2012 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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San Antonio
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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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1151. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:28]
Yoshi
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So, I received a package in the post already in the end of November, but that was waaay to early to start opening Christmas presents. So I have been waiting and wondering what the box contains, until today.

Since I will celebrate Christmas today, due to logistical problems with the very small family, I decided to open the present today. Also I will have a couple of weeks off, so having a new game fits well.

Santa got me a great game (or at lest I believe so from what I've seen/heard! )



I am pretty new to boardgaming, and this was one of the first games that got on my wish list. And now I finally have it.

I'll have to read through the rules and make a solo play through so that I can introduce my friends to it on Wednesday.

THANKS SANTA!
This is a great gift
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1152. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:10]
Cyrus the Great
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Lexington
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I just opened my Secret Santa package to find this game! I played it once before at my game group and loved it, so I can't wait to try it again. There is a LOT of stuff in the box.
ThankblankyoublanksoblankmuchblankSecretblankSanta!
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1153. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:340]
Steve B
United States
Rochester
New York
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Coming home last night I find a package from FedEx on my steps. It's from Coolstuff! Woo!

Inside was Kingdom Builder AND Bohnanza. Awesome!

THANK YOU SANTA!!!
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1154. Board Game: I Believe in Santa Claus! [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
Oceluna (jueguetistorias)
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1155. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:78]
Seth Stewart
United States
Endicott
New York
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Wooo Santa Baby!

Got me some Space Alert and Stoner Fluxx, which I will be regifting to a particularly beautiful girlfriend of mine, haha.

Thanks SantyPants!!!
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1156. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:61]
Mark Salamon
United States
Escondido
California
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Woot! Secret Santa got me the best and worst game on my wishlist!

Age of Steam is an amazing game that will certainly get played often in my home. I love it! Love it! Love it! Thank you so much!

So, why haven't I owned it before? Because I knew that the minute I owned a copy, I would start buying expansion maps. Let the expansion map madness begin!!!! I will probably need to get a second job very soon... Thanks a lot Secret Santa!

Edit: Holy Crap! Secret Santa went crazy! Got another box today; in it was a nice note and the super OOP and expensive Age of Steam Expansion #1: England & Ireland. I am floored! Thank you so much!!
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1157. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:136]
Travis Lopez
United States
Le Claire
Iowa
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Coming home last night I checked the mail not expecting much. To my extreme surprise and excitement, I see a package from an ambiguous "BGG Secret Santa!" I quickly unwrap the packaging to find a game I've been trying to acquire for some time now: Ghost Stories!

"But wait," thought I, as I unsheathed the game from the packaging box. "What's this?" The box lid doesn't quite fit the packaging. And the shrinkwrap has been removed. DARN IT, I GOT A USED GAME! No matter, I'm excited still about this!



I remove the lid to find a hidden Christmas surprise!



WHAT?! Aton as well? WOW! Surely, I wasn't expecting an extra game in my box! What joy! Upon further inspection, I notice that the bits from Ghost Stories are still in shrink. The game IS new! The shrink was only removed from it so my Santa could insert Aton. All is well!

Thank you so much to my Secret Santa! I'm definitely participating next year! You've made this Iowan VERY happy.

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1158. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:475]
JM Campbell
United States
Lake Worth
Florida
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Twas ten days before Christmas and the house was abustle
We had shopping to do before play practice, so we better hustle.

When from the front door what should we hear
A knock at the door. Our dog growled and drew near.

With a single bark, The mail lady left in a dash.
She was back to her car and gone in a flash.

At the door she left a box and what could it be?
My online shopping? My math trade? What could it be?

Before my wife could say a word, I went to my work.
I tore open the box, breaking the tape with a jerk.

Several small packages fell onto the floor,
each one individually wrapped and filled with allure.

I went to open the first one, but my wife called a veto.*
"You'll wait until Christmas or until we see snow."

Florida won't see snow anytime soon,
So I'll have to wait for my Christmas boon.

My daughter and I stashed the gifts under the tree.
To My Secret Santa, I say "Thank Ye!"

*Disclaimer: contents of this post may not be factually accurate.



