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NA Official Secret Santa 2018 Now open! Signup deadline is Wed Nov 14 9:00 pm NA time

Nov 05 at 12:49:34 PM
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Ho, Ho, Ho NintendoAge! It's time for NA's official Secret Santa 2018 Edition! You are invited to participate to this year's Secret Santa event!
Some of you might ask themselves "What is Secret Santa?" - Well, Secret Santa is very simple and fun!
Any member that entered Secret Santa gets to send an awesome gift to another NA member, while getting an awesome gift from another member in return. It's even more fun when you think that giving is more fun than recieving - surprise an NA member with an awesome gift and make their holiday special.

To ensure this event is fun AND fair for everyone, there are a few rules that everyone should abide by.
Rules 
********DO NOT SEND LINKS IN YOUR MESSAGE! (unless it is under 28 characters total)*********


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Sign Ups: In order to participate - you have to sign up! Signing up is easy. Simply post in this thread between now and Wednesday November 14th, 2018 9:00PM (NA Time). You'll also be required to send me a PM with your information (See: "Directions" below)

2. Suggested Gift value is $15.00-$20.00 dollars (NOT including shipping).
 - Feel free to give as much as you want, but nobody wants to receive a box of used q-tips or 15 broken carts of Silent Service. The spirit of this event is to make someone else happy!
 - If you h
ave any question as to whether or not you'll be able to meet this monetary endeavor, please do not enter.
 - Please do not just put high value games on your list. It's great if someone wants to go above and beyond, but putting something that goes for $200 on your list is not fun.
 - Be prepared to purchase an item! Do not assume you're going to have something on your shelf that your recipient will like!


3. There will be deadlines to ship gifts.
If shipping within your own country:   Deadline is December 14th, 2018.
If shipping outside your own country: Deadline is December 7th, 2018.

Please PM me when you ship your gift out. Providing a tracking # is requested. 
You will start to receive grumpy PMs from me if I have not heard from you a few days before your shipping deadline. This is a serious commitment and I do not like Grinches. If you are very busy and may not be able to meet a deadline, please do not enter.

4. SHHHHHHHH!!!! If you happen to recieve your gift early from your Secret Santa, you can open it if you'd like... but KEEP IT SECRET!! . Share with everyone what you got if you'd like. BUT NOT until December 25th!!!!!

5. Exclusions: 'Ol Santy reserves the right to exclude anyone from Secret Santa. Do not take offense if I ask that you skip this year due to being brand new, we just don't want to take any risk of Grinches. Members who signed up after this posting will most likely be asked to wait until next year to join in the fun. If you fudged up some in last year's event, please just take this year off and don't put Santa in the awkward situation of having to ask you to sit out.

6. No drop shipping: Do not purchase online and then have the seller ship directly to your recipient. This has caused issues in the past, so please do not try this shortcut. I know it seems to make things easier, but a seller's mistake could reflect poorly on you and ruin this special event for your recipient.

7. No whining: If there are any issues, please contact me directly and do not publicly call out your Secret Santa. This just brings everyone down. We try to deal with any possible issues early enough to get you a present by December 25th. We will do our best to make things right. Any public complaining will likely be edited out by a mod. Excessive issues could lead to a ban. Sorry, this isn't very cheery, but let's keep it upbeat in the spirit of the season. No one wants to read about how your Secret Santa only sent you a moldy paper towel!

8. Grinches: I want everyone to have a very Merry Christmas. It's why I signed up for the job! If you have any issue with these rules or might run into trouble meeting the monetary guidance or shipping deadline, do not sign up. You can just join next year. Those who send a real crappy present or don't get their package to the recipient by December 25th could be subject to disciplinary action.



Whew... rules are not very cheery, but necessary. Sorry for all that, but I want to personally ensure everyone has a Merry Christmas this year.

DIRECTIONS: (A Step by Step Model of what to do if you'd like to participate...)

- Step 1:  Sign up by posting "I'm In" or some variation in this thread.
 
- Step 2: Send me a PM containing the following:

Your full name (First and Last)
Your receiving address (Where you want your gift to be sent to). Please give a full address (including country and zip code, make it easy on your S.S.)
Your Wish List. Be vague or specific, but please point them in a direction. Saying "I collect Nintendo" or "I don't care what I get, anything is fine with me" isn't very helpful. This stresses your Secret Santa out, and could end with you getting something you already have or have no interest in. Give lots of ideas! If you want a game you don't already have for a particular system, provide a link to your collection. It would not be harmful to give 3 or 4 very specific items that fall in the $15-20 suggested range.

Please also let me know if you would be willing to ship internationally or not. (Hint: When shipping internationally, you should be asked to add a certain value to the package for customs. DON'T overestimate this value, as there can be import fees for you recipient if the value gets over a certain number. This is just a reccomendation to avoid disappointments.)

