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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) Secret Santa
* 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...

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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Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 20-Jul-2018(#162)
Wheels617 wrote:
> 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!
> [imgt w=4032 h=3024]https://i.imgur.com/vSMrLku.jpg?1[/imgt]

PENGUINS? VOMIT

Lol, nice gifts.
Bostonitalian88
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
* 20-Jul-2018(#163)
Got my last gift - a turbo SNES controller! Thanks SO MUCH SS!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
20-Jul-2018(#164)
Wheels617 wrote:
> 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!
> [imgt w=4032 h=3024]https://i.imgur.com/vSMrLku.jpg?1[/imgt]

Wow Chris, you've got really tiny hands. raspberry
Wheels617
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally
* 20-Jul-2018(#165)
That was courtesy of my nosey son. He doesn't want to give the candle back.
Bostonitalian88
350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) This user is on the site NOW (1 minute ago) Secret Santa
20-Jul-2018(#166)
If my SS wants to do a trade for the gifts I'm open to that , I'm beyond grateful for what I received :)
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
20-Jul-2018(#167)
items ordered! hope my giftee likes them

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
* 21-Jul-2018(#168)
Along with another week of subtime and another tracking number, I also got this in the mail today:

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Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1, 300 pages of grade-A GOOD. Thanks SS! I've been wanting to read Hellboy all the way through and this is definitely a step in that direction. I just found out when flipping through that this book compiles the main story along with Hellboy's side-stories chronologically, which is pretty awesome. This is honestly enough of a gift, I appreciate it a ton! Thanks again!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
21-Jul-2018(#169)
Not sure why that posted sideways, it's right-side up on my computer haha. Oh well, you get the gist.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
* 21-Jul-2018(#170)
Well I am beyond grateful...

I got home from a crappy day at work to find a large package at my front door. Went inside and immediately proceeded to open it up. Inside was a nice little note explaining the gift before I proceeded to find an Nvidia Shield Portable (in beautiful condition) with a Nyko branded TV dock. love love



I'm left flabbergasted. I've been wanting one of these guys for 5 years, and in the back of my head, almost forgot they existed. When I opened the package, to see the Shield, I was so damn surprised and excited! I immediately plugged it into it's charger, went through the initial set-up, and began installing the Android version of Portal. Played a little bit, and it's pretty impressive how it's held up! Portal is one of my favorite games of all time, so having another platform I can replay it on is so cool! I'm really excited to see what else this bad boy can do! My gaming rig has a high end 2013 Nvidia processor. Not sure if my Santa knew that, but now I can finally try streaming my Steam library portably! I'm also really pumped to see this can do on the retro front. :)

Thank you so fudging much Santa!! I did not deserve, nor expect, to receive a gift as awesome as this. This has got to be one of the most generous Secret Santa gifts I've ever received. Please drop me a message so I know who is responsible for making a day like today take a big 360 degree turn!!

BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews
21-Jul-2018(#171)
That's awesome Frank!

I got my gift today. Well, gifts. I got the DVD movie Facing the Giants, the Blu-ray Escape and the PS4 game Blood Bowl II. I also got a note with it explaining the gifts and it's pretty awesome.

