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So just as a reminder, if you’re curious what today’s holiday gifts are about, you can read about them in my Special Edition Assets post from a couple of weeks ago.  Spoiler warnings on that post are now OFF.  😉

How CCP chose to implement giving these assets, I really really like a lot: everyone seems to have received one Genolution implant, one special edition ship, another big pile of snowballs, and then seven items mixed between the Special Edition Assets and the New Eden Open “trading cards”.  +50 points to CCP on that.  That’s a really fun way of doing this.  Sadly, between my four subscribed accounts, I did not receive either of the NEO teams that had Rote Kapelle members on them.  Ah well, maybe I’ll buy them.  Interestingly, there appear to be zero trading cards for The HUNS team in New Eden.  Whoops.

EDIT (20/Dec/2012): HUNS trading cards began appearing in Jita at 21:30 today, so either a new mix of gifts was created that included this card or it was just an amazing coincidence that there were literally zero of these cards for sale in Jita until then.

I did receive both Special Edition Assets that I particularly wanted: a Postcard from Poitot and an Animal Medical Expert.  Yay!  I didn’t receive any of the new Catalysts, which was the ship I really would have asked for but I guess almost nobody did.

That brings me to the second most interesting thing about the way these gifts were distributed: they appear random, but they’re not.  Two of my accounts received:

  • Tank of Honor;
  • Genolution Core Augmentation CA-1;
  • Model of a Fighter;
  • NEO trading cards for: EFS, Expendables, Goggle Wearing Internet Crime Fighters, Why Dash;
  • Sarum Magnate;
  • Snowball CXIV; and,
  • The Mini Monolith.

And I’ve heard from several other players that encountered similar situations, with different mixes.  The chances of that happening randomly are astronomical.  So there were specific mixes of gifts created and it was those mixes that were distributed randomly.  But when creating the mixes, I think the person whose job it was to create them (a) didn’t create enough; and (b) forgot to include a HUNS trading card in one of the mixes.  I think I’ll leave my second set of the above gifts unredeemed for a few days.  CCP, if you want to change it to a new mix that includes a HUNS trading card, I won’t stop you.  😉

All in all though, very cool idea!  I hope everyone enjoys their gifts.

First most interesting thing about the gifts?  The first set I redeemed had one unit of Carbon in it mixed with the other items.

That’s right, boys and girls: CCP put a lump of coal in my stocking.

16 Comments

  1. Hmm...

    Must've been for some of your worse posts… 😉

    December 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm Reply
  2. sin

    I have a HUN's card.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:30 pm Reply
  3. Mikle

    Wrong, got HUN in one of my accounts yesterday right after we got the gifts, so there was a package with HUN cards at the start already.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm Reply
  4. Kiyohime Ronuken

    I got a Verhoker (sp?) probe on one toon, magnates on 2 others. Coal for all. Honor for some, fighters etc for others. I got the set of Genolutions between the toons, general fun stuff.

    Hey – at least the frigates ARE legitimately useful in the game – at least as much as their regular t1 counterparts. Bonus – I don't mind undocking them in nullsec.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:43 pm Reply
  5. The Observer

    Ha, your like a little kid bitching about how santa didn't give you what you wanted.

    December 21, 2012 at 9:46 pm Reply
  6. CareBearStares

    I got a HUNS card. I'll trade ya for a Bo Jackson Rookie…

    December 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm Reply
    1. Random Miner

      nice, but got it

      December 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm Reply
  7. Lulz

    I have already collected them all.

    Am I the Evemaster now?

    December 21, 2012 at 11:34 pm Reply
    1. lulz

      also both my pirate toons recieved coal, while my bear did not. Coincident?

      December 21, 2012 at 11:43 pm Reply
  8. noahbody

    I have 6 accts. 2 recieved one package with the same items and 4 got another almost identical package. no magnates, mini anythings, or models of anything. just red buttons and cards from the tourney. and my care bear that has never killed anyone got coal.

    December 22, 2012 at 12:43 am Reply
    1. atacdad

      maybe you're on to something, my kill-less carebear got coal too

      January 2, 2013 at 5:45 pm Reply
  9. Guest

    If there was coal in your stocking I am sure the Spergs in Rote stuck it up their assholes to make diamonds.

    December 22, 2012 at 3:42 am Reply
  10. Fuck you

    No wonder why Jesters Trek is my least favourate poster, whine whine whine whine.

    December 22, 2012 at 12:33 pm Reply
    1. Alf Stuart

      hes my most favorite

      December 24, 2012 at 10:39 am Reply
  11. Sukhdeep

    why do people expct anything from CCP…..You give money to a faceless business, you deserve what you get…try there superb 24/7 phone support.

    December 23, 2012 at 6:25 am Reply
    1. b.v.

      Ccp owe you nothing more for u playing eve anymore than Parker brothers do for u playing monopoly

      December 24, 2012 at 8:47 am Reply

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