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Old 11-24-2016, 07:58 PM   #1
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Delibird UPN Secret Santa 2016: Secret, secret, secret, secret santa! Yeah!

Sign-ups and requests are now open until December 3rd! Even if you have participated in previous Secret Santas, be sure to read the rules, as there are a couple of minor changes this year.
Presents threads: 2015 l 2014 l 2013 l 2012 l 2011 ~ Main threads: 2015 l 2014 l 2013 l 2012 l 2011



Yes, it's back again. Secret Santa!

Okay, that's nice and all, but what is this and why should I care?
This is the main thread for this year's edition of the annual UPN Fanart and Fanfiction Secret Santa! Ask for some fan work, and you'll get something nice in return.

There's more to it than that, though... right?
Of course there is!



FOR VOLUNTEERS
There are three questions every volunteer must answer:

Would you like to sign up as a writer, an artist, or a sprites/graphics maker?
You may choose up to two of the three.

Would you like a maximum of one or two requests?
If you are unsure about how much time you will have to complete requests or would rather focus on one request, you may ask to receive only one request. This would not bar you from picking up Wild Card requests later on if you feel like completing another request.

Would you like to have priority on Wild Card requests if you do not receive a request when assignments go out?
Wild Card prompts are not posted until after assignments are sent out. As the number of requests will sometimes be less than the number of volunteers in a medium (for example: seven writing requests versus nine writing volunteers), there is always the possibility that somebody will not receive a request. You may ask for the first look at Wild Card prompts, and if you do not receive a request, a list of Wild Card prompts will be PMed to you after assignments are sent out. If I have to PM multiple volunteers about picking up Wild Card prompts, they will be offered on a first come, first serve basis, and you will be informed if your choice of prompt has already been claimed by another volunteer. If any volunteers have to be sent a list of Wild Card prompts, they will have 72 hours before the list of prompts is posted in the main Secret Santa thread.

Pinch Hitting:
If you are unable to complete your request and would like somebody else to pick it up, please PM me before December 25th, and I will post the request in the main Secret Santa thread. Anybody, volunteer or not, may pick up a pinch hit; if you wish to take the pinch hit, PM me.

Volunteer sign-ups are to be posted in the Secret Santa main thread before December 3rd, 2016, at 6 PM EST. Once you finish your assignment, PM the finished work to me and it will be posted in a new "presents thread" with all other completed requests on December 25th.



FOR REQUESTERS
You do not have to volunteer to make a request. You may make one request, which must be a writing request, an art request, or a sprite/graphic request.

Since watching and/or playing a load of Pokemon is the thing we have in common here, all requests must be Pokemon-related. All requests must also be worksafe, and do not have to be holiday-themed (though they can be). If you're unsure of what you want and have a few ideas floating around, you can give your volunteer the option of completing one of a few prompts.

Crossovers with other games, books, anime, etc are allowed; however, if you do this, please include some reference material in your request, or give your volunteer an alternate prompt in case they're not familiar with the work. Not everybody here will know who you're talking about if you ask for "the Voltron pilots, but as Pokemon."

Please note that I may shut down requests in a certain medium if the request count reaches the combined amount of requests allowed for the volunteers later in the sign-up period.
Example: There are ten art volunteers, five of whom have asked for only one request maximum. If the request count reaches fifteen, art requests will be shut down unless another person volunteers for art.

Requests are to be PMed to me before the deadline of December 3rd, 2016, at 6 PM EST. The PMing part should go without saying, what with this being Secret Santa.



THE WILD CARD: VOLUNTEERS AND REQUESTS
You do not have to volunteer or make a normal request to send in a Wild Card request. On the other side of things, you do not have to be a volunteer to claim a Wild Card request.

Everybody is allowed up to two Wild Card requests. These requests do not have to be Pokemon-related, and asking for characters from other works is fully encouraged. As opposed to a regular request, where you would be allowed to go into some detail, Wild Card requests must be a short, non-specific phrase covering one or two subjects. For example, you could request "Jyushimatsu," "baseball," or "outer space;" you could even combine two of the three for "Jyushimatsu/baseball" or "Jyushimatsu/outer space," but no requesting "Jyushimatsu playing for an outer space baseball league." You can give us a who and what, a who and where, or a where and what, but no who, what, and where.

