2007 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... (only received gifts)
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Please note - I have removed all old placeholders from this list. Please only use this list to record the receipt of games actually received from your Santa.

Only use placeholders to let your Santa know you received your package but are waiting to open it. When you actually open the package, please update the entry with the game(s) you received and express your reaction for your Santa. Please let me know if you experience any problems with this via GeekMail. Sorry for any confusion...now on to the list:


Since we just got our Secret Santa Targets assigned --

Last year's episode of "Look what my Secret Santa sent me..." was well received, so I am creating the same list again for 2007.

I originally posted this as a way to let my Santa know when I receive my gift without him/her worrying about letting me know who (s)he is. Use this as a central area to record what our Secret Santas sent us. If you plan on using this list, you may want to make a note on your profile so your Secret Santa knows to look on the list for your receipt and 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 divulged!

If your Santa sends you more than one item, just list them all in one listing unless you think it makes more sense to list them separately. Remember to include any comments you want your Secret Santa to know!

I don't know about anyone else, but I generally obsess about whether a package has arrived at it's intended destination. I drive my wife crazy with checking tracking numbers constantly! So it will be nice to see when those gifts are actually received by the giftee (or are they just sitting unclaimed on the neighbor's porch?)

(I am just using a generic Christmas first item as a placeholder for mine until my gift arrives, at which time I will update it with the real gift). In case you were wondering - yes, I do have a probably unfounded fondness for this holiday.

Now for the big question - do you open the gift or allow it to taunt you from under the tree until your local Christmas/Holiday gift opening?

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676. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1311]
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Thank you Santa for so many great gifts including

Felix: The Cat in the Sack
Loot
Cartagena

I will have so much fun playing these games at Christmas and beyond.

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677. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:130]
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I picked up a box from the post office and I couldn't resist opening it. I saw it was from GMT and I was stoked to see my top rated game, Paths of Glory.

My Santa had told me he had popped in "something extra", but when I also found a copy of "For the People" I was amazed. Brilliant!

Thanks SS. Certainly going above and beyond with that gift.

And yesterday, I was hand delivered a beautifully wrapped gift from my other SS (I signed up both the International and the Aus/NZ SS). It feels heavy so I'm very excited but will do my best to hang to til Xmas.

UPDATE: On Xmas day, I opened my second SS to find a copy of Memoir 44. Brilliant!

Thanks to my second SS.
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678. Board Game: Medici vs Strozzi [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2142]
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One of two!

Our package arrived today and we needed to open our gifts right away (the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of work!).

Our thoughtful Secret Santa picked out games that we could play on our own. Unfortunately our game-playing friends live further afield so we end up playing mostly two-player games.

We are so pleased with our games. I expect we'll be playing them this weekend (if not earlier).

Thank you so much, Santa!
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679. Board Game: San Juan [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:260]
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Two of two!

Puerto Rico (I'm not adding the link here because when I tried I only managed to change the featured game for some reason) is one of our favorite games so we're really looking forward to playing this one.
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680. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:529]
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Thank you Secret Santa for both Yspahan and Carolus Magnus. You are very generous. While I know that it is technically not Christmas yet, we are leaving town for the holidays and since classes ended yesterday we took today off for our "at home" Christmas Day (complete with a "Tofurkey" Feast).

I played Yspahan during the last game day (with DJ, who mentioned that he is a friend of Santa) and was hoping to have my own copy soon. I am also excited to try Carolvs Magnvs--I have never played this game, but everything I've read makes this sound like a great game.

I've left previous commentary on your "taunting" e-mails and this most recent message on my profile page as well.

Thanks again. Since you've mentioned that in addition to your North Pole Residence that you have a local residence as well, perhaps I'll see you at the January 19th game day?

In any case, have a great holiday.
Thanks again.



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681. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:470]
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It's here! Over two weeks ago I got my first contact from my secret santa, asking if a package had arrived. It hadn't, and I was starting to worry it wasn't going to be here before Christmas.

Until today, when a thick padded enveloped arrived. The From address of "Secret Santa, CA" was a dead give-away. I peeked inside, to see if it was wrapped. If so, it would have gone under the tree. But it wasn't wrapped, muhaha! So the wife and I will have something to play with Christmas Eve, as we wait for midnight to arrive.

It's funny, I had no idea how small these little camels are. I see photo after photo like this, and figured they were at least twice as large as they are in reality:
Board Game: Through the Desert


Thank you again, Secret Santa. A perfect choice for us, playable by two, as well as more when guests are here. Definitely right near the top of my list, I love games with bits, and I was going to buy this for myself after Christmas.

I guess I can now use these! caravan
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682. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:877]
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Two large hefty red packages are sitting under my tree. Thanks, Santa!
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683. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:693]
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WOW! Spoiled rotten. Thank you Santa!

