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

John
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Secret Santa
* 18-Nov(#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:
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Let's do this thing!!  * yes *

- John...

TerrHeel
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27-Nov(#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!
PvtParts
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
27-Nov(#162)
TerrHeel wrote:
> 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!

fun part is seeing what everyone gets. grats man nice gifts
Lunar
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27-Nov(#163)
TerrHeel wrote:
> 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!

That's awesome way to Secret Santa! Nice that the games were gift wrapped with thoughtful and fun note attached.

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SirConnery
Your mothers a whore Trebek! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
28-Nov(#164)
Sending in the morning.  * yes *
Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Nov(#165)
Just wanted to post before I head to bed. This picture really says it all:

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Freaking amazing and way more than I ever would have expected. Any one of these gifts would have made my X-Mas, but he/she went for all three. Totally nuts! I can never thank my Santa enough. You really helped brighten these gray winter skies.  * yes *


SirConnery
Your mothers a whore Trebek! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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28-Nov(#166)
All great stuff but Akiba is the best I'd say. I could play that all day.
TerrHeel
Baseball in October?! GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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28-Nov(#167)
Just got another anonymous week of subtime and a $10 PSN code. Santa, you're crazy, and I mean that in the best way possible. I hope your Santa spoils you too. Thanks, and please let me know who you are when this is all done!
Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
28-Nov(#168)
My SS should have received... hopefully they enjoy what the Rock is cookin'...!

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theJAwwww
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
28-Nov(#169)
Great stuff Terr, whoever that Santa is, they're killin it.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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28-Nov(#170)
My SS should have received today as well.

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Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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28-Nov(#171)
SirConnery wrote:
> All great stuff but Akiba is the best I'd say. I could play that all day.

I actually played the hell out of Akiba on Vita, so I've been wanting a copy since it was released on PS4. I probably went through the game about five times when I'd have down time at work.

I'd love to know who my SS is, but I'm not going to do any detective work this time. I typically like to remain anonymous myself. They are more than welcome to let me know though!
sinnie
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Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Nov(#172)
I've been wanting to play Akiba for a while now. I'll get to it eventually. Glad to see people are still asking for it/playing it.

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Lunar
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28-Nov(#173)
Shipping out tomorrow, all 3 items are from my collection, I hope my SS will enjoy these!

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Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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28-Nov(#174)
looks like mine got delivered

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Jeff
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28-Nov(#175)
I ordered two items for my SS..only one arrived it seems.

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whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 28-Nov(#176)
If my package shows as received but I have not, don't worry. I don't check my PO every day. I'll try to check this week though. My stupid PO marks all the packages as picked up when they put the item, or even sometimes just the slip, in the box. Sucks.



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John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
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Secret Santa
* 28-Nov(#177)
Hey! Got my gift today!

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Big thanks to @Dashey for a game for my wife and I -- and a snack to try out too! (I had written in my thing that "Food/candy" was always fine.)

He even included a nice note!  * yes *

Awesome!  * yes *

- John...
John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
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Secret Santa
28-Nov(#178)
Also, just as a bonus, this was in the bottom of the box hidden under the flap:

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So, um, yeah!  * laughing out loud *

- John...
Dashey
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28-Nov(#179)
Oh crap

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Dashey
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28-Nov(#180)
Did you at least read the letter I wrote?  * raspberry *

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John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
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Secret Santa
28-Nov(#181)
Dashey wrote:
> Did you at least read the letter I wrote?  * raspberry *

Yes, yes! I mentioned it above in my first post about it. (I was still editing, so maybe you missed it originally.)

Great gift all around!  * yes *

- John...
Jeff
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28-Nov(#182)
Dashey wrote:
> Did you at least read the letter I wrote?  * raspberry *
>
>

You sent him a bug? I expected nothing less, Dashey.

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sharif
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28-Nov(#183)
Killkernal wrote:
> SirConnery wrote:
>> All great stuff but Akiba is the best I'd say. I could play that all day.
>
> I actually played the hell out of Akiba on Vita, so I've been wanting a copy since
> it was released on PS4. I probably went through the game about five times when I'd
> have down time at work.
>
> I'd love to know who my SS is, but I'm not going to do any detective work this time.
> I typically like to remain anonymous myself. They are more than welcome to let me
> know though!
>

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sharif
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28-Nov(#184)
A big reason Akiba is one of the games I sent is because I played it a bunch on PS3 and enjoyed it.

