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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...

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
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago) Secret Santa
9-Dec-2018(#82)
I see people ask this all the time. You don't need an even number of people since everyone is matched with someone different. Imagine you are in a big circle and you just give a gift to someone on the right. Doesn't matter odd/even.

Tj96
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
9-Dec-2018(#83)
Not sure if it was because of an odd number, but I ended up with two santas once. These awesome guys teamed up and got me Demon's Crest. Best secret santa ever.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
* 9-Dec-2018(#84)
Puppyburger wrote:
> 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

Go ahead and sign up. If for some reason things get difficult @John can assign me 2 secret Santas. I really don't mind at all smile


I'm hoping we get like 7 more people signed up, so we can at least match the size of last year. Maybe I'll drop some messages to those who did July Secret Santa.


If anyone who hasn't sent their bond yet needs a subtime loan, just drop me a message!
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 9-Dec-2018(#85)
There's no need to an even number of people for secret santa. There aren't pairs, everyone just gets assigned one person. So no need for an even number.

EB
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
9-Dec-2018(#86)
Signed up and subtime bond sent! Loved it last year, glad to do it again.

Dasgessabel
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
9-Dec-2018(#87)
I will do this, missed past couple of years. I'll sign up and send bond directly
Dasgessabel
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
9-Dec-2018(#88)
Signed up and bond sent. yes
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#89)
Kevster wrote:
> Signing up! Sending bond

@Kevster
Unless I missed it, I do not have a bond from you. Let me know. yes
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#90)
I have processed all bonds and secret santa hats to date. Check the first post here and make sure everything looks correct. yes
Steelpen2
GameTZ Subscriber Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#91)
Signed up and bond sent, just in the nick of time!
jgrant78
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#92)
I bit the bullet and decided to join. Bond sent. Hopefully I get paired with someone I can find something for before we leave for Disney at the end of the week.
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#93)
jgrant78 wrote:
> I bit the bullet and decided to join. Bond sent. Hopefully I get paired with someone
> I can find something for before we leave for Disney at the end of the week.

With it being drawn today, you will probably be fine. Just grab something and ship from Amazon if you want to be quick.

Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
* 10-Dec-2018(#94)
image ~ 3 More Hours!
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#95)
Quick Q @John

The site says 45 are signed up, but 44 are participating. Are you that straggler?

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
10-Dec-2018(#96)
Sorry for not being able to participate, money 's tight this year. But if anyone gets any of my past Secret Santas, they're in for a treat! This is usually the stand out gift for me haha. Enjoy yall!
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#97)
Porksta wrote:
> Quick Q @John
>
> The site says 45 are signed up, but 44 are participating. Are you that straggler?
>
>

I'm pretty sure that 45th one is marcfratt who does not have a star or has the bond.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#98)
Remain 4 get your bonds in so we can get the ball rolling!

As always, I'm willing to loan you the subtime.

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 10-Dec-2018(#99)
Porksta wrote:
> Quick Q @John
>
> The site says 45 are signed up, but 44 are participating. Are you that straggler?

Yes, that "non-participating" account is the admin account that never participates. I should change the code to hide it, but I just haven't gotten around to it. smile

EDIT: I finally cleaned that up so that it doesn't count the admin user at all. So, now the count is accurate. yes
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#100)
Processed bonds again.

Only two signed up and not bonded are: @kevster and @marcfrattarelli

Note that I made an exception for Marc and said he could join us even without a bronze star. I'll take the risk and fill in as Santa is he drops the ball. And then we'll ridicule him endlessly. >smile
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 10-Dec-2018(#101)
Not sure what to do about @kevster. He posted a while back that he signed up and bonded, but I didn't get any bond from him. I just went through and double-check all of my System Messages for transfers just to make sure.

We'll see if he replies by 3pm...
EB
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#102)
@John You may very well be the most powerful man on GameTZ right now. You have at least 420 weeks of subtime, enough for a little over 8 years. Good thing you're a great guy and always run this really well :)

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#103)
Yeah, whenever we get to this point in the Secret Santa, I feel like a The Subtime King! laughing out loud
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#104)
You are subscribed to GameTZ.
Your subscription will expire on 18-Feb-2028.
There are 3,357 days left to your subscription.


smile
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#105)
I wonder what @bill has for his. Does he need to constantly "renew" or is his just set to always on or the like?

bill
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
10-Dec-2018(#106)
Your subscription will expire on 3-Mar-2020.
There are 449 days left to your subscription.


lame

I do renew it once in a while. There was a time in the past when people sent me a lot of subtime and I had a lot. But, I also transfer some out regularly (more in the past when free trials were more common).
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#107)
I actually got my want list ready to go before this launched. Didn't receive anything from a few other SS yet but I managed to think of a few specific items as well as a vague option that wasn't on any other want list.

Oh and I have quite a bit of credit with ForgottenFreshness still, so whoever I get might be in for a nice surprise. :)
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#108)
Yeah, whoever I get is going to get a ton of forum auction credit as their gift. Better than money!

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 10-Dec-2018(#109)
LOL. I'll actually be getting stuff from their wanted list this way, provided there are games on it. ;)
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#110)
Ok, wrapping things up... Give me a few...

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#111)
@kevster & @marcfratt -- I have signed you up anyhow -- be sure to send me your bonds when you see this.

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#112)
Partners assigned! Emails sent!

(Someone let me know that they got the email. I'm on a new server and need to verify that they actually went out!) smile
Porksta
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (10 minutes ago) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#113)
I got one. Haven't read it yet.

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#114)
image

Got mine.

Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#115)
I have the email.

I haven't updated my list!!!
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#116)
yes

So -- yes -- for those of you without updated lists, please do that now.

For those of you who are assigned to someone without a list yet, just give it a while (maybe a day?) to settle. If it is still not updated by tomorrow, then let me know and I'll nudge them. yes

Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#117)
Updated mine.
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#118)
I'm adding my list later today. Apologies to my Santa.

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#119)
I'm happy that I got someone with old games on their list. Should be able to put together something really nice for them.

Also my list is good to go.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#120)
Whoever got me, I'll be adding my list later today. Been really busy, and got back from Southern California last night.

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
10-Dec-2018(#121)
My list is good to go.

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