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Hello, everybody, and welcome to the Secret Sophie (thanks dispatchdave for the name!) gift exchange thread! I opted for the non-denominational version because I find the name funny.

 

Alright, down to brass tacks. If you want to participate DO NOT post here saying you're in. You can post here with questions, with comments, or suggestions, but I think it will make it even more secret and fun if no one knows who else is in on this.

 

Rules!

1. PM me with the answer to my short list of questions (See Below) and you're in!

2. This is an exchange of Reaper products only. Feel free to add other things to the box if you want, but the main focus is on Reaper's miniatures.

3. Nobody is required to paint anything! Part of the fun is that this will be quite simple to be apart of, otherwise I wouldn't have run this concurrently with the Autumn Exchange ::D:

4. If you want to reveal your identity, wait until they've already received their gift, please. I'll be with-holding the identity of your recipient on purpose, but if you figure it out, or know it from previous exchanges, please don't let the cat out of the bag :;):

 

And that's it! The deadline for this will be shortly after New Year's day to get it in the mail. The actual holidays are way too busy to count on shippers getting the package there reliably, plus everyone is just plain busy. This should give people who want to paint some time to paint, as well :blues:

 

Deadline: 15th of January, 2013.

 

PM me with this info.

1. Name and Address (Of course)

2. If you would like to paint for your recipient - But keep in mind, painting takes time, so if you don't think you can make the deadline, just send a naked mini. They'll still love it!

3. If you can ship internationally

 

And there you have it. Questions, comment, suggestions all welcome, but remember, keep your participation a seeeecret :ph34r:.

 

Oh, and the people who've already sent their PMs from seeing my post in the Autumn Exchange thread, no need for another. I've got you folks jotted down on my master list. ^_^

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Oh! And I forgot to add the cut-off date for people joining this.

 

Again, this will be a semi-soft cut-off, like the last one, but I'll take newcomers after the date and then assign those newcomers in waves once I have 3-4 people to do the anonymous exchange amongst each other.

 

Tentative cut-off/assignment date: November 30th, 2012

 

Should give everyone plenty of time to shop and buy something. Anybody that says they want to paint their gift will be given their assignments November 23rd, 2012, to give them a bit of a head-start on deciding on the mini to give!

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So participants would post a pic of their haul and then people could speculate as to who the sender was?

 

Oh that sounds like fun! :bday:

 

And for people who receive unpainted minis, we could have a sharing thread for what they look like once they're all done up. I don't really know how to run/judge a contest, but it could be fun to have a painting contest for the received minis ^_^

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My only comment is I prefer "Secret Sophie" to white-elephant. White elephant generally indicates a gift/trade system where one person picks an item from a group, then the next person can pick an unknown item, or take the first person's item (who then gets an unknown from the pile). So, yeah. Secret Sophie. :upside:

 

-Dave

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My only comment is I prefer "Secret Sophie" to white-elephant. White elephant generally indicates a gift/trade system where one person picks an item from a group, then the next person can pick an unknown item, or take the first person's item (who then gets an unknown from the pile). So, yeah. Secret Sophie. :upside:

 

-Dave

 

I love this idea, and I'll PM Kit to see if I can get the thread title changed ::D:

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Alright, since this is getting bigger faster than I expected (so happy about that!) I'm going to ask that everyone who has sent and will be sending me a PM that was not a part of the Autumn Exchange to answer two more questions.

 

I'm still going to keep the questions light compared to the regular exchanges, but since this is a gift, I want to make sure you are getting something you want!

 

Questions of Taste

 

What you want (Mouslings, necromancers, warriors, dual-wielders, etc):

What you DON'T want (gross, nudity, undead, kobolds, animals, etc):

 

Just remember, to anybody who wants in on this that already did the Autumn Exchange, I still have your info, so I won't need you to answer this if you PM me.

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My only comment is I prefer "Secret Sophie" to white-elephant. . . .

 

I love this idea, and I'll PM Kit to see if I can get the thread title changed ::D:

 

Rc: You already can. Go to your first post in this thread: punch the Edit button (it is level with the Quote button); look for the USE FULL EDITOR button, punch that; then modify the Post Title field as required (you might need to scroll up to find it).

