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Forget Halloween and Thanksgiving - it's time to dust off your red suit and trim your fluffy white beard! It's BGG Secret Santa time!



What is Secret Santa?

For those who don't know, every year we run a MASSIVE gift exchange here for the BGG Community. In 2012 we had over 2300 people participate, and I expect this year's to be even bigger!

All you need to do is click the link at the top of this post and then click Join. Replying to this thread does not sign you up for Secret Santa. You must join through the link provided above.

By joining the exchange, you are agreeing to buy a gift for another user and have it shipped in time for Christmas. Your total cost for the game(s) and shipping should be a minimum of $50 USD.

After Registration closes on November 12th, we secretly assign everyone a gift-giving target. This means that you will be the Secret Santa for another BGG user, and you will also get a gift from a mystery Santa yourself!

Check out all the fun that was had last year in the BGG 2012 Secret Santa geeklist.



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Want to run your own special Secret Santa? The program we use to run the official BGG Secret Santa is available for anyone else to use to make your own Gift Exchanges. See http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/GeekExchange for details! (That wiki page is a bit rough - please feel free to help spruce it up - your efforts will be rewarded!)



Official BGG 2013 Secret Santa Rules:

To particpate in the Secret Santa you must agree to the following rules:


1.) First and foremost, Secret Santa is all about the giving. Getting is fun too, but be prepared for the possibility that the person who is sending you a gift may disappoint you. Most people do a good job, but there are always going to be a handful of unfortunate situations that come up.

If you sign up for Secret Santa treat it as a responsibility and make it a priority. Those who sign-up but don't send gifts will face the possibility of account privileges being suspended as a result.


2.) You have until Midnight (CST, GMT-6), Tuesday November 12th to sign up. If you have second thoughts after signing up, you also have until that deadline to delete your registration.


3.) Keep your wishlist (NOT want list) of games updated. The expectation is that your Santa will send a new game from your wishlist. Please have at least twenty currently available games on your list, and try to have most of them fall within a reasonable price range. If you have a small, expensive, or difficult-to-fulfill wishlist then don't be surprised if you get something that isn't on your list. The more you have on your list the easier it is for your Secret Santa to find something for you.


4.) When it comes to sending, the expectation is that you will buy a new game from your target's wishlist. The total cost of the games you send (including shipping) should be at least $50 USD.

There is no problem, of course, with going above and beyond - sending two, three, or even more games. The generous Santas are the best remembered! And you can make it truly special if you can personalize the gift somehow. Examples and ideas can be found in last year's geeklist: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/74475. Some really nice stuff has been given out!

New this year - to help speed up the process for when participants do not receive their gifts, ALL participants must provide proof of purchase and/or shipment. A special email address will be provided when targets are assigned. This should only add a minute or two to what you need to do, but will help speed up the process of resolving complaints considerably.


5.) This is an international Secret Santa. Anyone from any country is welcome to join. As such, recognize that you very well may be given a target from a foreign country, so be prepared to factor international shipping into your gift. We will provide a list of online stores from around the world to help people who get international targets.

Alternatively, you have the option to pick which countries you are willing to ship to. However I strongly encourage you not to limit yourself as shipping a gift to someone in another country can be a very rewarding experience. While it may add extra costs, the other person will greatly appreciate it - particularly if you can send something that is hard to get where they are from!

Also, if you are from a country that has only a few participants then I also strongly suggest you not limit your country options or you very well may end up with the only other person who entered from your country. The distinctly international flavor of the BGG Secret Santa is one of the best aspects of it, in my opinion.


6.) Most importantly, have fun! This is supposed to be an enriching activity - not a stressful one. We had nearly 2200 people participate last year for the biggest BGG Secret Santa yet. I think we can go bigger!


Click the link below and join ONLY if you agree with the above rules:.


When signing up, please note that the Give Only box should ONLY be checked if you DO NOT WANT to receive a gift. People who click the Give Only box are extremely generous members of the site who fill in to save the day when something goes wrong for other participants. We had a number of such people last year who did an AMAZING job stepping in to salvage what would have otherwise been frustrating situations.

If you were one of those saintly geeks last year, A MILLION THANK YOUS to you! If you were someone who had a replacement Santa step in and save Christmas for you, share your experience here to inspire others to do the same this year!

And if you choose to sign up as a Give Only participant this year, A MILLION THANK YOUS to you too! If you would like to BOTH sign up for Secret Santa normally AND also fill in as a replacement Santa, sign up normally and I will put out a call for additional replacement Santas when they are needed.



Finally, we want this event to focus on the fun so please refrain from bringing up any complaints in this thread. Geekmail me with any such issues instead. I'm happy to address each and every concern you have.

If you own an online store and are interested in getting involved, please do not post here. Instead contact Chad Krizan at Chad@boardgamegeek.com and he'll make sure you are set up for the initial rush once November 12th hits.



This year's official participation microbadge is a bell, created by indigopotter: mb

Check under the Special section on your profile microbadge list. If you don't have the badge, you haven't signed up! Click the link above now to sign up and get your 2013 Secret Santa Microbadge!

---UDPATE---

We have over 2000 registered so far!

Due to a minor scheduling conflict, I am extending the registration deadline to November 12th. Targets will be assigned shortly after registration closes.
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Re: BGG 2013 Secret Santa has begun! Register now to be a part of it!
Yes!

Been waiting for this!

Beware my dear target, I will haunt you! arrrh
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I tried to join, but I think the link leads to the 2012 exchange...
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richardolen2 wrote:
I tried to join, but I think the link leads to the 2012 exchange...

The first link is correct, the Click Here one, that goes to exchange #139
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Ho-ho-ho! At last! devil

I am number 7.
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richardolen2 wrote:
I tried to join, but I think the link leads to the 2012 exchange...

You don't have a time machine?

(I've corrected the bottom link. blush )
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Happy to bring cheer for a 3rd year in a row!
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One of the biggest events events of the year.
I'm now starting to fuel up the reindeers.
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SO in! Prepare for taunts galore!

Wishlist is up to date!!

Can't wait!
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Great! Wasn't expecting this so soon, but i'm happy BGG Secret Santa 2013 is on it's way... time to update the wishlist...

Have fun everyone!!
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One of the highlights of the holiday season for me - hurray to see it open!
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I've done this every year, and absolutely love it. Luckily my SS this year doesn't have to ship to Shanghai, as I'm back in the states! I shipped to Poland last year and had a blast
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Awesome! I've wanted to do this for a few years now, but this year, I think I'll finally be able to!
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Hooray, excited to be a part of the taunting giving again this year!
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Right on!!! I've been looking forward to this!
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Yeah! The fun has begun

I see, you've created a mb already, haven't you?
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Sweet! Count me in!
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I'm in! Again.
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YAY! Here we go again.
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Of course I'm in!!!!!
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Crap. I've been naughty all year.
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Fall is officially here! I'm looking forward to year 2, just need to spend a little more time with my wishlist. ..
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I'm in for my second Secret Santa
Last year I got Eminent Domain and loved it. I sent 2 games to my santee and he loves it so I can't wait to sent and receive games again
And to tease my santee, make him/her to rate and comment every game in his/her collection and maybe some new evil trick sauron
Oh, the fun cool
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Three years in a row now!!!

Is the microbadge ready yet
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Done. Year 5 now.
Can't wait for the fun to begin!devil
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