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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...
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
* 29-Nov(#201)
Have half of my stuff together. Once I receive the other half I'll be ready to ship!

I really don't want to have to send two packages, but if the other stuff doesn't get here by Friday, I probably will. I just want them to at least get part of it soon.

Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
29-Nov(#202)
I got my gifts today.

Rayman Legends
Driveclub
Cat Quest

All for the PlayStation 4 SS you ROCK!! Gift receipt inside only says Wakka Wakka Wakka!!! But whoever you are thanks again!!
CRAZY93NiS
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Secret Santa
29-Nov(#203)
I got my gift, it was a $25 gamestop gift card. Thank you ss, i can pick up some of the games I wanted

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
29-Nov(#204)
Shadowrunner wrote:
> I got my gifts today.
>
> Rayman Legends
> Driveclub
> Cat Quest
>
> All for the PlayStation 4 SS you ROCK!! Gift receipt inside only says Wakka Wakka Wakka!!!
> But whoever you are thanks again!!

Clearly Pac-Man was your Secret Santa.

Those are some solid gifts. I love both Legends and Origins! Gotta go back and play through Legends to completion.
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
29-Nov(#205)
My sister actually likes Cat Quest. Tell me whatcha think about it.

SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 29-Nov(#206)
Shadowrunner wrote:
> I got my gifts today.
>
> Rayman Legends
> Driveclub
> Cat Quest
>
> All for the PlayStation 4 SS you ROCK!! Gift receipt inside only says Wakka Wakka Wakka!!!
> But whoever you are thanks again!!


Isn't there a character from Jim Hanson that says wakka wakka wakka :)
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago) Secret Santa
29-Nov(#207)
theJaw wrote:
> HybridCRoW wrote:
>> Ouch... I thought it was shadyfonzie... it's fozzie... Man.... I'm getting old
>> and in need of grasses...
>
> 236 271{imgt}
Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
29-Nov(#208)
Not Pac-Man but owl thanks!! Thanks @shadyfozzie
Allsa0
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader Secret Santa
* 29-Nov(#209)
Finally got paid and ordered the rest of my SS gift today. The latest anything will get here is a week from tomorrow, but it will all be on its way soon!

Edit: I kept shopping online and found some more thing for them. Paid for speedy shipping so it should get here by the same time as the other gifts for them.
willyum
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
29-Nov(#210)
John, thank you for working your magic and getting myself and a few other users added! Much, much appreciated! yes yes yes yes

shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
29-Nov(#211)
Shadowrunner wrote:
> Not Pac-Man but owl thanks!! Thanks @shadyfozzie
Your welcome.. Enjoy!!
bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
* 30-Nov(#212)
So the gift I purchased for my partner was sent a long time ago, but it may take a week or two from today for it to arrive, due to the distance of the partner, let's just leave it at that.
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 30-Nov(#213)
It's all good, everyone -- LOTS of time left. No need to rush things. I start it early because people want to be able to buy for Black Friday -- but then that forces a bunch of people to be done even before the end of November!

So, really, no rush -- I kinda like it when people get them close to Christmas anyhow. yes
youllbejustfine
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada Secret Santa
30-Nov(#214)
Way up here, the Posties are just brushing off their reindeer for the Christmas delivery rush.
SirConnery
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
30-Nov(#215)
Crash Bandicoot NSane Trilogy PS4! I know what I'm playing this weekend! Thanks Secret Santa! grin
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
30-Nov(#216)
With everything in hand, I will ship tomorrow!

emoryarts
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
1-Dec(#217)
emoryarts wrote:
> Gift received: Watch Dogs 2 & Dues Ex: Mankind Divided for Xbox One. Thanks very
> much, SS!

Thought I had gotten everything... but then I got the official Watchdogs 2 guide in the mail. Thanks so much, SS! ( @SirConnery )
youllbejustfine
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada Secret Santa
1-Dec(#218)
Just a reminder that everyone who has already received, to mark it off on the SS site!
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
1-Dec(#219)
Everything ordered just waiting on the items to arrive and I will mail them out smile
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
1-Dec(#220)
Copying this from the retro thread as they too have a santa going on and i thought it was sent through that one.

So, its been a weird year for me for alot of reasons health issues and such so it was such a blessing when I received this beautifully wrapped item (which i cant seem to post the pictures)

Inside was a SNES Classic!!! I started to cry! Thank you Christmas Hero!

The funny thing is i completed a trade for one about a month ago so now I have 2!

