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Pinside Secret Santa Program - Sign Up Until Nov. 10th


By LesManley

2 years ago



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    “Are you interested in a pinside Secret Santa program for 2017?”

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    #1 2 years ago

    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you contacted me to participate already, you can get all the info and follow all the happenings in the new thread I created...

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/official-2017-pinside-secret-santa-participants-thread

    Thanks!

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    EDIT: There is enough initial interest for this, so we are going to give it a go. If you are interested in participating, please send me a PM indicating that. I'll keep signups open through Friday Nov. 10th, close the program that night and match people up that weekend and send out the information. That should give people a solid month to buy and ship secret santa gifts until about Dec. 12th which will be the shipping deadline to make sure people get gifts in time for the 24th.

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    I've participated in this on the video game forums before and it works really well. I actually really look forward to it every year now, it helps bring back a little more of that childhood magic on Christmas Day. Basically you opt in if you want and you get paired up with someone anonymously. You buy pinball/gaming related gifts for the other person and someone does the same for you and then send them out. You can give some gift ideas, what games you have and your shirt size, but your secret santa can get you whatever they want. They use a $30 target goal for price wise, but we could change that and/or you can go above and beyond if you want anyway. I'll post the full details of how it is done on the video game forums below so it doesn't clog up this original interest post.

    If there is interest in this, I would be happy to help coordinate. I'll add a poll to this to gauge interest and if anyone has any questions or suggestions, feel free to add them to this thread.

    #2 2 years ago

    Here are the full details of how it is done on the KLOV forums.

    "It's that time of year again!!!

    To keep it simple for everyone, I'm going to run it just like last year.

    First things first: If you feel that you potentially will not be happy, no matter what you receive as a gift, then I ask that you please do not participate. It’s the thought that counts and we want to keep this a fun, yearly event.

    In years past, KLOV has had a Secret Santa program, and it has been very successful. Signups are open now through Saturday, Nov 12th.

    I will randomly select recipients and send PMs out to the Santas after the sign up has closed. Santas should receive a PM with their recipient’s information Sunday, Nov 13th through Tuesday, Nov 15th. All gifts need to be mailed to the recipient, no later than the 10th of December (Saturday). Of course, this may mean some gifts will arrive after Christmas, but that is hard to avoid. There are no restrictions on who can participate, but I will publicly out anyone, who fails to follow through. I really hate the arbitrary cost limit, and always exceed it, but let’s consider $30 to be the cap. If you spend more, that is great, but don't feel short changed if your gift totals out to around $30 shipped. This is supposed to be for the fun and enjoyment of all.

    I will not be spending my time constantly chasing down SS's and their shipping of gifts, but I might send out a reminder if I have not heard from the SS. If you agree to be a part of SS 2016, you also agree to be responsible and fulfill your obligation to the recipient. If a Santa runs into any issues, notify me immediately please. The sooner I am made aware, the sooner I can figure a solution to the issue. Once again, if a Santa fails to follow through, and does not contact me ahead of time (to solve the issue), I will have no problem outing them to the KLOV community. This IS the only warning you will receive for this.

    Secret Santas: You need to PM me when you have sent your gift, please. It will make it easier for me on tracking.

    Recipients: Please PM me once you receive your gift(s), so I can check it off the tracker.

    Here is what I need (required information):

    Your full name and mailing address

    Your email address

    Your shirt size

    Volunteers: If we happen to get any KLOV brethren that live outside of the states, would you be willing to still be a SS for them? I will need a yes or no to this please, as it will help determine which group you are entered into, before doing the final random picking.

    Suggestions: I suggest providing a list of ideas to help your Santa out, but ultimately your Santa will decide what to give you. Not required, but if you update your Vaps, or your signature for your game lists, that could also help give your Santa ideas and direction.Please don't come into this with expectations, or have hard feelings if it's not anything on your list, just enjoy what's received. This is as fun of an experience as you make it!!

    A couple of years ago some people were unfamiliar with what this entails, so here is a quick synopsis:

    Everyone who chooses to participate is put on the list and sends me the information requested above. Once I have everyone's information, I will randomly choose recipients for each Santa. Every Santa will receive the list of suggestions and address of their recipient. They then locate a gift and send it to their recipient. Everyone who participates will send a gift, and receive a gift. Hopefully, we will not have any deadbeats this year, but if we do, I will try to cover for him or her, and publicly out the dead beat.

