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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...

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
19-Nov(#41)
Foxhack wrote:
> Do I have to have some sort of want list to participate? I can't just go "send me
> whatever bad movies you find, it's all good"

You absolutely can say that if you want. The idea is to make it easier on your Santa to find something for you. If you really aren't particular just think it would be fun to get "whatever bad movies" your Santa can find, then that is just fine.  * yes *

> I've never signed up for one of these here, so I'm pretty clueless. :p

Welcome!  * yes *

- John...

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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
19-Nov(#42)
theJAwwww wrote:
> How does this thread have 6 negs? Fudgein' Scrooges.

I know, right? People suck. *shrug*

- John...

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whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Nov(#43)
The negs don't bother me, but we should totally ask @Enix to make a grinch icon and those can show up as negs.

I'm liking the signature.



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Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Nov(#44)
John wrote:
> Foxhack wrote:
>> Do I have to have some sort of want list to participate? I can't just go "send
> me
>> whatever bad movies you find, it's all good"
>
> You absolutely can say that if you want. The idea is to make it easier on your Santa
> to find something for you. If you really aren't particular just think it would be
> fun to get "whatever bad movies" your Santa can find, then that is just fine.  * yes *
>
>> I've never signed up for one of these here, so I'm pretty clueless. :p
>
> Welcome!  * yes *

Thanks, John. I'll see if I can get enough money to pay the bond before the deadline.  * yes *
theJAwwww
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
19-Nov(#45)
whitefire wrote:
> The negs don't bother me, but we should totally ask @Enix to make a grinch icon and
> those can show up as negs.
>

Backed.
tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
19-Nov(#46)
Signed up, bond sent

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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
19-Nov(#47)
whitefire wrote:
> I'm liking the signature.

Mine? Boss made it. I stole it. All are free to do so also!  * smile *

- John...

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willyum
Go Ninja Go Ninja Go! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#48)
Exciting exciting exciting!



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Why subscribe? Read Post #20 Here.
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Nov(#49)
willyum wrote:
> Exciting exciting exciting!
>
>

Are you joining??



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willyum
Go Ninja Go Ninja Go! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#50)
Yessir. Signed up and bond sent.  * yes *



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Why subscribe? Read Post #20 Here.
CenturionElite
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews
Secret Santa
19-Nov(#51)
I still think people who have to ask for subtime to participate should not be allowed to join. But that's just me.

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rpgfan
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 19-Nov(#52)
Signed up and bond sent.

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shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
19-Nov(#53)
John wrote:
> whitefire wrote:
>> I'm liking the signature.
>
> Mine? Boss made it. I stole it. All are free to do so also!  * smile *
>

I think Santa should be holding a controller...
ENIX
500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 13 Reviews
* 19-Nov(#54)
Not happy with any of these but it's the most effort I was willing to make:

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whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Nov(#55)
ENIX wrote:
> Not happy with any of these but it's the most effort I was willing to make:
>
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>

@Bill

We definitely need one of these. What do you think?



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Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Nov(#56)
I personally think we should only give those out to someone that scammed someone else during SS.

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theJAwwww
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
19-Nov(#57)
I think the hatless Grinch looks Grinchiest.
Discgolfer123
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader
Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
20-Nov(#58)
CenturionElite wrote:
> I still think people who have to ask for subtime to participate should not be allowed
> to join. But that's just me.
>
>
I agree, if they are too cheap to buy subtime for it, then they are probably gonna cheap out on the gift for whoever they get as well.
shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#59)
Discgolfer123 wrote:
> CenturionElite wrote:
>> I still think people who have to ask for subtime to participate should not be
> allowed
>> to join. But that's just me.
>>
>>
> I agree, if they are too cheap to buy subtime for it, then they are probably gonna
> cheap out on the gift for whoever they get as well.

This is not true at all. I have always borrowed subtime and have well exceeded the amount minimum.
TerrHeel
Baseball in October?! GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
20-Nov(#60)
Signed up and bond sent! Always love doing this.
Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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21-Nov(#61)
It's Christmas timeeeee...

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CRAZY93NiS
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Secret Santa
21-Nov(#62)
signed up and bond sent
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lordkaosu
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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21-Nov(#63)
Signed up and bonded. Thanks, John.

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PvtParts
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
21-Nov(#64)
signing up
PvtParts
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
21-Nov(#65)
sent
SirConnery
Your mothers a whore Trebek! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
22-Nov(#66)
I also signed up for Reddit Secret Santa as a elf.
theJAwwww
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Secret Santa
22-Nov(#67)
I hear terrible things about the reddit secret Santa
ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
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Secret Santa
22-Nov(#68)
I do it every year, got stiffed last year but got re-gifted and got something after Xmas. I always sign up as a regifter as well
CenturionElite
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews
Secret Santa
22-Nov(#69)
I am in the higher tiers now that ive done a few. They tend to be better since people actually have done various exchanges to get credits. I've only ever been stiffed once in the 10 or so I've done.

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ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews
Secret Santa
22-Nov(#70)
Yeah same. I picked a higher tier this year
DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
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Secret Santa
22-Nov(#71)
I'm doing Reddit Gifts for the first time this year. Is the regular tier that bad? Should I upgrade to Elf?  * frown *

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loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#72)
7 years on GTZ and have never participated. Signed up and sent Bond. Looking forward to this!

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CenturionElite
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
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Secret Santa
22-Nov(#73)
DefaultGen wrote:
> I'm doing Reddit Gifts for the first time this year. Is the regular tier that bad?
> Should I upgrade to Elf?  * frown *
>
>
Ive never done Elf, but from what I heard people still stiff there too, however the percentage is much lower. I mean who would pay just to stiff someone? The only thing I can think of is people get gifted elf memberships all the time, so they can still be an elf and do nothing, although it rarer.

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ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews
Secret Santa
22-Nov(#74)
DefaultGen wrote:
> I'm doing Reddit Gifts for the first time this year. Is the regular tier that bad?
> Should I upgrade to Elf?  * frown *
>
>

I only got stiffed once in 5 years, but if you get stiffed you are re-matched
BJB
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22-Nov(#75)
Can somebody lend me 10 weeks please? I'd like to join
Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
22-Nov(#76)
Can someone help me out? I'll buy the 10 weeks off someone at cost. I only see two and six month options, and I don't really need to buy more subtime than needed.
Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
22-Nov(#77)
Signed up and bond sent, thanks to whitefire for the help!
DarkLink
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Secret Santa
* 22-Nov(#78)
Back again!

Signed up and Bond sent!


(Still want to give a shout out to Dsbaum454 and Jerry for being my SS when I been doing this.. Every gift you guys got me has been amazing!)
Cant wait for this years!


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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
22-Nov(#79)
I'll get all these processed soon, guys. Just been super busy lately. Sorry about that.

- John...

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Bostonitalian88
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#80)
Signed up and bond sent!
Yooka
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Secret Santa
22-Nov(#81)
Updated my want list this afternoon. Can't wait to receive my partners list and go to town. I love secret Santa. I'm excited to be doing secret Santa at work as well!



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