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Welcome to my 7th annual Secret Santa List. For those of you who are new to the list:

I run this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santa sent you and remember to include any comments such as thanks that you want to give your Secret Santa. When you post on this list, you may want to make a note on your profile with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your reaction. That way your Secret Santa can look to see if you received your gift and you can post any comments you may have about the gift here and you can reply without the identity of your Secret Santa ever having to be released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present! This assists those of us who read the list regularly as recipients are adding their gifts in a chronological order. No placeholder entries, please.

I find it very handy to put a link on your profile page so your Secret Santa knows where you have posted the feedback so s/he doesn't have to sort through 2000 entries to find yours quickly.


To see all previous years' editions of this list and to give the new Secret Santa participants an idea of how this works, look at these links:

"2011 List"

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"

Further helpful hints:

IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there.

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry will also make it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.


If you would like to taunt your "target" while maintaining your secret identity, you can do so using the Santa logon. Just log yourself off and close any BGG windows (if you don't you take the chance of being discovered if the new username doesn't take) and log on using this info:

Username: santa
Password: password



I hope you have a terrific holiday season and enjoy the list!
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176. Board Game: Hawaii [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:341]
Karen T.
Canada
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Ever since my boyfriend and I moved into our first apartment together in July, it's become our thing to scan the row of mailboxes every time we walk by them coming into the building, and point out all the ones that had little white tags stuck to them, which indicated that the front desk had received a package for that resident. Then we would look at our mailbox, which never had a tag, and be like, "Awww, no package for us" in a jokingly wistful way.

Today, as we approached the mailboxes, I was all set to point out our bare mailbox when I discovered, to my shock and amazement, that it wasn't bare at all, but adorned with a glorious little white tag! I dared not hope that it was what I've been waiting for since November 11th, but as soon as our security guard brought out the package and I saw the German Games website address on the side of the box and my name on the top, I knew. I managed to remain totally calm as I signed for the package, carried it up the stairs, unlocked my apartment door, and went inside.....then I jumped up and down around the apartment squealing for literally a full minute.

Here is the box. I think since it's from German Games, the game inside is most likely gift-wrapped, but I'm not taking any chances and not opening a thing until I get permission from Santa. Will hopefully report back soon with an update.



But eeeee, so excited! This has been an awesome first Secret Santa experience so far! Thanks a million, Santa!

Update: Santa gave me permission to open it! laugh

Here's what was inside the outer box: not one, but TWO lovely wrapped gifts, along with an adorable Christmas card (signed "Merry Christmas from your BGG Secret Santa!").



And underneath the wrapping:



Ahhhh! Two of the games I wanted most! Hawaii I've been clamoring for for months (despite what Tom Vasel has to say ), and Mr. Jack I only found out about recently, but every aspect of the game (2-player! Deduction! Sherlock Holmes!) appealed to me enough to send it right to the top of my wishlist. I had been hoping to get either one of these games but didn't think I would get both! This will make for some great 2-player gaming with my boyfriend this Christmas!

Thank you so, so much for your amazing generosity, Santa! I hope your Santa is as good to you as you have been to me! Merry Christmas!
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177. Board Game: Santiago de Cuba [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:561]
Edwin Priest
United States
Inverness
Illinois
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Santiago de Cuba



Yay! I have been intrigued by this since it came out. Although it was obviously on my wish list, I wouldn't have thought it a likely Secret Santa candidate. I am glad I was wrong.

TransAmerica



And this! I FINALLY had to opportunity to play this last month and it immediately got added to my wish list. It will be perfect for my non-gaming relatives during the upcoming holidays and I am Uber-happy Santa chose this one too.

THANKS SECRET SANTA!!!
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178. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:47]
Jamie L
United States
San Francisco
California
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I got home from work to find a box waiting for me in the lobby. Not only did Santa bring me a much wanted copy of Troyes, inside was also a copy of Libertalia!

You rule Santa! For the record, when I was 6 and my sister told me you were just Mom and Dad, I never believed her.

Merry Christmas!
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179. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:227]
David Sant
United States
Easton
Massachusetts
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I arrived home from some Thanksgiving grocery shopping to find a box from Miniature Market on my doorstep. Not having ordered anything recently, I realized it must be a secret santa shipment (and my SS had been a silent ninja to this point!)

My wife encouraged me to go ahead and open the box, so I did...and found 3 wrapped presents.



All three are similar in size, about the same size as a Small World box. Now, how long can I wait before opening them up...

I'm not even sure which games they are yet, but 3 gifts is very generous. Thanks Santa!

Update:

Gifts have been opened!! Oh wow! Thank you Santa!!