    Again, please PM me with the requested info. Anyone who needs ideas, or wants to see how things worked out last year, look at these threads with pictures and descriptions of gifts received."

    #3 2 years ago

    I can only imagine the "BAD SANTA" posts that would follow. I don't think we are cut out for it, frankly.

    #4 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    I can only imagine the "BAD SANTA" posts that would follow. I don't think we are cut out for it, frankly.

    You may be right. The negativity level certainly has risen in recent months on the forums. They do a pretty good job of weeding that out and deterring that over there, but it is always a possibility. I can only think of one such post in the last couple of years there and the person who made the post didn't get a lot of sympathy for his cause.

    #5 2 years ago

    This sounds fun to me - I'd love to do it. Is this something you're def doing or just thinking right now?

    #6 2 years ago

    I would probably participate if there were enough people.

    I already do several other secret santas: imgur, reddit, and some other sites I am on. One more would be fun.

    #7 2 years ago

    Technically you only need 3 people to participate for it to remain a secret!

    I think you should just move forward with it and anyone interested should just PM you their info. No need for feedback on this thread.

    You can bump this thread every week or so and update it with how many people you currently have participating and when you are closing the list.

    #8 2 years ago

    I'm in, if everyone decides to do it!

    #9 2 years ago

    I'll coordinate it as long as there is interest. It seems so far there is enough interest.

    If you want to participate, please PM me and let me know that you are in. Also, please include what you would feel comfortable using as a benchmark dollar amount. I know pinball is more expensive than arcade games in general so if people feel like slightly increasing the dollar amount we can do that. Once again, that dollar amount is just something to keep in mind when buying gifts as an average value people are shooting for, it isn't a hard number by any means.

    Also, I know there are lots of international pinsiders, so if you are out of the continental US and want to participate, please let me know too. If we can find others in your country or users willing to ship internationally since I know it is much more expensive, we can make it work.

    #10 2 years ago

    PM sent, I'm in.

    Let's make this a cool thing for Pinside.

    #11 2 years ago

    I've seen them do this on Board Game Geeks and Reddit and thought it sounded cool, but never joined. I'm in - PM sent.

    Maybe Bill Gates is joining too, and someone will get Guardians of the Galaxy....

    https://www.neowin.net/news/secret-santa-bill-gates-gifts-an-xbox-one-and-a-bunch-of-other-goodies-to-redditor

    #12 2 years ago
    Quoted from Fezmid:

    I've seen them do this on Board Game Geeks and Reddit and thought it sounded cool, but never joined. I'm in - PM sent.
    Maybe Bill Gates is joining too, and someone will get Guardians of the Galaxy....
    https://www.neowin.net/news/secret-santa-bill-gates-gifts-an-xbox-one-and-a-bunch-of-other-goodies-to-redditor

    If Bill Gates decides to participate, as one of the perks of coordinating, I will partner myself up with him and let him know that we will make an exception for him and remove any dollar guidelines.

    #13 2 years ago

    pm sent

    #14 2 years ago

    Bumping this up for the day. If you are interested, please PM me that you are in. Include your e-mail address, shipping address, shirt size, updated game list that you own if it isn't listed on pinside and an idea or two that you would like to get as a gift. Thanks.

    #15 2 years ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    Bumping this up for the day. If you are interested, please PM me that you are in. Include your e-mail address, shipping address, shirt size, updated game list that you own if it isn't listed on pinside and an idea or two that you would like to get as a gift. Thanks.

    Do you want to say how many people have officially signed up so far, not counting Bill Gates?

    #16 2 years ago

    shoudl be a fun thing. I am hoping I get BezzzzzlleeBoob.

    #17 2 years ago
    Quoted from Fezmid:

    Do you want to say how many people have officially signed up so far, not counting Bill Gates?

    I believe it's up to 8 at this point, I'd have to double check for sure.

    #18 2 years ago

    Bump! Come on and join up!

    #19 2 years ago

    Current pinsiders in on Secret Santa for this year. Anyone else looking to add a little holiday cheer this season, just shoot me a PM. Thanks.

    Wolfmarsh
    jeffc
    BubbaBeast
    Clnilsen
    LesManley
    anthonyk
    Fezmid
    RobertWinter
    Whysnow

    #20 2 years ago

    This should be fun. Hopefully more people sign up!

