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CF SECRET Moses HOLIDAY 2009 - ALL PMs OUT

CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
edited February 2010 in Critical Failures
Live and exclusive from the X-Factor studios, we present:

CF's Secret "I'm lazy so thanks Gabriel_Pitt" Santa 2009 Holiday Edition!


>Miniatures?

While Critical Failures (nee Of Dice and Men) originated as a domain mainly to give a home to the miniature game posters outside of G&T, it has expanded to encompass all of our gaming brethren, and all are welcomed here.

Don't be discouraged if you've never set foot in the mini gaming threads. Be you an aficionado of D&D, WoD, HOL, or even F.A.T.A.L. (wait, no, scratch that last one. Those people will be dragged into the street and shot) we'll find a Santa to give you your own special little bundle of Christmas Joy[tm](c).

>Awesome! What are the rules?

Just read on below!

Names will be taken until November 22nd, at which point no further names will be accepted. In the day or two following November 22nd, names will be picked at random and assigned to individuals, one name per entrant. The name you receive will be the person you will be gifting - and the point of this event is that you are a Secret Santa, so please don't go spouting off to all and sundry. Based on the preferences that your recipient will post when they register to be a part of the event, you will then be prompted buy/convert/paint/whatever you deem suitable for a gift.

You will then be able to collect or work on whatever is being sent. The deadline for your recipient to get his gift is going to be January 29th - that leaves you with plenty of time to put together whatever it is and get it sent out. Sending things directly around the holiday season is a stupid idea, so consider sending out the gifts around early December.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN TO START THINKING ABOUT MAYBE BUYING A GIFT BY FEBRUARY, YOU DOZY MONGBATS. If anyone fails to provide a gift within a reasonable time (or at all), they will be summarily barred from the next event - or possibly worse (if you've ever perused the Who was Banned thread, the forum's collective Santa events generally produce one or two deadbeats a year - don't be THAT guy!). The Summer event went reasonably well and I'd like it to stay that way. Order sooner rather than later so you don't get screwed by some store/shipping/natural disasters.

As before, I will be offering an incentive:
When your recipient posts that they have received their gift, you may PM me and I will disclose the identity of your Santa. This means that if you get your stuff sent out and done early, you get to know who is sending you a gift. Some of you may not want to take advantage of this option and ruin the surprise, which is completely understandable, but it may help motivate a little bit.

>What would constitute a suitable gift?

This is where we unfortunately get subjective. I'd like to think we all have the good common sense to pick good gifts in this regard. For guidelines, I'd suggest something like $10/£6 (or $15/£9-ish with shipping) as a minimum. The minimum price on the gift is there to mostly prevent someone from sending like a single arm, half a body or the random pages that fell out of someone's crappily produced D20 OGL book. If you wish to do so then by all means go as far above this minimum limit as you want, it'd be awesome to see that sort of thing on the whole. Our current record, I think, is Gabriel_Pitt who sent someone an entire fucking tyranid army. You will basically be held to the honour system (and the threat of being pointed at and beaten with internet-sticks) to ensure that the person who you are gifting does not feel cheated. By all means, send a titan to your Santee if you wish!

Gift recommendation are a combination of what you're capable of, and what your Santee wants. A PnP gamer who's never touched bare pewter is probably not the right person to give a complete Cryx strike force too. On the other hand, they might greatly appreciate receiving a nicely painted rendition of their PC from their long-running forum game, or the latest expansion sourcebook in their setting of choice.

Even if you aren't that good with models, you can definitely still participate - nobody's ever said no to a boxed set, and it's a nice and simple gift. Books, modules, and other nifty aids to table top gaming will certainly go over well with the right people.

Single miniatures, books, or accessories are more than welcome and might actually be preferred in some senses, so long as they meet the $10/£6 minimum requirement. There's no need to feel obligated to get someone the Compleat Box set of D&D 4.0 core books just because they express an interest in the system (The PHB should suffice, but if you really are feeling generous...). Be careful though - it's no use having an amazing plan if your Santee never actually gets the gift. Don't go crazy and end up never getting anything sent.

>I live in [insert country no-one has ever heard of]. Can I participate?

ABSOLUTELY! Ideally, we would get a few people from all over to participate. To make sending the gifts easier, I will organize people into categories based on location while drawing the names to try and keep international mailing to a minimum.

>How do I sign up?

Entries are not considered official until I (CF SANTA) receive a PM from you containing the following:

1. Your name;
2. Your address - PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE COUNTRY SO I DON'T HAVE TO GUESS;
3. What games you collect/play/would like a gift from.
4: Suggestions - 'I play Exalted' doesn't help your Santa much in narrowing down what would be a good gift. Saying something like, 'I play Exalted and have been looking at getting Dreams of the First Age, Graceful Wicked Masques, or Scroll of Heroes' gives your Santa an idea of what you wants, and helps Santa if he's not familiar with your chosen system.

