Secret Santa 2017 sign up thread - SEND ME YOUR DETAILS

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by Corazon de Leon » Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:10 pm

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Saigon Slick wrote:I had to deal with a pretty urgent insurance claim for my brother, who was stranded in the snow with the dog. I'll get the post up now.


I was only joking mate :'( just busting your balls is all :)
Hope your Brother was ok?

Also, Jimbo :wub: had a good chuckle last night knowing all my movie heroes wouldn't have survived :lol:

Did you get a refund in the end?


Oh he's fine, the dafty locked himself and Loki out of the car in the middle of a country park in Aberdeen and there was a blizzard while we were sorting it out. Took nearly three hours, and have been intermittently having to phone suppliers and garages all afternoon. :slol:

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by Hyperion » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:06 pm

Dowbocop wrote:
Schiess dem Denster wrote:Dowbocop. :wub:
Really great gifts. Had some of the coffee at work last night. Delicious.
Mug is cool and the books are awesome. Merry Christmas to you all.

Hyperion - thanks very much for your gifts. I can't wait to get cracking on the books, and the communicator is just so much fun to hold. I had a right little nerdgasm! Very happy :D


You're welcome! BTW I sure your post about receiving the first two of the gifts, but just before Christmas, Amazon said they were refunding me for those two as they had been returned!

Thanks Clarkman for the gifts. Really love the scarf, it got a good workout in the snow today!

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by Dowbocop » Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:27 pm

Hyperion wrote:

You're welcome! BTW I sure your post about receiving the first two of the gifts, but just before Christmas, Amazon said they were refunding me for those two as they had been returned!

Thanks Clarkman for the gifts. Really love the scarf, it got a good workout in the snow today!

Ha! Nice one! :lol: :toot:

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by Green Gecko » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:04 pm

Peeps are right on the money. I've been paying this fabled 64 title for 10+ hours already; it's awesome and I am not really sure what day it is.

I have taken the pics, but have executive orders to do some important forms before inevitably writing a wall of text, so stay tuned.

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by False » Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:30 pm

You took it out of the box?

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by Skarjo » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:56 pm

How much for the box, dude?

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by AndyXL » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:59 pm

KjGarly wrote:Cheers AndyXL for the brilliant gifts! Took my giant Zelda mug in work today so been using that which takes almost half the water in the kettle to fill it :toot:

Rabbid Peach sits between Mario And Luigi on my PC table along with the light up Mario block. Missus and her daughter stole my choc oranges yesterday :x


You're welcome :)

Looking through your post history, I had no idea what to get you, so I thought I'd get a selection of 'stocking stuffers' after seeing you had a Switch and loved the Rabbids game. Plus I'm a Nintendo nut, so I kept it Nintendo themed - was more fun for me to buy the gifts that way! That Zelda mug is huge!!

And thanks to Banjo for the very cool SNES coasters and Zelda keyring, both of which I have already used :toot:

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by Denster » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:04 pm

Been a quality one this year guys. Splendidly done.

:wub:

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by Seven » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:48 am

Thanks DML ❤️

There was error on coasters, instead of Super Mario World there's two Super Mario Kart, haha.

Still, love it and my boyfriend's used one of them already for my desk - and the chocolates are so good. Already ate them all.

Once again thanks so much xx

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by Green Gecko » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:17 am

I only just saw the list! Thank you so much Denster!! :wub: What a leg end. Honestly this came at a time of year with a lot of personal misfortune with my landlord selling up amongst other things, and so the generosity is certainly appreciated. I received a handful of presents this year with the most thoughtful being from my girlfriend and her parents, and so it is nice to be spoilt, just a bit! This will take pride in my collection most probably forever - it is indeed a complete in box copy of Banjo-Tooie in excellent condition. If you do a search for my username and "banjo tooie" you will find I have lamented the loss of my copy on at least 13 separate occasions over the past few years.

However this was not the only treat, not even close! I was gratefully treated by Santa Denster to a sweet rucksack - or knapsack, which may or may not be a reference to this post -packed with delights. All neatly wrapped, although I did take note that apparently Denster ran out of sellotape at some point and - Denster working in the medical profession after all - proceeded to wrap almost every gift with micropore bandaging tape, that I imagine is readily available. Very resourceful. This came in handy as, the ultra razor sharp Hallmark card envelope managed to slice right between my fingers a good few millimetres, only adding to the excitement. Of course, I opened the card first (I was taught to not do this is extremely rude).

