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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) Secret Santa
* 28-Nov(#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...

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300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
15-Dec(#241)
Received my gift.

Monster Hunter World for xb1 and a nice letter from Santa himself.

The letter had some great details about my year...nice digging.

Unfortunately, I have the game, but in the letter he said I could trade it.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
15-Dec(#242)
I got my final gift today, $10 PSN code!

Thank you so much Santa, I love all of my gifts! Now to check out the PSN holiday sale!

SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
15-Dec(#243)
Received my partners gifts today, will be shipping it out on Monday.
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
15-Dec(#244)
If my santa would like to reveal themselves I really would like to know who you are. You have excellent taste and I love you.

JD
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
15-Dec(#245)
I suggest trying Yakuza 0 first you'll love Majima and you'll love him more in 1 trust me on this


Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
15-Dec(#246)
JD wrote:
> I suggest trying Yakuza 0 first you'll love Majima and you'll love him more in 1
> trust me on this
>
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>
Yeah ir's the one I asked for due to your recomendation. I'm gonna finish up the story on Injustice 2 before I start it though.


JD
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
15-Dec(#247)
There's some hilarious side quests it's right up your alley you'll see some crazy crap


Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
15-Dec(#248)
Sounds like my kinda party.
Also it says on the box it has some arcade games you can play, curious to whats on it.

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
15-Dec(#249)
Tad wrote:
> Sounds like my kinda party.
> Also it says on the box it has some arcade games you can play, curious to whats on
> it.
>
>

http://yakuza.wikia.com/wiki/CLUB_SEGA
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
15-Dec(#250)

Bang bang sexy thang!
EB
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
16-Dec(#251)
Got my gift today, Golden Sun for the GBA! Thanks @Dsbaum454 for my gift!

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My systems: 2DS, XB1, Switch, NES Classic, gaming PC
MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
* 16-Dec(#252)
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Took my kid to see Santa... He made me sit on his lap because I had a beard.
SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
16-Dec(#253)
So now I'm confused. I received my Secret Santa gift today. This one feels like GameTZ more then the other. Used my username, drew a suggestive picture, etc. So now I need to sleuth and see who's who.

Thanks Santa for Art of God of War! grin
shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
16-Dec(#254)
Just ordered my stuff.. should be there by Wednesday!!
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
17-Dec(#255)
Got two of three incoming packages so far.

The Kung Fu for PCE and Sega Rally 2 for Dreamcast (Japanese copy as requested, so thank you for reading carefully Santa).
shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
17-Dec(#256)
shadyfozzie wrote:
> Just ordered my stuff.. should be there by Wednesday!
Y the negs
Commodorey
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
17-Dec(#257)
To my Secret Santa...YOU ARE AMAZING. This is literally the best Christmas package I've ever received! THANK YOU SO FREAKIN' MUCH. Couldn't believe it when I saw the Neo Geo Mini in there. Such a thoughtful and generous gift to go along with all the other amazing items! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Tj96
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 17-Dec(#258)
I was ready to thank Forgotten_Freshness, until I realized that he isn't participating. So thanks a lot @Gypsy ?!? And thanks @Forgotten_Freshness for shipping out! I appreciate the creative fake name (its Lomeo), and I am really looking forward to playing this!

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Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
17-Dec(#259)
Tj96 wrote:
> I was ready to thank Forgotten_Freshness, until I realized that he isn't participating.
> So thanks a lot @Gypsy ?!? And thanks @Forgotten_Freshness for shipping out! I appreciate
> the creative fake name (its Lomeo), and I am really looking forward to playing this!
>
> [imgt w=640 h=480]http://i66.tinypic.com/212982v.jpg[/imgt]

It's pretty friggin hard, have fun. :D
willyum
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
17-Dec(#260)
My Secret Santa went above and beyond! In addition to humorous update messages from Santa, he/she managed to obtain for me a copy of Meat Puppet, an old and obscure isometric shooter from 1997. I've had that game on my wanted list forever; never thought I'd be able to remove it! Thanks very much Secret Santa, whoever you are.

