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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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176. Board Game: Deadlands: The Battle for Slaughter Gulch [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4580]
N S
United States
Somerville
Massachusetts
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I got this, which was on my list. Thanks Santa! Santa was so generous he also threw in the Covert Action card game too, which I had never heard of but look forward to trying.
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177. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Chris Norwood
United States
Graham
North Carolina
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On Friday, I was very excited to receive a package sent from Austin, Texas! I guess Santa must have moved to warmer climates, because it was for me and was full of games! Having absolutely no restraint, I tore into it like a monkey on a cupcake!!!

My wonderful Secret Santa sent me War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age, Kachina, and Chicago Express: Narrow Gauge & Erie Railroad Company! Thank you so much! I can't wait to get them played!!!
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178. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:544]
Paul Lister
United Kingdom
London
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Yeh Haw! Roll 'em up Pardner!

Thanks Santa - I think this will get a lot of play over the Xmas holidays. Perfect choice as most of the Euros i have on my wishlist would have probably gathered dust till next year wheras this beauty will be banishing the tumble weed on christmas day.
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179. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:106] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Jesper Bøje
Denmark
Horsens
Unspecified
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Got my present from my SS, but havent opened it yet, and is hidden away now

So Xmas eve came, and since we open oure presents doing xmas eve here in Denmark I got to open my present, And Small World it was, one of the games ontop of my list since it came out, now I just need to try this one.

Thanks SS who ever you are, since I never heard from you, and the game was sendt from a local gameing store here in DK, I have no way to find out either. Hope you had an wonderfull christmas your self
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180. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
Neil Cook
United Kingdom
Burton on Trent
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So the postie turns up this morning with a delivery from a company that I've never heard of. Their stamp on the box says "for all your online gaming needs". But I don't game online. They have the wrong address I'm certain, so I open the box, and inside find Rebel vs Imperium.

I've not heard a peep from Santa so can only assume it's a delivery from the big guy himself because I've not ordered anything.

Thank You Santa wherever you are
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181. Board Game: Khronos [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1440]
Robert Tiinus
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Göteborg
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I retrieved my package today, from my faraway local post office.

I will wait with opening it until around christmas, more fun that way

The package had a few dents and holes, but the contents seem to be intact. I can see mint condition christmas wrapping around the contents, so no reason to yell at the evil postman.
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182. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:2649] [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Tiago Ali de Oliveira Bueno
Brazil
Campinas
São Paulo
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Just received the package from my SS. Wow, fastest SS ever to Brazil. It under my soon to be christmas tree.

Thank you Santa.

Edit

Sorry for the delay, very poor Internet acess.
So the game was Zombies!!! Thank you very much Santa.
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183. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:133]
Mike Wescott
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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Thanks Secret Santa, for Ghost Stories, also for:
Red November
Arcane Legions Starter Set
Puerto Rico

You rock, I hope your Christmas is the best it can be and I hope your Santa is as generous to you as you were to me.

Euse
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184. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Brett Adams
United States
Crabtree
Oregon
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Got home from work on Wednesday and saw a package on the front porch from Boulder Games. Got all excited because I've never shopped there and assumed it must be from my SS. Ripped open the package and found a lovely wrapped game, a note saying from Secret Santa and a five dollar gift certificate to Boulder Games. I have as much willpower as a......well you get the picture. I ripped open the wrapping to find Dominion, a game I've wanted to play for awhile now. We have played it twice so far and really enjoy it.

Thanks Santa!!!
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185. Board Game: BattleLore: Heroes Expansion [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Sturmo
Belgium
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I had just finished dinner when the bell rang. My neighbour told me that a package had arrived. I wasn't really expecting a gift from Santa this early so i opened up the package. I was astonished to see that i was given a gift from my "must have" list. On the bottom of the box i saw a paper telling that another gift would come later.

A Game of Thrones: The Card Game

Santa really spoiled me this year!!

Thanks a lot Santa!!laugh
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186. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:257]
Tim Seitz
United States
Glen Allen
VA
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Yippee!

Santa also included UWO, which I have never heven heard of. Yippee!?
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187. Board Game: Infection Express [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:5278]
Luna Lovegood
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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Presents are here!! Presents are here!!

I got a note from Santa a few days ago letting me know that a package was on its way on Friday. I've been checking my doorstep every minute since (even though it's ridiculous to expect delivery on the day after shipment, or on a Sunday, but a girl can dream, right?), and this morning when I woke up, lo and behold, there was a big box waiting for me!