Mine is ordered and I'll be sending it when it gets to me.
BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews
21-Jul-2018(#172)
And sent!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
21-Jul-2018(#173)
Awesome @Frank , if one fella deserves a good gift, he got it!
Shadowrunner
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader
21-Jul-2018(#174)
I just got a week of subtime and a 20.00 PSN card. Thanks Santa smile
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
21-Jul-2018(#175)
Frank wrote:
> Well I am beyond grateful...
>
> I got home from a crappy day at work to find a large package at my front door. Went
> inside and immediately proceeded to open it up. Inside was a nice little note explaining
> the gift before I proceeded to find an Nvidia Shield Portable (in beautiful condition)
> with a Nyko branded TV dock. love love
>
> ...
>
> I'm left flabbergasted. I've been wanting one of these guys for 5 years, and in the
> back of my head, almost forgot they existed. When I opened the package, to see the
> Shield, I was so damn surprised and excited! I immediately plugged it into it's charger,
> went through the initial set-up, and began installing the Android version of Portal.
> Played a little bit, and it's pretty impressive how it's held up! Portal is one of
> my favorite games of all time, so having another platform I can replay it on is so
> cool! I'm really excited to see what else this bad boy can do! My gaming rig has
> a high end 2013 Nvidia processor. Not sure if my Santa knew that, but now I can finally
> try streaming my Steam library portably! I'm also really pumped to see this can
> do on the retro front. :)
>
> Thank you so fudging much Santa!! I did not deserve, nor expect, to receive a gift
> as awesome as this. This has got to be one of the most generous Secret Santa gifts
> I've ever received. Please drop me a message so I know who is responsible for making
> a day like today take a big 360 degree turn!!
>
>

Holy freaking crap.

Way to go whoever had Frank.
longhornsk57
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally This user is on the site NOW (2 minutes ago)
21-Jul-2018(#176)
Got mine in the mail today.

The Last Guardian PS4.

this was on my wanted list and I've been wanting to try it out, should be a good game for me after Witcher 3.

Thanks SS.
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
21-Jul-2018(#177)
I've got packages waiting for me at the leasing office. One of the Perks of my new place... if it don't fit in the mailbox, they'll leave it at the office so it doesn't get stolen.

Unfortunately I couldn't get them today before work as I had planned because they were out to lunch. I should have them by Monday and will update then!!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
* 22-Jul-2018(#178)
This brought me back to being a kid big time. Thanks SS, I'll be displaying these on my desk at work... I want to get a whole collection going for display so this certainly has got me off to a good start!

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Along with the Hellboy book & 2 weeks of subtime, I'm extremely grateful. Thanks again! If you'd like to pend a trade, feel free! Merry Christmas in July folks!
SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
22-Jul-2018(#179)
theJaw wrote:
> This brought me back to being a kid big time. Thanks SS, I'll be displaying these
> on my desk at work... I want to get a whole collection going for display so this
> certainly has got me off to a good start!
>
> {imgt}http://i66.tinypic.com/snp0jn.jpg 640 480{imgt}
>
> Along with the Hellboy book & 2 weeks of subtime, I'm extremely grateful. Thanks
> again! If you'd like to pend a trade, feel free! Merry Christmas in July folks!

Im glad u liked the micro Machines, they had so many it was hard for me to figure out which ones to get u. No need to pend a trade


Everybody got great gifts this time around!
theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
22-Jul-2018(#180)
Thanks again @SilverOwl ! Really appreciate it sir. yes
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
22-Jul-2018(#181)
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Got a really pretty CIB Tengen Ms. Pac-Man and some fake mustaches. I appreciate the whimsy. Thanks SS!

Jeffro
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
22-Jul-2018(#182)
Wheels617 wrote:
> 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!
> [imgt w=4032 h=3024]https://i.imgur.com/vSMrLku.jpg?1[/imgt]

yes I know who your SS is wink
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
23-Jul-2018(#183)
theJaw wrote:
> Awesome @Frank , if one fella deserves a good gift, he got it!

Thanks bud, but I don't. This gift was way too generous.
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
23-Jul-2018(#184)
LOL, man I thought it was one person and I was wrong after I checked the package.

Thanks for the gift and subtime, Dashey!!

Vols 3, 9, and 12 of Hellblazer comics!! I can't wait read the 3rd one!!
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
23-Jul-2018(#185)
So a couple days ago I get a ho ho ho in my pm's from subscription transfer with 10 weeks subtime and a tracking from a mysterious Kris Kern..I mean Kris Kringle.

