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Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:57 am
by ReplayRetro
Please could a Mod sticky this thread, thanks

Please Read This Post Fully Before Responding

Right here we go again then, yes its only bloomin October but according to the shops it's Christmas already so here we go with Secret Santa 2014, this will be my 4th year running it so hopefully i'm getting somewhere near competent at it now, as always please read this message fully before messaging me or responding i'm going to be very strict to make my life easier so any messages which do not have the correct subject line and therefore aren't filtered correctly will be ignored, thanks all

>>>TO AVOID PROBLEMS PLEASE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS & RULES COMPLETELY BEFORE POSTING OR MESSAGING ME<<<

THE RULES!
1. If you are receiving a gift then you're sending one too, no exceptions. If you can't follow this rule you WILL be named and shamed
2. Items do not need to be gaming related but please remember we're on a gaming forum so it might be a good idea to keep it on theme
3. Gifts cannot include charity donations made on the recipients behalf (not knocking charity but it kinda goes against the idea of random gifting)
4. Gifts should be between £5 and £10 there are loads of great gift ideas in this price range in stores at the moment and it should mean we all feel our gifts are the same kind of value. Of course if you're giving something out of your collection then it's more difficult to gauge its real value but please be fair to others
5. To take part you must have 50 posts or more, pretty much same reasoning as the selling rules. Hoping to attract reliable people who frequent the forums rather than just those looking to get something
6. To take part you must have been registered on the forums for at least 6 months, again this is to try and keep involvement to proper forum members

HOW IT WILL WORK;
Step 1. People PM me to enter (PMs must be received by November 20th) DON'T SEND IT YET, KEEP READING!
Step 2. After the closing date i'll work it into a list and everyone receives the details of who they need to send a gift to
Step 3. You will then find a gift for said forum member
Step 4. By December 15th all gifts must be sent out and confirmation of this sent to me
Step 5. Everyone receives their gifts and has a jolly old time with Christmas related shenanigans and tomfoolery
Step 6. A mob will be assembled to visit the addresses of those who received but did not send gifts (please provide own pitchfork/flaming torch)

HOW TO GET INVOLVED;
If you want to take part in this years secret Santa and you've read everything above PM me using "Secret Santa - I'm In" as the topic, it's important you use this topic to ensure the message is filtered into my special Secret Santa inbox, otherwise it may be ignored! Your message should include your address, gender, age, and what consoles you own (in case they want to give you a game) Personally i also recommend providing your name as it makes collecting the parcel from the PO easier, if you are getting your parcel delivered to a workplace then name is obviously crucial.
If you are unhappy putting your age please feel free to put an age range instead (ages might help your Santa target the gift)

e.g.
SUBJECT: Secret Santa - I'm In
Name: Bob Hoskins
Address: 11 Hoskins Tower
Hoskinsville
BH14 7HB
Gender: M
Age: 70
Consoles Owned: Philips Cdi
My inbox will be automatically filtering messages so please only use the "Secret Santa - I'm In" subject line for your entry, this makes it easier for me to send out addresses later, if you need to contact me for anything else please use a different subject line. Also if you don't use the correct subject line for your entry there's a good chance i won't see the message or may miss it when sending out details, It'll be your own fault so don't come moaning to me or your local MP.

If everyone who gets involved does this properly it should be just as successful as last year and a nice bit of community fun for the forum, so please only sign up if you're going to go through with it, or you're just going to cause a problem and find burning bags of turd on your doorstep (seriously, flushing the toilet isn't cheap, brown paper bags are)
Right i think that's everything, i'll once again head off to the bunker and wait for the deluge

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:53 am
by flatapex
you've twisted my arm, i'm in.....pm on its way

i'll start a subtle hints thread too nearer the time and link on here as it seemed to work well last year

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:59 pm
by rocky1980
Thanks again Matt for doing this, I know it can be a lot of Work. PM sent :)

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:27 pm
by Liamh1982
Agreeing with all sentiments made so far, very much appreciated.

PM sent. :D

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:31 pm
by flatapex
massive kudos to Matt for sorting this, I have organised more secret santas than most people will believe and trust me they are a p.i.t.a to sort

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:17 pm
by themightymartin
I'm definitely in this year. Really enjoyed the last three.

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 6:22 pm
by shiftytigger
I'm definitely in. Good to see my subtle hints idea return too.

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:18 pm
by gman72
Yeah... i'm in again. :D

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 7:33 pm
by markopoloman
Stickied... and I'm in again :)

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 11:40 am
by yakmag
Once more unto the breach...

Looking forward to this, the last ones have been brilliant!!

Kudos for doing this again!!

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:12 pm
by The Hardest of All Freds
I am in. I have a job lot of FIFA 98's to shift....

Errr, I mean I have a wonderful retro gift to give

ahem

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 3:43 pm
by Grizzly
ill think about it.

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:53 pm
by themightymartin
Grizzly wrote:ill think about it.
Oh c'mon! The only reason half of us do it is because we're all hoping for a Grizzly Gift Basket (TM).

(And yes, I'm joking).

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 6:04 pm
by Sel Feena
PM'd :)

Re: Secret Santa 2014 . . . here we go again

Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:02 pm
by ReplayRetro
Great to see so much interest already, good stuff guys
and thanks for your kind words :)