2017 Thrifty Santa Look What I Got! List
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This list is for participants in the 2017 Thrifty Secret Santa gift exchange.

It's an exchange for members of The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters, the best community within BGG!

More details can be found in the 2017 Thrifty Santa Discussion Thread or the 2017 Thrifty Santa Wishlist.

Once you have received a package, please add an item to this list and share the details!

d10-1 Add an item for one of the games received.

d10-2 Edit your entry as more information is discovered (unwrapped).

d10-3 Marvel at the generosity of others.

d10-4 Have fun!

This list will let your Thrifty Santa know that the package arrived safely!
Even if you haven't unwrapped the presents, please post here to put Santa's mind at ease.



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1. Board Game: WOW: World of Words [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Guy Gifford
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Spokane Valley
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Something arrived today

My son said Dad you got a package,

I said, " What I haven't ordered anything, who is it from?"

Son says spelling out the letters. "ELFH"

I think huuu,

I look at the return address and it says ELF #22.

I say to son, "It is from ELF 22"

Sons says "oh that makes sense"

Then we both broke up laughing. OK I will admit writing down the story it is probably not funny. But if you were there it was because we were both laughing.

So since this is from Elf #22, I assume it is not from Thrifty Santa. This would be the first time I got something from an Elf.

So do I open it now or WAIT?

OK I just noticed I am the very first posting laughlaughlaughlaughlaughlaugh

Normally I wait till Christmas morning to open up my gifts. But since I am the first poster I opened this one right away.

In the future I will probably save the game til Christmas unless otherwise directed by Santa.

Some Pictures.
A box From elf 22
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Excellent Thrifty wrapping paper


And......





Wow, a War Game. and it can be played Solo.

Just the type of game I look for.
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2. Board Game: Biblios [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:273]
Byron Morgan
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Freedom
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It came! It came!

Santa really delivered this year! I have to admit I almost didn't participate this year as last year I had a recipient that only wanted Mansions Of Madness 2nd and it really left a bad taste in my mouth. But this year, Santa really got me in the mood!

I have to say you really spoiled me, and the only way I can ever repay you is by spoiling my target as well!

You really outdid yourself. But inside I got so many things for my family!

First off, a magic set that my 6 year old is going to go bonkers over.

Then a line up of some of the most wanted family games in my house hold!
Heimlich & Co.
Midnight Party
Ghosts!
Smugglers
Whoowasit?

Amazing, just amazing

Thanks again santa, you really know how to inspire christmas cheer. Thank you
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3. Board Game: Conquest of the Pacific [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Pat Wells
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Lemon Grove
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The box arrived the other morning as I was leaving for a local convention. It was in HORRIBLE shape, but I didn't have the time to open it and evaluate the condition of the contents. Happily the contents were in great shape and I was able to report no damage to TSS on the 2017 Wishlist.

In addition to Conquest of the Pacific (NIS) there was the following:


Viva Espana - Spanish Civil War gem. Unpunched even. I have a friend who is very interested in this period of history, so this one should see some table time in the near future.


The Thin Red Line - Napoleonic goodness.


Operation Typhoon - Minus the "detergent box". An SPI monster, have to see if I can get some players together next year at the San Diego Historical Game Convention and give this one a go.


Fire In The East. TSS said that this one needs some love (chits missing)

A small ziplock bag with a batch of "misfit chits". I will have to go through these and see if I have a use for them.

Included was a great themed letter detailing the contents and some background on the progress of these wargammy gems.

Thanks so much Vetrhus of Rogaland.
Merry Thriftmas
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4. Board Game: Ren Faire [Average Rating:5.16 Overall Rank:13628]
Madelyn C
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Locust Grove
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I picked up my mail today and there was a thick package from Texas. Weird I thought. Must be that Yak Attack thingy I ordered for my kayak. So I finally opened it up and low and behold.....it wasn’t kayak parts.

My Thrify Secret Santa sent me Ren Faire and I go to the Ren Fest every year so this was a fun choice.

I also received 3 decks for Doomtown and 1 for Deadlands. I have not played either but love Westerns so can wait to try them out. None are in the BGG database which is surprising.

Thanks Thrify Claus this was most fun.
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5. Board Game: Herself the Elf: Elf-Fun Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
C Reagan
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Carmel
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I got a package that is from an elf, I think. I was initially a little confused until I saw the Merry Thriftmas greeting.



I will open on Christmas morning and update with pictures of the contents.


