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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2017!! Partners Assigned!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 18-Nov(#1)
"I'm not doing 'Get Help'!" -Loki




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas 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 10 week subtime bond to John.
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 weeks for all participants) to encourage people to follow through on sending. 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 22nd at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Friday, December 22nd. 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 29th), 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 10 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 or received so far:


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...
DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#121)
I love spoiling people during SS :)



Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#122)
I just got part 1 of my gift, a 20 dollar PSN card! Super happy with that, now I can grab the Nathan Drake Collection while it's on sale. love

Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#123)
Update your lists kiddos.

The bar has been set.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#124)
Just ordered some stuff for my S.S. Gonna wait til it ships to me, gift wrap it then ship it to him.

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#125)
I grabbed the Nathan Drake collection and the Disney Afternoon collection. grin That'll keep me busy for a while.

six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#126)
I need to edit my list! I'm excited this time gonna try and go all out!
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
22-Nov(#127)
Tad wrote:
> I grabbed the Nathan Drake collection and the Disney Afternoon collection. grin That'll
> keep me busy for a while.
>
>

I could play this over and over and over again. Fantastic series and really remastered very well.

SirConnery
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#128)
I updated my want list. Previously I just had an Amazon wishlist listed.
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#129)
Ordered my partner's gifts! Online shopping, just to get it there asap! Going 2 be two separate shipments. Hope they like it!!
six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#130)
theJaw wrote:
> Ordered my partner's gifts! Online shopping, just to get it there asap! Going 2
> be two separate shipments. Hope they like it!!
Nice I just sent mine it was a IOU card.
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#131)
six wrote:
> theJaw wrote:
>> Ordered my partner's gifts! Online shopping, just to get it there asap! Going
> 2
>> be two separate shipments. Hope they like it!!
> Nice I just sent mine it was a IOU card.

I....I'm sure they'll... love it...
jgrant78
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Secret Santa
22-Nov(#132)
Headshot wrote:
> Update your lists kiddos.
>
> The bar has been set.

^^^This. First year I did the SS my partner forget to actually put anything in their wants until about a week and a half before the deadline.
Allsa0
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader Secret Santa
23-Nov(#133)
I updated my list from the website, and my wants in my bio, sorry for the delay.
atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
23-Nov(#134)
Sent, hope my partner enjoys it!

Ryan
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
23-Nov(#135)
Question-those who received digital items quickly - how did your secret Santa disguise themselves, or did they just PM you here with the code and out themselves right away? Just wondering
Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
23-Nov(#136)
jgrant78 wrote:
> Headshot wrote:
>> Update your lists kiddos.
>>
>> The bar has been set.
>
> ^^^This. First year I did the SS my partner forget to actually put anything in their
> wants until about a week and a half before the deadline.

Hoping to buy the gifts today or tomorrow...just need to know what I am looking for.

Might have to go by his wanted list on here.
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
23-Nov(#137)
I updated my SS list. Before it was pretty vague.
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
23-Nov(#138)
Thanks for consistently doing this @John, have a Happy Thanksgiving bud yes
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
23-Nov(#139)
Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Don't eat too much.
six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago) Secret Santa
23-Nov(#140)
SilverOwl wrote:
> Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Don't eat too much.
What's the point then!?
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 23-Nov(#141)
Ryan wrote:
> Question-those who received digital items quickly - how did your secret Santa disguise
> themselves, or did they just PM you here with the code and out themselves right away?
> Just wondering

If you want to send something digitally, just send that user a week of subtime anonymously, and then leave what you want in the comment section. That way they won't know who sent it.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
23-Nov(#142)
Nice, I got a week of subtime and Sonic Mania for switch (code) with promise of another gift to come. Thanks SS grin

loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago) Secret Santa
23-Nov(#143)
Ordered, once it "all" arrives I'll repackage and send it out. I think my person will be pleased.

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
23-Nov(#144)
Got some stuff ordered. Have to trek out on foot to acquire some other goodies, so hopefully I'll have my guy or gal's gifts out by next weekend!

BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
23-Nov(#145)
I'll update my wants tomorrow

ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
* 23-Nov(#146)
Too bad, I already bought your gift
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
23-Nov(#147)
SilverOwl wrote:
> If you want to send something digitally, just send that user a week of subtime anonymously,
> and then leave what you want in the comment section. That way they won't know who
> sent it.

This is a good way to do it. yes

You can also PM me with message or questions for your giftee and I can pass them along. yes
Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago) Secret Santa
24-Nov(#148)
Having first part of my gift sent to me, didnt like that I couldnt have gift options with amazon so going to combine it with something else then send it out/
willyum
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
* 24-Nov(#149)
Whew! Almost missed this...

Nevermind. I think I actually did miss this. Lol.

Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
24-Nov(#150)
Secret Santa Will have his gift on Monday.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
24-Nov(#151)
willyum wrote:
> Whew! Almost missed this...
>
> Nevermind. I think I actually did miss this. Lol.
>
>

Aww damn dude, I'm sorry you missed out. I'll try to send you a message during the July Secret Santa!
Allsa0
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader Secret Santa
* 25-Nov(#152)
Received my gift today! It was a $25.00 gift card to ebay so i could get some games I wanted because my SS didn't know much about retro games. On top of that I also received 2 months of subtime, which is really good because I was starting to run low.

Thanks a ton!

As for my gift I went to a local store and picked up part of it. Was hoping to get more, but I will just have to get the rest online, which I will probably be able to sit down and do tomorrow.

Thanks again!
jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
25-Nov(#153)
i got skyrim for the one, thanks ss!

EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
25-Nov(#154)
Got my Secret Santa gifts today! They have really made my day, they are the perfect gifts! Thanks @theJaw for these excellent presents! (Sorry for the crappy image, they are on my computer against my Mario Odyssey wallpaper!)



theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
* 25-Nov(#155)
You're welcome @EB, enjoy! You got one more thing coming to you. Nothing extravagant but keep your eyes peeled!
EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
25-Nov(#156)
I will, thanks!

Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 25-Nov(#157)
Received not one, but two gifts from my Secret Santa today! Three awesome games I've been looking forward to playing for quite a while:

image

I have a pretty good idea who my SS might be, but unfortunately, the note included from Amazon was halfway cut off. frown

Thanks so much, SS! You totally rule! yes
six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago) Secret Santa
25-Nov(#158)
Both wolfenstein are amazing games
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
25-Nov(#159)
Killkernal wrote:
> Received not one, but two gifts from my Secret Santa today! Three awesome games I've
> been looking forward to playing for quite a while:
>
> [imgt w=3264 h=2448]https://i.imgur.com/6qgp2Zw.jpg?1[/imgt]
>
> I have a pretty good idea who my SS might be, but unfortunately, the note included
> from Amazon was halfway cut off. frown
>
> Thanks so much, SS! You totally rule! yes
>

Sweet ! Sucks about the notes

BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
25-Nov(#160)
Busy weekend. Finally got around to updating my want list. yes

youllbejustfine
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada Secret Santa
26-Nov(#161)
Just sent off the gift for my SS partner. Hope you get it soon!

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