Your PM to me should look something like this:

ex:          *I can ship internationally*

                Kris Kringle
               1 Candy Cane Lane
               North Pole, NY
               12345
               United States 

Hello Secret Santa! I'm an avid NES collector and I would like to get some games that I don't own yet. My NA collection is up-to-date. I'm also interested in SNES and Game Boy. Homebrew games and any kind of repros for any of those consoles tickle my interests too. RetroUSB stuff is my main focus when it comes to these kind of things, and I would love to get my hands on a copy of "The Rise of Amondus" or "Study Hall". Any other homebrew should be fine. "Commie Killer" looks fun, so does "The Incident".


- Step 3: Look for a PM from me within a day or two of registration closing with who you will be buying for this year and their nice note to you. (Don't tell them you are their Secret Santa!!!!!) Once you have their information, get to work picking out the perfect gift. Time is short! Please don't try to go hog wild and get an awesome gift that you are not positive they will love! Sticking to their note is the best bet.

- Step 4: Once you have aquired the gift(s) ship them to your person and YOU MUST PM ME THAT THE GIFT HAS BEEN SENT. It is highly reccomended you get tracking on the package, retain the customs shipping number or at the very least snap a pic of the Post Office Recipt as proof you sent your gift. It could potentially save a lot of problems later if something happens to go awry.

- Step 5: Wait for your gift to arrive and tell us all about it in the "Secret Santa Reveal" thread to be posted on Dec. 25th. You can post anytime after that. You can also reveal to everyone who you gave gifts to this year. Don't keep your recipient in the dark!

If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to PM me anytime. I will do my best to help out with any questions/concerns you might have in making the holidays happy for everyone.

PARTICIPANT LIST AS OF Nov 12 11:07 AM NA TIME:

0xero0
acidjaguar
andrew244
Archangel3090
Astor Reinhardt
AverageOliver
badhairz
Beabull
bluzebrother11
Boosted52405
BouncekDeLemos
captmorgandrinker
damcanadian
Fleck586
GameboyRicky
GoldenEyeGamer
JordyRamone
kamikaze_ekun
Katchii
Kemp175
kobun heat
Lando452
Last1Up
LutherDestroysTheGond
MasterBigCat
max2dgam1ng
Megamanfan
mjackowski21
Murray
neodolphino
NES4life
PhearedPhool
Prime2099
Pseudomyxoma
Psychobear85
rlh
Rocky
sadikyo
salparadise
senorchocotaco
smalltownguy2
smick
snesei
SNESNESCUBE64
SnoopKatt
splain
SuperJimtendo
theirontoupee
thesubcon3
twiztor
Vectrex28
Visc
WalterWhiteJr.
winterion
wolfsaq
ZeldaFreak
zfleming54

 


Edited: 11/12/2018 at 11:06 AM by Secret Santa

Nov 05 at 12:49:49 PM
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Some reminders and new things-

​-MAKE SURE YOUR LIST HAS SEVERAL $15-20 OPTIONS ON IT.   If you send me a list that has all expensive stuff, I may just delete it this year.   Sometimes people want to go above the $15-20 suggestion, but ol' Santy has seen an uptick in lists that just had $30+ items on it.

​-PM ME WHEN YOU SHIP.   Santa does not enjoy chasing people around.   Also, if you aren't on here very frequently, please check your PMs twice a week minimum during this time of year if you're participating.

​-PLAN ON BUYING SOMETHING/NO DROP SHIPPING.   This speaks for itself.   Unless you have a vast collection you're downsizing, odds are you don't have something your recipient wants.   There is a large enough time window to buy something, have it sent to you (especially so you can verify condition/authenticity/functionality/correctness), and re-ship it in time for the deadlines.   Also, maybe gift wrap the contents in case your recipient accidentally opens it early?

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LINKS TO YOUR COLLECTION, ETC.  Please don't send links in your PMs to Santa, as those get truncated by the message board.   The links won't copy over properly when your message is forwarded to your SS.   Copying and pasting an actual list is much better.  ***Using a link shortening service would be okay, as long as your complete link is under 28 characters.***

​-NEW THING: Canadian and other international participants- if you can recall who you had/who had you in years past, that would be helpful to let me know.   Santa has been several different NA-ians behind the mask over the years, and I know sometimes Canadians have tended to have repeat people, so I would like to keep it fresh for you.

​-Other than that, I am not granting specific requests this year to not pair you up with so-and-so that you don't get along with (yes, Santa has received a few of these too).    There's way less than a 1 percent chance of that happening as it is.

