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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas in July 2018!! COMPLETED!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
* 4-Jul-2018(#1)
"Dude, you're embarrassing me in front of the wizards." -Tony Stark




It's time for the annual (bi-annual?) GameTZ Secret Santa Christmas in July 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 Thursday, July 12th at ~3pm Eastern. Partners will then be assigned and emailed out later that day. Gifts must be received by Tuesday, July 31st. 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 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 signed up and bonded so far:
Image of participants for this session was lost, sorry.


Let's do this thing!! yes

- John...

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
16-Jul-2018(#121)
Got my SS stuff today, thank you whoever you are. I got my Barry the Sleeve stomach plush. ( https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0761WJTV9 ) this will help when I need to hold onto dear life for something while coughing/sneezing/riding in the car home from surgery in a couple of weeks. So thank you very much!

The other gift was night time head/tail lights for my bicycle. They're rechargeable so that's a nice bonus and they're gonna get a lot of use! Thank you again! smile

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
16-Jul-2018(#122)
I have the feeling my SS got me something from EBay because I got an email this morning saying a package is on the way from someone I did not buy anything from.

emoryarts
450 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
17-Jul-2018(#123)
Um, yeah. So, per the usual, my SS did too much. I received not one, two, or three XBox One games... but four!

Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe
Mafia III
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series
Batman: A Telltale Series

I'm set for the rest of the year, thanks so much!

PS: I'll have mine out today or tomorrow.
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
17-Jul-2018(#124)
emoryarts wrote:
> Um, yeah. So, per the usual, my SS did too much. I received not one, two, or three
> XBox One games... but four!
>
> Mass Effect: Andromeda Deluxe
> Mafia III
> Game of Thrones: A Telltale Series
> Batman: A Telltale Series
>
> I'm set for the rest of the year, thanks so much!
>
> PS: I'll have mine out today or tomorrow.

With the Secret Santa there is no such thing as too much.

jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
17-Jul-2018(#125)
Just now got mine shipped out, meant to have it shipped directly from Amazon, but by the time I noticed was to late, forgot to put the right address in and left mine on it

sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
17-Jul-2018(#126)
All my parts are here. Shipping tomorrow!

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
18-Jul-2018(#127)
Came home from a long day at work to find Vol 40 41 42 of One Piece want for me. Thank you SS, you made a crappy day awesome.

Dsbaum454
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
18-Jul-2018(#128)
I got Pikmin 3 for the Wii U and Ocarina of Time for the 3DS. Thanks, Secret Santa!
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
18-Jul-2018(#129)
Dsbaum454 wrote:
> I got Pikmin 3 for the Wii U and Ocarina of Time for the 3DS. Thanks, Secret Santa!

You are welcome.

Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
* 18-Jul-2018(#130)
KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
> Dsbaum454 wrote:
>> I got Pikmin 3 for the Wii U and Ocarina of Time for the 3DS. Thanks, Secret Santa!
>
> You are welcome.
>
>

Free bump for Mr. Molhant, he's an awesome trader and guy. A great SS gifts too
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews
18-Jul-2018(#131)
Heavyd814life wrote:
> Every time we do this, my Secret Santa goes above and beyond. It's insane! Just got
> home to a package containing Owlboy for the Switch, Kingdom Come, and a record by
> Fela Kuti. It came directly from Amazon so I can't work out who you are, but thank
> you very much! Definitely going to start reading through Kingdom Come tonight.
>
> Thanks again love
>
> {imgt}https://imgur.com/77KOscA.jpg 3264 2448{imgt}
>


You're very welcome!!
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
18-Jul-2018(#132)
Just opened the door to find part one of Power Rangers Zeo waiting for me. Thanks Mike.

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
18-Jul-2018(#133)
Good gifts so far! What a jolly season.
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
18-Jul-2018(#134)
Bostonitalian88 wrote:
> KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
>> Dsbaum454 wrote:
> |>> I got Pikmin 3 for the Wii U and Ocarina of Time for the 3DS. Thanks, Secret
> Santa!
>>
>> You are welcome.
>>
>>
>
> Free bump for Mr. Molhant, he's an awesome trader and guy. A great SS gifts too

I'm not that old yet to be called mister.


Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
18-Jul-2018(#135)
Hehehe my person doesn't know it was me! You'll know when the final part arrives raspberry

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
18-Jul-2018(#136)
Found out what the mystery ebay package was: Wolfenstien The New Order. Thanks Frank.

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
18-Jul-2018(#137)
Frank wrote:
> Hehehe my person doesn't know it was me! You'll know when the final part arrives
> raspberry
>
>

The name one the Power Rangers Zeo Package was familiar to me, but I couldn't put my finger on it.
jgrant78
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
* 18-Jul-2018(#138)
I think all my gifts have wrapped up and my SS went above and beyond. Prey for Xbox One, The Last Jedi Blu-ray, and a couple of waterproof phone protector lanyards to use on the Disney cruise will be taking in a few months. Thanks!
rpgfan
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader
18-Jul-2018(#139)
Received a Buffalo Wild Wings gift Card

Thank you very much SS.

