Look what my Dice Tower Santa sent me - 2012 Edition!
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Hello fellow Dice Tower Listeners! Let's use this GeekList to record the gifts we've recieved from Secret Santa this year!

please note: The Dice Tower Secret Santa is separate from the Official BGG Secret Santa, it is not part of the same exchange

This serves a few purposes - it allows you to show others how awesome your Secret Santa is, allows you a forum to publicly thank them for their generosity, and also serves as confirmation to your Secret Santa that you did indeed receive your gift!

To help make the list easy to read, put one entry up for your gift, and link to any additional gifts within the body of your item post. That will make it easier for people to figure out the most popular games given this year (if anyone wants to take on that task).

Please note: I'm just putting up this Geeklist because it looks like Tom's busy and having fun at BGG.con, not because I'm officially in charge of anything.

Also, there is a Dice Tower Secret Santa 2012 badge available - mb - if you want one!

Now let's see those gifts!!!
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176. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:263]
Jeff Thompson
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Olathe
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OK confession time- My Secret Santa had a box waiting for me a couple of weeks ago. Why am I just posting this? Well, I asked my wife to wrap them up and put them under the tree to open for Christmas. I did very good until today Dec 11, 2012. The way I figure its ONLY 2 weeks weeks until Christmas and I CAN'T wait anymore!!!

I opened a copy of
Can't wait to add this in to the mix.

Also I opened
The family will enjoy this one for sure.

Thank you so much Secret Santa! I hope you were treated very well yourself!



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177. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:35] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
Russell Drolet
United States
Attleboro
Massachusetts
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Thank you so much secret Santa!!

Can't wait to open it and start playing.
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178. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Newson Ly
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Edmonton
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Wow! I got home today and found a package from North Pole. With the postal code H0H 0H0 so I know this is from a fellow Canadian!

This is my first time doing a DT secret santa and I must say my santa went well above and beyond. Other than getting Dominion, I got two promo cards, governor and black market. I also got two small card games that wasn't in my wishlist. I got raiding parties and a magic the gathering starter set. On top of that he included a nice key chain from The Nightmare Before Christmas.



Thank you very much dice tower santa. I will be putting dominion to good use. The other two games are a pleasant surprise and completely off my radar but I'm sure I will get decent play out of them as well!!meeple Once again thank you so much and I wish you and your family an Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
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179. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:114]
chris wuebbles
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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I got my gift in a couple nights ago but didn't post until I got confirmation that this was my DTSS gift. I came in after work and The house was abuzz with everybody running around doing stuff and there was g box on my desk. I grabbed it and my son ad we started opening it up. there were 2 wrapped gifts and some storage bins and a small game for my son presumably.



I opened up the small box first, Dixit!?!?! I already have Dixit? This makes me two for two in getting games I already own. o well, Santa is busy this time of year and mistakes happen. That's the great thing about working at a FLGS I can fix this easily.Now on to the second box, Seasons... Nice!!! I have Liked this game since I first played it this summer.



I ended up trading out Dixit for D Day Dice, a game that hasnt really been on my radar.

Thank you Santa, I really liked my gifts. My son really liked his card games as well.
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180. Board Game: A la carte [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1110]
Donnie Carpenter
United States
Albany
Oregon
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Hooray for Santa! I came home to a box from CoolStuff with the following:



Which is awesome, my wife and I have been wanting to pick this up for a long time.

But that's not all! Also in the box, just in time for the holidays...



I am so excited to have this game before our Christmas parties. This will be a blast.

Thank you Santa!!!
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181. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:535]
Michael Head
United States
West Sacramento
California
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Received not only Dice Town, but Kingdoms!


And a nice bar of dark chocolate:


Thanks Secret Santa!
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182. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:351] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Benjamin Lynes
United Kingdom
Lowestoft
Suffolk
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We had a very quiet Santa this year; but just because Santa was quiet, it didn't mean he wasn't busy in the background!

A note that a package had arrived from Green Knight Games came out of the blue late last week which meant a lively stroll to the Post Office to collect it and an even livelier dash back home to open the box!

Inside was a carefully Christmas wrapped copy of Last Night On Earth (our number one choice game) and also a copy of Fzzzt! as a bonus!

Thanks very much Santa! Merry Christmas to you!
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183. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:68]
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Package arrived from UPS just an hour ago, lucky I was working from home today, inside was Cosmic Encounter!!!

Thanks Santa, I'll enjoy this with my family over the holiday period!

Let's keep spreading the cheer around our Dice Tower community kiss
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184. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:36]
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I finally got what I'd been hoping for for Christmas this year from my Secret Santa - Trader Joe's Chocolate!! It's a Christmas miracle!

Oh, and he also threw in a copy of Descent 2d, which I can't wait to finally play. Thanks so much Santa! Very generous and much appreciated!
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185. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:109]
Chloe Catchpole
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I got the most epically awesome Secret Santa again this year and my husband is very confused (he says I haven't been any where near good enough this year to deserve such awesomeness )

Not only did I get a copy of Mice and Mystic but Santa had his elves paint the characters for me !



