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CF: Miniature Secret Santa - Holiday Edition! Santas have been assigned!

ODAM SANTAODAM SANTA Registered User regular
edited January 2008 in Critical Failures
The ODaM Miniature Secret Santa - HOLIDAY EDITION!

Please note that some of the rules have changed in order to make the event more accommodating. Make sure you read them!

>Miniature?
By miniature I do not refer to the size of the event, which I hope will be fairly large. I am, instead, referring to the theme of the gifts being given. Warhammer, Warmachine, Hordes, Confrontation, hell, even Heroclix. I'm talking the miniatures that many of us know and love.

>Awesome! What are the rules?
Glad you asked!

Names will be taken until October 1st, at which point no further names will be accepted. In the week following October 1st, 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 it makes no sense to go blab about it to everyone. Based on miniatures 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 have the following months to collect or work on whatever is being sent. The deadline for your recipient to get his gift is going to be January 1st - 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 JANUARY 20th, YOU LAZY FUCKS.

If anyone puts it off this badly, they will be summarily barred from the next event. The Summer event went fairly well, but people put it off far too long. Order sooner rather than later so you don't get screwed by some store/shipping/natural disasters.

In order to encourage people not to procrastinate, there is a new 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 (or 15'ish with shipping) as a minimum. Some of you may note that this is less than the last event - this is because a number of people complained about not being able to get enough money together for a gift. The minimum price on the gift is there to mostly prevent someone from sending like a single arm from a miniature. I do encourage you all to go above and beyond the $10 mark if you care to, and 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 honor system to ensure that the person who you are gifting does not feel cheated.

My recommendation is to gift based on what you're capable of. 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. If you're good at converting? Well, I can't think of a better gift somebody could receive than a converted mini - unless you are good at painting, in which case painted gifts would be really superior.

Single miniatures are more than welcome and might actually be preferred in some senses, so long as they meet the $10 minimum requirement.

Examples of what might constitute a good gift:
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Examples of what might constitute a bad gift:
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Do not let your ambition exceed your means - that totally awesome idea you have in your head is worth nothing if you never actually get it done.

>I live in ______. Can I participate?
Yes! Ideally, we would get a few people from all over - the U.S., the U.K., perhaps other parts of Europe to participate. To make sending the gifts easier, I will probably be organizing people into categories based on location while drawing the names to try and keep international mailing to a minimum to make sure that everybody can participate.

>How do I sign up?
Entries are not considered official until I (ODAM 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
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 drop a couple extra dollars 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, I did not save your personal information after the end of August. 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, as I remember a couple people were moving during the summer event that made things a bit more difficult.

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 from the last event were people not having enough money to actually purchase a gift for their Santa, 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 aside for the event beforehand.

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 minis 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 supermonkeys, we assemble the Santa Master List™ at a classified military installation two miles underneath the desert somewhere in the American midwest.

Operation 'NORTH POLE' operates under the cover of a number of randomly-drawn names from a hat for national security reasons.

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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 hat up (location, for example - I do a separate draw for the UK).

>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 mystery box! 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 (With USPS it's like 75 cents, I think) 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.
  • IMPORTANT: Post in the thread that the package arrived, and show off what you got!
  • Take some fucking pictures, for god's sake! 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 entry. If you have absolutely zero posts and you register on the boards to try and take part in this, I probably won't let you participate. Miniatures tend to be surprisingly expensive, and I really do not want somebody to try and take advantage of this whole event to just get free shit.

And, well, if you try to rob the system, you do so at the cost of providing me your address.
:winky:

The Big List of Santas:
JamSessionEin
Katchem_Ash
GABBO GABBO GABBO
Timspork's Ghost
Sharp101
The Count of Midget Fisto
Gabriel_Pitt
Philodox
Wulf
Der Waffle Mous
Eldercat
MegaMan001
drhazard
Mortal Sky
Technicality
Rend
Dayspring
see317
Frosted Butts
Fibretip
Gym
Anaximander

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    ODAM SANTAODAM SANTA Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I think I covered all the bases, but if someone sees a slip in any of that let me know.

    Also Thin/Thanatos, I'm not doing this just to fuck with you, as I know you wanted to clean the stickys up, but I think there's enough interest from last time for this.

    Edit: <3

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    Der Waffle MousDer Waffle Mous Blame this on the misfortune of your birth. New Yark, New Yark.Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    hooray. Add me.

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    Katchem_ashKatchem_ash __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    I sent a PM, so I am totally in.

