Bulbagarden Holiday Contests 2020

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The holiday season is once again upon us, and that means it's time here at Bulbagarden for our annual Christmas Contests.

This year, we have a total of five separate contests running over this holiday period. As always, our Christmas Contests are open to entries from anywhere in the world.
Most of our contest winners this year will be walking away with a Nintendo Switch Pokémon title of their choice, with additional grand prizes also being offered in some contests.

This year's contests are...
  • 12 Days of Trivia 2020: Our classic trivia contest returns after a 2 year absence. 12 days of tricky trivia to test your knowledge of the Pokémon franchise (or at the very least, your ability to search for things on Bulbapedia).
  • A Galarian Winter’s Path - Holiday Scavenger Hunt: After a 3 year absence, this fan favourite contest returns at last. A trail of riddles will lead you in a merry chase through Bulbapedia. In addition to prizes for our winners, all those who reach the end of the scavenger hunt will receive a clue to the theme behind all the answers to the 12 Days of Trivia questions!
  • Fantabulous Festivities – Creative Holiday Challenge: To all you creative types out there, we've got a holiday themed challenge for you to pour your holiday spirit into. Have trouble coloring between the lines? Not a problem, this contest tests your creative flair and not just your steady hand.
  • Rapidash Trivia: A battle of wits and speed as you test your knowledge of the Pokémon franchise in a real time contest where only the fastest will win! Collect points with every round and claim your prize at the top of our leaderboard.
  • Bulbagarden Holiday Giveaway: Finding the other contests a bit too challenging? Or just don’t have the time to enter everything? No need to feel left out! In collaboration with DailyBits, we’re also running an additional raffle this year. Help us share the news of our contests with your friends and family on social media to earn yourself bonus entries!
12 Days of Trivia 2020 is being posted with all questions today, Saturday December 12th, with entries closing on Thursday December 24th.
A Galarian Winter’s Path, and the Creative Holiday Challenge are both open right now. Entries close for these contests on Thursday December 31st.
Rapidash Trivia will run over 16 rounds. The first round will run on December 18th, with rounds every 6 hours after that, finishing on December 21st. For specific round times, please see the linked thread.
Finally, the Bulbagarden Holiday Giveaway will open at 00:01 Saturday December 12th (US Pacific Time), with entries closing on Thursday December 31st.

In addition to our contests, we will also be conducting a special 12 Days of BulbaTrade via the @BulbaTrade Twitter, and our Discord.

If you have any questions regarding any of these contests and activities, please direct these either to the appropriate forums thread (linked with their names above), or to the #bulbamas2020 channel on our Discord. An FAQ for more general questions can be found below.

Best of luck to everyone, and may the best Pokéfans win.

Happy holidays, everyone!
 
Holiday Contests FAQ
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* I have a question...
We’ll be happy to help! If you have a question about a specific contest, the best place to ask that is in the forums thread for that contest, or in the #Bulbamas channel on our Discord. If you have a more general question, read on!

* Who can enter the contest?
Our contests are open to anyone aged 18 or over.
If you are aged under 18 but over 13, then you may also enter, provided that you have the permission of your parent or guardian. You will need to indicate this on your entry form.
If you are aged under 13, then you should ask your parent or guardian to enter on your behalf.
Only 1 entry is accepted per contest, per household.

* I have a Brother / Sister / Parent / Cousin / Spouse / Other Relative / Roommate who wants to enter as well, can they?
Due to the need to prevent fraudulent entries, we’re afraid that we can accept only 1 entry per contest, per household.

* Can I enter more than one Bulbagarden Contest?
Yes, though you may only make 1 entry per contest.

* Can I win in more than one Bulbagarden Contest?
Yes! You’ll need to put in plenty of effort though.

* I can't remember if I entered a contest. Can you give me some confirmation to let me know you got my entry?
You'll easily be able to double-check that for yourself! The online entry forms we’re using this year will email you to confirm your entry has been submitted. If you don’t receive an email, please let us know here in this thread or in the #Bulbamas channel on our Discord so we can investigate this for you.
UPDATE: We've had a number of users reporting they never received the confirmation email. Thus far, we've been able to find an entry from everyone who's asked us to check. We believe this could be related to the recent gmail outage, but we're not certain. In any case, please feel free to ask us to check this for you if you're not certain.

