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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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501. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:194]
Anders Olin
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My santa sent me a message the other day, telling my that my main shipment was delayed, so that it would send me a bonus game as long as I'm waiting.

I thought it would be a nice card, a promo or even a small expansion.

But then it was...Automobile! wow

Thanks a lot my dear Santa, you made my weekend! kiss

Soo......ANOTHER package arrived today...surprise

Eclipse

Such a generous Secret Santa has not been seen in my house since I first joined this wonderful event! I cannot stop express my gratitude to you! kiss
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502. Board Game: Kriegbot [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:4866]
Matthew Porosky
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SANTA!!! Thank you for the Kriegbot game! It came just in time to bring to New Mexico where my brother and I had a blast with it! My wife even gave it a shot!

As if that wasn't enough, when I came back from New Mexico I found this waiting for me...

 


Fury of Dracula

Amazing! I've been wanting to try this for a long time and can't wait to give it a go over the holidays!

Thank you a million times Secret Santa!

Very generous!

Most sincerely -

M.

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503. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:23]
Mark Clark Jr
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Visalia
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So I was slacking this year but Santa still came through. The day the targets went out I was heading down to Long Beach with my wife for a week long cruise for our 10th anniversary. I saw the geekmail come in but put it on the back burner until I got back. Except for a few wifi spots that we found I was out of touch with most everything for that week. It was kind of nice actually.

When we got back I already had an email from Santa waiting for me:

Santa wrote:
Santa hasn't forgotten about you!

He was at BGGCON and had a very merry time!

Found you a special little item at the con that will be sent separately, and the elves should get your main present out this week (Santa won't be upset if you open it early- dive right in!) Lots of things on your list were big at the con, but one game in particular looked really amazing (in fact, it was added to Santa's wishlist!)

Merry Christmas!


Which prompted me to go and take care of my target and see what was on his wishlist to send to him.

Later that week, on Black Friday, this arrived in an envelope in the mail.



I've been wanting to pick up Small World Underground, now I have more incentive to get it.

Last Sunday Santa geekmailed me again:

Santa wrote:
The elves have finished crafting your gift and are quite pleased with the result. They are fighting over who gets to play it first, some of them are getting pretty nasty about it. We may have Santa's little Drow soon.

Merry Christmas!
Santa


This was apparently the week of packages, I had Christmas presents for my mom that my sister had sent to our house, my wife had a new video card and power supply to support it coming in preparation for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and other Christmas presents were showing up. My package tracking app on my phone had it all set so I thought I knew everything that was showing up and what days it would be there.

Wednesday rolled around and Crystal was home at lunch when she called me saying that a package from Coolstuffinc was here, using the tone of voice that usually means there's an unspoken "How much did you spend on this order?" attached to her statement. After convincing her that it wasn't me and I was innocent I then had to talk her into opening the box and not hiding it away until Christmas. I had to tell her that Santa said it was ok to open it early...

Inside was Dominant Species a game that I'd had to stop myself from buying a few times but have been really wanting to pick up. I'd had a chance to play it at a mini-con earlier this year and had to pass, I've been wanting to try it since then. Hopefully I'll be able to get in a game tonight.

There was also a copy of



inside along with a $5 off my next order coupon for CSI.

Santa thanks a lot, I know we're going to get a lot of mileage out of all of these.
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504. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Master Set [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:56] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Van Willis
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Los Angeles
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Upon a quiet Sunday morning

from my computer screen came warning
of a package coming from Atlanta...
it was a package from my Secret Santa!

I pictured him, my wishlist perusing
silently, the perfect game choosing,
my Santa's type is silent and brooding
since from him I've heard
nothing more.

Nearly a week I've spent just waiting,
in turmoil, contemplating
if the Fedex man will keep me waiting
for his rapping at my chamber door,
I think of his rapping and nothing more.

Though no taunts my Santa sent me
the wife filled in with taunts aplenty
"Your package is here, come home early!"
Called my wife her tone quite churly,
and no her name is not Lenore.

Secret Santa I am "thank you" saying
for the games that we'll be playing
for years to come and always praying
you'll know our gratitude
for evermore.


Thank you sooooo much Secret Santa! You got me BOTH of my "must have" games (Summoner Wars: Master Set and King of Tokyo)and your generosity is much appreciated by a poor student. I understand if you prefer to remain silent "for evermore" but I'd love to know who you are to thank you again!

