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2012 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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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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851. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
Graham
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So as I arrived (stumbled/staggered) back from the office Christmas Party last night I am informed that I have an amazon package. My first thought is "Oh, that's my mums birthday gift from my younger brother" followed shortly by "Wait, that arrived yesterday." So I quickly hunt out said package and like a drunk kid at Christmas (long story involving an unguarded bowl of alcoholic fruits) I opened it up to find 7 Wonders inside!

THANK YOU SANTA
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852. Board Game: Blockade Runner [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3227]
Rainer Kraft
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Burghausen
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Yesterday evening the neighbours brought a package which was delivered during the day. Since I had ordered nothing and it wasn't for my wife I was pretty sure that my very silent Secret Santa has organized for this package.
It felt heavy and good.
Inside the box I found a very neatly packed box and a happy hoilday note from my Secret Santa. Since no instructions were on the package not to open it I did so after dinner to find Blockade Runner.

I was very happy to find Blockade Runner a game which appeared on my radar last year.
The trail of my Secret Santa points to Belgium but then it gets cold.

So thank you very much my Secret Santa and happy holidays to you and your loved ones.
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853. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:86]
David
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Wednesday there was a failed delivery notice in my post box. So yesterday I went to pick it up. I found a nicely wrapped game and a note from my Secret Santa. I'm excited but I was told to expect an additional letter. So I'll wait with adding some pictures until everything has arrived. Hopefully I can resist opening my gift before Christmas.

We opened our gifts last night and it turned out to be "Galaxy Trucker". After having played Gauntlet of Fools in Essen I'm very much looking forward to try this one. My secret Santa was very thoughtful and also printed and sent me a set of German rules since he wasn't sure if the copy in the show was German.

I'm happy to report that the copy of Galaxy Trucker was indeed in German and that I also got some Promo cards for Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island. I'm eying that one very much too so now I've got even more temptation to buy it.

Thank you very much dear secret Santa!
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854. Board Game: Kremlin [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:570]
james schweig
United States
SAN FRANCISCO
California
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Funny story,

The morning of my birthday uh woke up yo a message that offered mes Kremlin for ttr. A few moments later my girlfriend give me her gift' a PNP of kremlin,. Then later that week I got word that my secret Santa gift arrived. Low and behold, a copy of Kremlin.

Thank you Santa and everybody who knows what is on my wish list!
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855. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:420] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
Jon Bradford
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Just had a picture sent to me at work from my wife of a box from CoolStuffInc, only sent a picutre of the shipping label so I can't see how big it is! Updates to come, I think she's going to open and check for wrapping, etc. and let me know.

Update: I've been told that it isn't wrapped and has no message... no update on size or anything. Should be home in an hour or so... then I just have to decide whether to open or save until Christmas.

Update 2: after much taunting by my wife trying to make me guess what it was and telling me it was something I'd really like. I was eventually allowed to unpack the box and found Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game.

Thanks very much Santa, been interested in this game since I heard about it but never managed to actually get it!

Update 3: Played my first solo game and got destroyed, the cards weren't shuffled very well and I had so many traps early on I couldn't cope.
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856. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:7]
Ya'itz Yer'moov
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The other day I received a message from one identified as "Robo- Santa" stating that a package was on its way containing either socks and coal or marvelous wonders (HILARIOUS!)
I guess I have been a very good boy because when the box arrived it contained
7 Wonders

a marvelous wonder indeed!
Also inside was
Android: Netrunner

Thank You ROBO-SANTA!!!
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857. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:332]
United States
Plainwell
Michigan
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I got home from my dreadfully long commute yesterday to find a box in the chair at my desk. I assumed it was the box from Amazon I was expecting (My family all pitched in to get my mom an Amazon Kindle Fire!) so I didn't look too close at it. I went off and had dinner, then da boy wanted to try out Dogfight (he is really starting to get into games!) So we played (I won but just barely). So it was time for him to start getting cleaned up for bed. I was looking forward to reading The Hobbit with him - we are about half way through getting ready for the movie!

I finally decided I had a few minutes to wrap my mom's present and put it under the tree. But lo! This was not a box from Amazon.com! It was from TimeWellSpent! Huh? Oh yea, Secret Santa!!! Huzzah!

However da boy was clamoring for The Hobbit, so I had to delay the opening.

I have taken off Fridays in December to use up some vacation time, so after I got da boy off to school this morning, I finally sat down to open the box. And inside?

Only my tippy top pick! Kingdom Builder!

This is the absolute perfect choice Santa! Thank you so much and I sure hope you have a happy holiday season wherever you are!



THANK YOU!

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858. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:276] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
(The Majestic Tale of) An Idiot With a Box
United States
Kalamazoo
Michigan
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Woot! And there was a reinforcement pack for Summoner Wars rolling around in there too!