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My only comment is I prefer "Secret Sophie" to white-elephant. White elephant generally indicates a gift/trade system where one person picks an item from a group, then the next person can pick an unknown item, or take the first person's item (who then gets an unknown from the pile). So, yeah. Secret Sophie. :upside:

 

-Dave

 

I have to say, I've never heard "White Elephant" used that way before - I've always heard that term to mean something that you didn't actually want that was given as a gift. What you're describing I've heard as a "Gypsy Christmas," which, yes, I know is offensive to some.

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I'm from the South, and we have weird idioms....

 

Bless your heart, Virginia isn't exactly north... ::P:

 

http://en.wikipedia....t_gift_exchange

 

ETA: I did see what you are referring to; I had never heard of the expression being used that way. Language keeps weirding.

 

And having read the wiki article, "white elephant" makes more sense. ^_^

 

I'd also heard "Dirty Santa" before.

 

I've only done it a couple of times, and I got an awesome beer hammer out of it. I have to say, though, I can never resist the urge of the wrapped package... can't bear to take something from somebody else when there's something OMG AWESOME WHAT CAN IT BE still on the table. ::D:

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      Gifts should be primarily new, Reaper-branded presents. Exchanging painted miniatures is optional. Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM. Painters must post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 29th. The deadline for non-painters to mail their items is December 21st.  The deadline for painters is January 31st.  
      Full Rules
      Decide whether you are doing gift and miniature exchange or gift-only exchange. "Gifts" are Reaper paints, unpainted miniatures, or other Reaper painting supplies.  Recommended dollar value of gifts is $25 or less. The miniature exchange is where you paint a Reaper miniature for someone and mail it to them.  If you want to paint more than one miniature, you may do so. Reaper minis are the focus. If you want to paint more than one miniature, you may do so. If you wish to include other gifts for your recipient, you may do so, but please keep them small.  The focus of the exchange should be a Reaper product. Fill out all the appropriate sections of the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM.  Please fill out the current version of the questionnaire, Please don't just send an old one, as questions may have changed.  Please don't contact your partner unless they have listed themselves as okay with contact. I've included it on the questionnaire, so you'll know who wants to keep it secret and who doesn't.  You will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by November 13th. Basically, if I do not hear anything from you once the assignments go out, you will be dropped, and your recipient will be reassigned as part of Round 2. I really do not want to do this but there have been too many instances in the past of radio silence once assignments go out. Round 2 participants will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by November 30th. In order to encourage people to start painting early, you will need to post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by December 29th.  The mini should be at least base-coated by this time.  If you don't post a WIP by this point, I may have to demote you to gift-only or drop you from the exchange.  Please don't make me do this. Try really hard to get your miniature out by the deadline.  Let an organizer know if you are going to be late. Please post in this thread once you have received your miniature from your partner. We all love seeing what everyone did and it serves as an acknowledgement that you received it. In the past some people have wanted to send food - please verify allergens, etc. with your partner before proceeding. If you are mailing internationally and plan to send more than just miniatures/paint, you must contact your recipient to get any "bonus items" approved.  We don't want any trouble with customs.  As an example, plant matter or powders can cause a lot of trouble. The organizers (SGHawkins09) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Have fun!  
      Deadline
      The deadline for acknowledging your assignment is November 13th for Round 1 and November 30th for Round 2.
      The deadline for mailing gifts is December 21st. This is for the gift only participants, painters can send the gifts separate and earlier than the painted figure but it is not required.
      The deadline for a WIP photo is December 29th.
      The deadline for mailing exchange miniatures is January 31st, but it's even better if you can get them out by Christmas.
       
      Assignments Deadline
      Round 1 assignments have been sent. The organizer will send the assignments for Round 2 by end of day November 16th.  Please let me know if you're interested by end of day, November 13th.  I can't make any guarantees if you're late, but I will try to make arrangements.
       
      Exchange Assistant
      It is just me (SGHawkins09) this time so be patient if you send me a message or post a question, I will get back to you as soon as I can.
       
       

      Secret Sophie Exchange Questionnaire
       
      -Contact Information-
      Name:
      E-mail:
      Address:
       
       
      -General Information-
      Are you signing up for the gift exchange only, or for gift + miniature exchange?
       