I assumed it would be from one of the online game stores, but the shipping label said it was from the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. Which means that Santa's either got the coolest job ever, or he's got fantastic connections.

Inside I found four - count 'em, four!! - beautifully gift wrapped presents (sadly I was too impatient to think about taking pictures of the pretty presents before ripping them open), on top of which was a note from Santa giving me permission to tear into the presents immediately instead of waiting. Which is good, b/c I have the patience of a squirrel high on caffeine.



The first game was a copy of Infection Express - the solitaire version of Pandemic. I put it on my wishlist so that I'd remember to print it out eventually, but Santa beat me to it. It's a beautifully handmade copy. The blocks appear to me made out of clay, and it looks like I may have partial prints on Santa. ninja It's a much nicer copy than I would have had the patience or talent to make. THANK YOU SANTA!!!

But that wasn't all. Underneath that, I found a game that had been on my list forever, but that I'd never gotten around to getting:



And also



AND, wrapped up in a single package









And as if that weren't enough, Santa told me that another package was going to be sent out today!! I've had a pretty crappy week, and the fact that someone put this much thought and generosity into a gift for someone they don't even know has really brought some cheer back into the holidays for me. I have the best Santa ever!!!! kisskisskisskisskisskisskisskisskisskisskiss

(Edit: I wonder how Santa knew that 7 is my favorite number...)

Update: My second package arrived today. Inside, I found



to replace the copy I got from Secret Santa last year, that my dog apparently thought would make a good snack. There were also 2 promo cards - Fire Spirit & Water Spirit.

Thank you, Santa!!!!
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188. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:133]
David Anderson
United States
seattle
Washington
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Hello Santa!

I came to work today after our long weekend and your presents were there waiting for me! Thank you so much. They came nicely wrapped and your elves even gave me a $5.00 gift certificate for a future purchase. I have a pretty good guess on what the larger present is due to your note. ("Keep being a good boy, and merry ghost hunting"). I have no idea what the smaller one is. I'd love to know more about you. It seems you have given me some hints, but I haven't figured it out yet. As of now I only know who your elves were. I am going to try to be good and wait until Christmas morning to open them (my wife will peek to make sure she does not duplicate anything).

Merry Christmas!
David

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189. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:533]
Jim Calabrese
United States
Enfield
Connecticut
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What else can I say but Thank You Dimble the Gnome! Thank you for picking up Santa's slack, dealing with experimental rocket boots and putting up with my wish list. Not only did I get Rise of Empires, but also included was a copy of Cuba: El Presidente. Merry Christmas and I hope Santa does not work you guys to hard this year. Thanks again.
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190. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Mark G.
United States
Holland
Michigan
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The Brown Sleigh arrived today with a package from Santa's summer home somewhere in CT.

Santa was extremely generous and thoughtful this year. Inside the box I found a note which read "Something you wanted, something to make it better, and something to make you want more."

The something I wanted was Agricola, a game I love, but had yet to add to my collection.

Then to make it better Santa included Animalmeeples and Farmers from MayDay games, a Z-Deck, and a handmade copy of the Through the Seasons expansion.




Then to make me want more Santa sent two expansions to Age of Steam, a game I have on my wish list, but that I don't yet own.




What a generous and thoughtful gift package! Thanks Santa!

-Mark

Edited: Typos.
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191. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Russell D
United Kingdom
Ewell
Surrey
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Thanks, Secret Santa!

I am about 3/4 of the way through painting the miniatures of the base game, so just in case I was getting complacent I have 77 more miniatures to paint. And two scenarios to use all the figures in, as well as more rules for the base game. I am really glad to have this in my collection, so thank you, Santa!

(And thanks too for the bonus magazines!)

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192. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:640]
Amie Taylor
Canada
Vernon
B.C.
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Thank-you so much to my very generous secret santa! So exciting. I couldn't wait to open it!

Babel

I got On The Underground, and Babel!!
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193. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Ernie Lai
United States
Forest Hills
New York
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my santa sent me my most wanted item on my wishlist, arrived 11/30
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194. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:59]
john guthrie
United States
silver spring
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santa scored highest marks as far as i am concerned. a very cool game. he even found room in the box for Battleground: Kingdoms
i'm guessing secret santa opted for those games that most closely lined up with his favorites, which is just excellent!
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195. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
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A huge thank you to my super Secret Santa. His UPS reindeer worked overtime and delivered my gift a day earlier than scheduled.... and there was no way I was waiting to open the box.

