Once again it's the world's annual Holiday Season! After an enjoyable year on the site hanging out with you all I feel it's time to celebrate.
The Holiday Exchange is one of my favorite things we do here and this will be our SEVENTH installment of the exchange. Last year was my first year running the show and I look forward to doing it again for you all (a.k.a. - it didn't make me want to pull my hair... it was fun!).
So, over the next few weeks let's all get those seasonal juices flowing and decorate some cards!
For 2013, the MTGSalvation Holiday Magic Card Exchange returns for its seventh year!
Here is an introduction for those of you new to this - or - a refresher for the old timers. I am taking this directly from Lesurgo:
How the exchange works
The premise is simple. First, MTGSalvation members from all over the world send me (Galspanic) personally altered cards. Then, as Christmas approaches, I randomly send their cards to someone else who participated. It's a fun gift exchange that's always a blast.
What do I mean by personally altered? Does that you mean you have to be as good as the people over in the official altered art thread? Not at all! What's important is that you personalize your cards. For example, here are just a handful of cards done over the past few years:
As you can see, there is a lot of variation in what people choose to do. Featured is wide range of artistic talent, from doodles to full-blown alters. Just make it fun. In general, if you wouldn't be happy with receiving it from somebody else, you should alter it until you would be.
How to Participate
Participating is easy! Just send me a PM with your address, and I'll send you mine back. All you have to do after that is send me your cards along with a non-addressed envelope and enough postage to mail your cards along to the next person. After that, just relax and wait for your return package to make its merry way to you. It's that simple!
All participants must have their cards to me by December 15th. They will be redistributed and sent off over the weekend, and hopefully everybody will have theirs by December 25th. Please remember to budget enough time for your cards to arrive. For reference, I live in Oregon, USA.
Brand new accounts are excluded to avoid gaming the system. If you try and game the system to get more presents, I will catch you. Please don't do it. It will just result in a sad face for both of us.
This event is not sponsored or endorsed by Wizards of the Coast in any way. It is purely something done for fun by people who love Magic, and is not for for any financial gain or otherwise.
Tips and Checklist
Over the past three years, I've seen a lot of cards come through. Here are some recommendations to help make the holiday exchange fun for everybody!
Try and modify cool cards. They don't necessarily have to be rares, but it's great when somebody can play the cards they receive in a deck and then tell the story of how they received them! If you are on a budget, think an altered playset of playable commons, an EDH staple, or basic lands are great... as long as it's playable it's cool!
Stumped for cards to alter? Try sending cards related to your name, avatar, or signature! That way there's a connection between MTGSalvation and the card's you're altering.
What you receive is random and a gift from someone else to you. Regardless of how you feel about the quality of cards you received, please be grateful. After all, it's a gift!
Part of the fun is ripping open the package when it finally arrives to see what you received. Do not post the alters you did ahead of time - though vague hints can be fun. We don't want to ruin the surprise!
Sending items such as letters, notes, or pictures along with your cards to the other person is not only allowed, but encouraged!
You might want to take a picture of your cards before you send them so that you can still show them off if the recipient has no way to upload an image.
You may submit as few or as many cards as you would like. Take your time and make some great alters!
IMPORTANT RULES --> READ THIS!!!
1. You absolutely must, must, must include a stamped envelope (no addressing please). If you do not include one, I cannot promise you that you will receive any cards back. Make sure this envelope has enough postage to mail the stuff you sent.
2. In the past, a couple of people have sent extra large/heavy items. This is great, and often these items are very cool! However, if you're going to do this, please include an extra envelope that is the appropriate size and/or has the right amount of postage on it.
3. If you are an international participant, please tell me in your PM so we can discuss how international shipping will work out best in your case. The US Postal prices have done some crazy things in the last year.
4. Along with your cards and Stamped envelope, please include a slip of paper with your MTGSalvation username. There will be a lot of cards coming in and if I don't know who sent me something I can't really let them know - which I'd like to do
Send me a PM with your address
Refresh your inbox over and over until I reply with my address. You all know I am always on here so it shouldn't be long.
Write your MTGSalvation username on a slip of paper.
Send me your cards, that slip of paper with your MTGSalvation username, and a stamped envelope with enough postage to mail your cards, inside another envelope. Don't forget any of those steps!
Time travel to later in December and check your mail. Enjoy your gift!
That is correct. You send one gift - whether it's one card or twenty. You get one gift in return. Last year everyone sent more than one card - I think me with two cards was the smallest single package.
If you wish for multiple gifts to go to multiple people you can send whatever you wish and I can distribute the items as far as the postage will carry it.
I'm willing to sign up, but I am not sure I will finish my card in time. I did the same thing last year, and I was pretty annoyed that I could not finish my Crush of Wurms in which I changed all the Wurms into candy canes. I was trying to find the half-done card and finish it for this year, but no luck.
I'm sure plenty of people have signed up who haven't posted. Or perhaps the horrifying thought of potentially receiving my cards has struck them frozen in front of the mailbox, uncertain of the road they may go down.
Why would people not want to participate? Surely the season of excess, greed and acquisition at low, low prices has shined upon us all. Don't think of the cards you're sending, think of those you're getting.