2009 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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Once again I am running this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived to your house.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santas 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!

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 years' editions of this list have gone, look at these links:


"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



Simon's yearly breakdown of games:
**EDIT Just Added** Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2009

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2008

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2007

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2006



[b]New Note (I placed this in the comments section as well): If you have added a "Comment" of your gift receipt, please take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than to place a comment in this section of the receipt of your gift. The actual items being added is how the statistics get accumulated for Simon Hunt's great results list located at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49122

A good example of how to make an entry useful for this other list is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry will also make it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.

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776. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:131]
Brent Moroz
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Athabasca
Alberta
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The game listed is just a place holder. I will change when I open up the gift and my hands stop shaking from excitement.

So I got home yesterday after visiting the dentist to find that I had been visited by 3 ghosts. Okay, they probably are not ghost but since I never seem to be around when they deliver the mail/package...

The first ghost was the ghost of Christmas present (okay, I am stretching things a bit with these). My amazon order of Greg the Bunny Season 1 on DVD came in. I can't wait to sit down and watch all of the episodes again, and some for the first time since they never aired.

The second ghost was the ghost of DHL.....er....Christmas future. Woo hoo, my Thinkgeek order has arrived. Most of these are Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews. I have never gone wrong with geek stuff. Even the 8 year old.

The third ghost was the ghost of Christmas past. I had a parcel waiting for me at the post office. This had to be my Secret Santa gift. I was too late to pick it up yesterday so I had to wait and anticipate. My Secret Santa had previously sent me a message stating:

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...my identity will be revealed once the package arrives. You might be surprised.


Who could it be? Is it someone I know? Have I played a game with them? Are they a designer? Who could it be?

I went down to the post office at lunch and picked up the parcel. Quickly I searched the box for my Secret Santas name. Hmmmm, I recognize that name but I just couldn't place it. And then it struck me. My Secret Santa is one of my geek buddies and was my Secret Santa from 2008. How awesome is that.

Thank you very much.
Jeff Cramer
United States
Littleton
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And a big thank you to Tom for arranging all of this.

Sticheln is one of the games I got last year from Jeff and has been a huge hit here.

***The gifts have been opened***

Not only did I get Samurai but also Middle Kingdom and Le Boomb

Thank you once again for these awesome gifts.
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777. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:130]
Cate
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Mequon
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Thank you, Santa! Thank you! Thank you!

I just received your lovely gift. I also received a coupon from Boards and Bits so that I can buy:


Thunderstone

When this game finally comes in. I can't wait! It will be fun.

Your generosity means a great deal to me.

I am so blessed to have found the BGG community.

I just got a copy of Thunderstone from my secret santa. OMG, OMG, OMG!

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778. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:96]
Kalle Malmioja
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I have deemed nice. Santa brought me my package today and devious is he I must say. Received YINSH and with that I got a new project for next year. Since now I have YINSH how could I leave it alone in the bookshelf? It surely misses the five other games it needs by his side.

So thanks Santa, you gave me another reason to buy more games next year.

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779. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:351] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Tony
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Okay, I have to admit that I was getting a little worried there for a while because I was one of those who had heard nary a word from my Secret Santa. But, lo and behold - he reached out to me earlier this week to let me know that my gift was, indeed, on its way. So, today I get home a little early, and maybe just a little inebriated from my company's holiday lunch, to find a delivery from Thoughthammer waiting for me at my front door. I can blame the copious amounts of wine for wearing down my willpower and not allowing me to wait until Christmas before opening the box, but I'd be lying. I wouldn't have waited anyway.
So, thanks so much Santa
David Bailey
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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for my gift. I promise to put it to good use.
Merry Christmas, and Pour Away, Mein Host!
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780. Board Game: Top Secret [Average Rating:4.60 Unranked]
Primoz Jakelj
Slovenia
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My SS taunted me couple of times, so I was really looking forward, when the Mailman with a package for me rings the bell.
So I waited. And waited, waited some more...

On Monday I went to a bussiness trip to Croatia. Later that day started to snow, so I knew, that today is something nice going to happen. Later in the evening I went to my parents place and big box was waiting for me! UAU, its probably gift from my SS! I quickly picked up the parcel, sayed bye to my parents and run out of their house back to car and back home.

