2011 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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Just added a new Secret Santa Poll . Head over to [geekurl=http://boardgamegeek.com/article/7924278#7924278]Week 2 Secret Santa Poll[/geekurl] to see how everyone is faring thus far in this year's event. And of course, add your votes!

ALRIGHT! It is time once again for the annual Secret Santa List, this time the 2011 Edition. For those of you who are new to the 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. No placeholder entries, please.

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.

Last year there were 1,437 unique entries spread over 58 pages. I'm curious to see how huge it grows this year. As a tip - if you go looking through the previous years' lists, please be mindful of which year you are actually posting your gift to. There have been multiple occasions of people posting a gift from the current year on the previous year's list. That would likely diminish the chances of your Secret Santa getting around to seeing it...

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:

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



In addition,
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does a superb job using the data from this list to create his great statistical look at the hottest gifts of the season. This year's version of his list is located at:

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2011


Last year: Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2010

Want some for your stocking? Simon also runs a Secret Santa Sweepstakes which is located at:

This year: 2011 Secret Santa Sweepstakes

Last year: 2010 Secret Santa Sweepstakes


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.


If you would like to taunt your "target" while maintaining your secret identity, you can do so using the Santa logon. Just log yourself off and close any BGG windows (if you don't you take the chance of being discovered if the new username doesn't take) and log on using this info:

Username: santa
Password: password



I hope you have a terrific holiday season and enjoy the list!
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1151. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:883]
Christian Breinbauer
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This year I must say, I got a top 1 SS. He contacted a friend of mine here in Chile, and organized to get 2 great games that I love and wanted to have- delivered in my house!!!
I got:



Thank you very much SS!

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1152. Board Game: Christmas Party Gift Exchange Game [Average Rating:2.20 Unranked]
Chris Montgomery
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My games came from Santa today!


Unfortunately, unlike my target, who showed 40 minutes of restraint, I lasted 40 seconds.




A Few Acres of Snow and Small World Underground! Yay! Can't wait to get them both to the table!

THANKS SANTA! Happy Holidays !

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1153. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Matthew Pettitt
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Arrived home from the supermarket this evening, carried the shopping in, then got grabbed by my neighbour bearing a large box which had come earlier in the day. Opening this, I discovered two excitingly large giftwrapped parcels, one of which was snatched away from me to go under the tree, whilst I was allowed to open the other to find Dominion: Seaside!

This is sure to get quite a bit of play, and I'm eagerly waiting for Sunday so I can open the other!

Edit:

The other box turned out to be 7 Wonders, which was high on my wishlist, and which I'm now itching to play!

Thank you so much Santa!
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1154. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
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Just when I was concerned that my Secret Santa would remain a Super Secret Santa to remain in such secrecy that I would never know if he ever really existed at all... UPS dropped off a box at my door.

Ohhhh yes! My Secret Santa came through!

Of course waiting until Christmas to open is impossible with a 6-year-old staring at the box and my 5-year-old-at-heart wife repeating non-stop "open it, open it open it..."

So open it I did and Boy Howdy did my Secret Santa REALLY COME THROUGH.

Not just one completely incredible gift, Through the Ages but also a second most fabulous game - 7 Wonders!!




My darling wife instantly reported that she would need to make a trip to the FLGS before Xmas to return the 7 Wonders she had bought for me. What will she replace it with??

Thank you - Thank you - Thank you Santa!!

You are most generous and I am oh so grateful!
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1155. Board Game: GiftTRAP Geek Edition [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
Christian Turkiewicz
Germany
Losheim am See
Saarland
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Dear Santa,

two gifts arrived my doorstep today. Since I made a long wishlist I have no idea what's in those giftwrapped boxes, also I won't know until Christmas Eve, my wife confiscated them and told me to wait another 48 hrs.

Still, I thank you very much and I'm sure those will be two great presents.

Awesome Santa, thank you very very much!


Trajan


a game that really was very high on my wishlist
and

Hive


a game that I always wanted try but never did.

