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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/secretsanta

Two important links for all involved!
- http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/36845 (Pay it Forward)
- http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/36187 (Your gift has arrived)


I hope all of you are enjoying Secret Santa! A couple of things to mention here, along with a list of participating stores near the end.

- Don't procrastinate!
- Get your wishlist in order, yesterday!
- Pay attention to any special instructions your target may have left.
- You can remain secret, or make your identity known - it's completely up to you.
- Send messages to your target via the "santa" account. Password: "password"
- Please don't email me that you didn't get your gift until January. Mail takes some time.
- Check back here constantly, I suspect the store list will change drastically over the next week or so.


And the stores!

Note to game stores:
First of all, thank you for participating!

Secondly, if you want to be added - or have more info, get it to me ASAP so that I can add it here - before all the geeks start buying! If anyone here knows of a worthy store to be added - let them know so that they can contact me.

And finally, even though I know that you are "happy to participate", let's be honest - this is probably at least somewhat financially nice for you - with 1300 people participating in all. Why not send Aldie a small donation for his part in this?

USA
Best Dang Games - http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?yhst-78097622116039+BwH...
They offer:
15% discount, free gift wrapping, and will ship internationally! - More info at the link


Funagain Games - http://www.funagaingames.com
They offer: They ship most everywhere so international shipments are not a problem. They are also happy to remove any identifying marks (name, address, e-mail etc.) from the orders. Folks just need to put "BGG Secret Santa 2008" in the special instructions field when ordering.

NewSpiel - http://www.newspiel.com
They offer: free gift wrapping, keep sender anonymous, and include a gift note. Just note BGG Secret Santa in the Additional Information section while checking out.

CLS Games - www.CLSGAMES.com
They offer: Target Want List reviews - just fwd your target's Want list to CLS Games and they will let you know what is available in your price range AND very importantly for international orders, what games are light-weight in order to minimize your shipping costs. All Secret Santa games are sent out anonymously with a holiday greeting note."

Game Nite - http://www.gameniteshop.com/

Thoughhammer - www.thoughthammer.com
They offer: International Shipping to almost 100 different countries, and free shipping over $125 within the Continental US. Anonymous giving (please enter Secret Santa in the comments field when placing the order) for recipient, but the sender will still receive all tracking information.

Games Surplus - www.gamessurplus.com
They offer: will send gifts out anonymously as requested. Will include a "spin-for-it" finger with each order.

GatePlay - www.gateplay.com

Boards 'n Bits - www.boardsandbits.com
They offer: never include invoices in their packages,so secrets are safe with them, and would be happy to include a note with any BGG Secret Santa order if people ask for it in the checkout comments

Fairplay Games - www.fairplaygames.com
They offer: In the comments section of the order, just include a note it is for the BGG Secret Santa. We will omit the invoice and include a gift note that does not include your name. Sender can still enter their own email address for order, shipping, and tracking information. Gift wrapping option available upon check-out. Current discount codes valid for the 2008 holidays – take your pick for the best option!

SAVEMONEY – 5% off subtotal $75 or more / 7% off subtotal $150 or more: International or Domestic.
HALFSHIP75 – half off UPS shipping subtotal $75 or more. Domestic (48 contiguous states only).
FREESHIP125 – free UPS shipping subtotal $125 or more. Domestic (48 contiguous states only).


Time Well Spent Games - www.timewellspent.org
They offer: they ship internationally, and will be happy to ship anonymously as well.

Columbia Games - http://www.columbiagames.com

Boulder Games - www.bouldergames.com
They offer: No invoice in box, free gift wrapping, free Christmas card with your message on it, double the normal amount of candy in the box, $5 Coupon in the box, and international shipping.

Wargame Depot - www.wargamedepot.com
They offer: International shipments (including APO) to just about anywhere. They are also happy to remove any sender info from the orders. Just put "BGG Secret Santa 2008" in the comments section of the order.

