS has immediately become one of my favorite feeds. Would love a copy of DaW II: Retribution, but regardless, great work here all.

  22. I’d like to win this contest!

    I stopped visiting all gawker sites shortly after they got all hacked up and then found No High Scores when the Penny Arcade guys mentioned it. I have been coming almost daily since then. I really enjoy the writing and content at the site so I will keep coming back until that changes. Thanks.

  23. I haven’t played WH40k in years (since 2nd edition), but keep my minis nearby to remember the days (before marriage and parenting) when I had time for such pursuits. Enjoyed the first DoW, but haven’t tried the second one – this would be a great time to do so!

    Came here because a few years back Penny Arcade linked to Dubious Quality who later linked to Nut & Feisty Weasel… Liking the site, and impressed that you’ve got the ability to create worthwhile content for what is basically a part time pursuit…

    PS – I really want to win this contest and you guys are totally awesome!

  24. Well, I’d already registered before hand, so I might as well come out of the woodwork to add my name into the hat. Love the podcast, and figured this site would be just as good. So far I’m not disappointed.

  25. Hey!

    been following you guys since week 2, or week 1, can’t remember, but your reviews are always spot on and entertaining, so much that I’ve forgot that site that starts with a K!

    I’ve been playing DoW games since forever, own all of them and now only retribution stands in my way to complete my collection, but I’ve decided to wait until it’s cheap on steam… but you know what? Free is better than cheap!!!

  26. “I really want to win this contest and you guys are totally awesome!”

    That being said…

    I’m probably the oldest person registered on this site(anyone else born while Eisenhower was president and the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn?) I remember watching the 1969 World Series, the 1972 Canada-Soviet series and the 1970 Superbowl. I think age ought to count for something. Since, statistically speaking, I’m much closer to shuffling off this mortal coil than anyone else here, I think I’m entitled to a little something to ease my declining years.

    I also have a complete set of OPC hockey cards from 1970-71 season that I might be prepared to part with if the price was right…

  27. I’ll put in a word for you with Bill, Gary, but that will probably do more harm than good. (Great to “see” you over here, btw!)

  28. I’ve been reading you guys every day since Penny Arcade posted the link. Love the site and hope it keeps going. Keep up the good work, you guys are truly awesome!

    I would also like to state that I am very much in favor of a resolution to this contest that included me winning.

  29. Ok you got me, I only did this in hopes of winning a copy of the game, but I have been reading you guys daily for the past week or so and you got me hooked. I’ve been into games for the past 15 years and this is the first gaming site I’ve come back to with any regularity.

    In other words “I really want to win this contest and you guys are totally awesome!”

  30. I like winning free stuffs! Also I have tons of unpainted Blood Angels and Black Legion minis. Winning this game will help prevent me from having to confront the hordes of gray models.

  31. It worked !!!

    I have been enjoying the podcast for a while and the site since launch. You people do good work.

    Also. I like Dawn of War 2 and I’m over 17.

  32. Lookin for a game to eats! So hungry T_T

    I’m really enjoying the site so far. I like how most of the articles have some video with them, though that’s probably just luck so far. Also that the video is easy to view instead of let me get all laggy like mad and take you to new windows without me wanting to go IGN video.

    Heh, I didn’t even know gameshark reported on gaming news until I saw that post linking to it on here, I assumed they were still just a site for cheap gameboy codes.

  33. Ok, it worked–I’m relinquishing my anonymous status in the hope of winning a free copy of what looks like a great game.

    well played.

    very well played.

  34. You guys rock and your new site is amazing. DId I mention you’re the best? And I’m not just saying that because I want a free game.

    Oh, and I really want to win the game. But you guys still rock. And I think you would rock even more if I win.

  35. I’ve been a non-anon contributor here for a while now…
    Am I still eligible for this friggin’ awesome prize? If so, you are
    the Man, Mr. Abner, and your fellow writiers are also The Men(in a totally non-gender specific kind of way).

  36. I really want to win this awesome and you guys are totally contest! Hmm, wait…that’s not right. I want to contest this awesome… No, wrong again.

    Aw, heck. One last try: I like your new site, and I love Warhammer 40K games!

  37. Until Penny Arcade linked here their frontpage was the beginning and end of my list of gaming news sites but I like your style enough to make you #2. I have no real basis for comparison (so maybe this isn’t even uncommon!) but I like the clean format–a picture, a small blurb, next item–and I like the conversational tone everything’s in. Keep up the good work!

