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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2019!! PARTNERS ASSIGNED! Go Santas!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
* 21-Nov-2019(#1)
"They try to talk to me all the time. All they hear is 'Pika Pika.'" -Pikachu




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas 2019! (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 now CLOSED and will continue until Wednesday, November 27th at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th (but feel free to be sooner than that if you'd like). 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...

whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
1-Dec-2019(#81)
Dashey wrote:
> Just got 52 weeks of subtime with a message saying two more items are arriving soon.

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Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
1-Dec-2019(#82)
whitefire wrote:
> Thanks, Santa!
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/zcq6KAQ.jpg 1536 2048{imgt}
>
>
Awesome gift!
Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 750 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
1-Dec-2019(#83)
whitefire wrote:
> Thanks, Santa!
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/zcq6KAQ.jpg 1536 2048{imgt}
>
>

Awesome gifts! I also asked for some boxed games and/or just the boxes. I love the design of N64 boxes!
Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 750 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
* 1-Dec-2019(#84)
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Thanks Santa!

Edit: Send me a message so I can properly thank you!

whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
2-Dec-2019(#85)
Sorry, Santa. I should have remembered I asked for it.

Dsbaum454
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
3-Dec-2019(#86)
This Santa just sent an awesome gift! Enjoy!
Ry4n2109
Triple Gold Good Trader
4-Dec-2019(#87)
Sorry to whoever is my santa. I had account issues. I updated my address on the site!

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review
5-Dec-2019(#88)
Part 2 arrived! Thank you!

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John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
5-Dec-2019(#89)
Spy vs Spy. Sweet!
sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
5-Dec-2019(#90)
I loved that Spy vs Spy NES game back in the day! Pretty pointless but so many possibilities!

Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 750 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
5-Dec-2019(#91)
Dashey wrote:
> Part 2 arrived! Thank you!
>
>
>

Looks like a really clean label too. grin
EB
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader
5-Dec-2019(#92)
I got my first gift today! Batman:Return to Arkham for PS4. The Arkham games are legitimately some of my favorite games of all time so I'm really excited to play them remastered on the big screen! Thank you Santa!

I was informed I have more gifts coming that likely won't arrive till after Christmas so I'm going to mark as received. Thank you again Santa!

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (14)
5-Dec-2019(#93)
John wrote:
> Spy vs Spy. Sweet!
Spy Vs. Spy was also on the Sega Master System and one of the few cool co op games released in the US. Never tried the NES one but I think they're somwhat similar.

whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 6-Dec-2019(#94)
Whoa. My SS went way above and beyond! Mortal Kombat 11, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a musical card. Thanks, Santa! I especially love the card.

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https://youtu.be/NlfU7XZLNTc

SilverOwl
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
6-Dec-2019(#95)
whitefire wrote:
> Whoa. My SS went way above and beyond! Mortal Kombat 11, Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen
> Order, a $25 Amazon gift card, and a musical card. Thanks, Santa! I especially love
> the card.
>
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/y8M63uP.jpg 1536 2048{imgt}
>
>
>

Jedi fallen order is pretty dang fun. Best star wars game in years
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (14)
6-Dec-2019(#96)
I plan on trying it during a good sale, looks really fun.

Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
6-Dec-2019(#97)
My gifts coming from Europe. I hope it gets here in time so I can ship it out for the 24th.
loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
6-Dec-2019(#98)
I shipped today. My partner should receive mid next week. yes

loztdogs
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
* 7-Dec-2019(#99)
I just received and WOW! I have such a generous Santa! Thank you Santa, I wasn't expecting so much fun to be in such a small box. I really appreciate that you took the time to make that cool card and I'm glad to see my Santa has a bit of a sense of humor to boot. I'm just elated right now.

Check this out:

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Thank you so much Santa... Merry Christmas!

Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
* 7-Dec-2019(#100)
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Thanks Santa. A DK and BK plush and a complete SNES game. I never heard of the game, thanks! Will give it a play when I get some free time.

If interested here is some highlights of how everything fits in:

jgrant78
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
7-Dec-2019(#101)
Just got back into town after being gone for a few days and had an Amazon package waiting on me from my Secret Santa. Got Assassin's Creed Odyssey and The Division 2 which are both games I've been wanting to get around to playing. Plan on jumping into Division 2 tonight.
whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
7-Dec-2019(#102)
Boss wrote:
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/JJJIkEf.jpg 4032 3024{imgt}
>
> Thanks Santa. A DK and BK plush and a complete SNES game. I never heard of the game,
> thanks! Will give it a play when I get some free time.
>
> If interested here is some highlights of how everything fits in:
>
> ...

That's from your high roller santa.

Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
7-Dec-2019(#103)
whitefire wrote:
> Boss wrote:
>> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/JJJIkEf.jpg 4032 3024{imgt}
>>
>> Thanks Santa. A DK and BK plush and a complete SNES game. I never heard of the
> game,
>> thanks! Will give it a play when I get some free time.
>>
>> If interested here is some highlights of how everything fits in:
>>
>> ...
>
> That's from your high roller santa.
>
>


lol you're right. I see the HR now.
Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
8-Dec-2019(#104)
Got my SS John version gift now-- amazon gift card.
Thanks Santa.

