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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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176. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:182]
Brian Robson
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Not one, but two games arrived yesterday from my Brazilian Secret Santa, nicely wrapped in Christmas paper by Paul at BoardGameGuru. I'll be keeping these under wraps until Christmas Day.

Boxing Day Update ...
When I unwrapped the first of the games I was overjoyed to find Egizia. I've been wanting this for ages but didn't buy it because someone else in our group was going to get a copy. Then they changed their mind

We'll be giving this a blast sometime soon

Also in the box was


Although this was not on my wishlist, I'm a big Agricola fan. And being a whisky drinker, any game that encourages the use of peat is a winner!

Muito obrigado, Secret Santa
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177. Board Game: Dixit Quest [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
Matt F
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Dear Santa,

Thank you for all the after dinner joy and laughter you brought to our Thanksgiving gathering! Your Amazonian assistants delivered a package last week and I was excited to find the Dixit expansion inside. Thanks also for the geekmail indicating that "an expansion may arrive before the main event".

I delayed our departure as long as I could, but the big brown trucks merely taunted me on Wednesday...

Based on what I'd read of the game, I knew Dixit would be perfect for our holiday get together. And I am thankful to the BGGer who posted a link to the rules and some tips for playing with the expansion only--as I almost didn't pack it. Five rounds of tryptophan and wine fueled frivolity later, I was glad I had. I toddled off to bed, thankful that I had three more days of rest, relaxation, and gaming stretched out before me.

You brought a happy end to a lovely day with my dear family. Thanks again.

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178. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:343] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Paul Urfi
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Kennesaw
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Oh Santa, you know me so well!!!

Santa not only came through with this awesome game but also generously threw in Last Night on Earth: Growing Hunger!!!

LNoE hit the table after Thanksgiving dinner to rave reviews. Turkey, family and the undead - what could be better?! Good times!

Thank you Santa!!! You rock!
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179. Board Game: Schwarzes Gold [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7142]
Luk
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About two weeks ago, I received a message from Santa announcing that "he had directed his elves to send all of the coal they would be getting to me". I've really been naughty this year, regarding to the promised amount of coal.
So it was hardly a surprise when my fiancée told me last Monday on the phone that a large box was arrived. Since I'm working in France and living in Belgium, I only come home during the weekends, Today I (finally) found a box waiting for me at home... and just by the weight, it is definitely not coal inside... so I just call it "black gold" with all the excellent stuff inside.

Actually, the taunting just started. A huge box lurking at me, but I will be strong and wait till Christmas. But actually in Belgium, there is no Santa Claus, instead it is Saint Nicolas (Sinterklaas) giving presents to all sweet children. And this good old fellow is passing by on December 6. If I can't wait till Christmas, I will at least wait till Sinterklaas.

And probably I should ask my fiancée to open the box (when I'm in Paris again) and wrap all stuff inside to put them under our Christmas tree. Then maybe/finally I will be the one with the most presents

So to my beloved Santa: an enormous thank you. I'll definitely make an update once I opened my present. On December 6 or 25, Sinterklaas or Santa Claus, that's the question!
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180. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:338] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Timo Hsu
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Delmenhorst
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First of all thanks Santa, for putting me on your nice list!!!

I just checked the mail and got a golden little envelope from my Secret Santa. It just says that I shouldn´t open it before Dec 6th.

It´s strange how much easier it is to not open an envelope than to not open a package...

Also Santa gave me a hint about meeples I think, which doesn´t make since with the envelope..

Thanks again Santa, I am looking forward to the 6th then.

edit:
Heard from my Santa, and he thinks I am now worth more than one present, because I waited in opening this letter Also he gave me the hint that I will get a nr 2 or 3 of wishlist
I am looking forward to it

Update-1 (6.12):
Yay finally the day arrived. Whoa that was a little bit harder than i imagined. Thats what was inside the envelope.


Inside that one was a nice message from my Santa and also this little one.

Bummer. The Letter emphasised to not open it before the 6th, and the card itself says after the 6th... hmm okay one more day won´t hurt..

