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

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


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
27-Jul(#161)
More than half have received, so I uncovered the "Sent" column like usual. yes
Neko
GameTZ Subscriber BTRs
27-Jul(#162)
So only two haven't sent.
Archer
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
27-Jul(#163)
shady sent, he just didn't mark that he did. I assume the same thing for bjb also.
shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
27-Jul(#164)
just updated thanks for the reminder archer
BloodPuppetX
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
27-Jul(#165)
DarkLink wrote:
> Mark jeff off my Santa kill list........
>
>

Thanks for the subtime the other day, you evil bastard!


Heavyd814life
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
27-Jul(#166)
@Archer Dude! I cannot express just how thankful I am. I mean, look at all this! Any ONE of these gifts would have been awesome so thank you very much! And thank you for the note. I don't have any of these games yet so i'll definitely be trying them all out. I actually played a little of the Mass Effect Andromeda demo last night and enjoyed it so that's the first game i'll be trying out!

Blankets Graphic Novel
Bloodborne Card Game
Buster Bluth POP Vinyl
Conception II
Mass Effect Andromeda
Mind Zero
No Man's Sky
Puyo Puyo Tetris
Star Ocean 5
The Surge
Zenith

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Archer
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
27-Jul(#167)
You're welcome man. Let me know how that card game turns out. It sounds pretty cool. I also ended up buying Blankets for myself, lol.
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews This user is on the site NOW (53 seconds ago) Secret Santa
* 27-Jul(#168)
Wow nice haul. What a great Santa round!

Don't overlook zenith. I haven't gotten to play much but the humor is pretty funny. It's not the most polished but the laughter is real

longhornsk57
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 27-Jul(#169)
Still trying to figure out what the hell I'm looking at lol...



https://pasteboard.co/GCXo0gW.jpg (in case the pic doesn't show)
Heavyd814life
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
27-Jul(#170)
Archer wrote:
> You're welcome man. Let me know how that card game turns out. It sounds pretty cool.
> I also ended up buying Blankets for myself, lol.

Will do, man!

@tonymack21 Yeah, Zenith looks pretty cool. I like quite a few of the smaller budget European RPGs (Bound by Flame and Two Worlds) so I think I'll enjoy this one.

BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Jul(#171)
Yes I have sent. Forgot to mark!

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
28-Jul(#172)
I'm real curious who my SS was.

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
28-Jul(#173)
evil ME TOO evil

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
* 28-Jul(#174)
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Thanks Secret Santa! :D

Gonna play some Valkyria Chronicles tonight!

Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
28-Jul(#175)
I got two great Resident Evil figures! Thanks Secret Santa -- I don't collect these but I do appreciate you thinking outside the box and getting them for me. They look pretty cool and eventually I will take them out of the box and display them on my home office desk smile.

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Also, thank you for taking the time to write me a little note. I secretly cherish the personal interaction with the community during these events more than anything else. yes
Neko
GameTZ Subscriber BTRs
28-Jul(#176)
The Licker is cute as fudge.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Jul(#177)
Those are super cool looking. I don't collect them either but they sort of make me want to.

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
28-Jul(#178)
longhornsk57 wrote:
> Still trying to figure out what the hell I'm looking at lol...
>
> ...
>
> https://pasteboard.co/GCXo0gW.jpg (in case the pic doesn't show)

That's a famous Connery note. Limited edition.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
28-Jul(#179)
Got another gift from my SS today, quite the surprise. (stock photo)
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It means a lot because the poster is a bit unique, I love it because it's hilarious. I am actually meeting Bruce Campbell in a couple of weeks and reserved a ticket to get it signed. You better believe it's gonna get framed afterwards.

Thanks Santa! grin grin

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
28-Jul(#180)
That is awesome!

Neko
GameTZ Subscriber BTRs
29-Jul(#181)
Just got my SS gift.

It was a 20$ steam gift card.

Thanks SS!
som1special2
Quadruple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews
29-Jul(#182)
Thanks Secret Santa and John!!!
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
30-Jul(#183)
som1special2 wrote:
> Thanks Secret Santa and John!!!

