2009 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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San Antonio
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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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951. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
M C
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Lethbridge
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Thanks Secret Santa. I got Dixit and Hula Hupos. My kids are clamoring to play Hula Hippos already and Dixit was at the top of my wishlist. Thanks Santa.

My Santa also made a Christmas avatar for me, but the link expired and I procrastinated downloading it so I missed my chance. Sorry Santa.
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952. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Stuart Brookes
United Kingdom
Liverpool
Unspecified
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Well I am a lucky lad - Thank You Santa!

Not only did I get Seaside (now I can say I've been to the seaside on Christmas Day - brrr!!), but I also got:

Small World: Grand Dames of Small World



and

Small World: Cursed!




Thank You so much!!
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953. Board Game: Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
Jonathan Kinney
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Surrey
British Columbia
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Well, the gifts lasted until Christmas under the tree.

My SS got me this plus:

Power Grid: China/Korea

plus

Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards

Thanks again Santa!




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954. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1535]
Stefan Daniels
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Surrey
British Columbia
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My Secret Santa was just awesome this year! First off, I've got to appologize to them for the near-heartattack. My SS had left me a message stating that they hoped my 'package' had arrived safetly on Monday. I responded that I had received no such package. Then Santa sent me another message that he was getting 'worried' as package delivery had been confirmed by his elves. This seemed strange as I was certain I had received no such package. After hunting outside thinking that maybe those not-too-bright elves had secreted it away somewhere, I finally thought to ask The Wife if she'd taken receipt of any 'package'. After a bit of hard-nosed questioning she told me that she was hoping to keep the 'packages' arrival a secret until Christmas. Needless to say, I hope this hiccup hasn't diminished my Secret Santa's enjoyment of the experience too much

Santa was truely excellent this year in that he gifted me The Burning Blue. I have lusted after a copy of this game since the summer when I played this a few times at a game/camp weekend. Just bloody brilliant!

Also, Santa sent along an unnexpected gift of



I didn't have it on my wishlist, but this game has been on my radar since I have the other two Mask Trilogy games plus Torres. This is one group of games I am very happy to complete. Thank you so much Santa! This meant a lot to me.
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955. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:129]
donald fast
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Vancouver
BC
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Wow Super Secret Santa, there were not 3 packages but 5!!!

Pandemic: On the Brink ( i hope i know what one of the other boxes is now)
Yes, It is, it is Pandemic!
and Endeavor
and Tichu
and Saboteur

What a wonderful collection of games. This is super! Way more than i was expecting! Thanks for a verry merry Christmas morning

I think i'll have to go play a game now...
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956. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:305]
Bill H
United States
Absecon
New Jersey
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My SSanta was very generous! I've been dying for this one since playing it at BGGCon2009, thank you Santa!

And, adding more of everything (plus solitaire-play rules):
A Touch of Evil: Something Wicked Expansion

Thank you very much, Santa!


My RPG.geekdo Secret Cthanta was very kind to me also.

You guys rock!

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957. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
Yves Tourigny
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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The package arrived on the 24th, but I won't get my hands on it until the 26th, since I'm currently out of town. A friend was nice enough to open it for me while I waited on the phone: GALAXY TRUCKER! Awesome!

I didn't make it easy for my secret santa, constantly acquiring games from my wishlist as I was, and I was resolved to receive a game that I most likely had just recently purchased for myself. Galaxy Trucker is the perfect gift - interested enough that I want it, but not SO interested that I needed it immediately.

I can't wait to give it a try. Thank you, Secret Santa.
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958. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:149]
Łukasz Segiet
Poland
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My Guests have just left, so I can write a few words.

My sister had opened the gift, wrapped it and put under the Christmas tree.
Finally yesterday I found under wrapping paper TWO games!



First one is Acquire, my Love to have... I really wanted to try that classic, and now will have a chance to play it. I will read rules after I end this post.



Second one is Chinatown - a game that was not on my wishlist. Actually I have heard very little about it before, but paradoxically we played it twice this afternoon. It looks great, for me and my cousins. We agreed it will hit our table many times.


There is a picture of our play:



And there is a person, who made me so happy:
Jay Volk
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Richfield
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Thank You Santa!
I hope you are having as nice Christmas time as I am!
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959. Board Game: Royal Palace [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:722]
David Kennedy
France
Annecy
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My Secret Santa package arrived more than a week ago, but with (uncharacteristic) restraint I was able to wait until Christmas morning to open it. Inside I found three(!) wrapped gifts and a nice card.

The big package was Royal Palace, from my wishlist. This game seems right up my alley, and I can't wait to give it a shot.

The second package was Corporate Shuffle--a game we play a lot at work that I love. I'm going to try to get my family to play it this afternoon.



And the third was a game I'm not familiar with, but am excited to try. Iliad.



All in all, a great package! Thanks so much for your generosity, Secret Santa! And Merry Christmas to all!


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960. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Adam Deverell
Australia
Melbourne
Victoria
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Hooray! I didn't open this until Christmas morning. Glad I waited, as this was a real surprise. Nicely wrapped and there was a card in it too. I thought at first it was Agricola, so I didn't really have an idea.

I haven't played SW before, but put it on my wishlist as nobody I know owns it, it has been given some great ratings and I don't own any civ-lite type games like this at all. Awesome effort by DoW, looks great.

Thanks Secret Santa, I know you were eager for me to open it! Now I just have to play...
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961. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
Philip von Doomula
United States
Gray
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My Secret Santa got me Race for the Galaxy!!! A game I really enjoy and one I have wanted to buy for awhile.

My Secret Santa was extra generous this year and got me Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm also! I love expansions! Now I will have to get the other expansion, Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium.

