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CF Secret Santa 2016

CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
edited September 2016 in Critical Failures
Critical Failure's Secret Santa 2016!

>Who Is This For?
While Critical Failures originated as a domain 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, we'll find a Santa to give you your own special gift of awesome.

>Awesome! What are the rules?
As previous years have started a little later than the elves would like, Santa (being the kind and considerate employer you know me to be) has tried to get ahead of the game this year, but failed miserably. My elves will have to work extra hard, but that also means we have a little less time for signups. Santa is s0rry. Names will be taken until 2359GMT ON FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER, at which point no further names will be accepted. Names will then be picked at random and assigned to individuals, with PMs sent out on Sunday 1st November with the name of your Santee (the person you will be gifting). Remember 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 her gift is going to be 31st January 2017 - that hopefully 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 SILLY GEESE. 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. Past events have gone (in general) without a 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.

>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 $15 (or $20-ish with shipping) as a minimum. The minimum price on the gift is there to prevent someone from sending like a single arm, half a body or the random pages that fell out of someone's 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. We have had some fantastic gifts in previous years and remember that giving is just as important as receiving (however don't feel that you need to spend the GDP of a small island to take part)! You will basically be held to the honor 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 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 $15 minimum requirement. There's no need to feel obligated to get someone the Complete Box set of D&D 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 if we get enough international participants I will organize everyone into categories based on location while drawing the names to try and keep international mailing to a minimum. This cannot be guaranteed though so keep in mind postage and check weights etc before buying gifts.

>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 include a country so I don't have to guess
2a. Your email address
3. What games you collect / play, or what you would like to see in a gift
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! - 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. Also, 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 funds do not sign up. The overwhelming majority of previous excuses that we get are from people not having enough money to actually purchase a gift for their Santee, this hasn't been an issue for a few years so let's keep it this way. 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 aside for the event right at the off.

>How do you assign Santas?
Utilizing super-secret scientific method and a crack team of Elves we assemble the Santa Master List™ at a classified military installation fourteen fathoms down in the general vicinity of the Marianas Trench.

It's all done in one completely random shot. I don't tamper with it in any way, though I do take some requests into consideration in setting the names in the box up (For example if there are enough Santa's we may do regional draws... depends on the numbers. If you have a real problem with postage let me know and I may be able to 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 1ess 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 skip 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 killer reindeer).

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  • see317see317 Taco Count 2017: 48 Registered User regular
    Hey, Santa, can I make a request?
    Would it be possible to add "Email address" to the signup list?
    It would make it easier to digitally gift a person, or to ask for additional information/clarification without involving proxies.

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    see317 wrote: »
    Hey, Santa, can I make a request?
    Would it be possible to add "Email address" to the signup list?
    It would make it easier to digitally gift a person, or to ask for additional information/clarification without involving proxies.

    Santa finds this... ACCEPTABLE.

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  • webguy20webguy20 Registered User regular
    Wooo secret Santa!

    I wonder if itll be another X-wing Christmas or will there be some new hotness to capture our collective attention.

    I imagine Captain Sonar will be high on a lot of peoples lists.

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  • MamaWolfMamaWolf Registered User regular
    I've been waiting for this!! This sounds like an awesome thing!! I will certainly be sending a message soon!!

    "May the moon watch over you and keep you safe through the night, 'till the morning comes and MamaWolf can protect you through the day"
    crimsoncoyoteCF SANTA
  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    Hmmmm I gotta throw a list together.

    MamaWolfCF SANTA
  • Grunt's GhostsGrunt's Ghosts Registered User regular
    Gifts? I have your gifts right here!

    crimsoncoyotewebguy20CF SANTAMamaWolf
  • DelduwathDelduwath Registered User regular
    I am iiiiiiiin. Will send the sign-up message later tonight.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited September 2016
    HO HO HO
    I have gotten a few messages so far. Keep 'em coming!