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    ODAM SANTAODAM SANTA Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    hooray. Add me.
    ODAM SANTA wrote: »
    If you do not send this PM, you will not be entered in the event

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    TechnicalityTechnicality Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    We never did get pics of the Gabriel_pitt tyranid bounty did we? :(

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    Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    i am in like something that easily enters some other thing that might not necessarily be thought of as easy to get in to.
    We never did get pics of the Gabriel_pitt tyranid bounty did we?
    I can take a picture of a box, and you can imagine that it's in the box. 8-)

    I'm worried that I'm not going to be able to live up to my 'reputation' since I no longer have a shite-tonne of spare tyranids laying around, and will leave my giftee sad and disappointed on Christmas morn with nought more than a spore mine blister and a bag full of spare devourer arms... :P

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    ClawshrimpyClawshrimpy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    The last one was fun, I hope this ends up being pretty sucessful, too.

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    The Count Of Midget FistoThe Count Of Midget Fisto Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Count me in again.

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    WulfWulf Disciple of Tzeentch The Void... (New Jersey)Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm totally in. Like Flynn.

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    GABBO GABBO GABBOGABBO GABBO GABBO Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm going to do a full on conversion for whoever I get.

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    Der Waffle MousDer Waffle Mous Blame this on the misfortune of your birth. New Yark, New Yark.Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Hah.

    Wow.

    It totally slipped my mind that I had my name changed.

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    PhilodoxPhilodox Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I want that gimped out pumpkin :P (or is it an Ork?)

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    EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Philodox wrote: »
    I want that gimped out pumpkin :P (or is it an Ork?)

    At best it is a gibbering chaos spawn.

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    FibretipFibretip Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    never got an answer before so i'l ask again...

    is it out of line and not in the spirit of all this to ask for something unpainted? conversions and stuff would be okay, but i don't play the game and have no space for displaying even my own models, so painting the stuff is really where the fun is for me...so is it okay to ask for that?

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    EinEin CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Fibretip wrote: »
    never got an answer before so i'l ask again...

    is it out of line and not in the spirit of all this to ask for something unpainted? conversions and stuff would be okay, but i don't play the game and have no space for displaying even my own models, so painting the stuff is really where the fun is for me...so is it okay to ask for that?

    I'd say that's fine, just include it in your sign up info.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    God damn I am so in this. PM sent. Will update the thread with what I need in a few weeks as I am about to put in a miniature order as is. I hope I get GABBO - I am terrible at converting stuff and would love a converted model.

    EDIT: It breaks my heart more people have not signed up for this.

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    RendRend Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    This sounds awesome! Kazaam!

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    Mortal SkyMortal Sky queer punk hedge witchRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    By name for the signup, does it mean screenname or real name? That one's got me slightly confused.

    EDIT:Oh, found it later in the post. Nevermind.

    Well, I should be in, then.

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    Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against Russian warships) Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Wait a second, I _know_ that hat!

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    ClawshrimpyClawshrimpy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm gonna have to pull out of the Santa this year, for a few reasons:

    1. I don't think I have enough extra funbucks for a decent gift.

    2. I am probably going to trade in or sell my Blood Angels, and I didn't wait people to gift me with Space Marines for nothing. I'm just so burned out on the force, both painting and playing wise, and I might just stop playing 40k.

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    TechnicalityTechnicality Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm in like a person who puts off decisions until the last minute.

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    DayspringDayspring the Phoenician Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Yeah why not. I'm in too.

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    see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm gonna have to pull out of the Santa this year, for a few reasons:

    1. I don't think I have enough extra funbucks for a decent gift.

    2. I am probably going to trade in or sell my Blood Angels, and I didn't wait people to gift me with Space Marines for nothing. I'm just so burned out on the force, both painting and playing wise, and I might just stop playing 40k.
    Sad to see you out of the game this time round.
    But really, problem 2 provides the answer to problem 1.
    ...just sayin'

    Oh, and I'm in.
    PM enroute ODAM santa.

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    ClawshrimpyClawshrimpy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    see317 wrote: »
    I'm gonna have to pull out of the Santa this year, for a few reasons:

    1. I don't think I have enough extra funbucks for a decent gift.

    2. I am probably going to trade in or sell my Blood Angels, and I didn't wait people to gift me with Space Marines for nothing. I'm just so burned out on the force, both painting and playing wise, and I might just stop playing 40k.
    Sad to see you out of the game this time round.
    But really, problem 2 provides the answer to problem 1.
    ...just sayin'

    Oh, and I'm in.
    PM enroute ODAM santa.