  38. Because I really appreciate free things. If you give me free things, I will really appreciate you! Thanks.

  39. Seeing that my last DoW game was… Well, Soulstorm, I could really use some nice, new, better expansion pack… even if I need to go and buy the original.

  40. I only registered, I only found this site, recently but it’s easily become my go-to place for new game reviews and info. I did a pretty fair job of following the industry on my own before I came here but this site makes it so easy to quickly find the newest releases and relevant info that I find myself coming back every day.

    As to DoW2, I bought and played DoW when it first came out and loved the epic battles, squad and cover system (which has become a staple of Relic games), and of course DoW. DoW2 condensed the gameplay, making it more tactical and improving upon cover and the other special RTS mechanics Relic employs.

    I’m eager to try my hand at the expansion, let me at it!

  41. I’m really liking the site so far and this was a good excuse to sign up. Of course I’d love to win this- DoW2 and the first expansion were great, looking forward to playing this (sooner rather than later if I win

  42. “I really want to win this contest and you guys are totally awesome!”

    I’m one of the many who flocked from Penny Arcade. I can appreciate a good gaming news site.

  43. I would like to win! I AM A BORN WINNER!

    I’m also enjoying reading the site, you guys. These posts are entertaining reads. Please don’t turn into Kotaku. Cakes that look like video game character? JUST SAY NO!

  44. To have my 5 year old work on her ork army painting skills. Admittedly, she prefers High-Elves over 40k orks for some strange reason, go figure.

    Thank you for the chance at this, oh, and the blog, it has been mostly interesting so for.

    Oh, almost forgot:

    I really want to win and keep up the good work.

  45. I am currently addicted to Charlie Sheen, but I would much rather be on the drug we call Warhammer. Please help!

  46. I really want to win this and your shrewd proposition has me hook line and sinker.

    I’ve seen worse odds and I will still get this game if I lose.

  47. I love dawn of war 2 and would love to win this. Also from Ohio and attended Ohio State, Go Buckeye’s!!

  48. and I would love to win this contest.

    And you guys really are totally awesome, I’ll throw that one in for free!

  49. I’d love to win a copy of Retribution so that I can play along with my brother. I got him a copy for his birthday.

  50. I just signed up today because of a link from FortressAT. I didn’t even realize there was a contest until afterwards. Well, here I am either way!

  51. I don’t want to win this contest. Nonetheless you guys are kinda OK.

    By the way, as well as the age guideline you might want to mention some sort of geographical restriction as well. I suspect there’s a limit to just how far you want to send anything.

  52. I found the site because of Penny Arcade (like I’m sure a lot of us did), but I now read it just about every day and listen to Jumping The Shark, which is totally awesome. Also, you guys are like a thousand times better than that garbage dump Kotaku.

  53. No High Scores has supplanted Destructoid as my gaming-news blog of choice. It’s nice to have Bill and the gang from Gameshark bringing their more erudite style of coverage to a format where I get more coverage and updates. Keep up the good work, fellas.

    And send me a copy of Retribution.

  54. I had been without a “gaming industry” site for awhile, so its great to actually stumble upon a site that does more than reviews and fluff pieces. Keep it up guys; so far it’s all gold.

  55. Free stuff has impelled me to register and comment–I loved Dawn of War because the miniatures WH4K was soooo expensive.

  56. My friend got me hooked on the JTS podcast back in August and I’ve been really loving the new site. Additionally, as a big tabletop fan I have to give a shout out to Michael Barnes, his columns are quite helpful when I’m trying to decide on a new board game. Lastly, you freaking know I want to win me some delicious DOW II Retribution.

  57. I am a big fan of BLOOD BOWL, Chaos in the Old World, and Relic games. I would love to play this game on my brand new MAINGEAR PC. I would gush happily over the game’s place on my hard drive, and relish in my control of Chaos Forces. I slogged through several BLOOD BOWL novels, and the Storm of Iron 40k novel, even though I know better. Haven’t I done enough to win this game?

    Also, I have been a near-constant lurker of your sites since Bill Harris first referenced your writing about four sites ago. And I have read every Cracked LCD article. In the interest of full disclosure, I have never listened to your podcast.

