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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2016!! Partners Assigned! secret santa

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 18-Nov-2016(#1)
"You're like a black Will Smith!" -Bob Stone




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa 2016! (Our thanks to CygnusTM for organizing these years ago. Now I run them on my own server using a modified version of his old code.)

Any subscriber without a current BTR that has earned a Bronze Star (Bronze Star) is eligible to sign up (unless you've been previously banned). If you do not meet these requirements and still wish to participate, you can contact me directly to request an exception to this rule. I rarely grant them, sorry.

For those of you doing this for the first time, just read ALL of this post carefully and then ask for help here if you are still confused.

The quick version of how to participate:

check Register on the GameTZ Secret Santa site. Use the same username that you use here to make things easier.
check Transfer your subtime bond to John (20 weeks for less than Silver Star (Silver Star) users, 10 weeks for everyone else.)
check (Optional) Post here in the thread that you are participating!
check Update all of your Wanted lists (on the site here and on the Secret Santa site that you just registered at) before signups close and Santa assignments are made!
check After you ship your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "sent."
check After you receive your gift, go back to the Secret Santa site and mark it as "received" and then be sure to thank your Santa!


The details:

As always, we will be using a subtime "bond" (10-20 weeks of subtime) to encourage people to follow through on sending. If you don't have at least a Silver Star (Silver Star), you will have to put up double the bond (20 weeks instead of the standard 10). Bonds should be sent to me (John) and I will hold them until your partner receives their gift. You can use this link to transfer Subtime to me. If you don't have enough GameTZ subtime for your bond, then you can buy subtime from the site! or make your own arrangements with another user. Bonds will ONLY be returned directly to the user that the bond is for. If arrangements are made for someone else to put up the bond for a Secret Santa user, it does not matter to me and I won't get involved -- the bond will still be returned to the participating user (or kept if they do not provide their gift) regardless of who actually paid the bond in their behalf. Participants will get their bond back in full when your partner marks their gift as received.

Signups are open now and will continue until Wednesday, November 23rd at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Saturday, December 24th. At that time, anyone who hasn't yet received their gift may (at my discretion depending on the situation) receive one-half of their Santa's subtime bond. If a gift still isn't received after an additional week (December 30th), then the remaining half may be awarded. Plus you'll be ridiculed here for being a douche. And might get banned from future Secret Santas. Sending and receiving will be tracked through the signup site. It is very important that you update the site as soon as you send and receive so the subtime bond can be handled appropriately.

The target gift value is $10-20 US. Gifts MUST be worth a minimum of $10 US not including shipping. Every effort should be made to send a complete item. If you are sending something used, it should be complete and in at least "very good" condition. This is not a way to unload your unwanted crap.

People anywhere in the world may participate! If you are from outside the USA, you must mark the "Outside USA" checkbox when you sign up. Anyone from outside the USA must be willing to ship anywhere in the world. Users in the USA that are willing to ship anywhere in the world should mark the "Ship Anywhere" checkbox in your account settings and you may or may not be partnered with someone outside the USA.