Thank you Santa, you're the bestest!
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859. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:169]
Malcolm King
Australia
Mount Hawthorn
Western Australia
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First off a big thankyou to my Secret Santa. This is the first year I've participated and I've had a great time. It was a pleasure picking out gifts for my target and seeing the reaction he had receiving them and it's been so exciting exchanging messages with my Santa and eagerly awaiting the arrival of my package. Here's the story...

Shortly after I arrived at work today my wife sent me a message that a package had arrived for me.



I knew exactly what it was and I only had to get through a few more hours of work before I could tear open the box and see what awaited me.

Once home I grabbed my son and sat at the table to start unwrapping the beautifully wrapped presents inside. There were a lot of them.

First up there was a onesie that wouldn't quite fit me but was the perfect size for my son. His geek cred grows by the day. This was the most surprising gift and by far my favourite.



Next up was the game highest on my wishlist, Flash Point: Fire Rescue. Since my son was born my gaming time has dwindled so I've been looking for games that I can play solo and this looked like the perfect addition to my collection.



The next one had Bohnanza inside. Uwe Rosenberg is my favourite game designer and I'd yet to play this but it was always going to be in my collection someday.



Then there was Fluxx. This wasn't on my wishlist but it was something I'd looked at getting since seeing Space Fluxx on Tabletop recently. When I got into this hobby Munchkin was one of the first games I played with my wife and a friend and this looks like the same sort of silly fun. Can't wait to give it a go.



Finally, I got the expansion to A Game of Thrones, A Dance with Dragons. I'm still getting through the books so I don't think I'm going to open this until I've finished the latest one.



Again I'd like to thank my Santa, your gifts were so generous and thoughtful. I wish you the most amazing Christmas and I hope your Santa spoils you the same way you did me.
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860. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:25]
 
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Italy
Monestirolo
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After a few days waiting, this was waiting for me at the post office (that's my lovely car in the background btw)...

Yes, it's a beautiful box, of course. But what's inside?

A nice X Wing base set PLUS a lovely Tie Fighter expansion! The only downside is that now i've to buy more ships... Dammit!
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861. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:269]
Kimmo Kakkuri
Finland
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Wow! I got a gift from my Secret Santa today. It was a great surprise since I hadn't heard anything of him/her.
Can't wait to get home and open it. I'm allowed to open it now since nothing that came with it didn't forbid opening, right

Thank you Secret Santa! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Will add photos later.

Edit:
Yay! It was Escape: The Curse of the Temple, game i've been wanting more and more recently. What a great present Santa. And there was also a coupon to boardgameshop.eu. Thank you so much!
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862. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:25]
 
Chris Miller
United States
Katy
Texas
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Yay Santa! Somehow missed the box yesterday but my wife had it sitting on the table for me this morning!

Santa also Brought me:

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – TIE Advanced Expansion Pack

and

7 Wonders: Cities


All perfect additions to the library!

Thank you so much santa! Merry Christmas!
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863. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:35] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
Jeffrey Speer
United States
Fargo
North Dakota
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I came home to a gigantic box on my doorstep only to discover this inside it along with the Spell Tome. Santa was very generous! Thank you!
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864. Board Game: Sylla [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:816]
Robèr Boonmann
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Geldrop
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Today was the first day with real snow in the Netherlands.
And because Saint Nicolas just has left the country, this was really getting us in de X-mas mood.

Around midday the doorbell rang and there was the package deliveryman, with two boxes.
1 I was expecting, for I had order a mediabox for inteactive television that was going to be delivered today. The other one I did not.
But then I saw the sender, wch was from a local webstore for games.
And I remembered the geekmail from my Secret Santa, telling me that something was comming my way through this webstore.

This made me even more exited as I was already.
I unwrapped the box in in it I found 2 boxes, wrapped in beautiful X-mas paper, one carrying a seasonsgreetings card from my SS.
I also found a little unwrapped gift to it.

Cold War: CIA vs KGB

I found no further instruction about unwrapping the gifst or waiting untill X-mass, so I am just going to wait untill I get them (or untill X-mas eve).

So for now,
Thank you very much Secret Santa.
You made me very happy already, just because you thouht of me.
I hope to here from you soon.

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865. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:332]
james lima
United States
Kansas City
Kansas
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Nice job Santa!!!! Got Kingdom Builder last night, and planning on getting it cracked open tonight. I've been wanting this for a while and have come close to pulling the trigger several times. This one is going to get a lot of play.

But that wasn't all - also got this little gem that I had hardly even heard about:



Haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I am intrigued. It's a FF, so it can't be bad right?

