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Welcome to the 2019 RPG Geek Secret Cthanta Gift Exchange. 11th Year!


Marqos ran the Cthanta Claus Gift Exchange from 2009 until 2014. I've had the pleasure since then. It hasn't been without its hickups and evil bar-stewards being total goints to others by taking gifts while not giving. Thankfully RPGGeek has a beautiful set of users, some of whom stepped up as Dread Angels to give that little bit extra and provide extra gifts for those found unworthy by the great Cthanta (let down by their appointed giver).

I want to thank all of the trustworthy and honest users of RPGGeek who did give as well as receive, or just gave with no thoughts to receive anything themselves. THANK YOU!


Here we are, at the start of October! I once again present to you the (2019) RPGGeek Cthanta Claus Gift Exchange!



What is the Cthanta Gift Exchange?

* This is an INTERNATIONAL gift-giving 'secret santa' style affair for everyone on the Geek.

* You gift someone gifts; and in return you are gifted something back. All anonymously. It is more about the gifting than the receiving!

* The "Cthanta" theme is OPTIONAL. If you are not a fan of Cthulhu, jokes, taunting etc, rest assured you do NOT have to partake in that side of things!

* The "Cthanta Claus" account can be used to talk to/taunt your target if you wish. This can be as simple as "What one RPG thing do you really want?"

* You report to the "Look what Cthanta Claus sent me" Geeklist with a single Geeklist entry (even for multiple items) so your gifter knows you received the goods and everyone can see what you got. Update this post if you need to - do Not make a 2nd list item!

* Everyone (and I mean **EVERYONE**) is in this to have fun and get a nice gift. If you don't hold up your end of the bargain the chain breaks down and people don't have fun.



The last day to join is Sunday, 24th November 2019.


----> Click Here To Sign Up! <----


Post your received gifts & taunts and story to the
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! RPGGeek Secret Santa 2019 Geeklist



How do I sign up / What are the rules?

1. VERY IMPORTANT RULE: Please join only if you are serious about sending a present to a fellow gamer, potentially 1,000s of miles away from you. There are NO restrictions on where you might be asked to ship the gifts to! (But you can ship from a local store)

1a. Please read Rule 1 a second time. If you join, it is possible, even LIKELY that you will need to ship a gift to another continent. Learn it. Know it. Live it.

2. It is in your interest to fill out the form with all necessary shipping information. This is the information your gifter will use to send you a gift. If you think you might be travelling provide a safe haven address where you know someone will be in and who can tell you it has arrived!

3. Make sure your wish list is updated! Do it now! Shoot for 20 items, but make sure there are at least 10 solid things on it. Try to include items in as wide a price range as make sense. Be as informative as possible with wish list comments.

3a. Please consider the *availability* of items on your list. If possible, put something on your list that can be obtained from a store in your own country.

4. We're using $40 USD (£30 UKP) before shipping as an approximate budget for how much to spend on your target. In return you will receive gifts amounting to the same.

5. Try your best to make sure your gift reaches its destination by Dec. 24th. If it is likely to be late use the Cthanta Claus account to let them know!

6. You may use the Cthanta Claus account to tease, taunt and/or communicate with your target. The password is "password". Taunting is optional but can take many forms if you choose to do it. Remember to log out of the Cthanta Claus profile once you are done. (I recommend using a second browser for Cthanta.)

7. Contact me, Bifford, with any problems you encounter.

8. Remember, the more energy you put into it, the more fun you'll get out of it.

9. Finally, when you've read all of that go to: Join the 2019 Cthanta Exchange!
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Hints, Tips & Ideas


Use the previous exchanges and geeklists to give you ideas for gifts and taunts.

The previous exchanges are at:
(These are the equivalent of this thread)
(2009 Discussion Thread)
(2010 Discussion Thread)
(2011 Discussion Thread)
(2012 Discussion Thread)
(2013 Discussion Thread)
(2014 Discussion Thread)
(2015 Discussion Thread)
(2016 Discussion Thread)
(2017 Discussion Thread)
(2018 Discussion Thread)


And the "Look what Cthanta brought me Geeklists are at:
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2009
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2010
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2011
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2012
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2013
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2014
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2015
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2016
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2017
Look what Cthanta Claus sent me! 2018



* This exchange is supposed to be fun. You can send physical rpg items, you can send PDFs (though by themselves these are not such great gifts, they do make great bonus items), you can send rpg paraphernalia, you can send something totally unrelated as long as it is in addition to the above!

* The main gifts that you send should be something you think your target will want, either because it is on their WISHLIST (click that for mine as an example) or because it is something similar to items on their list. If you are going off piste be sure to check the users COLLECTION so you don't send them an item they already have!!

