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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351. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:228]
Greg Ullrich
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Seattle
Washington
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Yes, it's christmas in hell when your wife won't let you open your secret santa gifts....they sit there on the dining room table, taunting me. One is big and heavy, one is not, both have pretty paper saying "Open me"....but I will wait, the day will come when I will rip the pretty paper off and toss it across the room to my trusty feline minions who will properly torment it for mocking me throughout the month....yes, the day will come...devil


Finally! The "day" has come and gone and YAY! The BIG HEAVY box turns out to be "Tales"! I also recieved
- this will be hitting the table at our New Year's Family Game Night!
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352. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:81]
Ron Pfeiffer
United States
Surfside Beach
South Carolina
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Thank you Santa. I really wanted this game and I was having a hard time not buying it myself. I kept on telling myself to wait until after Santa arrived just in case Santa decided that this would be my gift and lo and behold thats exactly what happened! and to add to that Santa also sent me Cleopatra and the Secret Society of Architects too! Santa, you did good, (Secrit Santa tanks a lot for da nice gifts, I will have fun with dem, I promise!)
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353. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:564]
Ron Pfeiffer
United States
Surfside Beach
South Carolina
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I wanted this game to also get top billing so two seperate entries. (TANKS AGIN SANTA FOR BEING SO NICE TA ME)
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354. Board Game: Space Alert: The New Frontier [Average Rating:8.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.62 Unranked]
Железный комиссар
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Wow!!

My Secret Santa is amazing!

Right after targets were announced, I received an absolutely hilarious message from Santa that referenced, among other things, a "hand-knit Reiner Knizia sweater" (Oh no! I promise I'll be better next year, Santa! Anything but a Knizia sweater!!).

Fortunately, Santa's generosity matches his wonderful sense of humor. I came home today to find a huge package with no less than four beautifully wrapped presents in it, one of them a hot new expansion to Space Alert, one of my favorite games. I've never been this excited to work for Corporation Incorporated!

The other presents included the new Z-man edition of:



Hansa Teutonica is my favorite game from 2009, and seems to appeal to pretty much everyone I play games with. Every week I have a couples "dinner and a game" night, and I'm looking forward to many games of HT this winter.



Snow Tails is one of the coolest games I've come across this year; I'm so glad my friend Keith taught it to me just in time for BGG's Secret Santa. The treatment of theme here is really enchanting, especially for a winter-loving, snow-reveling Northerner like me. Can't wait to play this family over the holidays. Eggnog Lattes may be in order.



Slide 5 is my favorite of the 10-minute card games. Unwittingly, Santa may have initiated a completely frivolous quest to collect all of the "themes" for this game - skiing, hurricanes, bullfighting - seriously they're just numbered cards! I can't wait to "hit the slopes."

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But wait, that's not all! Santa - apparently a New Mexican Expat residing at the North Pole - included some Southwestern Goodies. Two different flavors of beef jerky, some biscochitos ("the state cookie of New Mexico"), and some Conchas (vanilla pastry).

You're the best, Santa! And to everyone who makes BGG such a wonderful place, Merry Christmas!
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355. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Domenic
United States
San Jose
California
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Thanks, Santa!

Power Grid *plus* Acquire.

I haven't opened them yet (Thoughthammer included the game names on the invoice, so even though Santa kindly wrapped them for me, I know what's inside!), but I'm not sure they'll make it all the way to Xmas.

Power Grid I've played twice. The first time I was all "meh", but the second time I felt like I wanted to play it a bunch more times.

Acquire was a game I first played with a buddy and his mom. It's been years since I last played, but it's very teachable without being shallow, so I'm glad to have this in my arsenal of good games to push on my non-gamer friends & family.

This was my first year as a Secret Santa, and both the giving and the getting have been a lot of fun. Thanks, Santa! And thanks to BGG for putting it all together!
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356. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:438] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Greg Gatto
United States
Exton
Pennsylvania
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Well, my Secret Santa package arrived in the mail today! I thought about leaving it unopened until Christmas, but then I thought to myself, "Who am I kidding?" Besides, I've been having a miserable week (including crutches, knee immobilizers, x-rays and an MRI), so I treated myself.

Anyway, I was delighted to discover Zooloretto in my package, along with the Gorilla and Polar Bear expansions! Thank you very, very much Secret Santa, this one's been on my wishlist for a long, long time!
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357. Board Game: Journey to the Unknown [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Kit Kravetz
United States
Katy
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When I arrived home from work yesterday, my husband said to our 4 year old daughter "tell mommy what came today". She shows me the box that came in the mail from my BGG secret santa. What was inside? PACKING PEANUTS! NOTHING BUT PACKING PEANUTS!

My very dear husband (BGG ID MKMagius01) has taken the "TO OPEN OR NOT TO OPEN" decision out of my hands. He's hidden my gift from me, with promises to wrap & put it under our Christmas tree, once we get it put up this weekend. All he'll say is that there were TWO things inside.... and of course he let me check to make sure he hadn't missed anything. We're both waiting until Christmas to open our BGG Secret Santa gifts.

