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2019 ResetEra Secret Santa

nicoga3000

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,261
Hello everyone! It's that time of year again...

The annual ResetEra Secret Santa!

There has been a lot of back and forth over how to organize this year's exchange. I toyed with the idea of using manual PM's versus Elfster, but I settled on Elfster for one VERY specific reason. From the 2018 thread discussion:

5. Handling back and forth communication is also super difficult. I know you wouldn't think so, but let's use an example to illustrate the issue...

  • A sends to B and B sends to C.
  • A has a question about what B likes/wants so they message me. Here is a typical conversation log:
    • A: Hey Saint Nic! Can you ask my Tiny Tim if they like chocolates? Thanks!
    • Nic: Sure! Who is your Tiny Tim?
    • A: It's B. Oh and also ask if they would want some <strange goo>!
    • -I send a message to B. I get a response two days later.-
    • B: Thanks Nic! Tell A I like only like milk chocolate - none of the dark or white chocolate trash! lol Also, I wouldn't say no to <strange goo>! Hey, since I have you, can you ask my Tiny Tim if they have the following X1X games or PS4 games? <Game1, Game 2, Game 3> Happy Holidays!
    • Nic: Sure. Can you remind me who your Tiny Tim is?
    • B: It's C. Please check if they have a Coleco Vision, too! I have a few extra games I'd love to send them!
    • Nic: I'll see what I can find out!
This is just one simple back and forth. The thing is, I know have to go back and see who is B matched to (when you've got 100+ matches, it's a lot to sort through) and make sure to send the message B sent back to A. I also need to send the question B asked to C. And manage that conversation log. AND have like, 100 conversations going on like that.

The use of helper elves has been definitely a big help. But it doesn't actually FIX the biggest issues of making managing this a full time job. Which, I don't actually mind doing (hence why I've been doing it for years).
So in order to avoid that nightmare (and because I will be traveling for 2 weeks at the start of December), Elfster wins!

Make sure you have an Elfster account (or recover that password). Go in and edit your profile.

Here's the kicker.

I will be watching those who sign up and checking their profiles.

If you do NOT edit your Nickname in your profile with your ResetEra username, I will delete you from the participant list with zero warning. See the image below for what I'm looking for.



Also, you NEED to input tracking. I can't enforce that with bans or anything, but do know that I will have NO shame in posting the usernames of those individuals who choose not to post tracking.

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Additional details!

  • Sign-up deadline will be 11/22/2019
    • Don't forget to make your wish list on Elfster!
  • Tracking must be made available by 12/20/2019
  • Post in this thread and be somewhat active
    • That includes posting pictures of what you get!

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Update 11/3: Sign up deadline is 11/23/2019 and matches will go out 11/24/2019

Update 11/23: Per my recent post, I've been following along but not really saying much right now. A few stats and some new info!

Participation levels are as follows...
  • US Only: 42
  • EU Only: 4
  • Full International: 35
Also, a little FAQ/words of wisdom to help out with new folks and veterans alike!

  • Remember that you should budget around $50 BEFORE shipping. Shipping can be expensive, but that's part of the experience and is NOT part of the cost of your gift.
    • Also, $50 is not really the max OR min. Really, it's the, "Be prepared to have this much ready to go for a gift, but you can spend more or less. Just be reasonable and understanding of the situation."
  • In your wishlist, it's not a bad idea to mention if you like homemade gifts or not. Don't feel bad saying you don't want them - you're not hurting anyone's feelings.
  • While not "required", you absolutely should post a picture of your gift here in this thread.
  • You need to PM me your tracking info. You may or may not get a response, but it is required and may be cause for bans on future participation.
  • POST ON THIS WEBSITE! We don't have a minimum post count requirement like we did on GAF, so the onus on YOU to participate and make sure your Secret Santa can properly forum stalk you.
  • More wishlist stuff...Be as descriptive as possible (if you're even a little bit picky on gifts, goodies, collectibles).
    • Maybe include food allergies in case you request candies or snacks?
    • Also favorite color, clothing size if you're interested in gaming related shirts/hoodies/whatever
  • The whole NSFW thing hasn't really been an issue up to now...But some folks enjoy the experience of getting NSFW stuff! Do NOT assume that your Tiny Tim is OK with it, though. ONLY engage in that if they make mention of it in their wishlist!

