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Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group is now open, with a holiday event!

Not-So-Secret Santa Is Live!

Sign-ups for the group itself will NOT close and will continue to be available on an invite-only basis.


IMPORTANT EDIT: It is more than okay to join the group even if you do NOT intend to gift games to others! Please join if you want to receive games. Gifters love to have an eager audience to gift to!

For certain events (such as Not-So-Secret Santa) gifting is necessary for those choosing to participate, but these are always optional. Membership in the group and accepting freely given gifts requires no burden of gifting on your behalf.

ALSO IMPORTANT EDIT: Not-So-Secret Santa has a buy-in of under $5 USD. Though gifters can certainly choose to gift a more expensive game if they prefer, each participant is including at least one game on their wishlist that is less than $5 USD in order to minimize the people who are priced out of participating.


With @Deimos's permission, I have started the Tildes' Steam Game Gifting Group and am beginning its first event: Not-So-Secret Santa!

In proper Tildes' fashion the group is invite-only at the moment, so if you would like to join, please reply here or PM me with a link to your Steam profile or your Steam username. I'll have to friend you to send you the invite, but you don't need to keep me on your friends' list after you've accepted it if you don't want to (I promise I won't mind!).

I envision the group being used for specific events (like Not-So-Secret Santa), random giveaways, and group-limited lotteries (using the platform Steamgifts).

56 comments

  1. [21]
    cfabbro
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    Humble Bundle keys giveaway. Join the group and leave a comment in that discussion letting me know if you want one of them. :)

    Humble Bundle keys giveaway. Join the group and leave a comment in that discussion letting me know if you want one of them. :)

    6 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Awesome! Thanks for offering those up for everyone!

      Awesome! Thanks for offering those up for everyone!

      3 votes
    2. [11]
      pseudolobster
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      Thank you for the offer! I'm interested in Hyper Light Drifter, but I can't figure out how to join the group. It says invite only. My steam account is https://steamcommunity.com/id/pseudolobster...

      Thank you for the offer! I'm interested in Hyper Light Drifter, but I can't figure out how to join the group. It says invite only.

      My steam account is https://steamcommunity.com/id/pseudolobster

      Again, many thanks!

      2 votes
      1. [10]
        kfwyre
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        The group is invite only at the moment (and likely for the forseeable future). Steam only lets you invite friends to groups, so I added you to my friend list and can invite you after you accept...

        The group is invite only at the moment (and likely for the forseeable future). Steam only lets you invite friends to groups, so I added you to my friend list and can invite you after you accept it. You do NOT have to remain friends with me after you're in the group if you don't want to!

        3 votes
        1. [9]
          pseudolobster
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          Awesome, thank you! Just FYI I'm mostly just interested in taking @cfabbro up on their offer of Hyper Light Drifter. Unfortunately I'm broker than broke right now (literally less than a dollar in...

          Awesome, thank you! Just FYI I'm mostly just interested in taking @cfabbro up on their offer of Hyper Light Drifter. Unfortunately I'm broker than broke right now (literally less than a dollar in my bank account, zero income, my paypal account is frozen, and I'm sleeping on a friend's couch) and can't contribute in a secret santa sort of thing.

          5 votes
          1. [2]
            kfwyre
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            Wow. I'm sorry to hear that. I really hope things turn around for you. Also, I edited the main post, but in case it wasn't clear there's no need to giveaway games yourself to be in the group! Some...

            Wow. I'm sorry to hear that. I really hope things turn around for you.

            Also, I edited the main post, but in case it wasn't clear there's no need to giveaway games yourself to be in the group! Some specific events will require it, but membership alone does not (and that goes for accepting general gifts from others too). The way I see it, the more people I'm able to gift to on there, the merrier!

            5 votes
            1. pseudolobster
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              Ok, awesome. Thanks for clearing that up. I was a little bit confused at first whether cfabbro's offer of Humble Bundle keys was a part of this secret santa group or not. Anyhow, thanks for...

              Ok, awesome. Thanks for clearing that up. I was a little bit confused at first whether cfabbro's offer of Humble Bundle keys was a part of this secret santa group or not.

              Anyhow, thanks for setting this up!

              2 votes
          2. [6]
            TurdFerguson
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            Sorry to hear that dude. You ok?

            Sorry to hear that dude. You ok?

            3 votes
            1. [5]
              pseudolobster
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              Everything is relative. I've been worse, so by comparison I'm doing pretty good right now. I'm warm, have food in my belly. Objectively my life isn't going great, but I honestly can't complain....

