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Official Rules


1. Eligibility
HMOtaku Summer 2010 Online Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is open to legal residents of the following regions: The fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec), U.K., Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain, and:

  • Are of the age of majority in their state/province/country of residence at date of entry (13 years or older in the United States). Entrants under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence must obtain a parent’s or legal guardian’s consent before participating, and by participating represent that they have done so. Void where prohibited by law.
  • All entrants must also have a registered account on the official HMOtaku forum ( and be able to provide this account’s username on the entry form. The email address associated with this account and username (typically the email address used to register) will be used to contact entrant if he or she wins a prize.
Staff of HMOtaku or any of its respective affiliates and their immediate family of each such staff members are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Participation constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Administrator's decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

2. Administrator
Charlie K., Richmond, VA 23220

3. Timing
The Sweepstakes begins on Saturday, June 26th, 2010 at 12:01 AM EST and ends on Friday, August 6th, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST (the "Sweepstakes Period").

4. How to Enter
During the Sweepstakes Period, go to and complete the online entry form. To complete the form, you will need a valid HMOtaku forum username (See section 1 above). Limit one entry per person, per email address and IP address (limit one per household), per calendar day during the Sweepstakes Period. Multiple participants are not permitted to share the same email address. Any attempt by any participant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using proxy servers, multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations and logins, or any other methods will void that participant's plays and that participant may be disqualified.

5. Winner Selection and Notification
On or about August 8th, 2010, Administrator will select one (1) entry for each of the prizes described below in Section 8 in a random drawing of all valid entries received. The entrants will be contacted using the email address or phone number provided with the entry and may be awarded the prize (subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with the terms of these rules.) All Sweepstakes prizes will be awarded by mail. Administrator's decisions as to the administration and operation of the Sweepstakes and the selection of potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes. Winners will be notified on or about August 8th, 2010.


7. Verification of Potential Winners
Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements. The potential winner (or parent/legal guardian if applicable) will be notified by email (or telephone/mail) after the date of random drawing. The potential winner will be required to fill out and electronically sign, within seven (7) days of the date notice is sent, an online affidavit of eligibility release form (except where prohibited) in order to claim his/her prize. If a potential winner of any prize cannot be contacted, or fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period, potential winner forfeits prize. In this case, Administrator will draw for an alternate winner from the remaining entries, up to three (3) times before withholding the remaining prizes. Potential GRAND PRIZE winners have the option to defer to accept the FIRST PRIZE, and have the chance to express this option only during verification process. In this case, the first runner-up FIRST PRIZE winner becomes a GRAND PRIZE winner. Note – Because Canadian and European law requires sweepstakes not be only a game of chance, potential winners that are citizens of Canada (excluding Quebec) or Europe are subject to answering a general math “skill-testing question”. This question would be sent during the verification process. Questions: See section 17, below.

8. Prize

  • Two (2) GRAND PRIZE winners will receive one (1) Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar game for the Nintendo DS. Approximate Retail Value: $29.99 USD.
  • Three (3) FIRST PRIZE winners will receive one (1) official strategy guide for Harvest Moon: Grand Bazaar by Bradygames®. ARV: $19.99 USD.

Note: Nintendo DS is a region-free system, meaning a Nintendo DS game from North America is able to be played on a Nintendo DS system from anywhere in the world.

The ARV of prizes is subject to price fluctuations in the consumer marketplace based on, among other things, any gap in time between the date the ARV is estimated for purposes of these Official Rules and the date the prize is awarded or redeemed. No cash equivalent available for the prizes. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the administrator's sole discretion. Administrator reserves the right to substitute any listed prize for one of equal or greater value if a designated prize or component should become unavailable for any reason. Other restrictions may apply. Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Sweepstakes Period (If 200 people enter once, there would be a 2.5% chance of winning).TOTAL ARV OF ALL PRIZES: $119.95 USD.

9. Conditions of Participation and Releases
By entering, each participant agrees to:

  • Comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Administrator/Sweepstakes judges which are binding and final in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes.
  • By receipt of any prize, winner agrees to release and hold harmless Administrator, HMOtaku, and their respective affiliates from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use/misuse of any prize.

10. Publicity
Each Winner (or their legal guardians if either is under the age of majority in their states of residence) agrees to allow Administrator to use their names, likenesses, prize information, and country of residence information for publicity and promotional purposes (a winner’s list) without further compensation where permitted by law.

11. General Conditions
Administrator reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Administrator’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification. Administrator is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible or misdirected registrations, which will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register will be deemed to be the registrant or player. The "authorized account holder" is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Administrator and will not be returned. Administrator reserves the right to contact entrants and all other individuals whose email address is submitted as part of this Sweepstakes. Administrator reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Administrator's reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion. Administrator reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Caution: Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Administrator's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

12. Limitations of Liability
The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant's participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. (6) any package or mail that confirmed to have shipped but is for whatever outstanding reason is either late, stolen, broken, or not delivered. If for any reason an entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant's sole remedy is another entry in the Sweepstakes play, provided that if it is not possible to award another entry due to discontinuance of the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, for any reason, Administrator, at its discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prize offered herein. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded. In event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Administrator reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, unawarded, eligible prize claims. Administrator is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, or software, or for failure of any e-mail or entry to be received by Administrator on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in this Sweepstakes.

13. Disputes
Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the Sweepstakes or the determination of winner, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (ii) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the United States District Court or the appropriate Virginia State Court located in Chesterfield County, Virginia; (iii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (iv) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Administrator in connection with the Promotion, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Virginia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Virginia.

14. Governing Law & Jurisdiction
The conduct of this Sweepstakes & the application of these Official Rules shall be governed by the law of the state of Virginia USA, whose courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the event that any dispute arises regarding the Sweepstakes or the prize. Administrator: Charlie K., Richmond, VA 23220

15. Privacy Policy and Entrant's Personal Information
Information collected from all entrants is subject to HMOtaku’s Privacy Policy ( HMOtaku takes all reasonable precautions to protect our user’s information. We will not sell or rent user information to any third parties.

16. Sweepstakes Results and Winner’s List
A list of the winners will be posted on HMOtaku ( no more than ten (10) days after the sweepstakes has closed its acceptance of entries on August 6th. The winner’s list will be available for viewing for at least one (1) month after the winner’s list is initially posted. The winners list will include only the first name of the winner along with their last initial, and their location of residence. To receive the winner list after this period of time has ended, send an email to the administrator of HMOtaku - See contact page.

17. Questions
Any questions regarding the process of the Sweepstakes should be sent to

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