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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas in July 2017!! Gifting Complete!

John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
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* 11-Jul(#1)
"I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!" -Yondu




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas in July 2017! (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 Monday, July 17th at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Monday, July 31st. 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 signed up and bonded so far:
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Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...
Headshot
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
24-Jul(#121)
Flathead_Shuval wrote:
> I'll definitely enjoy watching it again. It's been years.
>
> I've actually never seen the first Lupin series, so that's cool.

Was worried since I had no idea about Anime...

Did a search on the most wanted Anime movies and GotF was #2 I believe...and noticed it wasnt on your list.

As far as Lupin, I just went random with that.
Gypsy
Kind of a dick. GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Jul(#122)
Well, I'd say it worked out very well for you not knowing about anime at all. :)
Headshot
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
24-Jul(#123)
Flathead_Shuval wrote:
> Well, I'd say it worked out very well for you not knowing about anime at all. :)

Then you went and changed your name on me - How about that package being delivered as Gypsy Gametz :)
Gypsy
Kind of a dick. GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Jul(#124)
Yeah. That was great.

I'll be changing my name back, I just have the Donlad contagion still. laughing out loud
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Jul(#125)
Holy balls of meat. My SS has sent me a $50 gift card to Texas Roadhouse. There's actually one by my house (where I just moved) and I've been wanting to go and now I have a reason. The note says more to come. SS has outdone him/herself...

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longhornsk57
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Jul(#126)
sinnie wrote:
> Holy balls of meat. My SS has sent me a $50 gift card to Texas Roadhouse. There's
> actually one by my house (where I just moved) and I've been wanting to go and now
> I have a reason. The note says more to come. SS has outdone him/herself...
>
>

Texas roadhouse is really good. They have legit steak and the whole experience is nice.

Your guy hooked you up big time.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Jul(#127)
longhornsk57 wrote:
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> Texas roadhouse is really good. They have legit steak and the whole experience is
> nice.
>
> Your guy hooked you up big time.

No kidding, super happy. The one here is always super busy so I know it's gotta be good to compete with all the other places here.


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longhornsk57
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Jul(#128)
sinnie wrote:
> longhornsk57 wrote:
> |
>> Texas roadhouse is really good. They have legit steak and the whole experience
> is
>> nice.
>>
>> Your guy hooked you up big time.
>
> No kidding, super happy. The one here is always super busy so I know it's gotta be
> good to compete with all the other places here.
>
>
>

What city you in?
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
24-Jul(#129)
longhornsk57 wrote:

> What city you in?

St Charles, MO

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John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
24-Jul(#130)
Remember everyone -- Santas have until July 31st to get gifts to you -- that is a week from now.

So, no need to be "sad" or "disappointed" that your gift didn't arrive yet. Everything is right on schedule - some get them early; some get them later. No worries! yes

- John...
SirConnery
I'll take "the penis mightier" for 400. GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
24-Jul(#131)
My birthday is the 29th but my present came early grin
tonymack21
Dilly Dally Shilly Shally! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 3 Reviews
24-Jul(#132)
SirConnery wrote:
> My birthday is the 29th but my present came early grin


My mom's bday too :)

@sinnie that is cool I didn't know there were any Texas roadhouse that far away. You are in for a treat TR Is supremely legit. Take a wheel barrow to roll yourselves out when you're done eating

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BJB
grow the fudge up and act like reasonable people GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 24-Jul(#133)
Texas Roadhouse dinner rolls are so damn good. They're made fresh every 10 minutes and they come with this delicious cinnamon butter. Their meals are great too but those dinner rolls.....mmmmm



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tonymack21
Dilly Dally Shilly Shally! GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Has Written 3 Reviews
24-Jul(#134)
Yes so good. You are full before your steak and potato even comes out

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DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
* 24-Jul(#135)
DarkLink wrote:
> No gift today....
>
> I WILL BE WAITING!!!!!
>
>

Just a head up... this was meant for a joke... dont take things i say seriously..