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1156. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:74]
Shayne Gray
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Akron
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I have had a lot of fun with the Secret Santa this year, my target was responsive and did make some modifications to his profile at my urging and was thus nicely spoiled. This year my wife also participated since she was jealous of the fun I had with last year's SS. She had a great target that she really spoiled wow

My Santa was good enough to contact me in Novemember so I would know that I would not be forgotten and then he contacted me again in mid December to let me know that he had finished checking his list twice and had selected my gift. Gift, is what he said so I was expecting one item.

So yesterday I'm driving home from work when my cell phone rings the convo went something like this..

Bridget: Where you at?
Me: I'm on my way home, where are you at?
Bridget: Driving my mom home. Are you expecting any packages?
Me: a few why?
Bridget: Anything for me?
Me: well yeah.
Bridget: Anything from a game store or game company?
Me: No, just from Amazon.
Bridget: Oh 'cause you got a huge box from a game company.
Me: woo!
Bridget: I hid it! devil
Me: OMG!
Bridget: Well, I want you to wait for me!!
Me: I would have waited for you! ninja
Bridget: I wont be long I am just dropping her off and coming home.

Well, that's not too bad since we are only 10-15 mins away.

So I get home, get changed, sit down and relax. 20 mins later my Father-In-Law shows up. 20 mins later Bridget shows up. My Father-In-Law ends up staying for dinner and leaving almost 3 hours later!

So finally I get my box!!

It is a very big box from Fantasy Flight Games! Lovey is not that impressed with the box.



Well, I'm thinking maybe it is just someone reusing a box, but the return address on the label is from someone from Fantasy Flight Games!

So I'm thinking, hmm how many FFG games do I have on my wish list?

Well, time to open it up! Peanuts! Lovey becomes much more interested.




Well, lets see what we have in there, what is that? Another shipping box inside a shipping box?



That is still a pretty big box, and boy was this thing every packed well! Santa knows how to take care of things. Annie decided to come over to see what all the fuss is about.



Annie: What are all these interesting things!



Woo, looks like something wrapped!



Wait! That looks like more than one thing! Woo!



Izzy decides she too wants to take a gander at what is there and it is two gifts! And, one is a coffin box size!! hmm now which coffin box sized game was on my wishlist?



Oh my! My Santa was great! It is Runewars and Navegador surprise



Here I am enjoying my gaming goodness!



Since only the one game is from FFG and the other is not, can it be that Santa works for FFG?!?

Thank you so much Santa! I really appreciate the gifts! I hope your Santa was way better and you got a ton of games. Merry Christmas!

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1157. Board Game: Mijnlieff [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2045]
Russ Williams
Poland
Wrocław
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I got a nice Christmas card from my seemingly British Secret Santa, letting me know to expect a couple parcels and wishing us a Merry Christmas and happy new year. (And a friendly offer to pay for any customs costs that might incur, but as it turned out, there were no problems with customs.)

Then a few days ago I got a little parcel from England which has the abstract strategy game Mijnlieff with pleasing wooden pieces from an independent game maker. It's got a nice handcrafted vibe.


And today I got a second little parcel from England with the solo/coop card game Onirim with weird interesting dreamscape art. It was gift-wrapped, but I'll blame a friend who was visiting and encouraged me to open it...


Both these games have been on my wishlist for a while because I'd read convincing positive reviews about them... and I liked the unusual way they look.

And now that I've played several games of them both, I can say I like the way they play too! Both are good fun in small packages! mb


Thanks very much, Secret Santa! And I hope you also have a good gaming Christmas and 2012!

UPDATE: Santa hinted that a 3rd package would be arriving later, and indeed I just got Astra Titanus yesterday evening (2012-01-16). Thanks!
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1158. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:117]
Christian Frank
Germany
Freiburg
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What a surprise! Returning after a dull day at work I found a note that a package was waiting for me at my neighbours. Luckily, they were home and handed me a big package that was sent from my Secret Santa who seems to be from Germany this year!!!