And


Three games from high off my wish list!
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180. Board Game: The Cave [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1296]
jane Fidman
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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WOW!!!!!thumbsupthumbsupthumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

Santa, you are amazing! The disguised Elves arrived with a rather large package for me today. Without stopping to take my jacket off, I immediately tore into the box with whoops of joy and excitement.

Here is what I found inside:



Not one but three gifts! What could they be? I spent some time trying to guess but could not hold off my glee for very long.

Within moments, the wrapping was gone. And what did I find inside?



What wonderful games! They were:

The Cave : A brand new Essen game. Not even available yet! How did you do this, Santa? AMAZING!!!!!

Glen More : I've heard this game is great and it has been on my wishlist for quite some time. YES!!!!!

Onirim : While this game was not on my wishlist, this was a most welcome surprise. I'm going on vacation next week and it will be the perfect size to bring along. WOO HOO!!!

Santa, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. You are spectacular. These gifts were perfect! I am very grateful and overjoyed!

THANK YOU AGAIN

Update 12/23: Santa strikes again!

Already overwhelmed by Santa's generosity, I was surprised to get a note from Santa that stated a package of stocking stuffers was coming my way! In a few days time, I received:

Alhambra: The Magical Buildings: a wonderful addition to my Alhambra collection
And
Hemloch: a game that I haven't heard of but can't wat to try. The art is gorgeous!

Santa rounded off the gifts with a very sweet note (love the font, Santa!).

I'm truly touched and thankful for my amazing secret Santa. This was my first year doing this and it was perfect!
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181. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:8]
Darin Rebertus
United States
Minneapolis
Minnesota
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Thanks Santa! You are awesome!!!
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182. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:22]
 
Aaron Gelb
United States
Los Angeles
California
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How do you make a long day longer?

Have the UPS guy call your cell phone because he can't find your apartment and tell you that your package will be left at your door....at 11am.

I got off of work at 7.

BUT IT WAS WORTH THE WAIT! MY SECRET SANTA IS THE BOMB.COM

I got:

 










And since it was from Coolstuffinc.com it came with a $5 gift certificate, just enough to buy me some card sleeves or get another ship for half off! Yay to life!
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183. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:198]
Chris Keates
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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I got not one but TWO amazing games from an amazing Santa!

Along with some blood & treachery, I'll be able to pay a visit to the good doctor in:

Doctor Who: The Card Game


I am overjoyed and surprised beyond belief that Santa was able to pick out two games I've been anticipating

Thanks you thank you Santa! You're the best!
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184. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:265]
David McLeod
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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My favourite day of the year has finally arrived! The day when a postal truck shows up at my door with my most anticipated package of the year. Today was Boardgamegeek Secret Santa Day and like all other six years I've been involved, it was a blast!

For some reason I thought for sure that I knew what my Secret Santa was going to send me but was I ever completely wrong!

My gift came in this box:



I've been shopping with German Games for sometime now so it was cool to get something from them that I didn't send to myself.

The box contained these wrapped presents (and a card):



I HAD been advised that I was getting a game and an expansion from my wishlist so I was very excited at this point to open them up and see which they were. As is always my tradition I dive right in and open them (forget this Christmas jazz!) meeple

And this is what I got!:



So So So happy to get Biblios! I have never been one to buy fillers but ever since I saw stormseeker75's avatar and his...

I will not rest until Biblios is in the Top 100. - Steve Oksienik
United States
Howell
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...quest to see that this game enters the top 100 I have to say... I was ULTRA curious to see what his enthusiasm was all about. (Thanks SS75!) Well, tomorrow I will have my curiousity satisfied when it gets played at our weekly game night. Can't wait!

Santa also sent Quarriors! Quest of the Qladiator which now completes my Quarriors collection and frankly, more dice is more fun! Totally awesome!

Thanks to the retailer for wrapping my presents and including a hand written card. Nice touch!

Thank you so much Secret Santa for the taunts and making BGGSS so much fun! It's users like you that make SS worth being a part of. Another wonderful end to another wonderful year on BGG. This whole produtcion rocks!

"But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, Happy Gaming to all, and to all a good-night."

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185. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Märklin [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:155]
Heather Maresh
United States
Houston
Texas
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OH MY GOODNESS!!!

I am so excited - thanks, Secret Santa!

Last week, I got my e-mail telling me that the reindeer had left the warehouse in Italy (ha ha!). Included in the e-mail were three little train icons: greentrainwhitetrainredtrain Was it a clue? Was it a ruse? Sooner than was reasonable, I started checking the front porch.

Today it was here - a glorious, game-shaped box! Yay! Pour some egg nog and turn on the Christmas music, I want to see what's inside!