I just hope, that Santa has mercy and lets me open my present(s) when they arrive. There is a lot of gaming scheduled around this time of year, and I happen to be one of the game providers ^^

Update-2 (6.12):
Santa send me a geekmail, wow he really has his eyes everywhere..
The message to open it after the 6th was only, for when I caved in, so I removed the piece of paper, kind of looking forward, to see a magic card (yes I still play that, sometimes )
only to be surprised by seeing the back of card, that seems vaguely familiar.


Oh yes that seems to be a Thunderstone Card. Santa told me, that may be too obvious of a hint, what I will get and he was right.

Out of curiousity, I took the card out of the sleeve and turned it around to find this one.


The Thunderstone: Death Sentinel Promo :-) Thanks a lot Santa, and now I am looking forward, to receive the base game :-)
Also start looking for sleeves.. and the other promos

But there was also a kind of sad message, Santa had to tell me.
One of the games, seemed to have been lost on the way and will probably arrive only after Christmas, but I don´t mind

Santa, I am really thankful, that you were taunting me, and helped me to strengthen my resolve in waiting.
(I don´t know how long that´ll last, but oh well ^^)

Also I think, I have a slight idea where my Santa is from.
He/she either is a fellow German geek, located near me, or has an aquaintance, that helped him/her, send the letter

Update-3 (21.12):
Lots have happened in these last days. I tried to find out, who my mysterious Santa might be. After analysing the letter, it had a stamp mark from Hamburg, which is odd, because it wouldn´t get one, if it was send from somewhere else. I checked the people who thumbed my entry and looked where the German ones came from.

Sidenote:
Even I couldn´t resist to thumb my targets item, when he posted the games Maybe my Secret Santa is similar.


Actually there only was only one person on the thumb-list, which matched the criteria, and after a little bit stalking, I was sure that he might be the one (or his helpter), so I geekmailed him, with the question if he happens to be my Santa. Boy did I know, that I really was on the spot with my guess.

But as a little punishment for being too curious about who my Santa was, he told me, that I´ll have to wait until the 22th Dec, since he happens to be in town around than... oO

He is going to hand deliver the presents, which I only know part of.
Yes I said presents. Here is the picture he send me.



And I am only allowed to open one of them, which he points out, so I can bring it to our playing group tommorrow evening

The rest has to stay closed until 24th, which shouldn´t be too difficult, because if I don´t the christmas nano-bots, he installed will destroy the contents if I open it earlier surprise

Thanks alot, for being such a cool Santa

Marius Roth
Germany
Wistedt
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Update-4 (22.12):
Today was the day... no not that one, but the day that Santa came into town
He brought me 4 little gifts, and allowed me to open 2 of them.
Inside were Thunderstone and Thunderstone: For the Dwarf Promo
Now I need to get me some sleeves ;-)

If you want to take a look at me holding the wrapped Thunderstone, look at the comments.

I played the game twice that evening and enjoyed both plays, even though I lost both..

Final Update (28.12):
Okay I am a little bit late, but the last days where quite a handful for me. I spent Christmas at my parents house and forgot the presents at home... luckily it weren´t the ones, that were for my parents ;-)

I openend them only yesterday without having a clue, what was in them.
Santa got me Zooloretto XXL and Warhammer: Invasion – Assault on Ulthuan.
The first one is great, since I haven´t played it in a while and have some new non-gamer friends, which probably like this
and the second one is cool, since I parted with most of my 2 player only games, only to recently get a new girlfriend, who likes to play

Thanks again Marius for all the awesome gifts
If you´ve got time to play and happen to be around send me a message thumbsup


Thats all folks, I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and I wish you all a happy new year, with lots of gaming to come

Countdown:
Times up :-)
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181. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Curtis Bensmiller
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Calgary
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Well, my Secret Santa came early and unfortunately I got a little heads up on what I was getting via email. I was sure happy though and couldn't wait to get the package in the door. Can't wait to try out another Dominion Expansion as well as two other great expansions.
Must be an expansion day!