Opening the package I found two nicely wrapped gifts! Unfortunately, I can't take any pictures right now because my lovely wife confiscated both gifts fearing I rip them open any second...

So both gifts will travel with us when visiting our parents. I'll try not to forget to take pictures of the "Unwrapping of the gifts"!

Thanks a lot Santa for brightening a dull day!!!!

(to be updated...)

[28th of December 2011 - 4 days after Xmas - high time that I updated this entry...]

Dear Santa, THANKS VERY MUCH!

I resisted the temptation to open the gifts prematurely and took them with me to my parents. As it is our Christmas tradition, we spend half of the christmas day cooking together and the other half eating the delicious courses we prepared... So after eating four courses (accompanied by different wines...)



and before having a scrumptious dessert


it was time to open presents...


Still unopened but not for long...


Can this be true? Yes, it is really Risk Legacy!!! I am so eager to try this out because the idea of permantly changing the game intrigues me!


But wait, there's more... It's Zombie Dice! Although, I am really into Zombies this is not my type of game (I played it recently). But, Dear Santa, you also made my brother very happy! He is more into dice games than me and immediately read the rules! He likes to thank you as well!


Great gifts from a great Santa!


THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DEAR SANTA!!!


You made my 6th BGG Secret Santa experience a great one!!! Looking forward to BGG Secret Santa 2012...
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1159. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:10]
Andi *
Estonia
Pärnu
Pärnumaa
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At first I received a message from Santa letting me know that a package was on the way, but that it does not include a game This package is still on its way.

Then, few days ago, my Santa let me know that a second package was on the way and this would include a game. Today afternoon I received a SantaMessageService ninja message on my mobile phone, that a package is waiting pick-up at a parcel station. Upon arriving at the parcel station I punched in the door code that was in the message and a door opened. Inside was quite large and heavy brown box. I took the box and rushed home. When I opened the brown box I found inside a nicely wrapped game box.



The box was quite huge and heavy. I thought myself, that a game that big must also have a big manual, so I should open it immediately and start reading the rules arrrh so I could maybe get it on the table during this weekend already.

I removed the wrapping and found inside googoogoo Eclipse and also Eclipse: Supernova googoogoo




A very big Thank You Santa !!!


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1160. Board Game: Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:693]
Ludovic Roy
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Gatineau
Québec
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I came home, and for the third day in a row, a fairly large box was awaiting me right on the front door. On Tuesday, it was a package addressed to my spouse from Amazon, likely containing my gifts, I was a bit disappointed. Yesterday, it was another box from Amazon addressed to me, the content being the gifts for my spouse. Again, disappointed. Well I had to get those before Friday evidently, but dagnabbit, where was my Secret Santa gift? Today, it had to be my Secret Santa gift! Woo-Hoo!

I picked up the gift and brought it inside. The cats seemed pretty excited and curious to have a look at the box. Or maybe they were just hungry and waiting for their food, like they do every other day



The package came from from Godboma, one of my favourite online gaming stores. thumbsup The owner Mario is a really nice guy.



One by one, the cats investigated. Tendresse claimed it first! Followed by Calin!




My turn now! Opening the box, I see... Some paper! But wait, a glimpse of red, what could it be?




Nice! a 5$ gift certificate! I'll b e using this very soon I'm sure!



For a few seconds, I contemplate waiting until Christmas Eve to open the gift with my family so I put the present under the tree... That lasted about 10 seconds!




Awesome! Confusion! This is a perfect example of a great gift: an expensive 2 player game that I wouldn't necessarily buy for myself given the price! Thanks Secret Santa!

To some folks, the packaging is just as important as the content, if not more important. To others, it's the nice wrapping!



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1161. Board Game: Quarriors! Rise of the Demons [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
Nick Larsen
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Søborg
Danmark
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A few days a go I received a message from First Class Elf Sprinkles from the Canadian Elf Division, on behalf of Santa, telling me that the workshops had been a little busy (Who would have though that at this time of the year?). But that with the help of my FLGS a package was under way. And that if I should find my self in the area, I was free to intercept the package before it dispatched.

