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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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1276. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – The Hunt for Gollum [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Alejandra Reyes
Chile
Santiago
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Wow, second gift! Yesterday arrived Lord of the Rings, the card game ( and today an expansion!!

Thanks Santa!
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1277. Board Game: Ghost Blitz [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:751] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
Monica Rehaug
Norway
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Some days ago I got a message from my SS that my present was ready to be picked up at my FLGS.

And today I finally had the chance to pick it up.

I got:

Ghost Blitz


Ubongo Trigo


I also got a gift certificate, and after some thinking I ended up with:
Catan Histories: Merchants of Europe


I'm really happy!.
I've played Ghost Blitz previous, and enjoyed it a lot. This filler is for sure gonna get a lot of plays.
Ubongo Trigo was missing in my collection. And I'm a huge fan of the Ubongo series. So this will fit my taste well. This one will for sure get some plays during this upcoming holiday.
I haven't played Settlers for some years now, but at my FLGS this copy of Settlers in Europe caught my eye. I instantly wanted to try it, so even though I've been sort of finished playing Settlers, I hope this game will bring back good memories and hopefully a lot of joy and excitement.

Thanks a lot Santa!

Happy Holiday!

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1278. Board Game: Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions) [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
darren williams
Wales
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Hey Santa got the second package today and asked Mrs Jethro to open and she said it contained a letter along with other stuff but only told me first bit and then wrapped it back up and is now under the tree along with original gift and will be opened on the 25th. Thanks so much, after seeing the package itself gives a good pointer to where you are so after Christmas may have to do a bit of digging.

Hope you enjoy your own Christmas.

Updated Saboteur 2 and Mama Mia in a very personal package with a lovely note as well, Santa you said this is your 1st Secret Santa but yu've certainly made a very gift all the wa from Lithuania. Thanks for the effort you've taken and the personal touch!
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1279. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:159] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
Rory Mannix
United Kingdom
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This was one of the first games I ever played and have wanted it ever since. Before it arrived I said to my girlfriend how happy I would be if I got Arkham Horror for Christmas...

And as I tore open the box a smile crept on to my face as I looked up at my girlfriend. "Is it Arkham Horror?". I am so pleased with my gift thank you very much Santa I cannot wait to play this game even if I do go insane!
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1280. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:26]
Bill Bross
United States
Michigan
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So I got home yesterday with this waiting for me:



I was expecting packages, but the sender of 'CoolStuff' gave this one away since I hadn't ordered from them recently. But no! A whole extra day until I can pick it up!

I somehow managed to persevere until today, so I made a trip to the post office on my lunch break. After getting home I immediately opened the package (Santa didn't say I couldn't, so I took it as tacit consent whistle) and found Caylus and 2 Game of Thrones LCG Chapter Packs!



WOOOOOO!!!! Caylus is a game I have always wanted to play, and I'm so excited to have it. I am also a hound for anything GoT (I'm a long suffering reader, I started the series when the second book was brand new) and I really needed the raven cards from these 2 sets. Thank you so much Santa, this has been my second year doing this and each time it has been a ton of fun!

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1281. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
Bill Fogarty
United States
North Chesterfield
Virginia
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WELL DONE, SANTA!

A box arrived today from Santa. Having been given permission to open it, I did. In the box were three, count them THREE, fantastic gifts.




King of Tokyo: Power Up! was number one on my wish list. My family has been playing the game for a few months now and I have been waiting for the expansion since I heard about it.

Cutthroat Caverns is one that I have been wanting to play ever since I saw a review of it. Looking forward to this one.

And finally, Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm. My dad and I play this one a lot and I can't wait to add this set into our game.

Thank you, Santa. You did great! Have a Merry Christmas!
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1282. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:25]
Control Freak
United States
Merrick
New York
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I knew when I saw the shipping label that my Secret Santa gift had arrived!

(I did include my real name with my address, but I guess this worked. Also made it easier to identify)

I was very happy to open the package and find not one game, but one game PLUS one expansion, from my wishlist!

7 Wonders and Dominion Intrigue

Thank you Santa, I couldn't be happier! I've had to stop myself from buying both of these "just in case," so I'm glad my hesitation paid off!

Can't wait to play them!

CF
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1283. Board Game: Combat Commander: Pacific [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:240]
Chuck Tewksbury
United States
Norwich
Connecticut
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EDIT 12/26/12 - My SS decided to send me a note that his non-magical delivery methods were behind schedule and that only 2/3 of my present had arrived! WOW! Little did I know that the coup de grace was on the way. I came home to another box that had Combat Commander: Pacific !!!

WICKED GENEROUS as we say here in Massachusetts!

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!

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What can only be a package from my Secret Santa arrived today! It may have arrived yesterday so my apologies for the delay but I was out of town!

This awesome Market Garden game came:
Paul Koenig's Market Garden: Eindhoven Bridge


And this came too......
Paul Koenig's Market Garden: Nijmegen Bridge


I am SO SO SO glad to have these TWO titles! Market Garden is one of my areas of interest in WW II history and these two games look like they'll be a load of fun.