Thanks Santa!
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182. Board Game: Steam Barons [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Jonathan Hildenbrand
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Portland
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Santa arrived fast. Looks like a great addition to Steam. I can't wait to try it 2 player with a friend.
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183. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:200]
 
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Cedar Falls
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I received a geekmail from Santa letting me know to expect a package delivery today and it arrived just after lunch. Willpower be damned, I tore into the box and was floored to find not only Conflict of Heroes, but..

Lock 'n Load: A Day of Heroes

AND..

Summoner Wars: Vanguards Faction Deck

AND..

Summoner Wars: Fallen Kingdom Faction Deck

Unbelievably generous! A HUGE 'Thank You' to my Secret Santa and 'Happy Holidays' to everyone!
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184. Board Game: Merkator [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:610]
Thomas Verstraete
Belgium
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Haha, after some phone calls and a drive to the local GLS depot in Merelbeke I got my Gift.

My first impression was one of horror, after signing my name, I got a rather huge box of Spiele Offensive but it was torn and ripped and it seemed like something escaped, but after opening the box, I found inside a nicely giftwrapped box, I opened it and found a copy of Merkator.

Thank you very much Secret Santa, this will definitely hit the table soon !!

greetings a lot of wishes to you and your family and until next year

Thomas
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185. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:23]
Bill Clay
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Calgary
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Thank you Santa:

I just opened my present and discovered there was not one but two gifts included. Am I lucky or what?

The second game was Tsuro:

Tsuro

(I hope I added the image properly.)

I am looking forward to playing both of these games very soon. Thank you once again Santa and have a very Merry Christmas yourself.

Bill
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186. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1153]
Pat Wilz
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So. I went to work today. It's okay. I didn't do much of anything, and neither did most of the other people there.

My wife, after failing to get one of the $200 laptops from Wal-Mart (Apparently, the police had to be called.) and after failing to get $79 Kindles from Amazon.com was a bit upset, but I wasn't. This was because (1) I didn't have to go. and (2) there was a Boards & Bits package from with my name on it waiting for me as I arrived home.

I asked my wife if it was from her or from Santa. She said that I could open it, and she could tell me then.

So, it contained two great gifts...



Which would have been great enough by itself, but it also came with:



Just in time for a game day tomorrow!

My wife confirmed that it was indeed from Santa.

This was the best Black Friday ever. Thank you Secret Santa!
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187. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:268]
Larry Welborn
United States
Anderson
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I was sitting on the couch watching the Alabama/Auburn football game when I heard the doorbell. As I went to the door I saw a man heading back to a delivery van and looked down to see a large box at my doorstep. The return address said Boards and Bits and I knew I hadn't ordered anything so I figured this was a Secret Santa Gift.

The box was huge and heavy. I opened it and saw another wrapped package inside along with a card indicating it was from my BGG Secret Santa.



I removed the package. It was really heavy. "What was on your list that is this heavy?", my wife asked. "I have no idea", I replied.

We debated for a few moments and I decided to open it.

Inside was Cuba. What a great gift. But that wasn't all. There was also Cuba: El Presidente. Amazing.

But that wasn't all either. There was also a copy of Ra: The Dice Game.

And one more thing as well. Agricola: Farmers of the Moor. This was not on my list but something I had considered for a while.

Here is a picture of my games:




Santa, words escape me. This was an incredible display of generosity and completely blew me away. Wow. Just Wow.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and are blessed with a joyous New Year.
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188. Board Game: Fearsome Floors [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:697]
Sean Gregory
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Thank you Santa.

I was able to celebrate a GeekChristmas this Thanksgiving Day.

In addition to Fearless Floors, I also picked up a second game:
En Garde

I once owned another En Garde(!) but now have the real Knizia!

A tribute to Santa:


Cheers.
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189. Board Game: Felix: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:812]
Dan Manfredini
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Austin
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I got a tiny package in the mail on Monday and I opened it up. Inside was Felix, the Cat in the Sack. My wife was excited because she really likes the game, so we're looking forward to playing it. Thanks Santa!

