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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2018!! SANTAS ASSIGNED!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
* 28-Nov-2018(#1)
"I've got a good feeling about this." -Han Solo




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas 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 Monday, December 10th at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th. 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 95% of the bond). You should be sending me exactly 10 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...

ryanflucas
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
11-Dec-2018(#161)
sinnie wrote:
> I've only seen A Quiet Place. It was okay.



They're having more kids because they're sadistic and like feeding the beast!

MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
11-Dec-2018(#162)
I've sent, but can't yet update the site for status because I'm a dummy and don't remember my password.
ryanflucas
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
11-Dec-2018(#163)
Don't worry, I forgot my password two years in a row before we were even matched. I even use a password manager that didn't help because it didn't autodetect the site password.
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2018(#164)
Yeah, I check the box but the SS password is never saved...

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) 19 year anniversary at Game Trading Zone today!
11-Dec-2018(#165)
I just finished Get Out, I love everything about this movie. It has a random ass plot but it works so damn well. There's a lot of nods to the old grindhouse etc movies. Tomorrow night I'll watch A Quiet Place.

Jeffro
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
11-Dec-2018(#166)
I never received an email, but on the SS site it says who my partner is.


Get Out and A Quiet Place are both great.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
11-Dec-2018(#167)
Just got 17 weeks of subtime from my S.S and a message saying 2 more items are coming. Very excited!!

ryanflucas
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#168)
Porksta wrote:
> Yeah, I check the box but the SS password is never saved...
>

I use a paid app called Dashlane. 99 percent of the time it works great, auto generating strong passwords, changing passwords on the fly after security breaches and saving them across all my devices. The other 1 percent it flops since it can't autodetect password management on custom sites.
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
12-Dec-2018(#169)
My gifts appear to be in 2 parts. Once I have a tracking number for both, I'm updating my SS profile as sent.
MikeyWhoa
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#170)
I'm guessing my SS noticed I have a crippling fear of little people.

Well played. Thanks for the subtime and image of Mr. Dinklage.

Another noob question. Are we supposed to reveal ourselves at any time?
jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#171)
you dont have to, but some people have before

MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
12-Dec-2018(#172)
MikeyWhoa wrote:
> I'm guessing my SS noticed I have a crippling fear of little people.
>
> Well played. Thanks for the subtime and image of Mr. Dinklage.
>
> Another noob question. Are we supposed to reveal ourselves at any time?

Haha, interesting. I also received a week of subtime from Tyrion!
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
12-Dec-2018(#173)
MikeyWhoa wrote:
> I'm guessing my SS noticed I have a crippling fear of little people.
>
> Well played. Thanks for the subtime and image of Mr. Dinklage.

Same here! This looks like a Global Secret Santa person as opposed to your own SS. Someone is being awesome, as usual. smile yes

> Another noob question. Are we supposed to reveal ourselves at any time?

It's totally up to you. When it is all done, people often do reveal themselves, but it is optional.
Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago)
12-Dec-2018(#174)
I got a couple weeks Subtime from my SS with something else on the way ! Very excited , thanks SS!
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#175)
MikeyWhoa wrote:
> Another noob question. Are we supposed to reveal ourselves at any time?

I only do it if my partner asks me to.

Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#176)
whitefire wrote:
> MikeyWhoa wrote:
>> Another noob question. Are we supposed to reveal ourselves at any time?
>
> I only do it if my partner asks me to.
>
>
That's the rule I follow at the clubs.

SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#177)
Okay, so I ordered some stuff. I'm getting them shipped to me and then I will ship it in one package to my SS. I just hope it gets to my partner before Christmas.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 12-Dec-2018(#178)
I have received 1 week of subtime and these delightful memes.

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Also.... ELF!


Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) 19 year anniversary at Game Trading Zone today!
12-Dec-2018(#179)
lol I got the subtime too.
Thanks to whoever sent it! Loved the pics.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#180)
I was starting to wonder if it was all of us getting it. In any event, TY for someone. That's a lot of weeks. Very generous.

Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
12-Dec-2018(#181)
Got a subtime drop as well. Thanks!
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#182)
sinnie wrote:
> I have received 1 week of subtime and these delightful memes.
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgflip.com/2osmc1.jpg 620 465{imgt}
> {imgt}https://i.imgflip.com/2osmfe.jpg 620 465{imgt}
> 200 226{imgt}
>
> Also.... ELF!
>
>
>

Lmao, I got the same thing. Merry Christmas ya filthy animals!
Thanks to whoever is sending this
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#183)
I did as well. Lol! Thank you for the week yes

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#184)
I too got a week of subtime. Thanks to whoever sent it.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews
12-Dec-2018(#185)
I am also a filthy animal.. thanks mystery subtime santa

EB
Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#186)
Me too. Thank you for the wonderful memes mystery SS.

Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago)
12-Dec-2018(#187)
Same, very generous ! Thank you!
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#188)
You guys are all welcome.

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#189)
Got my partner's gift all packed up and shipped out. Hope he likes it.

ryanflucas
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#190)
I think the Lone Subtime Ranger returned!
Dasgessabel
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#191)
The Subtime Ranger strikes again. I think I love him/her/it/they/preferred pronoun. yes
bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#192)
My partner has been a naughty boy for not updating their wants. If he doesn't do it soon, he will get a gift that is worse than coal...a toysrus gift card.

http://gametz.com/General/annual-gtz-royal-rumble-...
Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
12-Dec-2018(#193)
SirConnery wrote:
> I think the Lone Subtime Ranger returned!

There's at least three of us... I mean... them... that I know of.

I don't know who this one is though raspberry
ryanflucas
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#194)
I came home to a package today: Black Magick Vol.1 graphic novel and Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter for PS4. Thanks Secret Santa!! grin

P.s.: I only have a first name on the gift message so if you're my SS on here and think "wait that's not me?" tell John to mention to me. I'm in 3 SS's this year.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
12-Dec-2018(#195)
Bit late but I got the subtime with the memes too, thank you!

Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
12-Dec-2018(#196)
Hm, now who among us has enough subtime to give 7 weeks to every user...?

Jeffro
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
12-Dec-2018(#197)
Wow, quick SS!

Thanks @EB for the Bloodborne card game and controller adapter! I very much appreciate it! I'm going to re-use the sackaging for another gift exchange! Love it!

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Oh and thanks for the week of subtime gift whoever!

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) 19 year anniversary at Game Trading Zone today!
12-Dec-2018(#198)
Nice. I didn't know Bloodbourne had a card game/

EB
Gold Good Trader
12-Dec-2018(#199)
@Jeffro Glad you like it! I hoped you did not have the card game especially. Glad you can use the wrap too, thought wrapping would be more fun too. Happy holidays!


Jeffro
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
12-Dec-2018(#200)
Happy Holidays right back atcha! Those wrapping sacks are actually really good quality, definitely going to be using them both, so you made my gifting this year easier as well, lol.
Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (7 minutes ago)
12-Dec-2018(#201)
Got my SS gift today - a new copy of mutant football league on the PS4! I literally just put this on my wanted list within the last few days, man did my SS act fast haha . Thanks SS, really appreciate it, you did awesome ! If you wanna pend a trade shoot me an offer, no pressure though ! :)

Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2018!! SANTAS ASSIGNED!