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Official 2022 Pinside Secret Santa Participants Thread

By LesManley

18 days ago


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#1 18 days ago

Welcome everyone to the official Secret Santa thread for 2022!

The name is Santa, Secret Santa! Since the last five years went off basically as smooth as OG Blofeld's head, I'll keep things nice and consistent for anyone who has participated before and not 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. It's a been another crazy year, so let's really try to end 2022 on a positive note.

Here's how things are going to go. Tonight and early 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 end of day, Nov. 16, 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 Monday, Dec. 14th 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 though. The post office will probably be backlogged again this year, so don't wait till the last minute unless you absolutely have to! You can wrap the gifts individually if you want and send them in one big box 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 and they 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 you off the list. When your SS package arrives, please post in this thread too so the sender knows you got it safe and sound, even if you don't intend to open for a while. People can be worried about porch pirates, so even if the tracking says delivered, your SS wants to make sure you got it and not someone else. 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. If there is one thing we struggle with year after year, it's this. People can put a lot of time and effort into buying gifts and can be very proud of what they buy for you with their hard earned money, so please take a moment to post pictures after opening and say a quick thank you! You don't have to gush over everything and write a super long story, but please take a minute to acknowledge what you received.

Before the fun officially commences, we need to cover some basic ground rules...

*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, please 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...just 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. This will be especially important this year with the shortfalls USPS is likely to have.

*Finally, most importantly, 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 with 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.

I think that about covers it. Any other questions, feel free to post in this thread or PM me and I would be happy to help. Let's raise those Marty Moose mugs, give 2022 a swinging paint can to the face and get ready for a better 2023 with the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny #%&[email protected] Kaye! Let Christmas begin!

2022 Secret Santas:

1 2Kaulitz
2 67cutlass
3 6point5degrees
4 acitti
5 adava
6 Aflacjack
7 amkoepfer
8 Apinjunkie
9 ArcadeTechNerd
10 ArcadeUpKeep
11 Asylum
12 Atari_Daze
13 atrainn
14 Axaios
15 balt
16 BertoDRINK1
17 bicyclenut
18 biglaw
19 bjab
20 Bmanpin
21 BoilerUp
22 bowtech
23 BroMan90
24 Ceckitti
25 Charliew65
26 Cheberha
27 ChrisPINk25
28 CoachBacca
29 Colsond3
30 Coz
31 Crispy
32 cws204
33 Daditude
34 Dan_Halen
35 DanielJDougherty
36 Dantesmark
37 davidlldennis
38 dddanielll
39 Dee-Bow
40 Demonstyl
41 dirkdiggler
42 dnapac
43 DocFinlay
44 docquest
45 drbrain
46 drewbo81
47 Dr-Tommy
48 EasternBloc
49 ElJefeSherpa
50 EternitytoM83
51 FamDocKevin
52 fastdatasci
53 FatPanda
54 Fezmid
55 FLASHBALL
56 freeplay3
57 Fulltilt
58 gamer-ace
59 Gexchange
60 gliebig
61 Gogojohnnyquack
62 GoldenBeard
63 grantopia
64 Gundam_Pilot_
65 Hadojae
66 hanford29
67 Happy81724
68 Hayfarmer
69 Haymaker
70 HighVoltage
71 hoby1
72 hogbog
73 homegameroom
74 icanswim70
75 illiterate
76 Insane
77 Ironphl
78 Isochronic_Frost
79 j_m_
80 JackG
81 Jaeg
82 Jawa
83 jazc4
84 Jenniebear
85 jesperpark
86 Jets_1479
87 Jimmyhonda
88 Jkush18
89 JNYRein
90 joefox22
91 jonnyqtrek
92 JordyRamone
93 jp1985
94 JRBBRJ
95 Judgeworm
96 K9Marshal
97 Karl_Hungus
98 KidRichard
99 Kkoss24
100 kool1
101 KSUWildcatFan
102 LesManley
103 Liftserv
104 lowbeau67
105 luckycreature
106 MacJedi
107 madamyates
108 Madsientist33
109 Mando
110 marioparty34
111 matiou
112 Mattyk
113 MC35
114 Mcshaney
115 Merendino
116 mickey
117 midcoastsurf
118 Miguel351
119 mikespins
120 Mitoska
121 Mitoska (Son)
122 Mjonesproperty
123 Moelabby
124 Mopario
125 mrSATURN2012
126 Mrsiyufy
127 Mtg381
128 Mudflaps
129 Mundy53
130 NeilMcRae
131 northerndude
132 northvibe
133 NovaCade
134 Nstone4425
135 Number41
136 Numskul
137 Octomodz
138 pacmanretro
139 Palmer
140 PappaDubz
141 Parzival
142 paulbaptise
143 paynemic
144 Pdxmonkey
145 Percula
146 Petie423
147 Phat_Jay
148 Pin_Fandango
149 Pin4myboy
150 pinballjah
151 pinballjah (2)
152 Pinballlew
153 Pinballmonkey
154 PinBall-Newbie
155 PinBobF
156 PinPickle
157 Pintor
158 PlanetExpress
159 play_pinball
160 PoMC
161 Ponzie
162 Propsnsports
163 Puffdanny
164 Purplecheesemonk
165 radfordian3505
166 radial_head
167 RC_like_the_cola
168 RCA1
169 redman822
170 Roberto_tron
171 RobertWinter
172 robnotto
173 rockwell
174 Saltimbanco
175 scootss
176 Secret Santa
177 ShooterMcD
178 ShrinerDave
179 sidetrackedbrew
180 SKWilson
181 SkyKing2301
182 slghokie
183 Sloshy
184 smalltownguy2
185 Soapman
186 somenerd
187 spida1a
188 Spunky1562
189 Staythirsty
190 SterlingRush
191 Steve_d71
192 stubborngamer
193 tbutler6
194 ThatGuyBo
195 the96stang
196 thedarkknight77
197 Thegeekyhusband
198 TigerLaw
199 Tlw7409
200 toasterman04
201 Tomass
202 TonyScoots
203 TonyVrd
204 TreyBo69
205 TroyS
206 Tusken
207 twinmice
208 undrdog
209 vabeachrunner4
210 wamonkey
211 waymon
212 wesh
213 WindRaidor
214 wireable
215 wolffcub
216 ypurchn
217 ZEN
218 zenbone

