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2017 SECRET SAINTS

Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
edited February 2018 in Social Entropy++
Yes... Its already almost Christmas time again.

To anyone who is not familiar with what this thread is for here is a brief synopsis...

Every year we have a few people who just can't afford to enjoy the holidays. Maybe they want something for themselves or for family... It doesn't matter. This is your opportunity to sign up to help those who need it.

How it works: Simple! Send me a PM and let me know if you want to send gifts or need to receive gifts.

If you're a sender let me know how many people you want to send to and whether or not you wish to remain anonymous. Senders are not obligated to send. If something comes up and you can't for some reason just let me know so I can rearrange the gifting.

If you're a receiver make sure to include your address and information on what you like or a link to your Amazon wishlist. There is no guarantee you will get something off of this list but it's nice for people to have an idea. Also let me know who you are looking for gifts for: Yourself? Your family? Your kids?
Your wife? Receivers MAY NOT REMAIN ANONYMOUS. Expectation is that all gift receivers post what they received and gush about it. Because this unfortunately opens the door for people to be fraudulent, to be a receiver you need to have a history on the forums. No lurkers or new people unless you have someone who can vouch for you. I hate this rule but it's unfortunately necessary. Also YOU CANNOT SIGN UP FOR SECRET SATANS AND AS A RECEIVER ON SECRET SAINTS.

I'd like to get matches out by Nov. 17. That gives everyone 2 weeks to sign up as either a sender or receiver.

One little addition: If you're struggling to make ends meet and provide for yourself or your family in any way please do not hesitate to sign up. I know it can be hard to accept help but the people who sign up as givers absolutely love the joy they can bring to people by helping them out. There's nothing to be embarrassed about, we've almost all been there at some point in our lives. I implore you to sign up if you need to.

Happy holidays everyone!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Keeping this on the front page for people to see.

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    Blackhawk1313Blackhawk1313 Demon Hunter for Hire Time RiftRegistered User regular
    The only thing I enjoy more than Secret Satans. Arming gift cannon...

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    3 gifters so far.

    0 giftees

    Looks like you'll all just be buying stuff for me.

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Up to 4 gifters.

    Still nobody to give to.

    I mean, I guess that's technically a good thing

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Thanks for the sticky! Let's get some action in here!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    We have some action

    Up to 6 senders and 3 receivers.


    Wooooo gifting!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I just had one more sign up.

    If I don't have any new signups over the weekend I'll shut it down early so we can get gifting started.

    PS: DON'T HESITATE TO BE ASKED TO BE ADDED AS A GIFTER OR GIFTEE AFTER WE START. I'LL FIGURE SOMETHING OUT EITHER WAY

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    How many copies of Shaq Fu do you expect to pass through here?

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    How many copies of Shaq Fu do you expect to pass through here?

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    How many copies of Shaq Fu do you expect to pass through here?

    We'll be on an FBI Watch list before we're done.

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    How many copies of Shaq Fu do you expect to pass through here?

    We'll be on an FBI Watch list before we're done.

    That, of course, assumes we aren't already on an FBI watch list or two.

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    JedocJedoc In the scuppers with the staggers and jagsRegistered User regular
    edited November 2017
    I don't think we're keeping any special tabs on you lot. Just the usual couple of moles.

    Edit: Wait, no!

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    RobonunRobonun It's all fun and games until someone pisses off China Registered User regular
    TIL Jedoc has no chill.

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    What?

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    StraightziStraightzi Here we may reign secure, and in my choice, To reign is worth ambition though in HellRegistered User regular
    That's a weird bot.

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    XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    He'd be a lot better if he was Okami

    HD

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I'm going to post all receivers soon and start doing Matchups.

    Remember, that does not mean you can't still get involved!!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Ugh, my computer is being dumb so I'm a little behind.

    I really don't want to do all of this on my phone.

    At the latest it will be this weekend I get matches sent out.

    I apologize for the delay. A lot of hours at work make it tricky.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    Ugh, my computer is being dumb so I'm a little behind.

    I really don't want to do all of this on my phone.

    At the latest it will be this weekend I get matches sent out.

    I apologize for the delay. A lot of hours at work make it tricky.

    It's cool dude, take your time to make this great!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Just so everyone knows I'm finally off tomorrow and not sick!I will get matches out then!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Starting to sort this out and make a list. Anyone else want in as a giver or receiver let me know!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Ok. I have a whole weekend off and a working computer.

    Keep your eyes open for PMs within the next day or two

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Everything is organized and ready. I'm just waiting on two addresses and I'll be sending PMs out

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    THE SAINTING IS DONE!!!

    Senders if you have any questions just send me a PM. If something has come up please let me know. You are under no obligation to send. Shit happens, just let me know so I can make some adjustments so things remain fair for everyone!

    Receivers!!

    @Munkus Beaver
    @cabsy
    @Keith
    @Zonugal
    @The Cheat
    @Gnizmo

    Keep an eye on PMs in case someone has a question. Keep an eye out for packages and POST POST POST your gratitude in this thread when things arrive.

    To all senders: You're amazing people and your generosity knows no bounds. I appreciate all of you who signed up to send gifts this holiday season to help those who may be struggling.

