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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...
BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
5-Dec(#241)
It's pretty impossible to top.
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
* 5-Dec(#242)
Hell yah that wrestling lot is badass. Nice haul! yes
cliffsteele
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
5-Dec(#243)
Guys! I got my presents from my secret santa last night and they are incredible!

All nicely wrapped, what could they be??
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A Vaultboy Glass! Much whiskey will be consumed out of this!
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A Power Armor Pop Keychain! I don't have any keychains right now, I'm definitely making an exception for this one!
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Sine Mora EX for Switch! I've been wanting a shoot'em up!
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A Normandy model from Mass Effect! I have a couple of these from different franchises and this one will fit right in!
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And the cream of the crop, a Google AIY Voice Kit for Raspberry Pi!
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Thanks so much santa, I'd really like to know who you are! This is truly an amazing set of gifts!
DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
5-Dec(#244)
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Thank you SS - I love each of my Zelda items! I didnt have any of these 3 = so you just help my collection look even more amazing!

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
5-Dec(#245)
DarkLink wrote:
> [imgt w=3024 h=4032]https://i.imgur.com/QOvvO6c.jpg[/imgt]
>
> Thank you SS - I love each of my Zelda items! I didnt have any of these 3 = so
> you just help my collection look even more amazing!
>
>

That letter opener looks really nice!

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
5-Dec(#246)
Frank wrote:
> DarkLink wrote:
>> [imgt w=3024 h=4032]https://i.imgur.com/QOvvO6c.jpg[/imgt]
>>
>> Thank you SS - I love each of my Zelda items! I didnt have any of these 3 =
> so
>> you just help my collection look even more amazing!
>>
>>
>
> That letter opener looks really nice!
>
>

I like them all.. but some reason - playing games and having a computer technology degree - I take notes..and I really like the zelda theme journal - writing on like brown paper - just really cool
SirConnery
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
6-Dec(#247)
I'm in Reddit Secret Santa. I received Law and Order LA DVD (skeet ulrich), a harness and coat for my weenie.*

*My chiweenie dog. What were you thinking?
DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
6-Dec(#248)
I'm still waiting for my gift and backup gift from last year on Reddit. Any day now.

SirConnery
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
6-Dec(#249)
I was totally expecting this would be the year I'd get screwed. I did a rematch last year so I had enough credit this year to be in the premium elves matching thingy. I might sign up to be a rematcher this year too.
SirConnery
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
6-Dec(#250)
I tend to think maybe this year I'll skip it, but then figure it's a $20ish gamble to see if I get matched with Martha Stewart, Moby, Bill Gates, or Puff Daddy. Anything I get in return is cool though.
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
6-Dec(#251)
I did the Reddit SS twice. Never got any thanks even though I tried to do a ton of research for their gifts. And once received something where the person clearly didn't do a bit of research from their end. So, I stopped doing it.

It's just more fun with people you at least "kinda know" from here. yes
Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
6-Dec(#252)
It's been a fantastic SS so far. A lot of really thoughtful gifts this year! yes
bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
* 6-Dec(#253)
Got my gift in today. Hard to believe Batman Returns is the worst SNES game Santa he played, ah well. Thanks Dashanta, I mean Dashey, I mean Santa :P. Oh yeah he wanted to me to tag @Scott

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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
6-Dec(#254)
lol. I kinda fudgeed up tbh. For some reason, I thought Batman Returns and Batman Begins were the same things so that's why I wanted Scott to be tagged. I believe it was @Tad 's idea to give you a hot wheel since you were talked about you wanting your S.S. to give you a car.

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
6-Dec(#255)
It's obviously the worst snes game cause it's missing YOU WANNA GET NUTS!? Scene !
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
6-Dec(#256)
Dashey wrote:
> lol. I kinda fudgeed up tbh. For some reason, I thought Batman Returns and Batman
> Begins were the same things so that's why I wanted Scott to be tagged. I believe
> it was @Tad 's idea to give you a hot wheel since you were talked about you wanting
> your S.S. to give you a car.
>
>
Batman begins is a ps2 game lol not snes
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
6-Dec(#257)
six wrote:
> Dashey wrote:
>> lol. I kinda fudgeed up tbh. For some reason, I thought Batman Returns and Batman
>> Begins were the same things so that's why I wanted Scott to be tagged. I believe
>> it was @Tad 's idea to give you a hot wheel since you were talked about you wanting
>> your S.S. to give you a car.
>>
>>
> Batman begins is a ps2 game lol not snes

What I mean is, is that I thought Scott's favorite movie was Batman Returns not Begins lol


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
6-Dec(#258)
Oh lol the Batman begins meme
Porksta
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago) Secret Santa
6-Dec(#259)
I guess I should probably go shopping this weekend.

bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
6-Dec(#260)
six wrote:
> It's obviously the worst snes game cause it's missing YOU WANNA GET NUTS!? Scene
> !
That wasn't Batman Returns lol
Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
6-Dec(#261)
My Secret Santa nailed it.

