2008 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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For those of you new to this list, I originally posted this list back in 2006 as a way to let my Santa know when I receive my gift without him/her worrying about divulging their identity. The list has gone well in the last two years and I am curious how large it will grow this year since there are around 1000+ participants this year (529 items in 2006, 874 items in 2007). This is a pretty good place to view the gifting as it progresses through the holiday season, so enjoy!

Use this as a central area to record what our Secret Santas sent us. When you post on this list, you may want to make a note on your profile so your Secret Santa knows to look on the list for your receipt and 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!

If your Santa sends you more than one item, just list them all in one listing unless you think it makes more sense to list them separately. Remember to include any comments you want your Secret Santa to know!

I don't know about anyone else, but I generally obsess about whether a package has arrived at it's intended destination. I drive my wife crazy with checking tracking numbers constantly! So it will be nice to see when those gifts are actually received by the giftee (or are they just sitting unclaimed on the neighbor's porch?)


To see how the previous two years of Secret Santa-ing have gone on those year's versions of this list, look at these links:

"2006 List"

"2007 List"

Simon's yearly breakdown:
Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2008

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2007

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2006
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251. Board Game: Aquaretto [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:548] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
JP LaChance
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Thanks Santa!
my family and I really like zooloretto so we cant wait to play this one

Jon
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252. Board Game: Christmas-in-a-Box [Average Rating:3.25 Unranked]
Carsten ◄► Wesel
Germany
Pinneberg-Quellental
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Thank you santa.

I've recieved my present 3 days ago and today I had the time to take a photo. Many thanks to you, even if I don't know who you are and what's in the present.

Thank you. Carsten

Edit 1:

Edit 2:
Thanks to my Secret Santa for a copy of Kingsburg. That's a great game to find unter my x-mas tree. meeple Many, many thanks.
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253. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:205]
Max Pips
United States
Lititz
Pennsylvania
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Thank you, Secret Santa! The gift arrived this past week and I was able to look at it on Thanksgiving. My wife warned me that I shouldn't open it until Christmas, but I informed her it was my geeky duty to make sure all the components were present.

So off came the plastic, and I delved into the game. Everything's there, but I was mystified as to what the small white cardboard sheets were for. Thanks to BGG, I now see they are to hold the counters once punched.

My wife must have noticed how excited I was becoming, so she put a temporary end to my gaming joy. "Okay," she said, "The game in intact, now put in under the Christmas tree. You can play it once we celebrate Christmas day."

She's right, of course. The game is now amongst the other presents ... but I know what it is and every time I look at the tree, I get to see the wonderful present that I so look forward to playing.

Will my wife play it with me? Very likely ...
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254. Board Game: I Don't Know, What Do You Want To Play? [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:4248]
Christian Sinclair
United States
Shawnee
Kansas
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My Secret Santa sent me my gifts, and I received them, but I had my wife open them and wrap them, so it would be a surprise on Christmas Day. He wanted me to remove them from my wishlist but my wife does not remember the game titles. I forgot to tell her. I just wanted santa to know the box arrived and I will update my wishlist on Christmas.
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255. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot: Merlin's Company [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Barry Figgins
United States
Woodland
California
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'tis the season for improvements - Santa brought me some boxes that will make my games better.
First up was Shadows over Camelot: Merlin's Company, an expansion I've been waiting a long while to try.
Second was a fresh copy of Gloom. I already have Gloom, but I'm extremely happy to get the second printing, 'readable' edition!

Thanks, Secret Santa!
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256. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:179]
Dan Rivera
United States
Fountain
Colorado
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My Secret Santa was awesome! He sent me this



the number one game on my list

as well as this



Im a huge Shakespeare fan.. I have been know to quote the bard to my wife from time to time. Dont laugh women love that stuff.

and also

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All games on my list and the last 2 games that i most likely would of never bought for myself.

He also sent a very kind correspondance and was extremely nice...SO thank you

Victor Caminha
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
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YOUR FREAKIN AWESOME!
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257. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Tim Stellmach
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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Got a big ol' Fantasy Flight Games shipping box delivered today. I'm going to try to at least feign ignorance as to what these packages inside might be, but I will say that one of them is way, way too big to be Cave Troll!

[Edit 12/25]
Sure enough, it's proved to be not only Descent: Journeys in the Dark, but a copy of the Descent: The Road to Legend expansion as well! I am humbled by a truly generous Santa!
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258. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:275]
Matt Mitchell
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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I signed up for Secret Santa, and then admitted to my wife I was participating yesterday (right after I placed my Secret Santa order). So what happens today? A package arrives. After introducing her to Master Knizia last night with my Secret Santa gift from last year (Lord of the Rings w/ Friends and Foes expansion), she was hoping for the other expansions. We opened the box, and through the packing peanuts I could see this game. Admittedly, I have never played it, but it looks like a great game that doesn't require people to be BGGeeks (which my wife certainly isn't; she won't play any war games with me, including Risk ). But hidden underneath was a great surprise....
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259. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:164]
Matt Mitchell
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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and it was THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, I'm excited to finally own this one. I blame Settlers for me even knowing about BGG. And what glorious knowledge it is!

