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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1076. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:267]
Alex
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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I was exstatic when a wrapped package from the German Boardgame Company arrived ten days before Christmas. I'd naively hoped to hold out until Christmas, but it didn't happen...blush and when I opened it, my hopes were far exceeded - Middle-Earth Quest! A perfect choice for me, and the game I've been the most excited about in the last year. Way to go, Secret Santa! Thank you so much for such a generous gift!
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1077. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1423]
Fraser
Australia
Melbourne
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An old favourite from our lunch time game sessions that I never owned.
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1078. Board Game: Sylla [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:820]
Dany Simard
Canada
Gatineau
Québec
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That's the game I received from my Secret Santa

It was my top on my wish list....

Thanks Santa and to all other Santa who make of this Christmas a special Christmas
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1079. Board Game: You're Bluffing! [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:907]
Needle
Australia
NSW
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Well it felt like a wargame, it looked like a wargame, it smelt like a wargame, it sounded like a wargame (I hoped it was a wargame) but once unwrapped it was

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor



Thanks secret santa you saved my bacon and made my wife happy
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1080. Board Game: Ra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:810]
Tom
United States
Seattle
Washington
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I am overwhelmed by the generosity shown to me and my family. Santa not only sent me the above game, but ALSO Container AND ZÈRTZ. Additionally, taking a queue from my microbadges, also sent me a very nice Seattle Mariners-themed water bottle and 2010 calendar. AND the package was amazing - each item was individually wrapped, and the box itself was wrapped with Christmas-themed comics taped all over it! Wow. Wow! and thanks!

Tom



Ysabel and Ozzie await the opening of the Secret Santa package.
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1081. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:267]
Marcello Larcher
Brazil
Brasilia
DF
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Hey! it was so loaded at Santa's bag the minis came all broken, but Fantasy Flight already said they would send me new ones! thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

oh, and i played wrong one time, lost one as the heroes, and won one as Sauron, and lost one as the dark lord! lots of fun!

Thanks Santa!
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1082. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Robert Kimmell
United States
Tigard
Oregon
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Thanks you secret santa! We have played probably 25 games already!
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1083. Board Game: Sun Tzu [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1014]
Taylor Liss
United States
Quincy
Massachusetts
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Thank you Santa! Me and my girlfriend played it and loved it very much!
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1084. Board Game: The Hell of Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:2396]
Angeral Peng
Taiwan
Taipei City
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Thanks for SS, your gift same with my WSS. hehehe
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1085. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:1977]
Brian Walker
United States
Hayward
California
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As an avid WoW MMO fan, this was a great selection for me and my game group. Thanks secret santa!!!

Now to find someone to paint my minis
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1086. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Andy Relf
United Kingdom
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My first BGG Secret Santa and wow...

I waited till Christmas day to open it and I and the rest of my family were sooo excited....It's the first gift any of us have had where nobody in the room knows what it is....The tension was almost unbearable...

A massive thank you to my secret santa and to IGUK who beautifully gift wrapped the game...

Cheers...

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1087. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:330] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Andy Van Zandt
United States
South Ogden
Utah
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My secret santa got me Jambo, along with expansions 1 and 2

I played it the first day I got it, and was almost late for my once-a-decade checkup at the doctor because of it.

thanks secret santa
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1088. Board Game: Memoir '44: Campaign Book Volume 1 [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
All My Hits Are Crits
United States
Berkeley
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& a $5.00 gift certificate to Boulder Games, thank you magic invisible santa!
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1089. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Chris Dieckmann
United States
Bronx
New York
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I got this from secret santy and have played it many times since
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1090. Board Game: Steam Barons [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Darren Bezzant
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Big thanks to my Secret Santa. I got this great expansion to Mr. Wallace's Steam.

Also got a couple of sweeteners

Scary Tales: Little Red vs. Pinocchio
10 Days in Europe

Greatly appreciated!!!
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1091. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:1840] [Average Rating:6.09 Unranked]
Celso Távora
Brazil
Cruzeiro Novo
DF
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Apples to Apples + Scattergories + Monkeys on the Moon + Saga + Jericho + Jungle Speed + Big Top.

Yeah, 7 games.

Impressive! Thank you sooooooooooo much, I hope you had such a nice Santa as you were to me.
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1092. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:130]
Felipe Dias
Brazil
São Paulo
SP
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The elves that bring me my gift made me wait until Dec 24. But they bring me 2 great games: Endeavor and



Thank you very much Santa. You made my Christmas with these games.
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1093. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:883]
Stephen Dahlin
United States
Coarsegold
California
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My secret Santa did an excellent job this year. Santa kept me posted with tracking info from the time of purchase through delivery confirmation. Santa also went above and beyond with:


I was unable to wait until the big day to unwrap or play but Santa assured me that this was OK.