I would love to trade my old one and keep the new one smiley:::smile perhaps for some nes or SNES games if possible and fine with my SS smiley:::smile
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
1-Dec(#221)
Kevster wrote:
> Copying this from the retro thread as they too have a santa going on and i thought
> it was sent through that one.
>
> So, its been a weird year for me for alot of reasons health issues and such so it
> was such a blessing when I received this beautifully wrapped item (which i cant seem
> to post the pictures)
>
> Inside was a SNES Classic!!! I started to cry! Thank you Christmas Hero!
>
> The funny thing is i completed a trade for one about a month ago so now I have 2!
>
> I would love to trade my old one and keep the new one smiley:::smile perhaps for
> some nes or SNES games if possible and fine with my SS smiley:::smile

Wow, your Santa's a Saint raspberry
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
1-Dec(#222)
Shipped! Can't wait for my partner to receive.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
1-Dec(#223)
Kevster wrote:
> Copying this from the retro thread as they too have a santa going on and i thought
> it was sent through that one.
>
> So, its been a weird year for me for alot of reasons health issues and such so it
> was such a blessing when I received this beautifully wrapped item (which i cant seem
> to post the pictures)
>
> Inside was a SNES Classic!!! I started to cry! Thank you Christmas Hero!
>
> The funny thing is i completed a trade for one about a month ago so now I have 2!
>
> I would love to trade my old one and keep the new one smiley:::smile perhaps for
> some nes or SNES games if possible and fine with my SS smiley:::smile

Wow. We got some amazingly good and generous people here that's for sure. Happy you got something so nice at the end of a rough year.

EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
1-Dec(#224)
@theJaw I came home to my last gift, a beautiful Super Mario World poster! Already got it pinned to my wall! Thanks for the wonderful gifts! I am not really able to take a picture right now, but the poster itself is in the spoiler tag.

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
1-Dec(#225)
Finally got the final gift and the package is on it's way. I hope you enjoy the wrapped gifts and card! grin

HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
1-Dec(#226)
Oops... forgot about the site. I just marked received. Sorry!
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
1-Dec(#227)
Just dropped off my end. I think my partner get a good kick out of it.

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago) Secret Santa
2-Dec(#228)
@EB enjoy the wall decoration my friend! Made myself a little jealous sending that to you haha. SMW is life. yes
Jerry
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
2-Dec(#229)
Packaged up and was able to ship before they closed today!
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
2-Dec(#230)
I got the last part of my gift today, Aladdin for Genesis! Been wanting to get that again for while. He also sent me a 2 dollar bill and some coin thing, I'm gonna have to ask him what the coin is, it's cool looking.
Thanks a ton @CRAZY93NiS !

CRAZY93NiS
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Secret Santa
2-Dec(#231)
It's a Chinese lucky coin

Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
2-Dec(#232)
Came home to an amazing surprise today. I received a package with two items and a card. The items included a package of yummy butter cookies and a homemade Misletoe candle.

You definitely went above and beyond! Thank you so much for your thoughtful gifts :) My gf and I are going to enjoy both the candle, cookies and new backpack I purchased with the Gift card grin

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DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
3-Dec(#233)
I got my gift a few days ago but been so busy to post about it..

I will post picture tonight!

Thank you SS by the way

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
4-Dec(#234)
I have sent today
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago) Secret Santa
* 4-Dec(#235)
@Jerry maan, this is too much. Still a little at a loss for words to be completely honest here.

Got a few assorted candies (Lindor bay-beee), a nice little Santa card, and then all wrapped up neatly under them was the Marvel Darth Vader Omnibus. An Omnibus alone is a treat for us dudes who can't get enough of oversized hardcovers, but an Omnibus of Star Wars comics is a Holy Grail for this guy. Honestly, this is a family-caliber gift - and even then I wouldn't expect something this badass haha. Thanks a lot man, this is exactly my sort of thing and you went waay way way above and beyond. Merry Christmas sir!

And I think I say this every Secret Santa - but once again I'm shown that, despite some rough spots throughout the year, the GTZ community is made up of some of the most classy and generous bunch of folks this side of the internet. Thanks again @Jerry and another to @John for organizing these, looking forward to July!

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youllbejustfine
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada Secret Santa
* 4-Dec(#236)
I just received my gift: Starfox Zero for Wii U - thanks Secret Santa!

I almost bought this for myself the other day- glad I didn't, because this is a really nice surprise! Very excited to give this game a try and see what all the hub-bub was about! Thanks so much!

Do a barrel roll!
Jerry
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
4-Dec(#237)
@theJaw I'm happy you like it! I'm a huge Star Wars fan and an even bigger Darth Vader fan. When I saw Star Wars on your list, I had to go with something great. I'm just happy that you will enjoy it. Merry Christmas!!!
BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
4-Dec(#238)
My Secret Santa is the best Secret Santa!

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Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
4-Dec(#239)
@bill Please double all plusses on the post above this.

DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
5-Dec(#240)
I just sent smile

Damn wrestling stuff and Home Alone 2 yes

BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
5-Dec(#241)
It's pretty impossible to top.

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