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2010 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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For those of you who are new to the Secret Santa List:

I run this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santa 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! This assists those of us who read the list regularly as recipients are adding their gifts in a chronological order.

In years past this list has been heavily monitored as the gifting season approaches and I am sure the same will hold true this year.

I find it very handy to put a link on your profile page so your Secret Santa knows where you have posted the feedback so s/he doesn't have to sort through 2000 entries to find yours quickly.


To see all previous years' editions of this list and to give the new Secret Santa participants an idea of how this works, look at these links:

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



To see Simon Hunt's statistical breakdown of previous years' Secret Santa:

UPDATE New list: Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2010


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



IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there.

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts 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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151. Board Game: Christmas Party Gift Exchange Game [Average Rating:2.20 Unranked]
Russell Cooper
United States
Troy
Illinois
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laughI came home today to find a package waiting for me. And, having little to nil self-control, I tore into it. Inside, I found:

Jaipur A game I have been dying to play. THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!!!!

But wait, there's more!

Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm

and

Race for the Galaxy: Rebel vs Imperium were also waiting for me. AWESOME!! Now I can further explore my new favorite game. THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!!!

So, I think this proves that I HAVE THE GREATEST SECRET SANTA EVER!!!!

A thousand thank yous and BGG is the best site in the world!!!!!!

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EDIT: In my excitement (hey, I don't get out much) I listed The Gathering Storm, but what I really got was....

Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War

which completes my collection, so COOL BEANS!!!!!

THANKS AGAIN, SANTA!!!!
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152. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
Justin Morgan
United States
Ashburn
Virginia
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Santa is GREAT. I got Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game and Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game. I am very happy with both games



Having recently played the new Civ game I am impressed that it captures most of the aspects from the computer game. WOW.
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153. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:70]
David Gagner
United States
Maple Grove
Minnesota
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So when I was leaving today for work, I noticed a package on the front step. I was wondering who that could be for. I thought about it while I was at work, wondering what I had ordered. Got home and almost forgot about it, since I enter through the garage instead.


I waited until late tonight to open it because I needed to find both my camera and my batteries. My excitement grew as I held and shook the box a little bit, couldn't resist. I opened the box and resisted the temptation to dig into the peanuts right away. The peanuts actually managed to cover the box art just enough to stop me from seeing what it was.


Runewars! Woohoo! I've played this a number of times, but never my own copy. Well that ends today now that I have my own copy. This will go perfect on the shelf with all the other coffin games that I own. Thank you so much Secret Santa!


Of course you can never do anything of interest in a house with cats without them participating. He tried to dive right into the box and attack the evil packing peanuts.


Thank you so much, great choice!
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154. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:13]
Voltage Spike
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Santa showed up early this year and he must have thought that my wife and I had been a good girl and boy!


http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/35677/le-havre
Le Havre! Both of us saw a video review of this game and instantly fell in love with it. I have no doubt that many gaming hours have just been claimed by this amazing gift.


http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/65996/le-havre-l...
If Le Havre itself wasn't enough, Santa also sent an expansion for it! Once we've gotten a solid grasp on how Le Havre plays, we'll be plugging this expansion in on a permanent basis.


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What, there's more?!? This leaves us with only Kingsport Horror and Black Goat of the Woods left to fully complete our Arkham Horror collection!

To whomever was my Secret Santa this year, you've already made our Christmas an amazing one. Thank you so very much for your incredible generosity. My target will be receiving the same level of charity that you showed to us. I hope you and yours have as fantastic of a Christmas as you have just given us.
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155. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:363]
Chris Dippel
United States
Forest Hills
New York
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Merry Christmas, Everyone!

I hope that your Santas are as generous to you as mine was to me!
He sent me two games that were at the top of my wishlist, PLUS an expansion that I've wanted to get, but forgot to put on my wishlist.

SANTA IS PSYCHIC!

In addition to Jamaica, Santa sent me:



and



I am thrilled! Thank you so much, Santa!

