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Old 11-30-2013, 11:21 PM   #1
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Delibird UPN Secret Santa 2013: It's back and it's FURIOUS

Volunteer sign-ups and request submissions are open until December 10! Read the rest of this first post for further details!

You know what this is.

Hi, I'm new! What's this?
This is the main thread for the third annual UPN Fanart and Fanfiction Secret Santa! Like your typical Secret Santa, you send in a request and a volunteer carries it out for you, but you won't know who's working for you until all of the finished requests are posted on Christmas Day.

Huh, wow. How does this all work?
We have some rules regarding volunteering and requesting, detailed below. Important dates and deadlines for all of this will be in the next section:

IF YOU'RE VOLUNTEERING TO CARRY OUT REQUESTS:
-You are allowed to volunteer as an artist, writer, or spriter. There is also a special Wild Card category this year, but as it is handled a bit differently, it will be explained a bit later. Any combination of two of the categories ("artist and writer" or "spriter and Wild Card," for instance) is also allowed.
-Volunteers are assumed to be ready to handle up to two requests, though you won't necessarily get two requests unless you sign up for two categories, depending on the number of requests received.
-If you don't think you'll have time to do more than one request, or you just plain don't want to, let me know when you sign up or before the volunteer sign-up deadline, and I'll make sure to give you only one request.
-If you would like to volunteer as an artist, writer, or spriter, post in this thread. There will be a frequently updated volunteer list at the end of this post.

IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO MAKE A REQUEST OR TWO:
-Guidelines for request content are as follows: Keep it worksafe, fairly simple, and Pokemon-related. They don't have to be holiday-related, but they can be! Requests that cross with a non-Pokemon fandom are still allowed, but try to keep it open-ended, provide some reference material, or allow for different options in case your request lands in the inbox of a volunteer who doesn't know what you mean when you mention Princess Azula.
-You are allowed to make up to two requests, and they can be for art, writing, sprites, or the wild card. If you want to make two requests, you don't have to make both in the same category, though you can if you want to.
-All requests are to be PMed to me. Seriously, don't post it in the thread.

NEW THIS YEAR:
For this year, we're introducing a fourth category of requests called the Wild Card, where both requesters and volunteers are subject to slightly different rules than usual. The differences between the Wild Card option and the normal Secret Santa categories are detailed below:
-For requesters: Requests are to be more about a general theme or subject (ex. "Regret," "Holidays," "Secret Base," "Pikachu") than a specific scene or subject (ex. "A holiday Advanceshipping story set in a Secret Base full of Pikachus that ends in regret"). Your identities will be withheld when the Wild Card volunteers receive their PMs, for maximum blindness.
-For volunteers: In order to sign up, you are to PM me instead of posting in this thread. There will be a volunteer list for the Wild Card, but usernames will be redacted, meaning nobody but you and I will know you volunteered. You are allowed to use any medium of your choice to carry out your request, from ASCII art to music, animated GIFs, photography, dramatic readings, or a mix of media, as long as it is your original content! You're not banned from writing, drawing, or spriting your request, though.

So when does this all go down?
Here's a list of handy dates to keep in mind:

December 1st
The Secret Santa thread is posted. The second this thread goes up, you're allowed to start signing up as a volunteer and PMing requests.

December 10th
Volunteer sign-ups and request submissions will close by 6 PM EST. I'll make a post declaring/confirming sign-ups and requests to be over, then fire up the RNG to start assigning requests to volunteers. Once that's done, I'll be PMing volunteers with their assignments. This entire process will likely take somewhere around two hours or longer, so if 12 hours pass since my confirmation post and you don't have your assignment, let me know!

December 25th
This is the deadline for volunteers to send me their completed requests. Later in the morning or early in the afternoon, I will create a new thread, where all of the completed requests I received will be posted. If you finish your request on or after this day, you can choose to send it to me for posting or just post it yourself.

Sounds cool! Can I see what people did in previous years?
Sure thing! The 2011 "presents" thread is over here, while last year's thread can be found here.



FAQS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Ooh, can [insert name here] do my request?
If they sign up and you're lucky with the RNG.

