Portalarium Studio Grand Holiday Party (January 11, 2017) - hosted by players

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  1. Winfield

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    Hear ye, hear ye!

    Let it be known far and wide that a
    Grand Holiday Party will be held
    at the Portalarium Studios and in Shroud of the Avatar on:

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017
    5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Central Standard Time (US)
    (2300 UTC to 0400 UTC)


    Hosted, planned, and paid for by the Player Community

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    The Grand Holiday Party is completely planned, hosted, and paid for by the player community! The Portalarium team thanks you so much here - this means a GREAT deal to them, and they are very excited to be celebrating with you during this event!

    ATTENDING THE EVENT

    We are going to have a lot of fun and activities for not only everyone that can attend in Austin, but also all those online from around the world:
    The players are fully planning this event, so we need all the help we can get in making sure it goes off without a hitch. Even if you cannot attend, donating to the party will allow it to be a success worthy of a photo album to share later.

    Please RSVP! Want to come in person or virtually? Want to help out in some other way? Just want to watch and listen? Please fill out the following survey/RSVP with your interest:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8T93QB

    SUPPORTING THE EVENT

    If you wish to donate, funds will be going directly to a setup account at Portalarium they can use to purchase supplies for the celebration:
    • Anyone donating to this event ($5 USD or higher), or attending in person, will receive an in-game Event Clasped-Gauntlets Cloak “Grand Holiday Party 2017” You must still RSVP above though!
    • Please send donations to Portalarium PayPal Account - Log into your own PayPal account and send to:
      • purchasing@shroudoftheavatar.com
      • Add Comment like: “This is Winfield - donation for the Grand Holiday Party 2017” and any special instructions (such as, “buy ice cream for Berek”)
      • IMPORTANT: Type your registered Portalarium/SotA Account Email Address in the PayPal comments in order to receive a cloak. If you forget, consider making another donation with your email address.
    • This is NOT a fund-raising event for development
    • Funds go completely for food, drink, decorations, and any other event support needs
    • Excess funds will be reserved for future events throughout the year, e.g., more on-camera items for the telethons, future celebrations at the office, etc.

    SENDING BEST WISHES AND GIFTS

    Here is the office address for attendance and if you wish to mail any holiday cards or gifts to the team:

    Portalarium, Inc.
    3410 Far West Blvd
    Suite 275
    Austin, TX 78731 USA

    Please email well wishes to: support@portalarium.com

    If you have any questions about the organizing of the event, please contact me here in the forums.

    We look forward to a great party and celebration as we journey into 2017 together!
     
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  2. Winfield

    Winfield Legend of the Hearth

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    We will use this forum thread for planning and ideas and we will get out more already planned ideas very soon.

    Here's a question though:

    QUESTION: Where shall we (the players) host the in-game location of the Grand Holiday Party?
    • Needs to be a place people can find easily.
      • Shall it be in Britanny? Is there a greatly decorated lot there?
    • Yes, there will likely be multiple instances and everyone won't be together.
    • Will the Devs join the in-game party? We certainly hope so!
    • Will there be a live stream from the in-game party? We hope so too!
    • We also want to cater to new players if we can, help people out as we celebrate -- answer their questions.
    • How will people coordinate, ask how to get the party in game? Probably through Discord chat/voice.
    Ideas?
     
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    Since you are too polite to say it i will do it for you: PaxLair ;-)
     
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    Winfield Legend of the Hearth

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    I should be able to make it to this.
     
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    Superb! Fill out the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8T93QB to show you are planning to attend.

    Anyone can fill out the survey too (people attending in person or virtually) so we have an idea of people coming, the numbers, the audience, and interests.

    Thanks
     
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    Mad Hatter will be in attendance...
    and happy to help for the event!!!
    Don't hesitate to let me know!!!

    -MH
     
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    I THE Cupcakes will be attending and helping.
    Was hoping to create "quest hats" for this one too.
     