The Lego piece was not included I just used that to cover the addresses.
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6. Board Game: Mystery [Average Rating:4.53 Unranked]
Maria S
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Burnsville
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Assistant Chief Elf Matt delivered a Sagrada sized box; turning the box resulted in it sounding like a rain stick... lots of little tumbly things inside... to open or wait till after Thanksgiving... or Christmas... perhaps just a peek as I'm really trying to complete my 10 x 10 Challenge.
Careful removal of the tape on one end revealedsurprise:
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Nations: The Dice Game

I've glanced at this previously and will enjoy trying it out. Thank you! Careful maneuvering of the box slipped it back into the paper and reapplication of the tape resulted in my first gift to put under the tree once we get it up.
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7. Board Game: Take The "A" Chord [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:9637]
Amy O'Neal
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Mechanicsville
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Hubby brought a package home from work on Friday (the packages are being sent to his work) and I finally got permission to open it today... Inside were two things and a note that read: Shhh. He might be groggy from the trip! But here's Thistlehair! Thrifty Claus knows that you'll treat him as a friend. I'd even love to see some pics. He loves games and will complain if he isn't included in the fun. I hope you enjoy the holiday season with Thistlehair. Happy Gaming, Thrifty Claus.

I think he was groggy because it took him a little while to sit up straight... laugh


This is Thistlehair and Take The "A" Chord

Don't worry Thrifty Claus... You'll see plenty of pics of Thistlehair if you follow along with my Advent Challenge this year... I was already planning on posting plenty of pics during the challenge and Thistlehair will be included in many of the pics... Here's the link to my Advent Challenge item... It's still rather plain right now, since it was posted late last night and I haven't had a chance to pretty it up yet...
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8. Board Game: Luck Plus [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:11922]
Sam Phillips Beckerman
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Austin
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Lucky me! I've never gotten a Christmas package so early. Or sent one. This was medicinal. I've been bedridden for days, awake only an hour at a time. Dirty clothes and used games from BGG.con everywhere. Fridge empty, but I'm not eating, so who cares? It sat by the front door, forgotten, until today. I opened it and it was fun in a box. The packing material was stuffed with what I think is Battlebots. Quality chocolates were scattered like confetti. I never thought of adding those to my mini collection. No one asks for those parts anymore. There was. A silly hat with a HUGE bill. I'll add that to my costume drawer. Stack of wrapped games which will be opened on Christmas.

The best part? The sweetest note inside a Christmas card. I have a basket of feel-good personal notes I look at when I'm down. This will be added to that collection. Thank you, Santa, from the bottom of my heart.
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9. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn 2 [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:999] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
C Dennett
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Athena
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MY SANTA IS JUST THE BESTEST EVAAAAAAAR!!

Some light taunting, an early gift, and the threat of not being affected in the slightest way whatsoever if I waited to open this all led to me tearing into it like a hungry dog looking for a Beggin' Strip!

Going straight for game I listed as my "dream game", Santa teased in all the right ways, making me think something else was on the way. Something equally awesome, to be sure, but not my #1 ask! surprise

I was soooooo excited to see the front of this box staring up at me from its cardboard confines. I giggled, I jumped, I jubilated! My girlfriend laughed, but there was love in her eyes. She'd intercepted the package to ensure there were no identifiers mistakenly left behind, and was 100% ready to let me sweat it out until the big day! But then, it began to whisper. Softly at first, but with increasing intensity:

"Chris... Open me. It'll be okay. Santa wants you to. Just free me. I need to be beheld, to be played, to be adored and admired. Open me... please..."

It was too much to bear. I promptly sent my Santa a note telling them of this strange behavior. They indicated that there was probably a good reason I didn't understand, and that I should listen to the package... for my own good, of course.

We played our first game that very night! This is the start of what will surely be a most enjoyable and fulfilling collecting mission. We LOVE LOVE LOVE The Red Dragon Inn, and both of us are so thankful to you, Santa, for making us smile, making us laugh, and filling us with love.
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:106] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
Benjamin Johnson
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Saint Paul
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What the? A small square envelope showed up yesterday from Asmodee in the mail. I looked at it with that sort of stupification that squirrels will look at non squirrel things that aren’t part of their normal world. Then I remembered that my TSS has said to watch out for a little something early on. Wowsers!
I opened the envelope and was amazed to find a wild locomotive card from Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries inside. “But DOW doesn’t replace pieces”, I thought to myself. “Quiet!” I said to myself. “There’s the card that was missing from the copy of the game you thrifted and have been enjoying on a semi regular basis!”
Golly, thanks, TSS! An unexpected treat to start off the thanksgiving weekend!
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11. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:719]
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Lincoln
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I want to say thank you to Thrifty Santa. My grandma died yesterday, and I was with her when she passed. When I arrived home there was a package on the doorstep. The kids were very excited about opening it and so we did.

Inside the box was another package wrapped in grocery store ads. (Very thrifty!) There was also an envelope which was heavy and bulging. Inside, the bulging was caused by a disc golf marker! Santa wrote about how much he loves disc golf. There was also a valkyrie meeple to use for a first player marker.

As we looked at the grocery ad wrapped box, the question on our minds and tongues was..."should we open it?" It had been a sad day, so we decided to open it. The kids helped as we tore the paper and inside was Ascending Empires! On my wishlist for a while now. I was not expecting that game at all, and santa really surprised me. Its perfect. It also helped bring in some fun and cheer on a day we needed it.

Thank you.
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12. Board Game: Pint Craft [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:11256]
Jennifer Haar
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BEMIDJI
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So, this is happening right now, thanks to my Santa!! Awesome thank you!!

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