Welcome To Eccentricity's Yankee Swap!!!
This is a fun holiday activity where each participant receives a holiday gift for doing absolutely nothing, other than participating. Sounds good, eh?
Neomail and the guild boards.
December 22nd and December 23rdh
Because it is the season of giving.
The names of over 200 Neopian items are placed in a stocking. Each round, one item per participant is drawn from the stocking. Participants are given the option to keep ortrade the item. To keep the item, select ACCEPT in the Item Event Log.
If participants choose to trade the item, then they must select RETURN in the Item Event Log ... and a new item is drawn out of the stocking. Participants can trade up to three times. But be careful ... that Race to Riches Scratchcard could get traded for a bag of gravel or it just might get traded for a Christmas Paintbrush. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.
Good luck to everyone! And please remember, this is all in good fun!
The Participants1. Elaine
4. Old Guy
The HistoryEccentricity's Yankee Swap is a modification of the traditional Yankee Swap. I cannot take complete credit for this activity. ;)
In a traditional Yankee Swap, each guest brings one, wrapped gift. The gifts are usually placed in a big pile in the center of the room. Many people use this opportunity to get rid of that, erm, interesting modern art sculpture replica that the in-laws gave you for your birthday after their visit to the Metropolitan Art Museum. Or perhaps you want to get rid of those gaudy silver candle holders someone decided you absolutely needed for your wedding, even though nothing like them is on your gift registry. Or maybe you picked up this ugly gnome lamp at the local thrift store and are still wondering whatever possessed you to buy it ... even if it was only $1.50. You get the idea.
The original rules (or some variation) for a traditional Yankee Swap are as follows:
*Participants draw numbers to determine the order in which they go.
*The person who drew #1 goes first and must open a gift from the pile.
The person who drew #2 goes next and has the choice of taking the gift opened by #1 or selecting an unopened gift. *If #1's gift is taken, player #1 must open another gift from the pile.
*The person who drew #3 goes next and can either take #1's gift, or take #2's gift, or open a gift. If player #3 takes an opened gift from player #1 or #2 then that player who is now giftless has the option of taking the other gift that was opened or opening a wrapped gift (they cannot take player #3's gift).
*Play continues as such with players either taking/swapping a gift or opening one.
*When a gift is opened the round is over (you can't decide you don't like what you opened and decide to swap for something else).
*Any single gift can only be swapped once per round.
Once the round for the highest numbered player has completed, player #1 can swap gifts with any other player (for this final round there is no futher swapping after that).
Rule additions that can be useful if you have a large group:
After taking your turn you must keep your gift out where other players can see it.
When it's your turn if you touch a wrapped gift you have to open it.
If a participant takes too much time deciding which gift to swap/open the remaining participants can start counting aloud from ten down to zero. If zero is reached the participant must take the wrapped gift closest to them.