Thank you so much Secret Santa! I hope you have a great Christmas as well!
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962. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Joel Downie
Australia
Heathmont
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I somehow managed to restrain myself from opening up my Secret Santa gift - despite the efficiency of Santa in getting it to me in sunny Australia over a month ago. My wife did sneak a look to make sure she didn't double up though...

Thanks Santa. It stayed under the Xmas bush until the big day. Am looking forward to cracking this open next games night.
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963. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
Brent Cunningham
United States
Lake Geneva
Wisconsin
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Thank you so much Secret Santa! I managed to hold out until Christmas Day but was so happy I did!

Also included was a gift certificate to Boulder Games, one of the best online stores!

We have a game meetup on Sunday, so hopefully I'll get this one to the table then.

Thanks Santa, Merry Christmas!
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964. Board Game: Nuclear Proliferation [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1874]
United States
Fairfax
Virginia
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Yup, I guessed it! Thank you Santa! My SS sent me Nuclear Proliferation and another expansion I didn't know about - Weapons of Mass Destruction! Only problem is, they won't all fit in my old tin! So I am going to re-cover a Settlers of Catan 5-6 player expansion box to hold the set along with my home made player assistance cards (that I will post after they've been modified to accommodate the expanded decks).

Let the destruction begin! devil
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965. Board Game: Weapons of Mass Destruction [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3465]
United States
Fairfax
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See how awesome my SS was? I didn't even ask for this one! Did I mention these games definitely don't fall in the easy to find category - he/she is awesome!
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966. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Andrew Pidcock
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Baie d'Urfe
Quebec
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Look what my secret santa sent me!
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967. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:3770] [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
Andrew Pidcock
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Baie d'Urfe
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EEEE! My secret santa sent me TWO GIFTS, and one of them was: We didn't playtest this at all. This WAS a surprise, and it has all kinds of expansions! WOW! Watta great Santa!
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968. Board Game: Ad Astra [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:615]
Joe J.
United States
Colorado Springs
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My Secret Santa went right to the top of the list and sent my most wanted game. Opening the box today I almost screamed as loud as my daughter when she saw her new DSi. Okay, I didn't scream, I whooped. Whooping is more manly.
I can't wait to play this with the gaming group.

Also included was a copy of Ruse & Bruise, a game I have been wanting to try. Played it with the family today, and they all enjoyed it a lot. In fact, we played three times!


Amazon doesn't bother hiding who orders gifts, so my Santa's identity is known to me. I'm adding you as a buddy today.

Just so we're clear on this, folks, my Secret Santa rocks!
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969. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:50]
Sebastian
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Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks Thanks

SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!

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970. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Alexander Zhang
United States
West Haven
Connecticut
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THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!

I was good and waited until Christmas day, despite the early shipment.. and found (to my wondering eyes).. Dominion, Unspeakable Words and (for the wee one in the family, who is soon to be joined by a bouncing gamer boy [announcement]) 1 2 3 Game!
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971. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:44]
Darryl Boone
Canada
Coquitlam
British Columbia
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I had placed over 40 things on my wishlist at my highest want level, and asked my Secret Santa to have a look at which games I like, and to pick out a game for me that they liked and they thought I would like. I looked forward to the surprise on Christmas morning!

The parcel arrived on the 23rd, the same day as my office Christmas party. While I was getting sloshed, my wife gift-wrapped the two boxes and placed them under the tree.

At the party, I was having a conversion with a colleague who also played board games, and he and his SO strongly recommended Pandemic and its expansion as a game they absolutely love. I had never played the game but I agreed, I had to try it sometime!

36 hours later, on Christmas morning, what did I find under the tree from my Secret Santa? Pandemic, and...


Pandemic: On the Brink

...which was not even on my wishlist! Some would call this a coincidence... I'd call it Christmas magic.

Secret Santa says there is a second package coming in a week or so, and I will update this post when I receive it. But even right now, I couldn't be more pleased! Thank you so much, my Secret Santa!
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972. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
Chris Johnson
United States
Azusa
California
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A very generous Santa sent me Brass, as well as the following additional games:

Lord of the Rings: The Search
Celebrity
Balderdash

I look forward to playing them, soon.

Thanks, Santa!

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973. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:159] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Andrew Tullsen
United States
VANCOUVER
WA
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I was a good boy and I opened my presents on Christmas.

I got some really nice games!

First, I opened up a small card game that I had been wanting for a long time: - Coloretto!
The funny thing was that I had just won this game in a contest, and I got my prize copy in the mail a few days before Christmas. But it's a great little game. I played it twice today.

Next was Attack!. In shrink, with lots of plastic pieces to punch and bag!

And finally, my favorite!
Neuroshima Hex!
So far I've played this game 4 times today! I and my brother each played each of the factions once. I lost 3 times.

Thanks to my Secret Santa - The games are really great - hope you enjoy your own games!


-I totally forgot to mention it! My Santa also sent ANOTHER PACKAGE all the way from England. It had a really nice assortment of different kinds of chocolates! YUM. I've already enjoyed some. My family got some too. AND a Power Grid Promo Card was included. AND some of those Carc candies from Essen!
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974. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:614]
Michael Weber
Germany
Wendeburg
Germany
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Yippppiiiiiieeeeeeee!!!!

Cool cool cool, I did not only receive one Martin Wallace game, no actually I received two Wallace games!!!! I received Steel Driver and Rise of Empires - man have I been a good boy this year :-)

Thanks a lot my Secret Santa!
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975. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Neil Meyer
United Kingdom
Crawley
West Sussex
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We were spoilt this Christmas - receiving Dominion, the two Dominion Promo cards (Envoy and Black Market):


As well as the 1910 USA Ticket to Ride card expansion!


Thank you Santa, this was a really great set of gifts and we are very grateful! Thank you also to Tom for co-ordinating this event.

Best wishes to you all for the New Year too!
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