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    There may be some confusion regarding submitting Email account information to receive the event in-game Cloak. We are getting some people adding email account information to the RSVP Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8T93QB. DO NOT add your email information to the Survey. Email information in the survey will be discarded.
    • People donating $5 or more to the event via PayPal, put your Email Address in the PayPal Comments.
    • People attending the event in person, we will collect your email addresses at the event.
    • Please do not add email addresses to the RSVP Survey.
    Here are the instructions:

    Please RSVP! Want to come in person or virtually? Want to help out in some other way? Just want to watch and listen? Please fill out the following survey/RSVP with your interest:
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8T93QB

    SUPPORTING THE EVENT
    If you wish to donate, funds will be going directly to a setup account at Portalarium they can use to purchase supplies for the celebration:​
      • Anyone donating to this event ($5 USD or higher), or attending in person, will receive an in-game Event Clasped-Gauntlets Cloak “Grand Holiday Party 2017” You must still RSVP above though!
      • Please send donations to Portalarium PayPal Account - Log into your own PayPal account and send to:
        • purchasing@shroudoftheavatar.com
        • Add Comment like: “This is Winfield - donation for the Grand Holiday Party 2017” and any special instructions (such as, “buy ice cream for Berek”)
        • IMPORTANT: Type your registered Portalarium/SotA Account Email Address in the PayPal comments in order to receive a cloak. If you forget, consider making another donation with your email address.
    • This is NOT a fund-raising event for development
    • Funds go completely for food, drink, decorations, and any other event support needs
    • Excess funds will be reserved for future events throughout the year, e.g., more on-camera items for the telethons, future celebrations at the office, etc.
    I hope this helps a bit. Thanks!
     
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    I am the one who painstakingly hung those stockings for EVERY developer! :) Can you guess which one is @Lord British 's?
     
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    Is it possible to donate if you don't have a PayPal account? Can I send store credit somewhere?
     
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    Winfield Legend of the Hearth

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    That's a great question! I don't know how that would work in this case. The donations are real cash to pay for food, beverage, decorations, and such.

    I imagine the simplest thing is for you to personally find a friend or trusted agent you could gift store credits to, and they donate an equal amount of money via their PayPal account to Portalarium on your behalf. The store credits would remain in their account for add-on store purchases though, so their money is locked into that, yet maybe the friend would buy something anyway from the store now or later on.

    So somehow your donation needs to get to the Portalarium PayPal where the funds are tracked and used for the event.

    Everyone as a reminder, when sending funds to the Portalarium PayPal account (purchasing@shroudoftheavatar.com), make certain to add comments like "For Holiday Party 2017" and your SotA Account Email address (to receive the in-game event cloak, if you donate $5 or more - one cloak per account).

    I hope this helps a bit.
     
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    OK, thanks. If anyone is willing to accept $5 in store credit in return for sending $5 by PayPal please PM me.
     
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    We also have monthly player gatherings in Austin if you are interested.
     
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    @Winfield needs to be changed to 2017

    :)

    Laz
     
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    I just made a donation.. Can't make it in person, but hope to get on any available virtual version... Otherwise.. have fun for me!
     
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    Baene and I are looking forward to meeting those who can make it. Thank you for doing this @Winfield !!
     
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    Are there any other guidelines and rules for the white elephant gift exchange?
     
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    Oh good question. Try to keep gift under $25. They should be wrapped if possible or put in a bag. You can put your name on it as giving the gift. Or you could make it anonymous. Up to you.

    We shall try to follow the rules at the following:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_elephant_gift_exchange
     
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    Happy Holidays everyone!

    According to the party RSVP survey, 9 of 33 people who RSVP'd are coming to Austin Texas for the January 11, 2017 Holiday Party. Great!

    RSVP Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M8T93QB

    I've added the 9 people to a private conversation - you can help plan the evening and ask any questions too!

    Happy Holidays!

    -- Winfield