* Your gifts should total at least $40 USD (£30 UKP). This is the amount your Cthanta will be (hopefully) spending on you. If you want to spend more please feel free, but know you probably won't get the same service back.

* If you need help please ask for it here.

* Should the unimaginable happen and your Cthanta lets the team down (ie you don't get any gift and you don't hear from Cthanta to say it's on its way) let me know. Each year a generous few "Angels" let it be known they will go above and beyond by sending extra gifts to those whose fingers got burnt by Cthanta. If you want to be a "Give Only" Angel, please choose that option on the form, or Geekmail me.

* Use the Cthanta Claus account (password="password") to taunt your recipient. Read the past years taunts/messages for ideas. If a message is in BOLD, and is NOT addressed to you please do not read it! If the temptation is too much and you just HAVE to read a post that is not meant for you then please mark it "UNREAD" again once you are done.

* Go and edit your profile in order to include a "Letter to Cthanta". In this you can say if you would like PDFs or Dead Tree objects, give ideas for local/regional stores that you know will ship to you cheaply and easily or even suggest another user who might be able to help with the "personal touch". Edit your profile by clicking "My Geek ~ Profile" and then on the pencil icon next to "User Profile for ####". Check out my Profile for an example.


* Visit The 2019 Cthanta Claus (Secret Santa) Gift Exchange - Wishlist Suggestions and User Profile Feedback to post suggestions/ask for ideas for your wishlist.

* Use RPG Stores from all over the world! to help you find a local RPG store.

* Participants will get a cool microbadge to commemorate their participation: (to come!)
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Thank you to everyone in advance who joins this GeekExchange!
Let's make it the best yet. Tell all your Geek Buddies, spread the word and the love.

And make use of the Cthanta account!!!!
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Happy Holidays / Seasons Greetings / Happy Christmas / Bon Noel / etc etc.

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Signed up !
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This worked out pretty well for me on both the giving and receiving ends last year, so I'm in for a third time. I encourage those lurkers reading this who are on the fence to give it a try. Shipping schmipping, it was worth it to send a present to a happy victim giftee in [NAME OF EUROPEAN NATION REDACTED TO PRESERVE MY SECRET IDENTITY].
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And in!
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In!

This link can be helpful with keeping costs down:

Online International Game Vendors by Country
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I think this RPG Stores from all over the world! might be handier for RPGs
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I'm in again this year!
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It's not that time of the year again is it? It can't be.

I'm totally in! This is always awesome! I have gotten some excellent items from Cthanta over the years and I'm always very excited about this exchange.
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I just checked this out, and my last year's target never updated his "owned" list with the RPGs that he had received from Cthanta Claus.

I was curious to see if he had played any of those games.

But, in fact, he hasn't logged in at all since April 2019.

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Of course, this is probably due to a situation over which he doesn't have any control.

Nevertheless, inviting users to automatically update their owned list based on the RPGs received might be something to consider, IMHO.


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In for the first time. Looking forward to it.
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Welcome Chris, and welcome all other users!

Spread the word, lets get more new people in!
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Mallet wrote:


I just checked this out, and my last year's target never updated his "owned" list with the RPGs that he had received from Cthanta Claus.

I was curious to see if he had played any of those games.

But, in fact, he hasn't logged in at all since April 2019.

cry

Of course, this is probably due to a situation over which he doesn't have any control.

Nevertheless, inviting users to automatically update their owned list based on the RPGs received might be something to consider, IMHO.



But I use the exchange to make sure my collection is updated!
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In again... Can this really be my 7th year?
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Need to update my wishlist- but with that posted list of local game stores, my reasons to not be in dwindled to zero.

In!
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In again!!!
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teetering on the precipice... but updating my collection....it's a Nameless Horror!
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Last time I participated was years ago(life and 2 kids afterwards ) but I remember enjoying it very much. I'm in
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In again for the... 4th year I think 6th year.
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That's right, it's yer old pal Auntie Olive.

Auntie's here to say that if any of you elflings would like to be in this exchange but can't afford it, Auntie will help. Everyone, even an elfling, ought to have a good holiday season.

If you need help, write Auntie. Anything Auntie does will be private. No need for any of these other gits to know yer business.
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Curious if someone can take a look at my wishlist and send me suggestions or recommendations on how to make it better. Thanks!
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trevlix wrote:
Curious if someone can take a look at my wishlist and send me suggestions or recommendations on how to make it better. Thanks!

Everything is a 3. And some don't have comments. If there are some that you want more than others, you might want to change that. And if any of the ones without comments are really desired, you might want to put a comment.
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