 


Edited: 11/06/2018 at 01:01 PM by Secret Santa

Nov 05 at 12:53:34 PM
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I'm in

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WTB:
Xyanide - Xbox - manual
Mega Man X2 box & manual
Mega Man X3 manual
Zelda 2 Trash Can

Nov 05 at 1:00:49 PM
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Count me in, PM sent

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NO CART LEFT BEHIND
My collection.
https://collection.gamevaluenow.c...
My Trades
http://nintendoage.com/forum/mess...


Edited: 11/05/2018 at 01:13 PM by Lando452

Nov 05 at 1:01:31 PM
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I'm in!

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My Sales Thread and something different from a paperclip are both here.
Everything I want at the moment's listed here. (And here's my collection for SS).
Owner of post 5001 in the Aquarius thread and 4200 in the Inner Circle HQ (Sure, why  not?)

Nov 05 at 1:07:27 PM
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I'm in!

Yes please. Have been waiting for this and look forward to it!  

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Hello!  I want your "ATLUS" stuff!  Please see my list or send me a PM if you have cool ATLUS stuff!

http://www.nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=56&am...



Nov 05 at 1:08:19 PM
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PMing. Signing up

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Official NA Discord Chat Invite:  https://discord.gg/jEEcv3e
My FS Thread: Click This.

Nov 05 at 1:17:13 PM
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I'm in

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A bug in your code isn't necessarily a bug, but rather it is an unintended feature.

My github: https://github.com/snesnescube64...
My thingiverse: https://thingiverse.com/snesnescu...


Edited: 11/06/2018 at 08:02 AM by SNESNESCUBE64

Nov 05 at 2:01:19 PM
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I'm in again this year!

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WTB Thread (Always looking for Exertainment related items)

FO/FT Thread - Xbox, PS1, Gamecube, and more!

NintendoAge Official Exertainment Thread!!!

Nov 05 at 2:01:42 PM
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Sign me up!

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Nov 05 at 2:11:56 PM
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I'm in!

Nov 05 at 2:48:07 PM
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YES, I've been looking forward to this for months! Count me in for sure  

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Former NES Sharp TV Owner



Nov 05 at 2:57:34 PM
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I'm in, I'll send you info in a few

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My WTB LIST 
http://nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=56&th...

Nov 05 at 3:50:43 PM
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"I'm In" or some variation

Nov 05 at 4:43:41 PM
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I'm in! Just sent you a message.

Nov 05 at 4:54:32 PM
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I'll be around  

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my art stuff: http://punkr13.deviantart.com/...

my FS thread: http://www.nintendoage.com/forum/...


Nov 05 at 5:55:21 PM
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I'm in!

Details to follow lol

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Looking for Nintendo signage/cabinets!!!

I have Exertainment Lifecycle 9xs for sale. Looking for NWC/low serial number SNES/NES and authorized repair center items.

Nov 05 at 6:24:41 PM
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In like the Flynn.

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My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at the Let's Play Gaming Expo last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

Oh, my WTB thread is very popular. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, Richard craniums - they all adore it. They think it's a righteous thread.
I'd also like to add that I've got my father's gun and a *scorching* price guide for aftermarket Nintendo games.
Between Dragon Warriors and nothing... I'll take Dragon Warriors - for any of my FT/FS/FO items.
 

Nov 05 at 6:37:06 PM
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Count me IN

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For sale thread located here: click
Wanted to buy: click

Top wants currently: 
Old NES / SNES era newsletters and mailings
Original GB Chinese games (CHN coding on label)


 

Nov 05 at 6:56:40 PM
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Going to add this to the quick list, but please don't send links in your PMs to Santa (link to your collection, external store links, etc.)

Those get truncated by the message board, and the links do not copy over properly, so your SS won't get a proper link. Copy/pasting an actual list is much better.

Nov 05 at 7:02:41 PM
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I'm totally in. 5 year now. I will pm my list asap

Nov 05 at 8:16:39 PM
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Sign me up, Santy!

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Nov 05 at 8:44:19 PM
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Oops, didn't realize links messed with things. Oh well, didn't know until now  

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Nov 05 at 9:10:14 PM
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Originally posted by: ZeldaFreak

Oops, didn't realize links messed with things. Oh well, didn't know until now  

I didn't realize that either until I went to do some copying of text.   

​I thought I'd better say something before I had too many messages.
 

Nov 05 at 9:19:28 PM
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Count me in again this year!!! I can’t wait!

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Nintendo= 99% complete; missing STADIUM EVENTS to complete loose NTSC set
Unlicensed Nintendo= 57.7%
Virtual Boy= 100% complete
Turbo Grafx= 99% complete; missing MAGICAL CHASE to complete CIC NTSC set

"Until the lion has a historian of his own, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter"
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