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156. Board Game: Cadwallon: City of Thieves [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1723]
D Clevenger
United States
Sunnyvale
Texas
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My Secret Santa outdid himself/herself. Cadwallon and, AND
Duel of the Giants: Eastern Front



Rock on, Secret Santa!
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157. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:389]
Daniel Sarasio Meyer
United States
Forest City
Iowa
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Holy Cow. I arrived home from work Wednesday for the long weekend, and what did I find in my garage, but a big box from CollStuffInc. "What is this?" I think as I start to get excited hoping it is the box that my Santa has been telling me might appear. I don't have a chimney see, so it makes sense the big guy, or gal would leave it there for me.
I got what appears to be the first of two packages. (Based on the taunting.)
This box contained Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Mr. Jack Extension, and Fairy Tale.
Way more than I expected to receive, plus another package on the way. My family will love roll through the ages. My wife and I already like Mr. Jack, this extension will add some interesting twists to that game. The other game is new to me an I cannot wait to try it out with my daughters.
Thanks Santa. You are awesome.
Cheers,
Dan

Update:
I got a second box Saturday with Odin's Ravens in it. This is a game I have been looking for for a while now. My wife and I are already enjoying it.
Thanks again Santa. You are awesome and found great games that my family will play regularly.
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158. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:185]
Brian Stevenson
United States
Castle Rock
Colorado
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I got home from BGG.con and couldn't believe that there was a package for me. I hadn't ordered anything for a while for myself, knowing that I was going to the con and wanted to try a bunch of games while I was there.

So there was this box, that I open, and here's LOYANG staring me in the face. I love Le Havre and have wanted this game for a while so it was a great choice



Except......I guess the elves didn't read the note I wrote to santa on my profile about holding off until after BGG.con so I could update my wishlist with new games and opinions, because I got a copy myself while there because I loved it so much.

Great choice of game, and thank you so much Santa. I appreciate your generosity, and I know I'll find a good home for this extra copy now.

Thanks again
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159. Board Game: Cuba: El Presidente [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Martijn
Netherlands
Den Haag
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Dear Santa,

Thx for the beautiful games you brought me.
* Cuba: El Presidente
* Hoogspanning: Uitbreiding Benelux

Thanks a lot. Merry Christmas

Zebigboss
(Martijn)
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160. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
John Winter
Canada
London
Ontario
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I heard a knock on my door this morning and there was the postman with a box I hadn't ordered, hurrah! It was from German Games here in Ontario who I knew was doing free gift wrapping, but I had my girlfriend open the box to check. Sure enough, it was gift wrapped and so under the tree it went. However, they seem to have packed in a little pack of bonus Dominion cards, which I have a feeling may be linked to what's underneath that wrapping


Thanks Santa!

UPDATE: My guess was correct, it was in fact Dominion! (plus the Stash promo cards). Though I don't have a picture yet, I later received a hand-knit Cthulhu hat (which will definitely double as a monster cup for Arkham Horror). Thanks Santa Kalissa!
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161. Board Game: Schinderhannes [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3501]
Michael Weber
Germany
Wendeburg
Germany
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I got Schinderhannes which was on my MUST HAVE list and I also received "Old Town Solo" as a little extra.


THANKS A LOT SANTA!


And merry Christmas to everybody
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162. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:447]
Matthias Fischer
Poland
Warszawa
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I think I got the most awesome (and generous) Santa out there
When I came home yesterday I had a note from the swiss post to come and pick up a packet. So, today before work I got the packet and after a loooong day at work I opened it. As the gift wrapping has been forgotten, I had an excuse to peek at what I got.

AND: Santa made the best choice ever! Snow Tails, on the very top of my wishlist. I actually never played the game (as my friends at the Sueddeutsche Spielemesse in Stuttgart didn't want to try it), but I am looking forward to playing it very much.

And Santa even added another game to my collection:

Der Pate


I really wanted to buy this at the end of the day on Saturday, but unfortunately it was sold out. Now I know why. Santa wanted to surprise me.

I am very happy with my gift. Santa couldn't have made a better choice. Thanks Santa, you are awesome!
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163. Board Game: Mystery [Average Rating:4.42 Unranked]
Roger
Australia
Northcote
Victoria
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Yes! My box arrived. I have no self discipline or even intention to wait so I ripped open the box and couldn't believe my eyes! Oh Santa!!! You shouldn't have!!!
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No. That's not what happened. I'm in Nepal. My box is in Portugal. Me, here. Box, there. In between, a Great Distance.

I won't be back in Portugal for three weeks, and then another week before I get to where the Box is.
I have a video link via skype where I can see the Box. It has 6 faces, beautiful, brown, perpendicular faces. It has labels. Bar codes. But over skype the details are sketchy. I need to know more. Most of all I need to know: What's in it?????

Next to the Box is a woman who is vaguely familiar. She has power over the Box. She is the Box Controller.

"No, it's for Christmas", she says.
"Does it rattle?"
"mmm yes."
"How big is it. The exact measurements..."
"It's uhhh as big as the computer screen, plus up-to-my-knuckle high, and about up-to-my knuckle thick."
"What does it smell like????"
"That's enough. You need to go to bed anyway. Work tomorrow."
"Can we make a video of you opening it? You can be like LilyGirl, only opening things."
"Who?"
"Can you just open it to see if it's wrapped?"
"Ok. No peeking"

- pan right - loud box-opening noises

"It's not wrapped"
"Can you show me"
"No. Duh".
"What about... just a hint. Show me in a mirror."
"Enough! Go to bed!"
"I can't sleep"
"Why not? Missing me?"
"Um, yes" [MUST HUMOUR BOX CONTROLLER]
"Go to bed, talk tomorrow".

