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Targets have been sent! This is HAPPENING!!!

BGG 2016 Secret Santa !

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FIRST!!! VERIFY YOUR TARGET!


Before sending anything, first check your target's profile page for his/her last login date. DO NOT send a gift unless your target's last login date is November 14th or later. Some people register for Secret Santa and then forget about it. If after a week you see that your target has still not logged in please geekmail me.

SECOND!!! SEND A GIFT!

- The MINIMUM expectation is that you will buy at least one NEW game for your target off of his/her wishlist, with a total cost (including shipping) of at least $50USD. If you do more than the minimum - awesome! If you do less, your Secret Santa obligation will be considered unfulfilled (see below for consequences of failing to meet Secret Santa obligations).

- Do whatever you can to ensure that your target's gift arrives before the end of the year. Don't delay! Better for gifts to arrive early than late. Some countries are particularly notorious for having lengthy delivery times so if you have a target in one of those countries it is particularly important that you get your gift sent as soon as possible.

- Do whatever you can to ensure that most of the money you spend is spent on the gift rather than shipping! If you have a target from another country, try to purchase from an online store that is close to your target to cut down on shipping costs. Here are some resources to help:

Secret Santa Shipping and Duties/ Buying INFO (If you see any info on this list that is out of date please geekmail me)
BGG 2016 Secret Santa Preferred Stores
Online game stores from around the world: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Secret_Santa_Stores
(Retailers - please contact Chad@boardgamegeek.com to be included on the Stores list)


THIRD!!! SEND PROOF THAT YOU ARE A GOOD SANTA!

- ALL Santas are REQUIRED to send proof of gift purchase and shipment by email to the following email address: SecretSanta@boardgamegeek.com[/b][/size]

- Please include your username AND the username of your target in the subject line of the email.

- If you purchased online, forward the receipt. If you have physical receipts, scan or take pictures of them and attach them to the email. If there are no receipts for part of the gift, take a picture of the contents of the package and send those.

Why do this? Sometimes packages get delayed or lost. As long as we have your proof of purchase and shipment - you are covered! If we receive a complaint AND do not have a record that you sent a gift we will assume the worst. So do not forget to PROTECT YOURSELF by emailing proof of gift purchase and shipment to SecretSanta@boardgamegeek.com

OPTIONAL!!! OTHER WAYS OF INTERACTING WITH YOUR TARGET!

- First and foremost, I want to stress the OPTIONAL part - some people love taunting. Some people love being taunted by their Santa. But not everyone does. Do not be disappointed if your target does not respond to your taunting. Do not be disappointed if your Santa does not taunt you. Some people will end up not even getting a gift from their Santas for any number of reasons. THOSE are the people who can be disappointed. The rest is OPTIONAL!!!

- If you want to anonymously give your target some geekgold, geekmail me using the following format, where xxx is the amount of the transfer:

yourusername, -xxx
targetusername, xxx


- if you want to anonymously "taunt" your target or give your target clues or ask for specific information you can use the Santa account:

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Login: santa
Password: password

The Santa account IS NOT A SECURE METHOD OF COMMUNICATING The Santa account is a good way to send anonymous messages, but is a VERY POOR way to get a response. Do not use it if you want a reliable way to communicate back and forth. Consider creating your own anonymous taunting account instead.

FOURTH!!! WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET YOUR GIFT!

Got your gift? Awesome! Post a thank you to your Santa on the 2016 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me...

Didn't get your gift? (Or got something that doesn't meet the minimum expectations?) - wait at least until January 2017 before contacting me about not receiving anything. Shipping can take a while, especially if your Santa is from overseas. I will post an update at the start of January about the process for reporting situations where no gift was received.

Most importantly remember that the receiving side of Secret Santa is a distant second to the giving. Your Secret Santa experience is a success if you make YOUR target happy. Getting something in return is also fun, but shouldn't be your main focus.

FIFTH!!! HAVE FUN!

Every year I am awestruck by the generosity, kindness, and inventiveness of this community. Let's make this Secret Santa another memorable one!

Please feel free to geekmail me with any questions or problems. If it's a question you think many people might have, post it in this thread. And above all else, Happy Holidays!
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Secret Santa Links


2016 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me...

BGG 2016 Secret Santa Preferred Stores
World Wide list of Stores
Secret Santa Shipping and Duties/ Buying INFO (If you see any info on this list that is out of date please geekmail me)
Rate My Wishlist Thread
Secret Santa meta-list
2016 BGG Secret Santa Taunts & Teases
Most Popular Secret Santa Games - 2016
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Secret Santa Ambassadors


Do you live in a country that has limited store options and/or is tricky to ship to? Geekmail me to volunteer to be a Secret Santa Ambassador!

Secret Santa Ambassadors are people who volunteer to make themselves available to Santas that have targets in their countries. An ambassador may be geekmailed if you need advice on the best way to send a gift to that country, need help translating a foreign language retail site, or anything else.

We will maintain a list in this post of up to two Secret Santa ambassadors per region.

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And I'm anything but!!

Let the shenanigans commence!
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Woo! Hoo!

Now I really gotta get that letter to Santa written. like. right. now.
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Target spotted.... They have a very short wish list . Need to see how nice they are. Is the santa account up yet?
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my target has a relatively small collection and a sizeable wishlist. the possibilities are endless! (insert manacle laughter here)
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Woohoo! I have a target!

Time for some early research.
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Yay! Haven't even looked at my target, but I'm on it.

LET THE TAUNTING BEGIN!!! ninja devil
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Wow, I already have a target, and, very likey, a Santa. How nervous I am! Taunt! Taunt! Taunt!

To warm up, I give you this small gif - although a bit clumsy, it's made out of love:

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All over it!! Games in online cart, ready for buying. Let the taunting, begin!
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What a magical time! BGG secret Santa is my fsvourite Christmas!
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Hmmm... my target hasn't logged in since November 13. Guess I can't send anything yet, according to "official" rules.

Now to commence "taunt preparation" activities (lots and lots of stalking)...
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Wow, I already have a target, and, very likey, a Santa. How nervous I am! Taunt! Taunt! Taunt!

To warm up, I give you this small gif - although a bit clumsy, it's made out of love:



Excellent! That gets me in the spirit of things!!
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I AM SO EXCITED to be able to do this this year!!!!!!!!!! I have some great ideas on what to get my giftee. Can't wait to taunt them on the SS account
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My favorite time of Year! Commence TAUNTING!!

And be nice, boys and girls, or Ooogie Boogie is gonna get you!

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Target spotted and analysed!

This is going to be FUN FUN FUN!
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Alright! Now to get an Amazon account so I can start shopping !!! Glad my target has a wishlist !!! Hahaha and it's nice to see they have some
Of the same games as I do on mine
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What do I do if my target only has ~20 things on their wishlist and they're all either OOP or SUPER expensive?
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All over it!! Games in online cart, ready for buying. Let the taunting, begin!
same. just waiting on a reimbursement from our landlord (had to get some work done for the apartment). so ready to click BUY BUY BUY
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What do I do if my target only has ~20 things on their wishlist and they're all either OOP or SUPER expensive?


Just message them with the Santa account and ask for some more help!
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