              Everything is relative. I've been worse, so by comparison I'm doing pretty good right now.

              I'm warm, have food in my belly. Objectively my life isn't going great, but I honestly can't complain.

              Plus, now I have a pixely RPG to play right now that'll distract me from bigger issues, so I've got that going for me, which is nice.

              6 votes
              1. [4]
                TurdFerguson
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                Alright well that's certainly good perspective. Very kind of cfabbro to help make things a little more fun for you right now. I haven't played the game yet but hear it's great. Enjoy it, and...

                Alright well that's certainly good perspective. Very kind of cfabbro to help make things a little more fun for you right now. I haven't played the game yet but hear it's great. Enjoy it, and hoping for some better luck for you soon.

                2 votes
                1. [3]
                  pseudolobster
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                  Yeah, it's pretty good so far. I'm impressed that it has full linux support, and full support for DS4 controllers. I've been having issues with a lot of steam games lately not working with my...

                  Yeah, it's pretty good so far. I'm impressed that it has full linux support, and full support for DS4 controllers. I've been having issues with a lot of steam games lately not working with my gamepad, but I'm super happy Hyperlight Drifter worked out of the box.

                  So far the game is really pretty. Really moody. Really atmospheric. Almost too much at times. It's a little bit frustrating that the ingame text isn't in a real language and you sorta have to interpret it as you go, but I'm only like a half hour into it so far and I'm assuming things will make more sense as I go. Great soundtrack so far.

                  4 votes
                  1. [2]
                    cfabbro
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                    Glad to hear that you're enjoying it so far. :) p.s. I haven't had a chance to play it yet myself... does the unintelligible language thing get explained?

                    Glad to hear that you're enjoying it so far. :)

                    p.s. I haven't had a chance to play it yet myself... does the unintelligible language thing get explained?

                    1 vote
                    1. pseudolobster
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                      No, so far it seems like there's no actual text in the game, though I'll admit I haven't played much further since my previous comment. I guess the canon is that the protagonist is from a...

                      No, so far it seems like there's no actual text in the game, though I'll admit I haven't played much further since my previous comment. I guess the canon is that the protagonist is from a different era and doesn't understand modern language.

                      1 vote
    3. [3]
      bleem
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      When giving away humble bundle games, do I have to use the gift to a friend option or can I just get the key? Is it linked to my account in any way?

      When giving away humble bundle games, do I have to use the gift to a friend option or can I just get the key? Is it linked to my account in any way?

      2 votes
      1. cfabbro
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        TBH, I have never actually used the "gift to a friend" option on humble. I have always just generated the keys and manually copy/pasted that to send to people. But I imagine either option would...

        TBH, I have never actually used the "gift to a friend" option on humble. I have always just generated the keys and manually copy/pasted that to send to people. But I imagine either option would work just fine.

        3 votes
      2. kfwyre
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        AFAIK giving away the key directly is against Humble's TOS, but I don't think they really care for low-level individual use (they probably care more if you're trying to buy things in bulk). I've...

        AFAIK giving away the key directly is against Humble's TOS, but I don't think they really care for low-level individual use (they probably care more if you're trying to buy things in bulk). I've done it before with no issue, but I use the gift links now just to be on the safe side.

        The only issue that I could see coming about is if you gave away a key that didn't work, and then tried to get a replacement through support. People on Steamgifts have reported Humble support dropping the support request once they revealed that the Steam key was not activated to their own account. Outside of this situation, however, I'm pretty sure Humble has no way of knowing whether you or someone else uses any given key.

        With regard to the gift links, if you want to see what one looks like from the other end, let me know and I can PM you one. I don't think that it reveals the account of the sender, but I'm not entirely sure about that.

        3 votes
    4. [5]
      3_3_2_LA
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      Hi, I’d love to join for the Medal of Honor! Played it with my brother when I was a wee lad :) Thanks for doing this! https://www.steamcommunity.com/id/stddeviation

      Hi, I’d love to join for the Medal of Honor! Played it with my brother when I was a wee lad :) Thanks for doing this!
      https://www.steamcommunity.com/id/stddeviation

      1 vote
      1. [4]
        cfabbro
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        Sure. I sent you a friend request, so I can invite you to the group and send you the key.

        Sure. I sent you a friend request, so I can invite you to the group and send you the key.

        1. [3]
          3_3_2_LA
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          Could you give me your url so I can check for a friend request? I couldn’t find it in my list

          Could you give me your url so I can check for a friend request? I couldn’t find it in my list

          1 vote
  2. kfwyre
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    Alright, I think I'm caught up with friending all the people who have asked (either in this thread or by PM). Thanks to everyone for your patience! Once the friending is accepted I'll send over...