I'm still giddy with excitement to try these out!
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505. Board Game: Paris Connection [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:992]
Tyler Durden
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Goettingen
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I haven't heard a single word from my secrent santa this year.
I was thinking maybe he forgot me =/

But today i got mail !!

This year was difficult for me, since there was no game i was very excited about so i filled my wishlist with some game i really like to try out but wouldn't have bought myself anyway.

So in finally got two games, or a game and a expansion.

Paris Connect which got my attention by becoming abstract boardgame of the year. I am really looking forward to play this game, although it seems to be a lighter one.

And additionally i will get Chaos in the Old World: The Horned Rat Expansion when it's available in german language. Unfortunately it is delayed until 2012 but i expect it to be available in january. This one was one of my most anticipated games (expansion) so i am a very lucky secret santa recipient and i am very thankfull to my Santa. I hope you have a very generous and good Santa as well and wish you and your family a merry merry x-mas



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506. Board Game: Combat Commander: Mediterranean [Average Rating:8.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.55 Unranked]
Chris Dieckmann
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Continuing the fine tradition of not purchasing any of the items from this fine line of games. Santy Claws got me this great addition.

Now I just need to play with other actual people... Any takers in NYC? I know a great game lair we can play in?


Thanks Santa!!

Plus thanks Cool Stuff for the 5$ Coupon. Sweet!
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507. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:140]
Liam Jette
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Holbrook
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A package arrived at my home today. I, like so many others, made sure that I opened it before even sitting down. Inside was A Few acres of Snow! This was my number 1 game, which my SS graciously sent me. I've been dying to try this game. But wait there's more:



This was totally unexpected and perhaps even more thoughtful. I had commented that Caylus looked like an interesting game, but that I was a bit intimidated by it (seemingly notoriously bad rules). Caylus Magna Carta was included in my package and it looks just perfect. I had never even heard of it until today, but reading about it now looks like something I could really get behind. Needless to say I was(am) very impressed by my santa's generosity and I likely won't stop smiling today. Santa, if you're reading this, thank you so much and have a fantastic Christmas.

Alas, for the moment, I think I need to buckle down and learn some renal physiology before I get to play. I will be tucking these under the tree until I can get properly acquainted.

One more side note: Thank you BGG community for organizing this. I'm new here and to the hobby, but I've had a ton of fun participating in the SS and reading everyone's comments.
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508. Board Game: Thunderstone: Dragonspire [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Rob Williams
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Fareham
Hants
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Well today was a particularly bad day in the office. Lots of problems with clients servers and yucata has been down.
I made my way home with a slight diversion to tescos for a meal for two making sure a bottle of wine was included.

Opening the door I spot a pile of boxes, it's been a regular occurrence as the kids Christmas presents have been arriving. But the wife said that there was one for me in there. So after sorting out things I sat down with quite a sizeable box. Patience isn't one of my strong points so the box was opened straight away.

Santa, you rock. Thunderstone Dragon spire has tempted me for a while. I never bought it as I thought it would double up the base set. But I am super stoked you picked it.

Things got better, underneath was a copy of A Game of Thrones: The Card Gamea game I have played, enjoyed and thought about buying for a while.

So two games that I have been eyeing up but never gout around to buying.


All in a great haul and it's turned my day right around.

Santa, once again you rock and I hope you have a great Christmas.
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509. Board Game: Just Wait [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
Milvus
Ireland
Wicklow Town
Co. Wicklow
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So my parcel arrived yesterday Santa had been very good and kept me well informed so I was expecting it. Unfortunately now I have to wait, ok so I've actually decided to wait, do it properly and only open it up on Christmas day cry Santa has told me there are three games in there so it's all the harder!

You lot are going to have to do the same as me and wait. Update to come Christmas morning.

Thanks Secret Santa.

Update 24th December 2011

Ok, so I crumbled, well at least I lasted till Christmas Eve! So what did I get?



and



and finally in celebration of Ireland making Euro 2012 a copy of



Very cool Santa, I will enjoy them all and thanks for the personal touch, much appreciated

Happy Christmas.
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510. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:48]
Bill Clay
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Thank you Santa:

Again you are too generous. Not only did I get Stone Age, I also got Dixit. I can hardle wait to get them to the table.

