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Time for one of my favorite Ewaymas traditions - OOC Secret Santa! We've done it the last few years and thought we'd keep it going. ♥

How will this work? Well, you comment to this point under the Secret Santa thread with this form:



Sign-ups will close December 3rd, and soon after all participants will be sent their secret partner by e-mail. Once you have your partner, you need to come up with a present for them by December 25th. You'll then send that gift to your partner by E-mail and they will have very happy holidays because of you. Hooray!

Here's a little mini-FAQ for you (but there will also be a FAQ thread like we do for the events):

Behind a cut, because it turned out to be not-so-mini after all. )

Any other questions can go in the FAQ thread and I'll answer them as soon as possible. And remember, have fun and spread lots of holiday cheer! ♥

EDIT: SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED!

~ Koji
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HEY GUYS IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN - it's gone pretty well the last few years, so once again we're doing OOC Secret Santa!

How will this work? Well, you comment to this point under the Secret Santa thread with this form:



Sign-ups will close December 4th, and soon after all participants will be sent their secret partner by e-mail. Once you have your partner, you need to come up with a present for them by December 25th. You'll then send that gift to your partner by E-mail and they will have very happy holidays because of you.

Here's a little mini-FAQ for you (but there will also be a FAQ thread like we do for the events):

What can I send as Secret Santa presents? Do I have to spend money? CAN I spend money? This is ultimately split into two categories - monetary gifts and creative gifts. We live in a magical age where a large majority of websites offer internet gift cards that can be sent digitally, and only require a name and email address. But you absolutely do NOT have to give anything that costs money. Gifts of art, fic, icons, or any other creative things are more than welcome! For monetary gifts though, we heavily suggest that you keep it between $10-$15.

Examples of Monetary Gifts )

Examples of Creative Gifts )

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a monetary gift? Absolutely! No matter what you send someone, it's going to be valuable because you put in time and effort, and thought about what kind of present they would enjoy. Please don't feel pressure to bust out your credit card - times are hard and not everyone even has ways of buying things online.

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a creative gift? Absolutely! Sometimes inspiration just doesn't come. Besides, it's a busy season and no one's going to judge you if you don't have time to draw the next Mona Lisa. It's the thought that counts, and gift cards can be just as meaningful as anything else.

But I really wanted to sent my Secret Santa a present in the mail! Please don't, unless it's 100% okay with your gift-ee (in other words, you'd have to reveal yourself and ask them, and if they say no then no). This is why we're not asking anyone for their real addresses - it's a little too invasive on the mod end of things, and I know I personally don't feel comfortable distributing people's addresses to random players. Not that I distrust any of you, but it feels skeevy so we're playing entirely with E-mail here.

Uh, I live outside the United States and I'm not sure Gift certificates would even work for me? Then say so in on your form somewhere! You don't have to get specific, but not every site ships everywhere, so your Secret Santa should know ahead of time if the internet doesn't ship to your evil lair on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Then they'll know they should probably do DW tokens, a creative gift, or something they KNOW FOR CERTAIN you'll actually be able to enjoy.

What if I can't do Secret Santa anymore? Tell one of the mods (preferably me since I'm organizing it, but any of the others will make sure the message gets to me) so that we can do something about it. We don't want to leave anyone stranded without a Secret Santa! If we have people who need to drop out of Secret Santa, then we will post a call for Pinch Hitters to step in and save the day. We won't tell your gift-ee who you were or why you needed to drop out; we'll just assign a Pinch Hitter to them.

It's 11:59PM on December 25th and I'm TOTALLY ALMOST DONE REALLY but it's going to be late. Help? Fess up to your gift-ee so that THEY know something's coming for them soon.

I didn't get anything - does my Secret Santa just hate me? :( NO, I'M SURE THAT'S NOT IT. If you haven't gotten anything by like, the 26th or 27th, come talk to me and I'll try to figure out what happened for you.

I missed sign-ups! Can I still play? We're keeping sign-ups open until December 4th, but if you miss the deadline, come talk to me. If there's enough interest, I might be able to match up late-comers. If not, then you can volunteer to be a Pinch Hitter. If someone drops out of Secret Santa then we'll give you a shout and you can step in. We can't guarantee that there will be a need for Pinch Hitters, but if there is then we'll put out a call for them. ♥

Does my gift have to show up EXACTLY on December 25th? Nope! You can give your gift and reveal yourself any time between December 18th and December 25th. Try not to give them out earlier than that, please. And again, if you're going to be late, let your gift-ee know.