You are welcome.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
30-Jul(#184)
Had a fantastic dinner at Texas Roadhouse last night. You all were right, I needed a wheel barrel for my gut afterwards. Neat experience, never been to a place like that. There were a lot of people clapping and dancing for 2 peoples' birthday party. My 3yr old loved it and joined in which was silly. Great experience yes TY again SS.

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 30-Jul(#185)
Well I guess its time to show my... gifts I got --

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2 Dvds - not sure why but hey. - ?
Secret Code book to the year 2007 (Systems like GBA,PSP,PS2,Xbox and Xbox 360) - ?
Zelda mini book (like a 10 page book)
and
The Perfect Guide book for the OoT game - which suppose to come with a poster it shows.. but no poster lol -

Sooo - Thanks SS? lol
Tj96
Triple Gold Good Trader
30-Jul(#186)
That old Zelda kids book is dope
DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
30-Jul(#187)
Tj96 wrote:
> That old Zelda kids book is dope

it is pretty neat.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
30-Jul(#188)
Ok, another package showed up today. Seriously, SS my husband is starting to think something is up. lol This is pretty cool though! It is heat activated and lights up with characters faces!
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Thank you again!

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 31-Jul(#189)
DarkLink wrote:
> Well I guess its time to show my... gifts I got --
>
> [imgt w=4032 h=3024]http://i.imgur.com/mNitwQh.jpg[/imgt]
> 2 Dvds - not sure why but hey. - ?
> Secret Code book to the year 2007 (Systems like GBA,PSP,PS2,Xbox and Xbox 360) -
> ?
> Zelda mini book (like a 10 page book)
> and
> The Perfect Guide book for the OoT game - which suppose to come with a poster it
> shows.. but no poster lol -
>
> Sooo - Thanks SS? lol
>


To the 3 that down voted me -
Prob because of what I wrote/said ..

I am sorry for that... Just waited all the way until few days to deadline just to open a pretty decent size box and saw this in it...(box was good size to fit a bunch of stuff in it)
I felt like it was just stuff they had around the house and waited until last min and box those items up.

I even say if you have trouble - any amazon giftcard would do the trick :) ..

So yes, When I posted that - I was just a little upset.. but its a SS and I enjoy doing it!

shadyfozzie wrote:
> Thanks Link.. if you want to make a trade out of it be my guest.. I hope your SS
> got you just what you wanted..

@shadyfozzie sorry for not writing back after that - I didnt want to bother you and set up a trade for it since we already traded before :) - glad you enjoy you gifts -
let me know how This Is The Police is


Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
1-Aug(#190)
I got a

10.00 Amazon Gift Card
Watchmen graphic novel
Beardos Name that beard game
Stormtrooper clock
Digital grilling fork
Digital cooking thermometer

Thanks SS!
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
2-Aug(#191)
Thanks everyone for another successful Secret Santa! secret santa

All bonds have been refunded and it looks like we are all set! Hope everyone had a good time! See you in December! yes
shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
2-Aug(#192)
Thanks again John!! Tonymack, I sent you your 10 weeks back.. thanks again for the loan
Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
2-Aug(#193)
Thanks for doing this John!
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews This user is on the site NOW (53 seconds ago) Secret Santa
2-Aug(#194)
shadyfozzie wrote:
> Thanks again John!! Tonymack, I sent you your 10 weeks back.. thanks again for the
> loan

Got it :)


Thanks as always john


Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (29 seconds ago)
2-Aug(#195)
Perfecto this time. Very nice.
Bostonitalian88
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (9 minutes ago) Secret Santa
2-Aug(#196)
Solid all around, everyone got such awesome stuff, thanks John !
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
2-Aug(#197)
Thanks for another John!
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
2-Aug(#198)
Thanks John! Looking forward to December! grin

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
9-Aug(#199)
I feel like poo for forgetting July secret Santa this year. I'll just have to double down in December!

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Sep(#200)
I wanted to share my signed Bruce Campbell poster for my July SS who purchased the poster. Was definitely an amazing experience.

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TY for reopening topic John.

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
19-Sep(#201)
Holy cow! That's sweet! yes

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