I offered thanks directly through geekmail. Thank you again, Secret Santa and may you have a wonderful new year.
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1094. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:293]
Usta Playalot
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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My most generous Santa sent me Yspahan, along with For Sale and Frank's Zoo. It was most unexpected to get 3 games, yet so very wonderful. I'm moving into a new house this weekend and will have a boardgame room - can't wait to break them out on the new table!
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1095. Board Game: Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Geoffrey Steenberge
United States
Corning
New York
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Thank you Secret Santa for Power Grid - Brazil/Spain & Portugal and for the expansion for Reef Encounter. Now I have another excuse to play some great games (as if any was needed).
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1096. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:31]
Jeff Wood
United States
Davis
California
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Thanks Santa!

I've yet to convince my friends to help me part the ships from the plastic, but the consensus is growing that this must be played!

Also thanks for the Pandemic and Agricola expansion!
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1097. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:308]
Tom Janiszewski
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Thank-you so much Secret Santa!!

I must say...I opened my gift a while ago...I just couldn't wait till Christmas. I've already got about 6 plays of this great game already...all my gaming friends love it!

A great success and great gift choice Santa!
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1098. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:53]
David Sidore
United States
Athens
Georgia
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I have to thank my Santa from the Great White North for restoring my faith in Secret Santa. My last three experiences with Secret Santa (none on BGG) ranged from poor to awful. Each time I put effort into making it a special experience for the person I got only to find that I had been assigned to someone who did not view the process with the same attitude, leaving me with a bad taste in my mouth about the whole thing. So I stopped doing Secret Santas.

I don't know why I decided to do it this year, but something about the BGG community gave me hope (despite Tom's finger wagging at those who play evil partners in Hofstadter's spin on the Prisoner's Dilemma), and I signed up. When targets were announced it seemed like I was being set up to be disappointed. I'd said I was willing to have an international target and I got someone in Singapore. Rather than send a few card games or a gift certificate, I shipped a heavy box around the world. I figured I'd get my usual Secret Santa karma and have to be satisfied with brightening someone's day (which I'm glad to see I seem to have done).

After one taunt to let me know I was not forgotten (and hinting that Santa might need to rest in January and would get to me in February), I was pleasantly surprised to discover a box on my doorstep in time for Hanukah with three games that fell into the great gift category--things that I wanted, but was unlikely to go out and get myself.

In addition to Steam, I also found:

MegaCorps

and

Gloom


While the loot is cool, the restored sense that Secret Santa can be a positive experience is what brings the smile to my face. Stay warm, my Canadian friend.
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1099. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:43]
Jen Williams
Australia
Minto
NSW
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I got my gift from my other Secret Santa today.

The package arrived and I saw it was from Milsims Games. Knowing I hadn't ordered anything from there. I opened it and discovered Pandemic.

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!
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1100. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:23]
Andrew Knaack
United States
La Jolla
California
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I was absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of my Secret Santa. So to my new friend from Colorado I thank you dearly. I am sorry I did not do this earlier, just because I didn't know to until Tom's Geek Mail. haha.

When I returned from college for the winter break a huge box waited there for me. By the size of it could have easily been a mini-refrigerator, but as a good little boy I waited until Christmas to open it, just as my Secret Santa instructed me to.

Unpacking the box I was amazed that there 5 games nicely wrapped. My favorite game I did not have was the first to be opened, Race for the Galaxy. I would have been happy with just that, but the gaming goodness continued. :]

Um Reifenbriete

I had heard so many great things about this game, couldn't wait to play it. I was amazed that my Secret Santa could find this or part with this because it is so hard to find. It is a perfect addition to my collection for its family friendliness, while still providing some strategy to keep me happy.


Boss Kito

A game I had never even heard of, but since the rules take about 3 minutes to read it hit the table with my family right away on Christmas. This is another game that I was very happy with, due to its family friendly theme and rules as well as still incorporating strategy. :]


Castellers & The End of Triumvirate

Both of them I have yet to have a chance to play, but I am excited to get them to the table. I have read the rules and think that these are both games that I will like. I think my Secret Santa may have been better at picking games for me than I was, as RFTG was the only game on my list in the games I got, but it seems like things worked out great . Yet that was not the last surprise...


Race for the Galaxy, Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm, Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium



One great thing about having had time since I opened the gifts until when I posted this was that I don't think I would have noticed that BOTH Race expansions were put in the original game box. Race for the Galaxy is now one of my favorite games, I can't wait for On the Brink of war.

SO THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Secret Santa, hope the holiday season is going well for you and I wish you best of luck in the new year. :]
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