So after calling ahead to ask whether it had been dispatched or not. I just happened to find my self in the area of my FLGS.
I picked up the package (I love getting stuff from my FLGS without paying for it) and brought it home. Where it has handed over to my girlfriend, the keeper of secrets. And now she keeps it under luck until it's time to open it.

Luckily, in Denmark we open our presents on the eve of december the 24th. It's cheating, I know. But it's tradition. Really, it is! laugh

Thank you Sprinkles and Santa. I look forward to opening it.

Update: The giftkeeper have surendered the present which contained copy of Quarriors! Rise of the Demons. Furthermore a message from my Secret Santa tolled me that she had not been able to be as generous as she wanted to, so I should expect to recieve some store credit from my FLGS i bit later on.

Thank you for a great first BGG Secret Santa. I'll defintly be in next year.
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1162. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:381]
Sylvain Martel
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Stoneham
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Upon getting home, I saw that there was a post office package notice at the door. I quickly picked it up and drove to the post office(pretty sure they are close tomorrow, so...!) Yup, it was my secret santa package! (saw the shipping cost.. ouch. USPS should be put on the naughty list!)

I opened the box and..




2 packages!!! And with a nice Merry Chistmas written in french on one of the package. Nice touch! Since they are wrapped, I'm gonna wait until x-mas to open them (not like I have a long wait ahead of me )

That, and GF is preventing me from opening them... shake

I'll update this entry as soon as we get back from the Chistmas familly reunion where we'll open them

Thanks Secret Santa, superb timing, just in time!

EDIT

Games unpacked and they are... *drumrolls*


Elder Sign

This goes to shows that my SS took extra time to check my profile were I mentionned that my GF loved playing co-op games. Plus, he must have seen the buckload of Arkham games I own The great thing is that I didn't even knew this game existed! We are now back home and should give it a try in the next few days.


Thunderstone: Thornwood Siege

For some reason, my FLGS had it listed as BO forever so I could never get it. But now, thanks to my SS, my set is now complete!! I love this game, we play it regularly.


So, again,
Thanks Secret Santa
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1163. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1438]
Gleb Semenjuk
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Today was a special day - I found a note from post-office in my mailbox! Rushed there as fast as possible to get the box. There was a nice box from USA with almost two kilograms of gaming goodness! whistle

Games were lovely wrapped, but my wife couldn't resist peeking inside while we still were driving back from post. So, I regrettably don't have any pictures of wrapped games, but they were:

Get Bit! - game I've seen on Essen's video but never added to my wishlist. Santa still thought it would suit me. We'll definitely try it out as soon as possible!

In the box also was an expansion with (as I understood) unique Kickstarter bonuses - pink player and persons faces stickers:
Get Bit! Sharkspansion

And the main course was a real surprise.


Creationary
I never remembered how this game got into my wishlist, but Santa can't be wrong, so we'll have to find a suitable group and try it out.

Thank you, my Secret Santa! You really did a special job this year! It was exciting to wait for your geekmails, it was a great selection of games, you did it right with a fun game not from wishlist. Loved the wait, loved the wrapping, you did this Christmas very special for me and my wife. Thank you!
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1164. Board Game: Imperial 2030 [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:102]
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Thank you so much Secret Santa! I can't say how excited I was to see a box outside the door when I came home from work today (especially after my hubby said he saw the UPS truck this morning and it didn't make a stop at our house...)

I've had Imperial 2030 on my wishlist for a while since I've really enjoyed other games in the Rondel series. Can't wait to try it out!

Thanks again and Merry Christmas!
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1165. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
Brent Gallmann
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Oshkosh
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My Secret Santa was very prompt and sent me this wonderful package a couple weeks ago. My posting response has been the laggard here.

My SS sent me this wonderful mail item that hints at most of the games I have on my wishlist:

Quote:
I know its been Ages since targets were assigned, but the Railways have been backed up. The Merchants in Venice have finally unclogged them and your gift is now headed to you at Lightspeed. I will be sure to keep you appraised of your gifts Expedition around this Smallworld.