Do I have to play? Not at all! It's just a fun little thing we did last year that we thought we'd do again. There's no pressure whatsoever.

Any other questions can go in the FAQ thread and I'll answer them as soon as possible. And remember, have fun and spread lots of holiday cheer! ♥

EDIT: SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED You'll receive your secret santa giftee within the next 24 hours.

~ Koji
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Hello everyone! We hope you're all enjoying Ewaymas this year!

I'm here to deliver everyone a quick reminder about OOC Secret Santa - We are officially in the gift giving period! I've already seen some people revealing their Secret Santa gifts (and I would like to thank my own secret santa again for her lovely gift. ♥) but you've got until the 25th to give your giftee their holiday surprise!

IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE LATE → E-mail your gift-ee and let them know so they're not sad on Christmas and so they know to expect it later!

IF YOU CAN'T DO IT/KNOW YOU WON'T HAVE TIME/NEED TO DROP OUT → Contact me (Koji) so we can get a pinch-hitter set up for your giftee! Please don't worry if you have to do this. Shit happens, you know?

IF YOU'RE STARING AT THIS POST ON THE 26TH WONDERING WHY YOUR SECRET SANTA GIFT NEVER SHOWED UP → Contact me (Koji) and I'll try and figure out what happened and get it fixed for you, whether it's because an email didn't get delivered of because you need a pinch hitter. But please don't just sit there all sad. 8(

IF YOU'RE STARING AT THIS POST RIGHT NOW GOING "MAN I WISH I'D GOTTEN HERE A MONTH AGO SO I COULD DO SECRET SANTA" OR ARE JUST STILL FEELING PARTICULARLY GIVING → Comment here and offer up your services as a pinch hitter! If someone drops out, I'd give the pinch hitter the giftee's secret santa form and the idea is that they would get something out to them as soon as possible. PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP FOR PINCH HITTING IF YOU CAN FOLLOW THROUGH. Also, it's not 100% guaranteed that we'll have someone for you to pinch hit for - we might not have anyone drop out, which is fantastic! This is more like a just in case thing, so that we have someone lined up and ready, so we'll let you know if we need you. Pinch hits are first come first serve. ♥

That's about it! Thank you to everyone for playing, and I hope your holiday season is going awesomely! ♥

~ Koji
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Just a quick notice to let you know that if you signed up for Secret Santa, you should have an Email by now with your Secret Santa match-up!

If you have not received this Email PLEASE let me know ASAP. That way we can fix it and get you your giftee, and update the person giving you a gift if necessary.

Beyond that, have fun gift-giving and spreading some holiday cheer! ♥

~ Koji
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HEY GUYS IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN - it's gone pretty well the last few years, so once again we're doing OOC Secret Santa!

How will this work? Well, you comment to this point under the Secret Santa thread with this form:



Sign-ups will close December 1st, and soon after all participants will be sent their secret partner by e-mail. Once you have your partner, you need to come up with a present for them by December 25th. You'll then send that gift to your partner by E-mail and they will have very happy holidays because of you.

Here's a little mini-FAQ for you (but there will also be a FAQ thread like we do for the events):

What can I send as Secret Santa presents? Do I have to spend money? CAN I spend money? This is ultimately split into two categories - monetary gifts and creative gifts. We live in a magical age where a large majority of websites offer internet gift cards that can be sent digitally, and only require a name and email address. But you absolutely do NOT have to give anything that costs money. Gifts of art, fic, icons, or any other creative things are more than welcome! For monetary gifts though, we heavily suggest that you keep it between $10-$15.

Examples of Monetary Gifts )

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a monetary gift? Absolutely! No matter what you send someone, it's going to be valueable because you put in time and effort, and thought about what kind of present they would enjoy. Please don't feel pressure to bust out your credit card - times are hard and not everyone even has ways of buying things online.

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a creative gift? Absolutely! Sometimes inspiration just doesn't come. Besides, it's a busy season and no one's going to judge you if you don't have time to draw the next Mona Lisa. It's the thought that counts, and gift cards can be just as meaningful as anything else.

