Sarah Otter

Mad Otter Games
Developer
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This December, we invite you all to participate in a truly community oriented activity, one which is not only just plain fun, but affords everyone the opportunity to indulge in that most special of holiday pastimes, gift giving and receiving!

The V&H Event Committee, also known as Santa’s Little Helpers this month, have devised the ultimate secret gift exchange for all players on every server! Send a gift to a player who only you will know the name of, and in return receive a gift from your own anonymous Secret Santa.


How It Works

On every server, there exists a special character named ‘Secret Santa Elf.’ To register for this event, simply send an in-game email to Secret Santa Elf. Your in-game email should include the following information:
  • Subject Heading: ‘Registration’
  • Your character name, class, and level.
Registration will be for one week only! December 3 -10. And again, to be clear, there will be no public registration for this event. You will NOT sign up on the Forums or Discord. You will ONLY send private in-game emails to the ‘Secret Santa Elf’ on your server.

On December 11th, Santa’s Little Helpers will randomly shuffle all of the names of the registered participants, and privately assign Secret Santas. On the 11th, players will then receive in-game emails telling them the name of the person they will be sending a gift to, as well as other pertinent instructions.

From December 11 - 20, all registered participants will create their gifts and messages, and privately email them to the special event character they have been assigned. (In addition to ‘Secret Santa Elf,’ ‘The Snowman Helper’ and ‘The Reindeer Helper’ have been created to assist with receiving and distributing gifts.)

*Important: Since this is a ‘secret’ Santa event, players must not give their gifts themselves to their assigned person. All players MUST send in-game emails with their gifts, to us, Santa’s Little Helpers. We will then pass the gifts along and preserve the anonymity of all.

Between December 21 - 24, all registered participants will receive their gifts and messages from their Secret Santas via in-game emails, and everyone will have a special gift to unwrap this holiday season! :)


Gifts and Messages Criteria
  • No store bought items. (Nothing from the item shop.) This is to ensure equality, and make it as fair and fun as possible for all players to participate in the event.
  • Up to three gifts can be sent, but no more than three.
  • A message is not required, but is appreciated. Whatever you wish to say to the person you are giving a gift to, we will happily pass along to them.
We want all players to have the freedom and creativity to create whatever they’d like for their gifts! The possibilities are wide open, and you will also be told the class and level of the person you are sending a gift to. (Gear, pies, buffs, boosts, flowers, gems, zogs, gathered mats, mead, weapons, motes, supplies, and on, and on, and on.) Feel free, too, to create songs and poems, or little creative rhymes, or a special V&H memory, or anything of the like!


The Rules
  • If you do send a gift bought in the item shop, it will be returned to you with a message asking for a non-crown purchased item.
  • If you register for the event, but do not send a gift, your name will be removed from the event. In order to receive a gift, you must send a gift.
  • No alts. Players may only participate with one character. This ensures that when we randomly shuffle all of the names, players won’t be assigned their own alts as Secret Santas.
  • If you have characters on different servers, you may enter the event on those servers with the characters. Just no alts.
  • We will not be revealing who the Secret Santas are. After the event is over, if players wish to reveal themselves that is entirely up to them, but we will not be publicly posting any of the names.


Timeline
  1. December 3 - 10 = Registration. (Players send in-game emails to ‘Secret Santa Elf.’)
  2. December 11th = Registered participants will receive emails with the name of the player they will be sending a gift to, and information about the player.
  3. December 11 - 20 = Players will send their gifts and messages via in-game emails to us.
  4. December 21 - 24 = All participants will receive their gifts and messages from their Secret Santas.

(*EU2: Please see DE Forums for details about your Secret Santa Event, the format of which differs slightly from this.)

This is going to be fun! Hope to see as many of you as possible participating! :LOL:
 
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Panthera

Grand Priestess
Platform
Android, PC, Steam
#2
Sarah it is unclear whether someone can participate on more than one server (Jane Doe has a character on US1,2,3 Can she participate on all 3 servers if she contacts all 3 Secret Santa Elves)
 
Royal Guardian
Platform
Steam
#4
Sarah it is unclear whether someone can participate on more than one server (Jane Doe has a character on US1,2,3 Can she participate on all 3 servers if she contacts all 3 Secret Santa Elves)
I dont see why not :) The reason people can only apply for 1 toon per server is so we dont incidentally match peoples alts to eachother! If she likes the idea to participate in all servers, make a gift on each, she is free to do so.
 

