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

A late contender! A package from mcirish arrived!

Now I know what you're thinking. "But Maq, he already sent you 3 games on Steam on Xmas day, one of which you loved so much you haven't even looked at the other 2 yet". Yet he insisted on sending physical bounty as well.

Now you, an ignoramus, would think "Oh wow! What a wonderful collection of thoughtful, generous, and well-researched gifts--any one of which would stand on its own as perfect"

But me, an intellectual, has seen through the superficiality to spot the hidden traps beneath:

For starters, this box is inconsiderately large. I had to walk home in the snow with this.

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Now I'm supposed to do reading. *yawn* get to the presents already.

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And now I have to make some kind of decision as to which of these to open first. There is little to differentiate them what with their identical wrapping paper charmingly referencing his screen name:

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An assortment of wizardly terrain features and a massive owlbear mini that I have to paint myself. I mean I guess it's pre-primed, but still.

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He also clearly ran out of miniatures ideas because now I'm supposed to make up my own and send it off to HeroForge to be printed.

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Just look how happy Rufus is with this game. He's going to be asking me to play it with him all the time and I will have no time for sh*tposting on Twitter.

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Also he's too young to play this one so I will have to play it with my eldest. Or other adults or something.

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OK, so I have a regular games session where we try out indie games we have always wanted to check out but now I have to move all my other ones down the pile because this one looks too entertaining.

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OK, do you have any idea how hard it is to scratch with a record shaped like a porg?

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And this limited edition purple vinyl release of James Brown at the Apollo is probably just going to make all my other records feel jealous or something. Cos, you know. Purple. And James Brown. And Limited Edition.

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Knick-knacks for my desk. But it's a blind box so I can't tell what it is.

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OK, so it's Space Mom. My personal hero and inspiration. That's pretty good I guess.

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OK, what's this big hexagonal thing? Oh. Oh my.

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A 3D printed, hand painted, custom magnetic dice box (which you can see being printed here) I... I...

Holy sh*t.

OK I tried to keep this stupid and sarcastic to keep myself from crying but that clearly hasn't worked. mcirish I have no words and coming from a loudmouth like me that is saying something. I am blown away.

Thankyou you mad, generous, thoughtful bastard and a very happy 2019 to you and yours.

Oh sh*t, Clack Clack Lumberjack is one I've been wanting for a while. I stopped looking because it was all out of print, and I forgot. Great, thanks McIrish, in addition to your lousy gift costing Maq all this time, it's now gonna cost me money. You jerk!

I have some pics from my Swedish Stanta, but I can't post them from here. The family enjoyed helping with the unwrapping. For the record, I LOVE gingerbread, but by the time we hit Xmas, I had had made 3 batches of ginger & white cookies (gingerbread cookies coated in royal frosting) and a box of gingerbread ornaments, so It may be Easter before I break out the house for construction. Love the cookbook! Not so sure about the Swedish version of Marmite/Vegemite. It may become a conversation piece or the object of a dare.

I had a blast and am extremely grateful for the Goodjer Xmas tradition.
Pics to follow

I spy a wicked good record!

sometimesdee wrote:

I spy a wicked good record!

Yes, I went to the Newbury's in my local mall, and trolled through the funk and soul section going "hey, I don't know much about this genre, but I do know LIMITED EDITION, PURPLE, and JAMES BROWN LIVE probably mash together into something Maq doesn't have (yet)"

Chaz wrote:

Oh sh*t, Clack Clack Lumberjack is one I've been wanting for a while. I stopped looking because it was all out of print, and I forgot. Great, thanks McIrish, in addition to your lousy gift costing Maq all this time, it's now gonna cost me money. You jerk!

Sorry Chaz. (psst, it's on Amazon)

Maq wrote:

Thankyou you mad, generous, thoughtful bastard and a very happy 2019 to you and yours.

It was my absolute pleasure!

So we're at the end of January, and if you haven't shipped your victim's gift yet, I need to know about it so I can keep them up to date. In addition, if you're just not going to be able to send anything, I need to know that too. We can handle that kind of thing, so just keep me in the loop.

*GASP* After vanishing December 20th in Chicago, a package arrived intact today!

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June steps in for the assist, in case anything needs eating. You can see her favorite stuffy making an appearance too.

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BBQ sauce! Skiptron keeps it local.