    To Receivers: Thank you for signing up. I know it can be hard to accept charity or help but I can promise that everyone sending is EXTREMELY happy to be able to help out when it's needed. Setting up this thread and watching people post about the things they receive is one of the best parts of my holiday every year.

    EVERYONE IS AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU ALL!!

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    Jesus Christ, that was fast. Thanks @MNC Dover for Dragon Ball Fighter Z! That game has been on my wishlist since it has been announced and I am fucking pumped to play it.

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    the cheatthe cheat Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I was delighted to receive two packages tonight! gonna wait til christmas to open them, but thank you saint, you are a wonderful person and I hope your wildest dreams come true.

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2017
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    Excuse me, I have something in my eye.

    Seriously, thank you so much @Robonun , your message of well-wishings was something I really needed to see today : D

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    NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    I really loved Pillars of Eternity. A real good gift, that!

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    Garlic BreadGarlic Bread i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a Registered User, Disagreeable regular
    @MNC Dover sent me a Petco gift card for my pups, Nintendo E-Shop credit for me (perfect timing for the new Zelda dlc!) and some very kind words of encouragement

    Thanks so much! I'm always humbled by the kindness of this forum

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    Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver You don't have to attend every argument you are invited to. Philosophy: Stoicism. Politics: Democratic SocialistRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2017
    I really loved Pillars of Eternity. A real good gift, that!

    I had no idea that these were two games here! Which one should I start up : ?

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    A Dabble Of TheloniusA Dabble Of Thelonius It has been a doozy of a dayRegistered User regular
    I really loved Pillars of Eternity. A real good gift, that!

    I had no idea that these were two games here! Which one should I start up : ?

    Tyranny is much shorter with a more focused narrative.

    Pillars is much longer and more icewind dale/bg type

    So I'd say tyranny first.

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    RobonunRobonun It's all fun and games until someone pisses off China Registered User regular
    I consulted with DH, my subject matter expert who played and liked both games. He suggested starting with Tyranny, as it's a bit shorter and easier to play. Tyranny and PofE have similar control schemes (tactical RPG where you have 4 or 5 party members that you can either micromanage or let them run amok as you prefer) with a few differences that will throw you when you switch between games. Also, I have been told that in Tyranny you get to play an evil bastard anti-hero, and who doesn't want to burn a few villages now and then?

    tl;dr Tyranny by a whisker but hopefully you won't be disappointed either way

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    GnizmoGnizmo Registered User regular
    So when I signed up for this I expected something. Nothing spectacular, but a few bits that could be put under the tree and make it look a little like Christmas. I was expecting a handful of small toys and was honestly immensely grateful for it. If someone so much as says something nice about my kid I am overjoyed. Doing something nice nearly brings me to tears even for the smallest of things. This was far from that.

    I am told that this is one package of multiple. I don't know what number that is, but it is far greater than I dreamed would happen. There are 3 lego sets for my wonderful child to build that look super fun. Rey's Speeder, an AT-ST, and a Rebel Trooper Pack. I am told part of this present is incomplete without a later one. I am assuming it has to do with something in this list, but I honestly can't imagine what. This alone is more than what I would have asked for out of this. And yet there is more.

    There is also a Star Wars origami book that she will spend much time pouring over. She spent time with a different origami book for some time before getting bored with what she could make. There is literally no way for the saint that sent this to us to have known that though. Hell I don't think most of my family knows because it just never came up. It was last year and I had forgotten about it to be entirely honest. The joy she will get will be immense though since she is a huge Star Wars and art project fan.

    We have a Yoshi plushy that is in probably the perfect color of purplish pink. It is adorable beyond words. You think I am done? Hah! You under estimate how amazing the people of this forum are.

    We also have Thing Explainer. A book I did not exist but cannot be more perfect for my little one. She learns faster than I can keep up with, and pours over books like this. It will be months of love from this minimum. One year from this post she will still be re-reading this to learn more and more. I have flipped through it briefly and it seems immensely cool and covers a broad range of topics.

    Finally we have Gonuts for Donuts. A cute game that looks to me to be similar to Sushi Go. We are huge board game nerds here, and she likes playing games with us. I am thrilled to have another one to break out and try with her. It looks super adorable. I am going to love spending time playing it with her.

    I cannot describe what I am feeling right now. I will never feel bad doing something for the benefit of my child. I am a survivor first and foremost so I got rid of that silly pride thing ages ago. This goes so far beyond simply helping. Honestly, this isn't very far off from what we have been able to provide in years past. And there is more?! I don't know that I have done enough for this forum to deserve this. My beautiful, amazing, wonderful child is going to have an amazing Christmas because people on this forum decided they would rather spend their hard earned money on the child of a person who posts some dumb ass shit from time to time. Thank you. The words aren't enough, but they are what I have at the moment.

    PS. My future feet are super pissed about this Christmas. They hate you all. They are a surly pair though so don't mind them. They just dislike the fact that one of their jobs is to find any missing legos in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom.

