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Subject: Now the BIGGEST BGG Secret Santa EVER! Registration closes November 11th - join the party!!! rss

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In, as always! One of my favourite community moments here is the Secret Santa every year.

One of my kids still wears the reindeer ears they got in last year's giftbox

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I'm in! Second time!
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Can't wait!
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i'm in. last year was pretty good. lets try it again this year.
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In again!
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Is it already that time of the year again?! wow I'm in!


REFICI!!!!!!!!!!!!
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How could I not do this again?!

In every year and had a great time everytime.

I hope everyone has a wonderful experience.

Be sure to create/update your wishlist. That is of major importance to make it fun for yourself, both as the recipient and as the giver (if your recipient has done so).

Looks like stress-time for Octavian. Fortunately, he bears it very well.

This project has grown to amazing size, and I heartily thank Octavian and others who assist him for being willing to take this on again. A lot of folks around the world have a better holiday season because of this exchange.

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I couldn't do it last year, this time I'm in! YEAH!
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just signed up. first year doing it.
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Count me in!!
Let's be part of the magic!!
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It's time at last!
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I can hear the bell ringing already!
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This will be my sixth year of participation and it's always been such a great pleasure to take part. Awesomecross!
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Woo hoo!

Long-time gamer, first-time Santa!

Game on!
- Corey
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PaulPhoenix wrote:

I'm in a similar situation but in our case you don't send something from your collection. You will most probably buy from a local shop near your target, and your Santa will probably buy from a local shop near you. Last year I bought gifts from Singapore and USA.

But.. if the gift is sent from shop, the target can see buyer personal details, so he/she discover who is his/her Secret Santa. Right?

P.S. I really want to try this out, but i am a bit scared, because , as you can see, I have a bit of uncertainty..
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_Kex_ wrote:
why do you do this?
every year you make me torture some poor soul with all the problems that come with trying to ship something to Croatia cheaply.
do you have any idea how hard that is?

oh well...i'll let my Santa deal (have fun) with it devil


Tko zna, ako sam ja tvoj Santa, neću ti slati igre, nego ti jo osobno dostavim u Zagreb
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I've had two years of wonderful experiences doing the exchange. Looking forward to year 3. Bring on the holiday cheer!
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4 years in a row. Hope my target braces him/herself for what's about to come.


Octavian wrote:
It's that time of year again! Secret Santa 2011 sign up is now open!


BGG 2011 Secret Santa Sign Up!


What is Secret Santa?

For those who don't know, every year we run a MASSIVE gift exchange here in the BGG Community. Last year we had over 1700 people participate, and this year's will likely be even bigger!

All you do is sign up using the link at the bottom of this post. After Registration closes on November 11th, 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!

Take a look at all the fun that was had last year in the BGG 2010 Secret Santa geeklist.

GeekExchange

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 2011 BGG 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. Every BGG member is welcome to join, but please do not join Secret Santa unless you are prepared to send your eventual target a gift. 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.

Those who sign-up but don't send gifts and don't respond to follow-up emails will face the possibility of account privileges being suspended as a result, but honestly I'd prefer we not need to get to that point. If you sign up for Secret Santa treat it as a responsibility and make it a priority.

2.) You have until Midnight (CST, GMT-6), Friday November 11th to sign up. If you have second thoughts, you also have until that deadline to delete your registration. Once the deadline passes, each person involved will be randomly assigned to another participant. When you get your target, check the BGG profile of this person and choose a game (or more) off of that person's wishlist and send it in time for it to arrive by the end of 2011.

3.) You must update your wishlist (NOT want list) of games. 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 don't get something you want. The more you have on your list the easier it is for your Secret Santa to find something for you.

4.) This is an international Secret Santa. Everyone from all countries is welcome to join. Realize that you very well may be given a target from a foreign country, so be prepared to factor shipping into your gift. 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.

We will provide a list of online stores from around the world to help people who get international targets.

5.) You should buy at least one game for the person who you are giving a gift to. We do not set a minimum cost for the games you give, but you should expect to spend at least $50 USD on the gift (combined cost of game(s) + shipping). This is roughly what it would cost to buy and ship a new copy of Ticket to Ride or Dominion from your FLGS. 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/59662. Some really nice stuff has been given out!

6.) Most importantly, have fun! This is supposed to be an enriching activity - not a stressful one. We had over 1700 people participate last year and it was the best Secret Santa yet. I want to see us break the 2000 participant mark this year!


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

BGG 2011 Secret Santa Sign Up!


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. 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! And if you choose to sign up as a Give Only participant this year, A MILLION THANK YOUS to you too!

Finally, we want this event to focus on the fun so please refrain from bringing up any complaints (at least in this thread). Geekmail me with any such issues instead. I'm happy to address any and all concerns you might have.

If you are an online store and are interested in getting involved, please contact Chad Krizan at Chad@boardgamegeek.com. This thread is for questions and excitement about the official BGG 2011 Secret Santa gift exchange.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and join! To 2000 Secret Santas, and beyond!

Happy Holidays!

-MMM
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Re: 2011 Secret Santa Registration is now OPEN! Be part of the magic!
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PaulPhoenix wrote:

I'm in a similar situation but in our case you don't send something from your collection. You will most probably buy from a local shop near your target, and your Santa will probably buy from a local shop near you. Last year I bought gifts from Singapore and USA.

But.. if the gift is sent from shop, the target can see buyer personal details, so he/she discover who is his/her Secret Santa. Right?

P.S. I really want to try this out, but i am a bit scared, because , as you can see, I have a bit of uncertainty..

Most shops will mark it as an anonymous gift for you, particularly if you go with one of the retailers that offer to help with the BGG Secret Santa - wait & see, there'll be a nice long list of regional & international retailers in the front page...
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Awesome! Count me in!
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Relatively new to BGG - first time secret santa. Sounds fun! Now I have to get my wish list organized
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I might have a five year badge, but I've actually only been an active poster/reader/contributor here for, oh, three weeks? Still, I love secret Santa-ing and I'd love to get in on the magic if you'll have me!
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I just signed up for the first time! I'm a little nervous so I almost went US/Canada only but I decided to go ahead and do worldwide. I hope I don't screw up!
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The international transport companies will love this ... Bit strange, this whole thing is just a gift to those companies and customs ...

If I didn't need to pay about 60-80% of the content again to shipping and customs I'd love to do it, but I don't like filling the pockets of people who scrape money from the good hearted.
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gamerdork wrote:
Woo hoo!

Long-time gamer, first-time Santa!

Game on!
- Corey

PS ~ If I can request a specific person, I would like to have Karen Gillan as my recipient
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