Welcome to Skyview Terrace’s ’18 Secret Santa Exchange! If you’re unfamiliar with the rules, it goes something like this: A list will be made of everyone who wants to participate, and those names will go into a hat. Everyone will draw out a name and it is their responsibility to give a gift to that person. The twist is that the whole game is anonymous, so you won’t know who is gifting you something this holiday, but you also get the satisfaction of seeing your giftee open yours!
Being an online community, we will be doing this two ways:
• Out-of-Character Exchange: This can be anything from icon packs, layouts, styles, graphics, narratives, etc. that you, as the gifter, will create for your recipient.
• In-Character Exchange: To the tune of traditional gift giving in RPG games, your character will purchase a gift not more than $25 USD/₩27,000 KRW.
You are welcome to sign up for both the Out-of-Character and In-Character Exchanges, or, if you would rather do one or the other, go right ahead! Please remember that you will not know who has your name and as such, there's no telling what you might receive from either!
If you're familiar with the writer and/or character you're gifting, try to get something that reflections their personality, interests, styles, etc. or is relevant to something you may share, like a joke or story. If you aren't familiar with the writer and/or character you're gifting, you can always try to make conversation with them in hopes of gleaning some gifting leads or check out their current styles to find out more about them. If neither suit you, resort to the list of gifts that the writer and/or character may want to receive! For example, someone who doesn't have Photoshop may want some icons or someone coding challenged may want a layout. On the In-Character side, a character may have a particular interest they're currently active with or need something applicable to their hobbies. You do not have to use these lists, but they are there to provide ideas!
On the receiving end, be gracious! Say thank you! Maybe even use the exchange as an opportunity to be social outside of your regular group—especially in the case of gifting or receiving a gift from someone you don’t know very well.
To participate, sign up under the appropriate sub-threads (Out-of-Character Exchange and In-Character Exchange, respectively) with the requested information. On December 10, 2018, names will be randomized and passed out to participants, so you have until then to sign up! It is then up to you to gift something to the writer and/or character you received!
Gifts are to be distributed on December 23, 2018 (as to not step on real life holiday celebrations), but we do understand that some projects (particularly those involving coding) can take time. If you don’t have your gift ready by then, feel free to drop your Secret Santa recipient a note! Maybe with a greeting and status on your gift, so they know something is on the way!
ETA 2018.12.10 Because the holidays will be quickly approaching by the 23rd, gifts are to be dropped off in the recipient's screened post! You can do this anonymously or not, though there is no requirement for it to be anonymous at this time. Feel free to openly reveal yourself as the Secret Santa! Until then, mum's the word on who your recpient is!