Thank you Santa!
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260. Board Game: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
Halcyon Dream
United States
Bristow
Virginia
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My Secret Santa gift came in just in time, taunt-free even. My wife is very pregnant and we are sitting around waiting for the baby to make her appearance. Now we can keep ourselves occupied while we wait!



Yes - I opened it early because I figured out what it was. It helps when the box size was obvious compared to the other games on my wish list.

The only thing that could have been funnier would have been:



Thank you very much, Santa!
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261. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:50]
Jeff Cramer
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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Well I opened my box early. The funny thing is that I've been expecting a number of items to package up in boxes to send to my targets. So when the box from Boards & Bits came, I thought it was one of the items that I had ordered. To my surprise it was gifts for me from my overly-generous Secret Santa.

This year I had a fantastic Secret Santa. He/she sent me a Must Have title as well as a Love to Have game (really I should have had Stone Age as a Must Have because I'm really excited to try it out). The other Must Have was this:



Both games should be fantastic! I've always been a big fan of the Carcassonne series so New World will fit right in. I also like dice rollers such as Yspahan, Airships, and Kingsburg so Stone Age with its great dice cup is perfect. Santa, you have outdone yourself. I hope you are blessed to receive such a generous haul as I have.

Have a great holiday everyone!!!
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262. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
James Nelli
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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Opened the very small box. Found Race for the Galexy. Was very happy...then saw there was more...

Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm



now very very happy

Wife saw the Race for the Galexy expansion. Walked away muttering something about having to cancel the order for my gift...muttering something about what are the odds that I'd get THAT game from my wish list. She was later the one to take the plastic off the game as she excitidly read the new rules and cards
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263. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:224]
Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
Washington
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Wow, my Secret Santa arrived today! (The earliest I've ever gotten it.) We don't even have the tree up yet. I told my wife to put this in the closet until we get the tree up, she laughed and told me to open it (she knows me pretty good!) Inside was: Arkham Horror's Black Goat of the Woods expansion (Woo Hoo!), and Robo Rally! The amazing thing is, it's not on my want list but it's one I've been wanting anyway! My Secret Santa is psychic!

Thank you for the generous and early Christmas gifts, S.S.!

Merry Christmas, everyone!
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264. Board Game: Your Surprise Package [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Simon Hunt
United States
Roseville
California
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I got home from running errands yesterday, and there was a package from Thought Hammer waiting for me on the doorstep. Unfortunately, my wife insisted on squirreling it away for a month!

So, I'll update this entry on Dec 25th Sunday.

Thank you, Secret Santa!

UPDATE:
It only took two days before we cracked. Finally opened it up and found:


Dominion

I really enjoyed the few games I played at BGG.con, and have now had the pleasure of teaching this gem to my wife and 9yo daughter.

Thank you SS for a great present that will be enjoyed by the whole family!!
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265. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:653]
Scott Petersen
United States
St. Louis Park
Minnesota
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I just wanted to thank my Secret Santa for giving me On the Underground. I was in Chicago last weekend for Chitag and I was talking to another attendee about train games. He asked me if I'd played On the Underground and I said I hadn't. I've had it on my wishlist for a long time, but never got around to buying it. He did a quick show-and-tell and I knew I'd have to pick it up someday.

So it was pretty funny when I came home from Chicago to see that my Secret Santa gift was waiting for me and it WAS On the Underground.

Thanks again Santa!
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266. Board Game: Hive [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:145]
Michael Broadway

Mt. Pleasant
South Carolina
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I hate to say anything disparaging about anyones secret Santa, but I guess I sort of have to because MY SECRET SANTA IS THE BEST SANTA EVER! (Implying your is not as cool as mine!)

I've totally wanted Hive since a "I don't really play board games" called me out for never having played it.

And then, Bam! -
- Which I'm completely excited about.

And if that wasn't enough (and it was more than enough!) -


Which looks fantastic and was not even on my radar.

Thanks a ton S.S. !

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267. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
Robert S C
United States
Washington
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Got home today from helping clear out my grandfather's house since he recently sold it and moved in to an assisted living home. It was a pretty depressing day until I got home and found a package on my doorstep! Since I have no self control, my wife and I opened it to find "Race for the Galaxy" AND the expansion "The Gathering Storm."

I'm very excited, as my wife and I don't have a very large collection of games, though it's certainly growing. It's an awesome gift because the poll on the game page says it's best with 2,4 players, and usually just me and my wife are playing. Right now we just have Ticket to Ride and Pandemic that work well with 2 players, so this is a great addition to add some variety!

I really want to thank my Secret Santa, whoever you are. I enjoyed the good-natured taunting, and you've really made my day!!!
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268. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:354]
Steven Canning
United States
Seattle
Washington
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I received my Secret Santa gift just before Thanksgiving. Now that I have time, I can post about it!

Wednesday Morning:

I came downstairs after getting dressed for work, and my girlfriend informed me that a package had arrived. It was from Thoughthammer, and my Secret Santa had taunted me earlier telling me to expect such a package. The package was very heavy, so I had to open it right then and there.

