Official 2018 Pinside Secret Santa Participants Thread

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Official 2018 Pinside Secret Santa Participants Thread


By LesManley

27 days ago



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    #1 27 days ago

    Welcome everyone to the official Secret Santa thread for 2018! Last year we had 61 participants, this year we ended up with 113 participants!

    Last year went off without a hitch, so I'm not going to change anything. I closed the old thread since the registration time frame has now passed and I opened up this thread to keep things clean and streamlined. We can use this thread to post announcements, questions, updates, ship dates and of course to show off all our ill gotten booty that we receive from our secret santas.

    Here's how things are going to go. Today and tomorrow I will assign everyone a number and go down the list and randomly draw a secret santa for every participant. I should have everyone's e-mail address, so I will send an e-mail to each person with the name and information I have for who you are to buy gifts for. If they gave me any gift ideas or a list of the games they own that they don't display to the public, I will include those as well. If you don't receive an e-mail from me by Wednesday, Nov. 14, please PM me. You then will have about a month to purchase gifts and ship them out to your SS. The cut off date will be Dec. 13th for shipping so all items have a chance to get there by Christmas Eve. You can and should ship them out much sooner as soon as they are ready to go. You can wrap the gifts if you want and send them or even have them directly shipped to your SS if you want to save some money that way. Please do not include your name on the return address no matter what method you choose, use the name "Pinside Secret Santa" instead. That way everyone will know when your package arrives, but won't know who it is from. When you do send your gifts, please send me a PM or e-mail with the tracking information so I can add it to my sheet and cross it off the list. When your SS package arrives, please post in this thread too so the sender knows you got it safe and sound. And of course, this is an important one...after you open your SS package, post the money shots of all your goodies here and give a proper thank you shout out to your Secret Santa for doing their part to spread a little holiday cheer. Lots of people are very proud of what they buy with their hard earned money for you, so please take a moment to post a picture after opening and say a quick thank you!

    Now, I wish it went without saying, but we need to cover some ground rules just in case...

    *First off, this will be as fun as we make it. If we put in some effort, everyone should have a good time. Please check your SS's public game list on Pinside and the ideas they included (if any) and do some creative investigation. Maybe search their old posts, check out any pictures or their Pinside story if they have one.
    You are free to buy what you want, you don't have to get anything that your SS may have suggested for gifts, but please just put the same amount of thought into your gifts that you would want someone to put into the gifts for you and things should be fine.

    *On that note, no public bitching on Pinside about what you receive, that isn't the point of this. This is supposed to be about giving, spreading some joy and adding a little of that childhood magic back into the holidays again. If you really wanted an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle...but got a football instead...be thankful for what you received, or at least fake it like you would with your in-laws.

    *The dollar amount you should aim for when buying gifts is at least $30. That is not a hard cap by any means. Tis the season, so you can spend as much as you feel comfortable with, but please at least hit that number value wise so no one is short changed from a dollar standpoint.

    *I will keep track of who shipped packages and when they were shipped. I will send out a reminder to anyone I haven't heard from 1 week before the deadline, but PLEASE, be responsible and buy your gifts and ship them out before the deadline so we don't run into issues with having to track people down and recipients not getting packages in time.

    *No dead beat Santas. If you don't think you can fulfill your end of the bargain for whatever reason, please contact me and I can remove your name from the list now no questions asked. Nothing would be worse for this than someone not following through and leaving someone empty handed. By participating, you are agreeing to be responsible and fulfill your obligation to the recipient. I know unexpected things can happen, so 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 Pinside community and we all know how merciless this community can be. This is the only warning you will receive for this, so please let's not have to go there.

    Any other questions, feel free to post in this thread or PM me and I would be happy to help. That should just about cover it, so put on those Santa hats and get ready for the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny #%&$@ Kaye and let the games begin!

    2018 Secret Santas:

    1 2Kaulitz
    2 acitti
    3 action76
    4 Aflacjack
    5 Arcade
    6 ArcadeTechNerd
    7 balt
    8 bbriese
    9 Ben1981
    10 BertoDRINK1
    11 bicyclenut
    12 bladerunner
    13 blondetall
    14 BlueIrocGuy
    15 BubbaBeast
    16 Capinball
    17 Charliew65
    18 chubtoad13
    19 cjmjmm2006
    20 cletus14
    21 coindork
    22 Coz
    23 davidldennis
    24 Dee-Bow
    25 Derick2k
    26 dnapac
    27 docquest
    28 dondon4720
    29 drunkbaby
    30 Ericc123
    31 EvanDickson
    32 FatPanda
    33 Fezmid
    34 fiberdude120
    35 fosaisu
    36 fxdwg
    37 gentrsa
    38 Gexchange
    39 gliebig
    40 h8breed01
    41 HighVoltage
    42 hogbog
    43 homegameroom
    44 HotPieceOfSass
    45 Insane
    46 Isochronic_Frost
    47 j_m
    48 Jaeg
    49 Jawa
    50 Jgel
    51 joefox22
    52 jp1985
    53 Lame33
    54 LesManley
    55 LesManley
    56 Liftserv
    57 Litedpinballmods
    58 LoganJK
    59 mario_1_up
    60 Matesamo
    61 MeNaCeFiRe
    62 mercat
    63 mickey
    64 modfather
    65 MrsPin
    66 Mudflaps
    67 Muskie82
    68 NeilMcRae
    69 newovad
    70 NintenBear
    71 northvibe
    72 Outlanes
    73 pacmanretro
    74 Pball
    75 Pdxmonkey
    76 Phat_Jay
    77 Pinballlew
    78 PinballStar
    79 PinbBackpacker
    80 pinjunky
    81 Pinsterwmass
    82 Pintor
    83 Pinzap
    84 PismoArcade
    85 puck
    86 pzy
    87 RCA1
    88 RobertWinter
    89 Rock914
    90 rodcom
    91 SarverSystems
    92 SKWilson
    93 Snux
    94 Soapman
    95 Stosel
    96 stpcore
    97 swinks
    98 the96stang
    99 TheHueManatee
    100 Tomass
    101 tomdtocom
    102 TrixTrix
    103 troxel
    104 Tyamry
    105 V_piscopo
    106 Waderade812
    107 wdpvideo
    108 Wharhed
    109 Whysnow
    110 Wolfmarsh
    111 Xerico
    112 ypurchn
    113 ZEN

