Artsy Gamers, Secret Santas – 8th edition

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Want to gift and receive a game for Christmas aand make friends in the process? Just leave a comment in this thread and a secret Santa will be randomly assigned to you while you will alike be assigned to a lucky gamer/gamerette

Wuuppeee!!! 2017 Christmas! Gifting  & being gifted time has finally arrived again ! Let the paaarty beegiiiin!!!

What?

On this magical occasion we shall continue our proud tradition, come wind or snow (we hope)! We’ve started building a list for 2017 of people who are interested in joining. On the 24th I will use this list to randomly extract (out of something christmasy, like a hat or something) everybody’s Secret Artsy Santa. Then I will contact the people on the list with info to their respective giftee.

The nitty gritty

For specifics I would propose a low budget Steam game (thousands of games at <10€. It’s more about the fun and the gesture than anything else). I propose Steam ’cause it’s the most hassle free and it’s digital instant delivery makes it convenient, plus I know quite a couple of us have an account lying around somewhere. However Good Old Games (gog.com) also has fantastic games at fantastic prices (and amazing sales) and so do other networks, so we’ve got even more options. Plenty of choices & probably a ton of fab holiday deals on fantastic games are guaranteed :D I’m not mentioning Playstation & Xbox although a lot of us are gaming there simply because a) I don’t know of an easy way to gift there b) it risks raising the costs prohibitively. If however  that is okay for you, that’s of course perfectly fine also, though Steam is still a likelier focal point.

Also if you just want to research what people might like, we have a steam group: steamcommunity.com/groups/artsygamer and from it you can add friends and see their wishlists, in case you’re temporarily out of ideas, plus friending them now is not just nice but also a good preparation for when the actual gifting will happen.

Why would I do it?

Well… for the huge joy of giving, of course! Imagine you get to browse through a ton of games, remembering the ones you liked most, and share one with somebody, spreading the joy, making the world a better place! As an incredible added bonus you will also get to have a cool surprise waiting for you to unwrap. Even if you’ve played the game before it will be super fun to get it, knowing that somebody else (and you get to wonder who) reaaaallly enjoyed that game and thought it was special enough to share. It probably meant a LOT in their life… it’s magical to share that!

I want in! How?

Well, just leave a comment, gimme a private message (top menu), email, or facebook or even contact form… the popular quickie favorite: you could just leave a comment here if the email you’re registered with is the one you’ll want to be receiving your surprise on. Name + email … and that’s all :D Get ready to gift and receive! A meeeery Christmas is on the horizon !

  • Void
    #1 written by Void 4 months ago

    I’m of course 100% in. Anybody else?

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  • jaco
    #2 written by jaco  4 months ago

    Of course :)

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  • FireFish
    #3 written by FireFish  4 months ago

    Wuhuuu, it’s finally that time of the year! Awesome, I’m in!

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  • Void
    #4 written by Void 4 months ago

    cool, that makes 3 so far, with 10 more days to go. I’m curious how many we’ll end up this year. Welcome onboard honorable returning santas Jaco & Firefish! good to have you back!

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  • Schkan
    #5 written by Schkan  4 months ago

    I’m in ;)

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  • Void
    #6 written by Void 4 months ago

    AWesome! welcome onboard Schkan! An invisible secret santa colorful hat to you!

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  • Void
    #7 written by Void 4 months ago

    That makes 4, and i forgot to let everybody know that I was contacted yesterday via email by another secret santa. She wanted to remain in the shadows (making her a secret secret santa, i guess), but that means we’re now 5 secret gaming santas for this year so far, with 9 more days to go until THE day.

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  • Void
    #8 written by Void 4 months ago
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    Another mysterious secret santa has announced himself to me via email, making 6 so far

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  • FireFish
    #9 written by FireFish 4 months ago

    Oh boy oh boy, it’s getting clooooose! :D

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  • twin
    #10 written by twin  4 months ago

    Aaaand another Secret Santa is here!

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  • Void
    #11 written by Void 4 months ago

    yeayy, welcome onboard Twin! Great to have you with us again! And so we are 7 secret santa as we go into the last 24h before entry closes and extractions are sent.