So... thank you in advance, Santa! I'm sure I'll love whatever you gave me! Let's just hope my husband doesn't put HIS name on the gift tag!
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358. Board Game: Napoleon's War: The 100 Days [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2515]
Jay Olsen

Rockville
Maryland
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Thanks Santa! Just arrived!

It's 8 1/3 times better than the 12 Days of Christmas!
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359. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:318]
Dominic Crapuchettes
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Bethesda
MD
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Dear Santa,

I received a package from Thought Hammer today. I was very confused for several minutes trying to remember what I had ordered. Then I opened up the package... and a BIG SMILE swept across my face. It wasn't anything I had ordered. It was a surprise from you!

I'll take another picture when they get opened...

Thanks!
Dom


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360. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:841]
Beau
United States
Thornton
Colorado
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Three Ho's go out to my Santa for sending me this gem! I cannot wait to introduce it to my always interested, yet not even remotely die-hard game-playing family over the holidays. Fedoras and golden idols for everyone!!

Way to go, Santa! You're the best. thumbsup

Thank you!
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361. Board Game: Christmas Spirit [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Charles Tackett
United States
Neon
Kentucky
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I received my presents today. Thank you Santa. I hope you and yours a very special Christmas, I know you have made me and my sons very happy this year.
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362. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76]
Kaiwen Zhang
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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My situation is a bit peculiar. I live in Toronto, but my family home is in Montreal. Since I was going to spend most of December at home, I gave my address there for Secret Santa. Turns out my Secret Santa delivered the gifts quickly while I'm still in Toronto.

My brother sent me an e-mail tonight and I quickly called him back to know what the games where. Lo and behold, I got Hansa Teutonica and


Dixit.

Both are excellent games that I have played before, so Santa made a surefire choice there. I also managed for a copy of HT in a recent MT, but my friend needs one copy too, so it's alright.

The irony is that the games were sent from Meeplemart, the shop I just came from a few hours ago!
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363. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:110] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Jen Williams
Australia
Minto
NSW
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I have received 2 presents. One was wrapped and will stay wrapped until Christmas, the other was Small World and Small World: Grand Dames of Small World.

I don't know which one came from my BGG Santa and which one from my ANZAC Santa, so I will post it here and in the ANZAC list.

THANKS SANTA

EDIT: I opened the wrapped present on Christmas morning and discovered Endeavor. It was at the top of my wish list.
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364. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:368]
Andrea Mecci
Italy
Capena
Lazio
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I received the package by Christmas.
I could not resist! surprise



I am moved by my Secret Santa generous.
In the package I found:



Blokus meeple



Hive, image not even receive Mosquito. I'm Happy meeplemeeple



And Chicago Express, Image not even receive expansion. I am very happy meeplemeeplemeeple

In tears for the happiness I thank my Secret Santa, I hope to receive many gifts!

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365. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Dennis Egbers-Schoger
Germany
Braunschweig
Lower Saxony
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Hooray,

my Secret Santa gift arrived at the beginning of the week. Well, it arrived a little bit earlier, but a neighbour of mine accepted the parcel while I was at work and I was not able to pick it sooner than a few days later. I first wanted to wait for christmas before opening it (...must...resist...the urge...), but while I was dismembering the box an invoice (which shouldn't have been there as I've figured out... shake) fell out and I couldn't avoid seeing the contents.

After that I decided that - being no secret anymore - it should be tolerable to open the present, especially as I'm awaiting one or two gaming days until christmas. So since two days I've - tadatadadaa! - got a brand new Funkenschlag (Power Grid), accompanied by the new power plant cards.

Thank you SO MUCH Secret Santa, this is really a very welcome and pleasant present. I really hope you'll have a wonderful christmas up there in the frozen north (well, it's rather cold here at the moment, too...)
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366. Board Game: Forlorn: Hope [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:3452]
Bryan Brown
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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Santa was good to me! Thanks a million for Forlorn Hope and supporting the little guys like Victory Point Games.

I am pleased as punch!
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367. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:400]
Joel Hills
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Seattle
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My Secret Santa gift arrived while my wife and I were decorating our tree.
We were having a very Christmas like day, Lights & ornaments were all over the house and for dinner we had Roast turkey & cinnamon rolls.

After dinner, we decided to open the Secret Santa gift. Roll through the Ages! This has been on my wish list for a while, I love dice and civ games. I read the rules then I had do some convincing to get my wife to play.

We ending up playing 4 games and we were up until 2:00am, my wife really likes the game also.

Ive been looking for a solo game that has a small footprint of play space for traveling. This game works perfect for that!

Thank You Secret Santa!
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368. Board Game: Era of Inventions [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3114]
Damen Parker
United Kingdom
Northampton
Northants
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Alrighty. Santa sent me Era of Inventions via Estonia.

