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PAX Forum Secret Santa 2009: Signups are CLOSED

Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
edited November 2009 in PAX Archive
PAX* Forum Secret Santa 2009

It may be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but when have you guys ever known me to do anything in any time frame that wasn't early?

What is?
Just what it sounds like. It's a Secret Santa between your fellow PAX brethren (and sistren). Everyone who signs up will be randomly assigned another participant. You are then tasked to buy that person a gift. As a recipient, you should leave a few hints in your signature (maybe an amazon wishlist link) as to what sort of interests you have.

Rules and Info
  • International people are allowed. If you would prefer not to get an international person, indicate thusly in your signup post. But depending on how many international folks show up, you may get one anyway. IF YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT OR WILL NOT SEND SOMETHING INTERNATIONALLY, DON'T SIGN UP. For the purposes of pairing, Canada will not count as international.
    -International Shipping Links: USPS, Customs Forms
    -Tips for shipping in and out of Canada
    -Remember to allow extra shipping time when shipping outside of your home country

  • To sign up post your interest in this thread and send me a private message with Secret Santa in the subject line and your mailing information, e-mail address and international preferences in the body of the private message, like so:
    Mailing Information:
    Username
    Joe Forumer
    123 Anywhere Lane
    Everywhere, NY 12345
    [email protected]
    Will ship anywhere

  • Who can sign up?
    To keep things fair, only those with a join date earlier than April 15 and more than a handful of posts will be allowed to participate for obvious reasons. Special dispensation can be made for known participants in community events. If you would like to participate and don't fall under the requirements then you will just have to wait until next year. The final say of who can join this activity will be entirely up to the mods so there may be exceptions, but the final word is final. Don't complain if special dispensation is not made for you. This goes for those who may be disincluded as well.

  • The deadline for signing up will be November 14th. After that day, Santas will be randomly assigned by computer. You will be sent a private message shortly after with the information of whom you will be drawing a gift for. If nobody knows who you are, you probably will not be allowed to sign up. Nothing personal.

  • Recommended gift value is $15-20. Feel free to spend as much as you want, just be aware that the more you spend, the less likely you will receive a gift of equal value. Also, homemade/handmade gifts are allowed (no food please).

  • ABSOLUTE FINAL DEADLINE FOR GIFTS RECEIVED IS JANUARY 15! PEOPLE WHO DO NOT SEND GIFTS BY JANUARY 15 WILL BE BANNED, PERMANENTLY. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are not sure you will be able to send a gift, then don't sign up.

  • Do not complain about your gift, conversely, try to send something you think the other person will like.

  • You MUST post pictures of your gift when you receive it. No exceptions.

  • UNLESS SPECIFIED AS SOMETHING THEY WOULD LIKE, PLEASE DO NOT SEND NSFW GIFTS.

  • CAN I SHIP SOMETHING STRAIGHT FROM AMAZON OR SOMETHING?
    Yes you can, and it's a good idea to shop at your person's home country's Amazon site (www.amazon.ca for instance) if you want to save a bit on shipping. Be sure and provide a note upon checkout saying who you are, though!

  • BE SURE AND SHIP WELL IN ADVANCE
    Get your act together NOW and try and ship your stuff by Dec 10th or so to make sure it arrives before the crazy Christmas rush that always happens at the latter half of December.
SHOPPING TIPS


Interesting Shops:
www.thinkgeek.com - general geeky stuff. Shipping can be high so be sure and shop around. Google for discount coupons.
www.play-asia.com - junk from Japan. Nearly everyone likes the little toys they have. Google for discount coupons.
www.buy.com - one of the best places to get used games, books and DVDs.
www.square-enix-shop.com - for that Final Fantasy or RPG fan.
www.bigbadtoystore.com - the absolute best place to get action figures.


Things to Note:
360 points are not cross-country compatible.
Most consoles are region restricted. The Nintendo DS is a notable exception to this, though.


Stalking / General Shopping Help:
If your Santee has a unique forum handle, be sure and Google it. You never know where else s/he might post.
Keep an eye on the systems he owns if you're thinking of buying a game.
If your Santee has a PS3, don't forget it can play Blu-Ray movies.
If your Santee has a XBox Gamer ID, it's not hard to figure out what games he has / likes.
Be creative! We have lives other than video games! Is your Santee taking up an instrument? Does he want to start painting? Does he like tabletop games? Does he seem to like cars? This is your chance to get an interesting gift they hadn't thought of, yet!
Does your Santee have a favorite game, ever? Consider something related to that! Toys, old complete copies, art books, etc. are always fun.
Do you have something in your city / state / country that your Santee doesn't have access to?
Interesting candies, foods, posters / prints, and other various knick-knacks make for good box-stuffers.
If your Santee has a unique name, you never know what you'll find out by Googling him or her! They might have a twitter account or something!