My girlfriend was allready waiting for me, so I quickly run up on the stairs and showed her the package. C´mon, lets us open it, she said. I said: wait, we should probably wait till Christmas...
So we waited. And waited some more. And some more. OMG,THE LONGEST 5 SECONDS IN MY LIFE!!! Ok, just peek, if the game is wraped, I said to her. She opened the box and said: yes, it is. Wait, he send you 2 games, the other one is also wraped. UAU, there is also the 3rd gift in the box! And the card!

Here is the picture of all wraped games:


I couldn´t wait anymore, so we read the card and opened the first gift:
Mr. Jack EXpansion! (we bought Mr. Jack this year at Essen, my girlfriend loves to play this game. We believe, that with this expansion the game is going to be even better!)

Second gift:
El PResidente, expansion for Cuba! (Uau! I received Cuba from last years SS, I love this game! And now also expansion? Great, I hope we are going to play this game+expansion as soon as possible!)

Third Gift:
PAndemic: On the brink! (YEEEEAAAH!!!! This expansion was on top on my wishlist! Pandemic is my favourite game for last 2 months, sometimes I play solo, if I am all alone! And this Expansion brings the game to another level!!! YEEEAAAH, baby!)

Dear SS: you are the best! Nb.1 here on BGG!!! I don´t believe, that I was such a good boy this year to receive 3 gifts. Be sure, that I, my family and my friend will be playing this games for a long time! Thank you one more time, you really suprised me with your generosity!
P.S.: Also thanks to Paul Lister from BoarfGameGuru, who send this beatiful Games!

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781. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:44]
Colin Dearborn
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Perfect day for my secret santa package to arrive.


I broke my wrist at work today......yeah, typing lefty is no fun.


anyway, opened it up to find 3 presents inside!!! Figured i deserved to open one of them right away.


Thanks Santa.

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782. Board Game: Place Your Bets! [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
Mike Jones
United States
Gainesville
Florida
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So, it came today!

From ames Iowa.

All wrapped and now nicely sitting under the Christmas tree waiting for Christmas morning.

Although I find myself comparing it to the sizes of the boxes of the games on my wishlist.

Hmmmmm, what will it be?
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783. Board Game: The Christmas Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Erika Kern
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Snellville
Georgia
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arrrh Thanks Secret Santa! My daughter wrapped my gifts for me that you sent and I have no idea what they are, but your hints make me think something Piratey!

Only one more week until I can open and see!

ETA: Whoa!! Secret Santa, you are the bomb! Not only did I get Galaxy Trucker and The Reef, I also got the Memoir '44 Campaign Bag that I've been coveting for so long!!
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784. Board Game: Mr. Jack in New York [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:384]
Mathieu Perreault-Dorion
Canada
Laval
Québec
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I haven't opened mine yet, but by the size of the box I'm pretty sure it's Mr. Jack in New York. Thanks Santa

Edit: I opened the box and it is indeed Mr. Jack in New York. THANKS Santa. I'll be sure to play it with my girlfriend soon.
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785. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:159] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Troy English
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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I got a very lovely surprise tonight.

Both Neuroshima hex and

Neuroshima Hex! Babel13

Lovely gifts!

Thanks Santa! :-)
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786. Board Game: Girl Talk Secret Diary [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
Wouter Dhondt
Belgium
Anzegem
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Yesterday we saw the first snow here. Santa couldn't have picked a better day for a delivery.

We've been living in a trailer the past few months due to some home improvement. It wasn't that bad until last week when the weather got a lot colder. As they are still working on the heating I took my kids to grandma where they are staying a few days. -6 is too cold for a 5 and 2 year old imho.

So the gents where working on the heating Wednesday. And they got nowhere. I got home and almost nothing was done. Holidays are coming up, but they assured us it would be ready on Friday (today).

Got home Thursday driving through the snow. And it seems they made a lot of progression, getting me in a better mood. Even better: everything was insulated and paperboard in place so I could continue to work on the electricity. I was feeling quite happy. We might have a nice warm home for the Holidays after all.

And then they told me that a package arrived. Santa informed me I'd receive something Thursday or Friday. And there it was. I was home alone with freezing temperatures in a trailer. No TV. And a package. Staring at me.

I decided to open it. The gift was intended for my kids, but I had to check what they where getting right? Found 3 items in the box. One of them chocolate. The other 2 are wrapped.

Thank you very much Santa!! I know kids games probably wasn't that easy on you so I appreciate it very much. I'll put them under the tree wrapped. I confess I did eat some chocolate though.
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787. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:692]
Nick Fisk
United Kingdom
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
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Thanks Santa !!

A package arrived yesterday containing this intriguing little two-player game.