GOSH!!!!!!!! :)

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Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7)
25-Jul(#136)
I got my second gift! It was a Sonic Boom figure with Sonic and Dr. Robotnik! thank you @theJAwwww

Going to look good on my shelf.

Jeff
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
25-Jul(#137)
Phew, glad it made it! You listed Zelda items, SNES games and then just Sega Genesis. Wasn't sure which games you had/needed so I opted to get some neat items related to that stuff instead.

No problem again sir, enjoy the stuff!
Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7)
25-Jul(#138)
theJAwwww wrote:
> Phew, glad it made it! You listed Zelda items, SNES games and then just Sega Genesis.
> Wasn't sure which games you had/needed so I opted to get some neat items related
> to that stuff instead.
>
> No problem again sir, enjoy the stuff!

Of course, I don't really need anything..so I'm sorry if you felt like it was vague. I just listed stuff because I had to participate and I love Zelda, I just hope my Santa loves their gift... I signed up to give the gift more than to receive one :) I definitely loved what I got though.



Jeff
John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
25-Jul(#139)
DarkLink wrote:
> Just a head up... this was meant for a joke... dont take things i say seriously..
>
> GOSH!!!!!!!! :)

No worries. I didn't mean you. I got some PMs from concerned people and I have to remind them that there is still plenty of time.

Some people start getting their stuff within a day or two because of Amazon Prime Santas -- and then some others start to panic when it's been a week. smile

- John...
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
25-Jul(#140)
No worries about being vague @Jeff I'm also in it for the gift-giving and I enjoy the hunt haha
DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
25-Jul(#141)
John wrote:
> DarkLink wrote:
>> Just a head up... this was meant for a joke... dont take things i say seriously..
>>
>> GOSH!!!!!!!! :)
>
> No worries. I didn't mean you. I got some PMs from concerned people and I have
> to remind them that there is still plenty of time.
>
> Some people start getting their stuff within a day or two because of Amazon Prime
> Santas -- and then some others start to panic when it's been a week. smile
>

IT BETTER BE NO WORRIES!!!!

I WILL COME OVER THERE AND STAB YOU WITH A SWORD


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sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
25-Jul(#142)
Dark Link is extra dark around Christmas (in July) time.

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DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
* 25-Jul(#143)
sharif wrote:
> Dark Link is extra dark around Christmas (in July) time.
>
>

Yessssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!

I was nice to Shady........... But no more mr. nice link!!!!

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emoryarts
GameTZ's Designated Apple Fandog GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7)
* 25-Jul(#144)
Just now got my gift out, quite sorry for the delay. I hope my gift will make up for the lateness wink
DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
* 25-Jul(#145)
Another day...

and I am becoming Darker!!!!!!!!!

I AM COMING FOR YOU SANTA!!!!

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emoryarts
GameTZ's Designated Apple Fandog GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7)
26-Jul(#146)
Got a week of subtime yesterday before I got home with an anonymous message:


Dear emoryarts,

A bloody adventure of revenge and glory you will soon encounter. This challenge comes not as one, but two.

Enjoy,

A former business partner


Well, that can only mean it's from @Tj96 raspberry And then I received Dishonored 2 for XB1 in the mail once I got home! Thanks, bud! Got it installing now as we speak!
shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#147)
They said mine will be dielivered today.. hope they get it!
Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7)
26-Jul(#148)
Mine said it was delivered ... let's see.

Jeff
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
* 26-Jul(#149)
Who the HECK is my Santa? And how the HECK long did it take you to become the man? This is honestly too much. I really, really appreciate it and once again, GTZ's Secret Santa is the furthest from a disappointment imaginable. I gave a bunch of suggestions expecting to only get one of them, but whoever my Santa is got me like half the amount of stuff I'd get from family at REAL Christmas. Again, this is awesome, and thank you so much. Feel free to pend up a trade if you'd like!

Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Volumes 1 & 2
The Night King Game of Thrones POP vinyl
A Game of Thrones Stark bottle opener keychain
And The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series DVD

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DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#150)
theJAwwww wrote:
> Who the HECK is my Santa? And how the HECK long did it take you to become the
> man? This is honestly too much. I really, really appreciate it and once again, GTZ's
> Secret Santa is the furthest from a disappointment imaginable. I gave a bunch of
> suggestions expecting to only get one of them, but whoever my Santa is got me like
> half the amount of stuff I'd get from family at REAL Christmas. Again, this is awesome,
> and thank you so much. Feel free to pend up a trade if you'd like!
>
> Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Volumes 1 & 2
> The Night King Game of Thrones POP vinyl
> A Game of Thrones Stark bottle opener keychain
> And The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series DVD
>

going to guess Jeff or Shady :) haha

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theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
* 26-Jul(#151)
haha
If it's Jeff, it'll be the first time I've ever been partnered with the same person I got in any Secret Santa situation.
If it's shady, it'll be the first time I've ever known someone to get me 2 times in a row in any Secret Santa situation.

I also thought the GOT books were paperbacks, but they're straight up hardcover. Floored by the generosity regardless of who it is tbh lol
DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#152)
theJAwwww wrote:
> haha
> If it's Jeff, it'll be the first time I've ever been partnered with the same person
> I got in any Secret Santa situation.
> If it's shady, it'll be the first time I've ever known someone to get me 2 times
> in a row in any Secret Santa situation.
>
> I also thought the GOT books were paperbacks, but they're straight up hardcover.
> Floored by the generosity regardless of who it is tbh lol

haha

Well I check and I still got nothing..

Soo my Santa death list is growing shorter.. so I am getting close on finding out who I need to stab :)

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Neko
I'll ring your fudgein' bell. GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#153)
Lol, I haven't got nothing yet either.
shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#154)
theJAwwww wrote:
> Who the HECK is my Santa? And how the HECK long did it take you to become the
> man? This is honestly too much. I really, really appreciate it and once again, GTZ's
> Secret Santa is the furthest from a disappointment imaginable. I gave a bunch of
> suggestions expecting to only get one of them, but whoever my Santa is got me like
> half the amount of stuff I'd get from family at REAL Christmas. Again, this is awesome,
> and thank you so much. Feel free to pend up a trade if you'd like!
>
> Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Volumes 1 & 2
> The Night King Game of Thrones POP vinyl
> A Game of Thrones Stark bottle opener keychain
> And The Angry Beavers: The Complete Series DVD
>

What can I say except... YOU'RE WELCOME!!
SirConnery
I'll take "the penis mightier" for 400. GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#155)
Neko wrote:
> Lol, I haven't got nothing yet either.

Anything.

wink love
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#156)
@shadyfozzie you are far too good to me my man. Batting a thousand. Thanks again bud!
shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#157)
theJAwwww wrote:
> @shadyfozzie you are far too good to me my man. Batting a thousand. Thanks again
> bud!

Your welcome.. I was trying to find you a GOT snuggie, but I didn't like any of em.. I saw how much DarkLink got me and wanted to pay it forward.. I always like to go above and beyond with this stuff.. And I love making people happy.. so enjoy!
Tj96
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
26-Jul(#158)
Got my gift today, Lego City Undercover for Wii U. A nice surprise and a definite must play. Thanks Santa!
Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
Gold Global Trader (7)
27-Jul(#159)
Tj96 wrote:
> Got my gift today, Lego City Undercover for Wii U. A nice surprise and a definite
> must play. Thanks Santa!

wink


Jeff
DarkLink
{inverse}Come To The Dark Side{inverse} GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
27-Jul(#160)
Mark jeff off my Santa kill list........


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John
"If you need me, me and Neil will be hanging out with the Dream King." GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator
400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
27-Jul(#161)
More than half have received, so I uncovered the "Sent" column like usual. yes

- John...

Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas in July 2017!! Gifting Complete!