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

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
* 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...

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 4-Dec(#281)
Bostonitalian88 wrote:
> WOOOO! Kamen got me a cib fire emblem shadow dragon!! It's been on my list for a
> couple years and we actually completed a Reade for one a while ago but FE ended up
> being a fake (Kamen reimbursed me without question) so this one is pretty cool. Thanks
> man, definitely didn't have to do this

It was a promise long overdue.

*I got glitches in me britches for ya Nerd.*
PvtParts
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
5-Dec(#282)
epic s.s. good for you guys
ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews
Secret Santa
5-Dec(#283)
Mailed mine out!
Lunar
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 750 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
5-Dec(#284)
Received my gifts today. Will post a pic when I get back home. But the highlight is an RPG named Breath of Fire for Super Nintendo!

Super Nintendo Nintendo Entertainment System Nintendo GameCube Nintendo Wii triforce
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Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
5-Dec(#285)
I sent this MF'er! Hope they dig it!
Bostonitalian88
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
5-Dec(#286)
Lunar wrote:
> Received my gifts today. Will post a pic when I get back home. But the highlight
> is an RPG named Breath of Fire for Super Nintendo!
>
>

That's awesome already !
CRAZY93NiS
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) This user is in chat NOW
Secret Santa
* 5-Dec(#287)
i just received my secret santa gifts thank you very much for these and the 11 weeks of subtime!!

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SirConnery
Your mothers a whore Trebek! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
5-Dec(#288)
I came home to find Cowboy Bebop Complete Series on Bluray. I was about to buy this so it was perfect. Thanks Santa!!
Lunar
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 750 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
5-Dec(#289)
Oh! And I forgot to mention, there was a chocolate bar too, but that was devoured before we made it back home. Thanks  * secret santa * SS!

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NightOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
5-Dec(#290)
Lunar wrote:
> Oh! And I forgot to mention, there was a chocolate bar too, but that was devoured
> before we made it back home. Thanks  * secret santa * SS!
>
>
>

thats awesome! i loved playing breath of fire on my old snes
PvtParts
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
5-Dec(#291)
very nice lunar. You got spoiled :P
BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
* 6-Dec(#292)
My Secret Santa rules. I asked for two things and I got them both. That Macho Man figure is going to my desk at work tomorrow. I'm super stoked to break out the nostalgia feels with the Power Rangers TPB. More excited than I probably should be.

If you want to make it a trade let me know.

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emoryarts
GameTZ's Designated Apple Fandog GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
6-Dec(#293)
Umm.. my SS is probably the coolest of them all. Thanks soooo much!

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That jerky was delicious. It lasted maybe 3 minutes after the photo was taken.
John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
Secret Santa
6-Dec(#294)
We're past half-way received, so I've uncovered the received column in the stat image as we usually do.

Also, I'll try to process a bunch of bond refunds today.  * yes *

- John...
Gypsy
I am a great magician. Your clothes are red. GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
6-Dec(#295)
I see there are some people that posted pictures of what they received in the thread and didn't mark as such on the site. Don't forget to do that guys and gals. :)

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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
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
Secret Santa
6-Dec(#296)
Indeed! (And, as I go through, I'll try to update those too -- but it would be better if people did it themselves.  * yes *)

- John...
PvtParts
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
6-Dec(#297)
make sure to have your parents examine your gametz candy before you eat it ;)
Gypsy
I am a great magician. Your clothes are red. GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
6-Dec(#298)
Got Power Stone 2 for Dreamcast. So now I can retire that CDR. Not sure if my santa pored over listings, but this one is fully complete with all the stupid stuff that Japanese DC games come with (reg card, obi, dream point, advertisement flyer) so that is nice as about 95% of my Dreamcast games at least have obi and reg. Also appreciated Gametz Santa on the from as I am in a bunch of these across different forums so that helped me know which one it was for. That's something I'll have to do going forward.  * yes *

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rpgfan
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
6-Dec(#299)
Received a Doctor Strange figure, candy cane hershey kisses and a Red Lobster gift card. Was going to post a pic but the kisses disappeared too quickly. Thanks Santa!!

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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
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
Secret Santa
6-Dec(#300)
It's hilarious to me to see people here going "Yeah, well, I got some candy too, but, ah, yeah, it's gone, sorry!"  * smile *  * yes *

- John...
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
7-Dec(#301)
To whoever is my Secret Santa; Holy crap thank you. I received a copy of Hyrule Historia, a Mewtwo amiibo with a classic promo Mewtwo card, and Rick Astley Greatest Hits. You are the man/woman.

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*I got glitches in me britches for ya Nerd.*
Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
* 7-Dec(#302)
KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
> To whoever is my Secret Santa; Holy crap thank you. I received a copy of Hyrule Historia,
> a Mewtwo amiibo with a classic promo Mewtwo card, and Rick Astley Greatest Hits.
> You are the man/woman.
>
>
>

Some would say that they never let you down.


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PvtParts
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
7-Dec(#303)
KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
> To whoever is my Secret Santa; Holy crap thank you. I received a copy of Hyrule Historia,
> a Mewtwo amiibo with a classic promo Mewtwo card, and Rick Astley Greatest Hits.
> You are the man/woman.
>
>
>

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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
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
Secret Santa
7-Dec(#304)
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