This beloved game has been sitting under my tree patiently waiting, tempting me to give it some love. In a couple days the waiting will be over. The game will finally reveal itself and we shall enjoy some yule time nuptials.



Update - Christmas Day

What a great surprise on Christmas Day to find Through the Ages. A game that I had looked at and thought about many times. Ideal player count is 3 which is best for myself and my two boys to play (if I can pull them away from Magic the Gathering). It will take a bit of time to get this ready, but I am currently planning on at least playing the basic game early this year with them. Thank you very much for the thoughtful gift.



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1166. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:60] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
Jeffrey Speer
United States
Fargo
North Dakota
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Santa came through with a copy of the Summoner Wars Master Set! Thanks Santa!
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1167. Board Game: Pickomino [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:927]
Fabio Patricolo
Italy
Bologna
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Hey! This year I must have been a very good child! My (not so) Secret Santa sent me not one, not two, not three but four! I say, four! Packages inside a big box.

All the games were nice wrapped and I had to convince my two sons to not open them till christmas. I just succedeed in keeping two wrapped under the tree and two were instead opened on the spot!

So I can say I just got Pickomino (in the german version) and

Archaeology: The Card Game

and both are a blast!
My son Leonardo is always asking to play Pickomino every time he can. And Archaelogy too he likes a lot! And he is just 5yrs and half!!!

Anyway even with my wife and my sister and her husband Pickominoe is a huge hit. We are playing it a lot thanks to the fact it is fast and easy (and so fun)!

The other packages are still wrapped, but I have some idea on what it could be, given the box and the weight of it!!! And the smallest package that is "attached" to the bigger, sounds like a nice expansion for the main box... :-D

Thanks a lot
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THANKS VERY MUCH!!!! :-D

I'll write again as soon as I'll open the big box!
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1168. Board Game: Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:509]
Spencer Leeds
United States
Illinois
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Last week I got home and there was a GIGANTIC box waiting for me! Inside was a wrapped gift AND a copy of Space Alert: The New Frontier! I somehow was able to keep the other gift wrapped until tonight before I went out of town.



I finally got to open the wrapped gift tonight and found a copy of Fortune and Glory inside! I've been super interested in this game for a while now and I could not be more excited!



Thank you so much Santa, I couldn't have asked for better gifts! Can't wait to bust these out at the next game night!
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1169. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:38]
Steve Duff
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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surprise Holy cow, Best Secret Santa EVER!

Santa contacted me for the first time a couple of days ago telling me not to worry, that he/she had searched many continents for something I really really wanted, and had finally managed to track it down and send it, but they had no idea when it would arrive.

So my wife says to me late this afternoon "Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that we received a parcel arrival notice in the mail yesterday." So, a quick trip to the postal outlet finds a large heavy box waiting for me.

On the box, I see Philibert, Strasbourg, which is really cool, because that's the store I visited and bought my Perry Rhodan: Cosmic Hansa in when we vacationed in Europe a couple of years ago. We excitedly opened the box, and inside was Trajan, my absolute #1 top game on my wish list! Santa sure did their homework.

Santa is extremely generous, I know how expensive this game is from having researched how I could acquire it. And shipping from Europe to Canada is insanely pricey as well.

Normally, that would be the end of the story. However, conversation turned to the mail again, and we realized we hadn't checked the mailbox today. So, I went out to the mailbox and found a second large heavy parcel. Inside was a wrapped package and a nice Christmas card, so it sits under the tree.

Now Santa had also mentioned they had arranged for something to be sent locally so that I would get something before Christmas day arrived. But I was thinking something small, a tiny card or dice game, a small expansion, that kind of thing. I never dreamed of a second full game. Santa is truly amazing, Deb and I are extremely lucky.

I wanted to open and play Trajan, but Deb is going to make me wait until Christmas morning.