Sarah Otter

Mad Otter Games
Developer
#5
Sarah it is unclear whether someone can participate on more than one server (Jane Doe has a character on US1,2,3 Can she participate on all 3 servers if she contacts all 3 Secret Santa Elves)
Yes, it's fine to participate on more than one server. Just no alts. I've just added that to the original post. ;)
 

Zazie

BRA Member
Royal Guardian
Characters
Zazie, Shiny, Skip, Auntie
Platform
PC
#9
A question regarding the optional attached message: Will it be copy-pasted or simply "forwarded" as is? (Asking cause I'm thinking of formatting and related issues. I'm also thinking of the issues we had with the in-game messaging system when trying to forward messages during the recent murder mystery event. I'm slightly worried about keeping my message short enough for the messaging system to be able to handle it, even if it's forwarded instead of copy-pasted.)
 

FaunaG

Priestess
Characters
FaunaG, Fion, FGWar, FaunaG Wi
Platform
PC
#10
Can we give motes? They aren't shop items but earned through gathering.
 

Rock

Lumineer
Platform
Android, PC
#13
Can we give motes? They aren't shop items but earned through gathering.
There are some "grey area" items like motes and supplies that can (or could) be acquired through either gathering or item shop. My suggestion would be to include a note to Santa letting him know you got them through gathering.

Honor system. And remember... he knows if you're being bad or good...
 
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Royal Guardian
Platform
Steam
#14
A question regarding the optional attached message: Will it be copy-pasted or simply "forwarded" as is? (Asking cause I'm thinking of formatting and related issues. I'm also thinking of the issues we had with the in-game messaging system when trying to forward messages during the recent murder mystery event. I'm slightly worried about keeping my message short enough for the messaging system to be able to handle it, even if it's forwarded instead of copy-pasted.)
Messages will be copy-pasted for the simple reason if you forward them the name of the original sender will be showing and then it is not secret santa anymore ;)
 

Sarah Otter

Mad Otter Games
Developer
#15
A question regarding the optional attached message: Will it be copy-pasted or simply "forwarded" as is? (Asking cause I'm thinking of formatting and related issues. I'm also thinking of the issues we had with the in-game messaging system when trying to forward messages during the recent murder mystery event. I'm slightly worried about keeping my message short enough for the messaging system to be able to handle it, even if it's forwarded instead of copy-pasted.)
Just for the heck of it, I just did a little test to get a sense of word count allowed in in-game emails. You can send this much:

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. At that time Macondo was a village of twenty adobe houses, built on the bank of a river of clear water that ran along a bed of polished stones, which were white and enormous, like prehistoric eggs. The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point. Every year during the month of March a family of ragged gypsies would set up their tents near the village, and with a great uproar of pipes and kettledrums they would display new inventions. First they brought the magnet.
A heavy gypsy with an untamed beard and sparrow hands, who introduced himself as Melquíades, put on a bold public demonstration of what he himself called the eighth wonder of the learned alchemists of Macedonia. He went from house to house dragging two metal ingots and everybody was amazed to see pots, pans,
So your rule of thumb for in-game emails is that you can send the opening paragraph + first sentence of second paragraph + 18 words of next sentence from One Hundred Years of Solitude, all of which equals a total of: 176 words, 997 characters, and 821 characters excluding spaces.

Hope that helps.:)
 

Imp

Reader
Characters
Impresario
Platform
iOS, PC
#16
I can’t wait! I’m going to carve my person a bear! Or a monkey! Or a bear-monkey! And then I’ll send it with a poem. Or an epic ballad about the adventures of the bear-monkey-prince and his friend, Fluffy.

Rumor is that William wants a kangaroo mount. Can I send him a kangaroo mount?
 
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DarkArrowz

Great Adventurer
Platform
Android, PC, Steam
#17
Hi Sarah!Just wondering..are there going to be any 'season only' recipes so we can craft something really special and magic?Or does it have to be same old pies,same old garments...?
 

Majenta

Villager
Forum Moderator
Platform
PC
#18
Hi Sarah!Just wondering..are there going to be any 'season only' recipes so we can craft something really special and magic?Or does it have to be same old pies,same old garments...?
If there were any such recipes, I would assume they would have been in the Christmas build so I would say not.
 
Royal Guardian
Platform
Steam
#19
Hi Sarah!Just wondering..are there going to be any 'season only' recipes so we can craft something really special and magic?Or does it have to be same old pies,same old garments...?
No, this is purely items already existing in the game
 
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