I put on my list - any switch games on sale for Black Friday - and I received Lego Ninjago - Once of the few I couldnt find on sale that day!

I put on my list - anything minecraft or pokemon - because my son is obsessed - Received a minecraft pack that my son went crazy over - DIAMOND armor!

I believe I know the name - so I sent the user a message to confirm!

Thanks again for another successful SS.


He also wrapped the gifts - much better than what I did - because mine shipped from Amazon.
ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
6-Dec(#262)
😉
Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
6-Dec(#263)
ClearSights wrote:
> 😉

thanks bro - the son loves the figure.

Gonna try the new switch game soon.
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
6-Dec(#264)
For once Clearsights isn't a dick. I'm not buyin it.

Bostonitalian88
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
7-Dec(#265)
Haven't received yet which is totally cool, my mail person can be a little sketch though so if my SS knows I should've received let John know so he can tell me do I can follow up with the PO. Solid year so far guys!!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
7-Dec(#266)
Hope my person received okay. They've logged in but haven't commented on the gifts. They've had them a few days now. wry smile

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
7-Dec(#267)
ya super solid year, excited to get mine, its only 12/7 so there is time

ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
7-Dec(#268)
Tad wrote:
> For once Clearsights isn't a dick. I'm not buyin it.
>
>

Tis the season of giving
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
7-Dec(#269)
My person should have their stuff by Monday
devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
7-Dec(#271)
I recieved mine a few days ago and forgot to post.. but I'm not the one frank mentioned I know mine was from someone else

I got halo 5 xbox one and bulletstorm full clip edition. . I had Halo before but sold it before playing, so now I can try it out. I've never heard of bulletstorm but it looks fun
Thanks santa

atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
7-Dec(#272)
Oh very cool! I put on my wishlist for 3DS games and also put "Surprise me". My Secret Santa got me Monster Hunter Stories for the 3DS! Looks pretty fun, I'm going to dive into it tomorrow!


HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
7-Dec(#273)
devans77 wrote:
> I recieved mine a few days ago and forgot to post.. but I'm not the one frank mentioned
> I know mine was from someone else
>
> I got halo 5 xbox one and bulletstorm full clip edition. . I had Halo before but
> sold it before playing, so now I can try it out. I've never heard of bulletstorm
> but it looks fun
> Thanks santa
>
>

I have the original PC release of BulletStorm. I really enjoyed it! I'm curious what all is different with the Full Clip Edition besides graphics update.
Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
* 8-Dec(#274)
It has DLC that replaces your character with a crapty voiced version of Duke Nukem.
SirConnery
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
8-Dec(#275)
Foxhack wrote:
> It has DLC that replaces your character with a crapty voiced version of Duke Nukem.

So 5 hours of "shake it baby" and "uhhh yeah come get some" quotes? grin
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
8-Dec(#276)
Processed all bond refunds for those Santas whose partner has received. yes
jgrant78
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Secret Santa
8-Dec(#277)
After getting a $10 Xbox Live card and some sublime a few days ago, I got the rest of my gift today: Resident Evil Biohazard. Thanks SS
DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
* 8-Dec(#278)
I got my loot today grin Nintendo Switch Cave Story+ and a super duper nice copy of Sega Genesis Heavy Nova (it's on my want list!). Seriously, @ErickRPG would be proud of this game's condition. According to the worldly Mark Bussler, Heavy Nova is "quite possibly the worst video game I have played in my entire life" so I needed to get that . Also good timing on Cave Story+ because I was thinking about getting it today with that Best Buy certificate from the Mario Odyssey preorder. Thanks SS!

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Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
8-Dec(#279)
Damn that Heavy Nova is in beautiful shape.

DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
8-Dec(#280)
Looks untouched inside tooo

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tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
8-Dec(#281)
I knew there was something cool about this Kevster guy...green lantern is awesome after all. Two great items right off my wanted list and these are two that have been eluding me... Perfect!!

Thanks Kevster may your Christmas be funky fresh as well!!

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