***************************************************************************
Part the Second...


Well, Santa was equally amazing on Christmas day, as Belfort was waiting under the tree. As I mentioned below, we got a play of Trajan in during Christmas eve, and Christmas day was spent punching and stickering Belfort. That's semi-serious, as it does take a long time to sticker up all the tokens.

Turns out that Deb *also* had purchased me Belfort, so we'll have to find some way to return her copy, or trade it in a math trade next year.

Thanks again, Santa! thumbsup
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1170. Board Game: Fields of Fire [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:988]
Shane Brewer
United States
Monticello
Utah
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Wow! Just Wow! I am amazed at the generosity and thought of my SS. As I hefted the box away from the post office I knew it was chock full of goodness. I also knew that some special care had been taken because my SS mailed it from his home. My SS was not a taunter, which to be honest had me worried until I received a geek mail about 10 days ago stating something was on the way. I have participated in BGG SS twice and was taunted once and not taunted once. So I guess the 50% number is about right. I only mention this to give a little comfort to those of you who haven't heard from their SS yet. There are lots of great people out there who make SS great regardless of their approach.

So I must say THANK YOU to my SS. I haven't opened anything yet and am pretty pumped for Christmas morning. I even wrapped all the Tasty Cake goodness and put it under the tree for the family to open. The personalized note and card were beautiful, funny, and kind. Tell your little SS helper thanks for the card. I showed it to my kids and they loved it. Thanks a bunch and I hope the good Karma fairy returns to you in PA and pats you gently on the face and behind and squeezes all your cheeks because that is what I would be doing if I were there with you right now.

Did I just make that weird? I feel like a just made this a weird and awkward post? Oh well...

Here are some pics of the items prior to opening. I'll update later with specifics.

The front of the homemade card


The inside of the card


The stuff inside the box (all items were pretty heavy and promised my gaming goodness.)


Bonus Question: What movie is playing in the background?

So what's inside the wrapping?

Fields of Fire
Well, first off, came Fields of Fire. Although that game was ranked highly on my wishlist it wasn't one I was thinking about receiving from my regular SS. It was a total surprise and probably my favorite of the lot. I love solo wargames and can't thank SS enough for sending me his personal copy. I'm busting out the rulebook tonight.



Stronghold
Stronghold has been on my radar since I joined BGG. I have always loved the siege at Helm's Deep from LotR and Stronghold makes me think of that. Can't wait to bust it out and battle my kids.



Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game – Fame and Fortune
This thing was a must buy for my. The only question was when.Anything that adds to the Civ experience is a must have. My SS must have ESP.



Dominion: Hinterlands
Hinterlands was gravy, pure gravy. After already receiving some great games I was totally blown away to get the new Dominion expansion. Another choice by my SS that demonstrated his ESP.



Lastly we ate the Tasty Cakes for breakfast. Nothing like a sugar infused breakfast to wind the kids up even more. Yummy stuff.

So another big Thank You to my SS. Your generosity is extraordinary. I would love to be able to thank you personally, but if not then I will definitely try and pay it forward. Merry Christmas!





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1171. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
Jonathan Schmid
United States
Natick
Massachusetts
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Thanks so much to my secret santa for the great haul this year!
First up was Caylus, which I'm excited to try. I've heard so much about it, so it'll be good to experience it firsthand.

Next up was Power Grid Russia & Japan. I love Power Grid, so this will be a great way to keep it fresh.


Europa 1912 will be another great addition to a game we play quite often with extended family.


And, finally, Forbidden Island. I'm looking forward to seeing the similarities between this and one of my newer favorites, Pandemic.


Thanks again Secret Santa! Hoping your holidays are as bright as you've made mine.
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1172. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:48]
Russell Bryan
United States
Lexington
Massachusetts
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Outstanding!

Santa told me that he picked one item off of my wish list and then tried to pick something NOT on my wish list that he thought I might like... but to his dismay, he actually found the bonus item on my wish list after he placed his order. This gave me some hints of what to expect, as I had just made some adjustments to my wish list over the weekend.