I was very excited to pull Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion out of the box, which was high on my wish list... it expands one of my very favorite games! Not only that but Santa also included Caylus-- a game that I absolutely adore but didn't own.

Can't wait to play them!

Thank you so much Santa, you're the best!
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196. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:106] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Weaving Geek
United States
Muncie
Indiana
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I got home from my Thanksgiving trip to find a package on my doorstep... it was from Boards & Bits, and I was expecting something from them anyway, so I opened it. On top, before I saw anything, was a note: "Merry Christmas from your BGG Secret Santa!" I paused: should I keep going? I couldn't see any games at this point.

Yeah, right. I wasn't going to wait! I'd been good all year in anticipation for this devil, so I dove into the packaging peanuts.

I was really excited to receive Small World because it's a game I've been wanting for a while but might not ever actually buy for myself! I also got:
Small World: Grand Dames of Small World

Now I can't wait to open the game and get everything out! I have a new friend, and I think he'll like playing this with me (he's into Warhammer miniatures).

Overall, great choice, Santa! This was definitely one of my top "wants" on my wishlist. Thank you very very much!

Edit on 12/5:
I received a postcard from my Secret Santa today! Now it looks like he/she lives in Sweden...
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197. Board Game: Santa's Special Delivery Game [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Greg Malcolm
United States
Plymouth
Michigan
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11/30/09 the big day... it arrived.

after many awesome messages from Secret Santa... it arrived.

no more sleepless nights... it arrived.

I told myself, if they’re wrapped, I won’t open them... I hope they’re not wrapped.

I opened the box carefully and looked inside... THEY’RE WRAPPED.

six wrapped packages! six!!!

[the sleepless nights continue]

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!

update to follow on 12/25/09...

Christmas Day, finally!!!

Here's what I opened this morning:

1. The Battle for Hill 218


2. Rage


3. Corsari


4. Roma


5. Drive [Crazy Chicken]


6. Boomtown


Thanks AGAIN to my VERY GENEROUS Secret Santa!
I can't wait to play all these games!!!


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198. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:41]
Faye Holliday

California
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Just before heading on a walk I look outside and there is a package waiting for me! I go on my walk to forget about it... Come back and there it is staring me at my face. So I open it slowly to see if the game is wrapped and it is so I tore open the box!

Not only one but two wrapped presents inside! Nicely wrapped with a card attached! I'm very excited and very pleasantly surprised to get two gifts!!!

The games will stay wrapped on my desk then moved under the tree when I get one. Thank You my Finland Secret Santa!


Okay, So I found out what the games were! whistle
(No, my willpower is strong but I already saw the games listed) so I let my daughter rip them open. Lo and Behold... I am very grateful for receiving two games that I really look forward to playing!

Pandemic

and

Castle Panic


THANK YOU SANTA!!!
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199. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:343]
Mr. Green
United States
Ft. Collins
Colorado
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When green is all there is to be, it could make you wonder why. But why wonder? I'm green, and it'll do fine: it's beautiful, and I think it's what I want to be.
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My Secret Sinterklaas is in the Netherlands, and he/she has been AWESOME! The taunts have been wonderful, and I'm learning about Christmas in a different culture - I love it! I need to find a Dutch store so I can buy some Sinterklaas and Zwarte Pieten decorations to add to our decor!

So today the first bit arrived:



December 9: A box arrived today from Board & Bits! Inside, in addition to Santiago, there was -

Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal


and if that wasn't enough -

Endeavor


But the bestest of all was all the great interaction I've had with Sinterklaas. Two beautiful new figurines now adorn our piano with the other Santas, in honor of my great Secret Sint and a heritaged shared.

Merry Christmas, Sint! Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
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200. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:161]
John Souza

Seattle
Washington
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I was finally able to get my waiting package yesterday and of course I couldn't wait to open in.

Wow! I first of all want to thank my Secret Santa.

The package contained The Settlers of Catan plus the 5 - 6 player expansion, but wait there's more!

It also contained:
Seafarers of Catan plus the 5 -6 player expansion
Cities and Knights of Catan plus the 5 -6 player expansion
The great river
The fisherman of Catan
Event cards for Settlers

I am totally overwhelmed to finally have this as a part of my collection and will need an epic Settlers night soon. Also I can use this as a great gateway by introducing expansions a piece at a time.

Thanks again! This is awesome.
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