      -Gift Information: Inbound-
      What are you interested in receiving?
      Other gift preferences?

      -Painted Miniature Information: Outbound-
      What can you paint?
      What do you like painting the most?

      -Painted Miniature Information: Inbound-
      What do you want to receive?
      What DON'T you want to receive?
      What material do you want to receive?
      Do you have a particular color scheme in mind?
      What style of basing would you prefer?
      Please give your partner some inspiration, especially if you have very few preferences above.

      -Personal Information-
      Will you ship internationally?
      Would you be willing to have multiple exchange partners?
      Would you like to know who is painting for you before they start painting?
      Would you like your partner to know who is painting for them before you start painting?
      Is there anybody you would prefer not to paint for?  (please include why)

      -Special Requests-
      For the organizer, your painter, or your recipient:
       
       

      Secret Sophie Exchange Questionnaire - Examples and Notes
       
      -Contact Information-
      Name:  Forum Guy
      E-mail: Forum Guy at emailservice dot com
      Notes: This is backup contact information in case we can't contact you via forum PM.  The organizers will not share this with anyone, and we'll only use it as a last resort.
      Address:  1234 my street .
                        My town, My province or state
                        (Postal code) or (ZIP code)
                        My Country
      Notes: Remember to include your zip code and country. 
      Please format this correctly for your country in case you have an international partner.
       
      -Gift Information: Inbound-
      What are you interested in receiving? Metal or Bones fantasy monsters 
      Examples: metal/resin/bones, scenic elements, Dark Heaven Legends/Chronoscope/Warlord/Pathfinder/Savage Worlds, paints
      Other gift preferences? I love peppermint but hate licorice
      Some people like to include other holiday related gifts, this would be were you could not if you like or dislike stuff related to that. Some things that are commonly asked about are candies, cookies, hot chocolate, tea, etc. If you note something here, it is not a guarantee you will get something extra as non Reaper items are optional.

      -Painted Miniature Information: Outbound-
      What can you paint?  Fantasy PCs or monsters
      Examples: fantasy, sci-fi, monsters, PCs, women, undead, demons, etc
      What do you like painting the most? bugbears and orcs
      Notes: if possible, the organizers will try to match you up with someone who wants this thing, but if we can't we'll fall back to what you "can" paint

      -Painted Miniature Information: Inbound-
      What do you want to receive?  Fantasy enemies for my players to fight!  Monsters or human(ish) are both fine.
      Examples: mouslings, necromancers, warriors, dual-wielders, etc
      What DON'T you want to receive?  No nudity please.  Also, I have plenty of goblins so I don't need more.
      Examples: gross, nudity, undead, kobolds, animals, etc
      What material do you want to receive?  I'm fine with any material
      Notes: Reaper miniatures come in Bones, resin and metal
      Do you have a particular color scheme in mind?  No preference.
      Notes: If you're asking for a miniature to be used in army, you can ask your partner to match the colors.
      What style of basing would you prefer? Plain or basic - I will use these miniatures in my PFRPG games.
      Examples: round or square preference? Unbased, plain base (simple black base), basic base (standard sized base with some scenic elements), or scenic base (fancy base not really suitable for gaming)
      Please give your partner some inspiration, especially if you have very few preferences above.
      I'm starting the PFRPG Adventure Path "Jade Regent" soon.  Try painting non-human skin tones.  My favorite color is blue.  "Spring has sprung!"
      Notes: Consider this a non-binding word of inspiration for your partner.  If they're stuck and can't figure out what to paint, maybe this will help them.  No need to repeat your preferences above.  You partner may ignore this question if they already have an idea from the your previously answered questions.
      Examples: Are there any books or movies you've enjoyed recently?  Is there a challenge or technique you'd like your partner to try?  How about some song lyrics or a quote from a book?

