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CF SUMMER SANTA MID-YEAR MADNESS 2010!

CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
edited December 2010 in Critical Failures
It's back! The UK may be hung, the US may be teabagging, but we fight through all of this to present:

CF's Secret Summer Santa Mid-Year Madness 2010!


>Who Is This For?

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 Summer Lovin'(c).

>Awesome! What are the rules?

Just read on below!

Names will be taken until 29th May, at which point no further names will be accepted. In the day or two following 29th May, 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 31st July - that leaves you with plenty of time to put together whatever it is and get it sent out.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN TO START THINKING ABOUT MAYBE BUYING A GIFT A WEEK BEFORE THE FINISH, 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 Holiday 2009 event went without a single hitch 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 games 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 'TURN THE HEATING OFF 2010' 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 NO LONGER DO A SEPARATE DRAW for the regions of the world but if you have a real problem with postage, I can tweak this a bit).

>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 absolute 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. IN BERMUDA SHORTS.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    SANTA'S LIST OF HELPERS:

    Heffling
    TheLawinator
    Gabriel_Pitt
    Wildcat
    altmann (DESPITE NOT PUTTING COUNTRY >:| )
    timspork's ghost
    It Burns (in da crotch)
    Nax
    Anon the Felon
    Slapnuts
    Ein
    fallaxdraco
    Mad Jazz
    IronKnuckle's Ghost
    -SPI-
    Dayspring
    Matrias
    J
    Extreaminatus of the good musical taste
    TheOtherHorseman
    Verflutche
    ForceVoid
    soxbox
    Jackmode
    Ryadic
    CorporateLogo
    mightyspacepope
    SF_Dhalsim
    [GHSC]Ryctor
    Asher
    Capfalcon
    jackisreal
    Raslin
    see317
    nothingman

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Just as an attempt at modesty, it was only a 750 point tyranid army. :D

    Also, totally in.

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In for another!

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In like Flynn!

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  • NaxNax For Sanguinius! Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In!

    Nax on
    The following people are amazing and I love them: Wildcat, Timspork, Kias, Denada, susan, Sharp101, [GHSC]Ryctor, Matev, Matrias, ItBurns, Slapnuts, Dayspring, see317, and the unknown poster that sent me a box of Death Company! <3 If you get them as Santees you should buy them amazing things!
  • Anon the FelonAnon the Felon In bat country.Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Rather excited about this!

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  • TheOtherHorsemanTheOtherHorseman Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I didn't do Secret Snowytime Santa, so I will now sign up for Secret Summer Santa.

    if i get you, i will buy you a dog

    a dog trained to roleplay as a cat

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  • altmannaltmann Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In again.

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  • It BurnsIt Burns Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    So in.

    Also, I'll try not to be late this time :P

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  • SlapnutsSlapnuts Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In for the first time and super excited!

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  • EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Sent my sign-up. I was sad I missed the Winter '09 one, but the summer's a whole different ballgame for me.

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  • Sharp101Sharp101 TorontoRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Dammit, I think I need to pass on this again. Just don't have the time anymore :(

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I think we need a picture of Ein's scratch built Hydra as an example of what to give people. :winky:

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  • EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I think we need a picture of Ein's scratch built Hydra as an example of what to give people. :winky:

    Or Tim's Ork v. Guard diorama. :P

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  • Sharp101Sharp101 TorontoRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Tim gave the Ork/Guardsman/Commisar diorama to me, but it was a little damage the last time I moved. I haven't fixed it yet, but it's not that bad.

    It's so fucking awesome though. It's still on display in my case :D

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  • TheOtherHorsemanTheOtherHorseman Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Guys, as a heads up, I am terrible at everything and my gift will almost certainly be a rock I found painted to look like a rock covered in blue paint. I'll send in my little bit when I dig up the address of the place I'll be moving to in a couple weeks.

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  • Mad JazzMad Jazz gotta go fast AustinRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In, and I should be able to get this done on time without a problem (assuming I don't destroy my santee's mini during my attempts to dullcoat it this time).

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  • MatriasMatrias Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In.

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  • IronKnuckle's GhostIronKnuckle's Ghost Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I have also entered.

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  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    In like something that rhymes with in

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Dusty Bin?

