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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2017!! COMPLETE!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 18-Nov-2017(#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...
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
8-Dec-2017(#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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Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
8-Dec-2017(#282)
Always my new friend! I had also the ark the lad strategy guide but it came to me damaged so i didnt want to send you that smile
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
9-Dec-2017(#283)
Kevster wrote:
> Always my new friend! I had also the ark the lad strategy guide but it came to me
> damaged so i didnt want to send you that smile
>

That's cool :). I'd probably be interested in working something out for it on it's own deal lol

HybridCRoW
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
9-Dec-2017(#284)
Unfortunately, bad weather kept me from my plans tonight after work. I don't like driving at night in bad weather for obvious reasons, so I'll be going to do my plans tomorrow during the day.
Puppyburger
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 11-Dec-2017(#285)
Wow I have to say my Secret Santa went above and beyond!

Was away for a couple of days but got in last night and seen I had two packages from Amazon which is usually
normal but I haven't been buying much lately so to my surprise they were from my SS.

My secret Santa must be a reader as he or she actually got me a freakin Hyrule Hystoria, Rick & Morty Volume 1 & Batman The Killing Joke, which I thought was kinda odd because I actually didn't mention anything Batman HOWEVER, that's actually my favorite comic book hero/billionaire and I'm actually obsessed with all things Batman lol and it's actually hardback.

You're Awesome Secret Santa! And I even received a 3DS XL Backup Battery which is pretty awesome in its own lol

Best Secret Santa Yet! I don't even know if I'll get that many gifts from the family lol!

Thank You!!!!!~!~!~!~!

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six
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2017(#286)
The killing joke is a fantastic read.
Puppyburger
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 11-Dec-2017(#287)
Yeah I'm super excited!! I think they just released a movie off that book I think?
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
11-Dec-2017(#288)
Yah they did but there's a whole unnecessary subplot added to it and it comes off real forced. Stick to the book haha yes
EB
Gold Good Trader
11-Dec-2017(#289)
Puppyburger wrote:
> Yeah I'm super excited!! I think they just released a movie off that book I think?
>

They did about a year ago. Many said it was not nearly as good as the comic.
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
11-Dec-2017(#290)
one of the few dc animated features of the last few years that hasn't been pretty great sadly

six
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2017(#291)
theJaw wrote:
> Yah they did but there's a whole unnecessary subplot added to it and it comes off
> real forced. Stick to the book haha yes
Just skip the first half, once the real plot in it's pretty good from what I remember.
Speaking of comics I think it's time to re open the thread !
Porksta
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2017(#292)
Got mine ready to go, just need to pay for shipping.

Porksta
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2017(#293)
I sent, not sure if there is something on the site I need to mark or not.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
11-Dec-2017(#294)
Porksta wrote:
> I sent, not sure if there is something on the site I need to mark or not.
>
>

There's a box to check under modify account to put that you sent. Also space for a tracking #

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
11-Dec-2017(#295)
Came home today to round two from my Secret Santa. Sealed copies of The Evil Within 2 and Watchdogs 2 for PS4. Earlier I had gotten a Sonic game code for the switch and a week of subtime with the code. The sonic code is for my husband actually, so I printed it and put it in his stocking. I cannot wait to fire up both of these games and hope I have time in the coming weeks as work slows down. Thank you very much SS! I have been wanting to play them for a while! smile

HybridCRoW
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
11-Dec-2017(#296)
I have mine ready to go. I'm going to the Post Office 1st thing before work in the morning.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
12-Dec-2017(#297)
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Got my end :D

Since the present is wrapped, I have decided to wait and open it on Christmas instead.

Tad
Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
(frozen)
12-Dec-2017(#298)
Is that Yoshi paper?

HybridCRoW
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
12-Dec-2017(#299)
Oh my SS is gonna get a kick out of their gift then. LOL
Allsa0
GameTZ Subscriber
12-Dec-2017(#300)
My package is on its way!
DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
13-Dec-2017(#301)
sinnie wrote:
> Came home today to round two from my Secret Santa. Sealed copies of The Evil Within
> 2 and Watchdogs 2 for PS4. Earlier I had gotten a Sonic game code for the switch
> and a week of subtime with the code. The sonic code is for my husband actually, so
> I printed it and put it in his stocking. I cannot wait to fire up both of these games
> and hope I have time in the coming weeks as work slows down. Thank you very much
> SS! I have been wanting to play them for a while! smile
>
>


...................I dont always have a "dark" side :)

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Dec-2017(#302)
Aww... thank you DarkLink! grin

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
13-Dec-2017(#303)
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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2017!! COMPLETE!