Tips/Rules:
check You can't re-use your account from last time if you participated before -- you need to create a new one for each and every Secret Santa event.
check Look at your partner's wants and check his/her lists and posts. Put the same effort into selecting a gift for your partner that you would want someone else to put into yours.
check If your partner has inadequate "wants", don't give up! Try to figure it out. If you really get stuck, try a gift card or something like that!
check Make sure you provide adequate "wants" for your Santa. There should be at least 4-5 things on your list that fit in the target price/value range.
check When you get assigned a partner, start figuring out what you are going to get them! Immediately. Don't wait until the last minute!
check I'd prefer that people NOT talk so much about how they are going to do "great/special/extra gifts" and such if they happen to want to do that. The real intent is that people just exchange gifts that are worth around $15 or so and, hopefully, people will be happy with what they get. Don't brag that you're going to give more -- and don't get overly high expectations that someone is going to give you extra.
check In most cases, the person that you are assigned to is NOT the same person that is assigned to you. In other words, you aren't just making a 1-to-1 exchange with someone. You're buying a gift for someone that, most likely, is buying a gift for someone else entirely.
check Send your bond ONLY as a single transfer for exactly the right amount (10 or 20 weeks). Do not send multiple pieces of a bond until you reach your total. And do not use the "all" option because you don't have the full bond (i.e. you borrowed it and then had to send it 8 hours later, so you really only have 99% of the bond). You should be sending me either 10 weeks or 20 weeks -- nothing else.
check After you've received your gift, post in this thread thanking your Santa for what you received -- just so they know you appreciate whatever it was! (Or, if you've figured out who your Santa is somehow, you can just thank them privately if you'd rather.) Don't leave your Santa hanging without acknowledging their gift!
check No more organized thank-you gifts to John! I greatly appreciate the gifts that have been given in the past, but I really don't want it to be a habit. I run this for fun for people. I expect nothing more. And getting such things makes me feel guilty! So, seriously, just enjoy the gift-giving and I'm all set as far as thanks go! yes

WARNING
Some people suck. Despite our best efforts, people might still get stiffed. If you don't intend to follow through on your commitment here, please do not sign up.

Please keep discussions in this thread about the SS only, so things get don't out of hand like in the past. Off-topic posts may be removed!


This graphic will track who has sent and received so far:


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...

whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Nov-2016(#121)
Ordered my stuff, just got to wait for it to come in. I'm hoping to send out next week.

CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
24-Nov-2016(#122)
Bought some stuff online today yes

CRAZY93NiS
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#123)
i ordered mine as well, but i cant login to the secret santa site, i think i forgot the user name or password

sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#124)
Forgetting the username is literally impossible.

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Nov-2016(#125)
Going local again to buy gifts so I'll be getting stuff Monday and shipping out Tuesday. Have some ideas in mine, but depends on prices.

ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#126)
Had TBD in my want list, just updated it for whoever has me.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#127)
Just got an xbox one. Will update my list now.

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#128)
Updated my wish list.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#129)
Woke up today to find my SS has sent me a $10 Amazon Gift card + a copy of Nest by Terry Goodkind for Kindle. Thanks very much, you aced it! I have been wanting to read this one for a while now! smile

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#130)
Nice! Love seeing what everyone else gets. This Secret Santa is one of the primary reasons the GTZ community stands above most other tight knit sites.
willyum
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#131)
I concur! yes yes

BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#132)
I'm ordered, just waiting for it to arrive so I can send it to my partner. I hope they like it!
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#133)
Just bought my stuff for my partner. Will ship today or tomorrow.

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#134)
I'm glad I participated this year. It was fun to get to pick something out for someone again! yes
CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
25-Nov-2016(#135)
Shipped my stuff today smile

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#136)
I was planning on shipping my items today. But going have to wait until tomorrow :( but no later than Monday. I hope my partner loves what I have for him!

I also love hearing what people get and I can't wait for my gift so I can show everyone here.

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#137)
Just shipped my stuff. Should be there Monday.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#138)
Ordering some stuff today and tomorrow..I am pretty under the weather. It should be exactly what they asked for so hopefully they will be pleased :)

shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#139)
to my secret santa, I updated my list, and please read the note i added
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#140)
i placed the order for my SS partner, really hope you like it.
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
25-Nov-2016(#141)
Sent my stuff out! Hope my guy/gal likes it. Just a heads up to my SS - I'll be leaving for Hawaii tomorrow for 3 weeks for work. I'll try to face time my dad one day to take a look at my items if I get them before I return.

Happy holidays all! grin

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
26-Nov-2016(#142)
My giftee will be pleased. :)

Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
26-Nov-2016(#143)
I just found the perfect item for my giftee. I just need to be sure I can get it delivered on time to send it to him.
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
26-Nov-2016(#144)
Just wrapped up the last part of my partner's gift. Hope it blow his socks off.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
26-Nov-2016(#145)
Received Doom for xb1 today from my SS. Thank you!