I'm really bad at drawing/writing/spriting, should I even bother signing up?
If you're interested and have some time to kill for volunteering, go for it! Your requester doesn't care about your skill level and would just love to see something for them on Christmas day. And, if you want my opinion, it's always great to see people who don't usually frequent this part of UPN take part in Secret Santa, so don't think you have to be an art forum regular for this, either. Other UPNers are often thrilled when someone who doesn't usually post in this forum shows off their skills for this occasion.

Are there any length requirements for writing requests?
Nope. You're encouraged to use as many or as few words as you need to execute your request effectively. If the requester has a specific form of writing in mind (haiku, for instance) you'll need to adhere to that, of course.

I don't like this request!
Sorry, don't know what to tell you besides "Please don't rage about it in the thread, it sends a bad message to the requester."

I'm not sure what to do with my request/don't know about some element of the request!
Let me know via PM and I'll ask your requester for guidance.

What if I don't get done by Christmas?
Try to post it when you can. Though I would like to emphasize that aspiring volunteers should be fairly certain that they will actually carry out their request(s) before they actually sign up, things can and do happen. Scanners break, things get hectic, personal lives take a turn for the worse, and I'm not an arm-twister.



VOLUNTEER SIGNUP LIST

Artists
Request Count: 17
1. Fallen Icarus
2. DaisyInari
3. lilbluecorsola
4. Balmund
5. Hanatori
6. phoopes
7. Tyranidos
8. Mozz
9. empoleon dynamite
10. Vye
11. Sneezey12
12. Lucario188

Writers
Request Count: 12
1. PikaGod
2. Lanturn
3. Shadowshocker
4. Rangeetsuper
5. Mercutio
6. DaveTheFishGuy
7. phoopes
8. kaisap112
9. Kindrindra
10. Jerichi
11. Concept
12. Torkoal Stu
13. Lost™
14. redpanda15
15. deh74

Spriters
Request Count: 4
1. Kyro12
2. Charminions
3. The Morg
4. EmeraldGoblin

Wild Card
Request Count: 7
1. ???
2. ???
3. ???
4. ???
5. ???
6. ???
7. ???

So, quick recap: Requesters and Wild Card volunteers are to PM me, volunteers for the three regular categories are to post here. Requests and volunteer sign-ups will run until Tuesday, December 10th, at which point I'll gather up the requests and send them off to our volunteers, who will have until Wednesday, December 25th to produce your requests and PM me the results.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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May I have the honor of volunteering for the artist position? Thank you! :3
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:29 PM   #3
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:29 PM   #4
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I VOLUNTEER!

To be an artist!

I'm so excited for this ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh~~~~ I'll do my best like I did last year \o/
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:31 PM   #5
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I'd like to sign up for art. Want to finally give my tablet some more use.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:43 PM   #6
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I'll sign up for art, though I don't think I'll have time for more than 1 request this time.
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:45 PM   #7
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Ill volunteer as an artist?
can promise much of anything worth while... maybe badges... i could do badges
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:45 PM   #8
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I'll sign up to be a spriter~
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:51 PM   #9
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:54 PM   #10
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>maybe badges... i could do badges

Are you certain you don't want the spriting category for that? Just want to make sure, though I'll still put you down for art unless you say otherwise.

I'll update the volunteer list in a bit - going to throw myself in the artist pile, too. As usual, pretty bowled over by the amount of volunteers already! Thanks, everyone.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:03 AM   #11
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:40 AM   #12
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Do you have to be a volunteer to be a requester?
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:43 AM   #13
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Absolutely not. Request away!
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:23 AM   #14
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I actually have work this time of year - so I'm volunteering as a writer instead.
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Old 12-01-2013, 03:12 AM   #15
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I'll write up to one thing. Does it have to be about pokémon?
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Sod it, I'll volunteer for some writing. Just don't expect anything good if I get requests that involve actual characterisation.
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Old 12-01-2013, 10:11 AM   #19
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I'll volunteer as a spriter again, though my skills are still pretty crap outside of recoloring.
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Volunteer list is up to date.

>Does it have to be about pokémon?

I'm afraid so.
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>maybe badges... i could do badges

Are you certain you don't want the spriting category for that? Just want to make sure, though I'll still put you down for art unless you say otherwise.

I'll update the volunteer list in a bit - going to throw myself in the artist pile, too. As usual, pretty bowled over by the amount of volunteers already! Thanks, everyone.
if badges fall under sprites category, then sure
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> Has to be about pokémon

Aww. Maybe next time, MLP/Buffy crossover.
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