      -Personal Information-
      Will you ship internationally? Yes
      Notes: Be aware that postage costs will be higher than domestic postage.  If you mail internationally, you will need permission from your partner to include other gift items so that we don't run afoul of customs.  Most participants in these exchanges are located in the USA.
      Would you be willing to have multiple exchange partners? Yes, I love painting!
      Notes: If yes, specify if there is a limit (though it is unlikely we'll ask you to do more than 2)
      Would you like to know who is painting for you? No
      Examples: Yes, No, No Preference
      Notes: If you say yes, your preference will be communicated to your partner.  It will be up to them to contact you.
      Would you like your partner to know who is painting for them? No
      Examples: Yes, No, No Preference
      Notes: You can contact them directly to work out details or ask for advice.  We will attempt to match people with similar preferences, but can't guarantee this is the case.
      Is there anybody you would prefer not to paint for?  (please include why)    I painted for johndoe123 in the last miniature exchange.
      Notes:  If you like to paint for a variety of different people, you can list those you've painted for in the past.  We will do our best to pair you with someone new.  Another situation is that you know certain people in real life, and would prefer to paint for someone you don't know.
       
      -Special Requests-
      For the organizer, your painter, or your recipient:
       
    • By SGHawkins09
      Welcome to the 2020 Summer Miniature Exchange! 
       
      This is the thread where I'll post announcements, and you can post questions, let people know that packages have be mailed or received, or just talk, get suggestions, and show off the awesome mini that your partner sent you.
       
      If you've never done an exchange before, how it works is like this: Everyone who is interested PMs me with the questionnaire below filled out (please don't just send an old one, as the questions may have changed). I then match you with a person whom you will paint a mini for, and a second person whom you will receive a painted mini from (sometimes it's the same person). You have until the deadline to send your mini out (please try really hard to do this, though we understand if sometime life gets in the way). That's pretty much it, feel free to PM me with questions.
       
      This exchange is based on trust and is open to painters of all skill levels. Please be respectful of the fact that someone else is investing their time, money, and energy into painting a mini for you.  I am simply the organizer, but I will do everything I can to make sure that everyone who paints a miniature receives one.
       
      The Rules (tl;dr version)
      Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM by end of day, June 12th. Painters must acknowledge their assignment message and/or post or message me that they have selected their miniature by June 30th. Painters must post a WIP of their mini by August 1st. Paint your partner a mini and mail it to them by September 30th.  
      Full Rules
      Fill out the questionnaire below and send it to me via PM.  Please fill out the current version of the questionnaire. Please don't just send an old one, as questions may have changed. Please don't contact your partner unless they have listed themselves as okay with contact. I've included it on the questionnaire, so you'll know who wants to keep it secret and who doesn't. You will need to acknowledge your assignment message and/or post or message me that you have selected a miniature by June 30th. Basically, if I do not hear anything from you once the assignments go out, you will be dropped, and your recipient will be reassigned. I really do not want to do this but there have been too many instances in the past of radio silence once assignments go out. In order to encourage people to start painting early, you will need to post a Work In Progress (WIP) image of your mini under a spoiler tag to this thread by August 1st. The mini should be at least base-coated by this time.  If you don't post a WIP by this point, I may have to drop you from the exchange.  Please don't make me do this. Try really hard to get your miniature out by the deadline.  Let an organizer know if you are going to be late. Please post in this thread once you have received your miniature from your partner. We all love seeing what everyone did and it serves as an acknowledgement that you received it. If you are mailing internationally and plan to send more than just miniatures/paint, you must contact your recipient to get any "bonus items" approved.  We don't want any trouble with customs.  As an example, plant matter or powders can cause a lot of trouble. Also, only the purchase price of the figure should be listed under "value" on the customs form.  No extra value should be added for your paint job, etc.  the purpose of the package should be "gift". Reaper minis are the focus. If you want to paint more than one miniature, you may do so. If you wish to include other gifts for your recipient, you may do so, but please keep them small. There is no hard and fast rule but keeping the value less than the price of a single miniature is a good rule of thumb. The focus of the exchange should be a Reaper product. The organizer (SGHawkins09) can help facilitate any anonymous conversations you want to have with your partner. Have fun!  
      Deadline
      The deadline to mail out miniatures for this exchange will be a little over 3 months from when assignments are sent out, on September 30th.
       
      Assignments Deadline
      I will try to send out the assignments by June 15th.  Please let me know if you're interested by end of day, June 12th.  I can't make any guarantees if you're late, but I will try to make arrangements.
       
      Exchange Assistant
      I am running this by myself so please can contact me if you have any questions or issues.

