QT3 Secret Santa: Episode VII: What's in the box?

Dear QT3 members – lurkers and posters alike – it’s that time of year again when we set aside our creative differences and (at least somewhat) Internet anonymity to give each other something truly special: the gift of knowing there are real people out there cyber-stalking you. Wait, that didn’t come out right (but I think you know what I mean). QT3 Secret Santa is a non-denominational gift-giving game in which you are secretly paired with another QT3 member to whom you are tasked with giving a gift, and paired with (possibly) a third person who sends you one, too.

For reference, here are the previous years’ compilations of Secret Santa:

2007 The Qt3 Secret Santa Thread
2008 Qt3 Secret Santa: The Return (deadline to register: October 15th)
2009 QT3 Secret Santa Part III: Better Than the Last Sequel
2010 QT3 Secret Santa: Episode IV: A New Hope
2011 QT3 Secret Santa: Episode V: Santa Strikes Back
2012 QT3 Secret Santa: Episode VI: Regift of the Jedi

Assuming we have critical mass of at least 10 participants, let’s play!

Rules:

Deadline: The cutoff date for participation is Sunday, October 27, 2013. After this date, I (fire) will post all of the participants’ handles and begin matching Santas with Santees (secretly, of course).

Personal information: Please note that the exchange of personal information with any other QT3 members is not required, and that any information you send to me (the organizer) will remain strictly private. I will not disclose personal information to anyone other than your Santee unless you expressly give me permission. In previous years, there were some QT3 members who were asking for other people’s addresses to surprise them with gifts. Please understand that in order to protect people’s privacy I simply can’t do this.

‘In!’: To participate, fill out the Google Form and post in this thread to indicate you’re in! Participation includes being a Secret Santa for someone, and also being someone’s Santee.

Here is what I’ll need from you:
[ul]
[li]Your mailing address. You can leave your name out.
[/li][li]Your shipping preference. The choices are: Domestic (to your home country), Continental (in your continent); International (anywhere in the world). If you have no preference or don’t mention your preference, you will be placed in whichever bucket I find most convenient for me.
[/li]li Your wishlist, if you have one, or want to share one with your Santa. You can also post your wishlist in the thread (publicly) if you like. Having (and sharing) a wishlist is not required.
[/li]li Any special requests (relatives, roommates, allergies, etc.)
[/li][/ul]

Getting a Santee: After the deadline, I will send you (by e-mail or PM) your Santee’s address and wishlist, if provided. You will be responsible for getting a gift to your Santee. If you are shipping internationally, plan ahead, and get your gift out at least three weeks early. International shipping (especially around the holidays) can take extra time. Your gift should arrive in time for Opening Week. No freeloaders! If you don’t give a gift, we’ll know.

Giving a gift: There is a $20 minimum gift value; no maximum. You can send gifts directly from a retailer, or from your home.

Receiving a gift: When you receive a gift from your Secret Santa, it’s helpful to post in the thread saying you got it – it puts your Santa’s mind at ease. Or you can e-mail or PM me, and I’ll do it for you.

Requesting a gift: You can subtly or not-so-subtly talk about things you’d like to get in this thread, although that in no way means you’ll get what you ask for.

Keeping track: We’ll keep track of who is participating at the top of the thread. The list will be in alphabetical order. After the exchange, fire will post a summary of the Santa to Santee pairings, and links to the opening posts.

Opening Week!: On the week of December 16, 2013, we begin opening gifts. Have a camera ready so you can snap a picture and get it in the thread!

Previous offenders: If you have participated in QT3 Secret Santa in the past and did not send a gift, you are ineligible for participation this year. Sorry.

Problems: If you encounter any difficulties, or have any concerns during the process, please e-mail (fire.qt3 at gmail) or PM fire. I’m really friendly, I promise.

Checklist:

____ Post in the thread!
____ Fill out the Google form with your information (by October 27, 2013)
____ Receive Secret Santee information (by November 3, 2013)
____ Send gift to Secret Santee (International: by December 1, 2013)
____ Send fire.qt3 at gmail shipping confirmation (optional)
____ Receive Secret Santee gift (before week of December 16, 2013)
____ Post in the thread about gift received
____ Take pictures of opening gift, and post them (Week of December 16, 2013)
____ Have fun!

So that you won’t have to search for it, here’s the official empty mailbox:

Finally, a shout-out to Ryan Markel who was the previous years’ chief organizer for QT3 Secret Santa I-V.