If you do not send this PM, you will not be entered in the event!

I require this information to make sure that you won't all have to pay an arm and a leg in shipping to make sure these minis arrive safely and intact. Still, some of you may have to make the sacrifice and spend a little extra on international shipping. I will try to avoid this, but it may become necessary if I can't organize people close enough to each other.

DO NOT SEND ME A PM JUST SAYING "I'M IN"

Even if you participated in the last event,your personal information has not been kept. I also need to explain something - when your santa gets your information, they receive it in the form of THE SAME MESSAGE YOU SEND ME. I literally forward your contact information and model preferences to the person giving you your gift, so the reason to make you all jump through the hoops of filling the information out is so that I have something to supply to your Santa. I also want to make sure I have up-to-date information.

When you sign up, please put some money aside for the gift right then. If you do not have said funds, do not sign up. The overwhelming majority of excuses that we always get are from people not having enough money to actually purchase a gift for their Santee, so I want to nip this in the bud. I realize most of you won't know at the time of sign-up who you're getting or what you're going to be gifting, but it's not unreasonable to put twenty-ish dollars or fifteen-ish pounds aside for the event right at the off.

After you've sent the PM, I'd recommend you post the miniatures you collect or are interested in in this thread, as well. Too specific makes the gifting process a bit silly. List the games you wouldn't mind receiving items from, as well as what you might already collect, so your gifter might have some starting point.

>How do you assign Santas?

Utilizing super-secret scientific method and a crack team of genetically modified English muffins, we assemble the Santa Master List™ at a classified military installation fourteen fathoms down in the general vicinity of the Marianas Trench.

As I don't have a swanky enough hat, Operation 'ICE AND SNOW 2009' will probably be run using the old staple of bunging your name on the back of one of my business cards and fishing them randomly out of a plastic bag.

It's all done in one completely random shot. I don't tamper with it in any way (UNLESS I REALLY NEED TO, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE), though I do take some requests into consideration in setting the names in the box up (location, for example - I do a separate draw for the US and other regions).

>What do I do when I send/receive my gift?

A few suggestions for sending the gift:

* Include your name (forum name) so people have some idea of who is sending them this wondrous bounty! It really shouldn't be all that hard to just write your handle on a piece of paper and throw it in.
* Consider using Delivery Confirmation/Tracking so you can track your package and make sure it gets there.
* Check in with your recipient via PM a few days after sending to confirm receipt if you don't hear anything.


Also, some guidelines for receiving the gift:

* Let your Santa know it arrived! One less thing they have to worry about.
* VERY VERY IMPORTANT: Post in the thread that the package arrived, and show off what you got!
* Take some damn pictures! Your Santa probably worked very hard on the gift, and we're all dying to see what's being exchanged.


One last final point: While lurkers are welcome to participate, I reserve the right to use discretion in ruling people out of participation. If you have absolutely zero posts or a bare minimum number and you register on the boards to try and take part in this, I probably won't let you participate. Past events have shown that these users have been the most likely to vanish off the board never to be seen again, or otherwise welsh on their end of participation.

And if you DO try to mess around with the system, Santa will have your address. And a crew of trained hunting reindeer.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    SANTA PRIME'S KEYTAR HEROES AND KIND PEOPLE 2009:

    Gabriel_Pitt
    Wildcat
    TheLawinator
    Dr. Phibbs McAthey
    [GHSC]Ryctor
    Matrias
    Apogee
    altmann
    TehSloth
    SF_Dhalsim
    Captain Scurvy
    WIckedkarma
    CorporateLogo
    Rend
    fallaxdraco
    timspork's ghost
    Mad Jazz
    CrownAxe
    Sevorak
    Joeslop
    -SPI-
    Wulf
    Dayspring
    Ironknuckle's Ghost
    It Burns (in da crotch)
    Bitstream
    JaysonFour
    J
    Darkewolfe
    Raslin
    albawarrior
    see317
    Nax
    belligerent
    Kias

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Oh! Oh! Oh! I want to be a kind person! We also need to get a mod to sticky this. Can you use the 'report' button for something like that, or is that just a quick way to get a lump of coal?

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I am so signed up. I wonder who I'll get this year!

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  • [GHSC]Ryctor[GHSC]Ryctor Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Yyayayaya I'm so excited. I hope my secret likes the gift i already got them!!!! :D

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Oh! Oh! Oh! I want to be a kind person! We also need to get a mod to sticky this. Can you use the 'report' button for something like that, or is that just a quick way to get a lump of coal?