That's all for the moment. I'll keep thinking and will update accordingly!
 
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UnluckyKate

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,033
Oh yeah I'm in like every year ! Thanks for the amazing work as usual Nicoga !

I hope to be able to send and recieve, last year was a bit of a bummer for me haha
 

Jam

Member
Oct 25, 2017
4,746
Haven’t participated before but tempted this year, I always enjoy looking through the thread when everyone is posting their dank gifts they received!

You do a good job organising this man.
 

FaceHugger

Member
Oct 27, 2017
8,737
Signing up now, what is the Gift Exchange Date and RSVP Deadline?

Fuck it I did Dec 25th. Is there a sign up link?

Anyways OP I signed up on Elfster with my name here, FaceHugger. $400 limit I set that I'll gift. Not sure what else I need to do.
 
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nicoga3000

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,261
Signing up now, what is the Gift Exchange Date and RSVP Deadline?

Fuck it I did Dec 25th. Is there a sign up link?

Anyways OP I signed up on Elfster with my name here, FaceHugger. $400 limit I set that I'll gift. Not sure what else I need to do.
No signup link yet. I need to learn how to hide text from non-members so that we can limit the participants to Era users only.
 

FaceHugger

Member
Oct 27, 2017
8,737
No signup link yet. I need to learn how to hide text from non-members so that we can limit the participants to Era users only.
Oh ok. Well I changed my nickname to FaceHugger and my real name is listed - I mean fuck it, the mods already have my genuine info anyway. Just lemme know when I can be paired up please. I feel like giving someone a really merry Christmas this year.
 

Valdei

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
287
Magrathea
No signup link yet. I need to learn how to hide text from non-members so that we can limit the participants to Era users only.
One way to hide links and other content put a hide tag around whatever it is. This does hide it from non members (you can test it for yourself to see). The other way is 'quote to reveal' which is done so by putting a regular spoiler tag without any text between the tags.
Edit: (spoiler=put your text here)(/close tag). Of course without the parenthesis.
 
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Jo-awn

Member
Oct 25, 2017
820
New York, NY
I've made a few financial gambles that have yet to pay off but I can get creative and improvise so I'm in once again since this is one of the traditions I love. It's probably going to be a tighter budget this year unless I ship out items from online retailers (and subject to who I get as a TT). But I've taken great pleasure in making custom holiday cards with art and this is one of the few things I look forward to every year. This will mark 5 years doing it IIRC. Past year Christmas card themes include:

Year 1: Chibi Robo
Year 2: Family-friendly, Christmas themed Brave Heart and Scarface mashup
Year 3: Animal Crossing
Year 4: Yokai Watch
Year 5: ???

I'm sure I left and will leave a bunch of bread crumb trails through my post history for my future recipient to sleuth through. I'll post more detailed info once the link goes live and I've officially signed up including hints and notes. For now, I better check my Elfster account to ensure it's up to date.
 

SeanShards

Member
Oct 25, 2017
1,136
I had to skip last year, but I might be in this year. Will have a think.

Thanks as always for your work in doing this nicoga3000. Truly our Saint Nic!
 

Jo-awn

Member
Oct 25, 2017
820
New York, NY
nicoga3000 Quick question for you. I'm considering signing up for another online community Secret Santa that also uses Elfster to assign and manage recipients. But I go by another handle on that community. Would it be best to keep my handle in my name info for that community and handle for this forum in my nickname for this SS? For example Name "Handle 1" Surname. Or should I make a separate Elfster account under another email address to prevent confusion between the two communities?
 

Fliesen

Member
Oct 25, 2017
5,409
It is on like Donkey Kong!

I am so in, this is soooo much fun each year.

Thanks nicoga3000 for organizing this again.

Btw: There's several things people are often debating of how they should be handled, so here it goes:

* I will reveal myself to my Tiny Tim in their package - there's people who wanna keep the thing a secret throughout, but i love being able to thank my Secret Santa by name and not just thanking an anonymous benefactor.
* I'm gonna open my package upon arrival, and not wait for Dec 25th - unless there's a note explicitly asking me to wait
* I'd love my Tiny Tim to do the same, because i think Dec 24th / 25th is a buuuuusy ass time for most people and i think the posting of gifts should be spread out over a longer period of time, instead of the thread growing by 3 pages on a single day.
 