I think I really was visited by the man in red! I received two packages! First package was Antike and Robo Rally. Second package was Duel in the Dark.

Huge thank you and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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Had to open to make sure I didn't get another copy from others, also have 3 plays, just to make sure how much I like it.blush
Thanks Secret Santa.
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685. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:314]
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Nick Bos
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Helsinki
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We had an early christmas this year.

There were two packages, one very heavy and one light, and funny enough, that also corresponds to the "gameweight".

The small box was on my wishlist: Hey, that's my fish!
Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish!


I really wanted this game, seemed like a very fun light game, while offering plenty of choices for the "gamers" in us.

Then the big package. I had no idea what it could be, it was so heavy!
When I unwrapped it, I started, I couldn't retain myself and started jumping through the house. It was Battlelore!

Board Game: BattleLore


This one wasn't on my wishlist, but my Santa did some very good research on me.

In one of my geeklists I mentioned that I had bought Memoir before Battlelore came out, but that I would prefer Battlelore now (I love fantasy themes).

My Santa read that, and it's a perfect present!

There was even a nice card with it.

I have the best secret santa in the world! laugh

Thanks a lot Secret Santa, I hope your SS treats you as good as you treated me! Have a great Christmas!



...what is that? Another package? (read on)
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686. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1290]
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What could this be?
I didn't expect another package!

I made open the box, and it was Niagara!

There was even a letter with it.

I had another SS!

I told my girlfriend I was in the whole Secret Santa thing, and she thought that was a wonderful thing.
I haven't seen her a couple of months now, because she is working and traveling in Brasil at the moment.

But she thought it was nice to surprise me, and she decided to play my SS too!

That was so sweet of her, but now I miss her even more, because now I can't play it with her until februari cry

Thank you kiss

So my Christmas has never been so good. I even had 2 secret santa's!
Beat that
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687. Board Game: Descent: The Altar of Despair [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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My Secret Santa kicked butt!!

He/She went above and beyond with BOTH Descent expansions, Dust, and some Battlegrounds starter decks and map pack.


Board Game: Dust

Board Game: Battleground Fantasy Warfare: Scenario Booklet

Board Game: Battleground Fantasy Warfare: Lizardmen

Board Game: Battleground Fantasy Warfare: Dwarves of Runegard


Thankss Santa!!!!

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688. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:50]
Board Game: Race for the Galaxy
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Fedex dropped off a happy little package on my doorstep this morning from Boards and bits. I quickly opened it to find a gift-wrapped box inside. I briefly toyed with waiting until Christmas to open it, but I was having a pretty rough day due to some negligence by the fedex driver destroying a $150 order of mine angry, that I decided to open it right away. Inside was Race for the Galaxy, one of my top desired games! Thanks so much SS, you made my day!

And I promise to eat all of my cannoli....just as soon as I figure out what it is and where I can get some in the Middle of Nowhere
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689. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:507]
Board Game: Medici
Thanks Secret (Sandy Stumpf aka sandysidamo) Santa!!

Get this everyone: my secret Santa from last year sent me Medici this year? Can you believe the generosity? Luckily I managed to prise her ID out of her (with clues) and can now send her something back.

I love both these games - all I can say is WOW. Thanks Sandy. You truly are a Secret Santa.

- Simon
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690. Board Game: 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870 [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1487] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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My package arrived just in time. Next day we'll go to north to my parents for christmas time. I was very pleased with my gifts and they was over my all expectations. My Secret Santa has done great job looking my interests and make good picks. I'm very delighted. Suuret kiitokset!

Rest of the package:
AoS expansion: Jamaica/Puerto Rico:
Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Jamaica / Puerto Rico

Slow Freight:
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Empire Builder miniatyres:
Board Game Accessory: Empire Builder pewter miniatures
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691. Board Game: Santa's Elves [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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MY PRESENTS HAVE ARRIVED

Yep, two nicely wrapped packages, which are currently guarded by my wife until Christmas shake

Looking forward to playing them as soon as possible.

Thanks Elves, Santa & Tom

Merry Christmas to All
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692. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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Santa Visited! Yah!

I was getting worried that Santa had forgotten me, since I had not a word. Needless to say, I was sorely mistaken. Santa's elves dropped off a package today! I swore I was going to hold off until Christmas Day, but... after some light arm-twisting by my girlfriend, I broke down and eagerly opened it up.

First off, Santa wrapped the present himself/herself and included a personal note. That was very nice and quite unexpected. Second, Santa picked Cities & Knights, an excellent expansion for Settlers that I didn't have. My girlfriend and I absolutely love Settlers, but had never managed to pickup any of the expansions!

Of course we're going to play it right away!

What a great way to start off the holidays!

Thanks Santa!
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693. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1311]
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WOW! What a great gift from my Secret Santa!

