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The Christmas season may be three months away, but for BGGers the time fore getting excited about Santa starts RIGHT NOW!


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What is Secret Santa?

For those who don't know, every year we run a MASSIVE gift exchange here for the BGG Community. In 2013 we have 2500 people playing Santa. Last year over 2800 people participated in our biggest exchange to date! This year I expect us to push past 3000 Santas!

All you need to do is click the link at the top of this post and then click Join. Replying to this thread does not sign you up for Secret Santa. You must join through the link provided above.

By joining the exchange, you are agreeing to buy a gift for another user and have it shipped in time for Christmas. Your total cost for the game(s) and shipping should be a minimum of $50 USD.

After Registration closes (11:59pm (GMT -6) on November 10th) we secretly assign everyone a gift-giving target. This means that you will be the Secret Santa for another BGG user, and you will also get a gift from a mystery Santa yourself!

Check out all the fun that was had last year in the 2014 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me... geeklist.



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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!)



Official BGG 2015 Secret Santa Rules:

To particpate in the Secret Santa you must agree to the following rules:


1.) First and foremost, Secret Santa is all about the giving. Getting is fun too, but be prepared for the possibility that the person who is sending you a gift may disappoint you. Most people do a good job, but there are always going to be a handful of unfortunate situations that come up.

If you sign up for Secret Santa treat it as a responsibility and make it a priority. Those who sign-up but don't send gifts will face the possibility of account privileges being suspended as a result.


2.) You have until 11:59pm (CST, GMT-6), Tuesday November 10th to sign up. If you have second thoughts after signing up, you also have until that deadline to delete your registration.


3.) Keep your wishlist (NOT want list) of games updated. The expectation is that your Santa will send a new game from your wishlist. Please have at least twenty currently available games on your list, and try to have most of them fall within a reasonable price range. If you have a small, expensive, or difficult-to-fulfill wishlist then don't be surprised if you get something that isn't on your list. The more you have on your list the easier it is for your Secret Santa to find something for you.


4.) When it comes to sending, the expectation is that you will buy a new game from your target's wishlist. The total cost of the games you send (including shipping) should be at least $50 USD.

There is no problem, of course, with going above and beyond - sending two, three, or even more games. The generous Santas are the best remembered! And you will make it truly special if you personalize the gift somehow.

ALL participants must provide proof of purchase and/or shipment. A special email address will be provided when targets are assigned. This should only add a minute or two to what you need to do, but will help speed up the process of resolving complaints considerably.


5.) This is an international Secret Santa. Anyone from any country is welcome to join. As such, recognize that you very well may be given a target from a foreign country, so be prepared to factor international shipping into your gift. We will provide a list of online stores from around the world to help people who get international targets.

Alternatively, you have the option to pick which countries you are willing to ship to. However I strongly encourage you not to limit yourself as shipping a gift to someone in another country can be a very rewarding experience. While it may add extra costs, the other person will greatly appreciate it - particularly if you can send something that is hard to get where they are from!

Also, if you are from a country that has only a few participants then I also strongly suggest you not limit your country options or you very well may end up with the only other person who entered from your country. The distinctly international flavor of the BGG Secret Santa is one of the best aspects of it, in my opinion.


6.) This is supposed to be an enriching experience - not a stressful one. So the most important rules is HAVE FUN!




Click the link below and join ONLY if you agree with the above rules:.


When signing up, please note that the Give Only box should ONLY be checked if you DO NOT WANT to receive a gift. People who click the Give Only box are extremely generous members of the site who fill in to save the day when something goes wrong for other participants. We had a number of such people last year who did an AMAZING job stepping in to salvage what would have otherwise been frustrating situations.

If you were one of those saintly geeks last year, A MILLION THANK YOUS to you! If you were someone who had a replacement Santa step in and save Christmas for you, share your experience here to inspire others to do the same this year!

And if you choose to sign up as a Give Only participant this year, A MILLION THANK YOUS to you too! If you would like to BOTH sign up for Secret Santa normally AND also fill in as a replacement Santa, sign up normally and I will put out a call for additional replacement Santas when they are needed.



Finally, we want this event to focus on the fun so please refrain from bringing up any complaints in this thread. Geekmail me with any such issues instead. I'm happy to address each and every concern you have.

If you own an online store and are interested in getting involved, please do not post here. Instead contact Chad Krizan at Chad@boardgamegeek.com and he'll make sure you are set up before the initial rush after registration closes on November 10th.



This year's official participation microbadge features a green ornament created by crazylegs: Microbadge: 2015 Secret Santa participant Thanks crazylegs! Please put the microbadge on display to help get the word out that Secret Santa time is here!

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Also a special thank you to Luds! Every year he helps check to make sure the people posting in this thread saying they are in for Secret Santa ARE actually registered. If you are posting in this thread PLEASE DISPLAY YOUR MICROBADGE! - that helps Luds go through the posts MUCH quicker!

Thanks Luds!

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Check under the Special section on your profile microbadge list. If you don't have the badge, you haven't signed up! Click the link above now to sign up and get your 2015 Secret Santa Microbadge!

Here is to closing out the BGG year with three months of holiday cheer!

Helpful Links:
2015 BGG Secret Santa "Rate My Wishlist Thread"!
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I'm in for year 3
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Signed up My first year, looking forward to it!
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YES. Merry Cristmas. This is one of the greatest events of the year!

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I'm all registered! How exciting!!

This really is a VERY cool thing that BGG does.
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Yay Secret Santa!

In for year #5.
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According to my microbadges this will be my eighth Secret Santa. Let the fun begin!
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F******CK YAY!!!

Thank you Octavian!!

Also, here is my tips thread from last year for wishlists and profiles.

Santas: Refer your uncooperative giftees here for tips!
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I missed last year after doing this every year since 2010. I'll be damned if I'm gonna let that happen again!

I'm in!
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Awesome! Signed up for the 10th year in a row, and looking forward to the festivities!
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This is one of my favorite times of year, and I'm in it for my sixth round. Bring on the tormenting!
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Well, this sounds like fun.
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BOOM!! 9th year!
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Had a blast last year (my first year) and looking forward for yet another year of giving...and grinching. whistle
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Well, this sounds like fun.
Oh It is. Once the Wishlist rating thread gets up and going there is usually a lot of fun chatter on there (and on this thread).
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Last year was my first and I had lots of fun so signing up again this year is a no brainer!
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BOOM!! 9th year!
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BOOM!! 9th year!
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Hi Kip! Nice avatar!
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Yay! Year #9 for me.
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Awesome!! Can't wait!
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BOOM!! 9th year!
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Thanks! I actually liked the game and was kinda sad it failed. :/
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Silly question, the rules specify that a game must be "new". I know a lot of people in the past have been able to make their victim target very happy by sourcing an out of print copy of something they would really like - is this intended to prohibit this?

Thank-you very much for running this once again,

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I look forward to this every year! I can't wait!
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