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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801. Board Game: Dragon Parade [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7085]
Roger Fawcett
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Hurrah! Secret Santa delivered his present with absolutely perfect timing on Christmas Eve. So I only had to wait a few hours before opening.......

Dragon Parade

In case you've not played this, it is an excellent little game be Reiner Knizia. It'd probably be described as a filler, but it is just the sort of thing I play a lot of with the family.

Once again, a huge thank you to you, Secret Santa.

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802. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:250]
Daniel Karp
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Wow! I posted on this list previously, when my copy of Prophecy came in from my secret Santa. I just assumed that that was it--Prophecy is a great pick, and perfect for a secret Santa gift. But I was wrong, because just today I found a copy of In the Year of the Dragon in my mailbox. So thank you again, Secret Santa!
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803. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:487]
Benoit Kusters
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Wow ! My christmas gift arrived today and it was a BIG surprise a large box arrived this morning. Opening it, I found not one, not two, but three games:

first of all Vegas Showdown, number one on my wishlist. It will not stay long on the shelves !



... but also The King in Yellow expansion for Arkham Horror, to go deeper into the realm of the Old Ones


And finally a game from Fantasy Flight I do not know, meaning completely new game to discover (I like surprises

Many many Thanks to my (not so secret anymore) Santa !
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804. Board Game: IGOR: The Mad Scientist's Lament [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:13159]
Micheal Thomas
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Since my partner is out of town, he's been ordering Solstice gifts for me online, and shipping them home. The package arrived, and I saw a Fantasy Flight logo on the outside, and shipping by an online game store. Checknig with him, he said that he hadn't ordered from that store, so I knew it must be my Secret Santa! Woot! I was a good gamer, and waited until Solstice to open my Secret Santa gift along with all my other gifts.

Lo and behold, Igor! was sitting on top. Coolness, a game I'd been wanting for a while, and didn't think I'd ever find, what with my LGS' propensity to only stock newer games in. Underneath it, I found Station Master.
Again with the wootness. I saw this game and thought it would work well with the style of games my gaming group enjoys. And still, underneath there, I saw Lost Cities.
Excellent! I've been looking to pick up some 2-player games, for those times when my gaming group doesn't want to play a large 6-7 player game, and we can split up into two separate games.
Thank you, Secret Santa!
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805. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:477]
Charles A. Davis
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I finally got to open my present. I left town on the 19th and just got back.

Plus he included a box of chocolate covered peppermint, and a Starbucks gift card in a little stocking. An all around good Santa. Thank you.
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806. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2313]
John Morgan
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Yesterday, I received my present from my Secret Santa. Thanks Secret Santa. In your honor i propose this failure card...

"Just as you about to whack the old guy, the doorbell rings! Is is a package from my Secret Santa? Dr. Lucky gets away."
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807. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:255]
Carl Anderson
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It was a long wait to get my gift from the Great White North, but the wait was worth it! Along with Pillars of the Earth came a wonderful Christmas card. It was nice to come home from Christmas with my family to find this in the mailbox.

Thanks a million, Secret Santa! I know we'll have a blast playing this.
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808. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:472]
James Nelli
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Got Cuba from my SS And he gave me th finger too!

http://www.bouldergames.com/detail.asp?Product_id=2088

been wanting one of these
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809. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1056]
Piotr Jekel
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Thank you SS for this game. We are short of party games and this one was on my wanted list for some time. No English rules in the box, but they are available her on the BGG, so no problems with understanding the gameflow. We have already played Cash and Guns twice immediately after opening the box. These were 4p games and it was an OK experience. I think that with our gaming group of 6 it will be a blast. Simple rules, fun components for kids (it may sound harsh, but they really love it).

Thank you!
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810. Board Game: Felicity: The Cat in the Sack [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1286]
Richard Pakpreo
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Yay! I should have said something about my international SS gift earlier, but I got sick. Anyway, I got this and Hey! That's my Fish! from my SS! I've played Felix twice so far and my group enjoys it.
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811. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:371]
 
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YAY! Thank you Secret Santa!

Got home yesterday evening to find a note from the postman that there was a parcel for me to be picked up at the post office. A nice and big box. What's best, my girlfriend thinks vikings are cool, so the game will be played tonight!

Thanks again!
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812. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:461]
Scott De Regt
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Well I know it's a bit late and my Santa probably thinks I've fallen off the face of the planet, but I have just gotten home from my honeymoon (which was amazing, thanks for asking) and opened my box.