If you'd like examples of Wild Card prompts that have been accepted in previous years, check out the Wild Card postings from last year and 2014.

Anybody, volunteer or not, can claim up to two Wild Card prompts each. Claiming prompts will be handled on a first come/first serve basis, and if your pick is unavailable because somebody else PMed me about it an hour before you, I'll let you know.

From a volunteer perspective, where the Wild Card diverges completely from assignments is that they may be completed in any medium you see fit, whether it's one of the three volunteer media (art, writing, graphics) or something else entirely - music, theatre, gifs, photography, mixed media, anything.

The deadline for Wild Card request submissions is the same as the regular volunteer/request deadline, but Wild Card prompts can be claimed at any time before December 25th. A full list of Wild Card prompts will be posted in the main Secret Santa thread either immediately after assignments are sent out on December 3rd, or on December 6th.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can [COOL ARTIST] do my request?
They have to sign up first, and then you have to be lucky with the RNG.

I can't draw/write/make graphics, should I even bother with this?
If you're interested in volunteering and think you'll have time for one or two requests, then by all means, do it! If you're interested in my opinion, one of the nice things about Secret Santa is that the list of volunteers isn't a straight copy-and-paste of people who post work in the Fanart and Fanfiction forums - we get people who are active and people who don't usually post.

I can't make the request deadline!
I'll usually accept requests that are up to a few hours late as long as there's room in your chosen request medium.

Is there a word count requirement for writing requests?
No, though your requester can specify length/word count. It doesn't have to be a novel, but it should be complete.

I don't like this request, can I get a reassignment?
No.

I'm not sure about something with this request!
If you have questions about your request, PM me and I'll ask your requester.

Heeeeelp! It's almost Christmas and I won't be done on time!
If you're not finished with your request by December 25th, you can still complete your request and post it in the presents thread whenever you wish.



A TIMELINE OF IMPORTANT DATES
November 24th
Secret Santa main thread goes up, and volunteer sign-ups/request submissions open! If you're wondering why it's around Thanksgiving: Sign-ups used to open on December 1st, but were pushed back to allow volunteers more time to work on requests.

December 3rd
Volunteer sign-ups and request submissions will close around 6 PM EST, confirmed by a post in the main thread. After this, requests will be assigned via RNG to volunteers, who will then receive a PM detailing their assignment(s). The RNG process generally takes 30-45 minutes, with PMs taking at least one and a half hours to send. If at least six hours pass from the confirmation post and you don't have an assignment (or PM clarifying lack thereof), please let me know! If there are no volunteers who have asked for priority on Wild Card requests but have received no requests, all Wild Card prompts will be posted after PMs have been sent out. If there are volunteers needing to pick Wild Card requests, a list of Wild Card requests will still be posted in the main thread within a few days.

December 25th
The deadline for finished requests, and the day that the Secret Santa presents thread will go up. All completed work will be posted, likely around late morning, in the presents thread. If you do not complete your assignment by then, you may still complete it at any time and post it in the presents thread.



VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS
This is from the volunteer section, but let's paste it here without all of the pesky details. Please answer these three questions if you wish to volunteer:
-Would you like to sign up as a writer, an artist, or a sprites/graphics maker? (Pick up to two.)
-Would you like a maximum of one or two requests?
-Would you like to have priority on Wild Card requests if you do not receive a request when assignments go out?

Writing Volunteers
Request count: 7
1. phoopes
2. lilbluecorsola
3. Connor
4. HeroicRein
5. KamenAeons
6. Lady Kuno
7. Mew the Gato
8. Apollo77
9. PikaGod
10. Shuckle
11. Shadowshocker
12. Emi
13. kawaiiconcept
14. Snorby
15. uhhhhh

Art Volunteers
Request count: 13
1. DaisyInari
2. phoopes
3. Crys
4. Mew the Gato
5. Hanatori
6. PikaGod
7. Tyoyo3131
8. Shuckle
9. Shadowshocker
10. MedMana
11. Heather
12. Snorby

Sprite/Graphic Volunteers
Request count: 2
1. Apollo77
2. The Morg
3. TheKnightsFury
4.
5.