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    #2 27 days ago

    Pinsider flashinstinct PM'd me with a generous offer.

    "SS's can buy my decals that will be on sale in the next two weeks for 50% everything. This offer is only valid to the people on the SS list."

    Here is a link to his store...

    https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1054-flashinstinct

    #3 27 days ago

    This is going to be fun!

    #4 27 days ago

    I bet everyone's gifts will be imamaculate!!

    This is going to be fun

    #5 27 days ago
    Quoted from TheHueManatee:

    I bet everyone gifts will be imamaculate!!
    This is going to be fun

    Looking forward to it! Imamaculate gifts for everyone! Who wouldn’t want some imamaculate dirt?

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    #6 27 days ago

    #7 27 days ago

    Super excited for this, I've got some fun stuff tucked away for whomever I get.

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    #8 27 days ago

    To Make things easy, I've created a shop just for the people on this list. You must be on the list in order to purchase. If you are not the order will be rejected.
    https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1054-flashinstinct/02095-secret-santa-sale

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    #9 27 days ago

    should be alot of fun, thanks for doing this lesmanley

    #10 27 days ago

    This is the best! I’ve never shopped pinball for someone else. I also never get pinball gifts even though everyone knows how much I love it.

    #11 27 days ago

    I didn't even get socks last year! So wont be hard to best my favourite gift from last year!

    #12 27 days ago

    Mods or Robin, make this a sticky please.

    LTG : )

    #13 27 days ago

    SUCH classic Caddy Shack line that I knew to upvote it before I even clicked on it

    #14 27 days ago

    Super excited for this year! I spend a lot of time thinking through my SS gift, but my SS really blew me away with theirs!! I was surprised how spot on it was and had all sorts of the cool nic-nacs that really get me!

    #15 27 days ago
    Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

    Super excited for this year! I spend a lot of time thinking through my SS gift, but my SS really blew me away with theirs!! I was surprised how spot on it was and had all sorts of the cool nic-nacs that really get me!

    Seemed like most everybody was super happy last year. Can't wait to give and receive

    #16 27 days ago

    Never done anything like this before hoping to get in touch with my inner nerd, my boyfriend will probably help me choose gifts as well have fun everyone

    #17 27 days ago

    My SS blew it out of the water last year. I think I got one of, if not, the highest valued package last year. I’ve been stashing stuff back since then. I don’t think I can go that crazy but I’ll try to make it good for someone.

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    #18 27 days ago
    Quoted from cletus14:

    This is the best! I’ve never shopped pinball for someone else. I also never get pinball gifts even though everyone knows how much I love it.

    What this guy said! Lookin’ forward to it.

    #19 27 days ago

    This is gonna be so much fun! Reminds me of the Japanese New Year tradition of a Fukbukuro bag...just in a box. Can’t wait to get my name and gather the gifts.

    #20 27 days ago

    How will our ss kno what kind of porn to buy us? Maybe we need a thread detailing that.....

    #21 27 days ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    How will our ss kno what kind of porn to buy us?

    Probably by studying your Pinside name. Phat, I'm guessing you'll be getting 500 pound plus people doing "it". Jay , well I'm guessing it won't involve any women.

    LTG : )

    #22 27 days ago

    Porn is porn damn it! Be happy with what you get!!

    #23 27 days ago

    I'm loving it. Year Two for me

    #24 26 days ago

    We added a few more to up the total to 113 now. I'm going to be sending e-mails out tonight, so check for them in the morning and if you don't have anything from me by lunch time on Wed. 11/14, shoot me a PM and I will get you your SS information.

    #25 26 days ago

    I saw this late. If someone drops out or you need another pm me

    #26 26 days ago
    Quoted from LTG:

    Probably by studying your Pinside name. Phat, I'm guessing you'll be getting 500 pound plus people doing "it". Jay , well I'm guessing it won't involve any women.
    LTG : )

    Umm, no! Rotfl, that’s phat, not fat! I like me some phine women...... skinny red headed women that like pinball kinda phine..