I also got a copy of the Mice and Mystics Story mp3s.

Santa also had a small overstock problem this year and sent me All Wound Up and Mutant Chronicles which I hadn't heard of before but look like they'll be a lot of fun (how can you go wrong with wind up zombies?).



Thanks Santa for being so awesome again this year! I hope you got presents that were equally, if not more, amazing too.
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186. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:17]
Kai Liang Teo
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New York
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yay! got my gift now i cannot wait to try my hand at painting the wheels and bring it to the table!
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187. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:176]
Craig Hargraves
Australia
Morayfield
Queensland
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Thanks very much DT Secret Santa! Fresco was a great choice as it's a game I've been curious about but wasn't likely to get a chance to play anytime soon and I probably wouldn't have bought it for myself. Thanks!

And including Fresco: The Scrolls was a great bonus.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. And have fun gaming.
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188. Board Game: Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Dan Patriss
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North Carolina
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Want to thank my DTSS for grabbing this Expansion for me. I had been wanting to get it but never quite got to it. Real excited to get it to the table.

The SS also hooked me up with a GC to Game Surplus which I grabbed my next entry.....
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189. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:235] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Dan Patriss
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North Carolina
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I am just as excited to land this from their store for my GC!

I think this might just be one of the most under rated games on the geek right now.

Cannot wait to introduce it to the better half and another couple coming over for some refreshments this weekend!

Thanks to my SS for an amazing SS!

If anyone else is feeling generous and in the spirit and has the promo's for this please feel free to send em my way (only 1/2 kidding b/c I would REALLY love to get my hands on them!)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!
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190. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:406] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
Jeff C
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Beaverton
Oregon
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I'm posting this here because I'm pretty sure that this is from my DTSS. Hopefully the following story will explain why. So there I was, standing in my kitchen, making macaroons for the Christmas party we're throwing this weekend, and chatting with my friend about how excited I was about receiving my BGG secret santa gifts today when the doorbell rang again. I had just figured it was going to be the blackout shades we ordered for Henry's room, but no. What are the odds that my super silent secret santa would choose this time to strike?! Apparently, they're pretty good, because there was a box from Fun Again Games sitting on my porch. You see, my BGGSS had been taunting me over geek mail for over week prior to today, and I knew for certain the earlier box was from them because it was from Fed Ex and they had provided me with the fed ex tracking info for it. So this new box was definitely not from them.

I grabbed the box and giggled like an idiot as I bounded back to the kitchen. I opened up the box and squealed in the manliest manner possible when I saw the nice wrapping paper and a very taunting note. The note did not mention anything about waiting so I ripped open the paper and jumped with joy when I saw this underneath. I'm currently taking care of our son full time and I get together with a couple another stay at home parent fairly often to play games while our kids stare at each other and gurgle. My wife even showed an interest in playing when I mentioned there was a faction of leprechauns (she's a Notre Dame alum and loves all things Irish).

On to the note, my super secret ninja Santa taunted me quite a bit and made some ambiguous statements about hearing from them again soon. I'm most intrigued by the note and incredibly excited by the surprise today. This is turning out to be a wonderful holiday season. I've reread my target's posts about the gifts seen them a couple times just because it brings me the warm fuzzies, now I hope my post does the same for my stealthy santa!
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191. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:25]
 
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Very lucky am I.

Just got home after walking around a Christmas Market, enjoying cheese and Glogg... the postman was about to bike away when she saw me, and handed me the package, even through she already put the letter in my box saying "sorry to have missed you."

It's a good day.
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192. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Bill Reed
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Galloway
Ohio
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Hurray! I received my Dice Tower Secret Santa Gifts...yes, gifts...today! On my birthday! What great timing! Thank you, Santa Boswell!

The opened box revealed:


Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City

and also:


Survive: Escape from Atlantis!

Both were on my Wishlist, and both I've had my eye on for some time! I'm hoping to bring Survive out with the family this evening, to celebrate my birthday!


Thank you, Dice Tower, for organizing the Santa exchange!
Thank you again, Santa Boswell!


Bill
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193. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Neville Voglezon II
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I am a little late posting my gifts (CPU issues). But my santa was very generous and sent me the new Legendary game!! I am trying to wait till Christmas to play it, but it may not make it past this weekend. But that was not it.

RoboRally


About a week later I got Roborally in the mail. I have heard a lot about that one but never got to play it, so I look forward to giving that one a go.

Thanks again Santa!!!
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194. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:44]
Andreas Welch
United States
Dulles
Virginia
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Writing for my wife who entered the Dice Tower Secret Santa but does not yet have a BGG account!

Many thanks to our Secret Santa who sent not only Pandemic, but On the Brink as well.



Many thanks, and we look forward to playing the game over the Christmas holidays!

- Meg and Andreas
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195. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:109]
Kevin Prickett
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Massillon
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Received my box, but sorry couldn't wait to open. Revived this wonderful game. Also received Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age a game I have been thinking about for years but never pull the trigger on. Plus Roll Through the Ages: The Late Bronze Age laminated for me. Thanks Santa.