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Funnily enough, it seems the Elf card is a popular one, as my gf's parents got the very same one. I sometimes get confused glancing at it on the mantel and reading, "Love from Mum + Dad". But those magic words, I am not Denster's son but his mate. You heard it here first, BFFs for forever until RIP in peace.

I didn't open the items in this order, as I went for the smallest in size first and most unsuspecting, but for dramatic effect, let's start with the bag and it's special compartment for the hefty hardback book (which explained the the weight of the big brown box as I first received it).

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Along with its smooth minimalist looks and tasteful vintage/canvas effect outer, the bag wraps itself shut to obscure the zips for superior water defences. It is packed to the teeth with little compartments for carrying around games and stuff and even features a USB extension socket to power your device while you hunt Pokemon in broad daylight or the dead of night, whichever is least suspicious in your local community. Along with my back problems that have required spinal and neck adjustments no less than 5 times in the past month or so, I shall be officially retiring my florescent green Japanese satchel in favour of less decrepit muscles and joints, courtesy of this supremely utilitarian and well padded "knapsack", or whatever.

And you can see it is perfect for carrying around the next epic gift, demonstrated below:

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Yes, it's the Breath of the Wild Complete Official Guide - Collector's Edition! I've only ever had one strategy guide (Abe's Exodus by Prima when I was about 10), and I could probably wipe my arse with that having seen this. This is a beautiful thing, I just love dat coverart. Denster may have had to be careful here as I already own Hyrule Hysteria and Art & Artefacts books, however I have publicly stated I cannot be bothered to find all the Koroks through sheer plodding about. Now I can! As well as complete all the side quests. I absolutely loved this game to bits and I'm very excited to explore every single thing it has to offer - as well as being beautifully presented, the book features illustrations and concept art from the game that is missing from the other books, and a giant map of the overworld that I will be framing in my living room for quick reference. A really lovely item and one I will prize for many years.

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The detailed concept art for my favourite monster in the game

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One example of the many, MANY maps in this 400+ page bible for a ridiculously huge game.

Next in the world of booky goodness is one that I suspect is quite popular around these parts at this time of year:

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Yes!! It's Die Hard Christmas, the "illustrated holiday classic". Apart from putting the stupid debate as to whether Die Hard is a Christmas film to bed (it is), by virtue of someone having written and illustrated a strawberry floating book about it, the illustrations are brilliant and the poetic captions had me (and my brother) laughing out loud on X-mas day. Thoroughly enjoyable, and probably a quicker read than the Zelda guide, the latter which probably contains more (factual) information than the Bible. Thanks Denster!

And now for the gift that had me literally walking around in circles shouting to myself in disbelief, like a madman home alone on Xmas morning with nothing but the Spirit of Christmas - I may have caught a misty eyed, silvery incantation of Denster in my kitchen - to keep me in check. Yes, after well over a decade of regret, face-palming and unexcercised nostalgia - not to mention wasted Francs that I pinched out of my mother's jacket and then begged a Frenchman to accept in return for my long lost PAL copy, in the throngs of the N64's last breath where it was virtually impossible to find a copy on shelves even at that time - Banjo-Tooie has returned to me, complete in box with manual, better than I had left it (I had the box and manual but my step mother threw that away in an unrelated incident, so I didn't even have that left). I am aware this could not have come cheap, and although I'm pretty squirmy when it comes to expenditure on things due largely to myself being poor and not being able to afford much in the way of gifts myself, I could not understate the sheer generosity on display here. Especially in this condition. Check it out:

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Sat proudly on my shelf once more, easily the best boxed condition retro game I have ever been lucky enough to have:

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Gently-Hung Holly Wreath wrote:You took it out of the box?

Indeed brah, it isn't a sealed copy! With my miniscule artist/machinist's hands, I was able to carefully prise out the gooey centre and proceed to experience this many-eyed world once more.