      2020 Summer Exchange Questionnaire
       
      -Mailing Information-
      Name:
      Address:

      -Miniature Information: Outbound-
      What can you paint?
      What do you like painting the most?

      -Miniature Information: Inbound-
      What do you want to receive?
      What DON'T you want to receive?
      What material do you want to receive?
      Do you have a particular color scheme in mind?
      What style of basing would you prefer?
      Please give your partner some inspiration, especially if you have very few preferences above.

      -Personal Information-
      Will you ship internationally?
      Would you be willing to have multiple exchange partners?
      Would you like to know who is painting for you before they start painting?
      Would you like your partner to know who is painting for them before you start painting?
      Is there anybody you would prefer not to paint for?  (please include why)

      -Special Requests-
      For the organizer, your painter, or your recipient:
         
      2020 Summer Exchange Questionnaire Example:
       
      -Mailing Information-
      Name:       Forum_person
      Address:   1234 my street .
                        My town, My province or state
                        (Postal code) or (ZIP code)
                        My Country
       
      Notes: Remember to include your zip code and country.  Please format this correctly for your county in case you have an international partner.
       
      -Miniature Information: Outbound-
      What can you paint?  Fantasy PCs or monsters
      Examples: fantasy, sci-fi, monsters, PCs, women, undead, demons, etc
      What do you like painting the most? bugbears and orcs
      Notes: if possible, the organizers will try to match you up with someone who wants this thing, but if we can't we'll fall back to what you "can" paint

      -Miniature Information: Inbound-
      What do you want to receive?  Fantasy enemies for my players to fight!  Monsters or human(ish) are both fine.
      Examples: mouslings, necromancers, warriors, dual-wielders, etc
      What DON'T you want to receive?  No nudity please.  Also, I have plenty of goblins so I don't need more.
      Examples: gross, nudity, undead, kobolds, animals, etc
      What material do you want to receive?  I'm fine with any material
      Notes: Reaper miniatures come in Bones, resin and metal
      Do you have a particular color scheme in mind?  No preference.
      Notes: If you're asking for a miniature to be used in army, you can ask your partner to match the colors.
      What style of basing would you prefer? Plain or basic - I will use these miniatures in my PFRPG games.
      Examples: round or square preference? Unbased, plain base (simple black base), basic base (standard sized base with some scenic elements), or scenic base (fancy base not really suitable for gaming)
      Please give your partner some inspiration, especially if you have very few preferences above.
      I'm starting the PFRPG Adventure Path "Jade Regent" soon.  Try painting non-human skin tones.  My favorite color is blue. "Spring has sprung!"
      Notes: Consider this a non-binding word of inspiration for your partner.  If they're stuck and can't figure out what to paint, maybe this will help them.  No need to repeat your preferences above.  You partner may ignore this question if they already have an idea from the your previously answered questions.
      Examples: Are there any books or movies you've enjoyed recently?  Is there a challenge or technique you'd like your partner to try?  How about some song lyrics or a quote from a book?

      -Personal Information-
      Will you ship internationally? Yes
      Notes: Be aware that postage costs will be higher than domestic postage.  If you mail internationally, you will need permission from your partner to include other gift items so that we don't run afoul of customs.  Most participants in these exchanges are located in the USA.
      Would you be willing to have multiple exchange partners? Yes, I love painting!
      Notes: If yes, specify if there is a limit (though it is unlikely we'll ask you to do more than 2)
      Would you like to know who is painting for you? No
      Examples: Yes, No, No Preference
      Notes: If you say yes, your preference will be communicated to your partner.  It will be up to them to contact you.
      Would you like your partner to know who is painting for them? No
      Examples: Yes, No, No Preference
      Notes: You can contact them directly to work out details or ask for advice.  We will attempt to match people with similar preferences, but can't guarantee this is the case.
      Is there anybody you would prefer not to paint for?  (please include why)    I painted for johndoe123 in the last miniature exchange.
      Notes:  If you like to paint for a variety of different people, you can list those you've painted for in the past.  We will do our best to pair you with someone new.  Another situation is that you know certain people in real life, and would prefer to paint for someone you don't know.
       
      -Special Requests-
      For the organizer, your painter, or your recipient:
       
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