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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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676. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:540]
J
United States
Hawaii
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Thanks Santa!

From my wishlist I received In the Shadow of the Emperor, which I have wanted for a while now and can't wait to play.

I also received:

Gheos
The Battle For Hill 218
Condottiere

Great stuff, thanks!
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677. Board Game: Sticheln [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:559]
Brent Moroz
Canada
Athabasca
Alberta
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My Secret Santa gift arrived on Friday and I am still giddy like a school girl. It was the perfect day for it to arrive as I had just start my Christmas staycation and I was driving over to my FLGS to play board games that night.

I nicely pried the box from the hands of the post office clerk (I am sure they were wanting to keep it) and maintained my composure until I reached my car. I just couldn't help myself. I tore into that box like a .... well I am not sure if there is a simile that would describe the horrors I did to the packaging. Inside the remains were 4 nicely wrapped gifts and a card. Doh, it looks like I would have to wait until Christmas.

I slowly drove back home trying to think of an ingenious way to see what games I had gotten without opening them. Then I remembered that my Secret Santa had given me the okay to "open the gifts as you wish". I opened the card of my now not so secret Santa and had some idea of what might be wrapped. I decided to open up the 2 smaller items and leave the other 2 for Christmas. Inside I found something wonderful. Chocolate with chili (yum). And Sticheln. I love trick taking card games and this one has been a pain for me to find.

Thank you once again Secret Santa. You have fed two of my habits and I can't wait until I can open up the rest.

*UPDATE*
Opening the other two gifts revealed
and The Key To The Kingdom. I am so happy. Now to re-wrap the gifts so everyone else can see the joy in my face when I open them again in front of them. Thank you so much Secret Santa.
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678. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:255]
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First my Secret Santa sent me a bag of goodies for Saint Nicholas day.

Today then a parcel was delivered with another TWO games nicely wrapped for Christmas!

Thank you so much!

I will try to be patient and wait to open them on Christmas eve as it is tradition in Germany. I will report back here on what I got!

Merry Christmas, my Secret Santa!

Edit:

Sorry that it took so long to report back, thanks for the reminder!

So besides Thurn and Taxis



my Secret Santa also included Carcassonne



Thank you! I am really happy with both games, although I only had time to play Carcasonne until now. But don't worry, Thurn und Taxis will hit the table eventually
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679. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:333]
Greg Manning
United Kingdom
York
North Yorkshire
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Arrived last monday, but didn't get a chance to get to the depot until yesterday. Received 2 games, but I'm not allowed to open either yet. (Silly wife). I'm fairly sure the smaller one is no thanks, though....

Thanks Santa!

Edit: Oh *now* the edit button shows up...
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680. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Ron Martin
United States
Illinois
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Thank you secret Santa!!!
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681. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:287]
Jae
United States
Bryan
TX
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I have to be honest, I don't actually know if I really got yspahan, I'm just speculating. My box arrived just now and it is the right size but wrong shape.
I didn't want to open it until Christmas, so I will wait. The box came from Thoughthammer and I don't know if they do gift wrap so I thought it safer not to open.

Santa left me this note:
Quote:
It's been very cold up here at the North Pole, but
the reindeer don't like the weather down there in the
Lone Star State, so I've had to put together a new team
that's more fitting to your desert-like climate.
They may even stay around for a while for your entertainment.


From whence I formulated my guess as to what my package contains.
I figured it had camels in it (something more suited to a desert), and Yspahan was on my wishlist.

(s)he didn't leave any clue as to who (s)he was. Based on the three taunts, I'm guessing they are from the UK, maybe Scotland.



My taunts were great and I'm deeply appreciative.
Thanks for a great SS experience Santa...whoever you are!


//UPDATE:

It took awhile to update because the link was hard to find.
I did indeed get Yspahan.
It was a very fun game, but I've only gotten to play once.

Thanks again, Secret Santa (I don't know who you are).
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682. Board Game: Christmas Party Gift Exchange Game [Average Rating:2.20 Unranked]
Pseudo Pserious
United States
Shreveport
Louisiana
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So, I was sitting on the couch this morning dreading the start of the Hotspur / Man U match when the doorbell rang. On doorstep was a rather large package, which contained not ONE but TWO nicely wrapped packages. They'll stay wrapped until Christmas or our next gaming session (whichever comes first), but based on the box sizes, they are probably two of these four:

Dominion
Battlestar Galactica
Fury of Dracula
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries

Any one of them would be a fantastic gift, and to get two...wow. I can't wait to play them -- thank you, Secret Santa! You rock!

PP

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Update:

- The Spurs managed a 0-0 draw, so that was nice.
- The games came from a store in mid Florida, coincidentally near where I used to live. Neat.
- Of the 16 folks who have thumbed this entry, not a one lives in FL. I thought I might get a clue as to who my SS was, but oh well....