* My entry form timed out. Did my entry go through?
We've had a number of users reporting this problem starting December 22nd/23rd. Thus far, every single one we've checked has been received properly.
If you've submitted multiple times here because you were afraid that it hadn't gone through, we'll be trimming those down to 1 entry when we process all the entries at the end.

* I live in (insert country here). If I win, are you able to send me a console/game for my region?
Yes. We will order your prize from a retailer who ships to your region. If for some reason we aren't able to arrange for the game to be shipped to you, we can make alternative arrangements with you.

* I live in (insert country here). If I win, are you able to send me a game from a different region (e.g. a Japanese game for someone outside Japan)?
At this stage, we cannot guarantee this. Historically, we have made every effort to do this, though we are limited by being able to find an online retailer who’ll accept our payment, and who are able to ship it to you. Things are further complicated this year due to COVID however, and it may not be possible to find an appropriate retailer able to ship the product. All we can promise at this point is that we'll do the best we can.

* I already have the console/games. If I win, can you send me an eShop card instead?
Maybe. Historically we’ve done our best to make this an option, however year-on-year we’ve been frustrated in doing so by difficulty in sourcing digital eShop cards after Christmas, and by purchase limits set on both physical and digital eShop cards by Amazon (e.g. not allowing purchase of $USD eShop cards by people outside the US). If not too many winners are in this situation, then it should be possible for us to make some sort of arrangement with you. If lots of winners are wanting us to substitute eShop cards however, this could significantly lengthen the time it takes for us to fulfill all prizes.

* When will winners be informed?
Winners will be informed via the email they included in their entry form.
The formal public announcement of winners is planned to be made over the week of January 1st, though it’s possible this could be slightly delayed depending on how long it takes to judge entries. Some contests may informally announce winners before this time.

* How long will winners have to claim the prize?

We'll give you roughly a month to respond from when we formally announce the winners. We're aware things can happen, and we don't want to disadvantage anyone. Of course, if you won one of the grand prize Nintendo Switch console, you really need to get back to us ASAP. Both because a) we need to make sure stores don’t sell out, and b) because we can’t send off the prize for other contestants if there’s a chance the grand prize winner doesn’t claim their prize, and we need to instead give it to the 2nd place getter.

* How soon will my prize get to me if I win?
In the past, we’ve typically started shipping out prizes only once we’ve received address details from most of the winners, so that we could send things in as few batches as possible. This year however, we’re aiming to send out prizes within 48 hours of receiving address details from each winner.
Due to the current situation with COVID, it’s not possible for us to give a guarantee of a specific timeframe for shipping. If you're in North America, Western or Central Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or Japan, there probably won't be any issues with us ordering from a retailer local to you, and you should get your prize within a week or two after we've received your address details.
If you're in another country, particularly one with a frustrating customs regime or where there are limitations on exports of technology to your country, we might need to make alternative arrangements with you to avoid things taking an excessively long time to get to you.
 
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Eligibility
All applicable laws and regulations in your country apply to our Contests and Givesaways.
When entrants have not been required to complete a test of skill to enter a contest or giveaway, and where this is required by laws and regulations in the country of a prize winner, the prize winner winners will be required to complete a test of skill in order to receive their prize.
Contests and Giveaways are void where prohibited by law or where other regulatory requirements have not been met.
Individuals who are currently banned or suspended from one or more Bulbagarden platforms for any reason (including but not limited to the Bulbagarden Forums, Bulbapedia, and the Bulbagarden Discord) are not eligible to enter any Bulbagarden Contest or Giveaway.
Current and former staff of Bulbagarden, and their family and friends, are not eligible to enter any Bulbagarden Contest or Giveaway that is intended for the general public.

Agreement
By entering into or otherwise participating in a Contest or Giveaway, you agree to these Rules, any supplementary rules and the decisions of Bulbagarden. All decisions are final and binding. Our terms and privacy policy are incorporated where applicable.

