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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...
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
22-Nov(#81)
@bill

bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
22-Nov(#82)
You rang? Oh, you want me to sign up? Sorry, I'm not good with this sort of thing. I'm very picky about stuff I might want and terrible at getting good gifts for others too. But, I think this is a great thing for the site and wish you all the best. Just not my cup of tea.
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
22-Nov(#83)
@Donlad_Stafford
@REED
@DaveSGE
@dragonlordfrodo
@Versace_Python
@POG

DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov(#84)
@sheesh get in here

six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#85)
John wrote:
> I didn't realize that sixcylinder and six were the same person at first. smile
>
Yeah idk why I did that old habits lol I'm sending the subtime right now
devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#86)
Mandatory santa hat check post

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(#87)
check

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#88)
bill wrote:
> You rang? Oh, you want me to sign up? Sorry, I'm not good with this sort of thing.
> I'm very picky about stuff I might want and terrible at getting good gifts for others
> too. But, I think this is a great thing for the site and wish you all the best.
> Just not my cup of tea.

Wishing us the best was a nice treat from you :)

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#89)
John wrote:
> DarkLink wrote:
>> No idea why my login user name turn from DarkLink to just Dark? haha
>>
>> but - Signed up and Bond sent!
>
> I fixed this -- your username is "darklink" now. yes
>

Thank you. I didn't want to bother you with that. Appreciate it
atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#90)
Check, check.

EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 22-Nov(#91)
Santa hat?

Edit: yep.
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
22-Nov(#92)
You guys know you can look at literally any post you have ever made, right?

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#93)
Where's the fun in that?? smile
EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#94)
That's a little more difficult on mobile, which is what I am currently using.

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
22-Nov(#95)
13 minutes left @wavyboiikiller!

six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#96)
Bond sent.
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#97)
I'm in! Bond sent.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov(#98)
@Karaiya @Killkernal this closes soon if you want in!

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#99)
Porksta wrote:
> 13 minutes left @wavyboiikiller!
>
>

I sent him sub time. He said he will pay me back. No worries.

Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
22-Nov(#100)
D'OH, thanks @John and @tonymack21. Signing up now!
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov(#101)
Crapty... I just sent shadyfonzie the subtime for his bond... Sorry, I should have sent the bond to you John.
shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#102)
It's ok Hybrid, I'll send to John..
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov(#103)
Ouch... I thought it was shadyfonzie... it's fozzie... Man.... I'm getting old and in need of grasses...
atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#104)
HybridCRoW wrote:
> Ouch... I thought it was shadyfonzie... it's fozzie... Man.... I'm getting old
> and in need of grasses...

Well your Secret Santa knows exactly what to get you now!

shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#105)
John, Thanks to Hybrid signed up and bond sent!!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#106)
HybridCRoW wrote:
> Ouch... I thought it was shadyfonzie... it's fozzie... Man.... I'm getting old
> and in need of grasses...

image
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov(#107)
atarumoroboshi18 wrote:
> Well your Secret Santa knows exactly what to get you now!
>
>

I am actually going to get an eye exam and a pair of glasses next year shortly after the health care plan kicks in. I opted in on the Vision insurance.
atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#108)
HybridCRoW wrote:
> atarumoroboshi18 wrote:
>> Well your Secret Santa knows exactly what to get you now!
>>
>>
>
> I am actually going to get an eye exam and a pair of glasses next year shortly after
> the health care plan kicks in. I opted in on the Vision insurance.

image

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#109)
45 people signed up??? That is awesome!!

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
22-Nov(#110)
HybridCRoW wrote:
> atarumoroboshi18 wrote:
>> Well your Secret Santa knows exactly what to get you now!
>>
>>
>
> I am actually going to get an eye exam and a pair of glasses next year shortly after
> the health care plan kicks in. I opted in on the Vision insurance.
LASIK baby! Check your insurance, it might cover some of the cost.

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#111)
Ok -- just closed signups and everyone that signed up sent their bond, so it looks like we're all set!

Give me a few minutes and then the emails should go out. Remember that it is not a 1:1 Santa -- so you will very likely get someone that doesn't get YOU, but gets someone else. A huge mix. yes
PvtParts
Double Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago)
22-Nov(#112)
just saw my tag. dannnng
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#113)
Partners assigned! Emails sent! Status image in first post updated to show send/received. yes
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#114)
PvtParts wrote:
> just saw my tag. dannnng

Sorry. frown I did start it an hour late to give people a bit more time...
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov(#115)
we don't need an even number?

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 22-Nov(#116)
tonymack21 wrote:
> we don't need an even number?

No -- because it isn't a 1:1.

So, User A could be the Santa for User B - who is the Santa for User C - who is the Santa for User A. Just as an example with odd numbers.
Foxhack
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
22-Nov(#117)
Thanks for the invite, I've got little spending money at the moment so I can't afford to be in a secret santa. Sorry. :(
Dsbaum454
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#118)
WOW! I already received my Secret Santa gift! It was a gift card to Nintendo eshop for $50. Thanks, Santa!

-Dave
DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#119)
Dsbaum454 wrote:
> WOW! I already received my Secret Santa gift! It was a gift card to Nintendo eshop
> for $50. Thanks, Santa!
>
> -Dave

already starting off with a bang!!!!

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
* 22-Nov(#120)
bang indeed. Items ordered and sent! secret santa 2017 aint playin!

you think this a game?? lol

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



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