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The Official Atari Age Secret Santa 2023 Thread!


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Attention, ladies and gentlemen! This is not a drill!


The official Atari Age Secret Santa Thread is NOW OPEN!




Ladies and Gentlemen... Boys and Girls...


Santa NEEDS your help!


Aliens have aimed missiles to DESTROY THE UNIVERSE!!! Only Santa and his Reindeer team can disarm them in time!


In addition to that, many many presents need to be delivered... and with Santa's attention being heavily diverted, he can use ALL THE HELP HE CAN GET!!!


So please, won't you help you fellow retro gamers have a Merry Christmas, while Santa saves the universe?


He's real busy.


Also, the universe is real big.  And our bearded bro in the ho ho ho has got himself all lost up in it.



(It's 2023... we need one creepy AI image in here)



Join @chicgamer and @CaptainBreakout ... together we can GET SANTA HOME!   and we can make sure us AtariAge members who've got the REAL Christmas Sprit get all taken care of. 


'Cause, we have the spirit of Santa in all of us.



Make Santa proud!

The Secret Santa gift exchange is open to ALL Atari Age members in good standing (explanation to follow).

The Rules:

1. Post a reply within this thread of your intention to participate.

2. PM @CaptainBreakout or @chicgamer with the following information:

Atari Age username
Name and mailing address
Ideas for items you might like (this can be specific, such as a particular game, or more general, like a console you collect for, or even a list of your hobbies or interests); please try to provide at least a few ideas. Send us anything you would like your Secret Santa to know about you for the purpose of gift giving. Please take the time to formulate some ideas for your Secret Santa. Secret Santas want to have fun coming up with your gift!
In case your Secret Santa wants to include some treats, be sure to provide any dietary considerations or preferences. You may also offer a suggestion (e.g., "I love little chocolate things that look like planetoids when I squint!").
Please indicate whether you are willing to ship internationally. Note that international shipping can be expensive, so keep that in mind.
If you participated last year, please tell us whom you were Secret Santa for.


3. All responses need to be received by Monday, November 6th.

We will send out your Secret Santa notifications by Monday, November 13th.


4. How much you spend is up to you, but please don’t feel obligated to spend more than you’re comfortable with.

We want as many people who want to participate to be able to, and we know this year (again) has been difficult financially for many. The suggested total gift value has always been around $30 USD. If you are in a position to be more generous—go ahead! But don't go broke.


5. We recommend you ship any packages sent via USPS during the first week of December. For international packages, we recommend you ship no later than late November.

Please provide tracking information for your packages after you've sent them. This lets us know who might need a reminder about getting their packages shipped.


The thread will be regularly updated as we get more participants.


If you’re participating, please follow through with your commitment so that no one gets left out. Don't be a bad Secret Santa!


No.  Don't.


(Remember this is about giving.  Let's keep this going.  Generosity is where it's at. Also, participation is a real commitment here.)


As we said last year, we want to emphasize that Atari Age Secret Santa is about the giving.   We all like receiving gifts, but if you're looking for an even exchange or coming out ahead, you're not really approaching this the right way.

To reiterate what has been said in past years ...

Don't be a Bah-Humbug and just enjoy giving and receiving with other Atari Age members.
Need gift ideas?  Easy.  Just think about the member's interests.  Also, gifts don’t have to cost anything (or much anyway).


Also, just look through the threads for this event for the past (several) years.  You'll get an idea of the amazing magic the members have made for others, and you can see what kind of gifts and gambits have been done in the past.  It's all under the Events section of AtariAge.


Good at Photoshop? Great! Print something cool and personal on glossy… maybe get it framed. Can you code? Wow!… do a little custom hack and blow their mind!  


A few loose carts. Look through your collection ... maybe something there that YOU never play, might be right up their alley. 


Have fun with this. YOU are someone’s Santa! What better opportunity do you have to blow the mind of another retro-head?... like yourself, but different?  Have fun... You ARE Santa. ;) 







Participants this year so far...


1. ClassicGMR
2. CyranoJ
3. bent_pin
4. joeatari1
5. HoshiChiri
6. imstarryeyed
7. GameGirl420
8. CaptainBreakout
9. cvga
10. chicgamer

11. Fadest

12. davidcalgary29

13. thevnaguy

14. carlsson

15. Zeptari

16. Chuck D. Head

17. Dopy25

18. Armscar Coder

19. swlovinist

20. Machine

21. Atari Dogs

22. SoulBlazer

23. bomberpunk


Roster now closed!

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Well, I mean, all things considered, if I weigh up all the options, and factor all the consequences, with a bit of give and take, looking at it from all angles and calculating all probable outcomes for a response and picking the best one, I have to conclude that I am, indeed, IN.

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2 hours ago, CaptainBreakout said:

Don't forget to get your Dear Santa letter to us!


As opposed to “Dear John” letters… no one leaves!!! 🤣🤣


EDIT: No one leaves unhappy*. 😁

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