    #27 26 days ago

    crazy stupid fine?
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    #28 26 days ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    Umm, no! Rotfl, that’s phat, not fat! I like me some phine women...... skinny red headed women that like pinball kinda phine..

    So we’ve got phat_jay’s gift figured out then:

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    #29 25 days ago
    Quoted from LesManley:

    53 Lame33
    54 LesManley
    55 LesManley
    56 Liftserv

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    Are you a Secret Santa twice? Crazy cool if so!
    You are already doing a lot for the pinside community, thanks again for setting this up!

    #30 25 days ago

    I got nuttin' in my inbox

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    damn golfer gofer must have stolen it. I'll fix him!

    edit: just received the email as I was posting this

    Quoted from BlueIrocGuy:

    Are you a Secret Santa twice? Crazy cool if so!
    You are already doing a lot for the pinside community, thanks again for setting this up!

    I'm going to call foul on this. les put his name in the pot twice so that he can receive 2x as many presents!!

    #31 25 days ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    I got nuttin' in my inbox
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    damn golfer must have stolen it. I'll fix him!
    edit: just received the email as I was posting this

    Ya but on your deathbed you will receive total consciousness, so ya got that goin for ya.

    #32 25 days ago
    Quoted from BlueIrocGuy:

    Are you a Secret Santa twice? Crazy cool if so!
    You are already doing a lot for the pinside community, thanks again for setting this up!

    Yeah. Going through the things that I had bought all year long for this I found I had gone way overboard, so I figured I would send out two sets of gifts since I had so much stuff, so two lucky pinsiders are going to get goodies from me. Everyone should have their Secret Santa info in their e-mail within the next hour or so too. I'll post again when all e-mails are sent out.

    #33 25 days ago

    Got my email! Excited to do this for the first time. Beware, midwest-area Pinsider!

    #34 25 days ago

    Got my email! Super excited, thanks for doing this!

    #35 25 days ago

    Got my mail, did my research, ordered everything
    Pinside-christmas is wonderful

    #36 25 days ago

    Second year, should be even better than last year! Cannot wait to see everyones photos of their swag. What do you get someone who appears to have everything, lol.

    #37 25 days ago

    I would like to update my list to the following:
    - a NIB TNA pinball machine
    - a smokin' hot supermodel (if you go with a victoria secret model, you get bonus points from me
    - a 2018 ford gt (in metallic charcoal with the matte black racing stripe package). also, please include 2 years of insurance coverage and winter storage prepayment
    - a nice, private bungalow on a tropical island (a non-extradicial island would be a plus for some future plans that I have in the works

    thanks in advance mr. gates, my secret santa!

    for my secret santa gift, I'm going to give my recipient a 'day on the town'* with crazylevi, o-din and iceman

    * funds to get everyone together, transportation and expenses are the responsibility of the SS recipient. if pressed, I will begrudgingly provide a list of things that I would like to see happen during said 'day on the town', however photo proof will be required in order to receive parking validation compensation

    a 'day on the town' is the registered trademark of cheap@ss productions, LLC which is a sovereign state limited liability corporation

    #38 25 days ago

    This will be fun, makes me wish I had sent the PM last year, instead of just responding to the thread, doh! my bad, but I followed directions this year!

    #39 25 days ago

    All the e-mails have gone out, so everyone should have one from me now with your Secret Santa info. Looks like there are lots of enthusiastic people, so it should be another great year. Any questions, don't hesitate to ask and if you run into any problems, please let me know as soon as possible. And with that...

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    #40 25 days ago

    Got it!
    Thanks Les!

    #41 25 days ago

    Got my match, thx again for doing this. Appreciate the efforts to organize..

    #42 25 days ago

    looking forward to going above and beyond last year (and 'no!' this doesn't mean that I'm sending my SS 2 run-dmd clocks!

    #43 25 days ago

    Darn it! Missed it again this year.

    #44 25 days ago
    Quoted from j_m_:

    looking forward to going above and beyond last year (and 'no!' this doesn't mean that I'm sending my SS 2 run-dmd clocks!

    what about a air ticket to a pinball show

    #45 25 days ago

    sure thing. if my SS recipient wants to go to a pinball show located in his or her home town, I'll cover the cost of that plane ticket

    #46 25 days ago

    Just ordered goodies for the person on my list!

    So happy to participate this year.

    #47 25 days ago

    Got my email....let the fun begin!

    #48 25 days ago

    I've already starting getting tracking numbers. Impressive. Some people may be able to open their gifts for Thanksgiving if they want.

    #49 25 days ago

    Already? I’m still stalking!

    #50 25 days ago
    Quoted from Phat_Jay:

    Umm, no! Rotfl, that’s phat, not fat! I like me some phine women...... skinny red headed women that like pinball kinda phine..

    Hey phat_jay, do you have this t-shirt already? Just in case your Santa has a taste for fine art:

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    https://www.redbubble.com/people/lydiakinsey/works/15796516?p=t-shirt&rel=carousel&style=mens

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