    I am a Buckeye, as I was born in Cleveland and lived there for 33 years.

    Though I would love to say I look forward to the game arriving in the mail, as I am from Cleveland, I am already prepared to drown my sorrow in alcohol once I find out I lost.

    Thank you,

  58. This site has become my favorite gaming-news fix. Great amount of new content and fun to read. Plus you have some “old” guys still actively gaming like me. Heck, I remember using an AM radio for interference induced sound on my new TRS-80 — you know, at least for now while my memory still works

  59. Dawn of War is one of the best franchises ever. NHS is one if the best gaming blogs ever. Its a match made in heaven!

  60. It’s me, RagingBull. As one of your first out of the closet, we’ve had good times. But with all good times, there’s always the bad times. We said some things, but like all good relationships, we come back together. Two innovators of the text, sharing a commenting board together after a rough chit-chat.

    That’s why you should give me this… for free

  61. That type of obvious ploy will never work on me.

    I just wanted to place this comment here to … wait a minute … I had to register to leave a comment! I have been tricked!!


  62. Damn, I was hoping to just hide but this pulled me in.

    I guess I can still lurk at Rockpapershotgun. Well until they have a freebie contest as well.

    :Shakes fist at nohighscores:

    So…when do we go back to the closet so you can show me your pokemons?

  63. Quite effective method to get people to contribute. I like it. I would also like to win obviously. And even if I don’t I’ll keep commenting, cause this site is awesome!

  64. My best friend is a HUGE Wolverines fan. Both his older brothers graduated from Michigan.


    Additional parallels have been drawn!

  65. Am I still eligible even though I’m a dirty furriner, and already registered last week?

    Even if I’m not, you guys are still awesome. Jumping the Shark is getting close to edging out the GWJ Conference Call as my favourite games podcast, especially when Bill has a particularly good rant going.

  66. Long time lurker, first time poster.

    The recent Demon’s Souls blog may be the best commentary on the game that I’ve read. It was insightful and, as a big-time fanboi myself, perfectly biased.

  67. If you know what I mean. Also I’ve only been lurking your site for a week now and I already approve of and enjoy reading everything here. Thanks!

  68. I want to this contest, not for selfish reasons, not for the poor, not for the hungry, not even for egalitarian spaghetti; no, the truth is that I must win this contest because the alternative is that someone else will win and that, frankly, is bullshit.

  69. I’ve even deleted all my bookmarks to any other gaming blog. All I ask for in return…is game.

  70. Pretty sure that Dawn of War comes out with some of the best quotes ever, “My Armour is contempt, my Shield is disgust, my Sword is hatred, in the Emperor’s name let none survive” so would definitely love to hear their utterances in this game

  71. Followed link from Penny Arcade. Glad I did. Also the first gaming blog I’ve registered an account for. Now part of my daily morning coffee web crawl at work. Keep up the good work!

  72. Hello, I love you, won’t you send me your game?

    Pretty please?

    I really do love this blog, and I’ve relinquished my cherished anonymity!

  73. Loved the first one, but had to skip the first expansion due to budget constraints. “Free” seems like the perfect price for this one, though!

  74. Hi guys! Mission accomplished – I’m out of the lurkers’ closet now. Tom Chick and Troy Goodfellow clued me into Jumping the Shark, and from there, I went onto and now No High Scores.

    I just finished the Dark Crusade campaign (late to the party, I know……) and Retribution would be pretty nifty, so consider me in the contest!

  75. The day I have TOO many free games delivered to my doorstep is the day I will call my life complete.

    Really enjoying the site so far, I especially like when there are posts about video game deals. I might recommend keeping a good eye on Steam and including those deals in there for anyone interested/unaware.

  76. …I’d love to win a copy of this game. I’ve been lurking this site for a little while now, and it’s quickly become my favorite place for gaming news. I hope to be able to contribute comments worthy of the articles here. Flattery aside, I’ve been playing tabletop 40k for a few years, but I’ve never tried the DoW games. If I’m fortunate enough to get the chance, I promise to purge the mutant, the heretic, and the xeno scum with extreme prejudice.

  77. Love Dawn of War. Looking forward to playing this baby for FREE!

    Pretty new to the site. Enjoying the content so far.

  78. Hate to be the barer of bad news, but the competition ended already.

    This post should probably be edited to say that.

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