My SS was a strong silent type for sure as I had no notice of the imminent arrival of my presents.... what fun and I cannot wait to do it again next year!

PS - there was a name of the buyer on the packing slip, so I'm hoping to ultimately thank my SS personally!
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1284. Board Game: Infiltration [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:940]
Dan Keller
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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Thank you very much Santa as well as to his helper Irma! Your generosity is very much appreciated! Infiltration is one I've been wanting to get and play for awhile now. Atlantis Rising looks to be a great co-op game for our gaming group. And King of Tokyo & King of Tokyo: Power Up! are going to be a blast! I can't wait to get these games to the table!





Thank you again Santa!
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1285. Board Game: Felix: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:899]
Nate D
United States
Edmond
Oklahoma
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First off, SANTA YOU ARE AWESOME!!! My wife and I have been antsy since the first taunt came our way and finally the wait is over. Santa promised to even out our game collection and he sure has done so. Besides Felix: The Cat in the Sack Santa got us Rat Hot, Architekton, two Y-Wings for our Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures game and an extra set of dice (which were needed very badly)!!

Additionally, a plethora of yummy candies and three bags of tea were also included. The tea smells amazing and if it smells this good then it is going to taste great! The entire box was fumigated with blackberry!! Awesome...drool!!!!

Santa, words cannot express how excited and happy you have made us!! Our Christmas started a month ago with Secret Santa and it has definitely made the holidays that much better!

Thanks again for the holiday cheer and we cannot wait to get these to the table! Happy gaming!!








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1286. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:54]
Luis García
Spain
Madrid
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Thank you very much Secret Santa!!

¡¡Muchísimas gracias desde Madrid!!!

PS: I received it some weeks ago, sorry if I didn't notice sooner
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1287. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:269]
Pedro Silva
Portugal
Matosinhos
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Yay!

My gift was hand delivered last Thursday by a fellow gamer from Lisbon. This has now led me to believe that my Secret Santa is much closer than I originally thought...

Santa has also been quite mysterious. All I know of him is that he has a beard and a boardgame-buying wife. Hmm... I'll have to do some research.

Anyway, here's a picture of the present waiting under the tree for Christmas as instructed!



It can't get here fast enough!!! I'm all curious like when I was a kid!
Thanks Santa! You're great!

Update!

It's Ginkgopolis!

Good choice Santa! From what I've read it looks like something I'll really enjoy.

Thank You! You're really Great!
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1288. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:171]
Alan Miller
United States
Glasgow
Kentucky
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My secret Santa was RIDICULOUSLY good to me this year! Not only did I get a great big box game that I've been wanting, he also got me:



Other than all of the awesome games, my ss also spent some time to get to know me and my interests. There was some great taunts and clues, as well as some general banter about music and books. Through our chats, I'm sure my ss deducted that I would enjoy reading Ready Player One, and he was absolutely right! Ready Play One is one of my favorite books and I'll be paying it forward to someone who I know will love it.

So, all of gifts were:

Chang Cheng

Mansions of Madness

The Pillars of the Earth

Locke & Key: The Game

This has been an amazing BGG exchange, and my only hope is that my ss gets exactly what he deserves this year as well!
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1289. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:267]
Bryan Mosher
United States
Saint Paul
Minnesota
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Dear Santa,

Thank you for sending me PitchCar! I foresee lots of flicking by grandparents and grandchildren in the next week!

Also, thank you for sending me Automobile, to add to my growing Martin Wallace collection!


I know that things haven't been easy for you lately, Santa, and I appreciate that you were thinking of me.

Best holiday wishes.
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1290. Board Game: Airlines Europe [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:223]
Greg
United States
Brea
CA
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GRRREEEEEEEEENNNN!!!!!!
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Straight from my wishlist!

Thanks to my INTERNATIONAL 'Secret' Santa
Nadine W
Israel
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1291. Board Game: Operation Apocalypse [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:9774]
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thanks santa for the heads up !


Flee !! FLEEEEE !!
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1292. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:149]
Sean Brulet
United States
McKinney
Texas
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Came home today from work feeling bummed. (My wife got some disappointing news) but, alas, there were two boxes from Amazon waiting for me!

Opened up the larger of the two first, blame me for being greedy! devil

Lo and behold....King of Tokyo! Have wanted this game for awhile for me and the kids to play.

Opened up the second package for a surprise. Citadels! Don't know much about it but am very excited to play!

Thank you Santa! I hope you have a great holiday and easy labor soon!
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1293. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:301]
A. B. West
United States
Beech Grove
Indiana
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Ho! Ho! Ho! I received my gift from SS today with a loud thump on the door and the jingle of sleigh bells zipping off into the chill of the morning.

I was very surprised thinking this one was a bit hard to obtain still, but I have it!

Then stuffed inside was a bonus item - not even on my list! A copy of Agricola: The Legen*dairy Forest-Deck - crazy fun! Now I have a solid excuse to break out some 'Gric this holiday season.