France
Ludibay - www.ludibay.net
They offer: a 5% discount on all the orders placed for the secret santa 2008. Use the code BGGSANTA2008

United Kingdom
Dicebay - http://www.dicebay.co.uk/

Land of Games - www.land-of-games.co.uk
They offer: offer free gift wrapping and a tag with any message required, can usually take a few photos of the process too if it eases any worries

Green Knight Games - www.greenknightgames.co.uk
They offer: will gift-wrap, pop in a small BGG Secret Santa card and send anonymously. They also try to determine that the gift has arrived (where possible). Gift givers need only indicate that it’s for a BGG Secret Santa in the ‘Reason for buying’ field on ther website.

Brasco Games - http://www.brascogames.webs.com/
They offer: 50% shipping discount worldwide air mail for everyone participating at Secret Santa 2008. just mention code VSVD - offer available only for the first ten people, and only up to December 10th.

Shire Games - www.shiregames.com
They offer: the package will be completely anonymous; individually wrapped in shiny Xmas paper, personalized anonymous message from the Santa, if required, "BGG Secret Santa" labels on the gift(s), "BGG Secret Santa" address label on the box, and if your target happens to be local to them (ie, a member of the "Shire Gamers" guild, then there's no need to pay shipping!

Infinity Games - www.iguk.co.uk
They offer: can make the packages anonymous and also will do gift wrap for free, just drop them a message at http://www.iguk.co.uk/contact.aspx?customerid=iguk_webteam once the order has been placed, including the order id and details.

Dicebay - www.dicebay.co.uk
They offer: BGG Secret Santa' field to their checkout, where BGG memners can specify gift wrap and labelling. There is no charge for this service.

Boardgameguru - (www.boardgameguru.co.uk
They offer: will gift wrap each present, add a xmas card from Santa and ensure that the present is anonymous. For secreta santa delveries i will also get a record of delivery. All the orderer needs to do is put 'secret Santa' in the first line of the address field of the recipient - i'll do the rest.

Spain
Planet On Games - www.planetongames.com
They offer: can ship games to Spain & Portugal with really good shipping costs, and will gift-wrap the game(s) and keep the order anonymous, if you want to send some lines to drop with your order they will gladly include a postcard in the box. They allow Direct Bank transfer and PayPal.

Ramalamas - http://www.ramalamas.com/en
They offer: free customized engravings in any of our games / accessories for the Secret Santa event.

laPCra - www.lapcra.org
They offer: can ship to Spain/Portugal with reasonable shipping costs. Anyone that puts "BGG Secret Santa" on comments will have free gift-wrapping and no invoice will be attached to the order.

Netherlands
Spellenhuis - www.spellenhuis.nl

Moenen & Mariken Spellenspeciaalzaak - www.moenen-en-mariken.nl

Italy
Giochinscatola - www.giochinscatola.it

Ready 2 Play - www.ready2play.eu/hp/

Goblin - goblinbologna@goblin-shop.com

Canada
JJ Cards and Collectibles - www.jjcards.com

Starlight Citadel - http://www.starlitcitadel.com/games/
They offer: will giftwrap for free and keep the individual who sent it anonymous. Just add a request in your order for this and note that this is a BGG Secret Santa order.

Fun Games Cafe - www.fungamescafe.com
They offer: free gift wrapping and are happy to keep the Secret Santas secret!

Strategies Games & Hobbies - www.strategiesgames.ca
They offer: will wrap gifts and keep gifts secret.

German Board Games - www.germangames.com

Toys on Fire - www.toysonfire.ca
They offer: can provide gift-wrapping, we can take orders through their online shopping-cart or over the phone 1-613-825-0688, and shipping to any location in Canada or the United States.

Malaysia
Imagine Games - http://web.mac.com/imagine_newszine/Site/Home/Home.html
They offer: can deliver Santa's goods to targets in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China and other countries in this region.

Greece
Kaissa - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/31812

Australia
Caterpillar Games - http://www.caterpillargames.com.au/
They offer: do gift wrapping with a card from bgg secret santa and a free gift as well as international shipping.

Unhalfbricking.com - www.unhalfbricking.com
They offer: they attend all the gasmes groups in Melbourne & so probably know your target & can deliver by hand. Otherwise they post nationally. All presents gift wrapped anonymously with a 'From your Secret Santa' message

Mind Games - http://www.mindgamesalbury.com/
They offer: will gift wrap where requested. (If the target is a Canberra local, they will happily deliver personally - within reason!

