Hello, fellow GMCers! It's that time of year again! What time, you ask? ~ The "GMC Secret Santa 2019" time! ~ GIFT TRACKER PAGE (See if your gift is ready and download from here on Gift Day.) Sign-ups are now closed. I've been so busy participating in jams and working on my own projects and working my day job and having a family and fixing my truck and playing music with my mates and probably a bunch of other stuff that I totally forgot all about this. (Thanks @Misu for the reminder!) I ain't got much else going on, so let's do this! (The following is copypasta from last year, because yeah.) "Uh, Wut?" "GMC Secret Santa" is an event carried out each year where each participant makes some kind of a gift for a "Secret Pal". Then, by December 23rd all gifts are published for all participants to unwrap! Note, however, that the identity of your Santa will remain hidden - it's 'SECRET' Santa, after all. (Feel free to check the last discussion topic as a reference for how things were done last year.) Dude, isn't this getting started kinda late? Nah -- we're earlier than last year, and last year turned out great. How do I sign up? Well, to sign up, you need to make a post in this topic before the 5th of December, 0:00 GMT saying you want to participate. You may also state your gift preferences in that post, but be careful about being too specific - you wouldn't want to give your secret Santa a headache, now would you? On December 5th, I will make an announcement in this thread that the sign-up period is closed and I'll randomly assign "Secret Pal's" to "Secret Santa's" using the Alicination Method. Soon afterwards, you should get a message in your GMC inbox with the name of your "Secret Pal" and you can start making their gift. Making the gift After your "Secret Pal" is assigned, your Secret Santa present must be made and messaged to my GMC inbox before the 20th of December, 23:59 GMT. Don't publish it here or PM it to your secret pal; it's supposed to be SECRET. Do take into account your pal's preferences, but try to be discreet. Use whatever means you can devise to maintain your anonymity and keep your identity a secret from your "Secret Pal" as you research his or her preferences. However, sometimes it may be fun to leave little hints to your identity within your gift. Also, and this should go without saying, the gift you give must not be mean spirited, offensive or even break the GMC rules. Additionally, the gift must not be financial (Steam keys, program licences, cash bribes, etc.). Examples/ideas of what you could make: a new avatar! fan art of their avatar or one of their games. banners or promo images for their games music or sound effects for their WIP "Let's Play" videos of their games a simple game (made with GameMaker, naturally) a holiday video message desktop wallpapers your own idea here Of course, if you have your own idea for a gift, feel free to make it -- these are just examples! If at some point you find that you can't make the gift after all (due to lack of time or random circumstances such as runaway trains or time travel misfortunes), please message me about it as soon as possible, and at least 5 days before the December 20th deadline! That way I'll have time to assign your secret pal to someone else. Please be sure that you will be able to follow through with your obligation to create a gift. Reassigning Secret Santa's to Secret Pal's at the last minute doesn't always work out so well, as you might imagine. The unwrapping! By December 23rd, I'll gather all the gifts and publish them for your viewing pleasure (except for those that can't be published, for one reason or another). You're free to share your joy in this topic, comment on whichever gifts others posted here, or even try to guess your Santa. Keep in mind, however, that your Santa's identity may never be revealed. In a nutshell... to sign up, write a post here before the 5th of December, 23:59 GMT you can state your preferences in the sign-up post, but please, don't be too specific! after sign-up is closed, your "Secret Pal" name will be messaged to your GMC inbox; you will then have over two weeks to make the gift! (until the 20th of December, 23:59 GMT) once you make the gift, message it to my GMC inbox; don't send it to your secret pal or post it here, it's supposed to be secret! all gifts should be virtual, unless you want the expense of air-mailing a teddy bear to your secret pal. (This is a joke. No air-mailing allowed.) when making the gift, try to think what your pal would want; also, the gift should not be rude, offensive, inappropriate, etc. finally, no financial gifts (Steam keys, program licenses etc.)! if you can't make your gift, please PM me as soon as possible and at least 5 days before the December 20th deadline, so that I can assign your secret pal to someone else. by the 23rd of December all gifts will be published here to unwrap (except for those that can't be shown here); then you may try to guess your Santa if you want (Whiny voice) "I want a present, toooo." As with the last time I hosted, I won't be adding myself to the pool (I would know who my Secret Santa would be), but if anyone wants to gift the Secret Santa host, that would be most kind. (No avatars or signature banners, please.) Emergency Secret Santas Also, I'm asking for volunteers to be 'Emergency Secret Santas' in case a participant is unable to fulfill their Secret Santa obligation. These volunteers will need to be able to come up with a gift very quickly on the 23rd. Participants so far (sign-up post link; gift preference) @sitebender (post; no preference given) @Misu (post; no preference, but something really amazing) @Alice (post; no avatar) @Cloaked Games (post; no avatar) @Rui Rosário (post; no preference) @SilentxxBunny (post; no preference given) @Micah_DS (post; no preference, just have fun and not stress) @Coded Games (post; no preference, something related to Decks of Dexterity would be cool) @Homunculus (post; no signature, no exe, just have fun and no stress) @GMWolf (post; no signature, something that was fun to make) @chance (post; no preference) @Cat (post; no avatar/profile pic) Emergency Santa's @HayManMarc @Siolfor the Jackal Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays to you all! "Island of Misfit Fonts" font can be found here.