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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2017!! Partners Assigned!

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 18-Nov(#1)
"I'm not doing 'Get Help'!" -Loki




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas 2017! (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 Wednesday, November 22nd at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Friday, December 22nd. 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 (December 29th), 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 99% of the bond). You should be sending me either 10 weeks or 20 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 sent or received so far:


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...
Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Nov(#2)
Any bond donators this year?
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
18-Nov(#3)
Signed up, bond incoming!

Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#4)
Signed up and bond sent

SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 18-Nov(#5)
Bond sent!

I can spot one user the subtime for this(multiple star user only)
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#6)
Just sent my bond!

Heavyd814life
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#7)
Secret Santa hype!

Signed up and bond sent. I can also hook up a couple of users with subtime. Just shoot me a pm.

Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Nov(#8)
In. Will send bond soon. Thanks Heavy
Headshot
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Nov(#9)
Bond sent
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#10)
In and Done

jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#11)
signed up and sent

Porksta
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#12)
Signed up and sent! First time doing GTZ Secret Santa so it should be fun!

youllbejustfine
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada Secret Santa
18-Nov(#13)
Signed up and bonded. Woohoo!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
18-Nov(#14)
Porksta wrote:
> Signed up and sent! First time doing GTZ Secret Santa so it should be fun!
>
>

Glad to see a GTZ veteran trying it out for the first time. It's a lot of fun. Hope you stick around for future years yes


Also if anyone needs a bond loan drop me a message. I've done them in the past and am cool with helping out some users. Just want to get as many people active as possible.

I've done a few other online Secret Santa's in the past, and the GameTZ Secret Santa has always been my favorite. Love this community smile
Boss
GameTZ Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#15)
Signed up and bond sent.

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#16)
I've only got 42 days of sub time left. Could anybody spare a few weeks so I can join? Haven't done it in a couple years.

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#17)
Thanks a ton @theJaw
Signing up and sending bond now.

atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#18)
Signed Up, bond sent! Let's do this!

SirConnery
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Nov(#19)
Joined and bond sent.
Ry4n2109
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
18-Nov(#20)
In

DirtyMarco
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
18-Nov(#21)
I'm in. I'll send bond early this week.
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
18-Nov(#22)
Good luck santa(an entry on my want list):
and if theres a snowball chance in hell a signed picture of klinger in a dress by jamie farr.


Bostonitalian88
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#23)
In, will send bond ASAP
bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is in chat NOW Secret Santa
19-Nov(#24)
Joined and sent bond. let's see how it goes lol
Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#25)
A wild @bluemetal04 appears!

CRAZY93NiS
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#26)

signed up and bond sent,
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
19-Nov(#27)
Signed up and bond has been sent.
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (51 seconds ago) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#28)
Signed up, bond sent, and list updated. Not really looking for anything in particular this year, so I just threw out a few options.
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
19-Nov(#29)
Regarding outside of the US users that will participate, if any, I was curious to know how well that has worked out in the past? I was actually thinking about doing something different this year and that is to check the box that I'd be willing to do a Secret Santa for someone outside of the US.

Any tips to follow when sending from US to anywhere outside of US, not including Canada because I've done that already??
Bostonitalian88
300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#30)
Bond sent
shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
19-Nov(#31)
Can someone spot me??? I've always paid sub time back :)
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (51 seconds ago) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#32)
shadyfozzie wrote:
> Can someone spot me??? I've always paid sub time back :)

If I didn't already back someone I totally would bud!

Somebody back this man, he's a great SS partner!
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#33)
Buy subtime. yes Support the site. yes It's worth it just for the Secret Santa alone! secret santa yes

smile
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (51 seconds ago) Secret Santa
* 19-Nov(#34)
That's why I don't feel bad for spotting Tad. I had to buy more to do it, so bill still got his EFFing money.
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#35)
I'm just teasing too. While I'd love people to buy subtime when they need it, I have no problem with people loaning others too. All good. yes
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (51 seconds ago) Secret Santa
19-Nov(#36)
It's the Christmas spirit coming through in the form of sub-time!

image
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
20-Nov(#37)
shadyfozzie wrote:
> Can someone spot me??? I've always paid sub time back :)

PM me if you still need a spot. I should have more than enough to help out.
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#38)
Processed all bonds to date. The image in the first post should show you as bonded and you should have your secret santa hat. If you don't, let me know.

yes

Spread the word! Let's not miss anyone that wants to participate this year! yes
Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#39)
signed up & bonded

Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#40)
HybridCRoW wrote:
> Regarding outside of the US users that will participate, if any, I was curious to
> know how well that has worked out in the past? I was actually thinking about doing
> something different this year and that is to check the box that I'd be willing to
> do a Secret Santa for someone outside of the US.
>
> Any tips to follow when sending from US to anywhere outside of US, not including
> Canada because I've done that already??

hey... I love you, @HybridCRoW .
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
* 20-Nov(#41)
you already know im in !

