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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...

sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#81)
For whoever got me, I'm going to add my list today.

theJaw
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader
13-Jul-2018(#82)
SS partner day is always a good day. yes
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#83)
Read the email, got the gifts. Hope my SS enjoys!

Meanwhile, I'm going to add to my GTZ Want lists shortly. Sorry, between moving and work and now complications arising with my mom's post cancer treatment condition, I've just been running ragged.
Jeffro
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#84)
Is there a way to print out wanted lists?
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#85)
Jeffro wrote:
> Is there a way to print out wanted lists?

Mine in particular is a mess to read on the SS site which basically doesn't allow formatting. So whoever my SS is, if you see this and need me to send a nice formatted version to John to forward to you, just let John know.
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#86)
I'm betting I end up with Famicom/NES games since that was the majority of my list, but I won't complain with w/e I get, this is just for fun. :D
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#87)
Gypsy wrote:
> I'm betting I end up with Famicom/NES games since that was the majority of my list,
> but I won't complain with w/e I get, this is just for fun. :D

You'll get whatever you get and you will like it! winking raspberryppppp
Jeffro
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#88)
Not the SS want list, the GTZ want list. @bill probably a pain in the ass to make that a site feature, eh?
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#89)
HybridCRoW wrote:
> Gypsy wrote:
>> I'm betting I end up with Famicom/NES games since that was the majority of my
> list,
>> but I won't complain with w/e I get, this is just for fun. :D
>
> You'll get whatever you get and you will like it! winking raspberryppppp

Oh definitely. I even put surprise me as an option on my list lol.
KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#90)
To whoever got me, i'm sorry for the giant wall of text. I like to cast such a wide net that I can be truly surprised.

sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
* 13-Jul-2018(#91)
*sigh* I'm already gonna need someone to PM my guy because he's incredibly damn vague (and what I think is on it are all over $150 each.) I'd prefer a wall of text.

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#92)
Well I know that's not me because I have $5 games on my wall o' list lol.
bill
GameTZ Gold Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (15) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 13-Jul-2018(#93)
Jeffro wrote:
> Not the SS want list, the GTZ want list. @ bill probably a pain in the ass to make
> that a site feature, eh?

I can make a text list of your item lists upon request. pm me if you want something like that. I basically just do a database query. The text list can usually be imported into a spreadsheet from there.
sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#94)
Gypsy wrote:
> Well I know that's not me because I have $5 games on my wall o' list lol.

UNLESS I'M LYING! BWHAHAHA.

shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#95)
Gifts ordered, love the sales on Amazon right now!!
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#96)
I try to make a variety of wants to give a general idea... I know the target price can be a bit low realistically, but honestly, I don't mind spending more than the target price. As I try to make a variety of wants, I also try to gift a variety of stuff.

So hopefully, my want list both GTZ and SS are not vague for my SS. I don't expect brand freaking new stuff... LOL
Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#97)
HybridCRoW wrote:
> I try to make a variety of wants to give a general idea... I know the target price
> can be a bit low realistically, but honestly, I don't mind spending more than the
> target price. As I try to make a variety of wants, I also try to gift a variety
> of stuff.
>
> So hopefully, my want list both GTZ and SS are not vague for my SS. I don't expect
> brand freaking new stuff... LOL

I almost always go well over the minimum/target and this time was no exception. I see $10 as the bare minimum/baseline, but it's a lot more fun to get someone more.
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
13-Jul-2018(#98)
I just put my want list on a Google docs and put the sharable link, that way it's much easier to read what I want.

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
14-Jul-2018(#99)
Adding my wants in a moment, sorry for the delay whoever has me!
Dashey
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 1 Review Secret Santa
14-Jul-2018(#100)
Just placed the order.

SirConnery
GameTZ Subscriber 1000 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
14-Jul-2018(#101)
Woo! Sega 3D Classics Collection for 3DS! Thanks Secret Santa! I've been wanting to play some handheld Power Drift. I used to play that endlessly at the arcade growing up.
Jeffro
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
14-Jul-2018(#102)
yes

Finally found what I wanted to buy the person and ordered.
Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
14-Jul-2018(#103)
Gonna go out shopping tomorrow for some gifts. I think they'll be pretty happy with what I'm getting.

HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
15-Jul-2018(#104)
@John

Check your PMs when you get the chance. Apparently the email on the SS site doesn't work.

Thanks!
sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
15-Jul-2018(#105)
Excellent. Shopped today for part 1. Waiting for part 2 to come in.

KamenRiderNecrom
GameTZ Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
15-Jul-2018(#106)
My partner should be getting his tomorrow.

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#107)
All shipped, hope they enjoy their gifts!
John
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#108)
Hi guys! As I said, I was super busy this weekend and just got back from Detroit and then Chicago. I'll get to all the PMs soon. yes

Tj96
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 16-Jul-2018(#109)
Thanks Santa! I must admit, the Star Fox cover over Viewtiful Joe fooled me for a second. Anyone have a disc only Star Fox Assault for trade?

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SilverOwl
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
* 16-Jul-2018(#110)
Thanks for the great gifts Santa! I have many adventures ahead.

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sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#111)
SilverOwl wrote:
> Thanks for the great gifts Santa! I have many adventures ahead.
>
> {imgt}http://i64.tinypic.com/2m7t2q8.jpg 1200 1600{imgt}

Whoa, awesome games there. yes

Gypsy
GameTZ Gold Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#112)
Great gifts. yes
tonymack21
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 500 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 3 Reviews Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#113)
man I feel slow this year, I'll be ordering gifts Friday.

Heavyd814life
GameTZ Subscriber 600 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (13) Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#114)
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

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shadyfozzie
Double Gold Good Trader Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#115)
Got 1/2 my gift today.. PS4 Lego Ninjago.. my son and I will love this!
sharif
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#116)
Everything I'm giving has been ordered, I just need to get it all in and package it up. Hopefully it won't take too long.

jdwooley14
GameTZ Subscriber 400 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#117)
Yugioh premium Gold Return of the Boling minibox and
Magic The Gathering: Dominaria Bundle

Thanks SS!

Frank
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 650 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (12) Has Written 11 Reviews Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#118)
Some awesome gifts guys! yes

Jeffro
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 300 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 5 Reviews Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#119)
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}
>
>

Kingdom Come is amazing! Enjoy.
HybridCRoW
GameTZ Subscriber Double Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Has Written 2 Reviews Secret Santa
16-Jul-2018(#120)
A bunch of great folks on this site for sure!! Just got the tracking info for mine with a week of subtime (anonymously)... so Can't wait to see what's in store for me!
sinnie
GameTZ Gold Subscriber 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Secret Santa
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

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