But that wasn't all, Santa also did his research and sent me some Bengals and Chiefs stuff, which was very awesome - except for these days being a Chiefs fan is kind of embarrassing, but we hang on to the hope that maybe someday Clark Hunt will sell the team to someone who gives a crap and we can have a good season again... - oh and I also got some delicious Rock candy and chocolates. Every year I'm amazed at how awesome the BGG Community is. Thanks Santa, you rock!
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866. Board Game: Seven Sisters [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:3453]
Tyler Canning
United States
Boise
Idaho
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Of all the games on my wishlist, this is the last one I was expecting to receive from Santa. I was completely surprised when the package arrived and I ripped it open to find this. Thank you, anonymous Santa, for making this year's Secret Santa exchange amazing!
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867. Board Game: Sheepland [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1902]
Heiko Günther
Germany
Saarbrücken
Saarland
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So there were those two little guys in gaudy dresses trying to either tear down my chimney (it looked like) or build it (that's what they claimed. However, it's been there for a few years, so I didn't really believe them.).

Got them down and shoed them off my lawn. Noticed later, they lost some package in the process. Later on, my Secret Santa lets me know there was some communication problem with his german 'elves', and he wasn't sure if they'd do something with my chimney or bring me stuff. So I assume the package's for me and look inside and

Yay! Look! It's Sheepland AND Last Will!


I got like the best Secret Santa there is. (Even if his employees suck...)
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868. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:94] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Chris Heffernan
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Smiths Falls
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I had a silent Secret Santa this year. I was away for a couple of days, and when I returned I had a notice to pick up a package from the post office. Inside was a nicely wrapped gift from germangames.com and a card from my Swedish Secret Santa. I tried very hard to not open the gift until Christmas, but with family coming before Christmas, I wanted to have a new game to play with them (that's my excuse anyway!). Inside was the beautiful new Marvel DBG Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game.

Thank you so much Secret Santa!!! Merry Christmas everyone!

EDIT: Played a couple of solo games and really enjoy it! Can't wait to add a few other players to the mix.
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869. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Ashley Humphries
United States
Cary
North Carolina
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Came back into the office with a package on my desk. Opened it up and out popped Agricola. I'm really glad that it's a 1 - 5 player game so it'll get more play time. Excited to try it out! Thanks Santa!
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870. Board Game: Article 27: The UN Security Council Game [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1678]
Kevin Eastwood
United States
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Twas the day before Saturday, when all through the house
Not a meeple was stirring, not even a mouse.
The gaming table was setup with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.

The gamer was working from home downstairs,
While visions of boardgames danced in his head.

When outside there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
I looked outside to see a big stash!

The sun was shining on the cold winter day
The big brown package came out of the sleigh.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a package from Miniature Market, my smile gleamed ear to ear.

With a little old UPS driver drove away, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be from St Nick.
More rapid I ran and broke down my door,
The Secret Santa surprise I can’t take anymore!
So… I opened the box to find not one, but three
Oh the excitement, the smiles, the glee!!!



But realization came upon me too quick
When I remembered I didn’t have the blessing of St. Nick
To open the package, patient I must wait
Or to the naughty list with me post haste

As I drool in anticipation of my new games
So must we all until permission is made..

UPDATE: So I received permission to open the gifts, and what did I see - nothing but gaming goodness!!!!!



Game 1: Article 27- I wanted this amazing game to play with my local gaming group. Tons of interaction, board and piece production are amazing, and gameplay is quick! I was so excited I set the game up and just stared at the awesomeness on the table. Can't wait to play this.

Game 2: D-Day Dice - My SS knew that my signifcant other is not into gaming (not in the slightest), so he provided me with another game on my wishlist that I've been eyeing for the past few months. I got 2 games in this morning and it's a ton of fun!!!

Game 3: Munchkin Deluxe - My SS must have thought this would be a good game for me to play since it wasn't on my owned list. I'm really happy that I got something that I haven't seen (yes - I know I must live under a rock, but I'm new to BGG and this whole scene). I walked through this game and was laughing at the cards and having a blast with it. I'm sure my gaming group is going to have a ton of fun with this on Monday!

Thank you SS!!!! I am so grateful for your gifts. Thanks for making my first SS an amazing experience!
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871. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
Clare Johnson
Wales
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YaY!

More Santa-ery goodness.

This little box was waiting for me when I got home from a long and bizarre day at work...It cheered me up no end.

Thank you Santa you are awesome.
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872. Board Game: Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.56 Unranked]
Arne Hoffmann
Germany
Essenbach
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Whoot - Santa contacted me only two days ago that the elves were running a little late in getting my presents to the sleigh but that a small game would be arriving up front. It was one of three parcels arriving at work for me today: one generosity chain item and the games I ordered as a Secret Santa for my target.