A complete surprise, as it is not a game I had on my wishlist, but an excellent choice, as it is a game that I have been quite interested in since it appeared a few weeks ago ...

(In my head, I have great trouble calling it "Dos de Mayo" ... My brain always says "Two de Mayo" )


But that's not all ....

Also in the package was this little gem: No Thanks!


This is a game I've played loads (and was undefeated in for the longest time, until they made me play a bunch of games in a row til I lost ... grrr )

But we always used to use someone else's copy (or borrow cards from 6 Takes! and use something else for chips).

Very excited to have my own copy of this one!


Thanks again, Santa!

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*** STOP PRESS ***

Another package just arrived from a different source !

Just in time for Christmas .... Amun-Re appears!!



Woohoo!! A game that I've played loads (quite badly) on SpielbyWeb, and now I finally have my own copy !!




Thanks a million Santa !!!

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788. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:288]
Ryan Sliwoski
United States
Knoxville
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WOW is all I have to say to my secret Santa. I get home for Christmas break @ 4 in the morning and have 2 boxes waiting on me. the first is Mr. Jack and as if that went all I also got Elasund: The First City. but whit I also got a HUGE home made card! This hast to be the best Santa ever!

Thanks!!!

Ryan
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789. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Andrea Magiera
Germany
Bonn
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My Secret Santa has a perfect timing!

Yesterday was my last day at work for this year and like every year 1000 tasks suddenly popped up like there was no tomorrow. angry

But I was rewarded with a great Christmas party in the evening.

So I came home late, checked my post box as usual and there was a notice that a parcel has been left with my neighbor.
Was it my Secret Santa or something else I've ordered in the last days?

Hopefully not the used copy of "UMTS Networks: Architecture, Mobility and Services" I've ordered from Amazon. This can definitly wait until after the Holidays! laugh

Since it was to late to knock at their door I had to wait until this morning to find out.
And yesss! it was not the UMTS book but a huge parcel from the Netherlands. And this was inside:



Thank you very much dear Santa! kiss
I promise not to peek into the boxes until Christmas eve.
(I don't extend that promise to the stroopwafels, they will be gone much sooner - yum) whistle

Update:
In the red package I found "Dominion-Seaside" from my wishlist (and even the german edition! wow ) In the blue one was a surprise gift: Beowulf: The Movie Board Game. I've never saw and played this one before so this is really a nice surprise.

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790. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:470]
Gil Hova
United States
Jersey City
New Jersey
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In the past few weeks, I've been in communication with Irma, Santa's head elf, regarding my gift. I was getting worried about it arriving late, and I tweeted my concern. Irma sent me a reassuring e-mail, and sure enough, my gifts arrived the following day!

I got Power Grid: Factory Manager, which I'd been lusting after ever since I played it at BGG.CON. And I got Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs. Imperium, which I've wanted ever since I downloaded the CPU version of the game.

Thanks to Irma and my Secret Santa, who gave me some wonderful gifts, as well as the opportunity for a grown 35-year-old man to talk with great earnestness about head elves.
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791. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:288]
Marcus Gschrey
Germany
Munich (München)
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After being away this week working out of town, a nice little present awaited me, when I got home.

After unpacking it I found a new copy of Mr. Jack.



Wohoo! Thanks Secret Santa. I always wanted to have this little gem, but never really got to finally buy.

Thanks a lot.
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792. Board Game: Havana [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:651]
Max Jamelli
United States
Chambersburg
Pennsylvania
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Update: The package was opened! I had originally thought the wrapped box was one game, but I was mistaken! I was very pleasantly surprised to see not one, but two of my top wanted games.

First, after telling Santa about my 1,000th logged game of Cuba, I'm very happy to get Havana. I read through the rules and I think I'll really enjoy it.

In addition to that, I was also gifted



I watched Scott's video on this game and I thought it looked very interesting. I met Scott briefly at the WBC this past summer and told him I was hoping to get a copy for Christmas. (seriously). I couldn't be happier with the games my Santa sent me. I must've been on the good side of the fence.


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I had a funny feeling about today. I hadn't heard from my Santa in a while, but I just had a weird feeling about FedEx coming - and wouldn't you know it - today FedEx comes.

Even stranger, I knew the driver. We had a short chat outside about what the package was. He was intrigued when I told him I didn't know for sure.

I don't have any disillusion of making it until Christmas, or Christmas Eve -- but I am going to try to make it until later this evening when the Mrs. comes home so she can join in the fun of opening.