    Santa usually just PMs a mod directly.

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  • ApogeeApogee Lancks In Every Game Ever Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Alrighty, I've sent in my info. Ready to be santlicious.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I have [strike]ruthlessly spammed[/strike] let the main CF threads know about the expanded nature of Secret Santa this year. We have a couple of newer participants already, which is fantastic and most welcome! Please spread the word!

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  • Gandalf_the_CrazedGandalf_the_Crazed Vigilo ConfidoRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Hmm. Maybe.

    EDIT: It's mainly an issue of whether I have funds, so I'll wait until I have a better idea on that. :P

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  • TehSlothTehSloth Hit Or Miss I Guess They Never Miss, HuhRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Yay! Tis the season gentlemen, I'm giddy already.

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  • RyadicRyadic Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Hmmmmmm... Makes me wish I didn't sign up in the D&D secret santa. This would probably be more tailored to my actual interest in terms of gift receiving.

    Maybe Elki would like me switch since he hasn't sent out names or anything yet. I'll ponder it and then see what happens.

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  • Captain ScurvyCaptain Scurvy Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Nice im in my works shall be awsome.

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  • CrownAxeCrownAxe Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Is it safe to assume may lateness in the last one isn't going to ban me from this secret santa?

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    It will not preclude you, no.

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  • BitstreamBitstream Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Oh man. I too am waiting to make sure I can swing this financially, but I so want in on this.

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Guess who is in

    This jerk right here

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  • fallaxdracofallaxdraco Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Hopefully I get someone who will enjoy the SECRET SURPRISE I have set aside, but I should be able to get something more appropriate if necessary.

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  • WIckedkarmaWIckedkarma AustinRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Huzzah! I did the G&T secret santa last year and it was wonderful.
    This year I hope to take what I have learned from you guys and put it to use. I really hope who ever I get will enjoy what I get/make them as much as I enjoyed learning from you all and looking at everyones amazing work.

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  • SevorakSevorak Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    PM sent! This'll be my first PA secret santa. I'm looking forward to it, both the giving and receiving.

    edit:
    :winky:

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  • -SPI--SPI- Osaka, JapanRegistered User regular
    edited October 2009
    This was great fun last time, I'll totally sign up again.

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    So I said that Space Wolf stuff would be awesome, but I put IG in there too incase I get anyone who wants to make me a Dreadnoughtsurfingchimera/hydra.

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    I am thinking that maybe I should expand my wishlist to things beyond 40k, since out audience is greater.

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  • [GHSC]Ryctor[GHSC]Ryctor Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    So I said that Space Wolf stuff would be awesome, but I put IG in there too incase I get anyone who wants to make me a Dreadnoughtsurfingchimera/hydra.

    Haha you'd love me if I got you ;)

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2009
    Moar please.

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  • WulfWulf Disciple of Tzeentch The Void... (New Jersey)Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Turns out I should be able to swing something this annum, so I'm totally in after my Summer Santa Hiatus!

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'm in!
    PM incoming

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    STILL WAITING YOU DISAPPOINT ME

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I ended up writing a much more detailed list than I normally send out!

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I have also sent a PM. Ready to get cracking on whoever I get!

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  • Teslan26Teslan26 Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I think my spartan posting restricted to solely mtg thread results in my ruling myself out - but I am very much looking forward to seeing what folks get.

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Hey, this is for all CF, so MTG threads qualify too. Your posting level and length of membership certainly qualify you, so why not chuck a PM to Santa? She might well say yes, after all.

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Kris Kringle isn't a she. Sheesh, Wildcat.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I think my wearing pumps may have confused him.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    CF judges not. At least when free things are on the table. So to speak.

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  • MatriasMatrias Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    December just got crazy for me.

    I'm not dropping out. I can do it. I wish we were drawing names now, but I can still do it.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    If signups slow down considerably then I MAY close the registration period on the 15th instead of the 22nd.

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  • [GHSC]Ryctor[GHSC]Ryctor Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Honestly I hope I can get my Secret Santa soon. I want to be able to get my stuff out by the first of December.

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  • altmannaltmann Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    I'm going to pull a Michael Scott and get my KK an Ipod touch. Then I'm going to expect the same from my KK. :P

    But I really am looking forward to this!

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    Alright, I just signed up for my first ever PA Secret Santa. I look forward to being the one guy whose Santa disappears off the face of the earth. :)

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    altmann wrote: »
    I'm going to pull a Michael Scott and get my KK an Ipod touch. Then I'm going to expect the same from my KK. :P

    But I really am looking forward to this!

    The CF version of that would of course be a Forgeworld Titan of some sort.:P

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited November 2009
    We're up to a good level of participation, but there are plenty of places left! This is your last week to sign up!

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