And like that she hung up. I'm left alone in my Boxlessness. Tomorrow I can try again...

UPDATE:

A day passed. She refused to let me even look at the Box.
"Don't get obsessed sweetie, it's a box".

I went along with her.

Then today, she left me alone with It. She had disguised it with paper to hide the information-giving labels. But I could still see it in its Dimensions. Possibilities are being eliminated...


POST-CHRISTMAS UPDATE:

So... Christmas came in the end. And inside was:

and:

Well, it was certainly an endeavor. And (see below) I have a great dame, even if the world is not quite small enough...
Thanks Santa!!! Fantabuloso! I love them both!

POSTSCRIPT: To be safe, I hadn't bought any other games the same shape as the Box while I waited. And the box-contoller, who is really quite a sweetie, knew I wouldn't be. And so she did, and I had SM's Civilization and Dungeon Lords (+ Glenmore) from her too!
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164. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:542]
Martin Lamothe (popmart)
Canada
La Prairie
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It looks like I've been a particularly good boy this year because Santa tried to get a lot of information from me in order to send me the perfect gift(s). He even asked about my daughters age and what they like. Well unless he is a sexual predator gathering information...... I don't think so laugh

Anyway, I picked up a package at the Purolator distribution center today. I usually wait until Christmas before opening Secret Santa's gifts but because Santa hinted that there might be something for the girls in there, I'm not sure they will want to wait whistle

Thank you Santa

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We opened the box tonight. The girls couldn't wait whistle

The big box


The content with the happy girls!


Dice Town, Forbidden Island, Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game and Coloretto!!!!

Way more than I was expecting!

Thank you very much Santa and merry Christmas to you.
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165. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:340] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
Ken Henderson
United Kingdom
Seaham
County Durham
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I trudged through the snow this morning to the local Royal Mail depot to collect a "packet" that the postie tried to deliver yesterday.

The so-called packet turned out to be a big, fat cardboard box. Santa had struck! ninja

Walking back to the car I was gauging the size and weight of the box. Could it possibly contain...

...Yes it could!

Fantastic. Last Night on Earth - a game I've wanted to buy for ages. A very thoughtful and generous gift from my BGG Secret Santa.

So, thanks a lot for a great present Santa. And, yes, you were right - I couldn't resist opening it immediately, so will duly pay my penance of playing the game at least twice before Christmas. That's a price I'm more than happy to pay.

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166. Board Game: Surprise! [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
Milvus
Ireland
Wicklow Town
Co. Wicklow
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Wow! Arrived home today to find a parcel awaiting me. The BGG Christmas logo appeared by my name so no mistaking what it was That was quick, now I have a long wait till Christmas cry I took a guess that the game itself was gift wrapped so opened the main box to find two beautifully wrapped games inside.

Attached to one of the games was a personnal note from my SS, who clearly did some research on me! Thank u very much. Hope u and yours have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks also to Shire Games for their wonderful wrapping and free first player decider dice. It'll definitely get use in my gaming circles!

Well finally opened my presents, its been a long wait!

Great stuff Secret Santa. My SS was super, loads of messages and a hand made counter bag, personalised for me, they really did their research. Another super christmas courtesy of the geek







and



which I believe was from Shire games, so thank u very much, Im very impressed.
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167. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:151]
Steve Duff
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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Holy crap my Santa is fast. surprise

I finalized my wish list Monday evening, after getting back from BGG.con, and this afternoon a package arrived. I never even considered it would be Secret Santa, so I opened it.

Inside was not only Tikal, but Saint Petersburg as well. I've played both before, but don't own them, so Santa knew I already liked them a lot.


Thanks Santa, you rock.
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168. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Tim Gordon
United Kingdom
Brampton
Cumbria
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This actually arrived yesterday, but this is the first chance I had to post up the news.

Many many thanks to my Secret Santa for taking the trouble - and I know that from his messages - it was all worth it, and very much appreciated

Excellent taunts too - which reminds me, I have to get back to doing mine ninja

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169. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:900]
P Isaak
Canada
Bon Accord
Alberta
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Thank you, thank you, thank you secret santa!
I have been wanting Bohnanza and Perry Rhodan and my husband told me Masquerade is supposed to be very good so I am totally pumped to play all 3.