So I was in kind of a ripping open frenzy and .... discovered In a Grove.



I did not expect this, even though it was on my wishlist. Looking forward to playing it and also to what the elves will be crafting.

Update 18 Dec - 2012:

Yippeh- got home from a long business trip today (15 hours) and found a big parcel which my wife brought home from work:



Keeping it wrapped as not to upset Santa - I had not received any instructions yet. However, Santa's message from two days ago strongly hints at one eagerly sought expansion as he mentioned I should go out and look for enough playing buddies. That would be a blast!! (pun intended)

Update 20 Dec - 2012:

Santa told me it was up to me to keep it wrapped but hinted that tomorrow might be the end of the world. Who am I to turn down such a hint? And behold! One of my two must haves - Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients. YES! Now I only need eight more players.

Santa - thanks a lot for your wonderful mails and your gifts! You made this fourth Secret Santa a very enjoyable experience for me. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a very good start in a wonderful year 2013!

And sure, drop me a note whenever you are in Munich and we get together for some gaming.
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873. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:7]
Eric Boivin
Canada
Montréal
Québec
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Yeah!!! I had a great Secret Santa season this year! I had the joy of being matched with a jolly bunch of hyperactive elves with very confused minds. It was challenging, but we made it! I also learned a lot in the process, for example learning that there's a huge number of cities in Ontario where they stole names from other big cities around the world. I've had great years for those last 5 BGG secret santas, but this one had the added fun of a crazy funny correspondent. I'll sure remember where these games came from!

In the box there was also had a nice card where my poor elf had to say how sorry he was for the confusion once again. No need to be sorry, I laughed so much at every message I got! Every game was perfectly wrapped from the good friends at germangames.com. I can't believe how insane the holiday season must be for them, adding all the wrapping presents to the increased work load! I thank them for the sweet attention!


Shadows over Camelot: The Card Game
First game I opened was this off-my-list item. This year, I tried something new: asking for a very specific game type without knowing what. I was in the lookout for a game that is quick and strategic for a large group of person. I had played the board game a few years ago and it was not bad, especially since I love traitor games such as Battlestar Galactica, but in a quick bite-sized format, this is just perfect! It also came with a bonus promo!


The Resistance
Second game I opened was also something I wanted in my desire to expand my collection for large groups. I played The Resistance a couple of times and it's very simple and can be very fun. This one was on my list, so I'm glad to now have it!


Rex: Final Days of an Empire
Third package was a nice surprise! Me and my friends are hardcore lovers of Dune. I had a copy of the game but I decided to depart with it to a friend who now lives in a different city, but I know it's in good hands. Rex wasn't on my wishlist, but I've played it and it is definitely not bad. I've talked about it to my friends, and it will be interesting to see how they compare it with the original.


Android: Netrunner
I was already spoiled, but no, hidden under a fake cover was a last fourth box. And in it, oh yeah! My own copy of Netrunner! I love this game. My friend has it and he must always carry with him if he sees me. We pull out decks whenever we see each other. But, it's hard for me to build my own decks! And some very important cards are only in a single copy in each box. The second Aesop Pawnshop will rock my world! Having 2 core sets combined is a great asset for deckbuilding and convenience, so this is a very appreciated and cherished gift! I have a Twilight Struggle tournament tonight, and I've already built my two decks that I'll be bringing with me!

In a nutshell, thanks to you elf first class Nutmeg. You were sometimes nuts, but the generosity was just amazing. Merry Christmas to you and everyone else!
Thank you!!!
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874. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:159]
Jakub Niedźwiedź
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Thank you Santa for a great game and a very nice greeting card that arrived a few days before!

Edit:
Another package has just arrrived with:


Thank You very much, Secret Santa!!!
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875. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:700]
Daniel Hadlock
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Roy
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Well Santa sure does know how to make a good thing better.

I have recently been addicted to Android: Netrunner even telling my Santa not to bother w/ the expansions because I would be picking those up day 1. (I've called my flgs 3x already asking if they have them in yet.)

Android will now enhance my enjoyment of the theme to A:Netrunner. Look at these new people I get to meet.
 

Now I'll be able to travel on the beanstalk instead of just gaining royalties from it. Or maybe, just maybe, visit the building that hosts the vicious Jinteki servers.

Thanks Santa!!!

But that wasn't all, oh no. Santa was wise and new that I would have many a child clamoring for game time with Daddy this Holiday season. So also was included a copy of Isla Dorada

Not one on my radar, this game looks to be a fun work together/against each other game with enough luck that my kids might beat me from time to time. It's even got a pink panda that I just know one of my daughters will fall in love with.

Thank You Santa for the generous gift.
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