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  • CorporateLogoCorporateLogo The toilet knows how I feelRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I will sign my fat butt up later this week when I take stock of my toy soldiers

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  • ExtreaminatusExtreaminatus Go forth and amplify, the Noise Marines are here!Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    What the hey, I'm in.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    D-ROK in title and location = win.

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  • altmannaltmann Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I live in USA.

    Do I need to put USA when I say I'm in florida? WTF.

    It could have meant Florida in Czech Republic though...

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  • ExtreaminatusExtreaminatus Go forth and amplify, the Noise Marines are here!Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I hear it's a popular winter vacation spot for Ukranians.

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  • WildcatWildcat Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    altmann wrote: »
    I live in USA.

    Do I need to put USA when I say I'm in florida? WTF.

    It could have meant Florida in Czech Republic though...

    Santa doesn't actually live in America, remember. And you might get someone from a completely different country altogether.

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  • EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Wildcat wrote: »
    altmann wrote: »
    I live in USA.

    Do I need to put USA when I say I'm in florida? WTF.

    It could have meant Florida in Czech Republic though...

    Santa doesn't actually live in America, remember. And you might get someone from a completely different country altogether.

    Yeah. The first time we did this, I have to say that my complete lack of familiarity with places on a globe made it so that I had to go look up some of the more obscure places in the UK, to make sure I knew where people were coming from.

    Truthfully, it's not that hard to append 3 letters to the end of your state, just for the ultimate in clarity for your potentially Namibian Santa. :P I know zip codes and the likes help, but whatever.
    Namibian Santa sounds like the name of a band.

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  • MatriasMatrias Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    altmann wrote: »
    I live in USA.

    Do I need to put USA when I say I'm in florida? WTF.

    It could have meant Florida in Czech Republic though...
    You really have no idea how typically "Oh, typical self-centered Americans..." this post looks to international forumers, do you? :lol:

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Matrias wrote: »
    altmann wrote: »
    I live in USA.

    Do I need to put USA when I say I'm in florida? WTF.

    It could have meant Florida in Czech Republic though...
    You really have no idea how typically "Oh, typical self-centered Americans..." this post looks to international forumers, do you? :lol:
    As an American, I'm pretty sure I'm required by law not to care. :lol:

    Alternative reply to altmann:
    Tell that to people who live in Georgia.

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  • altmannaltmann Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Florida:

    The only state with it's own news category on Fark.

    Florida, the state shaped like a penis.

    Florida. Fucking. Florida.

    Then again, I could have been referring to:

    Florida, Cuba.

    Florida, South Africa

    Florida, Puerto Rico

    The Florida islands... (just a hop, skip and a jump from Guadalcanal!)

    Florida, Indiana (but this is USA)

    Florida, Massachusetts (again in USA)

    Florida, Missouri

    One of the TWO FLORIDAS in New York

    So I guess I'll append the USA on my address. :P

    Then again, I just assumed that if you wrote "FLORIDA" on a letter and dropped it on the ground it would eventually get here. Because the USA is the center of everything.

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  • RaslinRaslin Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Altmann, that only really works for california and new york city :P

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I was kind of vague in my pm so SECRET SANTA, I WOULD REALLY LIKE A MANTICORE/DEATHSTRIKE PLEASE!

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Tim please have me again for your santee.

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Tim please have me again for your santee.

    What do you want?

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  • MatriasMatrias Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    tim is going to get a chimera with a dreadnought on top throwing missiles with his ccw.

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  • HunteraHuntera Rude Boy Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    I need to enter and get Tim then, as I would totally do that.

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  • Librarian's ghostLibrarian's ghost Librarian, Ghostbuster, and TimSpork Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Matrias wrote: »
    tim is going to get a chimera with a dreadnought on top throwing missiles with his ccw.

    I would also accept this. Or one with quad autocannons for use as a Hydra.

    Bonus points if the Dred is detachable and painted in Crimson Fist colors.

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  • TheLawinatorTheLawinator Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Tim please have me again for your santee.

    What do you want?

    I want everything. Probably a tank or something. I'm actually starting to have an alright amount of infantry.

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  • HunteraHuntera Rude Boy Registered User regular
    edited May 2010
    Alright, signed up, kinda hoping I'll get Tim, as he's easy to buy for.

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