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I want to give a guest pass to my friend so he can roll some Nuclear Dawn with me this weekend, but when should I send it? If I give it to him now (Wednesday), will the 3-day clock start ticking immediately (if done direct to a Steam account), or does he need to do some activation? Can he "pre-load" it before the timer starts?

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Related question, but doesn't address how the actual "license timer" works. – Nick T Apr 5 '12 at 5:00

The person is unable to download the game until after they receive the 3 day pass. By receiving the pass, they can download the game and can play the game after the download (and any subsequent patching) is done. The timer starts the moment they choose to activate the pass, so it would be best to let the game download overnight if they have a slow computer and plan to play all day the following day.

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That doesn't answer the question at all. – kotekzot Apr 5 '12 at 10:17
Oh my you're right, I totally jumped the gun there. :3 But I remade my post so I hope this clears things up. XD – Aceofgods Apr 5 '12 at 10:54
Looking good, does activation happen before download can begin? – kotekzot Apr 5 '12 at 15:44
@Kote The download is the activation; by starting the download you activate the game and the pass. – Aceofgods Apr 5 '12 at 20:37

I took a look at forums that ask your question and it looks like it starts when they download the game from the guest pass. Hope you enjoy playing!

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