Jan 4th 2010 5:37AM Every year for Winter's Veil my guild has a Secret Santa exchange. We start it on the forums where people sign up and then receive a PM with their assignment. Generally we have about a week or so to pick out a gift, wrap it, and send it to the event host where it will be given to the recipient at a Winter's Veil party.
I personally love these exchanges, as it gives me a chance to get to know more about a character - and person - I likely haven't interacted with much. Last year I farmed a black whelpling for a hunter who also happened to be a vanity pet collector. I ended up asking his daughter to sneakily spy on what he did or did not have in terms of pets. This year I ended up giving a white kitten, some rare engineering plans, and a crafted pirate hat.
However, everybody's gift-giving frenzy was topped by a certain sneaky little devil. For weeks we'd been getting a very enigmatic 'Hey, if anybody has a titansteel cooldown I could borrow, I'd appreciate it.' and 'Working on a project, will tell you what soon.'
Two brothers had co-conspirited in the construction of a Mechano-Hog, playing the gem market and saving up in a relatively short amount of time. Not a word was spoken about it (which was fortunate... hell if any of us can keep a secret that big!) until one of the brothers presented the keys to his girlfriend at the party. She was absolutely floored, and I think we all let out a collective 'Awww...' at the effort spent not only in obtaining the materials, but keeping this secret.
- Dristanel, The Scryers-US
Aug 16th 2009 10:35PM David -
I've been a longtime reader of this column and of this site and have yet to post. I want you to know that I, like many others, was moved to reply.
I started playing MMOs back in 99 and doing tabletop before that, but I don't think I really got into roleplaying until after my grandfather died and my own mother became nearly disabled with chronic pain. I'll very openly admit my primary motivation for WoW and for roleplaying is escapism. But somehow real life always manages to creep in. I know I have included the loss of my grandfather as a propulsion for the emotion behind in-character losses, and I know it has strengthened my roleplay. I also know it has helped me deal with things I would otherwise not talk about.
Thank you for reminding me that while some may view this as a 'worthless waste of time', it is both what we get out of it and what we put into it.
Best regards and my condolences for your loss.
Apr 20th 2009 2:47PM We did ours the day before Wrath launched (December 12th, 2008) as part of a rather intricate storyline planned in advance.
Laugh about the men playing women all you want - I'm the woman playing a male character. ;)
One thing I want to mention is that people Really need to be comfortable with their RP partner, both IC and OOC. As you pointed out, you're going to spend a lot of time with this person, and there's always a chance that lines will get blurred and then crossed. I love RPing romance storylines but I won't do it with someone I don't know and trust; there's too much room for hurt feelings and misunderstandings.
Anyhow, I bought gold wedding bands for both of us to exchange at the ceremony. Wore the Haliscan suit. We had it in Moonglade due to the bride's beliefs. Brought plenty of Delicious Chocolate Cake and lots of exotic booze for everyone!
Don't underestimate the power of outside resources for invitations and such. We ended up doing some quick image work on a parchment type background and posting it to our guild's RP sub-forums.
Sindharin / Rhysienn
Lorekeeper of Rotten Luck
The Scryers Server