    Here's an @ for all the people that participated last year:

    @Kirindal @Halos Nach Tariff @Zombie Hero @Bursar @Hedgethorn @Gabriel_Pitt @ElderCat @Koreg @D0rkAngl @Dayspring @ArcticLancer @Nullzone @Delduwath @Denada @mere_immortal @see317 @Khade97 @MNC Dover @TimFiji @ArcSyn @Gizzy @J @valhalla130 @webguy20 @Grunt's Ghosts @Iron Weasel @Rend @The Brayster @crimsoncoyote

    Feel free to throw up a message in various CF threads that SANTA IS BACK and NONDENOMINATIONAL WINTER HOLIDAYS are saved. (I don't want to spam them and I cannot possibly cover them all)
    HO HO HO

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  • RendRend Registered User regular
    AW HELL YEAH

    CF SANTAIron Weasel
  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    Woooooo!

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    GIFT GET GIFS
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  • ArcticLancerArcticLancer Best served chilled. Registered User regular
    I'm bad at @s, but I found this anyway! I'll send in info later, but glad to be here.

    CF SANTA
  • Iron WeaselIron Weasel Dillon! You son of a bitch!Registered User regular
    This is one of my favourite Things about the NON-DENOMINATIONAL WINTER HOLIDAYS. PM will be sent to Santa just as soon as I decide what to put on my list.

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  • valhalla130valhalla130 13 Dark Shield Perceives the GodsRegistered User regular
    I would like to participate, but RL is hitting me hard lately.

  • Halos Nach TariffHalos Nach Tariff Can you blame me? I'm too famous.Registered User regular
    This was pretty fun last year, I'm game to go again, I'll buzz a PM in asap.

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  • TimFijiTimFiji Registered User regular
    I CAN'T WAIT TO SPEND MY MONEY ON YOU PEOPLE

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  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    I found the thread and am in! Oddly enough, the @ message didn't reach me. Strange....

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  • KoregKoreg Registered User regular
    Oh yes, thanks for the ping Santa!

    Non-Denominational Winter Holiday gifts for all!

    CF SANTA
  • DenadaDenada Registered User regular
    Yay! It's my favorite time of the year! I'll be sending my sign-up PM soonish.

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  • MagicPrimeMagicPrime Designated Wizard Registered User regular
    1. Is that our forum name or our horrible real life flesh name?

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    1. Is that our forum name or our horrible real life flesh name?

    Usually it's your given/legal name since things are getting mailed to you, and should make things a little less awkward if you have to pick up something from the post office... (does the post office require ID to pick stuff up?)

    On the other hand, everyone should change their legal names to their forum names :P

    KirindalMamaWolfCF SANTA
  • Grunt's GhostsGrunt's Ghosts Registered User regular
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    1. Is that our forum name or our horrible real life flesh name?

    Usually it's your given/legal name since things are getting mailed to you, and should make things a little less awkward if you have to pick up something from the post office... (does the post office require ID to pick stuff up?)

    On the other hand, everyone should change their legal names to their forum names :P

    I tried, but my full forum name is The Evil Legion of Dead Grunt's Ghosts And Other Nameless NPCs and the lady at the courthouse said they couldn't do that.

    KirindalcrimsoncoyoteMamaWolfCF SANTA
  • MNC DoverMNC Dover Game Designer/Stay-at-home Dad Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited September 2016
    Last year gift update. Thanks again to @Khade97 for the bug gear for our newborn daughter. She's finally big enough to wear them now.

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  • ElderCatElderCat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2016
    No joke my last message sent was the 2015 opt in so I just copy and pasted that and changed which wave of X-wing was most recent.

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  • GuibsGuibs Weekend Warrior Somewhere up North.Registered User regular
    Hey Santa, I have a question (since I'm a secret Santa virgin). If I get match with someone living far from me (because when you live up north, you are usually far from a lot of people), is it deems acceptable to order online something to the Santee and get it delivered directly to them? Usually easier if we have to cross borders and such...

    Might not be a problem if other Northerners ends up participating.

    Also, I'm asking this for a hmm *friend*. See, I this friend who loves to buy mini and boardgames, would come up with a list of things he would love to get without a problem. Now you see, this friend sometimes can't control this impulsive thing going and might just end up buying stuff he would have put on the wanted list. So if this would occur, my friend would like to know if I he can update his wanted list to exclude things I my friend already bought so he doesn't get things twice. Would there be a deadline to make any changes to the wanted list?

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  • ArcSynArcSyn Registered User regular
    Guibs wrote: »
    Hey Santa, I have a question (since I'm a secret Santa virgin). If I get match with someone living far from me (because when you live up north, you are usually far from a lot of people), is it deems acceptable to order online something to the Santee and get it delivered directly to them? Usually easier if we have to cross borders and such...