First, the package had to pass inspection from the bomb-sniffing cat:


No hazardous materials were detected, so I got to work. The box was big, and heavy! Inside:
Alhambra: Power of the Sultan
Wow! An Alhambra expansion from my wishlist! I had a very attentive Santa - this expansion completes my Alhambra collection! But Santa wasn't finished. Next:

Trans Europa
Awesome! I love the TtR games, and never thought of branching out into a new line of train games. Sometimes Santa knows best, and I look forward to trying something completely new to me. (On closer inspection, I have realized that this game includes an expansion - Vexation. I love expansions!! I can't wait to try this one!) BUT, that wasn't all!

Ticket to Ride: Märklin was next! At this point, I'm completely blown away by the generosity of my Santa. Thank you SO MUCH, Santa, and Buon Natale to you and yours!

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186. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:9]
Andrew Knaack
United States
La Jolla
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Hey Everyone! I was really excited to see an expected box outside my door. It was massive and heavy, so I knew that what was inside was going to be great. Like a kid on Christmas Day once again, I tore through the packaging. I was met with sheer joy, when I saw the big, the bad, ECLIPSE. Can't wait to get this one to the table. Thank you so much secret santa!
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187. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:148]
Rick Johnston
United States
Alton
New Hampshire
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NICE! Sorry Santa i could not wait till Christmas! On a good note i now get to enjoy some Mansions over thanksgiving with some friends and family.
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188. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:106]
Marc Maier
United States
Darien
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A mysterious package arrived at the door yesterday. Upon opening, I discovered this from the top of my wishlist:




Just as I pull this from the packing, a geekmail arrived from my Santa to tell me that the gift was on the sleigh. That's some fast sleigh ya got there, Santa!

I've been wanting to try this game for some time and I think it will be a hit with my group. We will be cracking the shrink in a few weeks to give it a shot.

Thank you, Secret Santa, and merry Christmas to you and yours up at the North Pole!
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189. Board Game: Godzilla: Kaiju World Wars [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:10085]
Loomi Loomi
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Dear Santa,

Thanks for the awesome human-trampling game!!

GODZILLA: KAIJU WORLD WARS!!!!!

I received a msg from the guy of the local online board games store few days back.. i knew it had to be from you!!

Thank you! Hope you got/getting a great gift yourself!!

Cheers & Merry Xmas!! meeple
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190. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
James Elkins
United States
Fuquay Varina
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Got a complete surprise pack on Monday. Wasn't expecting anything this early. Decided to open it up so we could play it over thanksgiving. I've been really want to get this game so I was quite delighted to see it. Thanks Santa, you're the best.
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191. Board Game: Small World Realms [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
Edward Gorzek
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Houston
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You rock Santa! Thank you for Small World Realms. I was eying this at BGG Con 2012 but held back as this was on my wish list.

And Santa also scored me a copy of Dominion: Prosperity
 




Thank you Santa!
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192. Board Game: Quarriors! Quarmageddon [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Alain Baum
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Last year, my Secret Santa gifted me the base game, so it is only logical that he brought me the expansion this year.

Thank you very much, Santa!
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193. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
Tanja
Finland
Mäntsälä
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My Secret Santa has sent me two nice messages already. Santa said my first package is coming and today there was a package from Amazon.de in my postbox. I was sure it was from my Santa, but my husband took a look in the box to make sure. It is my gift! My Santa told me that it's a custom to wait and open presents only when it's Christmas. I agree and I will open this on Christmas Eve, as it is the tradition in Finland. Santa said this is my first gift. I'm so excited already!

Thank you, Santa! This is my first year participating and I'm sure it won't be the last. This is great.

Here's a picture of the box and my daughter.


Update December 2nd.

My Secret Santa is doing a good job in confusing me. I'm of course very curious who my Secret Santa could be and since he/she is communicating with me in English I though Santa would be from some other country than Finland. Well... now I received an art postcard (which probably originates from Italy) written in English, but mailed from Finland! Either Santa has some Finnish connections or Santa traveled to Finland or Santa actually lives in Finland! This is driving me crazy in a good way. laugh

Here's what it said in the postcard:
Hello Tanja! This is not a Christmas card (that would be too soon), but I wanted to let you know you are a very agreeable person to be a Secret Santa for! Best of holidays to you and your lovely family!

Thank you for being so nice Santa! Don't you all just love my Santa too?

Update December 17th.

Here's my second gift! I wrapped the whole thing already, but here's a photo of it before that. Santa gave me a hint: "It may or may not be related to that game designer man you seem so devoted to." but my cat seems highly suspicious of that. I'm super excited about my gifts! Only a week to go and I can open them both! Thank You Santa, thank you thank you.