Inside were 2 games, this and Carcassonne the Castle. For some reason I was surprised to find Taluva, it has been on my to get list for a long time and was listed as a "Love to Have" on my wish list, but for some reason it was probably the game I least expected. This is awesome because it was even more surprising as a result. Carc the Castle wasn't on my list but I can't wait to give it a burl as My wife and I love the original.

This isn't all though, my flight got me home at 8am this morning so I trundled off to bed at about 10 because I was wrecked. I was awoken at midday by the sound of a delivery driver knocking at my door. I was a little surprised as I wasn't expecting anything and my secret Santa present was already opened and punched.

I eagerly opened the box that had "Clothing" listed on the customs declaration. Inside was a treasure trove of stuff that just go to show what a kick ass SS I scored this year.

First off there was a T-shirt (hence the customs dec.) that had my name and karate smurf avatar on the front. On the back was a collage of heaps of board game images. Sweet!!

Next I found a present for my wife (wrapped in a picture of the place we stayed christmas eve), a bicycle deck of playing cards as my wife is a crib fan and she has been wanting to teach me to play for a long time.

And finally, wrapped in a picture of my house from Google earth (I have to admit to feeling a little stalked at this point... ) was a deck of home made cards representing each game in my collection, with a set of rules for using the cards to pick the next game to play!! Each card has either my comments on the game or a quick snippet from the web if I hadn't reviewed it, and other really handy info like play length and player numbers etc.

So from that it's official, I had the best Secret Santa ever. Thanks so much for everything, it was a great way to finish my honeymoon and help get ready for real life again. If you are ever in Australia, drop me a line and I'll whack on the BBQ for you.
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813. Board Game: Unspeakable Words [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2988]
Virre Linwendil Annergård
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Yeah, finaly today I got to mails about big packages to get at the post office, on arriving there, they both where from The Games Player Ltd (the sender on the envolope to get this post had said U.K), so here I am, now owning one of these (Yes... thirty little Chtuhlu pawns...) which hopefully will be played tonight, and one copy of 1960: The Makeing of the President, which I have been reading the rules of for a long time, so now hapiness and great thanks to my secret santa
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814. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:181]
Brian Vogle
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I should have posted this like six weeks ago, but I just kept putting it off... sorry to my secret santa

Man oh man... this was *the* game I wanted to get this year, and my secret santa really came through. I can't wait to break this out.

And that wasn't all! My secret santa also sent a copy of


It wasn't on my wish list, but my secret santa must have known i'd love it... it's become the big hit at our gaming get togethers. We can't get enough of it. Great choice!

Thanks again secret santa, you did an amazing job!
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815. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:250]
Rik Van Horn
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My Santa got me a game hot off the presses!
Thanks big guy!
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816. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:848]
Bill H
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Also got Atlanteon!

Received both the first week of December, although I didn't open them until Christmas (and didn't post until just now, sorry about that).

Thanks, Secret Santa, both great choices!
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817. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:144]
Cindy
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My Secret Santa and I have been communicating with poems back and forth to each other (sorry, I couldn't think of what to write for that last one). The last geekmail I received included a tracking number for UPS disguised as United Penguin Service and was to be delivered today - it was - and thank you.

Two gifts were included in the box and they were beautifully wrapped (I really didn't want to rip them open). I patiently waited until my husband and son were home to open my gifts.

First gift I opened was:

Goa



Second game was:

Colosseum



Thank you for the gifts... I cannot wait to play both of them... especially Colosseum since my husband is very interested in that one also...

Could my Secret Santa please let me know which one you are - International or US only.... if I had to guess, I would say you are my US only SS....


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818. Board Game: Treehouse [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:6541]
Carsten ◄► Wesel
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My santa have send me 5 Treehouse sets. Wonderful!
But that's not all, he've sent me. He also include 2 Books with 15 rules for additional games.

Thank you Santa, it was a great day yesterday. I'm waiting to play these variation of games.

thumbsup No I have d10-9d10-0d10-0 games! What a great jubilee!

Please send me more time to play all those games devil
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819. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:175]
Thomas Taylor
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Woo!

Thank you Santa!

I came home from a long day of gaming, playing Descent, Kingsburg, Das Motorspiel, and Santiago. We came home and I checked the doorstep (almost out of habit) and there was a box from Thoughthammer. Could this be the secret orphan annie decoder pin I've been waiting so long for? Even better! My secret santa hooked me up!!

