All the Secret Santa gifts have been sent out! Have a wonderful holiday (whatever you celebrate here)!

This link should tell you who got what person:


Assignments have been sent out!

Make sure your steam profile is open to accept messages from anyone. You will receive a message concerning your Secret Santa #. There is a GoogleDoc that is open to view that contains your SecretSanta info.

Thanks for participating in this! I'm not very good at organizing, but we're off to a great start. Steam's Winter Sale should hit 12/20/12, which should be perfect for getting gifts for Christmas.

You will have a deadline of 12/23/12 11:59pm to send out your gift(s). Note that I cannot actually assure any gifts will be sent by any person to another person (in case someone else doesn't do it); but you have signed up here which means you have committed yourself to the full thing, and I trust that everyone will get their gifts (regardless of what they get :D)

This should give you a full 4 days to buy your gift for your first Arqade Secret Santa! Have a great Christmas everyone.

Here's the link to your assignments: https://docs.google.com/a/buffalo.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As1tY82SPifOdHpjTHczTFJyeGVMNmhDRWZFVm5ma2c#gid=0

Note that you will receive your number through Steam, not through GoogleDocs. I will try messaging you, then sending it through chat. I have saved the results in a seperate doc to ensure consistency. You will receive your number under the user [L!F3] Retrosaur (That is my current Steam profile name)

Arqade's Secret Santa

I propose we have a white elephant secret santa gift giving time around Christmas. The idea is to give each other games on each other's wishlist.



We've got a bit of ideas floating around. I'll state rules as answers below. You can feel free to agree or disagree with them, edit them to your own liking, or discuss as you wish.

I'm hoping we can also talk about a price cap. We've got a couple people who are willing to also donate some games. Hopefully this'll go as planned and then you can enjoy Christmas with one more game in your steam library!

Sign Up Is Closed

Make sure the community can view your wishlist; you really want those games, right?

Hopefully we can get a list of people willing to buy and receive games, organize them based on wishlist, get a median price thing going on.

Sign up's ended! This'll be a fun Christmas for all of us. I'll set up assignments (random number generators) and assign each user to someone else. If you'd like to join in, but failed to meet the deadline, message me on Steam please.

Sign up has now ended. The more players/participants/Arqaders we have, the more fun we'll have. Also, join Arqade's Steam Group here: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/arqadecommunity.

The deadline for sending out wishlist gifts will be announced soon.


  • BlueRaja: (Wishlist: Terraria)
  • Spartacus: (Wishlist: GMod)

Extra Info

Taken from BoardGameGeek's Secret Santa:

  1. First and foremost, Secret Santa is all about the giving. Getting is fun too, but be prepared for the possibility that the person who is sending you a gift may disappoint you. Most people do a good job, but there are always going to be a handful of unfortunate situations that come up.

    If you sign up for Secret Santa treat it as a responsibility and make it a priority. Those who sign-up but don't send gifts will face the possibility of account privileges being suspended as a result. [Sorry, we can't suspend users just for being awful human beings and failing forever at a Secret Santa. --bp]

  2. You have until DECEMBER 18th to sign up. If you have second thoughts after signing up, you also have until that deadline to delete your registration.

  3. Keep your wishlist (NOT want list) of games updated. The expectation is that your Santa will send a new game from your wishlist. Please have at least twenty currently available games on your list, and try to have most of them fall within a reasonable price range. If you have a small, expensive, or difficult-to-fulfill wishlist then don't be surprised if you get something that isn't on your list. The more you have on your list the easier it is for your Secret Santa to find something for you.