Update December 24th.

Time to open my presents! Present number one...





It's Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War! Yes yes yes, this was a must have for me and will get a lot of play, I'm sure of that. Thank you Santa, excellent choice. But I still have another present too...



Wooohoooo!



I got Kaispeicher! Stefan Feld is my favorite designer, so this one is much appreciated as well. My Santa got me two expansions for games I like, so one just can't go wrong with that. Good job Santa and Merry Christmas to you and your family. And thank you one more time.


Update January 17th.

Santa strikes again! I got one more package. There was a postcard. Some chocolate. I of course love chocolate, because I'm a girl. A black little book I'm going to use to write down games I play when not at home. Thank you Santa, how did you know I needed one? And then there is this green plastic thing. I don't know what it is. blush Can someone help me?



Thank you Santa for making this a truly awesome first Secret Santa experience! Amazon is not very good at keeping secrets, so I found my Santa out. Ta da da daaa:
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194. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal: Balancing Bridge [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1936]
Koen Hendrickx
Belgium
Reet
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ding dong, ding dong
It's monday morning, a little early
I'm still in bed, so is my girlfriend...
The postman bringing a package:
this package:


My first idea was to wait until christmas to open the present, but a box that big would never fit under our christmas tree, so I decided to open,
And we found inside, not one, not two, but three...


Nicely giftwrapped so we can wait until christmas eve to open.

But how do I kwow Animal upon Animal is inside... there was also a packing list included

So I also know that we also will play:

and


Thank you very much Santa!
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195. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:9]
Chris Sessoms
United States
Butler
Pennsylvania
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Santa is busy! When he dropped off my BGG santa stuff he was so busy that he had to come back around for dice tower secret santa! This time he dropped by Eclipse and 51st State

Thanks again santa!
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196. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:397] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
Ryan Morgan
United States
Sanger
California
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Got my gift yesterday in great timing. Yesterday I drove to Sacramento in order to take my Property and Casualty licensing exam. Three hours up, three hour test, three hours back. I returned triumphant only to find my gift waiting for me at the front door. What a great end to a really long day. Inside the package was two beautifully wrapped presents. I'm fairly certain I should have waited to open them, but having just passed my test, I cheated and opened them up. I received Smash Up and 7 Wonders.

These both look awesome! Thanks a bunch! I've been scoping out 7 wonders for a while now and smash up looks fantastic. Its funny, I always forget that someone is going to send me something and its always such a wonderful surprise to receive a gift.

Thanks one more time, I still can't believe the awesome timing and Merry Christmas!
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197. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
Marco Marzola
Portugal
Lourinhã
Portugal
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Today I got my secret present and I couldn't resist from opening it! cool

By the way, what I got is:



and that is just simply AMAZING!!! THANK YOU SANTA!!!! laughlaughlaughlaughlaugh

Imagine that, just yesterday, I bought two expansions from Memoir '44 (Eastern Front + Winter Wars expansions) hoping to receive the base game by my Secret Santa!!!

Thank you very much once again, Merry Christmas to everybody!
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198. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:191]
Steve Wardell
United States
Carmel
IN
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There was a knock on the door today, and when I opened it, I discovered this package.


I opened it up to discover Vinhos, which was high on my wishlist.


I couldn't resist the urge to open it immediately.


A big "Thank You" goes out to my wonderful, and fast, Secret Santa!

I'll have to give it a try at our next game night.
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199. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:296]
Darren Stalder
United States
Seattle
Washington
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I went off to fix some lunch and when I came back this box was on my desk. It said it was from Cool Stuff, Inc. Thinking this might be from my Secret Santa, I ripped into it. It was!



Thank you very much Santa. We'll have fun playing these tomorrow. Looking forward to all three. Been planning on buying Eminent Domain for a while but I'm reluctant to buy new games without at least one play through. Now I don't have a choice - it's Secret Santa to the rescue. Hinterlands and Cthulhu Gloom I have some idea about and they'll be fun too.

Reading the other entries, I see I should include BGG links to the games and not just the picture. Reading through the games will have to wait until after that:
Eminent Domain
Dominion: Hinterlands
Cthulhu Gloom

Oh, and I've already ordered
Eminent Domain: Bonus Planets as a bonus.
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200. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:231]
Inga Alaveer
Estonia
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Christmas came early this year. Very quick Santa, thanks! And very generous. What a game...
I'm very glad I got it, because finally I can play it at my home. And this is MY game!
Now I'm waiting for weekend...
Happy Christmas!
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