So, we went ahead and opened a few of the smaller gifts. My wife opened the small ball-ish one. It had two Munchkin Coins. 2009 and 2012, which was a big hit with the wife. We now have all the coins except 2008 and the blue one. It also had Pink and glow-in-the-dark Munchkin minis,


Next I opened the small wider box. It was Fluxx. I've played Fluxx once before so I know it's a fun game and Another portable pre-D&D filler game, so it's much appreciated.


The third box was opened by my daughter and was the big hit of the day. Hey, That's My Fish! FFG edition. I know I've put this one into my amazon and removed it at least a half dozen times the last few months, so it was very cool to get it. We played three times today. 2 two player games and one four player. She came within a couple points both one-player games and came in second on the four player game. She asked to play again, but it was bed time.

So all great picks by Secret Santa so far. Can't wait to see what the other four packages bring. I think I have a good idea though. Anyone want to guess?

*update: 12/27*
Christmas day, I opened my other 4 packages.
The larger box I was almost sure was going to be Khazad Dum for LotRs turn out to be Elder Sign. Haven't had a chance to play this one yet.

The other three boxes (have I mentioned I had a wonderful very generous santa yet?) were Cards Against Humanity, Cards Against Humanity: First Expansion, and Cards Against Humanity: Second Expansion. This game is horribly wrong and so much fun. The perfct gift for me and my crass D&D group.
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1159. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:23]
Michael
United States
Anchorage
Alaska
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Thursday I came home from running errands to see a stack of boxes on the step from Amazon.com. Thinking nothing of it since my wife and I have made a couple orders to fill odds and ends. My wife and I started tearing into the boxes seeing odds and ends from various Christmas stocking stuffer's for our two sons.

Suddenly my wife grabs my attention with a grumbly "I thought we agreed you are not to buy any board games before Christmas?". Shocked and thinking I was busted (I have Lords of Waterdeep en route... shhhhh don't tell her), I sheepishly looked over ready to defend the $15 off MSRP I ordered it for and how it would never be that cheap again.

Imagine my surprise when I see her holding up Dominant Species. Thank goodness there was a note at the bottom of the box saying it was from my Secret Santa. So Santa S.B. sorry I opened the gift early but honestly if I knew what was in the box I would have opened it anyways =)

MERRY Christmas everyone!

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1160. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:388]
Troy Hughes
United States
Orlando
Florida
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Thanks Santa! I was so excited when I got this!

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1161. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:388]
Dan D
Romania
Bucharest
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So I got home last night from work and a movie at the cinema and I find a notification from the post office. "You are awaited to get you 5.225!!! kg package from the local post office." So I cursed my being late and decided I would get there Saturday.

I get up in the morning and go to the post office where the nice lady hands me this:



That is quite a huge box, but my SS said to expect one game, albeit a big one. So I take to cutting the wrappers.



An espresso machine? Let's open it and find out.



It seems like there is something wrapped inside. It seems pretty thick too.




WOOHOO! Best Santa ever! 2 presents and wonderfully wrapped! I guessed almost immediately what one of them was. Merchant of Venus.

But, what about the other one? Santa said I could open them.



YES! AWESOME! 2 of my top wanted games. And a custom board printed on some pretty thick cardboard.

Now for the customary happy face:



Thank you so much Santa! You are awesome! Hope you have the best holidays and a bunch of good karma is heading your way!
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1162. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:7]
Lee Sweeney
United States
ABQ
New Mexico
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The dog started barking last night, and behold for a reason this time.

A box did appear on our door stop.

From MY SS did arrive NetRunner, and under that 51st State.

Thank you so much, can not wait to give them a try over the holidays.

My first year in the program, it has been fun.

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1163. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:45]
Todd Warnken
United States
Harrison
Ohio
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1/14 Update:

My big gift finally arrived! A copy of Suburbia. My group will play this next week end. Cannot wait. Thanks Santa.



I came home from my local game store after playing in the X-Wing Kessel Run Tournament (I came in second) when my son handed me a beautifully wrapped package.

Inside were seven presents:



And a letter from Santa:



We opened the seven items tonight:
1. A handbag, hanker-chief, and scarf for my wife.
2. A necklace for my eldest daughter
3. A necklace for my second oldest daught.
4. A deck of cards with a steampunk design for my son.
5. A change purse for my youngest daughter.
6. A box of cookies.
7. Zombie Dice for me.