Alazar
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511. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:184]
Kamil Lawniczak
Poland
Warszawa
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I received a message from my Secret Santa this morning, informing me my gift is already on their way to me, and - surprise - it arrived in the evening. Here is the package, sent by a Polish Elf helping my Secret Santa and a letter which was attached to it:

I was quite amazed at the contents of the package: two games (At the Gates of Loyang and Arcana), two mini expansions (Carcassonne: King & Scout and Agricola Z-Deck) as well as some personal touches: a calendar from Norway, a Christmas greeting card and a candy cane on top of it!
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512. Board Game: Secret Santa [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
George Anderson
United States
Salt Lake City
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Huzzah! I got a gift from Secret Santa yesterday!



Because of the message Santa sent me earlier I was afraid to even open the box at first!
Quote:
Subject:
HO! HO! HO!

Hello George,

My, my you've been good this year! My elves should be delivering an early gift to you by the end of tomorrow! I hope that you can wait to open your gift, but that is completely up to you. Of course, if you have the willpower maybe more gifts will be heading your way! whistlewhistle

Happy Holidays!
BGG Santa


Needless to say I overcame my fear and thought I should open the box and see if what was inside was wrapped, vowing that if I saw anything that appeared to be a naked box I would quickly shut it all down and wait for my wife to get home.



Whew! Wrapped and safe from my knowledge. What a great big hefty box and and CoolStuffInc coupon as well! Thank you so much Secret Santa, I am going to wait to open it till Christmas per your instructions and test the limits of my willpower!

This has been a great first Secret Santa here on the Geek for me and it's all because of you Santa that is Secret!
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513. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:769]
Kai Liang Teo
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New York
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Have not heard anything from the BGG santa and today to my surprise I received this!


now i need to find out the mapping for german cards to english.

thanks! and merry xmas!
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514. Board Game: Santa's Special Delivery Game [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Atticus Gifford
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Long Beach
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When I opened my door today, there was a large box on my doorstep from Boards and Bits! I didn't order anything from them, so I figured it had to be my Secret Santa. I waited about an hour to open the cardboard box before I snapped and inside I found this beautifully wrapped package:



I have no idea what could be inside, and I've so far successfully resisted the urge to try to figure out the contents by feel. It's going to be a long wait until Christmas... I'm going to try to stick it out! Thanks Santa!

Edit:
The big day arrived and finally tore open the big package. Inside was not 1, not 2, but 3 awesome games! All three are games I've been dying to play, and couldn't be more excited. I got Asteroyds to the table at our recent game session and it was a perfect frazzling real-time game. I can't wait to play the others ASAP!

Thanks so much for being so generous Santa! They'll provide lots of fun times.

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515. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:293]
Josh Cappel
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Toronto
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Okay, I got this bad boy in the mail a few days ago. Tried to keep myself from opening it, but I am a weak weak man. STRONGHOLD! I have been itching to play this thing since I first started reading about it. Thanks Secret Santa for making all of my Strongholdy dreams come true!
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516. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:166]
Heath Doerr
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Farmington Hills
Michigan
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Awesome! Thanks so much Santa!! I never expected such a generous gift, you rock!



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517. Board Game: Monsters Menace America [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:2422]
Keith Koene
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New Holstein
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Ohboyohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy!!!

My Secret Santa gift arrived today! I was so jazzed that I tore into as soon as I got in the door. I was HUGELY surprised to find this game! I have wanted this game FOREVER but other game purchases kept me from getting it.
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!!

Your generosity is truly appreciated. My kids can't wait to learn this game!

Thank you again Canadian Secret Santa!
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518. Board Game: Nightfall [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:866] [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
Bradley Eng-Kohn
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Poughkeepsie
New York
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I've been wanting to try this since before it was out! And now I can. Not only that, but my "Secret" "Santa" decided to forgo wrapping paper, and instead included flick-a-liscous expansions for Catacombs in the form of Caverns of Soloth and Dark Passageways!

Thank you very very much!

*yes, I know flick-a-liscous is not a word. It should be.
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519. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
Gary C
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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First I must apologize to my Santa for not posting this immediately. Unfortunately life and work intervened and I had to let this set for a bit before I could get it properly opened.

I received the box a few days ago and bravely brought home the box into the house and let it sit for a few hours until my wife had enough of the suspense, opened the box, and declared I would be happy with the contents. She then put the games away and I was none the wiser as to the games... Shortly thereafter my Santa contacted me basically telling me to feel free to open the box since the games are for playing rather than hiding. I agreed and after my wife told me the hiding place I discovered two games I've really wanted:

First I saw Fresco


Then... 7 Wonders


Thanks so much Santa, great choices!!! I really look forward to playing them. I hope your Santa gives you great games as well.

