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

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
* 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...

ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews
28-Nov-2016(#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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atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader
28-Nov-2016(#202)
Just got an anonymous week of subtime coupled with a USPS.com tracking number. Should be here by Thursday...

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews
28-Nov-2016(#203)
One of the items for my giftee came today..if the other stuff doesn't show soon I'll send this part on.

BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews
28-Nov-2016(#204)
My Secret Santa just sent me 4 weeks of subtime with a pretty sweet Macho Man-inspired message:

'Ooh yea!! The power of the gametz subtime! It's like an elbow drop from the top while snappin into a slim jim!

Merry Christmas!!

Your SS'

Thank you Secret Santa!
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago)
28-Nov-2016(#205)
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Thanks Secret Santa! :D

Can't wait til my XB1 gets here. If you want to send a trade offer, go ahead!

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago)
29-Nov-2016(#206)
Those are some solid games to start an X1 collection Dashey.

Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
* 29-Nov-2016(#207)
Dead Island collection for XB1 has both games on the disc. PS4 owners got a downloadable code smiley:::frown
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews
29-Nov-2016(#208)
Well, my Santa surprised me again. Logged in this morning to find 10 weeks of subtime, and a steam code for Fallout 4.

Santa, you went above and beyond and I am very gracious. Thank you very much!

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago)
29-Nov-2016(#209)
KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
> Those are some solid games to start an X1 collection Dashey.
>
>

Yeah. I also have more coming in from black Friday :)

@shadowrunner yeah I was a bit upset when I found out about the ps4 version not having both of them in a disc.


CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Nov-2016(#210)
Dead Island was a good game but it got really repetitive. I never played the second one. If you have friends it's a blast
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
29-Nov-2016(#211)
Sending today, Woot!

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Nov-2016(#212)
The second Dead Island was pretty great. It did get repetitive but I enjoy going back to both. They remastered them pretty well too. yes

Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
29-Nov-2016(#213)
sinnie wrote:
> The second Dead Island was pretty great. It did get repetitive but I enjoy going
> back to both. They remastered them pretty well too. yes
>
>


Did you try Dying Light? I enjoyed it in coop.
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
* 29-Nov-2016(#214)
Amazon just delivered my SS gift to me. Thanks SS! this has been a high want for me.

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Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
* 29-Nov-2016(#215)
To whoever got me for Secret Santa: You monster.

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I actually wanted to get that Nazis one, I saw a trailer for it years ago and went "What the fudge" out loud. Thanks, Santa!

(Titanic II's case came in broken, but I'll just get a replacement case.)
CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Nov-2016(#216)
Foxhack wrote:
> To whoever got me for Secret Santa: You monster.
>
> [imgt w=640 h=480]http://i.imgur.com/bYItOfg.jpg[/imgt]
>
> I actually wanted to get that Nazis one, I saw a trailer for it years ago and went
> "What the fudge" out loud. Thanks, Santa!
>
> (Titanic II's case came in broken, but I'll just get a replacement case.)
There should be another one arriving today! Glad you like them ha it was kind of fun to pick them out.

Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
29-Nov-2016(#217)
CenturionElite wrote:
> There should be another one arriving today! Glad you like them ha it was kind of
> fun to pick them out.

... wait, what? There's more coming?!
CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Nov-2016(#218)
Foxhack wrote:
> CenturionElite wrote:
>> There should be another one arriving today! Glad you like them ha it was kind
> of
>> fun to pick them out.
>
> ... wait, what? There's more coming?!
Yah they separated them for some reason. Came in two shipments.
Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
29-Nov-2016(#219)
They do that to my friend's packages too. Even if he orders stuff together, they ship separately. It's annoying.

Well... guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow... thanks. yes
CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Nov-2016(#220)
Foxhack wrote:
> They do that to my friend's packages too. Even if he orders stuff together, they
> ship separately. It's annoying.
>
> Well... guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow... thanks. yes
yes

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Nov-2016(#221)
Boss wrote:
> sinnie wrote:
>> The second Dead Island was pretty great. It did get repetitive but I enjoy going
>> back to both. They remastered them pretty well too. yes
>>
>>
>
>
> Did you try Dying Light? I enjoyed it in coop.

Yes... I loved and hated Dying Light. Of course I only played single player which makes it 10x as hard. I started enjoying it towards the end though but couldn't see going back to it. I'm in the minority that just liked DI better.

CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
29-Nov-2016(#222)
Dying Light was tons of fun. It was such a great game

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
29-Nov-2016(#223)
I always forget that people stay anonymous post-gift giving. I signed my username on the gift receipts -___- Growing up, doing Secret Santa's, I always thought finding out who got you was part of the fun.

Apologies to my partner if they'd rather not know!
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
29-Nov-2016(#224)
It's cool. Lots of people share that they were someone's Santa in the end. No worries! yes
Lunar
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 800 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago)
29-Nov-2016(#225)
I think its fun to try to guess who your SS is

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
29-Nov-2016(#226)
Oh my SS had more to send me. I found a UPS package tonight with a Little Live Pets mouse play trail. I had asked for this to get for my son since he showed interest in it during therapy. So cool, we will be unboxing it tonight and setting it up. Thanks again whoever my SS was, you made 2 peoples' days on 2 separate occasions! smiley:::smile

My gift is heading out in the mail tomorrow now that I got all the parts together. Hope my person likes it.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews
* 29-Nov-2016(#227)
I agree after its over I think it's kind of fun to know but it's also kind of fun not too so I see both sides.


Also Santa items are in..can't wait to see reaction when my person gets the stuff!

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews
30-Nov-2016(#228)
Still waiting on some of my partners gifts to arrive... I may just need to send separately.

sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
30-Nov-2016(#229)
I just got a week of subtime with a question from my SS. To answer your question, I do like collectibles/figures, especially of things I like. Hope that helps.

DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
30-Nov-2016(#230)
Yooka wrote:
> Still waiting on some of my partners gifts to arrive... I may just need to send separately.
>

It's not even December yet, no harm in having your gifts arrive a little closer to Christmas I say. Some of you guys are super fast at sending out SS packages!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
30-Nov-2016(#231)
Indeed -- lots of us jump right on it because we're excited, but no rush at all. These aren't "due" under December 24th! yes
PvtParts
Double Gold Good Trader
30-Nov-2016(#232)
ordered and i have got no response from messages nor shipping info. awesome lol. hope my giftee gets it before xmas
PvtParts
Double Gold Good Trader
30-Nov-2016(#233)
also i think ppl want to get it out asap because as more people receive it narrows down on the graph who your potential SS could be
Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
* 30-Nov-2016(#234)
Make sure everyone signs into the site and marks "Received" when they get their gift. yes
BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
30-Nov-2016(#235)
Probly not getting my gifts out for a little while. Makin em a little more...personal >smiley:::smile

Okay that actually sounds really dirty. Its not
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
* 30-Nov-2016(#236)
Got my gifts today, my Santa killed it! Got a 4-book Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary box set. This thing is RAD. I've only read one of the stories here but it's great and now I can experience these other classics before the new movie hits. That would have been enough, but Santa also snagged me Kingdom Come, which is another DC classic that I've heard great things about but have yet to read.

Awesome job, whoever you are! I really appreciate it. If you want to pend a trade or just let me know who you are, go for it! Thanks again!
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Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
30-Nov-2016(#237)
Well I can't take a picture at the moment, but my last Secret Santa gift just came in.

It's this.

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Lance Hendriksen, how could you?
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
30-Nov-2016(#238)
Got my Gift today. Thanks SS! I still haven't played this series to date. I have II but have been wanting to start with the first. Super excited, thanks again SS!



Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews
30-Nov-2016(#239)
DefaultGen wrote:
> Yooka wrote:
>> Still waiting on some of my partners gifts to arrive... I may just need to send
> separately.
>>
>
> It's not even December yet, no harm in having your gifts arrive a little closer to
> Christmas I say. Some of you guys are super fast at sending out SS packages!
>
>

I know, but every year I like to get my gifts out ASAP, as to avoid the delayed shipping that usually occur halfway through December.
PvtParts
Double Gold Good Trader
30-Nov-2016(#240)
to my secret santa -

thank you for the sub time :)

and to answer your question, it kind of depends really. Im not in to like models/figurines stuff like that but I can dig collectors edition stuff of relevance to my interests . Not sure if that helps you lol
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews
30-Nov-2016(#241)
I wanted to try and get mine out fairly quickly as December can get so busy and it's fun to see what your gifted posts and their reactions.

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