GWJ Secret Stan 2018: Who Was That Masked Elf?!

I arrived in the states today, and went to go open a package that had arrived!

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Weeks before, I'd followed the instruction of a cryptic message passed along by Trichy:
I knew to look for this! Off I went!

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YOU GUYS
We had issues trying to get pictures versus videos with 3or4monsters. Haha. This is the first of many, and with the unwrapping of each set of gifts, another QR code was revealed to me, which lead to another clue!

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Guardian 1. Who could it be?! None of these were marked by the way on the outside packaging that I could see. IT'S MYSTERY HEROES!

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One by one I opened the things in sequence, and hopped around quite a few times it was so exciting!

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I needed this so much right now and I am thankful for this wonderful array of amazing gifts. I'm humbled by your thoughtfulness and generosity.

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Thank you so much, anonymous friend!

Hey! A package appeared!

I’ll probably wait until my wife is home to open it but the excitement builds.

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Alright here we go. First off we have an adorable Christmas card.
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Next we have some books that I enjoy reading to the kids.
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Also some ornaments and currently being used as bracelets by the kids.
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The big thing is a homemade wreath that lets everyone know who we appreciate in this house.

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Thanks so much for the gifts Jack-Tripper! I really appreciate the personalization and the kids are really excited for some new bedtime books.

Check your PMs, people.

Obirano, awesome pics and great gifts! You may want to check the 4th picture though, your address is posted in it.

EDIT: Looks like it's fixed. Carry on

DeThroned wrote:

Obirano, awesome pics and great gifts! You may want to check the 4th picture though, your address is posted in it.

Thanks. Got it taken care of.

OK, sorry for the delay, but Christmas time, yo. Ahem.

Benign1 didn't just knock this out of the park, he achieved escape velocity.

The package came thusly:
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A fine assortment! Immediately visible were the Owlbear wallet and the Texans stuffy keychain that my daughter has run off with.

I unwrapped the big one first and my jaw dropped in astonishment!
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A Peddinghaus cross-peen hammer! This is a gorgeous smithing hammer. I almost don't want to mar it with use, but I'm definitely going to wear it down to a nub as soon as I can get my shop set up here in the new house. This is an amazing gift by itself, and I haven't even touched any of the other packages yet!

Next up, the chocolate bar? No!
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A damascus steel bar! OMGOMGOMG! This thing is beautiful! Now this one I'm going to save for a while, but I promise to post when I make something with it.

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A great star ornament made of hard drive read heads! I got a great kick out of this, and I intend to hang it in the office when I get back to work.

The rest of the presents were opened by Lil' Hopette who was jealous I got to open presents before Christmas day.
The whole haul:
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Locke and Key Volume 1 (awesome comic and great to have it in trade form, since I never managed to get all the first volume stuff in floppies), Legend of Drizzt omnibus (Mmmmm, good stuff), Creatable window cling kit that has already seen some use, Kingdomino (looks like great fun and should feature on game night tomorrow), and a Mystery Item. Honestly it looks familiar, but I can't place it for the life of me.

Benign1, this was a truly incredible display of generosity. I really can't thank you enough, and I hope we get to hang out sometime soon. Thank you so much, and Merry GWJmas!

Apologies for the delay. You know... Christmas time.

A mysterious package appears...

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The unboxing begins

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An amazing assortment of delights

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The boy approves

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A fantastic selection of gifts (I especially enjoyed the personal touch of including a post card with a kind message). Opening this batch of surprises (and immediately inhaling the chocolates) was one of the most fun moments for me this Christmas. I'm taken aback by your generosity Markcov, thank you so much for making it an extra special year.

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Phades wrote:

Apologies for the delay. You know... Christmas time.

The Google image links won't work for other folks. Throw the pics out on imgur and link to them. They'll work.

LouZiffer wrote:
Phades wrote:

Apologies for the delay. You know... Christmas time.

The Google image links won't work for other folks. Throw the pics out on imgur and link to them. They'll work. :)

Or go here to translate your google photos URL into an embed code that works: https://ctrlq.org/google/photos/

I managed to open my package from my silly and mysterious Stanta ... I'll post pics as soon as I can, hopefully tonight ... but wanted to say thank you in the mean time. Thank you! I love everything, and had so much fun unboxing everything.

bighoppa wrote:

OK, sorry for the delay, but Christmas time, yo. Ahem.