So without knowing what it is, Thank you Santa. I can't wait to open it up and hopefully play it this weekend!
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793. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus Expansion [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Jeff James
United States
Lake Bluff
Illinois
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This is my first year in the BGG Secret Santa, and I ended up with the best Santa out there!

He got me an expansion to my favorite game that I know will be played tonight



He also sent me an awesome party game that I know will be hitting the table a few times over the holidays



If that wasn't enough, he also sent me this little guy




Greg Ullrich
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Seattle
Washington
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You are the best Secret Santa ever, and thanks for giving me a great first experience with the BGG Secret Santa!!

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794. Board Game: Havana [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:651]
Brian Cherry
Canada
North Bay
Ontario
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A present expected, yet non was saw
when I left to eat dinner with my old mom-in law

When home I extracted my kids from the car
I noticed the front door had been left ajar

And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but the parcel, that seemed it had taken all year

Away to the tree I flew like a flash
Opened the box and tore off the... um... tape

Inside the box, the sight was quite nice
Not one present, but three. And a new pair of dice.

Each present was carfully placed under the tree
In anticipation, of future openings by me

Till Christmas comes those gifts will patiently wait
Not being opened 'til the 25th date.

To Santa I thank you, your kindness it speaks
Merry Christmas to you, and to all the good geeks!

- Update -

Hey Santa,

That was such an awesome package you sent. My kids are dying to play the game with the eggs!! I've had lots of people say "is that a carton of eggs under your tree?" Too funny.

To be honest, I had hoped that if I was getting 1 present it would be Havana. But to get Havana and the Power Grid Expansion was so nice.

Thank you for helping to add a little suprise into my Christmas holidays.

Merry Christmas Sanata!


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795. Board Game: Last Train to Wensleydale [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:804]
Arne Hoffmann
Germany
Essenbach
Germany
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THANK YOU SANTA!!!!

This afternoon, within a long day at work,I received the parcel from my secret santa. Oh man, right in time for Christmas and I promise, I really really wanted not to open it until next week...

However, here I am at my desk, after 13.5 hours of work and still another hour to go. And Christmas Eve is not so far away, anyway, is it? So I opened the parcel to find a copy of Last Train to Wensleydale.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Santa, you saved my day!!! What a great surprise! Have a very merry christmas and all the best luck in 2010!
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796. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:57]
Beto _
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro / Salvador
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got a Steam . Thank you santa !!!
one of the best train games ever !
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797. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:986]
Matt Mitchell
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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First, I owe my SS a small apology. Back before Thanksgiving, "Uncle" Nick sent me an entertaining message, part of which said :
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Vinnie an' Moose are definitely gonna be swinging by yer place sometime next week, ten days, I dunno.

It ended up being the "I dunno", so I got worried that there was some shipping mix-up. Anyway, I ended up sending a message to our fine BGG SS coordinator early this week about it. And today I was greeted by a nice square box from Thought Hammer!!!

Onto the contents of that box:

One of my best friends loves Set. Absolutely loves it. Has told me we have to play it sometime, which is difficult as he lives in Illinois and I'm in Nebraska. Well, now I have a copy that we can use when he comes out west to ski and I join him on the weekend. Sweet!

But there's more...

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798. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: Sauron [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
Matt Mitchell
United States
Palatine
Illinois
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I could feel something else underneath the Set box. After fishing through the packing peanuts to the mysterious box's edge, I was able to flip this game up. LOTR is one of the few "gamer's games" that my wife will actually play, and she's actually excited to not only have this expansion but...
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799. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: Battlefields [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
Matt Mitchell
United States
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Illinois
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this one also. Now we have all the expansions.

Awesome. Simply awesome.


Thanks "Uncle" Nick
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800. Board Game: Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Richard Pardoe
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San Ramon
California
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A frosty morning as we gather round the tree to open presents. From my secret santa, I find


Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal

Power Grid is a favorite of mine and of my game group, so this is certain to get repeated plays. And the nice thing - this expansion comes in a collector's box, so I can keep all my expansion in this instead of squeezing them into my poor Power Grid box which is bursting at the seams almost.

But that's not all! We also find


Say Anything

A party game I have been curious about, but never could add to a game order. So Santa, you did perfect getting this for me! Now I can enjoy it with the group and perhaps with my work...I have this nefarious scheme to introduce a party game or two into our next off-site meeting to break the ice during the day long sessions.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Santa!
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