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Subject: BGG Secret Santa 2017 REGISTRATION CLOSED! rss

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What is Secret Santa?

Every year we run a MASSIVE gift exchange for the BGG Community involving around 3000 people giving each other gifts for the holidays!

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 (sometime after 11:59pm (GMT -6) on November 12th) 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 receive a gift from a mystery Santa!


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!



Official BGG 2017 Secret Santa Rules:

To participate in the Secret Santa you must agree to the following rules:
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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), November 12th 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 try to 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 step speeds up the process of resolving complaints considerably.


5.) This is an international Secret Santa. Anyone from any country is welcome to join. Understand 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 limit which countries you are willing to ship to. However I strongly encourage you to not limit yourself as shipping a gift to someone in another country can be a very rewarding experience. The distinctly international flavor of the BGG Secret Santa is one of it's best aspects, and you miss out on that if you limit your options!


6.) This is intended 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.

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

Helpful Links:

2016 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me...
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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th

Do you own an online store and want to get involved as a Secret Santa Preferred Store?

Please 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 12th.
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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
Please put the microbadge on display to help get the word out that Secret Santa time is here!

This year's official participation microbadge features a beautiful Snowflake created by crazylegs: mb Thanks crazylegs!

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Also big thanks to Luds, who goes the extra mile to check everyone who comments on this thread saying they've registered to make certain they have the microbadge to confirm they really have registered. Make his job that much easier by displaying the microbadge!

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Please display the microbadge!
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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
First

Also, what the heck. I want to design a Christmas exchange microbadge. How come I never get told of these things?

Nice one, Tom
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Will be my first time doing the BGG Secret Santa. Can't wait!
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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
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Also, what the heck. I want to design a Christmas exchange microbadge. How come I never get told of these things?



Tom made a number at the same time last year (or the year before) so we are actually set through 2018! He's got the monopoly!

Maybe I'll get in touch in late 2019

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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
WOOT! #17!! Can't wait!
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Woohoo! I'm in!
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I'm back again for more giving!!!
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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
Woooooo at last!! Looking forward to it

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Schwartzkopf wrote:

Also, what the heck. I want to design a Christmas exchange microbadge. How come I never get told of these things?



Tom made a number at the same time last year (or the year before) so we are actually set through 2018! He's got the monopoly!

Maybe I'll get in touch in late 2019



#sorrynotsorry
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I'm in!! Can't wait to smother somebody with gaming love!!!meeple
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So excited! This will be my first time participating! OMG .. have to write my letter to Santa. Have to think up fun taunts! This is such a creative community .. can't wait for Santa fun!!
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I've been looking forward to this since the end of last year! Can't wait for the festivities to begin!
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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
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Woooooo at last!! Looking forward to it

Octavian wrote:
Schwartzkopf wrote:

Also, what the heck. I want to design a Christmas exchange microbadge. How come I never get told of these things?



Tom made a number at the same time last year (or the year before) so we are actually set through 2018! He's got the monopoly!

Maybe I'll get in touch in late 2019



#sorrynotsorry


It's so on



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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
I'm in. 1st time ever. Be gentle! laugh

Anyone wanna give advice on giving and receiving to a noob?

GM me so as not to derail the thread.
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Yay I am in! So excited. Biggest question this year was full exchange or replacement Santa only. But Super excited about BGGSS2017!
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Re: IT'S BGG SECRET SANTA TIME! Registration is open - Deadline to join in the fun is November 12th
AND!!

If you love RPGs the RPG Yule/Christmas/Cthanta Gift Exchange has just opened too!!!!

The 2017 Cthanta Claus (RPG Secret Santa) Gift Exchange - Closed. Targets Assigned.
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Woo hoo! The BGG Secret Santa program is the best! I'm most definitely in.

Edit: the microbadges are dusted off and the new one added. Love it.
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Woohoo! Can't wait!
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In for the 12th year!

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Yeah This sounds fun... just updated my wishlist (well created my wishlist) now how do I get the microbadge?
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Done this several times jointly with my husband, this will be the first time I've done it on my own.
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