Also received:
Board Game: Winner's Circle


And:
Board Game: Zooloretto: Rio Grande Games Expansion Pack #1


Thanks for being so generous!

Happy Holidays to everyone here at the Geek!


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694. Board Game: Gringo! [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:5137] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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The game arrived yesterday which was my name day so I opened the box. Thank you very much santa. I had greatly wanted to know more about this game and try it when I got map for it in c3i. Looked so nice.
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695. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:263]
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I just received my gift from My Secret Santa: A Die Säulen der Erde!
Thank you! My Santa was very tricky, opened the box, and put another two games into the dSdE box:
an UWO
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and a Fraud Squad
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Thank you for the games, escpecially for the dSdE. The other two games aren't from my wishlist, but I'm almost sure, that you have choosen funny games for me! Thank you!




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696. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:61]
Board Game: El Grande Decennial Edition
Benjamin Imort
Germany
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Hooray, my presents arrived!

I haven't opened the wrappings yet, but my x-ray-eyes told me that Santa did a very great Job, one Top-10-Game that I alway missed to own - until this day!

And another 2-Player-Game, that I look very much forward to playing it:
Board Game: Hive


Thank you so very much, dear Santa.



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oh and yes: of course I unfortunately don't have x-ray-eyes, but the online-shop sent me an e-mail days ago which games you chose...

And sorry for my poor english.
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697. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:393]
Board Game: Ingenious
Amy Wiles
United States
Macon
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I got my package this week!

It all started when I got this cryptic message from Santa in the middle of my work day, making me lose all work-related train of thought:

Santa wrote:

Amy,
I'm sure you'd agree this whole Secret Santa thing is quite ingenious. Have a seat and sip on some darjeeling. Perhaps you can muse on exotic places like Cuba or Guatemala. Maybe your mind will stray to more mundane things like your hacienda or the key harvest.

Don't worry about keeping the porch light on waiting for your package; there are more power stations on the grid these days.

Merry Christmas!

The order is done, now we must wait. I will keep you abreast of how well the elves are working and when the reindeer are on their way.

-Santa

PS. love your cookies.

I was then forced to be patient while the elves prepared and delivered the pile of goodies to my house. There were multiple, beautifully wrapped packages in the box.

The first one I opened was Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards:

Board Game: Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards


Thank you Santa! I'll put it with the Power Grid expansion that you gave me last year!

Next opened was the other small package, which turned out to be Darjeeling!

From gallery of amwiles


And finally, I opened the big present -- Ingenious!

Thank you very much, Santa! That was generous and thoughtful! I'm looking forward to playing these with my very own copies!

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698. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:490]
Board Game: Cuba
Marena Tiano
United States
Arlington
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Dear Santa Barbara Secret Santa,

Thank you so much for the gifts. I hadn't heard a peep from you so I was getting a little worried. But I should have known you would come through. It's not like I was bad this year or anything.

I have been on pins and needles for weeks. I kept trying to imagine what Santa would send me. And I kept coming back to this game. I know if I had been picking from this list for someone else, I would have chosen this as well. It looks great.

But then there was another little surprise.

Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards
Board Game: Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards


I was so happy to see it because I had forgotten to put it on my wishlist. And now it's OOP so I was kicking myself for not buying it or letting you know that I coveted this expansion. It was a perfect choice for me.

Thank you so much. I hope you get everything you asked for this year.
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699. Board Game: Your Surprise Package [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Your Surprise Package
Rodney Loyd
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Sand Springs
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I didn't think much about the Secret Santa this year. I did it last year and it was fun but not too exciting. So, this year, I ordered a "must have" from Thoughthammer for my target and went on about my business. A few days later, I got a taunt from my Secret Santa saying my package would arrive late from overseas. I appreciated the notice and thought "oh well, if it gets here, it gets here". Well, I travelled for business over the last week and had put the whole Secret Santa thing out of my mind. When I came home, I had a stack of boxes for me -- all the presents I ordered online for my wife! But, buried at the bottom was a medium size box that I didn't recognize. At first I thought it must be for one of my kids or wife. But on closer inspection, I realized it was from Germany and it clicked that it was from my Secret Santa. Cool that it got here before Christmas after all. I set it down, and didn't get back to it for a couple of hours. I decided, what the heck, I'll open it -- expecting to find an unwrapped game and hoping it was in English! But, to my great surprise, what I instead found were three beautifully wrapped gifts and a beautiful card addressed to me. I was shocked!! For somebody to go to that much trouble and then post a box all the way to the US blew me away. And there are three gifts in there! Well, I knew then that I couldn't open them until Christmas -- just to honor my Secret Santa.

The care that went into getting these gifts to me is humbling. Thank you Santa for opening my eyes to how Secret Santa should work. Your spirit of giving will be passed on my me to my future Targets, I can assure you!

Merry Christmas, Santa!
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