@shadyfozzie did you get some time?


bond sent

emoryarts
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#42)
Sent!
EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#43)
I think I am going to give this a shot this year. I almost have enough subtime (69 days) can someone give me like a few more days to use on Secret Santa? I'm really excited!

Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#44)
Sign me up
EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#45)
Signed up and subtime bond sent. Thanks @CRAZY93NiS

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (51 seconds ago) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#46)
Pumped for a littlebita Secret Santa action.

Don't forget to post photos! That's the best part!
Jeff
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#47)
signed up / bonded :)

Ryan
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#48)
Can I borrow subtime from anyone for this? Will send back in full.
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#49)
Ryan wrote:
> Can I borrow subtime from anyone for this? Will send back in full.

I have enough subtime to be able to spot one user, pm me if you need it.
BJB
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
20-Nov(#50)
@EB your name on the SS site does not match your current GTZ username. That might confuse people. Might want to change that

CRAZY93NiS
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#51)
Why would some neg silverowl for offering to help?

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#52)
I had to add a Sega Master System controller to my list since the one I got from ebay doesn't work.

EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#53)
BJB wrote:
> @EB your name on the SS site does not match your current GTZ username. That might
> confuse people. Might want to change that
>
>

Oh I kind of forgot. I will fix it.

EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#54)
I can't change it. Guess I should make a new account, @John can you remove my old username from there. I will make a new one, and can you still use same sub Time?

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#55)
Yup -- that's fine. Just create the new one and I'll remove the other later. yes
EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#56)
Ok

EB
Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#57)
New account made.

devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
20-Nov(#58)
Bond up signed Sent

Tad
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
20-Nov(#59)
And removed the controller from my wants. @sharif is hooking me up. love

BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews Secret Santa
21-Nov(#60)
Signed up and bond sent.
Ryan
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
21-Nov(#61)
Signed up and bond sent.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
21-Nov(#62)
bond in.

if anyone needs a spot holler

cliffsteele
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
21-Nov(#63)
Signed up and bonded.
Kevster
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
21-Nov(#64)
Bond sent
six
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (3 minutes ago) Secret Santa
21-Nov(#65)
signed up will send bond in a bit.
DefaultGen
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
21-Nov(#66)
Alrighty I'm in.

Allsa0
GameTZ Subscriber Bronze Good Trader Secret Santa
21-Nov(#67)
Signed up and bond sent!
Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
21-Nov(#68)
In and bond sent.
Steelpen2
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader Secret Santa
21-Nov(#69)
Signed up and bond sent!
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 1 Review This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
21-Nov(#70)
Just updated my list

DarkLink
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#71)
No idea why my login user name turn from DarkLink to just Dark? haha

but - Signed up and Bond sent!

Ryan
GameTZ Subscriber 450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#72)
I sent the bond and it is saying no on the graphic in the first post. @john can you confirm you received it?
devans77
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Nov(#73)
Ryan wrote:
> I sent the bond and it is saying no on the graphic in the first post. @john can you
> confirm you received it?

Same here

Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 22-Nov(#74)
Ryan wrote:
> I sent the bond and it is saying no on the graphic in the first post. @john can you
> confirm you received it?

He has to update it himself.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 18 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Nov(#75)
I'll have want my list updated this evening after work. As of now it's blank...

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#76)
DarkLink wrote:
> No idea why my login user name turn from DarkLink to just Dark? haha
>
> but - Signed up and Bond sent!

I fixed this -- your username is "darklink" now. yes
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#77)
All bonds to date processed. Check the first post to make sure yours is correct. You should have your santa hat too.

Currently only missing one bond: @sixcylinder

Signups close today around 3pm!! Tell your friends! smile
Porksta
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#78)
@six

John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
22-Nov(#79)
Calling all people that did this recently (or said that they were interested), but haven't signed up for this one yet!...

@Archer
@Discgolfer123
@Gypsy
@KamenRiderNecrom
@longhornsk57
@Neko
@shadyfozzie
@som1special2
@Tj96
@six
@Foxhack
@Killkernal
@loztdogs
@Lunar
@PvtParts
@SSJGohan3972
@TerrHeel
@willyum
@whitefire

yes
John
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 22-Nov(#80)
I didn't realize that sixcylinder and six were the same person at first. smile

Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas 2017!! Partners Assigned!