    Alright, I think I'm caught up with friending all the people who have asked (either in this thread or by PM). Thanks to everyone for your patience! Once the friending is accepted I'll send over the invite.

    If for whatever reason I have missed you, I promise it's not personal! Just comment/message me and I'll get you in. If you haven't contacted me yet and would like to join, let me know!

    4 votes
  3. [2]
    tunneljumper
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    I'd be interested in joining as well - https://steamcommunity.com/id/tunneljumper/

    I'd be interested in joining as well - https://steamcommunity.com/id/tunneljumper/

    3 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Added you on Steam. I can send the invite once you accept my friend request. No need to keep me on your friends' list after you accept the invite if you don't want to.

      Added you on Steam. I can send the invite once you accept my friend request. No need to keep me on your friends' list after you accept the invite if you don't want to.

      1 vote
  4. [3]
    Moonchild
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    Can you add me to the group? https://steamcommunity.com/id/Elronnd

    Can you add me to the group? https://steamcommunity.com/id/Elronnd

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      kfwyre
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      Added you on Steam. Once you accept the friend request I can send you your invite to the group.

      Added you on Steam. Once you accept the friend request I can send you your invite to the group.

      1 vote
  5. [2]
    emnii
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    I love the idea. Please add me! https://steamcommunity.com/id/emnii

    I love the idea. Please add me!

    https://steamcommunity.com/id/emnii

    2 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Added! After you accept the friend request, I can send you the invite. You don't need to keep me on your friends' list after that if you don't want to!

      Added! After you accept the friend request, I can send you the invite. You don't need to keep me on your friends' list after that if you don't want to!

      2 votes
  6. [2]
    frostycakes
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    Sounds intriguing, I'm in. https://steamcommunity.com/id/frostycakes91

    Sounds intriguing, I'm in.

    https://steamcommunity.com/id/frostycakes91

    2 votes
    1. kfwyre
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      Added you on Steam. Once you accept the friend request I can send you your invite to the group.

      Added you on Steam. Once you accept the friend request I can send you your invite to the group.

      2 votes
  7. Whom
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    Not sure yet if I can participate in the event, but I'd like to be added to the group :) https://steamcommunity.com/id/princessseh/

    Not sure yet if I can participate in the event, but I'd like to be added to the group :)

    https://steamcommunity.com/id/princessseh/

    2 votes
  8. Crestwave
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    I've wanted to check out Steam for a while; just created an account. Not sure if I'll be using it much but count me in the group, I guess. https://steamcommunity.com/id/Crestwave

    I've wanted to check out Steam for a while; just created an account. Not sure if I'll be using it much but count me in the group, I guess. https://steamcommunity.com/id/Crestwave

    2 votes
  9. moocow1452
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    http://steamcommunity.com/id/moocow1452 Barely use this account, and I'm not wanting for games, but if you all forming a club, I can join up.

    http://steamcommunity.com/id/moocow1452

    Barely use this account, and I'm not wanting for games, but if you all forming a club, I can join up.

    2 votes
  10. MrEprize
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    Add me in as well please. Steam ID

    Add me in as well please.
    Steam ID

    2 votes
  11. [5]
    matpower64
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    I am kinda broke right now, but I might as well give it a go. Here's my profile. Also as a heads-up, beware region locked gifts. I can't gift to non-Latin America countries because my Steam...

    I am kinda broke right now, but I might as well give it a go. Here's my profile.

    Also as a heads-up, beware region locked gifts. I can't gift to non-Latin America countries because my Steam account is set to Brazil, which has regional pricing.

    2 votes
    1. [4]
      kfwyre
      Link Parent
      Added you on Steam. Once you accept the friend request I can send you your invite to the group. With regard to region locks, are you blocked from giving all games or only certain ones?

      Added you on Steam. Once you accept the friend request I can send you your invite to the group.

      With regard to region locks, are you blocked from giving all games or only certain ones?

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        matpower64
        Link Parent
        Pretty much all I tried. According to this, it should warn me when sending the gift. It also warns me if I try to send directly to someone.

        Pretty much all I tried. According to this, it should warn me when sending the gift. It also warns me if I try to send directly to someone.

        2 votes
        1. [2]
          kfwyre
          Link Parent
          Interesting. I thought the region-locking was more on a game-by-game basis. Do you know if you'd face the same restrictions if you were to instead buy a Steam key for the game from a place like...

