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Subject: BGG Secret Santa 2016 - Pregame Thread. REGISTRATION OPENS October 22nd rss

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BGG 2016 Secret Santa !



BGGers know that October means it is time to get excited about Secret Santa!


What is Secret Santa?

For those who don't know, every year we run a MASSIVE gift exchange here for the BGG Community. Last year around 3000 of your fellow geeks participated!


What do I do if I participate?

By joining the exchange, you are agreeing to be a Santa for another randomly chosen participant. Being a Santa means buying an appropriate gift for your target and have it shipped in time for Christmas. The total cost for the game(s) and shipping needs to be at least $50 USD.

You also need to keep an up-to-date Wishlist of games you would like from your own Santa.

Sounds great! When can I sign up?

Registration for BGG Secret Santa 2016 will open OCTOBER 22ND.

Registration will close on NOVEMBER 12TH and targets will be assigned sometime on NOVEMBER 13th.

In past years registration started around now and remained open for six weeks. However the middle weeks of that period did not lead to a large number of additional participants, and a large portion of problems where someone forgot to send a gift were cases where people signed up right at the start and then forgot about it in the intervening six weeks. We are experimenting with a three week registration window this year in hopes of curtailing those forgotten registration issues.


Secret Santa sounds like a lot of fun! Can I set up my own exchange?

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 - Santa's elves will reward your efforts!)


I have a question not answered here.

This thread is a great place to ask it! This is the Pregame party for the Main Event - if you have any questions or concerns you would like answered before registration officially opens, ask them here! I and countless other Secret Santa experts will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Get excited, everybody! The most wonderful time of the year is upon us!

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Woohoo! This is almost as good as getting to sign up now and is reason enough to switch to the Secret Santa avatar anyway.
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I can't wait to join again this year!
For all new BGGers reading this post and doubting if they should join; stop doubting! It is the greatest BGG event to join every year and there is so much joy in teasing (optional) and gifting to year assignee. As a great bonus you will also receive gifts!

I will join again this year and can't wait for the event to start
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I love secret Santa!! Can't wait!
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Registration opens on my birthday! Easy to remember and a great gift from BGG
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May the festivities commence

It's the most wonderful time of the year.
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In again!

I'll cover the signups too so no one is left behind like always! arrrh
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This will be my first time participating. Can't wait! A little nervous too. Don't really know why.
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LuluChia wrote:
A little nervous too. Don't really know why.


Don't be! It's a blast!
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alright. i haven't been as active this past year but i cannot break tradition now.

count me in.



Also paaaaaartaaaaaaay! heart
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This is pretty much my only concession to Christmas (otherwise I am a complete bah-humbug merchant). I have had fun every year, working on my victim with my target to ensure that I send just the right thing.

If I am going to Essen then I like to pick up a small game or accessory to add to the box (or send with a card if I am outsourcing) so that there is a surprise too. This is always a punt* but is rewarding.


*a guess, not a boat
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LuluChia wrote:
This will be my first time participating. Can't wait! A little nervous too. Don't really know why.


No reason to at all!


Mwahahahaha!


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In for another year!

Going to see if I can do another year of commenting on every geeklist item. It's a challenge, but I've done it before.

Happy gaming everyone!
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I have been participating in this for years and always enjoy it. I also enjoy the Christmas card exchange.
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Might actually do it this year. But my wishlist is a mess. I guess I have a little bit of time to clean that up...
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Third year in a row for me!! Can't wait!!
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Second year for me!!! Last year was a blast—really looking forward to festivities this year!
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Registration opens on my birthday! Easy to remember and a great gift from BGG
It opens two days before mine. So woo hoo can't wait. Loved last years.
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I told myself I wouldn't participate this year since my wishlist is sorely lacking... but... but... I want to... cry
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Found out about this on Reddit.

My board game exchange on there was a bust. I got a great gift, but the person I gifted is very inactive and never confirmed receiving anything.

I love giving gifts so I went out of my way to spoil the guy with multiple games and everything.

I'm a little sore, but since this is a different place I'm giving it a run and hoping I'm matched with people that are actually interactive.
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I told myself I wouldn't participate this year since my wishlist is sorely lacking... but... but... I want to... cry


it's not hard to find stuff to want. be creative!
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Found out about this on Reddit.

My board game exchange on there was a bust. I got a great gift, but the person I gifted is very inactive and never confirmed receiving anything.

I love giving gifts so I went out of my way to spoil the guy with multiple games and everything.

I'm a little sore, but since this is a different place I'm giving it a run and hoping I'm matched with people that are actually interactive.


don't get your hopes up. not cause it can't happen just . . . it's as likely as not.

but if you get me I'm plenty active and love being spoiled
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