You're the best!
Penny
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170. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:447]
Scott Peters
Canada
Steinbach
Manitoba
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A snowy game for a very snowy winter - how perfect!


Thank you Santa!

I also got

Memoir '44: Eastern Front


for more wintery fun! And to top it off,

Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm


I was as giddy as a little boy this afternoon. Great fun!
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171. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:15]
Mark Salamon
United States
Escondido
California
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It has not been a great week around here, but there was one bright spot. My Secret Santa sent me Brass! I'm a huge Martin Wallace fan, so I would have been buying this eventually. I tried playing this online recently, but I couldn't really remember the rules. I can't wait to get it on the table again. I love it! Thanks so much Secret Santa!

mark

Edit: CoolStuffInc also included a $5 Holiday gift certificate in the box. I just used that to purchase Leonardo da Vinci. Thanks even more Santa!
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172. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:57]
Jacco Versteeg
United Kingdom
Twemlow Green
Cheshire
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So, coming home last night, very, very tired, I found I had a package! Apparently I got really lucky, as it was being delivered to the neighbours just as the missus came home. I went nearly straight to bed, so I haven't opened it yet, but Santa has indicated this is the first package to arrive.....cool

26/11/2010:

Tonight I asked my dearest to check if the presents were all wrapped up, as I didn't want to see them too early. She confirmed they were. So, I've taken them out of the box....



Three packages! Ye gods, this is getting exciting....

5 December: Sinterklaas avond!

The traditional night of the year for the Dutch for giving and receiving presents. Thus, the night I decided I would open my presents. Lo and behold what was under the wrapping paper:



Chaos in the Old World has been on my radar for some time now. Very glad to have it now! There are at least two people in my games group who'd be very happy to play this, and I can think of a few others who would probably want to give this a shot.

Small World: Be Not Afraid..., another expansion to a game I love, Small World. High on my wishlist, a great addition to a great game!

And lastly, a big surprise: Fagin's Gang. This was not on my list at all, but came as a surprise gift from Santa. I used to own this game, it didn't get played and I ended up trading it away, unplayed and all. So now I'm just going to have to try it again.

Another package is on it's way - funny enough, this package should have arrived first, as a sweetener. So I guess it's going to be dessert instead.

Thank you very much Santa!

12 Januari 2011: Dessert time!

So there it was, at last - together with another purchase I'd made more or less on impulse. Good stuff arrives in boxes!



A must have on my Wish list! I'm feeling very, very rich, which is one of the reasons why I volunteered for the additional Giving Santa role, for those poor people for whom this year's Secret Santa didn't turn out as well as it did for me.

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173. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:224]
Kenneth H
United States
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I came back home Wednesday night, and found a package waiting for me. I knew what it was looking at it. I took it up to my room and set it aside.

I managed to hold off almost 24 hours.

People were occupying all of my usual pursuits for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I couldn't contact my girlfriend to increase my willpower, so I ended up opening it. I was thrilled. This is the kind of game I like a lot, (as my SS probably figured out).

It turns out my girlfriend probably would have just encouraged me to open it, so that's that.

I took it out tonight, and my friends and sister had an absolute blast struggling through our fledgling strategy. We were playing until almost 3 in the morning. Unfortunately, we lost on taint while trying to gather up the firepower to take down Sapphire. Nevertheless, it was amazing. As a bonus, my sister loves the game, and I might be able to get her to play it with me!

Thank you, Secret Santa!
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174. Board Game: Show Business [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:4628]
Tom Delme
Belgium
Ramsel
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One day you get a message from santa, the next day you find this:



It was my first Secret Santa, so I didn't know what to expect. I created a big wishlist because I didn't want to make it difficult for Santa. But I was extremely lucky. He didn't go for an easy one, but went for one of my most wanted games that is difficult to find.

Show Business


And if you think this is enough for my Santa, no he really wanted to spoil me and gave me a second game from my wishlist.

The Boss


So I can only say:
"Santa, I don't know where you are, but thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!"

My Secret Santa is the best!
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175. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:303]
Sylvain Francois
France
Paris
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First, as a note in my defense, I didn't open it right away. I waited for at least an hour before that (in addition to a few days before I could go collect the package at the post office).

It's a great gift! I was a little light on family games going into the holidays to play with the wife and kids, and this one looks great. And seems like a lot of fun. Can't wait to try it.

Thank you Santa !

And Charles ! (Charles is one of the elves on charge of gift distribution in France, and the one that contacted me to let me know that something was coming). Charles also told me that the Naughty-or-Nice surveillance system might be overstretched around this period, so I think I'll get away with opening the present early.
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