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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...

tonymack21
GameTZ Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
30-Nov-2018(#41)
John wrote:
> There is a "Retro" one going on in the community, but I think signups have already
> passed.
>

retro santa has indeed passed.

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
30-Nov-2018(#42)
Reddit's already began earlier this week. I'm currently picking gifts for a woman who likes kayaking and making balloon animals.
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
1-Dec-2018(#43)
Luckily I caught this when I did. I wanted to jump on the Secret Santa boat again!!

I've also got one for work to do.

Signed up and bond sent!!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
2-Dec-2018(#44)
Dang, wished I had known about the retro one also. Oh well, guess there's always next year.

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
2-Dec-2018(#45)
Processed all bonds to date -- which included everyone that has signed up so far! yes You should have your secret santa hat too! yes

Tell your friends! yes
willyum
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (17) Secret Santa
2-Dec-2018(#46)
Looking forward to this...

MikeyWhoa
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
3-Dec-2018(#47)
Almost 20 years here, and haven't done this yet. Better late than never.

Signed up, and bond sent!

Now I have to update my list for the first time in too long.
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
3-Dec-2018(#48)
Signed up and bond sent! If I get someone who has a Switch, they will be very happy. grin

marcfratt
Secret Santa
5-Dec-2018(#49)
Can i send a bond without being a subscriber
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
6-Dec-2018(#50)
marcfratt wrote:
> Can i send a bond without being a subscriber

No. Unless someone is willing to cover your bond for you, you will have to become a subscriber and have enough subtime to cover your bond.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
6-Dec-2018(#51)
Only 34 people? Get on this people. You got til the 10th!

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
6-Dec-2018(#52)
I'm trying to hold out for gifts arriving for some other ss (including the other one here) because I don't want to end up with something twice. Looks like it might not be possible to wait it out but I will sign up by the 10th for sure.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
6-Dec-2018(#53)
@Gypsy you may be better off to just sign up and leave your wants section blank. Or at the very least leave a note. I've had to do that in the past and my SS never seemed to have an issue with it.

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
6-Dec-2018(#54)
Good point, signed up and bond sent.
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
6-Dec-2018(#55)
I don't have time to do it right now, but if someone wants to be awesome, then look through this list of people that did it in 2017...

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...and then @mention anyone listed there that isn't listed on the sign-up image in the first post here.

It helped a bunch in the July one to bring in a few people that hadn't seen the post.

yes
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
* 6-Dec-2018(#56)
love

I'm on it!


Edit: Think I got everyone. Sent them all messages. Even if only one person signs up, it was worth it!
devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
6-Dec-2018(#57)
@wavyboikiller
@donlad

Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
7-Dec-2018(#58)
devans77 wrote:
> @wavyboikiller
> @donlad
>
>

Oh dear god.
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (9 minutes ago) Secret Santa
7-Dec-2018(#59)
@DragonLordFrodo
@DaveSGE

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
7-Dec-2018(#60)
@Commodorey Sign up fool.

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
7-Dec-2018(#61)
I've been super busy this week. Will try to process the bonds and secret santa soon.
Commodorey
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
7-Dec-2018(#62)
Signed up/Bond sent.

Thanks for hosting, John!
MikeyWhoa
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
* 7-Dec-2018(#63)
I've never been included, so I don't know how the list works.

Might I suggest people include their t-shirt sizes so we won't have to dig so hard if needed.
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
7-Dec-2018(#64)
If you do decide to get something and need questions asked once we start, you can run them through me to be in the middle so that you remain anonymous. Happens quite a bit actually.
MikeyWhoa
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
8-Dec-2018(#65)
Fair. And I will if needed. But I do not envy your inbox sir.
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#66)
It's usually not too bad. I tell people when we start to give it a day or two for people to do final updates. Otherwise, right when it starts, I get 10 PMs going "My partner doesn't have anything on his list!!!!?!!!". smile
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#67)
Alright, I'm in.

Signed up and bond sent.

Tj96
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 8-Dec-2018(#68)
Signed up and bond sent. I'm excited!
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#69)
I've also in the past messaged friends here to bug my SS to clarify, and done the same for others too. Happy more are signing up this weekend! grin

whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#70)
Frank wrote:
> @Gypsy you may be better off to just sign up and leave your wants section blank.
> Or at the very least leave a note. I've had to do that in the past and my SS never
> seemed to have an issue with it.
>
>

As a former santa of yours, I can confirm that I did not give two partridges in a pear tree.

Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#71)
Signing up! Sending bond
MrBean
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#72)
Maybe a dumb question, but do we have to follow what's on their list or can we decide?
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (9 minutes ago) Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#73)
I mean, if someone asks for Halo and you decide Barbie Horse Adventure is a better buy, then go for it.

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 8-Dec-2018(#74)
Porksta wrote:
> I mean, if someone asks for Halo and you decide Barbie Horse Adventure is a better
> buy, then go for it.
>
>
I kinda want Barbies Horse Adventure for gba now.

Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (9 minutes ago) Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#75)
Well, make sure I am your secret santa then.

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#76)
Here's hoping. lol

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#77)
I hope I get matched with someone that likes Nintendo.
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
8-Dec-2018(#78)
SirConnery wrote:
> I hope I get matched with someone that likes Nintendo.
Nintendon't.
Take that @DefaultGen

classicrock909
450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
9-Dec-2018(#79)
sending subtime bond now
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
9-Dec-2018(#80)
@Tad is such a Barbie Girl, in a Barbie World....

Don't get me wrong, I don't feel it necessary for my SS to just stick to my want lists. I like Nintendo, myself, but with what games I already have and the systems I have to play them on, I'm trying to refrain from adding another system (Switch) to my already pile of unplayed games. I will eventually get one as I liked seeing some of the games on it.

Meanwhile, going to add to my lists.
Puppyburger
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
9-Dec-2018(#81)
Frank wrote:
> love
>
> I'm on it!
>
>
> Edit: Think I got everyone. Sent them all messages. Even if only one person signs
> up, it was worth it!
>

Well it definitely worked lol,

I see you guys have 40 though so if I join it would throw it off wouldn't it?

Let me know! Thanks Frank & John

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