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    I think you're going to need to add in a bit more explanation in order to not confuse everybody here.
    – Frank
    Commented Nov 21, 2012 at 20:02
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    You want to give people games that won't be played? Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 1:56
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    @RavenDreamer: What secret santa gift is ever used to begin with?
    – MBraedley
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 2:45
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    I've got 4 copies of dota2 to give away :p
    – Lyrion
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 9:50
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    if anyone's willing to play this game I'll personally buy them a copy.
    – l I
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 14:35
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    I support this idea, but surely we should be able to donate any game we want (not just rarely played ones). Maybe we could incentivise bigger donations by having price brackets? Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 16:36
  • 3
    @spartacus I see your Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble! and raise with my Secret of the Magic Crystals
    – Kappei
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 18:12
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    Just for the record, VTM:Bloodlines is a diamond of a game. A diamond in the rough, but one still.
    – kotekzot
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 19:19
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    @kotekzot agreed, though if anyone does play it, the unofficial patch is an absolute must
    – l I
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 21:16
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    You know, we could get technical, draw a Steam ID from a (hat) and see what's on their wish list. Set a price cap if necessary. Only issue is direct gifting would basically rule out any sort of secret.
    – MBraedley
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 21:40
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    Creating a middleman account, entrusting someone here to access it, then having that account send games to the user, all the while hiding identity of real user.
    – childe
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 22:06
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    @spartacus - It actually has neat art direction and an 81 Metacritic, I'm not exactly scared. Hell, I may buy this for myself now...
    – Shinrai
    Commented Nov 23, 2012 at 15:14
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    As an active steam trader, I'd be willing to donate a game or two for this. You should explicitly state that it's steam-tradable games only; otherwise you will have 1000 entries of unwanted Indiegala games. You should also disallow DLCs, betas (such as Dota 2 or Airmech) and The Ship, which are so abundant they are basically worthless. Commented Nov 26, 2012 at 23:31
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    This sounds like it would result in a lot of people getting games they already have. Based on the giveaway from last year, most people's extras are the same. Partly because the Humble Bundle keeps putting the same stupid games in every other pack.... Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 17:24
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    I highly suggest setting up a Google Form or Spreadsheet to allow people to sign up.
    – Kotsu
    Commented Dec 4, 2012 at 22:20

1 Answer 1



  • Steam tradable games only.
  • NO DLCs
  • NO betas

Any game is fine as long as it follows the rule mentioned above. Please try to gift games that are on the user's wishlist. However, as mentioned above, if the price is too absurd or the list is too shallow, feel free to gift something else within your own budget restrictions.

You will have by 12/23/12 11:59 pm to send out your gifts (in time for Christmas, Kwanza, any other holiday). That's all, and thanks for participating.

Refer to this link to link your number for your Secret Santa: https://docs.google.com/a/buffalo.edu/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As1tY82SPifOdHpjTHczTFJyeGVMNmhDRWZFVm5ma2c#gid=0

Let me know if you have any questions pertaining to the event itself, your own number, or anything else as comments underneath this answer.

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    I wouldn't exactly say price cap, as prices are different in alot of different countries. I would say pick a game and the price of that game is the max price?
    – Lyrion
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 13:09
  • What game would we use though?
    – childe
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 17:06
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    I fail to see why there should be a price cap, if somebody really feels like being generous. The expectation should not be that if you buy a new AAA release that you're likely to get one yourself in return, but if you want to do that for someone...
    – Shinrai
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 17:20
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    I agree that a price cap isn't necessary, but a guideline for minimum price should be given. Boardgamegeek.com runs a really well coordinated secret santa. You can see their guidelines at boardgamegeek.com/geekexchange/98. I think we should allow non-tradable games that are on the user's wishlist.
    – bwarner
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 19:41
  • I still say you need to know who you are giving a game too, just so you can look at their wishlist to see what you want to give. And a minimum price is good aswell, but i still think you should take in mind that if you say for example minimum 50$ thats 38 euro's. Thats not the same price range....
    – Lyrion
    Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 8:54
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    @Lyrion - I am sure if there was a minimum price at all it would be something more like $3 than $50 - a price that high would exclude a lot of people, never mind the issue of differing rates in different countries.
    – Shinrai
    Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 15:32
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    @Shinrai I was just saying as an example, doesn't need to be 50$. But if you want to buy something of peoples wishlist I don't think there will be alot of 3$ games on there.
    – Lyrion
    Commented Dec 3, 2012 at 8:18

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