Entry and Times
The timeframe for entry into a Contest or Giveaway will be stated on the relevant entry page or post. To enter you must follow the instructions. The use of any automated or similar means to enter is prohibited and will void all entries by the culprit and their associates. All entries must be “manual”.
Contestants aged under 18 but over 13 may enter only with the permission of their parent or guardian, and will be required to indicate this permission has been given before receiving any prize.
Entries will not be accepted from contestants aged under 13, who are instead urged to ask their parent or guardian to enter on their behalf.
Except where otherwise stated (e.g. contests held over multiple rounds, giveaways giving multiple entries, etc), only 1 entry will be accepted per contest, per household. Where we have evidence to suggest that multiple entries have been submitted from a household, we reserve the right to disqualify all entries from that household.

Methods of selecting potential winners will vary between each Contest and Giveaway. The exact method for selecting potential winners will be stated on the relevant entry page or post. Potential winners will be contacted via email as soon as practical following the end of the contest or giveaway. Potential winners have one month to respond, providing all details necessary for providing their prize to them. If a potential prize winner does not respond within that time period, a new potential winner will be drawn.

If the running of a Contest or Giveaway is subject to tampering, or impaired or attacked in any way, then we reserve the right to suspend it and attempt to continue the Contest or Giveaway in a way consistent with these Rules, or award the prize(s) to eligible winners at that point in time. Entrants can be disqualified at the complete discretion of Bulbagarden including for tampering with a Contest or Giveaway, disruption or otherwise acting in a way that is not fair or in accordance with these Rules, or the rules of Bulbagarden's platforms (including but not limited to the rules of the Bulbagarden Forums, Bulbapedia, and the Bulbagarden Discord).

Privacy
Bulbagarden's privacy policy applies to all information that may be collected by Bulbagarden in the course of running Contests and Giveaways.
By entering Bulbagarden contests, users consent to the use of their name (or pseudonym) in the announcement of the winners on the Bulbagarden website, and use of their name (or pseudonym) and likeness for advertising and/or promotional and/or marketing purposes. Users' contact information may also be used by Bulbagarden to notify the user they have won and to confirm their mailing address.

Sponsorship
Unless specified, our Contests and Giveaways are not sponsored by or run in conjunction with any other website, game or entity. All prizes will be purchased by us and given away. Unless stated, our giveaways are not endorsed by any other company.

Prize
The prize or prizes being given away as part of a Contest or Giveaway will be specified on the relevant entry page or post. Prizes are not substitutable except where decided by Bulbagarden. We reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the original prize is no longer available, or cannot be provided to the winner due to logistical and/or legal complications. Winners are responsible for any and all taxes and fees that may be associated with their win.

Release and Limitation of Liability
By participating in a Contest or Giveaway you agree to release and hold harmless Bulbagarden and its associates from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or Giveaway, or out of receipt or use of any prize including unauthorized human intervention, technical errors, administration errors, postal and delivery errors and injury to damage to persons or property, indirectly or directly. In any cause of action, our liability will be limited to the cost of participating in the Contest or Giveaway and we will not be liable for any attorneys' fees. All entrants waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including but not limited to punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
We are not liable to honor warranties, exchanges or customer service.
 
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I didn't receive a confirmation email for my scavenger hunt entry. Should I be concerned?
 
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I just attempted to send in my scavenger hunt answers and I'm getting a message stating that "no survey with that name exists". I have also not received confirmation of the reception of the finalized survey either.
 
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I didn't receive a confirmation email for my scavenger hunt entry. Should I be concerned?
I just attempted to send in my scavenger hunt answers and I'm getting a message stating that "no survey with that name exists". I have also not received confirmation of the reception of the finalized survey either.
DM me ere, or on Discord, with the emails you used for the form. I'll double-check to see if they've gone through.
 
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Prize winners for all contests except the Scavenger Hunt have now been informed. Scavenger Hunt winners should be announced tomorrow. We'll make a formal announcement of all winners once we've gotten everyone's preferred psudonyms for the announcement (since not all have accounts on Bulbagarden).
 
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All winning contestants from our Holiday Contests have now been contacted, and we're currently waiting to hear back from our lucky winners.
Please be sure to check your inbox, and your spam box, for our email.

At least one prize winner from the 12 Days of Trivia has declined their prize, so we will also be drawing some additional prizes. That draw will happen once we've heard back from all prize winners, in case we end up having multiple additional draws needing to be done.
 
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