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The Short Version


What is it?
A huge gift exchange involving you and nearly 3000 other BGGers

How does it work?
You spend at least $50USD on a board game gift for a random other BGGer somewhere else in the world. A different random BGGer spends at least $50USD on a board game gift for you.

Wow! That's cool! Anything else?
Yeah! You get a sweet microbadge! And it's a ton of fun!

Awesome! How do I join?
Read the rules below - then register at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekexchange/join/537


The Long Version


Official BGG 2019 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 about the giving. Getting games 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.

When you sign up to be a Secret Santa you are expected to 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 (EST, GMT-5), November 15th to sign up.

If you have second thoughts after signing up, you also have until that deadline to delete your registration at this link - https://boardgamegeek.com/geekexchange/userinfo/537


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 ten currently available and affordable games on your list. If you have a small, expensive, or difficult-to-fulfill wishlist then I will free your Santa to get you 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 with going above and beyond this expectation , and you can make it truly special if you are able to personalize the gift somehow.

ALL participants must provide proof of purchase and/or shipment. An email address where you are expected to send proof of purchase and shipping will be provided when targets are assigned.


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 its 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 rule is HAVE FUN!


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


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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 have a great number of people every year who do an AMAZING job swooping in to salvage what could otherwise be a disappointing situation.

If you were one of those saintly geeks last year, A MILLION THANK YOUS to you! If you were someone who had a Rescue 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 right now. 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 our annual tradition of closing out the BGG year with three months of holiday cheer!

Helpful Links:

How to add games to your Wishlist

BGG Secret Santa 2019 Wishlist and Letter to Santa advise thread

Help international Santas buy gifts for targets in your home country/region

Secret Santa meta-list

Miss out on this Secret Santa? Join the Second Chance exchange before it's too late! https://boardgamegeek.com/geekexchange/550

2018 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me...
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Re: BoardGameGeek 2019 Secret Santa - Registration Opens Soon!
When you finish your registration you will be immediately given the BGG 2019 Secret Santa microbadge.

Please put the microbadge on display to help get the word out that Secret Santa time is here!

This year's microbadge, created by microbadge designer extraordinaire crazylegs, features our BGG logo transformed into the Christmas Grinch (post his heart growing 3 sizes, of course!):

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Also big thanks to Luds, who goes the extra mile each year to check everyone who comments on this thread saying they've registered to make certain they have the above microbadge to confirm that they really have registered.

Please help him make that job easier by displaying the microbadge!

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Re: BoardGameGeek 2019 Secret Santa - Registration Opens Soon!
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!
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Re: BoardGameGeek 2019 Secret Santa - Registration Opens Soon!
Get even more holiday spirit by joining Secret Santa's Little Helpers 2019 !

Santa's Little Helpers are BGGers from around the world who volunteer to help people send gifts to their country. Santa's Little Helpers help with things such as translating local FLGS websites and providing advice for best practices if shipping from outside of the country. It has proven to be an amazingly helpful asset for Santas who are shipping internationally.

Check out the geeklist at the link above. If your home country isn't represented yet and you would like to help out your fellow Geek, please consider joining the ranks!

Thanks to Ruesailmana for organizing!

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Ruesailmana wrote:
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The Secret Santa's Little Helpers 2019 is coming along nicely! Still, we are missing A LOT of countries.

Do you want to help your fellow geek go the extra mile? Want to guide a fellow geek through the (language) maze that is ordering a game in your country?

SIGN UP!


For example: One time I tried to fool a santee by pretending to be a local, so I needed the translation skills of a local fellow geek, because my grasp of the local language was next to zero. Another time I organised a treasure hunt in Canada. I could not have done that without the help of the local Camus38

All in all, this is your chance to help out a fellow geek and make their santaing exploits just that little bit better!

Sign up here: Secret Santa's Little Helpers 2019

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Re: BoardGameGeek 2019 Secret Santa - Registration Opens Soon!
Get your avatar into the holiday spirit:

Gee Whiz wrote:
Once again I’d like to offer to lend my photoshop skills to “santify” people’s avatars. If you want a santa hat or other winter decorations send me a geekmail.

Here are a few from past years that are already up, and it’s not even Halloween yet!

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Re: BoardGameGeek 2019 Secret Santa - Registration Opens Soon!
Registration is now OPEN - and so is this thread!

Please read everything above as more info has been added.


Let the BGG holiday season commence!

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Woooohooooooooooooo!
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I'm so in!

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and the Santa planning begins.................now!

Gotta love this time of the year!!
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First time participating and can't wait!
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Hooray, looking forward to it!
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My favorite BGG tradition! In for the 3rd year!
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YES!!!

Merry Christmas...
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Reminder: Please put the microbadge on display to help get the word out that Secret Santa time is here!
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I am SO registered!! Let's do this people!!
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Wahooo! I'm definitely in again - looking forward to it
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Signed up again this year! I love participating every year!
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I would just like to remind everybody, presents are made to be opened. There were far too many Meeples and Mini's left in captivity through the month of December because of the stubbornness of a few people that for some reason didn't hear my message from Santa. Again this year Santa requires you to free your Board game from it's pretty prison and get the meeple masses out to enjoy their freedom!


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I would just like to remind everybody, presents are made to be opened. There were far too many Meeples and Mini's left in captivity through the month of December because of the stubbornness of a few people that for some reason didn't hear my message from Santa. Again this year Santa requires you to free your Board game from it's pretty prison and get the meeple masses out to enjoy their freedom!


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Do not believe these lies. Presents are made to be savored and opened only on Christmas proper.
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I would just like to remind everybody, presents are made to be opened. There were far too many Meeples and Mini's left in captivity through the month of December because of the stubbornness of a few people that for some reason didn't hear my message from Santa. Again this year Santa requires you to free your Board game from it's pretty prison and get the meeple masses out to enjoy their freedom!


FREEDOM!
Do not believe these lies. Presents are made to be savored and opened only on Christmas proper.
How dare you sir! I must protest! You consent to the torture of innocent game pieces if you do not open post haste!
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Urtho wrote:
Vospire wrote:
I would just like to remind everybody, presents are made to be opened. There were far too many Meeples and Mini's left in captivity through the month of December because of the stubbornness of a few people that for some reason didn't hear my message from Santa. Again this year Santa requires you to free your Board game from it's pretty prison and get the meeple masses out to enjoy their freedom!


FREEDOM!
Do not believe these lies. Presents are made to be savored and opened only on Christmas proper.
How dare you sir! I must protest! You consent to the torture of innocent game pieces if you do not open post haste!
Everyone knows that game pieces are held in a stasis field until you open the shrink wrap. Therefore there is no reason to open things early.
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Each participant of the 2019 Secret Santa should have the following microbadge once registered. If you do not have this microbadge in your profile, you have not registered.

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