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Update:

The two games were Dominion and Battlestar Galactica! Both have seen many plays already. Thank you, SS!
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683. Board Game: Container: The Second Shipment [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Ralf Christian
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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Yesterday the second shipment from my Secret Santas arrived... Yes, apparently, I have two Santas who sent me packages individually, both directly and personally sent from the US...

And they are very good to me. See this link for the first gifts I already received:

www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/36187/item/804914#item804914

And here's what I got in the second shipment:





It's still unpacked until now and I'll try my best to keep it that way until THE day...

Thanks again Secret Santas!! You're awesome!!

PS: Seems the bigger box has been secretly re-wrapped by the naughty elves, as the season's greetings read: "Have a satisfactory non-denominational capitalist wintertime gift-giving season" LOL
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684. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:300]
Ben Kirman
United Kingdom
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
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Wow, this must be the longest geeklist on the site!

My present arrived in the post this week, but it was intercepted by my wife and she is pretty good at hiding things! Looking forward to opening it over Christmas! Thanks Santa!

*edit*
It was Formula D! Great stuff! Saw this at Essen but couldn't justify the weight in my airline baggage so I'm really pleased to get it. I love race games and this is so beautiful and well produced I'm really looking forward to get into it! Cheers! *raises glass of sherry*
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685. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:300]
Matt McCallum
United States
Portland
Oregon
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A package from Santa's geeky brother Nigel Claus arrived today. Inside were two nicely wrapped gifts. Apparently, one of them is a little teaser that was picked up at BGGcon that would reveal the identity of the large gift. My girlfriend and I decided not to open the teaser since it would take away the Christmas surprise. I can't wait for Christmas!

Thank you very much Nigel Claus! I am glad that Santa has such a Geek for a brother. You might be the true hero of Christmas.

After a long wait I finally got to open up the gift from my Secret Santa! Under some nice wrapping paper was Formula D and a promo car! I am really excited to get out on the track and burn some rubber. This was one of the top games on my wish list. My girlfriend peeked at the game before Christmas to see what it was. Whenever I would mention Formula D, or we saw it at a game store she would make a comment about how it sounded stupid or just acted disinterested. I base many of my game purchases on if my girlfriend would play them, so I was getting pretty bummed. I didn't think I would ever get the game. When I opened it on Christmas I was really excited and my girlfriend told me that she had been teasing me about hating the game. She really is interested in Formula D. Thank goodness, and thank you Secret Santa. I hope you had a wonderful holiday. You certainly made my holiday brighter.

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686. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:638]
~Ryan McSwain
United States
Amarillo
Texas
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Amazing gifts from my Santa, all three of which were very pleasant surprises. I'm really looking forward to giving Da Vinci a tray ASAP, and it will be fun to break out Carcassonne and Hive for these expansions! The Mosquito is one of those things I really wanted but could never justify for myself, so in my mind that makes it the perfect gift!

Thanks, Secret Santa!!!
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687. Board Game: Memoir '44: Hedgerow Hell [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
Kent Reuber
United States
San Mateo
California
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Thank you Santa--it's a real Commands & Colors Christmas. Santa also sent:



and


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688. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:49]
Tim
Australia
Mitcham
VIC
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OMG!
My package arrived all of 3 minutes ago.

Beautifully wrapped and protected, and delivered on a Sunday!

I opened the post bag and looked at the beautifully wrapped present and even considered waiting until christmas to open it, for about 1/10th of a second.

And I open Stone Age and...



Wow, that puts a smile on my dial

This secret santa thing is awesome.

Thank you secret santa. You Rock! Champion!
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689. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:321]
Tony Rupp
United States
Apopka
Florida
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My SS knew that I needed to deveolpe some patience. But finally it was rewarded today when I came om from work He gave me 2 presents and 1 for my children. I have 4 childred 5 or younger so it was nice for my SS to include them.

I am looking forward to playing Pompeii. My wife likes Dugeon Twister. We play a stip Dungeon Twister Gameblushdevil My five year old daughter already loves to play board games. So I am sure we will get alot of play from Don't Wake Daddy. In four months time have played over 100 games of Gulo Gulo, around 25 games of Viva Topo and Midnight Party. So this will be a welcome addition to the mix.

Thanks SS.


Dungeon Twister: Paladins & Dragons


and


Don't Wake Daddy

10:00 PM and my daughter would not go to bed until I had put this together and we played several games. So this one saw action within 4 hours of getting it.
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690. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:201]
 
Joe Hill
United States
Milwaukee
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Arrived today!

My secret Santa was enticing me with poetry for a few weeks before the gifts arrived.

Santa wrote:
There once was a Rapid Expantionist
Who had a big BoardGameGeek wishlist.
Santa knew he was nice,
Said "To hell with the price!"
And did her best to give him a geeky Christmas!


and then...

Santa wrote:
Joe's wishlist was read at the North Pole
It seems boardgames was really his goal.
But he'd better think twice,
Before he stops being nice,
Or all he'll get is a box full of coal!