I've been wanting this game for quite a while, and just couldn't quite get up the gumption to buy it for myself since a good friend has a copy, and its a little pricey. Fantastic game.

Great choice, and hopefully the jokes about santa being late didn't offend you.

I even got a cool set of Thoughthammer dice, that I was secretly coveting that I sent to my secret santa target.

Thanks Santa! You rock!

Merry Christmas to you and yours.
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Sean Norville
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Blue Moon City

Santa was so good to me. He rushed to get me my gifts before Christmas but I had to abandon my reshall and go home for the holidays and didn't get to find out how wonderful he was until just today. Santa found a copy of Blue Moon City and even a brand new Race for the Galaxy despite the holiday rush. Santa even added some additional Knizia loving with a copy of Ra. Best of all, Santa took the time to wrap each one.

Thank you so much Santa and sorry if I worried you when I couldn't get your treasures for such a long time. You're the best!

Sean
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821. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:583] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Yay! Zertz!

Sorry for posting this so late; I waited until, well, not quite Christmas, but Christmas Eve anyway, to open them, and went on vacation immediately after Christmas, so I haven't had a chance to post yet--in fact, I am posting this from the airport on the way home. I did play Zertz with my husband on Christmas and beat him four different ways on the last move of the game. Bwahaha. I like this game.

My secret Santa also sent me Medici, which I am quite excited to try (I've enjoyed other Knizia auction games, so I have good reason to hope that I'll like it ) and Quiddler, which has proven a good game to whip out at random moments. Of course, my husband neglected to remove it from his list as well, so he will be trading his copy.

Anyway.. thank you again to my secret santa, and to those on BGG who organized this event. I expect to participate again next year
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822. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:673]
Steve Donohue
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My Secret Santa had already sent me Corda, so I was very surprised when he followed up with Antike. It did create a certain symmetry though as I had sent a copy of Antike to my target as well.

I haven't managed to get it to the table yet, but I've played it before and really enjoyed it. I think it will be a hit with some of the guys in my group too.
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823. Board Game: BattleLore: Goblin Marauders Specialist Pack [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
Steve Donohue
United States
Allen Park
Michigan
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My copy of Antike came in a very large box and was expertly wrapped by the crack minions at Boards and Bits. It never even occured to me that there would be anything else in the box. I was extremely happy to have received Corda, couldn't believe I'd gotten Antike too and so had put the box in the trash pile.

Then I got a note from Santa taunting me and mentioning he had sent me a couple of things from my list in addition to Corda. Whoops!

Imagine my surprise at finding another box hidden in all those packing peanuts! I opened it Christmas morning but haven't managed to get it to the table yet. I hope to bring it out this week or next though!

Thank you Santa for your very generous gifts!
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824. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:477]
Martin Sarnecki
Australia
Melbourne (north)
Victoria
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Well, finally the waiting paid off, as the postie came on Monday. My SS was very courteous, almost middle European, in informing me of the state of play regarding couriers and suchlike. Naturally, my package didn't arrive until I'd gone out of town for a couple of days with my wife, son and visiting mum.

My SS had said she couldn't find any local resellers stocking Mr Jack, hence the need to ship from Germany (Essen, no less). The supply to Australia has been somewhat limited since the game's release, so I'm very pleased indeed to be able to cross off one of my 'must-haves', and I can't wait to match wits with the others in my gaming group.

Of course, my SS went above and beyond the call of duty, throwing in a fun little Alan Moon title I'd added to my wishlist a while ago:



This is King's Breakfast in English, but I'm very happy to have the German edition, since English rules are included and the parts are language-independent. How cool a theme is trying to stuff yourself full of food -- but ensuring you don't look greedier than the king?

And then there was a third little game:



Power Soccer consists of nothing more than two big, nonstandard dice, a red card, yellow card, rules sheet and aide-memoir -- all in a box about the size of a regular deck of cards. I'm not sure how she worked out that my sport of choice is football (maybe because I've got Subbuteo), but well done, SS! Now I just need to work out the rules (no English ones included, and the file on the Geek looks like it was translated by a monolingual Japanese). Still, there's not much to the game, so it can't be too hard.

Thankyou very much to my Secret Santa, the wait was well worth it.

[Edited to include my own scan of King Lui ]
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825. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Joshua Hearne
United States
Danville
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I received my gift the day after I returned from Christmas vacation and was very much pleased to open it up and find out that it was "Ticket to Ride." I've played it with friends and they are really fond of it. This one will be played again and again, I'm sure.

Thanks Secret Santa.
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