    Yeah, but I'm trading it in to an LGS for store credit, and they might not carry what my Santee could use. I'm just playing it on the safe side. I don't know how long it would take me to sell it on Bartertown, especially given it's a somewhat incomplete force. I know I can allways go down to said LGS and turn it in for the bitz box and get store credit. the problem is a Santee might want Warmachine/hordes, and this LGS in particular has a dodgy selection of those games at best. (this store has a huge GW bias.)

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    Anime OwnsAnime Owns Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    welp, I'm in

    looking forward to getting a chance to make something neat for someone

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    FibretipFibretip Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    okay... last minute panic has set in and i'm in!

    pm'd

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    Anthrax! Please.Anthrax! Please. Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I are in.

    Sending PM.

    Grimmy was my Santee and I haven't seen or heard from him at all... I sent him something I thought he'd like...

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    ODAM SANTAODAM SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    It's a bad sign for expedient gifting when people wait to the last possible minute to sign up.

    :P

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    It looks like this is going to be a much smaller endevour - not a bad thing in my book. I really wish my painting skills and conversion ability were up to par, then maybe I could get my santee something more than just whatever boxes they asked for.

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    Anthrax! Please.Anthrax! Please. Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    ODAM SANTA wrote: »
    It's a bad sign for expedient gifting when people wait to the last possible minute to sign up.

    :P

    I waited because I wanted to make sure I had money. I get my paychecks on the last business day of every month.

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    GABBO GABBO GABBOGABBO GABBO GABBO Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    ODAM SANTA wrote: »
    It's a bad sign for expedient gifting when people wait to the last possible minute to sign up.

    :P

    Send me my santee you.

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    ODAM SANTAODAM SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Signups are now officially closed. Unless I hear something from someone who did send an application in who isn't on the list, the roster is final. I'll be organizing all the information and getting the master list set up in the next few days - the assignments will probably start getting sent out on Friday.

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    TheOtherHorsemanTheOtherHorseman Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    oh crap the deadline was october 1st.

    I was swamped by classes and kinda forgot about this. Oops.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I am pre-emptively posting my Wish List.

    The thing I would like most is a Cygnar Thunderhead for WARMACHINE. I think the model is great and I've been looking to get one and then have it converted. The only idea I had for a really bitching conversion would be to flip the Left Hand up so it's in that mocking gesture that Neo uses at the end of Matrix 1.

    I also play Trollbloods and would not mind a second unit of Champions, Dire Troll Maulers / Earthbound Dire Trolls, or the Extreme Dire Troll Sculpt from Privateer Press. Again, I LOVE converted figures and I'm terrible with them myself so if my Santa is an artistic kind of gamer, well that'd just be sweet.

    EDIT: Removed Long Riders from my Wish List because I just broke down and ordered a unit.

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    ODAM SANTAODAM SANTA Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    That was a pain in the ass, but it's done! Everyone on the list should have a PM sitting in their inbox with their assignment. Hopefully I didn't botch anything up in the process - the only thing I realize I forgot to check was that nobody was gifting the same person they might have had during the summer one, but statistically I don't think that will be a problem right now. If it turns out I did do this... well, suck it up for now.

    I think that next time we do this I won't split the US and UK people, as there weren't nearly as many of you across the pond to get a proper random selection going. This time around it'll be fine, though.

    Best of luck, and don't wait till it's too late to get these gifts done!

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    GABBO GABBO GABBOGABBO GABBO GABBO Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Got my assignment, and am going to buy the model for it this weekend.
    This is fucking awesome. You kick ass for doing this dude.

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    FibretipFibretip Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    is there like a period of time we should aim to post these? I'm grabbing the stuff for mine tomorrow on my day off, but if say i finish in a week... is it better to ship it out in october? or should i sit on it for a while? not sure if we're meant to drop the stuff so it arrives near xmas, or if it's just a general thing that happens between now and then.

    and cheers for sorting all this out! It must have been a mammoth task, i'm sure everyone really appreciates it.

    oh and on the uk/us split i know i don't care what country i mail my stuff to for future reference.

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    Frosted ButtsFrosted Butts Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Damn, I got a good Santee.

    Now I need to decide what I want to do before I go down to the store to make a paint run.


    Sooo many choices !

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    GABBO GABBO GABBOGABBO GABBO GABBO Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Damn, I got a good Santee.

    Now I need to decide what I want to do before I go down to the store to make a paint run.


    Sooo many choices !

    Yeah I got a really good one too.
    I've already got my model picked out and I'm gonna go buy it tomorrow.

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    MegaMan001MegaMan001 CRNA Rochester, MNRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Oh my God. My santee is perfect. I was assigned someone who plays a certain game and faction that I recently quit. This is going to be amazing for him/her.

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