Who’s in (30)
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Brian Rubin
Armando Penblade
Austin Arlitt
nkoan
krayzkrok
RichVR
RayTheFourth
Enidigm
Janster
Alan Friesen
IainC
Kadath
Rax Nahali
cheapfilms
tom chick
metaphaze
rowe33
ElGuapo
Galadin
Andon
Scott Dobros
Brooski
Claybob
VegasRobb
Delta
Hiredgoons
Christien Murawski
DennyA
Michael Fortson
fire

The pairings (in alphabetical order)
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Alan Friesen was assigned fire as Santee, and had nkoan as Santa. (Alan Friesen’s loot)
Andon was assigned RichVR as Santee, and had Brian Rubin as Santa. [Armando Penblade was assigned rowe33 as Santee, and had Galadin as Santa. [url=http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?73513-QT3-Secret-Santa-Episode-VII-What-s-in-the-box&p=3495644&viewfull=1#post3495644](Armando Penblade’s loot)](](Andon’s loot)[/url)
Austin Arlitt was assigned Hiredgoons as Santee, and had tom chick as Santa. (Austin Arlitt’s loot)
Brian Rubin was assigned Andon as Santee, and had Delta as Santa. (Brian Rubin’s loot)
Brooski was assigned krayzkrok as Santee, and had RayTheFourth as Santa. (Brooski’s loot)
cheapfilms was assigned Scott Dobros as Santee, and had rowe33 as Santa. (cheapfilms’s loot)
Christien Murawski was assigned tom chick as Santee, and had Claybob as Santa. (Christien Murawski’s loot)
Claybob was assigned Christien Murawski as Santee, and had metaphaze as Santa. (Claybob’s loot)
Delta was assigned Brian Rubin as Santee, and had krayzkrok as Santa. (Delta’s loot)
DennyA was assigned Michael Fortson as Santee, and had fire as Santa. (DennyA’s loot)
ElGuapo was assigned IainC as Santee, and had Scott Dobros as Santa. (ElGuapo’s loot)
Enidigm was assigned Rax Nahali as Santee, and had Janster as Santa. (Enidigm’s loot)
fire was assigned DennyA as Santee, and had Alan Friesen as Santa. (fire’s loot)
Galadin was assigned Armando Penblade as Santee, and had Hiredgoons as Santa. (Galadin’s loot)
Hiredgoons was assigned Galadin as Santee, and had Austin Arlitt as Santa. (Hiredgoons’s loot)
IainC was assigned nkoan as Santee, and had ElGuapo as Santa. (IainC’s loot)
Janster was assigned Enidigm as Santee, and had Kadath as Santa. (Janster’s loot)
Kadath was assigned Janster as Santee, and had VegasRobb as Santa. (Kadath’s loot)
krayzkrok was assigned Delta as Santee, and had Brooski as Santa. [metaphaze was assigned Claybob as Santee, and had RichVR as Santa. [url=http://www.quartertothree.com/game-talk/showthread.php?73513-QT3-Secret-Santa-Episode-VII-What-s-in-the-box&p=3495986&viewfull=1#post3495986](metaphaze’s loot)](](krayzkrok’s loot)[/url)
Michael Fortson was assigned RayTheFourth as Santee, and had DennyA as Santa. (Michael Fortson’s loot)
nkoan was assigned Alan Friesen as Santee, and had IainC as Santa. (nkoan’s loot)
Rax Nahali was assigned VegasRobb as Santee, and had Enidigm as Santa. (Rax Nahali’s loot)
RayTheFourth was assigned Brooski as Santee, and had Michael Fortson as Santa. (RayTheFourth’s loot)
RichVR was assigned metaphaze as Santee, and had Andon as Santa. (RichVR’s loot)
rowe33 was assigned cheapfilms as Santee, and had Armando Penblade as Santa. (rowe33’s loot)
Scott Dobros was assigned ElGuapo as Santee, and had cheapfilms as Santa. (Scott Dobros’s loot)
tom chick was assigned Austin Arlitt as Santee, and had Christien Murawski as Santa. (tom chick’s loot)
VegasRobb was assigned Kadath as Santee, and had Rax Nahali as Santa. (VegasRobb’s loot)

Reserved 3

Form filled in, I wanna participate!

Definitely in again - thanks again for last year, fire!

Been here, Jesus, five years now. Figure it’s time I get in on on this thing, eh?

In it to win it!

My favorite time of year on here is the quarter till xmas.

In again!

I missed last year due to stuff, but I’m in this year. Now everyone can stress about whether they’ll receive a live crocodile through the post or not.

I’ll be in as well. However, please note that your gift will be selected from the following table on a roll of 2D6.

2 Send Horror
3 Backwards Angel
4 Mongol Horde
5 Guided Missile Strike
6 Used Starbucks Iced Latte
7 A smoked Turkey
8 New Starbucks Iced Latte
9 Zweihander (only one)
10 A NEW CAR!
11 Whatever is behind door No. 2
12 Wish
13 World Peace

I am in. More info to follow. And may I say right now, thank you fire for doing the work here, you rock.

I enjoyed last years a lot, so I will rejoin for another round if possible.

Just a reminder to please fill out that form so I have your contact information!

I’m in this year. This year, I shall make something by hand! Or maybe, if I get someone with no post count, buy something weird.

As a new member I figure I should get involved in the whole ‘community’ thing. Hopefully I’ll get a sweet new Mongol Horde.

That depends on what happened to your old one.

Butt stuff.

Were choggle pants involved?