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Dsbaum454
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
8-Dec-2019(#105)
I got this in my Gametz e-mail a couple days ago. I am unsure which Secret Santa this is from, so I will post to both.

Hello,

This message is to inform you that GameTZ Subscription time was just transferred from an anonymous user to user Dsbaum454.

The amount transferred was: 52 weeks

Message from user who made the transfer:

Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!

More on the way!
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (14)
9-Dec-2019(#106)
Did anyone else get their bond back already? I haven't sent yet so it seems odd.

KamenRIderVulcan
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
9-Dec-2019(#107)
Dsbaum454 wrote:
> I got this in my Gametz e-mail a couple days ago. I am unsure which Secret Santa
> this is from, so I will post to both.
>
> Hello,
>
> This message is to inform you that GameTZ Subscription time was just transferred
> from an anonymous user to user Dsbaum454.
>
> The amount transferred was: 52 weeks
>
> Message from user who made the transfer:
>
> Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas!
>
> More on the way!
>

I';; tell you straight up I'm your partner hear and that's not from me.

whitefire
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
9-Dec-2019(#108)
Tad wrote:
> Did anyone else get their bond back already? I haven't sent yet so it seems odd.
>
>

John changed the rules. Double Gold Star and up don't have to bond anymore. Some of us just already sent before he instituted the rule.

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (14)
9-Dec-2019(#109)
whitefire wrote:
> Tad wrote:
>> Did anyone else get their bond back already? I haven't sent yet so it seems odd.
>>
>>
>
> John changed the rules. Double Gold Star and up don't have to bond anymore. Some of us just
> already sent before he instituted the rule.
>
>
Oh ok guess I missed that part, thanks!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
9-Dec-2019(#110)
Yeah, I finally got around to refunding everyone's bonds.

If you didn't get yours, let me know.

If you got yours twice (I may have screwed up and did that for one of you), let me know please and/or just refund it.

If you got one and didn't send one in (I don't THINK this happened, but since we changed the rules mid-stream, it is possible), let me know please and/or just refund it.

yes
HAMMER
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
9-Dec-2019(#111)
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Thank you, Santa.

I made it a difficult process but they did good.

Got a Chiefs Shirt
Royals hat
Chiefs Lanyard (wife already stole it)
Some good coffee (which I'm currently drinking)

Very nice job. Thank you so very much.
Dsbaum454
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
9-Dec-2019(#112)
My Secret Santa partner got a GBC and a game. Please post! Have a great Christmas!
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (14)
9-Dec-2019(#113)
Sent my gift today, hope they like the little bundle I put together.

SilverOwl
250 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
10-Dec-2019(#114)
Received my SS package. Got alseveral goodies including some movies, a Kylo Ren pop funko, and a sweet legend of drink(zelda nes) flask. Thanks secret Santa. Appreciate the thought.
The Kylo Ren will go nice with the other star wars pops I got.

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KamenRIderVulcan
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2019(#115)
Dsbaum454 wrote:
> My Secret Santa partner got a GBC and a game. Please post! Have a great Christmas!

Uhm that is not what I sent.

Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
11-Dec-2019(#116)
KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
> Dsbaum454 wrote:
>> My Secret Santa partner got a GBC and a game. Please post! Have a great Christmas!
>
> Uhm that is not what I sent.
>
>

He was saying that was what he purchased for his secret santa recipient
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
11-Dec-2019(#117)
Yeah, he's been being a bit odd about it. It is, apparently, the best present evah. wink
KamenRIderVulcan
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2019(#118)
Bostonitalian88 wrote:
> KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
>> Dsbaum454 wrote:
> |>> My Secret Santa partner got a GBC and a game. Please post! Have a great Christmas!
>>
>> Uhm that is not what I sent.
>>
>>
>
> He was saying that was what he purchased for his secret santa recipient

That is what I get for reading things before my morning coffee.

Frank
GameTZ Subscriber 750 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
11-Dec-2019(#119)
HAMMER wrote:
> {imgt}https://i.imgur.com/eZn4YlN.jpg 700 700{imgt}
>
> Thank you, Santa.
>
> I made it a difficult process but they did good.
>
> Got a Chiefs Shirt
> Royals hat
> Chiefs Lanyard (wife already stole it)
> Some good coffee (which I'm currently drinking)
>
> Very nice job. Thank you so very much.

What brand of coffee?
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (14)
11-Dec-2019(#120)
That flask is fudging epic.

sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
11-Dec-2019(#121)
Came home to my gifts today. Thank you @Tad
The Fireball makes me so happy, and the bonus gifts look like I'll need it to play/watch. Though the cop game does intrigue me. Very well done. grin love
$25 gift card, yippee! I'll use it after the holidays to get something else I want for sure!

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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2019!! PARTNERS ASSIGNED! Go Santas!