I thought that was it, but fast forward four days...

Tonight, my family and I just got back from a walk in the park. It was kind of dark at the door and I almost tripped over a package. I had no idea what it was. I looked at the return address and it was from a game store! My eyes lit up and I let out a Woohoo!

I went inside and cut open the box. At first I saw At the Gates of Loyang



I love Agricola so I'm looking forward to playing this one. I don't have the "pimped" out Agricola so this will be my first experience with vegi-meeples. Thank you so much Secret Santa!

I thought that was all in the box, but under the bubble wrap, there was another! The Rivals for Catan



I have been waiting for this to come out for so long. I have the Settlers Card game, but I think this will be an improvement on the game. And the art is beautiful. Thank you Santa!

Thank you so much Secret Santa! You did a great job of picking games!
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190. Board Game: Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:323]
Joe
United States
Maple Valley
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Came home to find a package on my front step, well OK I was looking for it since Mrs. Claus emailed me the tracking information earlier this week.

While I was reading the letter that said it was OK to open the packages I heard someone say, "wow a map game", I said "hey, that is my present", and I was informed that this one said kids on it, the other one is for me.

Sure enough I looked down and my daughter had fished out 4 presents from the box. With notes on each present about it's intent and target.

Jeeves Claus (evidentally Santa's third cousin once removed) had done some research.

In addition to Maharaja it contained:



and



and a couple little sliding number puzzles for Mom's purse!

Thanks Jeeves .... Merry Christmas!

EDIT: Just flipped over Maharaja, Jeeves also printed out the FAQ and slit open the shrink to include it with the game! Above and Beyond!
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191. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:324]
AJ Newhausen
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Loves Park
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Some time this past August, I posted on a geeklist somewhere that I needed a Chess set, as the only one I owned came from a drugstore when I was four years old. My ever-vigilant Santa read this, and sent me a tournament-grade chess set that he had used back in the day! Thanks, Santa!

I actually played on the high school team, briefly, and now I suppose I have to remember how to play with any sort of skill.

This post may be updated in the future, as Santa is promising me more to come...

EDIT 12/6:

Look what arrived, courtesy of my Secret Santa and CoolStuffInc!



Santa sent me a note saying I could open one present early if I wanted, but I have to keep the other ones wrapped until the big day! Now, which one to open? Maybe I should open this card first...I see a $5 certificate for CSI (sweet) and this note:

"To: AJ
From: BGG SS

I couldn't decide which expansion to get you. From all I've heard this is a fantastic one so I went for it. I was going with Intrigue until the very last minute. Enjoy."

And, what do I see printed on the left-hand corner of the card?



Yay, Dominion: Prosperity! I've played the crap out of this on Isotropic, and now I have an excuse to bring Dominion to game night with me! Now, the only problem is...which box is Prosperity in? Two of the boxes are the exact same size!

Let's see...maybe if I shake this one...no, that sounds like some sort of board or something. The other one? *clink* Ah, the metal VP tokens! That must be it!

*rip rip rip*

Oh, it's so beautiful!



Thanks, Santa! The others'll stay sealed until the big day, just as you command wish!

EDIT 12/25:

Okay, I've opened the other two boxes...first the smaller one, and find myself staring down Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot!

This is definitely coming with me to my girlfriend's parents' house tonight!

And the larger box, the one that was the same size as Prosperity? I guess that only makes since, since I unwrapped it to find Thunderstone! I love it!


My Secret Santa has truly gone above and beyond the call of duty! Thank you so much!


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192. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:24]
Tyler Durden
Germany
Goettingen
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My Secret Santa made me very, very happy be giving me Dominant Species. I was so excited i could not leave this package unitl 12/24. I have been good all year long, so i could be bad one time :-p

I made a wihlist with some severals other games. Since Dominant Species is a very expensive game i wasn't expecting that this would be my gift but i was the one i wanted most. It's hard to get in germany and out of stock on most shops. I've read so many positive comments that made me think this could be a very good game for me but i hesitated to buy it.