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HAVE YOU GUYS HEARD OF THE WITCHER?! HERE'S A MAP, LET'S CHART GERALT'S STORY

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It's a little hard to make out, but this is an Everquest: Gates of Discord keychain. I broke out in a cold sweat thinking back on my old EQ days.

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And finally, an awesome boardgame idea! Two player Agricola! Karla swooped in for the pic since we'll definitely be playing this.

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Thanks Skiptron! Well worth the wait!

Glad it finally arrived safe and sound. Hopefully next year when you do this again (because you obviously will) you'll actually have your gift on Christmas.

My nephew (who is 9) let me know that he's invented a dice game called Revenge of Murderbutt. I'm thinking that everyone who participates in next year's Stan is getting a copy of the rules.

trichy wrote:

My nephew (who is 9) let me know that he's invented a dice game called Revenge of Murderbutt. I'm thinking that everyone who participates in next year's Stan is getting a copy of the rules.

Does rolling a double-six result in the consumption of live scorpions?

If not, is your nephew amenable to house-rules?

trichy wrote:

My nephew (who is 9) let me know that he's invented a dice game called Revenge of Murderbutt. I'm thinking that everyone who participates in next year's Stan is getting a copy of the rules.

You've gotten my hopes up now Trichy.

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My nephew (who is 9) let me know that he's invented a dice game called Revenge of Murderbutt. I'm thinking that everyone who participates in next year's Stan is getting a copy of the rules.

Welp. Time to see who will make scorpion-themed dice...

ETA: they already exist.

Super heavy package on the front porch from someone named Stan Tee. Probably a coincidence.

Out of the 24 Stantas I'd narrowed it down to, I had a few asterisks next to EverythingsTenatative's name as my best guess. The Batcomputer is never wrong.

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Thanks for the lovely grilling/woodworking apron, and the absolutely enormous chunk of wood that you shipped because the idea made you crack up. I have the perfect project for it. And also thanks again for the 2 Steam Links and Steam Controller. My hospitalization and upcoming surgery have kept me from setting it up, but I got a new PC from TheGameGuru at Christmas, and can finally play everything in my Steam library, which I'm really looking forward to.

No idea what kind of wood it is, but I'll figure it out.

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Again, sorry for the delay and I hope you are able to turn that thing into something beautiful.

Wrong place!

A mysterious package arrived today... and on my unbirthday!! Arya will guard it until I get a chance to properly open it.

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Yellek wrote:

A mysterious package arrived today... and on my unbirthday!! Arya will guard it until I get a chance to properly open it.

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Ok here goes:

So that was awesome enough, but I have to give myself a B- on gift opening:

Thank you so very much OilyPenguin. QStone revealed your secret identity when I started to guess wrong, so if you want me to make use of my gift as his punishment, just say the word!

Wow! It's just what you've always wanted...

That showed up on your birthday?

I mean, totally to plan.

I am feeling very guilty about my packaging. I am also going to stop live tweeting this opening video.

I lied. Even if Q-Stone didn't out me there's a link to twitter that's my real name.

Also, in your defense, I fail at packaging gifts. Please don't point at QS for real. Not until you practice, anyway.

Happy birthday and I hope you enjoy your real gifts =)

oilypenguin wrote:

That showed up on your birthday?

I mean, totally to plan.

I am feeling very guilty about my packaging. I am also going to stop live tweeting this opening video.

Yep, kind of. It's complicated. I'm a leap day baby so my birthday this year is in just about now... blink and you'll miss it!

I don't know why you're feeling guilty, unpacking that was great fun.

Yellek wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:

That showed up on your birthday?

I mean, totally to plan.

I am feeling very guilty about my packaging. I am also going to stop live tweeting this opening video.

Yep, kind of. It's complicated. I'm a leap day baby so my birthday this year is in just about now... blink and you'll miss it!

I don't know why you're feeling guilty, unpacking that was great fun.

How does it feel to be 1/4 as old as all your contemporaries? That's how time works right, you don't age unless it's your birthday?

thrawn82 wrote:
Yellek wrote:
oilypenguin wrote:

That showed up on your birthday?

I mean, totally to plan.

I am feeling very guilty about my packaging. I am also going to stop live tweeting this opening video.

Yep, kind of. It's complicated. I'm a leap day baby so my birthday this year is in just about now... blink and you'll miss it!

I don't know why you're feeling guilty, unpacking that was great fun.

How does it feel to be 1/4 as old as all your contemporaries? That's how time works right, you don't age unless it's your birthday?

Yep it works exactly like that. 11.75 and counting!