If a lot of this looks familiar to those of you who post elsewhere on these boards, it's because I stole most of this OP from previous Secret Santa threads on other subforums. Still, I think that's everything. Start signing up, people!


Secret Santa Participants List:
Moe Fwacky
Atlus Parker
Wormdundee
chupamiubre/drobro
mystral721/@Luneowl
eye-shuh
SmallLady/@Chibi_Tzar
MeeOk
SpawnOfCthulhu/Snifit
CaptainTapole
Kaitou Ayashi/Tajah
Vthornheart
Rogue_hunter
DaNerd
That_Spoony_Bard/@Spoony_Bard
Liger
Pinder/@wootimus
tehnakki
EruditeAphrodite
Darc/@Captcovert
tr0tsky
Asiina
Sumi
EvilBadman
whypick1
TimeCruiserMike
mentok1982
Twinkie/@Twink13
QuickSnap
Heels
LTAcosta
Qs23
Eugal
Arco
Kwisatz Haderach
The_DIMD
JonnyNero
TimDisaster/@timdisaster
S7arbuck
SlickShughes


*This is a community event, no official affiliation exists or is implied

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  • Atlus ParkerAtlus Parker Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm in.

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  • WormdundeeWormdundee Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'll put myself in, should be fun.

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  • chupamiubrechupamiubre Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I am down.

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  • Mystral721Mystral721 Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm in! Nothing makes shopping more fun than buying for a fellow PAXer, much less a fellow geek.

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  • eye-shuheye-shuh Registered User
    edited October 2009
    I'm in! Yay!

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  • TimDisasterTimDisaster San AntonioRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    i am down.

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  • SmallLadySmallLady Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Me please!!

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  • MeeOkMeeOk Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Hell yeah I'm in for this, I missed it last year

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  • SpawnOfCthulhuSpawnOfCthulhu Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm all for this.

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Snifit, you know you're only going to get Twilight stuff now.

    Also, count me in for this.

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  • ShaddzShaddz Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Im in.

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Oo! Mee! This sounds entertaining!

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  • KaitouAyashiKaitouAyashi Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Fun times! I'm in!

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    !Sign up! =)

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  • Rogue_hunterRogue_hunter Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Sign me up!

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  • DaNerdDaNerd Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm in, if I qualify.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited October 2009
    I think we can wave those two weeks, since I did spend four days in a van with you.

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  • DaNerdDaNerd Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Sweet! PM sent.

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  • LigerLiger Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    In!

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  • PinderPinder Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Aaaaaand I'm in.

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  • arnonautarnonaut Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Boosh!

    (me too!)

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  • tehnakkitehnakki Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm in =D

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited October 2009
    Updated the OP, sorry for the delay. We're up to 18 people now, this should be a good time. Once signups close, we'll have about a month for people to drop hints before the shipping deadline.

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  • EruditeAphroditeEruditeAphrodite Registered User
    edited October 2009
    Yay, I'm in!

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  • tr0tskytr0tsky Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm in

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  • DarcDarc Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Sign me up!

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  • AsiinaAsiina Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I'm in!

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  • SumiSumi Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    PM Sent.

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Meh, missed joining cutoff by a few months. No biggie, there's always next year (hopefully I'll have been to PAX East and met some of you by then :D).

    The nerdy part of me says "Yay for forum community togetherness", but the retail drone part of me... well he's in the fetal position sucking his thumb and rocking back and forth mumbling "Christmas too soon, Christmas too soon".

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  • CaptainTapoleCaptainTapole Awesome in the Possum - Yee-Haw! Northern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    ...but the retail drone part of me... well he's in the fetal position sucking his thumb and rocking back and forth mumbling "Christmas too soon, Christmas too soon".

    I think the majority of us know that feeling all too well.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited October 2009
    Didn't mean to make people panic, but to get this off the ground and rolling in time for people to actually get their gifts around Christmas means starting early.

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Totally fine, Moe. Hell, I'd get some of my shopping started now myself if I had the cash.

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  • EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I love Santa time. Now to wait for someone to start the G&T one.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited October 2009
    Updated the participant list again today. We're up to 24 Santas!

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    ho ho ho

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  • FacelesscogFacelesscog Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Count me in, it sounds like fun!

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  • whypick1whypick1 PAX [E] Info Booth Manager ~2' from an LCDRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Signed up.

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    Is it PAX <insert nearest future PAX here> yet?
  • Atlus ParkerAtlus Parker Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    Updated the participant list again today. We're up to 24 Santas!

    How many santees?

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Moderator mod
    edited October 2009
    Allow me to present you with an algebraic equation to help you figure that out.

    S = Santas
    s = Santees

    S = s

    Hope that wasn't too confusing for you, Atlus.

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  • Atlus ParkerAtlus Parker Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Try using real numbers.

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