Update: All the codes have been handed out. Thanks for participating!

Original article: Black Gold Online from Snail Games USA has official entered open beta. This means that players can head on over to the official website, grab a digital copy of the game and start playing to their heart's content.

The free-to-play title isn't just heading into open-beta, it's doing so bearing gifts.

Snail Games is giving away some free Stoneskin gift packs for Gaming Blend's readers. As usual, we'll have details on how to retrieve that at the bottom of the article.

First up, let's explain what makes Black Gold Online somewhat different from all the other MMORPGs out there. Okay, so you get the typical multi-faction showdown that you expect from most PvP-oriented online games. You get to choose from six different races and 12 difference character classes. A few of them are actually kind of cool and reminds me a lot of Allods Online, since you get to choose from things like the Thaumaturge, Pyromancer, Beastmaster (all hail the 80s!), a Skycaller and a Geomancer. By the way, those are some of the coolest class names out there.

But there's even more. After choosing your race and choosing your class, you also get to do something else: build a mech. That's right, you can build a giant robot – or other mobile vehicles of steam-powered capabilities – and then take it out onto the battlefield and beat the royal crap out of opponents.

The steam-powered mech with the twin gatling guns... oh that's going to keep people up all night drooling and messaging their friends about owning up the competition.

I haven't actually had time to put into the game, so I'm unfamiliar with the actual combat system and play mechanics. Based on a few gameplay videos on YouTube it appears the game uses tab-targeting for some classes, so if you can play World of Warcraft you can play Black Gold Online.

Of course, those of you who are already familiar with the game and those of you who obviously couldn't care less about all the words typed above this paragraph are probably only interested in grabbing a free Stoneskin cash shop gift pack code and heading off to play the game.

So what do you get in the Stoneskin pack and why is it something worth your time? Well, you get the following items in the premium pack – a pack, I might add, that we're giving away for free:

Thunder Knight outfit (14 day duration)
3x Level 3 Gem Box
OB White Stoneskin Horse (14 day duration)
Carrier Card - 50 point value
Primary Power Potion
Set of Primary Critical Potions
Life Guardian Potion
Primary Double EXP Potion
3 Gold

Nice, nice. Mounts, gold, some power-ups and some EXP potions to help you not start off stumbling like a typical newb. So how do you get your hands on this Stoneskin pack? Follow, very closely, the instructions below.

Redemption Instructions: 1. Head to the Activation Page
2. Log in using your Black Gold Online Account
3. Enter Key
4. Select correct server
5. Click Confirm, the items should arrive into your in-game mail box within 5 minutes

You can get the free Stoneskin key for Black Gold Online from over on the official Gaming Blend Facebook Page. We'll be handing the keys out periodically, so you'll need to stay alert and stay tuned. We have a limited number of keys to give away, so keep an eye out.

You can currently register and start playing the Black Gold Online open beta right now by paying a visit to the game's official website.
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