Also, I have been getting a number of games with secret Santa, kickstarter and preorders seems they all came a once. My wife was getting a little bothered. So it was great to have two containers of almonds to offer her as a peace offering. Santa provided a couple of great games and a way to keep my wife happy so she would play them with me.
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196. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:36]
Dianna
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Louisville
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Dice Tower Secret Santa

First off, we owe many apologies for not posting our gift earlier - our SS was definitely one of the early birds!

Not along after this Geeklist started, I started watching it. A game here, another there, ooo, that's a nice package, I wonder what's in that one, and... curiosity. I wonder what we'll get? Will we be ever so lucky?

Then, we got a worrisome  email from Santa. Due to cost cutting measures, our request list had be replaced with similar games of "varying" quality, like Pirate Flax and King of Shanghai. 

We were a bit concerned.

Not long afterwards, we received an email promising that a package would be arriving the next afternoon. It proved to be a lovely late fall day, and I...err... encouraged our boys to go out to play. Toddlers love trucks, and ours were no exception - when the UPS man arrived, they went running around to see what it was... except I got there first.  That's right, I beat a two year old at picking up our package.  I'm very proud.

I banged on the door and called up to my husband and we all but hacked the package open on our front stoop, probably to the amazement of our neighbors. And what a surprise it was!

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Our generous Secret Santa gave us Descent Second Edition (and card sleeves!) and the new Merchant of Venus!  Our very top games on our list, and definitely things we had long been anxious to try.  With two little boys, time is a rather precious, but we managed to get in a session of each that very weekend.  

Merchant of Venus (FFG version) made a great two player game, immensely satisfying even as I was horrifically beaten into the ground.  I really look forward to trying it with other people who'd enjoy its combination of balancing exploration and resources. 

Descent 2nd Edition made the table for a long session on Saturday. Earlier, we had the 1st edition, but found the balance between the players and the Overlord to swing wildly (or not - hey, I thought I made an excellent, highly skilled Overlord). All four of us who played this round really enjoyed the game and found it a tight match between the sides. We're looking forward to maintaining a monthly campaign with our group - we've finished the first two quests - and making my necromancer even MORE powerful.

Thanks so very much, DT Secret Santa! I wish I could say more than that and thank you personally, but your gifts have really brightened this holiday season for us, and we look forward to enjoying them throughout the year to come!
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197. Board Game: Indigo [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:933]
Janus Lin
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West Grove
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I was going to wait until Christmas to open this, but my girls (6 and 3) were a bit antsy after dinner tonight so I had them open up the game. We got right down to playing (I think I got one rule wrong, but no big deal. We had a good time and the older one won! She had a pretty good idea of what tiles she needed to get the gems to her sides and even scored two gems at the same time! She also kept encouraging her younger sister to steal gems heading in my direction. That's my girl!
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198. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Brian A
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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My gifts arrived today and I was thrilled to find Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia as the first item I pulled from the package. My wife and I have been playing this on I-Pad a lot and we can't wait to get it to the table. That was not all- Forbidden Island, a game we have enjoyed playing with our younger relatives, and Dominion, a game which I have needed to add to my collection for far to long.

Thank you very much Secret Santa! And Merry Christmas to Everyone!!!
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199. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:340]
Max Hansen
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Well it came today and I was excited to see the package. I opened it right away, and it was Christmas wrapped. BUT I couldn't wait and ripped it off immediatley and it was the #1 game on my list.
Thank you Secret Santa
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200. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:167]
Colin Gillespie
Canada
Strathmore
Alberta
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I got the package for my secret santa a few weeks ago, and after insisting to my wife that I didn't know what it was other than a gift fom santa, and that no, I didn't buy a bunch more games for myself, and that I'm sorry your package hasn't come yet, and that the games that I had put on my list were a mix of ones that the whole family would *hopefully* enjoy, I was permitted to bring them upstairs and add them to the rest of the stach of christmas presents. I opened up the box and to my delight, there were not one, not two but three boxes, and they were all giftwrapped as well. One of them was in a distinctively shaped tin with embossing on it so I had a good Idea what it would be ...


Forbidden Island

but I told myself that I would be good and wait for the big day to see what the others were. Well, this past weekend, my wife was out of town, and in a moment of weakness I ever so carefully slit the tape with my sooper sharp knife (the dullest ever pocketknife with a 2" blade) and peeked. I was happy to see a copy of Flash Point: Fire Rescue, which has been at the top of my list since I have heard about it, and have not been able to convince the others in my game group to bring to the table when it is brought. And in the other package was a copy of


Launch Pad

which I had heard vaguely of before and from what I have read since looks like a lot of fun. Between all of these, the copy of Mice & Mystics which arrived late enough to become a christmas present, Catan Junior, and "where is sock monkey", this is turning out to be the gameyist Christmas ever! I want to say a big thank you to my mystery Santa, and I hope you got something you will really enjoy as well!
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