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Mockery Nov 17th, 2014 12:19 AM

FORUM EVENT: "I-MOCKERY'S 2014 SECRET SANTA EVENT!"
 
YO HO HO HO! WELCOME TO...

OFFICIAL SIGN UP THREAD

Christmas is approaching once again and that means one important thing: staying far the hell away from the apocalyptic scenarios at any store that dares to hold a Black Friday sale this month. Aside from that, it's also time for I-Mockery's annual Christmas Secret Santa event! Every year, registered users from the forum community come together to share in the holiday commercialism by buying and sending each other gifts that range from hilarious to just plain awesome. It's tradition, so whether you're a new member or an old one, you should absolutely join in the fun, so be sure to reply to this thread. Dextire is being kind enough to run the event this year, so be sure to read the important rules he'll soon be posting below BEFORE you reply to this thread and sign-up:

dextire Nov 17th, 2014 12:56 AM

How it works:

You sign up in this thread by stating that you want to join. The last day to sign up is November 24th. Send Dextire a private message with your full mailing address, real name and your forum name/alias. On November 25th, you will receive a PM with the name and address of the person you will be sending your gift to. At this point, you send out your gift before December 8th and get ready to receive a gift of your own! Upon receiving your gift, you must post pictures in this thread to show everyone what you got! It’s not mandatory, but many participants in the past have made a little story out of enjoying their gift(s), so do that if you wanna have extra fun! But at the very least, you need to post photos of what you received. Everyone needs to get pictures of the gifts they received posted by December 22nd.

Everyone has plenty of time to do all of that, so do it!

Special note for those of you who live outside of North America:

You’re more than welcome to participate, but pay special attention to the “how people will be split up” section below.

Rules and Guidelines:
This whole thing is for fun, but there has to be some assurance that everyone will keep up their end of the bargain, so failure to follow the rules and instructions will result in a permanent ban from the forums. Plus, we know Santa pretty well, and he’s assured us that messing up in any way will result in a nice big chunk of coal being rammed up your rectum! :xmas1

Here are some general rules and guidelines everybody should follow:
  • Spend somewhere between 20-25 bucks (USD) on your gift. This amount does NOT include shipping costs. No one likes a cheapskate, so if this is too much money for you, get a job and join next year instead! Don’t go overboard and get something expensive, but don’t cheap out either. If you want to spend more than 25 bucks, you can, but please understand that you most likely won't receive something of equal monetary value. Then again, that's not what this is all about, so that shouldn't matter to you anyway, Scrooge!
  • Obey all deadlines. Screwing someone over, especially at Christmas, is a guaranteed ticket to hell! Let’s see if an eternity of torture will help you be punctual!
  • Before signing up, make sure you have a working camera. If you can’t upload pictures to your computer directly, there are other options such as getting your film developed and put on a CD. Uploading pictures of your gifts is just as important to our Secret Santa event as sending some gifts out is. Remember, if you don't have a camera of your own, your smartphone probably has a better camera anyway and/or you can also buy disposable digital cameras too.
  • MAKE SURE YOUR ADDRESS IS UP TO DATE AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE ANY TROUBLE RECEIVING PACKAGES! It’s not hard to find your current address, so don’t fuck it up!
  • Don’t be cheap and make something. If you have to do that, keep the minimum spending amount in mind and please consider sending other purchased stuff along with your creation as well. It's fine to make something in addition to purchasing gifts for your recipient, just try not to only make stuff as it's hard to put a monetary value on that sort of thing.
  • Your mailing address CANNOT be a P.O. Box. No gifts will be sent to P.O. boxes nor will anyone with a P.O box as a mailing address be allowed to participate in the Secret Santa event.
  • Again If you fail to uphold your end of the deal, you will be permanently banned from the forums. So please, don't be a dick. We want this event to be fun for everybody.
  • YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PURCHASE GIFTS FROM DOLLAR STORES. We've had too many people get screwed over by cheap gifts at 99cent / dollar general stores, so please do not purchase gifts from them. If you want to fill out the box with a few things AFTER you've spent the 20 bucks on your main gift, that's just fine.
IF YOU’RE A NEW MEMBER (Registered AND active less than a year)

In an effort to cut down on people who might sign-up just to get free shit, new users need to take the following steps to be eligible to join in the fun:

1. Provide a picture of themselves holding up a hand-written sign that says both "I-MOCKERY SECRET SANTA 2014!#!@!*!&!%!+!=!<!>!!" along with their message forum name/name in plain view.

2. Post the picture in this very thread for all to see.

3. PM Dextire, informing him that you are a new member who wants to participate in the secret Santa event. He will then send you a PM with a mailing address.

4. Send a test letter to the mailing address that you were provided with by Dextire. The letter needs to include your full name, return mailing address and your name here on the I-Mockery forums.

5. To ensure that you’re eligible to participate, do all of that as quickly as possible!

These steps are necessary to verify that you have a working camera and the motivation to get your ass to a post office.

DEADLINES!!!!

-The last day to SIGN UP is Monday, November 24th (One week from this posting)

-The last day for SENDING your gifts out is December 8th

-The last day for POSTING PICTURES of the gifts you receive is December 22nd

MAILING YOUR PACKAGE:

-You MUST send out your gifts by priority or express shipping methods to ensure that everyone receives their gifts in a timely fashion. Someone will be doing this for you, so please do it for someone else.