Wild Card request count: 21

To reiterate, you will have until Saturday, December 3rd, at approximately 6 PM EST to sign up and send in requests. Any questions about the rules can go in this thread. If anything is unclear, please feel free to ask about it.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:21 PM   #2
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SIGN ME THE FUCK UP AS AN ARTIST I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ALL YEAR

Give me two requests but no Wild Card priority, please!
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:38 PM   #3
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I'll sign up as both a writer and an artist, so two requests for me. Be prepared for my annual MS Paint disaster! Priority on Wild Card too please.
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:21 PM   #4
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Old 11-25-2016, 12:54 AM   #5
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Slap me down as an artist for like one request, and priority on Wild Card. I've discovered shading =]
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Old 11-25-2016, 05:14 AM   #6
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I was a bad person last time but should be able to manage time a lot better this time round, so sign me up for a single writing request.
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Old 11-25-2016, 05:29 AM   #7
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I might regret this but sign me up for a writing request.

EDIT: Yes to the wildcard.
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Old 11-25-2016, 06:39 AM   #8
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-Would you like to sign up as a writer, an artist, or a sprites/graphics maker?
Let's try writing this year.

-Would you like a maximum of one or two requests?
One should suffice. I'm out for a good chunk of December for the mountains.

-Would you like to have priority on Wild Card requests if you do not receive a request when assignments go out?
Nope.
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Old 11-25-2016, 06:43 AM   #9
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Old 11-25-2016, 09:47 AM   #10
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-Would you like to sign up as a writer, an artist, or a sprites/graphics maker? (Pick up to two.)

Writer and artist.

-Would you like a maximum of one or two requests?

Two, please.

-Would you like to have priority on Wild Card requests if you do not receive a request when assignments go out?

Yes.
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Old 11-25-2016, 10:36 AM   #11
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Signing up to take one writing request for now.
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I was a bad person last time but should be able to manage time a lot better this time round, so sign me up for a single writing request.
Do either of you want priority with Wild Card requests?

I make this comment every year, so here it is: If there's no reply to your request PM, you're doing it right. I don't usually reply to request submissions unless something's breaking the rules. So fear not, mystery requester! You are counted.

(Also, signing up for art; two requests max, no Wild Card priority.)
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Old 11-25-2016, 11:13 AM   #12
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Old 11-25-2016, 11:18 AM   #13
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Oh. Duh. No priority on the wild card, please.
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Old 11-25-2016, 12:20 PM   #14
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Old 11-25-2016, 02:23 PM   #15
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Hmm, I think I'll do 1 writing, 1 sprite/graphic this time around. Wild Card Priority, please.
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Old 11-25-2016, 06:01 PM   #16
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Sign me up for one writing and one art please, no wild card priority.
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Old 11-25-2016, 06:23 PM   #17
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ppl complimented my art so i'll sign up for an art request, max 1, no priority.

thanks hana!
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Old 11-26-2016, 01:55 AM   #18
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I'll sign up for art and writing. Max 1 each. No priority on Wild Cards.
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:48 AM   #19
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...Eh, one art and one writing. No Wild Card priority.
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Old 11-26-2016, 03:35 PM   #20
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Hoo boy, I'm actually around for this one and have access to a scanner! Sign me up for one artist slot with wildcard priority. 'Cuz why not, right?
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Old 11-26-2016, 04:10 PM   #21
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SIGN ME THE FUCK UP AS A GRAPHIC DESIGNER I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ALL YEAR

Give me one request, please! And yes to Wild Cards!
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Old 11-27-2016, 03:17 PM   #22
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I'll sign up for 1 writing request, no priority on wild cards please.
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Old 11-28-2016, 12:15 AM   #23
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oooh fun
-Would you like to sign up as a writer, an artist, or
a sprites/graphics maker? (Pick up to two.) writer (I cant draw pokemon)
-Would you like a maximum of one or two
requests?
two
-Would you like to have priority on Wild Card
requests if you do not receive a request when
assignments go out? yes
(I am also making an art request<letting you know dont know where to put that)
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:55 AM   #24
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Volunteering for one art piece with no Wild Card priority, in hopes that my request actually gets done this year.
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:35 AM   #25
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(I am also making an art request<letting you know dont know where to put that)
You can PM the request to me when you know what you want.

Everyone who's sent in their requests is fine (as a few of you weren't sure if your requests were allowable) and accounted for.
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