Eagerly awaiting the big gift to make it to my suburb.

Thanks Santa!
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1164. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:120]
Tim Buckley
United States
Seattle
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I know I wasn't exactly naughty this past year but I didn't think I was "nice" enough to get both King of Tokyo AND the Fame & Fortune expansion for Civilization! Thanks for being so generous, Secret Santa, and getting me two of the things I wanted most!

Happy Holidays to all!
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1165. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:195]
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Vancouver
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Got a nice Wallace Game from Santa. I'm looking forward to this getting some play between Christmas and New Years.
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1166. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:176]
Slush
United States
Lincoln
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I have had a great time reading the emails from my SS and have been waiting and waiting for my present to arrive. My secret Santa package arrived today! Here it is....







To our family's amazement there was an incredible 15 wrapped presents! You couldn't have jammed another thing in that box. Santa really took advantage of the motto "if it fits it ships"

Now I wonder what is in all those presents.....?

Did you actually think I was going to wait? The kids were salivating...(to be honest so was I)

1. The beautiful pouch...DICE!

2. Spot It

3. Fox and Chicken

4. Blink

5 & 6. Bags

7. Sleeves

8. Fluxx

9. Seven Dragons

10. White Elephant

11. Guillotine

12 & 13. Rise! + the Ballistic Expansion Pack

14. Farmageddon


EDITED:
After I posted this my SS emailed me and said I was taunting him now by not opening my last gift. I felt a need for more so here it is.

15. Fresco!...It's the big present! On my wish list for a while now, and am very excited to have it!


Thank you sooooo much Santa from Arizona! Your kindness and thoughtfulness showed with every present we opened. You made our day and our entire family sends it's thanks. My wife and I can't wait to try some games tonight. From our house to yours...Merry Christmas! Froehliche Weinachten!
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1167. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:3396]
Stephen Dunne
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Austin
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No no, that isn't what I got. I actually don't know what my secret Santa sent me, but it's TWO packages in some really nice gift paper.

And the wife is rather adamant about not opening until the 25th. So, I shall do my best to wait. But I wanted to let it be known that my gifts had arrived.

Cheers!

Thank you Secret Santa! I opened the gifts to find both
Attack!
And
Pandemic

As soon as I get done with the rules, they will be on the table this weekend!

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1168. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:192]
João Menezes
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Rio de Janeiro
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This year I got a message from Santa quite early on, with some questions about brazilian customs duties, that got me all excited! Santa also apologized for not being much of a taunter, but I don't mind that at all. It is always great to hear from Santa, am I right?

I got a couple more messages from Santa, giving me some hints of his identity, but I haven't figured him out. I think he is from Belgium or the Netherlands, as he said that he celebrate Saint Nicholas day, but still don’t know much, I hope I got that right.

This week, after a long but already awesome day (I was just returning home from a The Hobbit Premier) I found this huge package waiting for me from CoolStuffInc! It had to be Santa! whooooo!
I was a bit surprised because in previous years I got the games much later on.



Woah, the box is huge!

Actually, it's not that huge, this photo was taken with a slight camera trick, I actually was a couple steps back, and the box was much closer to the camera. But it felt this big when I saw it for the first time!

So I've asked for my brother to open the box carefully and take a peek inside to see if the game was wrapped while I looked away. He gave the all clear signal! Cool, the games are going under the Christmas tree and I'll try to save them for Christmas morning:



Anyone want to guess what are those? Santa gave me a few tips: The bigger one is an expansion for a gave I have and the smaller is a game he has never of.
I'll share some geekgold if you can guess it right. I already have my guesses, locked in!


There is a 40cm ruler with the photo to help (at least those under the metric system...)

Update on the 25th:

So, here they are, finally unwrapped! Glen More and Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion
Awesome gifts Santa! Thank you! I've spend most of my Christmas morning with my family unwrapping, punching, sleeving and reading the instructions!

I've been itching for the last BSG expansion ever since it was released! And Glen More is a game that I've played only once, but I'm sure it will be a hit with my regular gaming group! Thank you again!