I feel like this needs to be memorialized as a trade....

MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
18-Dec(#261)
Woah! My Secret Santa did AWESOME! I was not expecting this ... Lots of fun and laugh! Oh, and snacks! I may have ate the the brownie and Christmas tree prior to pictures ... haha.

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Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#262)
There is only 1 user that uses Comic Sans as his default font on this site.
loztdogs
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Dec(#263)
What is that controller looking thing?

MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
18-Dec(#264)
loztdogs wrote:
> What is that controller looking thing?
>
>

It's a remote controller for a helicopter thing ... but there's no helicopter, just the remote!
SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#265)
Look inside the remote. (It's not me)
jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Dec(#266)
Zelda: A Link Between Worlds + the guide and Zelda oot 3d!

Thanks SS!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#267)
Yeah, I just Googled the Sharper Image DX-1 and it looks like the quad fits inside with the batteries. Look and see! Otherwise, it is hilarious to get a remote (and I see the charger too, I think!) and no quad! smile
MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
18-Dec(#268)
Ahhhh yah, there's stuff on the inside of the remote, derp!

Man, my SS is making me feel like I did a crap job. I spent more than I was supposed to, but I feel like I failed on the creativity part. This stuff was seriously awesome. Just taking the time to write up a few things put so much more feeling into it.

Very well done Secret Santa!
shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Dec(#269)
Got my secret Santa gift.. Rocket league for PS4.. I've always wanted to play this
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Dec(#270)
Cards Against Humanity! Oh yeah! Can't wait to play with my family.

Thanks SS!

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
18-Dec(#271)
willyum wrote:
> My Secret Santa went above and beyond! In addition to humorous update messages from
> Santa, he/she managed to obtain for me a copy of Meat Puppet, an old and obscure
> isometric shooter from 1997. I've had that game on my wanted list forever; never
> thought I'd be able to remove it! Thanks very much Secret Santa, whoever you are.
>
> I feel like this needs to be memorialized as a trade....
>
>

Your Santa has informed me that there is more on the way.

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago) Secret Santa
18-Dec(#272)
Today I learned Frank has telephone access to the North Pole.
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Dec(#273)
jdwooley14 wrote:
> Zelda: A Link Between Worlds + the guide and Zelda oot 3d!
>
> Thanks SS!
>
>

You are most welcome.


Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 18-Dec(#274)
@Ry4n2109 has more SS gifts on the way. I'm just a messenger.

Porksta
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
19-Dec(#275)
I received two items and think I am to expect a third (one of my gifts could possibly be two of the categories my SS gave me), so I am holding off posting what I got until Friday.

loztdogs
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
19-Dec(#276)
I received my SS gift today, woot!! I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised. I got a bunch of "the new 52" comics and judging by the covers these should be a fun read! Thanks a bunch @classicrock909 and Merry Christmas!!!

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classicrock909
450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
19-Dec(#277)
loztdogs wrote:
> I received my SS gift today, woot!! I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised. I got
> a bunch of "the new 52" comics and judging by the covers these should be a fun read!
> Thanks a bunch @classicrock909 and Merry Christmas!!!
>
> [imgt w=3622 h=2949]http://i.imgur.com/7G363Wj.jpg[/imgt]
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Sorry I wasn't all secret about it, I hope you enjoy them.
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
19-Dec(#278)
I love seeing people getting comics from the SS, one year I asked for Moon Knight comics and got almost 30 of them. I still have them all and have read them many times.

ClearSights
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
19-Dec(#279)
Got my gifts today, Madden and Need for Speed for the PS4 and a 17$ gift card to Lowe's! Ha

Thanks Santa!
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
20-Dec(#280)
bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
20-Dec(#281)
Received my gifts today, Playstation VR Worlds and EVE Valkyrie. Thanks SS!

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