But I really wanted to sent my Secret Santa a present in the mail! Please don't, unless it's 100% okay with your gift-ee (in other words, you'd have to reveal yourself and ask them, and if they say no then no). This is why we're not asking anyone for their real addresses - it's a little too invasive on the mod end of things, and I know I personally don't feel comfortable distributing people's addresses to random players. Not that I distrust any of you, but it feels skeevy so we're playing entirely with E-mail here.

Uh, I live outside the United States and I'm not sure Gift certificates would even work for me? Then say so in on your form somewhere! You don't have to get specific, but not every site ships everywhere, so your Secret Santa should know ahead of time if the internet doesn't ship to your evil lair on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Then they'll know they should probably do DW tokens, a creative gift, or something they KNOW FOR CERTAIN you'll actually be able to enjoy.

What if I can't do Secret Santa anymore? Tell one of the mods (preferably me since I'm organizing it, but any of the others will make sure the message gets to me) so that we can do something about it. We don't want to leave anyone stranded without a Secret Santa! If we have people who need to drop out of Secret Santa, then we will post a call for Pinch Hitters to step in and save the day. We won't tell your gift-ee who you were or why you needed to drop out; we'll just assign a Pinch Hitter to them.

It's 11:59PM on December 25th and I'm TOTALLY ALMOST DONE REALLY but it's going to be late. Help? Fess up to your gift-ee so that THEY know something's coming for them soon.

I didn't get anything - does my Secret Santa just hate me? :( NO, I'M SURE THAT'S NOT IT. If you haven't gotten anything by like, the 26th or 27th, come talk to me and I'll try to figure out what happened for you.

I missed sign-ups! Can I still play? We're keeping sign-ups open until December 1st, but if you miss the deadline, come talk to me. If there's enough interest, I might be able to match up late-comers. If not, then you can volunteer to be a Pinch Hitter. If someone drops out of Secret Santa then we'll give you a shout and you can step in. We can't guarantee that there will be a need for Pinch Hitters, but if there is then we'll put out a call for them. ♥

Does my gift have to show up EXACTLY on December 25th? Nope! You can give your gift and reveal yourself any time between December 18th and December 25th. Try not to give them out earlier than that, please. And again, if you're going to be late, let your gift-ee know.

Do I have to play? Not at all! It's just a fun little thing we did last year that we thought we'd do again. There's no pressure whatsoever.

Any other questions can go in the FAQ thread and I'll answer them as soon as possible. And remember, have fun and spread lots of holiday cheer! ♥

EDIT: SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED ♥ You'll receive your secret santa giftee within the next 24 hours.

~ Koji
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Hey guys! We hope you guys all had a very Merry Ewaymas this year. It's now the 27th and all of the decorations have come down, all the cracks in the floor and the air have vanished, and everyone is back in their proper point in time. Hooray! This is normally where we would post a recap, but we sort of gave you the entire event at the beginning this time, so I'll just link the original announcement in case anyone missed it. /o/

Right now though, I'm here to talk about Eway Secret Santa. First of all, sorry for the lack of a reminder this time around. The holidays got a little busier than expected on my end, but I'm here now and I want to make sure everyone who signed up gets something wonderful, even if it's a little late.

IF YOUR SECRET SANTA GIFT HASN'T SHOWN UP YET, YOU HAVEN'T GIVEN YOUR GIFT YET, OR YOU WANT TO PINCH HIT FOR SOMEONE, CLICK HERE. )

I hope everyone had a good holiday! ♥

~ Koji
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Hey there, Eway! Since it went so well last year, we're having SECRET SANTA once again!

How will this work? Well, you comment to this point under the Secret Santa thread with this form:



Sign-ups will close December 1st, and soon after all participants will be sent their secret partner by e-mail. Once you have your partner, you need to come up with a present for them by December 25th. You'll then send that gift to your partner by E-mail and they will have very happy holidays because of you.

Here's a little mini-FAQ for you (but there will also be a FAQ thread like we do for the events):

What can I send as Secret Santa presents? Do I have to spend money? CAN I spend money? This is ultimately split into two categories - monetary gifts and creative gifts. We live in a magical age where a large majority of websites offer internet gift cards that can be sent digitally, and only require a name and email address. But you absolutely do NOT have to give anything that costs money. Gifts of art, fic, icons, or any other creative things are more than welcome! For monetary gifts though, we heavily suggest that you keep it between $10-$15.

Examples of Monetary Gifts )

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a monetary gift? Absolutely! No matter what you send someone, it's going to be valueable because you put in time and effort, and thought about what kind of present they would enjoy. Please don't feel pressure to bust out your credit card - times are hard and not everyone even has ways of buying things online.