Greeted with a sea of packing peanuts, I reached in and pulled out:



I like British history and I've been itching to learn this game. This alone would have been a great gift, but there was more! I reached in again and pulled out:



Wow, this was near the top of my wishlist! These two games were already better than anything I expected, but there was even more!



At this point I couldn't believe it. Three awesome games. But there was still more!



I've heard this game called Pandemic on steroids. I'm very eager to try it out. And finally:



My girlfriend was most excited for this one, since Hive is her favorite game. This one will see a lot of play!

Thank you so much! I have the best Secret Santa ever! Now I'm off to teach Manoeuvre to my girlfriend.

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269. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:842]
Mr. Male Silk Tide
Mexico
Nezahualcoyotl
Estado de Mexico
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Wow, that was fast!

Today I got a package from Sweden and it was nicely wrapped



But the wife wanted to open it so...

Thanks Secret Santa from Sweden.

H
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270. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:52]
anthony dawson
United Kingdom
swindon
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My giftwrapped package has arrived. Thankyou Santa for your generosity. Now just got to wait.
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271. Board Game: Asia Engulfed [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:1264]
Mark Robbins
United States
Monroeville
Indiana
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I found a box on my doorstep. I hadn't been taunted yet, and I knew I hadn't ordered it, so what could it be? Fortunately, Santa dropped a note later to let me know it was OK to open. Asia Engulfed!


Thanks Santa.
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272. Board Game: Descent: The Road to Legend [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
Robert C Kalajian Jr
United States
Simsbury
Connecticut
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Holy Moley! Got back last night (Nov 30th) from a Thanksgiving Dinner at my parents to a Fed Ex box at the door.

My curiosity got the better of me, and unwrapped this bad boy! I'm hoping to get it on the table next weekend!
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273. Board Game: A House Divided [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:631]
Nick Blank
United States
Unspecified
Ohio
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My package arrived from Santa Yesterday. Inside was this game, which I am very happy to receive. I have been looking for a Civil War game for a while now, and this was at the top of my list. Thanks Santa!!!

Also in the box was a copy of:



Also from my list.

Great job Santa!!!
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274. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Dan Scott
Canada
Port Perry
Ontario
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Dear Secret Santa,

I apologize that I have little patience!

I went and picked up the package yesterday and was able to let it sit for 1 whole day before I opened it.

Your gift was great, and very very generous!

Not only did I receive Dominion, I also received:


Prices of Florence!

AND


Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm!

Two excellent games and one well-wanted expansion. Thank you so much, and I do hope your Santa is as good to you as you've been to me!

Happy Holidays!

Dan..
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275. Board Game: Arbos [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2980]
Heather Hova
United States
Hamilton
New Jersey
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Santa, you are the BEST - you came to see me at BGG.con! And what a funny story that turned out to be...

I got my first taunting gift on the very first night after a long night of hunting down wolves. It was practically waiting on my pillow. Not even thinking it was from my SS, I snuck it into the bathroom (so as not to wake my 3 sleeping roommates) and opened the card. It's written to Guenlian, so I'm fairly sure that my SS knows me from BSW and the handwriting says it's a guy but I manage to resist opening the package until morning when ALL 3 roomies convince me to open the package



So OK. Somebody out there either knows I'm a huge fan of maple sugar or it's a huge coincidence. That's not terribly hard information to get. blush I'm initially a little miffed, actually... weren't we supposed to get games from our SS? It actually takes a suggestion from Gil that perhaps I'm being taunted. Clever SS... I'm onto your game, now!

The day passes quickly and I'm anxiously looking about at all the folks I know, trying to figure out who my SS is. Makes for an exciting meta game! It's not until early evening when I pop in to check in on the Prototype Alley gamers that I'm presented with taunt gift #2 which I unwrap in a hurry:



This is when I crack up hysterical laughing. Not because I've just received more sugar to get me through the night, but because...



I'm already carrying an identical lunch box!

What were the chances of that? I use mine to carry around sewing supplies when traveling. So now I know FOR SURE that my SS is Canadian, to boot and it's making me insane because the only Canadians I know at BGG.con are scattered, and Belash and because the lunchbox came from Canada, I have it pretty much figured out unless shenanigans are afoot. And that could be... all my gifts are coming from Gil and he's a sneaky sort!

Enter Saturday night. I'm waiting for SS to arrive with Gift #3 and I'm not disappointed! I left for a bathroom break and come back to see a plastic bag in my spot at the table. There's no wrapping so I can see that it's Arbos and I immediately started to build trees right on the spot. I'm thrilled! But who is my SS? I asked Gil and he simply said, "Can you wait until midnight?". In hindsight, I should have had my confirmation right then and there but methinks the many hours of gaming bliss had taken over my brain.

So I have to apologize to Belash! I would've come to thank you in person had my brain been fully functioning. You made my weekend fabulous fun!

Side note: An extra bonus is that this particular copy of Arbos came from Baldboy1, a fellow Canadian BSW player. I think it's nice to keep this game in the family!
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