A piece of my persons should arrive monday and I'll have it out to them asap

Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
26-Nov-2016(#146)
I see the Grinch has been leaving negs to everyone here.
SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
26-Nov-2016(#147)
Foxhack wrote:
> I see the Grinch has been leaving negs to everyone here.

It's probably Versace.
Lunar
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 800 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
26-Nov-2016(#148)
Negs should be public.

WithinTemptation
Quadruple Gold Good Trader
26-Nov-2016(#150)
I didn't realize this was already over. Oh well, maybe I'll get in next year.
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
27-Nov-2016(#151)
Silly WithinTemptation, Christmas comes to GTZ in July too!
Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 27-Nov-2016(#152)
Got two of three gifts from my Santa yesterday. He/She has already hit it out of the park, so I cannot imagine that I deserve a third thing. It really took me by surprise. I pulled two packages out of the mail and was racking my brain over what the hell I'd ordered from Amazon. grin I will take a pic once I have the complete set. Never ceases to amaze me how thoughtful you wacky old elves can be.

Waiting on a couple of things for my partner to arrive. This has been a very cool match-up for me. Lots of fun narrowing things down and focusing just a few items. yes
SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
27-Nov-2016(#153)
theJAwwww wrote:
> Silly WithinTemptation, Christmas comes to GTZ in July too!

Technically July is next year. raspberry
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
27-Nov-2016(#154)
SirConnery wrote:
> theJAwwww wrote:
>> Silly WithinTemptation, Christmas comes to GTZ in July too!
>
> Technically July is next year. raspberry

Technically Connery is next year.

#roasted
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
27-Nov-2016(#155)
Whatever it takes for the negger to get off. rolls eyes

Oh with my 10 Amazon giftcard I was able to pick up Borderlands (Telltale) so now I can finally play that. I had been wanting to for a while. It went on a flash sale for $8 the other day. SS said to buy a game, so I did smile

Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
27-Nov-2016(#156)
I spoke to the person that'll send me my giftee's gift over the phone. I have to wait a week because I'm flat broke at the moment, but it looks like I'll definitely get him this.

I am 99% certain he doesn't own this thing, either. Almost nobody does. Mwahahahahaha.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
27-Nov-2016(#157)
Nes classic edition?

Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
27-Nov-2016(#158)
Dashey wrote:
> Nes classic edition?

I said I'm getting something almost nobody owns, not something that's artificially in low supply.

No, it's something custom-made. :)
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
27-Nov-2016(#159)
Well an nes classic edition made logical sense because almost nobody has one thanks to scalpers raspberry

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
27-Nov-2016(#160)
Lol my first thought too. I'm waiting for the items to arrive and then I'll be shipping out my end!

TerrHeel
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
27-Nov-2016(#161)
So I log on to GameTZ about an hour ago and see I have a PM. Somebody transferred me a week of subscription time. "Cool," I think. The Lone Ranger lives!" Then I see a message attached to it that says, "Ho ho ho. Check your mailbox." Awesome! Secret Santa gift already. I haven't checked the mail in a couple days, so I'm guessing Santa knew the gift was delivered but wanted to make sure I knew.

On my want list this year, I made it simple and asked for either PSN credit, Dark Souls II, or Doom if they could get it cheap. I got to the mailbox and found a small box so I figured it isn't PSN credit, so it must be either Dark Souls II or Doom, nice! I can't imagine they got the games cheap enough to avoid going above and beyond, but inside the box were both games, gift wrapped, each with a message inscribed on the card that gave me a bit of a clue as to what to expect inside. "To the edge of the universe and back. Endure and survive," for Doom, and "Stand in the ashes of a trillion dead souls and ask the ghosts if honor matters. Their silence is your answer," for Dark Souls II. Amazing, amazing gift, Secret Santa. Thank you so much. These will give me hours of enjoyment (and frustration, which for me, is enjoyment for some reason). Thanks again and Merry Christmas!

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