Back where it belongs in my original green N64 where I last played it (it was in fact the last N64 game I ever bought):

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In all it's low resolution, brightly coloured glory, Klungo failing miserably to free Gruntilda from her rocky grave:

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And would you believe it - something I never even noticed before (probably because I played on 14" Phillips CRT) - this is an N64 game with a widescreen mode. Yes, you read that right, 16:9 presentation on a console that can barely render textures onto polygons convincingly, especially impressive given that even the GameCube following it failed to provide this about 90% of the time. Now I can play it at almost 3 times the size, with even bigger effective pixels! I must invest in an RGB SCART cable to appreciate this, honestly, extremely impressive game for the ageing hardware. A few frame plunges aside, it holds up extremely well, with large levels, a sprawling overworld and, thankfully, much less focus on collecting strawberry floating billions of things and more on character, setting and a general feeling of worldliness - something I had not really appreciated gives the game a more modern feel today, complete with various fast travel options.

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In my final pic, I just about manage to retain my eyeballs within their sockets and hide my monstrous canines behind my grimacing smirk (not really) and leave readers and my dear Santa Denster with a massive THANK YOU for making this year even more special than the last. Merry Xmas and a happy new year everyone! :wub:

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See you next mission! Who will my victim be? :nod:

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by Denster » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:41 am

:oops:

You’re very welcome. I saw a brief mention of it whilst combing through your posts and then did a little detective work to establish what had happened to your previous copy.

Sorry about the micropore (surgical tape) I bloody ran out of sellotape halfway through.
Thanks for your kind words I’m really pleased the gifts hit the spot. Merry xmas mate and have fun with them.

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by Drumstick » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:51 am

A brief mention?! Jesus Christ. :lol:

One of my favourite long-running stories on this forum has come to and end. :cry:

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by Moggy » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:58 am

That Elf card is indeed popular, I also received it from my Secret Santa. :lol:

Forgot to say this yesterday but big thanks to Cora for running this. :wub:

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by Ad7 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:18 am

Denster bankrupting the nhs, one roll of bandages at a time. Scum, subhuman scum.

great year everyone, hope I can take part next time

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by False » Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:44 am

gj everyone

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by jimbojango » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:22 pm

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Saigon Slick wrote:I had to deal with a pretty urgent insurance claim for my brother, who was stranded in the snow with the dog. I'll get the post up now.


I was only joking mate :'( just busting your balls is all :)
Hope your Brother was ok?

Also, Jimbo :wub: had a good chuckle last night knowing all my movie heroes wouldn't have survived :lol:

Did you get a refund in the end?


Glad you enjoyed it, I’ve emailed Firebox about the missing mug and the state of the wrapping - I’ll let you know when I get a response.

I wanted to get you the Die Hard Christmas story book too but it was out of stock. Maybe next year!

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by Moggy » Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:29 pm

TonyDA wrote:Can't decide what I'd have preferred - to have received the Crystal Maze or to have been the one clever enough to have dreamt it up! :) :)


I am not sure how clever it was, it was just my way of disguising the joke spiteful presents I bought Laga as a fun game rather than just jokes about his mum and 25 sachets of his least favourite condiment. :lol:

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by Mini E » Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:07 pm

A massive thank you to GG for my personalised card, Game of Thrones banner and Formula 1 glass set :wub: :wub: I absolutely love them and had a massive smile on my face opening on them.

teh bork wrote:The appointment of Moyes is me done with that club until he has strawberry floated off. I'm so angry about this, the final nail in the coffin of this great club.
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by DML » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:24 pm

Sorry for being late to the party! Thank you Falsey for my stuff.

I got a biography of Phil Hellmuth, The Poker Brat (hilarious) and a design your own board game that I will most certainly use! Thank you!

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by bear » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:44 pm

Saigon Slick wrote:
Bear - I'm so sorry that your stuff didn't get delivered on time - I know that the parcels were delivered on Friday - one was handed to a receptionist, the other two just show as delivered. Let me know the second it's delivered to you.

Eh, whoops. :oops: :slol:

I collected the package on Friday. I'll post up pictures of the gifts on Tuesday.
The Anfield Road sign is very nice. I've gotten a few bits and pieces like that in the past but they've all felt very flimsy and you could easily bend them. This one has a decent weight to it which I guess doesn't matter as it's being hung on a wall but quality is always a good thing.


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