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a creative gift? Absolutely! Sometimes inspiration just doesn't come. Besides, it's a busy season and no one's going to judge you if you don't have time to draw the next Mona Lisa. It's the thought that counts, and gift cards can be just as meaningful as anything else.

But I really wanted to sent my Secret Santa a present in the mail! Please don't, unless it's 100% okay with your gift-ee (in other words, you'd have to reveal yourself and ask them, and if they say no then no). This is why we're not asking anyone for their real addresses - it's a little too invasive on the mod end of things, and I know I personally don't feel comfortable distributing people's addresses to random players. Not that I distrust any of you, but it feels skeevy so we're playing entirely with E-mail here.

Uh, I live outside the United States and I'm not sure Gift certificates would even work for me? Then say so in on your form somewhere! You don't have to get specific, but not every site ships everywhere, so your Secret Santa should know ahead of time if the internet doesn't ship to your evil lair on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Then they'll know they should probably do DW tokens, a creative gift, or something they KNOW FOR CERTAIN you'll actually be able to enjoy.

What if I can't do Secret Santa anymore? Tell one of the mods (preferably me since I'm organizing it, but any of the others will make sure the message gets to me) so that we can do something about it. We don't want to leave anyone stranded without a Secret Santa! If we have people who need to drop out of Secret Santa, then we will post a call for Pinch Hitters to step in and save the day. We won't tell your gift-ee who you were or why you needed to drop out; we'll just assign a Pinch Hitter to them.

It's 11:59PM on December 25th and I'm TOTALLY ALMOST DONE REALLY but it's going to be late. Help? Fess up to your gift-ee so that THEY know something's coming for them soon.

I didn't get anything - does my Secret Santa just hate me? :( NO, I'M SURE THAT'S NOT IT. If you haven't gotten anything by like, the 26th or 27th, come talk to me and I'll try to figure out what happened for you.

I missed sign-ups! Can I still play? We're keeping sign-ups open until December 1st, but if you miss the deadline, come talk to me. If there's enough interest, I might be able to match up late-comers. If not, then you can volunteer to be a Pinch Hitter. If someone drops out of Secret Santa then we'll give you a shout and you can step in. We can't guarantee that there will be a need for Pinch Hitters, but if there is then we'll put out a call for them. ♥

Does my gift have to show up EXACTLY on December 25th? Nope! You can give your gift and reveal yourself any time between December 18th and December 25th. Try not to give them out earlier than that, please. And again, if you're going to be late, let your gift-ee know.

Do I have to play? Not at all! It's just a fun little thing we did last year that we thought we'd do again. There's no pressure whatsoever.

Any other questions can go in the FAQ thread and I'll answer them as soon as possible. And remember, have fun and spread lots of holiday cheer! ♥

~ Koji

EDIT: Sign-ups are now closed! Emails will be going out within the next 24 hours with your Secret Santa assignments. ♥
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Hey guys! First of all, the event is going amazing and I love everything that everyone has done with it. GOOD JOB. ♥

But second, we're in the middle of our gift-giving period for Eway Secret Santa! And this is just a reminder notice that it's running until December 25th. I've already seen some gifts pop up here and there including mine lakjdlkas thank you you're going to get an email from me later when I'm not putting up mod posts and getting ready for work. ♥ and I'm so proud of everyone already oh my god.

SOME QUICK REMINDERS/NOTICES:

IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE LATE → E-mail your gift-ee and let them know so they're not sad on Christmas and so they know to expect it later!

IF YOU CAN'T DO IT/KNOW YOU WON'T HAVE TIME/NEED TO DROP OUT → E-mail me over at ewaymods@gmail.com so we can get a pinch-hitter set up for your giftee! Please don't worry if you have to do this. Shit happens, you know?

