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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...

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#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!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#82)
Ok -- processed all the bonds. Couple things:

@Yooka - you sent your bond, but have not signed up on the Secret Santa site. See the link in the first post and get signed up!

Someone sent me an anonymous bond. rolls eyes If you know you sent a bond and are not marked as such above, then check your messages to see if you sent it anonymously and them PM me so that I know who to apply it to!

Be sure to check the image in the first post to make sure you show as on the list and bonded. Some of you have signed up and not yet paid a bond!

Also, everyone that has bonded should have their Santa secret santa hats! yes
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#83)
devans77 wrote:
> Bond up and signed sent

I do not have a bond from you. So either you are the "anonymous" one or you are mistaken. Check and let me know.
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#84)
jgrant78 wrote:
> In and sent.

Same with you. I have no bond from you. Check your records.

One of the two of you was anonymous -- and the other one is mistaken. smile
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#85)
Checking to see if I have my hat.

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#86)
And i do

Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
22-Nov-2016(#87)
I has a hat!
BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#88)
Signed up and bond sent!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#89)
BJB wrote:
> Signed up and bond sent!

Got ya! yes
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#90)
Also, it's been a while, but I've decided to participate myself this year. I quit doing the Reddit one because I didn't have great experiences with it and really want to do one, so I'll do this one again.

As usual, I'll try my best not to see who my own Santa is when I'm looking at the DB. smile
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#91)
Just to make sure they get notified... The following have not yet bonded, but are signed up:

@raisin
@jgrant78
@devans77
@frank
jgrant78
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Secret Santa
22-Nov-2016(#92)
John wrote:
> jgrant78 wrote:
>> In and sent.
>
> Same with you. I have no bond from you. Check your records.
>
> One of the two of you was anonymous -- and the other one is mistaken. smile
>
I guess I checked anonymous by mistake. I have the system message for the transfer I sent to you. I can screenshot it if you need me to
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#93)
jgrant78 wrote:
> I guess I checked anonymous by mistake. I have the system message for the transfer
> I sent to you. I can screenshot it if you need me to

Ok -- got you in now. yes
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#94)
John wrote:
> devans77 wrote:
>> Bond up and signed sent
>
> I do not have a bond from you. So either you are the "anonymous" one or you are
> mistaken. Check and let me know.

Ok -- so that leaves you, devans77 -- as a person that said they bonded, but I don't have a record of it. So, check your stuff! And then send the bond! yes
Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#95)
Frank is now @Yooka
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 23-Nov-2016(#96)
Ah! Thanks! yes

EDIT: Ok -- fixed in the system. yes
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
23-Nov-2016(#97)
John wrote:
> Also, everyone that has bonded should have their Santa secret santa hats! yes

I never lost mine, haha.

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#98)
Yeah, I removed them a few days ago when I put this up. Then just put them back. smile
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
23-Nov-2016(#99)
John wrote:
> Yeah, I removed them a few days ago when I put this up. Then just put them back.
> smile
>

Haha. Nice.

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#100)
So, I want to wrap this up and assign partners, but I'm trying to give @devans77 a little extra to get things resolved. Again, he said he paid his bond, but I didn't get one. *shrug*
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
23-Nov-2016(#101)
Shoot, I'll cover it. Let's get this started!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#102)
Actually, it looks like he didn't even try. I refunded yours for him and we just won't worry about him. I'll wrap things up now. yes
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#103)
Partners assigned! Emails sent! We're live!

Some reminders:

check This isn't a 1-to-1 assignment thing. Just because you have UserA does not mean that UserA has you. In other words, the person you are a Santa for is not (necessarily) your Santa.

check If you put "I'll fill this in later" in your Wants on the site -- now is the time to fill that in!! smile Also, make sure your Wanted listings here are up to date too since many try to look there also!

check Give your assigned partner some time to fill things in if there isn't much there yet. After a day or two, if you're still stuck, then PM me who your partner is and I can give them a nudge to get things updated! yes

yes
Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#104)
Sweet! We have until July 25th! wink

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#105)
Oops! I tried to catch all of those! HA!
BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#106)
Thanks John! I don;t have a Wanted section yet, so whoever had me please just give me a day or two. Travelling home today for Thanksgiving
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
23-Nov-2016(#107)
I'm going to keep a promise I made to my SS a long time ago. So happy I got him as my partner.

CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
23-Nov-2016(#108)
Yay!

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 23-Nov-2016(#109)
Meant to update my list to include a disclaimer, but the date snuck up on me apparently. The disclaimer was that I just wanted to let whoever gets me know that I'll be grateful for whatever they happen to send whether it's on my list or not. So if you have me and my list was barren of that message when you looked, this one's for you. wink

Merry Christmas fellas!
devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#110)
I haven't checked this thread and I always use mobile so I didn't get the @mention, so i I wasn't aware my subtime didn't go through until I got your pm today so I sent my subtime then came here and read that I'm out so I guess just send me my subtime back since I missed out.. sorry for messing up on it I'll be on the July one

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#111)
Whoever has me, I mentioned that i am trying to get an xbox one s and if I do, I will send a list of games for it, and if I donr get it tomorrow, I'll make a list later that day.

willyum
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
23-Nov-2016(#112)
I haven't made a list yet...will do so in a bit.

wp
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
24-Nov-2016(#113)
Eh, Signups just closed ey?
Was going to sign up right now.

Next year it is then.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#114)
wp wrote:
> Eh, Signups just closed ey?
> Was going to sign up right now.
>
> Next year it is then.
>
>

The date was posted up top and I think in the past people wanted it closed up for black friday deals. Sorry you missed out.

Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
* 24-Nov-2016(#115)
Yea it was shorter sign up period this year but we had roughly the same amount of signed up users. It's great to be able to have the flexibility of taking advantage of Black Friday sales to stretch ones budget a bit more.
CenturionElite
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 51 Reviews BTRs
(abandoned)
24-Nov-2016(#116)
Alot of games on sale right now. Good for those people that perhaps asked for any.

BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#117)
Updated my wants!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#118)
My wants should be up to date.

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#119)
Sent out today, hope my partner digs what they receive!
DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
24-Nov-2016(#120)
Got some items for my partner. Should be able to ship them out tomorrow!

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.

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