The Story of My Gift From a Secret Santa
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What? A list about a secret santa? But isn't that some months ago since we finished that game?

Yes, for some it might have been, but not for me. A week ago I finally received a gift from my secret santa and this is the story of why.
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1. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1071]
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When I joined the secret santa fun it struck me that I had almost no games on my wishlist that fit the criterias. But shortly before I got my hands on Blue Moon, played it a couple of times and got thoroughly beaten by my girlfriend every single time. So, I figured, what I need is more decks which will make me quite invinsible. Therefore I put every single deck from the Blue Moon series on my wishlist and started waiting for my gift.

It turned out I had to wait for quite some time.
 
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A few days into january my package arrived. Not to my door, however, but to the international postal office. They sent me a nice letter telling me that the contains of my package might be dutiable, and therefore I had to sent either a receipt or - in case it was a gift - a detailed explanation of my relation to the sender.
 
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I replied, telling them about Boardgamegeek, about the secret santa game, about the estimated price of the contains of the package and so on. In the meantime my fingers itched for wanting to buy Blue Moon boosters, but I was steadfast. It was probably what was in the gift and I didn't want to ruin the surprise. And besides, it would arrive soon. I hoped.
 
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Shortly hereafter I got a new letter from the postal office. My explanation was apparantly not good enough because the sender was a company. So now they once again asked my to send them a receipt or an item number if I'd purchased the item from an internet store.

Since they must've misunderstood my first letter I decided calling them. But that idea wasn't really an option. They simply didn't answer their phones, and not even a piece of cheesy music accompanied my waiting. So instead I wrote again.
 
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I tried once again to explain why I couldn't send them anything and foremost of all that it was indeed a gift and not something I tried getting through customs without paying. I sent the letter, told them to please call me if they had further questions, and started waiting.
 
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And I waited. Then I waited some more. Finally I called them and apparantly their phones were working again. I asked what had happened and first af all I waited some more. I think I was on the phone for five or eight minutes without as much as a "be back soon" before she returned. She then told me that they had quessed I couldn't supply them with anymore information, but now my case was given over to the boos, Michael, who'd look into it soon.

Now, I thought, things are moving, so I started waiting again. We are - for your information - currently at some time in february.
 
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But still, nothing happened. But when we hit march I phoned them again. Once again I explained everything, tried not to shout, and once again she promised to ask Michael to look into it. This time I made sure to write down names and stuff in order to make sure I could get back to them. For what was happening? Were they so happy with playing my game that they wouldn't let it go? Or was I just caught up in red tape?
 
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But finally I reached the end of things. Michael himself called me up, apologized quite a lot and promised to ship my package ASAP. Oh, what joy!
 
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The next day my gift arrived. And no, it wasn't Blue Moon boosters, but Hera and Zeus. A game I'd never noticed before, but - especially being a Kosmos two-player - looked right up my alley. So far I've only played it once, but it's definitely promising and I'm looking forward to playing it again. So thank you, secret santa! Not only did I get a game, but also a game I didn't know I wanted. Nice spotted.

But of course the postal guys had the last laugh. For even though it was a gift I couldn't wriggle out of paying taxes - probably because the game came from a store. But honestly I didn't mind. What I did mind, however, is the fee they take for me to pay the taxes which amounts to about the same as the taxes themselves. Go, bureaucracy!
 
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