Popular Secret Santa Sweepstakes (2010)
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Some Holiday Cheer!

The Secret Santa Event gets bigger every year! This year we have over 1700 participants. And from early reports it would seem that some folks are receiving more than one game from their Santa. This would suggest that somewhere between 3,000 - 4,000 games will be given out this year.

I thought it would be fun to hold a sweepstake this year, based on the results of The Most Popular Secret Santa Games (2010) geeklist.

** Winners Announced Below **



The Rules

Your participation in this sweepstake is free
To enter, scan through the games in this list, looking for the one gift you think will be the most popular this year...
____ if you find it, thumb the entry and add a comment
____ if you don't find it, add the item to this list

You must submit your entry no later than 11:59pm (BGG Time) Friday December 10th, 2010**
Only one entry per user

Geekgold tips are not required, but all additions to the prize money pot will be welcomed

**Any entry with a date of December 11th or later will be ignored


The Winners

After the January 15th, 2011 update of the "Most Popular Secret Santa Games" geeklist, the entries matching the top three games in that list will share the geekgold pot for Win (1st), Place (2nd), and Show (3rd), dividing the pot 60%/30%/10% respectively.

The Prize Money will be 100 GG from me, plus the contents of the tip jar from this geeklist.

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To try and make this clearer...

You will win some geekgold in this sweepstake if:

You added the geeklist-item (to this list) that matches one of the top three items as reported in the "Most Popular Secret Santa Games" geeklist on January 15th, or

You commented on the geeklist-item (in this list) that matches one of the top three items as reported in the "Most Popular Secret Santa Games" geeklist on January 15th


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Winners Announced

At the end of 1/15/2011, the most popular games recorded as BGG Secret Santa gifts were:

Tied for 1st Place 7 Wonders and Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game (gifted 38 times each),


3rd Place Small World gifted 31 times.


There was 12.58 in the tip jar, making a total pot of 112.58 for prize money:

60% = 67.55
30% = 33.77
10% = 11.26

101.32 split 23 ways (for those who guessed 7 Wonders or Civilization) comes to 4.40 each.

11.26 split 8 ways (for those who guessed Small World) comes to 1.41 each.

Entries have been re-ordered to match popularity.

Winners have been tipped.



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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
Robert M
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If this comes out soon I could see this being popular
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2. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:90]
Jenks
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Got to be a good chance for this one - brand spanking new and released (or at least available) within a week or so of Thanksgiving.
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3. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Anthony Lazaroski
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I am going to say this. It's colorful, light, and fun...how could it not be a great gift?
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4. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:408]
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Looking through the list I see this has made a number of appearances so I will guess Forbidden Island.
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5. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:77]
Bret Clifton
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Meh. We'll go with this since it was hotness last year and I'm thinking lots of people still have it on their lists
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6. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:421]
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I can see this being a popular "extra" to go along with a main gift.
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7. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Derek
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My guess is Dixit!
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8. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
 
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I am thinking we will see a lot of Dominion: Prosperity this year.
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9. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:15]
Joel Hills
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I think this one will be the most popular!
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10. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Larz Welo
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This is what I think is going to walk away with the crown.
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11. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:99]
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This is a sure-fire win, right? I mean, it's got "Claus" right in the name!
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12. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:199]
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Kingsburg is a lite die roller of a worker placement game that shows up as a gift. Not numero uno, but worthy of being on this list along w/ the expansion: Kingsburg: To Forge a Realm
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13. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:429] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Dave Slater
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Been hearing/reading/seeing so much about this game, it has to have been a popular gift!
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14. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Jeremy Oppenheim
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I'm betting it's going to be TS this year. The new Deluxe edition came out, and it's constantly jockeying for position with Agricola in The List.
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15. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
Barry
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Eh....why not???
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16. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:23]
Randy Cox
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Clemson
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I don't know much at all about this, but it seems to be on folks' wishlists.
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17. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:176]
Ben Lott
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I don't really care about the geekgold prize, but I always enjoy the thrill of competition in contests like this. So I'm going to pick Fresco since it's one of the games I received.
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18. Board Game: Small World: Necromancer Island [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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I think this might take it. Its basically a free with Small Worlds or any Expansion for it. Figuring last year numbers 2 and 3 were expansions and 5 was the game itself. I think this one has potential.
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19. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:136]
Becky Bates
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I'll guess this one!
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20. Board Game: Rattus [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:544]
Brian Homan
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21. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:227] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Avri Klemer
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Genius timing on the publisher's three day sale may make this one a big winner.
[Doesn't hurt that the game is great!]
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22. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:139]
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One of the hottest games of 2010 according to this geeklist: The Hottest Games of Essen 2010
The Hottest is 7 Wonders, but that one is too hard to get.
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