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  • Void
    #12 written by Void 3 months ago

    http://artsygamer.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Secret-santas.jpg
    The extraction notes are prepared for tonight, and also there’s a new santa in the bag of fun, so that makes 8 of us.

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  • Void
    #13 written by Void 3 months ago

    Okay, all secret santas should have received an email with the name & email of the persons they are secret santa for and in the cases in which i was confident enough I guessed right from our group https://steamcommunity.com/groups/artsygamer#members also the steam id. I’m never sure when exactly presents should be gifted 24th evening, 25th morning or 25th evening, but i say… from now on any time should be okay. Those who receive your presents late please be patient (for some reason i’m always amused by the french loading screens “merci de pacienter”, thank you for pacienting! ). Should anybody not have received their presents by year’s end please let me know and I’ll ask but i’m sure even in worst cases one way or another we’ll work something out that all may be santas and also happy gift openers.

    Wishing everybody a Meeeryy Christmas!!! Happy gifting and gift opening! I’m sure a lot of care and love will be put into gift making and lots of joy will emerge from gift opening an d then playing! MEEERYY CHRISTMASS!!! Frohe Weihnachten!!! Craciun Fericit !!! Joyeux Noël! 圣诞节快乐

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  • Void
    #14 written by Void 3 months ago

    I’ve just noticed possible problems, that Steam has crippled it’s gifting network/service (i’d guess at regulatory pressures?) and as far as I can tell you can no longer gift to an email addresss but you have to gift to a person you already have a friend on Steam. There’s this sad excuse of an explanation https://steamcommunity.com/discussions/forum/1/1327844097115727313/ they try to give for this. The workaround is that everybody has the emails of their respective giftees so you can talk it over directly and get in contact on steam, the group page can also help with this. I haven’t tried it yet but i think GoG might still allow this, don’t know about Origin or Uplay or Xbox how it works. So my advice to everybody is to get in contact with the person you’re gifting to and if you decide to stick to steam to get friends there.

    PS: what a sad bad move :( It makes no business sense as they’re losing possible sales so I can only assume it has to do with the different regulations in different countries. Too bad, it was a great service, allowing to buy and to hold gifts. This is quite a downgrade of their service :(

    Hope everybody manages to work it out right.

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  • Diana
    #15 written by Diana  3 months ago

    It works on GoG. Happy gifting! :)

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    • Void
      #16 written by Void 3 months ago

      awesome! thanks for letting me know. And that’s how GoG became the fresh new kid offering customer centric features that Steam used to be! It’s been growing for a while and Steam has been annoying me for a while with some stuff, but this is the final blow when in my mind GoG surpasses Steam.

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  • Diana
    #17 written by Diana  3 months ago

    Well s*#!, I spoke to soon, it doesn’t work on my account for some reason. Oh well, back to Steam and email.

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  • twin
    #18 written by twin  3 months ago

    Aaaand I got Tropico 5 which looks like a really cool game, thank you Secret Santa Diana! What did everyone else get?

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  • FireFish
    #19 written by FireFish 3 months ago

    Wooow, you were super fast, that’s awesome!! Oh, and the game should be super fun!!!
    I’m now waiting for a Steam friend request confirmation :D

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  • Diana
    #20 written by Diana  3 months ago

    My Secret Santa (twin) got me something I had on my Steam wishlist for years-Thief Gold. One of the first games I ever played on the first PC I ever owned. Also Ryse-Son of Rome which I saw had very good reviews so curious about it. Thank you Santa!

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    • Void
      #21 written by Void 3 months ago

      very cool! I’m also curious about Ryse Son of Rome. Should you be willing to make a review about it i’d be curious. I was curious for a while to get it for Xbox.

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  • Void
    #22 written by Void 3 months ago

    I received the space exploration/survival game EVERSPACE on Xbox One, great thanks to Jaco for making the impossible possible. I didn’t think it would be able to send an Xbox gift across countries, yet he managed to do it!

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  • jaco
    #23 written by jaco  3 months ago

    I got bayonetta on steam from SKE ! I love this game so much one the best beat’em all ever \o/

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  • FireFish
    #24 written by FireFish 3 months ago

    Ooo, I forgot: I received Black Mesa! (Half Life fan-made remake), awesome!!

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