          Interesting. I thought the region-locking was more on a game-by-game basis. Do you know if you'd face the same restrictions if you were to instead buy a Steam key for the game from a place like Humble/Fanatical?

          1. matpower64
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            Those places offer international keys AFAIK, never had an issue redeeming any of them.

            Those places offer international keys AFAIK, never had an issue redeeming any of them.

            1 vote
  12. ThyMrMan
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    I'd love to participate in the group as well, if not the secret santa than another one. Or just give away some games from my Humble List, currently just randomly giving some away via steamgifts...

    I'd love to participate in the group as well, if not the secret santa than another one. Or just give away some games from my Humble List, currently just randomly giving some away via steamgifts occasionally.

    Steam ID

    2 votes
  13. [2]
    cfabbro
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    I just thought of something @kfwyre. I really, really don't need any more games at the moment, since my backlog of unplayed games is already enormous... but I would still like to participate in...

    I just thought of something @kfwyre. I really, really don't need any more games at the moment, since my backlog of unplayed games is already enormous... but I would still like to participate in Not-So-Secret Santa by giving someone here a game they want for Christmas. So do you think it would be okay if instead of listing games I am interested in, I instead listed a few Charities/Non-profits people could donate to instead?

    I would also be willing to send someone a game if they don't receive one from their Santa as well. I know Reddit's Secret Santa allows people to sign up as "Rematchers" in case of that event too, which might be a good idea to do here as well.

    2 votes
    1. kfwyre
      (edited )
      Link Parent
      I think that's an absolutely wonderful idea! You have my full support. If anyone else is wanting to do this as well, go for it!

      I think that's an absolutely wonderful idea! You have my full support. If anyone else is wanting to do this as well, go for it!

      2 votes
  14. kfwyre
    (edited )
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    I don't think I was very clear in my original post, so just in case anyone opted against joining for financial reasons: You can join the group and accept giveaways without ever gifting games...

    I don't think I was very clear in my original post, so just in case anyone opted against joining for financial reasons:

    You can join the group and accept giveaways without ever gifting games yourself. It is perfectly fine to join the group with the intention to only receive games.

    This isn't meant to be a trading group or a "pay it forward" type thing, though some of our optional events will be like that (as is the case with Not-So-Secret Santa). This is instead meant for games to be given freely with no expectation of return or reciprocity, and I would love nothing more than for them to end up in the accounts of people who want them or have difficulty affording them. Don't feel like you can't join if you can't give -- you're in fact exactly the kind of person I'd love to have in the group!

    2 votes
  15. [5]
    kfwyre
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    Deadline Approaching! Sign-ups for the Not-So-Secret Santa close today, December 22nd! If you would like to join post a message in the group thread on Steam. If you are not in the Steam group, PM...

    Deadline Approaching!

    Sign-ups for the Not-So-Secret Santa close today, December 22nd! If you would like to join post a message in the group thread on Steam. If you are not in the Steam group, PM me or post here to be added.

    Sign-ups for the group itself will NOT close and will continue to be available on an invite-only basis.

    1 vote
    1. [3]
      cfabbro
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      What time were you planning on setting the cutoff at?

      What time were you planning on setting the cutoff at?

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        kfwyre
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        I didn't really have a specific time. I figure most people have seen this by now, so probably everybody that wants to join is in -- I don't see a lot of people clamoring to get in under deadline....

        I didn't really have a specific time. I figure most people have seen this by now, so probably everybody that wants to join is in -- I don't see a lot of people clamoring to get in under deadline.

        I'll set up the final randomized gifting list tomorrow morning when I get up.

        1 vote
        1. cfabbro
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          Nice, I'm looking forward to it! :)

          I'll set up the final randomized gifting list tomorrow morning when I get up.

          Nice, I'm looking forward to it! :)

          1 vote
  16. kfwyre
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    To all Not-So-Secret Santa participants, the event is now live! Further directions for all involved in the Steam thread. Happy Holidays everyone!

    To all Not-So-Secret Santa participants, the event is now live! Further directions for all involved in the Steam thread. Happy Holidays everyone!

    1 vote
  17. [2]
    bleem
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    I don't think pm is a thing here otherwise i'd join

    I don't think pm is a thing here otherwise i'd join

    1. kfwyre
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      It is! You can use this link directly to send me a message, or you can click my username and then click Send a private message in the sidebar. If you're on mobile you'll have to hit the Sidebar...

      It is! You can use this link directly to send me a message, or you can click my username and then click Send a private message in the sidebar. If you're on mobile you'll have to hit the Sidebar button first to see it.

      2 votes