Apologies for the yeti maneuver - it was one part sleeping toddler unattended in the idling car, one part cutting things far too close to the start of the service my older kids were singing in (made it with just a minute to spare!), and one part last-minute social anxiety panic. If I had it to do again I would have at least stuck around a moment to meet you briefly. It does crack me up to think of you playing and replaying the footage of my ungainly form shambling off though...

Also, I dug up my order info and recalled that the mystery item is in fact a tong clip, so you can clip your tongs closed while forging and not have to grip so hard for extended periods of time. I think.

But at any rate, yay!! So glad you enjoyed it. Whew. Merry GWJmas indeed!

Ooooo I finally got a package in the mail!

From AUSTRALIA!

Funny thing is - I can see why it might have not arrived on time. It was addressed to me in the UK, not the US - which is totally understandable considering the town of Essex is well known in Britain - not so much in Maryland.

Alas! Things!

The wrapping is now hilariously ironic IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/xauJ2gM.jpg) but nonetheless appreciated. I tore right in.

First up is a Widowmaker pop figure! It's pretty evident by my post history that I adore Overwatch, and I've clicked on heads before with Widow. Her droopy rifle looks hilarious and reminds me of my own aim sometimes. IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/4EFwEKb.jpg)

Next is ol' shell head! I've been an Iron Man fan since I was 10, so seeing the armored avenger is always a wonderful thing! IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/OsTpLnl.jpg)

Then comes even more Lego in the form of a Blizzard exclusive Bastion! It looks absolutely amazing and I can now go full Skraut mode ANYTIME. IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/kMAlMun.jpg)

And then last but not least, they gave me gold. Straight up Australian gold. I'm not sure, but I think that means we're married now, kind stranger. I'll tell my wife. IMAGE(https://i.imgur.com/vPrderv.jpg)

Thank you thank you! It was a joy to open this down under bundle!

Thanks for the heads up on the broken pictures. Clearly I don't have a clue what I'm doing..... Hopefully they work now?

Phades wrote:

Thanks for the heads up on the broken pictures. Clearly I don't have a clue what I'm doing..... Hopefully they work now?

They do, and they're wonderful!

Phades wrote:

Thanks for the heads up on the broken pictures. Clearly I don't have a clue what I'm doing..... Hopefully they work now?

So good! Thanks for sharing/fixing!

In this community it's safe to be clueless. Take it from a big ape that knows.

Phades wrote:

Apologies for the delay. You know... Christmas time.

A fantastic selection of gifts (I especially enjoyed the personal touch of including a post card with a kind message). Opening this batch of surprises (and immediately inhaling the chocolates) was one of the most fun moments for me this Christmas. I'm taken aback by your generosity Markcov, thank you so much for making it an extra special year.

Glad you enjoyed it Phades. Don't worry about the broken image links, I've done it several times before too. Us lurkers gotta stick together.

By all measures I am by far the most delinquent Stantee and Stanta.

- To my Stantee: I’ll make amends 12 fold

- To my Stanta: I’m pretty sure your package arrived at my apartment yesterday as they buzzed my door, however I’m over 2000 miles away from home till January 6th. The good news is Ottawa is under 6ft of snow so any baked goods will still be cryofrozen when I’m back!

I'm late in posting this (sorry!), but a big thank you to my Secret Stanta, Amoebic, for her excellent selection of gifts.

Here's the present itself, beautifully wrapped (also pictured: some D&D supplies):
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A wonderful selection of teas, which I am very excited to try, and a personal note tucked under some of the bags. I sampled Dryad's September Whiskey blend this morning, it was delicious. There were chocolates too, which I promptly put in my fridge per the instructions:
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Last but not least, a little something that might help people recognize me at a meetup:
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I didn't mean to take so long to post my pictures, and I'm gonna post a lot, so I'll spoiler them. I still don't know who my Stanta is, even though I kinda feel like maybe I should be able to figure it out. This is the first year I haven't known, and I'll just say that if you want to remain anonymous, I'll accept your decision, but I'd love to know the person / avatar responsible for this twisted and wonderful package!