Jeffro
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
18-Jul-2018(#140)
Wow, thank you so much Secret Santa! Detroit: Become Human, Prey for PS4, and an awesome Playstation Mini Light, all new and sealed. It is very much appreciated! I can't wait to get into Detroit this weekend.

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I also received the item for my partner today and will be packing it tonight and shipping in the morning.
Wheels617
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
18-Jul-2018(#141)
Thats amazing!
Jeffro
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
18-Jul-2018(#142)
Tell me about it, hope my recipient is even half as thrilled as me, lol. That light makes the PSone startup sound when you turn it on, it's friggin' cool.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
19-Jul-2018(#143)
KamenRiderNecrom wrote:
> Found out what the mystery ebay package was: Wolfenstien The New Order. Thanks Frank.
>
>

No problem bud! Sorry only the card and game were wrapped. I had your Power Rangers DVD and the One Piece Manga shipped directly from Amazon. Wolfenstein I was able to get locally. Hope you enjoy! smile
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
19-Jul-2018(#144)
jgrant78 wrote:
> I think all my gifts have wrapped up and my SS went above and beyond. Prey for Xbox
> One, The Last Jedi Blu-ray, and a couple of waterproof phone protector lanyards to
> use on the Disney cruise will be taking in a few months. Thanks!

Enjoy sir. yes
sinnie
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
19-Jul-2018(#145)
Jeffro wrote:
> Wow, thank you so much Secret Santa! Detroit: Become Human, Prey for PS4, and an
> awesome Playstation Mini Light, all new and sealed. It is very much appreciated!
> I can't wait to get into Detroit this weekend.
>


AHHH you are in for such a great adventure! Many if you replay.

Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
19-Jul-2018(#146)
Got my SS gifts:

Ren and stimpy season 1&2 and a g.i.joe DVD . Already had the g.i.joe DVD but the thought was pretty cool. Thanks to my SS!
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader
19-Jul-2018(#147)
Just ordered the items for my partner, hope u like what I picked out!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
19-Jul-2018(#148)
Bostonitalian88 wrote:
> Got my SS gifts:
>
> Ren and stimpy season 1&2 and a g.i.joe DVD . Already had the g.i.joe DVD but the
> thought was pretty cool. Thanks to my SS!

Both seasons of Ren and Stimpy alone are enough reason to wake up each morning tbh
Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
19-Jul-2018(#149)
theJaw wrote:
> Bostonitalian88 wrote:
>> Got my SS gifts:
>>
>> Ren and stimpy season 1&2 and a g.i.joe DVD . Already had the g.i.joe DVD but
> the
>> thought was pretty cool. Thanks to my SS!
>
> Both seasons of Ren and Stimpy alone are enough reason to wake up each morning tbh

Uh, yeah bro!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
19-Jul-2018(#150)
Just got an anonymous week of subtime with a tracking number! grin

Jeffro
GameTZ Subscriber Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews
19-Jul-2018(#151)
sinnie wrote:
> Jeffro wrote:
>> Wow, thank you so much Secret Santa! Detroit: Become Human, Prey for PS4, and
> an
>> awesome Playstation Mini Light, all new and sealed. It is very much appreciated!
>> I can't wait to get into Detroit this weekend.
>>
>
>
> AHHH you are in for such a great adventure! Many if you replay.
>
>

I think I'm going to go for the platinum. A nice change of pace from what I've been playing.
Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
19-Jul-2018(#152)
Frank wrote:
> Just got an anonymous week of subtime with a tracking number! grin
>
>

Me too.....:)
Boss
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (8)
* 19-Jul-2018(#153)
Thanks for the gifts Secret Santa. smile

I got the same Funkos last July from SS but I can always display more.

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longhornsk57
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
19-Jul-2018(#154)
3D world is a fudging amazing game, I really wish they'd do a new switch version
Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
19-Jul-2018(#155)
Impatiently awaiting the last item to arrive so I can send my gifts. I'm pretty excited with what I was able to land this time. Can't wait until they get to open it!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
20-Jul-2018(#156)
Also got the ol' anonymous subtime transfer with a tracking #. Real good idea, whoever started that. And thanks SS!
Bostonitalian88
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7)
20-Jul-2018(#157)
Yeah totally, definitely a cool idea.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 700 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews
20-Jul-2018(#158)
It's so much easier to do it that way. We don't have to bother John, and we get to give a little subtime in the process. smile

shadyfozzie
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader
20-Jul-2018(#159)
got my second gift the other day.. Lego Undercover for PS4..
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13)
20-Jul-2018(#160)
Frank wrote:
> It's so much easier to do it that way. We don't have to bother John, and we get to
> give a little subtime in the process. smile

"John likes this." yes

smile
Wheels617
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 20-Jul-2018(#161)
Thanks Secret Santa, I will put the beanie to good use once the weather warrants it and the pumpkin candle reminds me of my favorite pie. Titanfall 2 supposedly has an awesome campaign so I look forward to starting that. Thanks again!
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Topic   secret santa GameTZ Secret Santa - Christmas in July 2018!! COMPLETED!