    Might not be a problem if other Northerners ends up participating.

    Also, I'm asking this for a hmm *friend*. See, I this friend who loves to buy mini and boardgames, would come up with a list of things he would love to get without a problem. Now you see, this friend sometimes can't control this impulsive thing going and might just end up buying stuff he would have put on the wanted list. So if this would occur, my friend would like to know if I he can update his wanted list to exclude things I my friend already bought so he doesn't get things twice. Would there be a deadline to make any changes to the wanted list?

    Buying from a local store to be delivered is a common thing for international santas to avoid international shipping costs.

    As far as updating a wanted list, you could use a third party site, but in general you won't know when/if your secret santa would buy it (may buy early if see a good price, but wait to mail until closer to dec) so I wouldn't put anything on it that you may purchase. However, I've seen plenty of posts in previous threads saying, "sorry, I couldnt help myself and bought "X" when it came out".

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    GIFT GET GIFS
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  • webguy20webguy20 Registered User regular
    Yea, last year I pretty much drop shipped my gift to my Santee because it would have been like $75 for me to ship versus free shipping from the store. They got more gift and I got less hassle. Win Win.

    As far as buying something on your list and then getting a duplicate because you went and bought it already, I wouldn't worry about it. Hell depending on the thing, like X-wing, having some duplicates is nice!

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    webguy20 wrote: »
    Yea, last year I pretty much drop shipped my gift to my Santee because it would have been like $75 for me to ship versus free shipping from the store. They got more gift and I got less hassle. Win Win.

    As far as buying something on your list and then getting a duplicate because you went and bought it already, I wouldn't worry about it. Hell depending on the thing, like X-wing, having some duplicates is nice!

    Yeah, I've always had things delivered directly as well.

    Nothing wrong with passing along a duplicate to a friend as well.

  • mere_immortalmere_immortal So tasty!Registered User regular
    Woo it's that time of year again!

    Not posted a whole bunch the past couple of months but will try and do more so my Santa isn't guessing blind.

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    HO HO HO

    Less than one month to sign up.

    HO HO HO

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    On the other hand, everyone should change their legal names to their forum names :P
    That would be a much more impressive change for some than others. :rotate:

    Also, in. Huzzah!

    Although if my Secret Santa was REALLY nice, he'd make it so more PA bros lived in and around the Chicago area to game with.

    I miss the crew out around DC! :(

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  • VanguardVanguard Pleasure sucks the life out of everyoneRegistered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    i have sent santa a message and will be participating

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  • webguy20webguy20 Registered User regular
    I'm ready for gift giving!

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  • MamaWolfMamaWolf Registered User regular
    Inhave my money saved up and am ready for this!! Hopefully I do well!!

    "May the moon watch over you and keep you safe through the night, 'till the morning comes and MamaWolf can protect you through the day"
  • DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    I'm in and excited!

  • see317see317 Taco Count 2017: 48 Registered User regular
    Signed up.
    Going to have to try and reign it in a bit this year, trying not to blow the PAX budget for South over the holidays.

    Taffy, of course, will also happen.
    Because it's me. And that's what I do.

    But, it occurs to me that it doesn't have to be just me. Mountain Man (purveyors of delicious treats in a multitude of forms) will ship this treasure to anyone. The Christmas Taffy isn't available yet, but keep an eye on This Link and it'll be up there soon.
    I hope.

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
    webguy20TheRoadVirus
  • webguy20webguy20 Registered User regular
    I love shipping local delicacies if I'm not drop shipping. I'd like to think people enjoy treats in with their gifts!

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  • CF SANTACF SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2016
    HO HO HO

    REMINDER: SIGNUPS END 2359GMT ON FRIDAY 4th NOVEMBER
    (that's about 105 hours from now)

    Get those PMs in if you haven't already. Targets Assignments will go out this weekend.

    HO HO HO

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  • crimsoncoyotecrimsoncoyote Registered User regular
    woo, finally got my PM sent

  • NullzoneNullzone Registered User regular
    Would it be a giant pain to assemble a list of those already successfully entered so that the neurotic among us can be sure we crossed our Ts and dotted our Is?

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  • webguy20webguy20 Registered User regular
    woo, finally got my PM sent

    Damn dude way to ride the deadline. :D

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