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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1751. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:909]
Sean Messina
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thank you secret santa!!!
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1752. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:47]
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Dear Santa! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Finally! I got my Christmas gift by Easter!
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1753. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
Dmitry Volevodz
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Cheers to my santa for giving me this awesome game!
I loved it and so did my playing group!

I have also received Power Grid: Russia & Japan which is great too, since I love Power grid!

Thanks alot, my Secret Santa!
I loved the gifts!
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1754. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:47]
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Thanks Santa for fantastic presents!!!
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1755. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:850]
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I love this present from Santa. Unfortunately I did't take any photos. But this year i really take some pictures.

Thanks Santa.
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1756. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:176]
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Another present from Santa.
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1757. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:17]
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I'll try to give a quick back story without being too much of a complainer. The extent of what I got from my original 2011 Santa was promises of something in 2012. When I attempted to get a replacement Santa a year ago, I have to assume my Santa lied to the exchange moderator about sending something, so I didn't end up getting a replacement assigned to me. I waited silently until the 2012 Secret Santa exchange was about to kick off and I contacted Octavian just to let him know what ended up happening. Fourteen months after Christmas 2011, an extremely generous replacement Santa has hooked me up with some goodies.

Santa provided a tracking number, so I knew a package was on its way to me. Thursday afternoon I received a text message from my wife: "U just got a HUGE box!" I packed up a little early from work and dashed home.

Yep. That's a huge box:


Upon opening the box, I found a letter from Santa:

Santa had promised to ship a couple of weeks before he ended up getting the package out, then fell silent. I'll admit, I figured I was being played by my original Santa again and resigned to the fact that nothing was going to be shipped. This note included an apology and explained that Santa had fallen ill.

Here's the open box with Garden Dice peeking out at me.



Here's the full haul:


Garden Dice - I wasn't familiar with this game, but I punched it out and read the rules this morning. I think it will go over well as a family game in my house.

Word on the Street - I'm an unofficial adopted member of a friend's family and I get with them every few months for game days and always have a blast. This is a game they played on a game day that I unfortunately missed. I was told it was good fun.

Suburbia - A current hot-ticket tile placement, city-building game. This has been on my RADAR for several weeks. I got to play a game the day these gifts arrived and really enjoyed it. I also play solo games on occasion and this one has solo rules, so I'm really happy to have this now.

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - We all know about this one. For eurogamers like me, this is THE game right now. I've been told by a friend who has played it that I'll love it. I'm really looking forward to it.

The best gift I got from my Santa was a restoration of my faith in this community. God bless my replacement Santa and all other replacement Santas who give for the sake of giving.

You did well Santa. Thank you.

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