    #21 2 years ago

    In

    #22 2 years ago

    bump for fun

    #23 2 years ago

    Im in,lets see how this plays out.

    #25 2 years ago

    I'm generally not a joiner, and a real Grinch around the holidays, but I'm in!

    #26 2 years ago

    Nice guys! Welcome aboard. I'll send out PMs to you guys today to get your info.

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    #27 2 years ago

    I'm in. PM sent.

    #28 2 years ago

    We're picking up steam now. Up to 14 participants. If you have contacted me and don't see your name of the list, please let me know. If you would like to participate, just send me a PM and we will get you in.

    Secret Santa List:

    Whysnow
    Wolfmarsh
    jeffc
    BubbaBeast
    Clnilsen
    LesManley
    anthonyk
    Fezmid
    RobertWinter
    Ericc123
    chippe01
    fiberdude120
    flashinstinct
    Astropin

    #29 2 years ago

    Only 5 more days to get in on this! (Thanks LesManley for putting this together!)

    #31 2 years ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    I can only imagine the "BAD SANTA" posts that would follow. I don't think we are cut out for it, frankly.

    You're worried about a bad Santa? First thing that came to my mind was this guy....

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    #32 2 years ago

    Monday morning bump for those who missed it last week.

    #33 2 years ago

    this should get pinned to the top.

    tigerlaw
    xerico
    robin

    Can someone make that happen?

    #34 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    this should get pinned to the top.
    tigerlaw
    xerico
    robin
    Can someone make that happen?

    Nice idea. Up to 17 participants now, 4 days left to get in on the fun.

    Wolfmarsh
    jeffc
    BubbaBeast
    Clnilsen
    LesManley
    anthonyk
    Fezmid
    RobertWinter
    Ericc123
    Whysnow
    chippe01
    fiberdude120
    flashinstinct
    Astropin
    Pdxmonkey
    Aflacjack
    Charliew65

    #35 2 years ago

    fuggit I'm in

    #36 2 years ago

    sounds good. count me in

    #37 2 years ago

    Bump to the top!

    #38 2 years ago

    bump

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    #39 2 years ago
    Quoted from turbo20lbs:

    You're worried about a bad Santa? First thing that came to my mind was this guy....

    I would LOVE to get a secret santa gift from Weird Al!

    What the heck, sign me up to.

    #40 2 years ago
    Quoted from EvanDickson:

    I would LOVE to get a secret santa gift from Weird Al!
    What the heck, sign me up to.

    Who wouldn't? At least I got to meet him once and have him sign a couple things for me to hang in the gameroom.

    Please shoot me a PM with your e-mail address, shipping address, shirt size and an idea or two you might like to get as a gift and I will get you added to the list.

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    #41 2 years ago

    Weird Al is the man!! What a cool guy. I've sent stuff to him to have signed and the only thing that came back was what my sister sent, they just didn't even bother with mine! lol

    Anyway, I'm in!

    #42 2 years ago

    I'm in, too. PM sent.

    #43 2 years ago

    Daily bump and update. Up to 23 pinsiders now with 2 days left to get in on the fun.

    Aflacjack
    anthonyk
    Astropin
    BubbaBeast
    Charliew65
    chippe01
    Clnilsen
    Ericc123
    Fezmid
    fiberdude120
    flashinstinct
    Gexchange
    Hogbog
    Insane
    j_m_
    jeffc
    LesManley
    Pdxmonkey
    RobertWinter
    RyanClaytor
    Whysnow
    Wolfmarsh
    ZEN

    #44 2 years ago

    I'm in! I'll send a PM.

    #45 2 years ago

    nice to see the list growing!

    #46 2 years ago

    if I get stuck with ryan claytor, he's getting a bunch of porn and a lump of coal!

    #47 2 years ago

    sounds like a pretty good secret santa to me...

    I hope I get Ryan Claytor. I have some special ideas for him

    #48 2 years ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    sounds like a pretty good secret santa to me...
    I hope I get Ryan Claytor. I have some special ideas for him

    crayons and colored pencils?

    #49 2 years ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    if I get stuck with ryan claytor, he's getting a bunch of porn and a lump of coal!

    Note to self...pair j_m_ with Ryan Claytor.

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    #50 2 years ago

    if you do, I think that we should "force" everyone to take and post a photo of what they received

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