Thanks, Santa! You're still the man.
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1294. Board Game: Samurai Battles [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:2599]
Bill H
United States
Absecon
New Jersey
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YES!

Richard Borg showed me how to play this on the last day of Origins this year, but I didn't have room to bring it back.

Thank you, Secret Santa!
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1295. Board Game: Mystery Express [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1132]
Douglas Glisson
Canada
Alberta
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So I got a box with what I assume is a couple of games today in the mail. Inside there was a note saying it is from my Dice Tower secret Santa. I didn't sign up for a Dice Tower secret Santa! If you sent me this package and just wrote the note wrong could you please send me a GM to let me know. Otherwise I would like to get this box where it is supposed to actually go!


UPDATE: Got the go ahead from Santa today. It was indeed my gift!! WhooHoo!! Inside was
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Total score!! Two great games my Santa was awesome!! Thanks so much!!


Thanks Santa!!

Kraken Fan #69
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1296. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:20]
NZ1818189 Luke Grace
New Zealand
PORTLAND
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this is cool its just what i wanted, it even came with a small expansion inside.
To make things even better Santa's elves sneaked in pillars of the earth as well
The Pillars of the Earth

thank you Santa this is more than i could have hoped for!

thank you santa!
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1297. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:16]
kelsith
United States
Illinois
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Santa sent me a note this weekend telling me to look for a package the first part of this week. So needless to say I have been really excited every time I hear a truck drive by or the doorbell ring. Today I received a package in the mail. Although I didn't want to wait I know my wife wanted to see me opened it so I went to work wondering. I get home tonight and its on this package is getting opened. Inside I find a copy of Power Grid. but wait when I lift it up there is something underneath. Hidden underneath is a copy of Macao.

I had played PowerGrid once before and thought it was a ton of fun so I am very excited to not have to wait until someone else randomly brings it to game night. I have not played Macao before but it looks like it should be a lot of fun and I know at least a couple of people who I think I can convince to play it on game night.

Thank you Secret Santa, you went above and beyond this year and I am very happy.
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1298. Board Game: 1812: The Invasion of Canada [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:472]
Matt Dawkins
United States
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My wife and I managed to make it a full week before opening the gifts from our Secret Santa!



We knew our Secret Santa had some connections and surprises up his sleeve when we saw the address label...



We finally caved in and unwrapped our goodies this week, since we're leaving home and traveling for the holidays.



We got 1812!!! This game was one of our must-haves! We have not tried any actual wargames before (I'm fairly certain Memoir '44 does not quite count), however this seemed pretty simple (four-page rulebook!) with a short enough playtime to fit into our weekly board game group.

We have already played a couple of times and really enjoyed it. In our first introduction scenario, the British held the lead the entire game, but a late American offensive brought them within a single objective of bringing the game to a draw. With the final battle, the Americans sought to reclaim one of their objectives, which would tie it up if successful. The British snuck out a victory with an unexpected Command Decision by the Native Americans that placed them in an unoccupied enemy territory that gave them control of an objective and the win.



In our second run through the introduction scenario, this time with our weekly board game group, the British fell behind early, losing the objective-packed center region. It looked bleak, but a massing of Native American forces and repeat of the Native American command decision trick brought the game to a tie. This time the game was decided on a Canadian Militia movement over water to capture a weakly defended American objective on the other side of a Great Lake. Another sneaky victory for the British!

But that's not all!

Our Secret Santa was also kind enough to send us a package personally from Belgium that came with a bunch of little extras, including...

- Do Not Enter Tokens for Power Grid
- Power Grid Wallets
- Special Plant for Power Grid
- Ticket to Ride Card Placeholder



I know, the "Love" plant (featuring a picture of my wife and I on our wedding day, which Santa procured earlier) is adorable, and my wife loves it.

We don't have pictures of the extras in action yet, but we'll have them uploaded and posted as well, just as soon as we get the chance to utilize them.

And that's STILL not all. We're still awaiting one final surprise in the mail, which is en route from Canada and related to 1812. Any guesses?! We'll update as soon as we find out!

So there you have it, a fantastic haul of loot thanks to our gracious Secret Santa. A huge round of thanks and gratitude go out to him, we appreciate you so much, thank you! If you want the full story on how I uncovered my Secret Santa's identity or the rather entertaining transcript of messages between us, feel free to hop on over to my latest blog entry here on the Geek at Newlywed Gaming.
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1299. Board Game: Edo [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:813]
More Coffee!
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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The mail came very late yesterday but when I locked up for the night I saw a box on the front porch from Funagain.

Thanks BGG-SS!

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1300. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:724]
Andy Howell
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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What an incredible Christmas. We closed on our house on 07 December, and our new daughter was born nine days later. It's been a busy and hilarious time!

Santa was incredibly generous, sending me three games off of my list! Thanks so much Santa, you're the greatest!

First, A House Divided.

Next:



Battle Line

And also:

Tichu




Thanks again Santa! Merry Christmas everyone and all the best for 2013 from the Howells!

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