I know this is my first Secret Santa so it is not appropiate to say that this is my best Secret Santa ever, but from the gameing point of view this is defenitely my best X-Mas ever.

So i really have just one thing to say:
Thank you so much my personal Secret Santa
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193. Board Game: Railways of the World: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1295]
Brett
United States
Santa Clara
CA
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I haven't opened the package yet, but I received it while on Holiday for Thanksgiving. Looking forward to editing this entry after Christmas!

I had best intentions... however, my brain got the best of me. I started thinking that maybe I game I would receive in a math trade could be in the box...

I was right.

THANK YOU SO MUCH SANTA for sending me Railways of the World: The Card Game and Castle Panic... I greatly appreciate it.
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194. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:95]
Scott Hinze
United States
Fort Worth
Texas
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Hooray! Played it for the first time at BBG.CON and now I've got it - fantastical!
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195. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:127]
Scott Hinze
United States
Fort Worth
Texas
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In addition to Ra, my SS got me this nice little box I've been looking at for quite a long time! Thanks so much, Saint Nick!
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196. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:338] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Peter L
United States
Mountain View
California
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I arrived at home today after a really crowded trip to the mall to find a box from ThoughtHammer awaiting me. As with everyone else, I managed to wait a couple of hours until I opened the box... but was confronted by two wrapped presents. Before I had to decide whether or not to violate the sanctity of the holidays, I spotted the packing slip, which informed me that Thunderstone and Space Hulk: Death Angel were in the package:


So now instead of being teased with what might be in the box, I'm going to have to fight temptation to open these games that I've wanted for a long time! I fortunately held out for a few hours since I had a dinner to go to, but I'm pretty sure I'll break soon...

So, thanks goes to my Singaporean Santa! I'm guessing Santa got tired of the cold and wanted to sweat off some of those pounds Thanks a lot Santa!!!
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197. Board Game: 51st State [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:600] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
Daniel San Miguel Cuadrado
Spain
Valladolid
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My first Santa here , and it was great . I received the games yesterday, my wife and i open the box and the first we saw it´s the "Haba" mark on the side of the box , we were really impressed. My wife it´s pregnant , we wait our first girl on December (we're going to have a very special Christmas) and the game Tier auf Tier "The Duel" made us especially illusion. She has to wait a bit to play it but "Tief aur Tier" like us a lot. I was willing to try 51 State soon , but currently we have over 20 games on "Tier auf Tier, the duel". Thanks a lot Santa , and Merry , merry christmas for you.

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198. Board Game: Dungeon Twister 2: Prison [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:617]
Donald Walsh
United States
Columbia
Maryland
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Thank you Santa! Santa was convinced that I was good this year and who am I to tell him otherwise!

DT2 is awesome. The reviews on the solo game were positive but it still surprised me as to how much fun it really is.

But I'm just getting started.

Santa also sent:


Which is also a great gift. Can't wait to give it a "shot"!

And last but not least:


Which is "killer"! Santa must know all, because I gave my last copy of this away.

Thanks again Santa! And thanks to all Santas out there in BGG-Land for making this one of the best communities to be a part of the whole year through.
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199. Board Game: Descent: The Road to Legend [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
Antti Koskinen
Finland
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Thank you Santa!!

A gift which is much appreciated!



EDIT

I also got a second delivery from Santa's friends at the Amazon.de which turned out to be a copy of:

Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island is a game which has been on my to-do list for some time and now I have the opportunity to try it out thanks to Santa!
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200. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Dan Petricini
United States
Canton
Ohio
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After a little bit of taunting from Santa, his presents arrived the day after Thanksgiving. I couldn't help myself and immediately opened my stuff(s) - but not before taking a few pictures to preserve the moment.

CoolStuff did a great job helping out Santa with the gift wrapping:


This large present turned out to be Shogun! Thank you Santa, this game has been on my wishlist for over a year. You're the best!


In Addition to Shogun, Santa also got me For Sale! You're far too generous Santa.



Another satisfied Secret Santa-er.
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