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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-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...

bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#281)
Received my gifts today, Playstation VR Worlds and EVE Valkyrie. Thanks SS!

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (35 seconds ago) Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#282)
This was the most GTZ a gift message could ever be:


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Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#283)
Tad wrote:
> @Ry4n2109 has more SS gifts on the way. I'm just a messenger.
>
>

He sent too much >:(

Seriously... thank you so much whoever you are. That was extremely generous, especially for a complete stranger!

My fiance and I absolutely loved the Christmas props. She already took pictures of our poor puppy with them lol. I'm sure the family will love them too on Christmas Day. Thank youuuu!!

And you know I'm going to have a blast playing Ni No Kuni II. It's actually been a while since I've sat down and played an RPG. I literally couldn't believe it when I opened that package! Again, thank you so much!!

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#284)
Got the rest of my S.S. package the other day. Ultimate NES Remix for 3DS and The Duck Hunt / R.O.B. / Mr. Game and Watch amiibo 3 pack. Thanks!!

shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#285)
Ry4n2109 wrote:
> Tad wrote:
>> @Ry4n2109 has more SS gifts on the way. I'm just a messenger.
>>
>>
>
> He sent too much >:(
>
> Seriously... thank you so much whoever you are. That was extremely generous, especially
> for a complete stranger!
>
> My fiance and I absolutely loved the Christmas props. She already took pictures of
> our poor puppy with them lol. I'm sure the family will love them too on Christmas
> Day. Thank youuuu!!
>
> And you know I'm going to have a blast playing Ni No Kuni II. It's actually been
> a while since I've sat down and played an RPG. I literally couldn't believe it when
> I opened that package! Again, thank you so much!!
>
>
Your SS told me there is one more small thing coming tomorrow.
SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (35 seconds ago) Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#286)
SilverOwl
Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#287)
Is it usual for 10+ people to have not sent, just days before Christmas?
tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#288)
Was thinking same.. my giftee shows to have received a few days ago but they haven't posted and I haven't gotten any tracking from my Santa.

SilverOwl
Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#289)
tonymack21 wrote:
> Was thinking same.. my giftee shows to have received a few days ago but they haven't
> posted and I haven't gotten any tracking from my Santa.
>
>

Same for me. Haven't received a tracking or anything.
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#290)
SilverOwl wrote:
> Is it usual for 10+ people to have not sent, just days before Christmas?

It is fairly normal for some people to simply not mark "sent" or "received" after they have done such.
tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#291)
It's also the slowest time of year for shipping.

ClearSights
Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#292)
I sent mine out yesterday, had to personalize the wrapping. Hope it makes it before the 24th
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#293)
I totally just forgot to mark received on the site. Remedied that.
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
20-Dec-2018(#294)
All my gifts fiiiiiinally came in so I'm sending out tomorrow, should be there in a couple of days.

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#295)
That's my bad, I actually just checked and forgot to mark sent. Ilmy partner already received, yet I never marked sent. I fixed that now.

Hopefully that's the case for others as well. This year felt like Secret Santa Speed Run Mode this year!

Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#296)
Thank you so much Secret Santa I received a bunch of Fallout goodies that I will display with pride and send a picture of when I figure out how lol

I will send my gift out tomorrow, my apologies my father in law went in the hospital with pneumonia and now there are tests being done to see if he has lung cancer. It will be a hospital Christmas for the family. But hey one day at a time.
Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#297)
John wrote:
> Kevster wrote:
>> Signing up! Sending bond
>
> @Kevster
> Unless I missed it, I do not have a bond from you. Let me know. yes
>

Apologies bond is here now, father in law in hospital its been crazy
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#298)
yes
tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#299)
one box here, santa sent me an anonymous subtime message to wait for part two before opening it. its from japan, so excited for the other box to get here today! wanna see whats in it!

sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#300)
sharif wrote:
> All my gifts fiiiiiinally came in so I'm sending out tomorrow, should be there in
> a couple of days.
>
>

I think people misunderstood what I said here. All the gifts I ordered for my partner arrived yesterday, I like to package them up in one package with a note. I sent this morning.

whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#301)
I sent my partner a gift. I really wish I could have done more. He didn't have any wants though. frown

Jeffro
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#302)
Nevermind the neggers sharif, they're just bored.

@SirConnery you're SS informed me you have something else on the way, they're hoping it makes it before Christmas.
DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 5 Reviews
21-Dec-2018(#303)
sharif wrote:
> All my gifts fiiiiiinally came in so I'm sending out tomorrow, should be there in
> a couple of days.
>

Way to order multiple gifts and ship them within the deadline so they arrive before Christmas. What an butt-hole!

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (35 seconds ago) Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#304)
surprise
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#305)
I did some recon and found a very old post which may have helped me out by searching the word "favorite" and going into archived posts. I got you, jerk. Muahahahaha. Expect the second part of your gift shortly after Christmas (hopefully).

Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#306)
Guess who knows how to draw Pokemon?
<- This guy!

Thanks Santa! That's hilarious and of course, awesome. :)

Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
21-Dec-2018(#307)
My SS hasn't confirmed for me if I am to be expecting another package. Unfortunately I am going out of town tonight and won't be able to report back until late next week.

tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
* 21-Dec-2018(#308)
I am thou..thou art I.. from Japan.. holy crap.. santa.. I just don't even know what to say except.... Arigato!

Wake up get up get out there!!

The pics don't do it justice..the box is oozing with as much style as the figure and the game itself. This thing is sick! Also MGS 5 definitive edition which I took a shot of but for some reason didn't save I'll have to get another.

My daughter was like you're never opening that are you? lol

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Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Dec-2018(#309)
tonymack21 wrote:
> I am thou..thou art I.. from Japan.. holy crap.. santa.. I just don't even know
> what to say except.... Arigato!
>
> Wake up get up get out there!!
>
> The pics don't do it justice..the box is oozing with as much style as the figure
> and the game itself. This thing is sick! Also MGS 5 definitive edition which
> I took a shot of but for some reason didn't save I'll have to get another.
>
> My daughter was like you're never opening that are you? lol
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That's an awesome gift!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Dec-2018(#310)
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