The package arrived today, and given no instructions to the contrary, I ripped it open right there at the office. Peering out from between the packing peanuts was the beautiful Melisandre, bewitching me from the side of A Game of Thrones 2nd Edition. Ah, so this must be the item Santa picked from my wish list. Excellent choice!

As I pulled the game free, I saw a flash of black and gold disappear in a shower of pink styrofoam. Putting my first prize gently aside, I pulled out what had to be the bonus gift. Troyes! I'm a sucker for just about anything that Ender reviews well (My Little Pony excepted). A Euro with a ton of dice? Can't wait to play this!

I could only assume that Santa hadn't been all that observant, because both of these games were #1 must haves. Well, who am I to complain? I grabbed the box to pour some packing material into the trash can and immediately realized that it wasn't empty. I gave the box a shake and a a little corner of clear plastic poked up from the depths. Glory to Rome?!? This is a game that I've wanted forever but just never got around to ordering. Awesome job, Santa!

I still can't figure out how you missed any of these games from my wish list, though. They've all been there, clear as day. There's gotta be a packing slip or something in here with your name on it... you deserve a little ribbing. (Rummage, rummage, rummage)... wait a second. What's this, hiding out at the bottom of the box? The Resistance! Now it all comes together. I only added this one a few days ago. Ha! I ninja'd Santa!

I can't thank you enough, Santa. You went way above and beyond what I ever would have expected. Best frakking Secret Santa ever. Now I think I'll kick back, throw on a little Hendrix, and punch some chits.

Happy holidays, everyone!

[Edited to remove a joke that didn't deserve to live]
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1173. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:10]
Jeff A
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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I got home after work, I was done at noon, only to get a bit sick and had to take a nap for 4 hours.

When I woke up, I felt ok and went to see if there was a postal slip, only to find that the delivery guy had left me a box in the doorway.

I took it downstairs and it was easy to see what I was getting.


So I opened it as Santa said I could.


And I got this set of Dice and my most anticipated game.

Eclipse, thanks Secret Santa Scuba Steve

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1174. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
M Singleton
United States
Alpharetta
Georgia
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This year was definitely fun with Santa. I received several taunts from Santa and then this wonderful package. Which, as a truly naughty girl, I opened immediately.

Santa sent the expansion for this game as well.
7 Wonders: Leaders

Since it was sent from CoolStuffInc, I received a coupon which I promptly combined with the one from last year to get a friend a gift. So thanks to both my Santas again.



My favorite e-mail exchange is below.


Quote:
Santa wrote:
MsLgean:

Here at Santa's Workshop we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and service. Recently one of our elves' laptops was stolen which contained sensitive information, namely The Nice and Naughty List and our server passwords.

To help ensure no customer is adversely affected this Christmas, we are having to manually ensure correct information for the The Nice and Naughty List. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Our current records indicate that this year you have been

NAUGHTY

If you believe this designation is in error, please inform us immediately with appropriate justification.

Thank you for your attention,
Santa


Quote:
MsLgean wrote:
Ahoy Santa!

The designation is not without error. I regret to inform you that I have been unable to login because I have been perpetuating naughty deeds throughout my city. Not to worry though, boardgames and friends have been included in these deeds and so the naughty list will be getting bigger in the years to come.

I look forward to seeing what my punishment is.



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No worries. It's a busy time of the year for all of us, especially up here.

I'm glad to hear that our data was in fact accurate.

As you know, the usual gift for naughty children is a lump of coal. Unfortunately, due to the Occupy Wall Street movement (and aggressive Chinese industrial expansion) we are running short on coal this year.

We're downgrading you to cardboard. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your attention,
Santa


I love cardboard
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1175. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:113]
bill wood
United States
Cedar Falls
Iowa
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1960: The Making of the President

My Santa was outstanding! I turns out Santa lives in the neighboring town and dropped by with 1960, a game I've always wanted to play, and two Power Grid expansions.

Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
Power Grid: France/Italy

Better than the gifts, though, I have made new friends and have discovered some more gamers in my new community.

A fantastic first Secret Santa experience! Thanks, Santa!
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