-You MUST purchase a tracking number for your package so that you can keep track of it if there are any delays.

-Do NOT send a PM or email to the person who you are sending a gift to in an attempt to let them know that you're their Secret Santa. It's called "Secret" Santa for a reason, people. Half of the fun is people being surprised when they learn who their Secret Santa is! :xmas3

RECEIVING YOUR PACKAGE:

-Post pictures of all the gifts you receive no later than December 22nd. If you want to be funny with it and make a video or pictorial story or something, that’s great, but just make sure you post it all by the 22nd.

-Take pictures of ALL of your gifts. Half of the fun of this event is seeing recipients enjoying their gifts!

-If you don’t have your package and it’s getting close to the deadline for postings pictures, send a PM to Dextire so he can see what the delay is.

HOW PEOPLE WILL BE SPLIT UP:

Everyone who participates will be paired randomly with someone to send their gift to, but if certain conditions are met, some switches might have to be made:

Because this event attracts people from all over the world, special attention will be paid to making sure people won’t have to spend too much on shipping. This doesn’t mean that you’re guaranteed to get someone from the same country as you, but if there are only a couple participants from your part of the world, it’s a possibility. Either way, we will not tolerate complaints from people who refuse to mail packages outside of their country. If you have a problem with this, you shouldn't sign up because there's always a chance you will have to pay a little extra to ship your package out. This season is about giving, so you shouldn't be picky about little things like shipping fees.

And that's all there is to it. Feel free to send any questions to Dextire and let's get this holly jolly commercialism show on the road! :xmas2

CONFIRMED PARTICIPANTS:

Dextire
Mockery
blood_panther
Ex Leper
ChrisGlass
BatmanJohnson
Thanos
replicant
10,000 Volt Ghost
Dr. Boogie
MarioRPG
inferno
Protoclown

Mockery Nov 17th, 2014 01:01 AM

I'm in!

blood_panther Nov 17th, 2014 01:05 AM

I'm so In!

And to think I was getting worried.

Glad Secret Santa is going ahead!

Ex Leper Nov 17th, 2014 01:06 AM

:xmas2

BatmanJohnson Nov 17th, 2014 11:00 AM

I'm in!

ChrisGlass Nov 17th, 2014 02:17 PM

I am definitely in!

replicant Nov 17th, 2014 10:41 PM

Am I in or am I in? OF COURSE I AM IN!!!! (Channeling RoG) >>>>> in your ear!
Bring it! Sorry I blame the latte. ;)

Thanos Nov 17th, 2014 11:34 PM

Just when I thought I was out... THEY PULL ME BACK IN!

Mark me down.

MarioRPG Nov 18th, 2014 12:09 PM

I am in! :xmas2:

Dr. Boogie Nov 18th, 2014 11:02 PM

I'm in.

10,000 Volt Ghost Nov 19th, 2014 04:29 PM

I am in but had to pass the torch to Dextire to run this shindig. Let's make it a good one.

Mockery Nov 19th, 2014 04:44 PM

Many thanks for all the years of superb Secret Santa service, 10,000 Volt Ghost! Dextire has some big snow boots to fill, but I'm sure he'll do a fine job. Glad you'll still have time to participate in the event!

dextire Nov 19th, 2014 06:56 PM

Yeah, thanks 10k! I'll do my best to fill in those snow boots. Oh, and holding that torch. I'll do that too. God there's a lot to running this Secret Santa thing. :xmas1

Mockery Nov 19th, 2014 08:21 PM

Don't forget the beekeeping duties,, Dextire. Very critical to this event!

10,000 Volt Ghost Nov 19th, 2014 08:41 PM

Top shelf duties.

inferno Nov 22nd, 2014 01:15 AM

Most Definitely, I'm in!


Seriously, I was so worried about missing this again, that this is what I woke up to on November second!

Protoclown Nov 22nd, 2014 10:23 AM

Oh I'll play your game, you rogue.

dextire Nov 24th, 2014 09:47 PM

So we're currently at 13 holly jolly Secret Santas. As lucky as we are to be that, it would really be best if we had at least one more. If anyone currently joined has a significant other who could join separately that would be a big help to even things out. :xmas1

dextire Nov 25th, 2014 11:49 AM

Alright, everyone should have there Secret Santas now! PM me any questions. Now get shopping! :xmas3

inferno Nov 26th, 2014 04:33 PM

So the adventure begins!

For fun, I wanted to show some on the wacky things I have found so far in my travels. DON'T PANIC! You don't need to worry about getting any of these this year (from me anyway).

So how would you feel if you opened up a festively decorated box to find:

Spoilers!

blood_panther Nov 26th, 2014 09:04 PM

I would wear that shirt, no question.

on another note, my gift has been bought and packaged. have the day off tomorrow so i'll ship it then!


Edit: Package Shipped. should be there by December 3rd.

Edit Edit: Looks like it'll get delivered today!

Edit Edit Edit: Package is Available for pickup!

Ex Leper Nov 27th, 2014 02:31 PM

My lucky recipient should get there gifts by UPDATE: Sunday! :xmas3

BatmanJohnson Dec 1st, 2014 05:44 PM

Looks like I got my present today! Updates when I get the chance

BatmanJohnson Dec 1st, 2014 07:17 PM



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