Have a great holiday season,
Gary
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520. Board Game: Parts Unknown [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4813]
Todd Walden
United States
Minneapolis
MN
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I guess "contents unknown" would be more accurate. This arrived today:



The box is from CoolStuffInc, and I've never ordered from them, so I can only assume it is from my secret Santa. That's a big box.

My wife will kill me if I open it, so it has to stay like this until she can get home and check to see if the game inside is wrapped. If it is, I'll post more pictures. If it isn't, it'll disappear until Christmas (last year I measured the package, and hefted it and such, and made a pretty accurate guess as to what I got. She's unlikely to let that happen again).

Thanks Santa, both for sending me the gift, and for being a part of something I look forward to every year!

EDIT:

My wife opened the box, and, indeed, the presents were wrapped.



So, I guess they will stay that way until Christmas! I have my guess as to what the big one is, but the smaller one could be anything. Thanks Santa! I'd love to know who you are so that I can thank you personally, but if you'd prefer to remain anonymous, I understand!

ANOTHER EDIT:

I came out this morning to discover that I had apparently neglected to mention the best gift of all (according to my son)



Merry Christmas!


YAY! Inside the box was none other than

Elder Sign

and

Claustrophobia

We'll be digging into the instructions and playing these right away! Thanks Santa!
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521. Board Game: Small World Underground [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:175] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
J.R. Shoenberger
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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Got it today!!

I just put Small World Underground on my wishlist in haste a week or so ago. My friend just got Small World, and we're loving it. I thought Underground would be a great edition. I'm super excited.

I also got My First Carcassonne, which will be great for my nieces, nephews, and coming daughter.

Thanks Santa! Oh yeah!
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522. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:471]
Jarvis
United States
Brisbane
California
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I have a Super Secret Santa! I just received High Frontier!

Oh, and guess what was hiding under High Frontier. Yeah, the expansion!

Thanks so much Santa! My baby girl turned one month old today, so I didn't think today could get much better. Then I opened this box, and it did
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523. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:113]
Bruno Buss
Brazil
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My Santa was always in contact with me, in fact he sent me a message on November 12th to say that he had already selected my gift!

My package was shipped on November 14th and he also used a ultra-fast-shipping-mode (from USPS) for the game to arrive very fast here in Brazil but... something was not ok.

As I had not posted an item here in this geeklist before, my Santa contacted me again and we started to investigate what was going wrong. Unfortunately (or not), he revealed himself to me to make things easier. I'll not say who he is, just that he is a very nice person

We found the problem... The Grinch was working inside the Brazilian Customs! ninja

Oh noes! gulpgulpgulp
And he kept the package in the customs for almost two weeks!
(Just for comparison... the package took 3 days from Santa sending it and it arriving here in Brazil.)

But today, I finally got my gift!



But as I was going thorough all the documents/papers, including the ones from customs, I saw the name of the game in one of them! whistle

And I got *very happy*! This game is sold out everywhere and I was sad that it could take a few months before I could buy it! I loved it, thank you very much Santa!!!

The problem is... I was so happy that I opened it! blush



And also played a first game of it with my girlfriend and her brother.



Secret Santa, thank you very much for making my first participation on BGG Secret Santa, a great one!
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524. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Pyramid of Horus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:959]
Chester Ogborn
United States
Temple
Texas
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My wife called me at work to mention that a package had arrived. We couldn't figure out anything we were expecting....and it turns out it was a surprise from Santa!

I'm looking forward to spending the holiday break playing lots of games with the kids. I think this one will be a great option for that. The Indiana Jones style theme is captivating.

Thanks Santa! I realize I'm not easy to get a gift for, and that most of my wishlist is difficult to obtain items. Thanks for the effort and for making a great choice. It was a genuine surprise, and we'll make good use of it shortly!

I hope you have a great holiday season, my Santa.
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525. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:329]
Lance Peterson
United States
Tallahassee
Florida
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For the fourth year in a row I've had a wonderful Secret Santa. The generosity that my fellow BGGers show it truly heartwarming. Kingdom Builder was on the top of the wish list I gave my wife - luckily she is weeks from doing any Christmas shopping

Not only did Santa get me Kingdom Builder, but he also got me

Mansions of Madness: The Silver Tablet



A first edition Can't Stop



And a first edition copy of A Gamut of Games



And to top it all off, the great guys at Cool Stuff Inc. threw in a $5 gift certificate they have specially for BGG Secret Santa gifts.

Christmas is off to a wonderful start!
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