Today a package shows up..and Kris Kern...Kringle..why do I keep doing that?? Anyway..contained within is a card containing a nice Witcher reference (praise be), Fire Emblem Warriors, a $10 e-shop card...and were that not enough... These SICK Witcher 3 pint glasses featuring Geralt and Ciri with scenes within the portraits.. these are awesome. Thanks Kris Kern..Kringle!!!

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BucketofJustice
GameTZ Subscriber 350 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Has Written 6 Reviews
23-Jul-2018(#186)
Those pint glasses are awesome!
Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 23-Jul-2018(#187)
Wow, @tonymack21 , it's almost as if this Santa fella was excited to purchase Witcher related items for you! I hope that I will meet this amazing individual one day!

I guess the jig is up. I figured that my address would be a dead giveaway, unless I accidentally left another clue somewhere. I'm usually more careful. frown

Glad that you dig everything!

Jeffro
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
23-Jul-2018(#188)
The artwork on those glasses is incredible!
Jeffro
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
23-Jul-2018(#189)
sharif wrote:
> [imgt w=4656 h=3492]https://i.imgur.com/7uBhqnq.jpg[/imgt]
>
> Got a really pretty CIB Tengen Ms. Pac-Man and some fake mustaches. I appreciate
> the whimsy. Thanks SS!
>
>

You are very welcome sir! That plastic bag was actually in with Ms. Pac-Man, but I couldn't get it back in when I checked the contents, so I used it to wrap up the mustachios. Hopefully the game is worthy of your NES collection, enjoy!
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
* 23-Jul-2018(#190)
Killkernal wrote:
> Wow, @tonymack21 , it's almost as if this Santa fella was excited to purchase Witcher
> related items for you! I hope that I will meet this amazing individual one day!
>
> I guess the jig is up. I figured that my address would be a dead giveaway, unless
> I accidentally left another clue somewhere. I'm usually more careful. frown
>
> Glad that you dig everything!
>
>

i know right!? This Kris Kernal must be some kinda guy!

lol ya the addy :P good stuff.
(if not that the tracking lol)




Heavyd814life
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
24-Jul-2018(#191)
So many great gifts this year. Well done, everyone!



sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
24-Jul-2018(#192)
Those glasses are awesome. My kitchen cabinet storage sucks or I would be loading up on all sorts of glasses like that. One day maybe, if I can ever remodel my kitchen, lol.

tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
24-Jul-2018(#193)
I will probably break down and use them eventually but for now they look nice in their box lol

shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
24-Jul-2018(#194)
And i thought 2 was plenty but when I got home yesterday, I got a 3rd gift: Lego Dimensions Goonies set.. My Secret Santa went WAYYYY above and beyond.
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 24-Jul-2018(#195)
shadyfozzie wrote:
> And i thought 2 was plenty but when I got home yesterday, I got a 3rd gift: Lego
> Dimensions Goonies set.. My Secret Santa went WAYYYY above and beyond.

I hope you and your kid have a blast playing all that. :)
atarumoroboshi18
GameTZ Subscriber Silver Good Trader This user is on the site NOW (6 minutes ago)
24-Jul-2018(#196)
Got some cool items from my SS:

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Killkernal
GameTZ Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
24-Jul-2018(#197)
sinnie wrote:
> Those glasses are awesome. My kitchen cabinet storage sucks or I would be loading
> up on all sorts of glasses like that. One day maybe, if I can ever remodel my kitchen,
> lol.
>
>

Sounds like you need some Witcher shot glasses. Those should fit in any kitchen!
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
25-Jul-2018(#198)
I have marked my end complete. Thanks for another great Secret Santa!! Can't wait for Christmas!!
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews This user is on the site NOW (5 minutes ago) Secret Santa
26-Jul-2018(#199)
Looks like things went smoothly for the most part. Thanks everyone for making this such a great July Secret Santa!

John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
* 26-Jul-2018(#200)
I'll try to process bond refunds soon. Just been super busy at work. yes
bluemetal04
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
27-Jul-2018(#201)
My gift must be coming from China lol

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