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#2 18 days ago

Let the game begin!!! So much fun

#3 18 days ago

Merry pinball Christmas

#4 18 days ago

Yip Yip. Ready to stalk my recipent!

#5 18 days ago

So excited, Christmas season officially starting for us! We're so cool, I bet most normal people aren't even thinking about gifts yet!

#6 18 days ago
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#7 18 days ago

Its the most wonderful time of the year!

Seriously though...I love pinside secret santa. Its basically my real Christmas since not much goes on with my family lol

#8 18 days ago

What a glorious way to start the holiday season

#9 18 days ago
Quoted from Kkoss24:

What a glorious way to start the holiday season

Exactly what I was going to say

#10 18 days ago

Bet you didn't know Marco's sold Chinchilla food?

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#11 18 days ago

So glad to be involved again this year. So looking forward to all the pin-mas antics.

#12 18 days ago

Let's get weird.

#13 18 days ago

First Timer!! excited!!

#14 18 days ago

Here we go. It's like the start of the Old West homesteading!

#15 18 days ago

I look forward to this all year!

#16 18 days ago

Its going to be great...

#17 18 days ago

Excellent!!! Thank

#18 18 days ago

Wow 211 participants…this is so awesome every year it just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Can’t wait to start stalking my recipient this year!!!

#19 18 days ago

Oh no is Santa gonna shoot me this year? Was I that bad?

#20 18 days ago
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#21 18 days ago

Looking forward to this.

#22 18 days ago

Ready to stalk

#23 18 days ago

I'm so excited about this! I'm brand new to the pinball world and I feel like this was the best way to meet some great people and learn about the game! Thanks for allowing me to join!!

#24 18 days ago

I do have one reveal pic.

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#26 18 days ago

I can’t wait!!!

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#27 18 days ago

I’m excited!!

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#28 17 days ago

That is one heck of a participant list this year!! Should be fun to see more gifts then ever posted on this thread.

#29 17 days ago

Game on!

#30 17 days ago

Awesome!! This is gonna be fun!

#31 17 days ago
Quoted from luckycreature:

Yip Yip. Ready to stalk my recipent!

thought the same thing. To help my stalker I put up all new pictures of the game room and pins.

#32 17 days ago

Make sure, yes you, take pictures of all your pins and games rooms. Gives someone like a a chance to see holes where you could get signed art or zoom in at what mod you might need on a pin. More pictures the better. Oh and YES you, I’m talking to you. LOL

#33 17 days ago

A Helen sticker for my Acdc pro would be a Xmas miracle!

#34 17 days ago
Quoted from TroyS:

Make sure, yes you, take pictures of all your pins and games rooms. Gives someone like a a chance to see holes where you could get signed art or zoom in at what mod you might need on a pin. More pictures the better. Oh and YES you, I’m talking to you. LOL

Good call. I'll take some updated pics of mine soon.

#35 17 days ago
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#36 17 days ago

Let's Go. waaaaaaiting for the email to get started (just excited)

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#37 17 days ago

You can feel the energy building.

#38 17 days ago

thank you LesManley for taking on this awesome task yet again!

I wonder how many people will send him a fuzzy little friend this year in gratitude?

#39 17 days ago
Quoted from j_m_:

thank you LesManley for taking on this awesome task yet again!
I wonder how many people will send him a fuzzy little friend this year in gratitude?

Do we know his address to send him things?

#40 17 days ago

Maybe we should list our pinball bff that knows all of our pinball needs and fantasies

#41 17 days ago
Quoted from Puffdanny:

Maybe we should list our pinball bff that knows all of our pinball needs and fantasies

That's a good idea!

#42 17 days ago

Santa is warming up for the season!

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#43 17 days ago

I been refreshing my email all day

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#44 17 days ago

Yeah I'm with you and can't wait to stock my PinSider and get on the ordering..

#45 16 days ago
Quoted from Puffdanny:

Maybe we should list our pinball bff that knows all of our pinball needs and fantasies

Dan if you list me, im suggesting stuff for myself.

#46 16 days ago

I hope somebody gets one of these..I've seen some great holiday sweaters this year

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#47 16 days ago
Quoted from amkoepfer:

Dan if you list me, im suggesting stuff for myself.

I'd do the same you'd end up with vodka and snacks

#48 16 days ago
Quoted from TroyS:

Do we know his address to send him things?

123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888

#49 16 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888

LOL it would be fun to send an AirTag to that and see where it goes.

#50 16 days ago

He referenced if we have not heard by end of day today. TODAY we get our stalkers (I mean Sanata's)!!

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