I guess I was nice!
Also in the box:

and a very pleasant surprise, Santa saw that I played werewolf here on the forums and added this game.

I've actually been eyeballing this game for a few weeks now, so great choice!

Thank you very much whoever you are. I hope yours is just as nice!
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691. Board Game: Duel in the Dark: Baby Blitz [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
Walter
Netherlands
Soest
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My package arrived yesterday. Sorry, couldn't resist the temptation...

In the package I found Baby Blitz, an expansion to Duel in the Dark, which - I think - makes the base game much more interesting. But there was more in the package:



More Duel in the Dark!

Thank you Santa!
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692. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:615]
Chad DeShon
United States
Olathe
Kansas
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Haven't played yet, but we've been walking around pointing the guns at each other.

Thanks.
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693. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Donald Walsh
United States
Columbia
Maryland
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My Secret Santa is awesome!

I was totally expecting a different game, but low and behold! Shogun!
(The game I was expecting would have been also great, I was planning on playing that one at our tree trimming party.)

Thanks to my Secret Santa, and to all Secret Santas, and to Tom for his support!
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694. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:157] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
David McLeod
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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Thank you Secret Santa!

Thanks to the busy season Canada Post is making deliveries on Sunday and dropped this off to my parents today. It's been snowing like mad here and the local buses are on strike so my Dad was nice enough to drop it off to me.

I'll be honest, I thought I knew what was going to be in the box but I was not expecting Neuroshima Hex!

A couple of days ago I was in my FLGS drooling over this one as it's been on my radar lately. Thanks for bringing this to my door! My friends and I will absolutely have a blast with this one.

Happy Holidays to all and thanks to Tom Vassel for organizing this for us all. It has added a new and wonderful tradition to my Xmas season.



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695. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:23]
lisa wong
United States
Rego Park
New York
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My boyfriend and I like quick card games, so this is perfect. Thanks Santa.
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696. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:140]
Usta Playalot
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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Santa,

I am finally got back in town and was able to hook up with my neighbor to get the package he had been holding for me. Thank-you so much for sending Notre Dame - I can't wait to try it out tonight!
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697. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:133]
Monica Rehaug
Norway
Ler
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My Secret Santa gift arrived in the mail today!

It was wrapped for some seconds, now it's unwrapped......
It was Ghost Stories! One of my most wanted games! I really appreciate it!

Thanks Secret Santa!
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698. Board Game: I Believe in Santa Claus! [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
Paul Willcox
United Kingdom
York
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Wow! My parcel just arrived and it contains TWO beautifully wrapped presents. Attached to the ribbon are some christmas bells - which my daughter and our cat love! Thank you so much Santa - I can't wait until Christmas Day to see what's underneath the wrapping....meeple
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699. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
John McLoughlin
United Kingdom
Eastleigh
Hampshire
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Wow, I seem to have been given the ultimate Secret Santa this year! He also seemed to know I was in much need of brightining up due to a nasty viral illness that's had me down for just over a week!

I got 2 packages in the post with about a week between them. The first was the main pressie, and had come all the way from the Shire! Imagine that, Hobbit produce. It contains two rather smartlt wrapped pressies. I managed to have a little self control and waited till evening to open them. In the smaller of the two were three copies of Treehouse and a copy of Coloretto.

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Wow! Top card game, plus a mysterious set of new comers, I was dead chuffed. I then opened the biggie, it was Puerto Rico! I was sooo chuffed This is a game I'd been after for quite a while, and the wife was equally excited

In the next couple of days, I got hints from Santa that a 2nd delivery was to be expected! And low and behold the next day an manilla envelope turned up containing expansions for the TreeHouse game. Ahh, that explained things. I'd not come across Treehouse before, and was a little confused as to why I'd want 3 of them. But on reading the books, pamphlets and other things that came I now understand you can use it as the basis of other games My Santa had sent me instructions on how to use the sets for some Abstract Staretgy games (Rodulphs favourite kind of game everdentally!). The extra game are:

BlackICE, Martian Chess, Binary Homeworls, World War 5, Zark City (all from Looney Labs), WreckTangle, Penguin Soccer and Moon Shot.

Holy cow! That's a lot of games for Crimbo I'm currently learning the rules and will be inflicting this on my friends and family this Christmas.

Thanks Santa, you rock!
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700. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:321]
John-Paul Pizzica
United States
Schaumburg
Illinois
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So, on Friday afternoon, what was waiting for me at my doorstep but a large package from Mrs. Claus at the North Pole!

I'll have the wife open it to check to see what's in the box, but I won't find out until Christmas, at which point I'll update this entry. Thanks again, Mrs. Claus and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


r{UPDATE: So my Secret Mrs. Santa was exceptionally good to me, as she sent this top game on my wishlist AND


Don't Tip the Waiter

for my daughter to enjoy. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays!!
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