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    Garlic BreadGarlic Bread i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a bitch i'm a Registered User, Disagreeable regular
    Someone signed my pups up for BarkBox! They got a box last night containing 2 bags of Christmas themed treats, 1 big pork-puff type chew, and 2 stuffed toys: a nutcracker and a taxi cab carrying a Christmas tree.

    I don't have before pics but here are the toys after about 15 minutes

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    And here are the pups fighting in the stuffing carnage:

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    wait what's happening

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    oh no they went into MAXimUM 0V3RB0RK

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    THEY HAVE BECOME ONE

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    PsykomaPsykoma Registered User regular
    I think you've actually adopted phase beasts.

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    GnizmoGnizmo Registered User regular
    So I believe the minor mystery of something incomplete without a later package has been solved. Went to get mail today and had several packages waiting. Inside them were some amazing gifts that continue to blow me away.

    Inside was a guide to simple stuff you can build with modeling clay as well as a set of tool to help sculpt the clay. This is amazingly on point as gifts! She has recently taken to modeling clay as her latest artistic medium to surprising success. The guide appears to focus on animals which is guaranteed to delight her even more. I am assuming the message I received re: incomplete was here and I will soon be telling you all about the amazing modeling clay . A minor mystery solve in a satisfying way. A present unto itself.

    We also have received a paint by sticker book! It is a bunch of stickers used to make animal pictures. This looks fun because stickers and animals! A twofer! I am excited to see how she comes down on this. When she does these activities with me we make it work as best we can. With her mother everything has to be perfect. I am assuming she will be doing this one mostly on her own at this age. The question is who installed their message better! I will be certain to update with pictures!

    We also have another game! Einstein: His Amazing Life and Incomparable Science. Another fun looking game! This one can even be played co-operatively or competitively! I am looking forward to lots of fun games!

    We also have a gift for my beloved spouse! I put her in because she has been having a rough year, and it is made worse by my pursuing a graduate degree (more on that in a second). She is an engineer so loves anything Pi related. So when she got an ornament with a but ton of Pi numbers she was over joyed! She jumped up and down! I was going to wait till Christmas, but an ornament feels like it needs to be hung. Apologies if it is not to the senders wishes, but I just couldn't stand the thought of the gift not being enjoyed for a whole year! It is criminal! I would like to tell you how many digits there are to it, but it is far beyond what I am willing to count. My beloved send her sincerest thanks as I had kept her inclusion secret from her because I am a drama queen who expresses it by setting up wonderful surprises for my loved ones.

    So I am pursuing my graduate degree to become a licensed therapist. I suffer from a couple physical disabilities that aren't life threatening, but make the idea of pursuing a degree and working a complete non-starter. I ultimately pulled the trigger to stop working and pursue the degree simply because I was unable to keep doing the low level work I was qualified for and have any real quality of life. I say this all so that you all understand that I did not ask for anything because I felt I had my gift. I got to pursue my dream, and the family has had some sacrifices because of it along the way. Yes in the long run this will be better for my family, but little one is young so such a concept is beyond her. Or it would have been for me I think. She is amazing and as supportive as my beloved spouse because they are both literally the best people ever. This includes times I have to tell her we can't do fun stuff cause I have school, or its related work to deal with. She just smiles and says we can do it later then. If I could figure out what series of weird decision I made to produce this kid I would be able to write a book and make a billion easy. I digress.

    In one package there were two finger puppets. I initially glanced at them and assumed they were for the kiddo and I would look closer later. As I looked at one I noticed the word Jung in big letters. Curious, I looked closer and sure enough it was a Carl Jung puppet! The other one is Sigmund Freud! I DID NOT KNOW THESE AMAZING THINGS EXISTED! I could not stop giggling at them for several minutes. So far no one else has found this as funny as I have. Rest assured, it is amazing and adorable and all of you should be enjoying their existence immensely. I assume they are for me because both are pillars of psychotherapy, and them existing in finger puppet form is fucking hysterical. I am going to be nerding out over this with my classmates and they are going to be intensely jealous. If I am wrong my dearest Saint I will correct this, but I can't imagine I am. DID I MENTION THEY ARE MAGNETIC AND STICK TO THE FRIDGE! BECAUSE THAT MAKES THEM EVEN BETTER!

    I am not one who cries easily, but I won't pretend I didn't. I won't pretend I am not crying as I type this because it was more than I could have asked for, and everything I needed. Thank you for so, so much. Y'all are amongst the best people I have ever known.

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    I LOVE SECRET SAINTS!

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    edited December 2017
    HEY! WHOEVER GOT ME ALL THREE CORE BOOKS FOR D&D 5E IS A SAINT!!!!!!!!!

    You want player options? I got 'em!
    You want tips to be a better dungeon master? I got 'em!
    You want monsters? I got 'em!

    THANK YOU MYSTERIOUS SAINT!!!

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    Raijin QuickfootRaijin Quickfoot I'm your Huckleberry YOU'RE NO DAISYRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    They're all good saints, Zunafel

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    ZonugalZonugal (He/Him) The Holiday Armadillo I'm Santa's representative for all the southern states. And Mexico!Registered User regular
    They're all good saints, Zunafel

    Good point, Stove!

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