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Having been an active participant in the T.O.S.S.E.R. exchanges for several years now, when I saw that it was in need of a new Head Owlbear Wrangler, I decided to step up.
This is the first exchange I've organised, so I'd like to start by thanking our most recent host sdonohue, Toggy, Barad, oberon166, Jaspermeer, (and possibly other people) who have run this in the past and whose threads from prior years I have wholeheartedly looted to create this post.

What is T.O.S.S.E.R?

Toggy intended for T.O.S.S.E.R. to be a craft exchange or low-budget exchange amongst Tavern-going geeks. Most of all, she wanted to give our very talented and crafty lot a go at surprising one another in delightful and damaging ways. The goal was and is inclusivity. Participation should be felt more in the heart and spirit of the Yuletide season rather than in the $pending and wish lists of regular Christmas commerce. In other words, you don't ask for anything specifically and you give creatively.

Here are some previous years' results geeklists to get some idea of the sheer variety of things that get given.
2017
2016
2015
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2013

Now edited to actually include links

Why is this drunk and lusty Owlbear terrorizing me?

Auntie Olive the Owlbear is both the mascot of the T.O.S.S.E.R. exchange and a sock puppet account to be used by participants to taunt their targets. Once you've been assigned a target, then slip on the sock puppet and have fun with your target either in this thread or through geekmail (but keep it civil). The singular rule of using Olive is she can't be used outside The Tavern. Keep her off other parts of the forums.

Username: Owlbear
Password: hoot

Note that the new structure of geek exchanges also allows for communication to your target and your gifter through that interface, and that is a totally acceptable way to communicate. While many people enjoy the taunting, it obviously isn't mandatory, so don't feel too disappointed if your Olive is on the demure side. And if you don't feel comfortable taunting, that's ok. But please still communicate with your target, to ask questions if needed and to let them know a parcel is on the way.

What's our timeline?

Sign-ups are open until 12 November 2018, then we'll assign targets and let the taunting and mailing commence. Deadline for getting some kind of crafty gift or pile of junk (Olive calls'em 'Owl Pellets') out the door is 15 December 2018*.
Hopefully everyone will get a lovely pellet in time for Christmas!

*Yes, the 15th Dec is earlier than most years have specified, but that's just my suggestion to reduce the number of parcels that arrive after Christmas.


Important Stuff to Remember
1. This is an INTERNATIONAL exchange. You will most likely have to ship to someone in another part of the world.
2. Don't forget you need to join the exchange through the official exchange. Just saying you are in in this thread won't get you in the exchange.
3. Have fun!

Sign up here: https://rpggeek.com/geekexchange/456


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Absolutely signed up again!
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Thanks for falling on the sword and running this Rhi! thumbsup

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Thanks Rhi!
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oberon166 wrote:
Thanks Rhi!

Seconded, and in!
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In as well!
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It's been a year or two, but in this time!
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I'm in.

Thanks for doing this Rhi!
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It is high time this gets started.

Rhi, I'm planning to eat you last. Good Elfling.
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Not many days left to sign up! If you've been thinking about this, time to jump in.

Also - I have made the assumption that any 'give only' sign-ups are there to be back-ups in case of need, i.e. if someone ends up without a TOSSER parcel for whatever reason, and they WON'T be included in the initial allocation of targets. If you signed up 'give only' but that wasn't your intent, let me know ASAP.
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It is the evening of the 12th where I am, but I will wait until it stops being the 12th anywhere in the world to close this.
Which means this is the very last chance to sign up!
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And I'm calling it, although technically I believe there are still forty minutes of Monday left somewhere near the date line.

You should receive a geekmail soon with information on your target.
You should also receive the exchange microbadge sometime in the next day or so, when the admin I've asked to do so finds time.

This is the first exchange I've done, so if something looks hinky, or you think I've made a mistake somewhere, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Now that targets have been assigned, let the fun commence! Research your target, put together some fun, crafty, quirky pellets of owlbear feathers and send them off.

If anything crops up in your personal life, and you suddenly find that you can't send a parcel to your target, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP so I can assign your target a new gifter.

I think that's everything, so go forth and give in the name of Auntie Olive.
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Whoop whoop!

Out of curiosity how do the numbers compare to prior years?
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jodokast wrote:
Whoop whoop!

Out of curiosity how do the numbers compare to prior years?


We have 15 people signed up, but one is give only, so there are 14 people really.
I think that is close to last year, less than the heady early years, but I don't have access to exact numbers, just going by results geeklist entrries, and I know not everyone posts there.
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And on that subject, I will put up a results geeklist when I get the chance. Son is sick and being clingy as a result.
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And here it is
Olive's T.O.S.S.E.R. Trail of Presents (2018)

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I really look forward to stalking getting to know my target a bit better to be able to toss together a great gift for them! goo
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It seems some are trying hard to figure out our secrets by using flagcounters... And we can´t have our identities revelead can we?

Please help put these shenanigans at shame and give them some more flags by visiting the profiles below:

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Oh, my! What are these diabolical plans, you poor sweeties? I'll need to find something interesting to put in your drinks! And mine while I'm at it!
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Olive was as quick as kind! I already received a package, and have dutifully posted to the geeklist:

Olive's T.O.S.S.E.R. Trail of Pressie Pellets (2018)
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I'm not through with you yet my pretty.
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Hi all!

Just an etiquette reminder - while it can be fun to read all the messages in the Owlbear account, please DO NOT read as-yet-unread messages that are not from your target, or if you absolutely must, mark them as unread once you are finished.
Thanks.
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Letters, letters and more letters in my inbox... Wired_wolf, nadgamgee and busdjur - I am getting to yours soon enough and will most likely check them shortly...

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