Not only that but he did say I could open it before Christmas Eve - so I did

Thanks Santa

Loving your work
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369. Board Game: Power Grid: Flux Generator [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Mauricio Noda
Brazil
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A few days ago an unexpected envelope arrived. And it was from another country.
It contained what looked like a merry christmas card. I opened it, and then it became obvious it was from Secret Santa. There was a nice message and a brown piece of paper folded inside the card.

I picked this piece of paper, unfolded it and...

Power Grid: Flux Generator

Power Grid: Transformer Station

Power Grid: Warehouse


Wow! Promo cards from Power Grid.laugh Not just some promo cards... but ALL promo cards from Power Grid!
I wanted them for quite a long time, but never had the guts to hunt after them all. Thanks Santa!

Who would guess someone would ask Santa for a Flux-Generator!
Well... that would explain why the gift arrived a lot sooner than christmas. Santa must have shipped it back through time.
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370. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:335]
Murray C
Canada
Vancouver
British Colombia
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It wasn't me that opened the packages, I swear! My wife did it

I was totally not expecting this game for Christmas, as it wasn't highly ranked on my wishlist. (Oh well, now I can still ask for 7 Wonders and Resistance from my friends and family!). But I'm going to trust my secret santa on this. He/she obviously took the time to pick something good out, considering the fact that I also got the Bohnaparte expansion for Bohnanza, a game I enjoy very much as well as the new Power Plant expansions for Power Grid, a game that I like, but haven't been able to get to the table very often.

I am actually more excited about getting these to the table that I would have thought, thanks santa!
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371. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:362]
Samuel Sol
Brazil
São Paulo
SP
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Thanks Santa. It arrived from cool stuff inc today. Sorry I opened already, I didn't know it wasn't wrapped.
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372. Board Game: Leaping Lemmings [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1509]
Ben
United States
Washington
Dist of Columbia
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Thank you Secret Santa! I'm a little late in adding this entry, as the game came last Saturday, but I couldn't have been happier.

First, Santa gave me Leaping Lemmings, which was very high on my wishlist. GMT seems like it can do no wrong with me these days, and I've been looking for a fun, light, but still engaging game to play with my wife and my regular game group. I've only played it once so far, but I think Leaping Lemmings outpaces Snow Tails as that game in my collection (obviously, I'm happy to own both, so things don't get stale).

Honestly, I would have been happy enough with just that. But Santa also threw in Shear Panic. This is a game that my wife would eye every time we were at the game store, but she refused to pull the trigger. We haven't had the chance to play it just yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if she uses the gorgeous components to decorate our mantle between games.

I think this is the perfect approach to Secret Santa. Both of these games are the sort of thing that I might not have gone out of the way to purchase for myself (I tend to shoot for the boom-or-bust gamer's games), but that will get plenty of plays and will provide both a necessary change of pace to game days (my wife was just lamenting how our game collection feels too heavy) and simply a lot of entertainment.

You're the best, Santa!

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373. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Colin S
United States
Pittsburgh
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I was out of town for a few days, but when I came back there was a package waiting for me! Since I've never ordered from Miniatures Market before, I figured it must be from my Secret Santa.

There wasn't any note about not opening it, and my wife said it was fine to go ahead. My daughter seemed interested, so I figured I'd let her practice for Christmas.



Victory!



She seems happy with it, and so am I! Thanks, Santa! And thanks, Miniature Market, for the nice wrapping job!

EDIT:

Oops! I also forgot to mention that there was a gift certificate for $5 for Miniature Market, as well. Sounds like an excuse to buy more games. Thanks again!
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374. Board Game: Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Jennifer Sachan
United States
Overland Park
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Awesome Secret Santa!!

I got a box from the 'Rainforest Elves' today. Didn't get that reference until the box arrived from Amazon.com. I'm running a little slow these days it seems. But not my SS.
I got the Thunderstone expansion Wrath of the Elements and also

The Growing Hunger expansion to Last Night on Earth!!

These are two of our current favorites so are welcome additions to our collection.

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!!
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375. Board Game: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
Bruce Tanchel
United Kingdom
Solihull
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My Secret Santa parcel arrived today.

It contained 2 wrapped presents



(one of which I am sure is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, because Santa said it is ) and a third item which was unwrapped. My kind wife has hidden this one from me and barred me from seeing it till the big daysauron.

I don't know if Santa sent the unwrapped one so I had something to play till the big day arrives.

What do you guys think I should do devil?
1. Let it stay out of sight till the big day?
2. Wrestle it out of my wifes grip and play it?
3. Await permission/instruction from Santa and Rudolph?

Thank you for your gentle taunting, kindness and generosity Secret Santa. YOU ARE AWESOME! thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

MERRY CHRISTMAS.

I will update the list once the identity of the items has been established.

UPDATE

Thank you. thank you, thank you Secret Santa. YOU ARE AWESOME. I recieved
and
with a bonus of
from Shire Games. I couldn't have recieved a better choice. You rock SS.
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