IF YOU'RE STARING AT THIS POST ON THE 26TH WONDERING WHY YOUR SECRET SANTA GIFT NEVER SHOWED UP → E-mail me at ewaymods@gmail.com and I'll try and figure out what happened and get it fixed for you?! But please don't just sit there all sad. 8(

IF YOU'RE STARING AT THIS POST RIGHT NOW GOING "MAN I WISH I'D GOTTEN HERE A MONTH AGO SO I COULD DO SECRET SANTA" → Email me at ewaymods@gmail.com and offer up your services as a pinch hitter! If someone drops out, I'd give the pinch hitter the giftee's secret santa form and the idea is that they would get something out to them as soon as possible. PLEASE ONLY SIGN UP FOR PINCH HITTING IF YOU CAN FOLLOW THROUGH. Also, it's not 100% guaranteed that we'll have someone for you to pinch hit for - we might not have anyone drop out, which is fantastic! This is more like a just in case thing, so that we have someone lined up and ready. Pinch hits are first come first serve. ♥

Aaaand that's about it! Have fun, and enjoy your secret santa-ing!

~ Koji
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Hey there, Eway! We're still kind of early for Ewaymas, but I have a different holiday celebration for you guys. This year, we're doing SECRET SANTA!

How will this work? Well, you comment to this post with this form:



Sign-ups will close December 1st December 2nd, and soon afterwards all participants will be sent their secret partner by e-mail. Once you have your partner, you need to come up with a present for them by December 25th. You'll then send that gift to your partner by E-mail and they will have very happy holidays because of you.

Here's a little mini-FAQ for you (but there will also be a FAQ thread like we do for the events):

What can I send as Secret Santa presents? Do I have to spend money? CAN I spend money? This is ultimately split into two categories - monetary gifts and creative gifts. We live in a magical age where a large majority of websites offer internet gift cards that can be sent digitally, and only require a name and email address. But you absolutely do NOT have to give anything that costs money. Gifts of art, fic, icons, or any other creative things are more than welcome! For monetary gifts though, we heavily suggest that you keep it between $10-$20.

Gift Examples )

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a monetary gift? Absolutely! No matter what you send someone, it's going to be valueable because you put in time and effort, and thought about what kind of present they would enjoy. Please don't feel pressure to bust out your credit card - times are hard and not everyone even has ways of buying things online.

Is it okay if I don't/can't do a creative gift? Absolutely! Sometimes inspiration just doesn't come. Besides, it's a busy season and no one's going to judge you if you don't have time to draw the next Mona Lisa. It's the thought that counts, and gift cards can be just as meaningful as anything else.

But I really wanted to sent my Secret Santa a present in the mail! Please don't, unless it's 100% okay with your gift-ee (in other words, you'd have to reveal yourself and ask them, and if they say no then no). This is why we're not asking anyone for their real addresses - it's a little too invasive on the mod end of things, and I know I personally don't feel comfortable distributing people's addresses to random players? Not that I distrust any of you, but it feels skeevy so we're playing entirely with E-mail here.

Uh, I live outside the United States and I'm not sure Gift certificates would even work for me? Then say so in on your form somewhere! You don't have to get specific, but not every site ships everywhere, so your Secret Santa should know ahead of time if the internet doesn't ship to your evil lair on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean. Then they'll know they should probably do DW tokens, a creative gift, or something they KNOW FOR CERTAIN you'll actually be able to enjoy.

What if I can't do Secret Santa anymore? Tell one of the mods (preferably me since I'm organizing it, but any of the others will make sure the message gets to me) so that we can do something about it. We don't want to leave anyone stranded without a Secret Santa!

It's 11:59PM on December 25th and I'm TOTALLY ALMOST DONE REALLY but it's going to be late. Help? Fess up to your gift-ee so that THEY know something's coming for them soon.

I didn't get anything - does my Secret Santa just hate me? :( NO, I'M SURE THAT'S NOT IT. If you haven't gotten anything by like, the 26th or 27th, come talk to me and I'll try to figure out what happened for you.

I missed sign-ups! Can I still play? We're keeping sign-ups open for a while (until December 2nd), so hopefully this won't happen unless we get new players in December, but just come ask me about it! There might be an opportunity to pinch-hit if someone drops out (which I'll post about if there is), or we can try and figure something else out.

Does my gift have to show up EXACTLY on December 25th? Nope! You can give your gift and reveal yourself any time between December 18th and December 25th. Try not to give them out earlier than that, please. And again, if you're going to be late, let your gift-ee know.

SHEESH, IT'S NOT EVEN THANKSGIVING KOJI. WHATEVER, MAN. I LIKE BEING PREPARED FOR THE HOLIDAYS IN ADVANCE. :P

Any other questions can go in the FAQ thread and I'll answer them as soon as possible. And remember, have fun and spread lots of holiday cheer! ♥

EDIT: SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED. ♥

~ Koji