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nicoga3000

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,261
nicoga3000 Quick question for you. I'm considering signing up for another online community Secret Santa that also uses Elfster to assign and manage recipients. But I go by another handle on that community. Would it be best to keep my handle in my name info for that community and handle for this forum in my nickname for this SS? For example Name "Handle 1" Surname. Or should I make a separate Elfster account under another email address to prevent confusion between the two communities?
So my account is actually as shown in the OP. My name is my account here as I'd my nickname. You may be able to go that route if you wanted to utilize the same account.
 
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nicoga3000

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Oct 25, 2017
3,261
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Oct 26, 2017
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I've always meant to join, but I've been too intimidated seeing the amazing gifts people come up with and that I'm going to let some poor sucker down.
 
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nicoga3000

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Oct 25, 2017
3,261
OK - I have updated the OP with three exchanges. I went with US Only, EU Only, and Full International.

You're welcome to sign up for more than one if you'd like, but please recognize that if you're outside the US, you should NOT sign up for the US exchange (and same goes for outside the EU).

I'll start updating the OP with new info over the next few days.
 

SchuckyDucky

Avenger
Nov 5, 2017
1,956
Hello everyone! It's that time of year again...

The annual ResetEra Secret Santa!

There has been a lot of back and forth over how to organize this year's exchange. I toyed with the idea of using manual PM's versus Elfster, but I settled on Elfster for one VERY specific reason. From the 2018 thread discussion:



So in order to avoid that nightmare (and because I will be traveling for 2 weeks at the start of December), Elfster wins!

Make sure you have an Elfster account (or recover that password). Go in and edit your profile.

Here's the kicker.

I will be watching those who sign up and checking their profiles.

If you do NOT edit your Nickname in your profile with your ResetEra username, I will delete you from the participant list with zero warning. See the image below for what I'm looking for.



Also, you NEED to input tracking. I can't enforce that with bans or anything, but do know that I will have NO shame in posting the usernames of those individuals who choose not to post tracking.

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Additional details!

  • Sign-up deadline will be 11/22/2019
    • Don't forget to make your wish list on Elfster!
  • Tracking must be made available by 12/20/2019
  • Post in this thread and be somewhat active
    • That includes posting pictures of what you get!

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Update 11/3: Sign up deadline is 11/23/2019 and matches will go out 11/24/2019
I’m definitely in again this year! I however can not see the link...
 
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nicoga3000

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,261
Glad it worked!

Feel free to post some info on wishlists, interests, etc. We actively encourage forum stalking...
 

Josh5890

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
2,550
So I haven't done this in a few years on era/gaf and have never used elfster. Do we put our wishlist on elfster or post here?
 

euricaeris

Member
Oct 26, 2017
120
Hype! It was good fun last year, don't doubt it'll be great this year too!

Nabbed this from my post last year in case SS needs some help:

Gender: Male
Age: 29
Current Occupation: Writer/Editor
Do you have an email address that you'd like to provide your Secret Santa with for digital goods? PM me if needed!
Do you have a Steam profile? Not that I've used in a long time
What is your favorite color? Green
What size shirt do you wear? I've got plenty so don't worry about these!
What gaming consoles do you have? PS4, Switch, 3DS
Do you have any hobbies or collect things? Hobbies are pretty video game/Japan centric.
Sports Team: Don't follow any teams super closely but I do like the Jacksonville Jags
Food allergies? Nope!
Are you OK with digital goods? Digital goods okay but physical preferred if given the option
Are you OK receiving items from Amazon, eBay, or other online retailers? Yes.
Are you OK with NSFW goods? ...sure?
Favorite Anime/Manga Series: Hunter x Hunter is an easy fave, Yu Yu Hakusho, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Pokemon anything. I have an up-to-date MyAnimeList page (same username as here) if you wanna dig deep.
Is there anything you absolutely do NOT want to receive? Pop figures are not my jam but I won't scream your name into a full moon if you sent me one, lol
Favorite Games/Genre/Series: Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Persona 4/5, Metal Gear Solid, many rhythm games. I have an up-to-date Backloggery (same username again!) if you want more details.
Favorite Music: Rock/metal of most languages, particularly J-rock.
Extra Info: I mentioned it in the spoiler above this one but Pokemon is an easy win if you get stuck. You should find some ideas if you feel like combing through my twitter feed, too. Thanks Santa!
 
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