After one more hint from Santa, I think I have his country figured out! I must be Hungary! Land of great mathematicians and classical music! How cool is that? If I got that right, then Boldog Karácsonyt to you Santa!
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1169. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Khexhu [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
Scott Olson
United States
Tumwater
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My secret Santa is the BEST! Besides the awesome taunts (I love it!) he informed me a couple days ago that a super secret helper was sending me something (a teaser in his words). He had asked me previously if I liked Summoner Wars (which I love), so I thought maybe it had something to do with that. Well, I checked the mail this morning, and I had a package from Plaid Hat Games! I quickly opened it to find a hand written card from none other than
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wishing me a Merry Christmas! WOW, Santa has connections! Also in the package was a set of custom Summoner Wars dice (one of each faction) and three promo cards! I have been drooling over the custom dice for about a year, but I couldn't pull the trigger. Thank you so much, Santa! and Thank you Colby, for taking the time to make my Christmas[IMG][/IMG]!


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1170. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:210]
Lawrence
United States
Martinez
California
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As a first time participant in Secret Santa I was unsure of what to
expect. Would there be incessant taunting to the point of making me cry or would there be silence so immeasurable that I could hear myself sweating while scrolling through the 'Look what my Santa sent me Geeklist' every day waiting for my gift? Well it turned out to be the latter.

That being said it has been a great experience. Gifts were given and gifts were gotten. By my entry you can see I got,
1989: Dawn of Freedom
also in the box was
Kingdom Builder: Nomads
two excellent additions to my ever growing gaming museum.
I would like to thank my Secret Santa, you did good (not that there was any doubt). I hope your Christmas is a special one.

Also a special bravo to JesterPoet, you are there at almost
every 1000 plus entries and counting with a comment. You are either the biggest cheerleader for Christmas or perhaps like me have no life. Well done.

Thanks Again Secret Santa

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1171. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:552]
Michael Hines
United States
Perry
Georgia
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I received Tournay and Undermining yesterday from my Santa! Thanks for the awesome games!!!
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1172. Board Game: Locke & Key: The Game [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2871]
Matthew Ward
United States
Albuquerque
NM
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So after a hard day of striking fear into the heart of Chaos in Warhammer Fantasy RPG, I arrive home to find an open box full of games. Now I had promised my wife that my game spending spree was done several weeks ago after bringing home a multitude of new board games. So when I looked into the box, she gave me the look and casually mentioned my promise. I raised my hands and told her I have no idea what this is...it wasn't me...I didn't do it....etc. So I dug into the bottom of the box to look at the receipt and saw all the Secret Santa Christmas wishes! Thanks for the gifts and here is the list:

As my SS mentioned the comic book series is great, so I am stoked to get to play this.

Locke & Key: The Game


I love Innovation and have been wanting the expansions.

Innovation: Echoes of the Past


Pocket Battles is a neat idea and perfect timing since The Hobbit just came out.

Pocket Battles: Elves vs. Orcs


Thanks for your thoughtfulness and making Christmas that much more fun for me.
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1173. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:94]
Mark Wong
Singapore
Singapore
Unspecified
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What better way to end a holiday trip then with Christmas presents waiting for you when you get back?

My Secret Santa gave me the choice of opening the present now or on Christmas Day itself. Guess which one I took

Not only did my Santa gift me a copy of Alien Frontiers, s/he also included another most excellent game of Haggis! Thank you thank you! Most blown away by his/her generosity thumbsupthumbsup

So saying, have a wonderful Christmas my Secret Santa!
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1174. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:285]
Greg CZ
Hungary
BUDAPEST
Budapest
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My secret santa was quier for a long time and then sent me a message on 25 november that the pack should be with me in 5-8 days. And then nothing. I thought that the hungarian post lost another of my packages, but then this friday a parcel was waiting for me. So it took 3 weeks to arrive.

Inside was a really nice giftwrap and my wife suggested not to wait till christmas and open it.

Inside I found Homesteaders! A game I read a lot about and now I will have a chance to play it.

BUT WAIT! There is another game below it! Carson city expansion!!

Wow! A double western pack!

MANY thanks Santa! It is high time to have a western themed game evening!
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1175. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:25]
 
russ rivet
United States
Pine City
Minnesota
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Thank you secret Santa!, along with the base game he/she sent

Also,
also,
and sent was a battle map!!

What a Awesome gift!, What a kick ass santa!!!
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