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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas in July 2018!! COMPLETED!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
* 4-Jul(#1)
"Dude, you're embarrassing me in front of the wizards." -Tony Stark




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas in July 2018! (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 Thursday, July 12th at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Tuesday, July 31st. 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, 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 signed up and bonded so far:


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
10-Jul(#41)
Not easily. I archive the old DBs each time around, so it would take some digging.

Easiest (but still a lot of work) would be for someone to just search the General forum for the threads and then look at the summary image in each and note down the participants.

jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
10-Jul(#42)
This is my 13th time I think, I've done this both times each year since I've joined

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
10-Jul(#43)
I've never missed one. So whatever that means.

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
10-Jul(#44)
What year does SS date back to?

jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 11-Jul(#45)
2000 or 2001 I think, Cygnus ran one in 2005 from what I see, but he wasn't the 1st

HybridCRoW
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
11-Jul(#46)
This is probably my 3rd or 4th one.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Jul(#47)
Ok I have missed some then. I only joined the site in 2001 and I don't remember anyone but Cygnus before John.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews
11-Jul(#49)
so way back in the before time they posted the partners, not exactly secret?

Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
11-Jul(#50)
Back in my day I knew who my "Secret" Santa was.
And I walked 10 miles in the snow to get em a present, barefoot.
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews
11-Jul(#51)
Boss wrote:
> Back in my day I knew who my "Secret" Santa was.
> And I walked 10 miles in the snow to get em a present, barefoot.

lmao

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
11-Jul(#52)
Wow didn't think it dated back that far. That's really cool though. Makes me even happier to have been a part of the festivities for as long as I have.

Anyone know when July Secret Santa first conceptualized?
Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
11-Jul(#53)
Frank wrote:
> Wow didn't think it dated back that far. That's really cool though. Makes me even
> happier to have been a part of the festivities for as long as I have.
>
> Anyone know when July Secret Santa first conceptualized?
>


4a on the list is the first July.
(b is Winter SS).
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
11-Jul(#54)
Wow, things definitely seem smoother now that John runs them!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
11-Jul(#55)
Somebody (I'd do it, but super busy today) should look at the last couple of Secret Santas and @mention everyone that did one recently that hasn't signed up for this one. We always get people that somehow missed it in the forums and they are disappointed they couldn't do it. yes

Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
11-Jul(#56)
Keep a running list in excel/google sheet of past signs usernames (tabs separating years) and it could be easily managed every year.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
11-Jul(#57)
@bluemetal04
@DarkLink
@DefaultGen
@Headshot
@Shadowrunner

Just to mention a few
Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
11-Jul(#58)
Signed up and bond sent. Thanks @Frank for letting me know.
bluemetal04
Silver Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Jul(#59)
Just signed up and sent the subs @John


Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
11-Jul(#60)
Shadowrunner wrote:
> Signed up and bond sent. Thanks @Frank for letting me know.

You got it bud yes
Tj96
Triple Gold Good Trader
11-Jul(#61)
Can someone sell me the 10 weeks bond?
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
* 11-Jul(#62)
Tj96 wrote:
> Can someone sell me the 10 weeks bond?

I'll loan it to you if you'd like? I literally just bough another year. If you're going to buy it, just buy it from here.
Tj96
Triple Gold Good Trader
* 11-Jul(#63)
I'm all set, thanks Frank. Bond sent, registered!
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews
* 11-Jul(#64)
@Killkernal @Karaiya @Guru you want in on this?


Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Jul(#65)
tonymack21 wrote:
> @Killkernal @Karaiya @Guru you want in on this?
>
>
>

D'OH. Thanks @tonymack21 ! I'll sign up shortly!
Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Jul(#66)
Signed up, bond sent. yes
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
12-Jul(#67)
@Tad you gonna do it??
longhornsk57
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Jul(#68)
Barely saw this thread just now. I'm signed up and bonded.
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
12-Jul(#69)
The @mentions are really making a difference! Thanks for doing that, guys! yes

longhornsk57
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Jul(#70)
John wrote:
> The @mentions are really making a difference! Thanks for doing that, guys! yes
>
Did you not get my bond?
DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
12-Jul(#71)
I won't be able to do it this summer :(.

I got two kids birthdays coming up (one wants it at Chuck E. Cheese's and other one wants it at skating park haha).

I'll be back for the Christmas one.

Thanks for @ me and remembering me on here @Frank

Have a good one guys!

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
12-Jul(#72)
No problem, glad to help!

Sorry we'll miss you Dark Link. Look forward to seeing you in December!

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Jul(#73)
Sign ups are closing soon. @longhornsk57 @Shadowrunner @steevekit @Tj96 @bluemetal04 @Killkernal @meganesman
might want to send in your bonds if you haven't already

jgrant78
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
12-Jul(#74)
Got in under gun it looks like. Thought about not doing it this time since we're going to be very busy the next two or three weeks, but wanted to keep my streak of participating alive.
longhornsk57
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Jul(#75)
sinnie wrote:
> Sign ups are closing soon. @longhornsk57 @Shadowrunner @steevekit @Tj96 @bluemetal04
> @Killkernal @meganesman
> might want to send in your bonds if you haven't already
>
>

I sent mine in last night, can you confirm?
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
12-Jul(#76)
I'll process bonds again soon -- just a bit behind.

Just had a client call with some dead accounting software, so it'll be a while before I can do the assignments. Might not be until later tonight -- just FYI!

Thanks, everyone -- sorry for the delay! yes

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
13-Jul(#77)
Bonds processed. Matches coming soon!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
13-Jul(#78)
Matches emailed! I am super busy and running out the door right now. Hopefully this all went right. Let me know if you have issues and I'll fix it as soon as I can! Thanks!

have fun, everyone! yes

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 13-Jul(#79)
yes

I got some changes in just in time. Almost forgot that I had some stuff listed that I bought in the last week. I put the rest of the list in a DO NOT BUY text file. dead face

Edit: I was happy to get someone this year with something on their list other than gift cards. Items have been ordered. cool smile
jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
13-Jul(#80)
Ordered my gifts aswell, hope they like the items I picked

sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
13-Jul(#81)
For whoever got me, I'm going to add my list today.

Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas in July 2018!! COMPLETED!