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Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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* 28-Nov(#185)
Dang, Dashey! You sent him Takis Fuego? RIP in Peace his intestines...
Dashey
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28-Nov(#186)
Foxhack wrote:
> Dang, Dashey! You sent him Takis Fuego? RIP in Peace his intestines...

I mentioned in the letter that he is going to need a bottle of water while eating them.


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Foxhack
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28-Nov(#187)
Why didn't you send him something milder? Like, I dunno, Tabasco sauce? :P
BJB
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28-Nov(#188)
White people  * rolls eyes *
Dashey
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28-Nov(#189)
Foxhack wrote:
> Why didn't you send him something milder? Like, I dunno, Tabasco sauce? :P

He said he wanted a snack not hot sauce  * raspberry * plus I tried to choose something that's not common in other places.


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John
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Secret Santa
28-Nov(#190)
What's funny is that, normally, I am not a fan of really hot stuff. Like, my wife pours on the Frank's Red Hot sauce and I'm like a few little drops and I can't handle it.

But, for whatever reason, I'm eating these like candy! They are spicy, but it is different from normal HOT to me. Granted, I'm downing a lemonade with them -- but they are nice!  * yes *

- John...
Dashey
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28-Nov(#191)
Want me to send more? We have different kinds

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Dashey
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28-Nov(#192)
Raisin wrote:
> Dashey wrote:
>> Did you at least read the letter I wrote?  * raspberry *
>>
>>
>
> You sent him a bug? I expected nothing less, Dashey.
>
>

His name is BoB Jr. Give him some respect.

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Foxhack
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28-Nov(#193)
John wrote:
> What's funny is that, normally, I am not a fan of really hot stuff. Like, my wife
> pours on the Frank's Red Hot sauce and I'm like a few little drops and I can't handle
> it.
>
> But, for whatever reason, I'm eating these like candy! They are spicy, but it is
> different from normal HOT to me. Granted, I'm downing a lemonade with them -- but
> they are nice!  * yes *

Huh. Will you look at that.

Just... be careful when they come out, okay? We don't want you getting hurt. :P
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Nov(#194)
I didn't even know those are regional. My daughter loves them.



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Foxhack
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28-Nov(#195)
whitefire wrote:
> I didn't even know those are regional. My daughter loves them.

My nephews in Tennessee love Takis, and whenever my sister comes down on vacation, she sends big flat rate boxes full of Mexican candy and chips she buys at stores in Mexico back home.

They last like a week at most. :p
Killkernal
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Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Nov(#196)
sharif wrote:
> A big reason Akiba is one of the games I sent is because I played it a bunch on PS3
> and enjoyed it.
>
>
You rule, man. Thanks for everything! The games are fantastic and I can't believe you threw in an Amazon card on top of it. My PS4 will be busy for quite a while.

I intend to jump back into Akiba as soon as I'm finished with the BF1 campaign. I'm restarting Skyrim and just started Destiny over the past couple of weeks, so I should be set for the next five years or so.
Yooka
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Secret Santa
28-Nov(#197)
Received my gift today... A sealed copy of Pokemon Moon straight from Amazon!

I'm really glad to receive this, as my friend, whom I've been borrowing his copy of Moon, has been getting anxious about me rushing to beat it. Now I can give him his copy back, and take my sweet ass time!  * grin *

Thank you so much Santa, you are awesome! If we haven't traded before please send me an offer so we can make it a trade! If you don't want to make it a trade at least PM me so I can properly thank you!!



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Discgolfer123
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28-Nov(#198)
My SS should get their gift in tomorrow!
shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
28-Nov(#199)
just ordered my secret santa stuff.. should be there by Thursday!
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
28-Nov(#200)
Well I was hoping to ship my gift out today, but I'm waiting for an item i ordered (arriving today). As per usual my mail man is late. I'll have to ship tomorrow most likely.

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ClearSights
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Secret Santa
28-Nov(#201)
Got my gifts today!

A Flyers Desk Clock / Picture Frame and a week of subtime! This is definitely going on my new office desk. Thanks SS!

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