First, sensing possible danger or extreme circumstances involving NYC parking violations, I invoked some of the spirits of Christmas Past; I mean, the box was jingling ominously, I did what I had to do:

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My concern intensified:

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Thank Crampus, Stanta has a cat!

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And this guy obviously kept the party going ... since like 1988?

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This is a crazy, colorful, and fun assortment of awesome stuff. I'm so excited about the coloring books! And, I get to make my own Zombie! I'm not sure if I've shared my obsession with Sharpies here, but, it's pretty well known among my RL friends.

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And, an Etch a Sketch pen, which I promptly employed to send this message:

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Can y'all tell I love my little monster?

Thank you so much, Stanta!! This is the funniest Christmas happening ever. I can't properly express how much fun I've had. I will color beautiful sugar skulls and horrific holiday scenes in your honor!

Oh sh*t, you got the Etch-A-Sketch to work.
Sharpies are a problem for me, I have to spread the cheer joy of that which is a writing instrument created by God, or a deity of greater or equal value.

It was you, MaxShrek! It was a most Maximum Shrekish parcel for sure!!!! <3 Thank you so much!!!!

If you haven't received anything, and haven't gotten any communication, please PM me.

To my Stantee in Canada, your package is on it's way. The last known update from the good ol' USPS says it was in Chicago at their international export facility on 12/20. God willing it reaches you some time soon.

I wonder if my stantee is QRious about who sent them things.

That's all I can say, I must go now

Opened my Secret Stan package today from SillyRabbit. Lots of great local treasures in there. Thanks for putting them all together! I'm sitting here eating Horse Poop as I type this up.

First off, the puppy patrol was very interested when they heard something about a package and a rabbit.

Amusing side story about the dog on the right in the picture below, Pixel. As a young puppy we were walking him in the park and a rabbit popped out of the nearby grass, and even took a few more hops towards us. Pixel, having never seen a rabbit before, immediately hid behind us. "Save me from the rabbit!".

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Satisfied there was no actual rabbit inside, I opened the package and found a large assortment of gifts inside!

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Each was very nicely wrapped in cardboard to keep them from getting damaged during shipping. Excellent planning SillyRabbit!

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Beneath the first layer was another layer with even more gifts below.

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Quite a delicious haul overall. Thanks for all the goods SillyRabbit! Pixel was especially curious which of the gifts were for him.

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My parents grew up in Covington, KY, so they're pretty familiar with the local bourbon. I'll have to surprise them next year with some Kentucky shaped cookies (or fudge!).

Over the Christmas Holidays we enjoyed a bottle of Knob Creek from the Jim Beam distillery. Curious to try the Woodford one now. On the candy side, I'm especially curious to see what the bourbon dipped Twinkie is going to be like. It's been forever since I last had even a regular Twinkie.

SillyRabbit, thanks for putting all the legwork into assembling this package!

"A wild and elusive Hobear appears". Hobear showed up at my door to hand deliver a package last night, unwrapping pictures to come later once I get a chance to upload them, but between adding more to my pile of games to play, a physical version of my avatar and some sharp pointy objects, he kicked butt with his gifting! Thanks Hobear, and it was great meeting you in person after talking so much through messaging and the boards here!

DeThroned wrote:

I wonder if my stantee is QRious about who sent them things.

That's all I can say, I must go now :)

AHAAA! <3

Batcomputer has narrowed my Stan down to 25 suspects, with one clear leader. I will find you and thank you. I've had a lot of time in this hospital bed with little else to do.

Late checking in, but my Santee's gifts were unwrapped on Christmas Day.

Gift 1 was a curry cookbook, from which I'm already scheming things to cook.

Gift 2 was Santorini. Haven't had a chance to play it yet with the holiday craziness, but my wife and I need something to break out Azul addiction, so I'm hopeful that's a winner.

Gift 3 is the one I'm most excited about. EDIBLE GAMES?!?? It's something I actually looked at before Christmas to get as a gift for my wife and I, so good call, Santa! The fact that it won't arrive until a few months from now is actually a bonus - mid-year gifts are the sh*t!

This is the point where I pull off my Santa mask and reveal that for some strange reason, my Santee was also my Santa! Which is to say, thanks and you're welcome to bhchrist!