Warchest - www.warchest.com.au

Singapore
Board Game Lifestyle - http://www.boardgamelifestyle.com

Hungary
ComPaYa - www.compaya.hu
They offer: Free shipping in Hungary

Taiwan
Dolphine Boardgamer - http://www.boardgamer.org/index.php?language=en
They offer: serving not only Taiwan,
but also Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
and the whole Greater China region
(which is Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China)



Germany
Milan Spiele - www.milan-spiele.de
They offer: accept paypal and bank transfer - communications in english or german - giftwrap for a 1€ fee.

Cosimshop - www.cosimshop.de
They offer: shipping to all EU-countries, no invoice in box, a print-out of a personal note and some candy or chocolate in the box. And they will give 5% off all Secret Santa-orders as a donation to BGG.com.
Just add "BGG Secret Santa" to the comments section of the order.


Spiel Offensive - http://www.Spiele-Offensive.de
They offer: Senders should just add "BGG SECRET SANTA" as optional text to their order and we will giftwrap the games and send them without invoice.

Chile
Guarida del Dragón - http://www.dragon.cl/tienda/index.php?currency=USD
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I can't see any games on the Malaysia's Imagine games :(

Would like to see what are the games available to purchase for my target..

I'm using Firefox though.
 
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thanks for this list, tom. it's great to know so many stores (worldwide!) are participating!

one of them will surely get my business this year.

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I was looking for this list. Very helpful, thank you!
 
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I have made a specific list for European online stores, with some comments based on my experience and shipping costs. Check it out here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/2827206
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Thanks for the list. I picked best dang games and already shipped my target's gifts (not wanting to wait 2 days as last year the selection diminished very quickly as things sold out). Guess the other retailers should have been on the ball and gotten their info in sooner.
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truewt wrote:
I can't see any games on the Malaysia's Imagine games

Would like to see what are the games available to purchase for my target..

I'm using Firefox though.

For some reason it works in MSIE...
 
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Hi guys,

Just a quick response to all the geekmails I'm getting:

Yes, of course Shire Games in the UK are participating once again.

(As per this post)

I'm sure Tom will update the list as soon as possible


Sorted.

Thanks Tom




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www.boardgameprices.com this also might be helpful!
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What about Russia? Does anyone know of an online store in Russia? Or one that ships to Russia (at a reasonable price)?

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r0xjo0 wrote:
Thanks for the list. I picked best dang games and already shipped my target's gifts (not wanting to wait 2 days as last year the selection diminished very quickly as things sold out). Guess the other retailers should have been on the ball and gotten their info in sooner.


Does no one follow instructions?

Anyway, I have about 20 more retailers to add to the list. Give me 24 hours, and I should have them all up.
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You're a teacher Tom, you should already know the answer to that question

Great stuff btw!

Cheers,

Giles.
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TomVasel wrote:

Does no one follow instructions?


Well, let's see, what was that first instruction up above? Oh yeah!

TomVasel wrote:

- Don't procrastinate!



Seems like instructions were followed.

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Woo hoo! Can't wait!
 
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Tried to register with Fun Games Cafe, but it will only accept US or Canada addresses for customers.
 
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No offense to struggling game stores, but I'm happy to receive used games in decent condition. In fact, not only may this result in my santa paying less for my game, it makes someone who has a used copy and doesn't want it happy. That makes three people happy, although one game store owner less happy.

If I could find my target's wishes in the BGG marketplace, priced decently, and my target wouldn't mind, a lot of people could be happy.

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No participating stores from Germany?

I cannot believe it! surprise
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I see there's currently no NZ stores, so rather than suggest a specific one, go to the distributors website (we are a small country, most of the shops get their stock from the same guy). It shows what games are available here and there is a page with the retail shops on it.

www.pixelpark.co.nz

Though I would also suggest comparing the cost of shipping a game from one of the above USA stores, cause it may end up being a similar price to what you would pay in NZ (though the exchange rate will play a large role in the truth of this statement).
 
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Hi all,
if any of you had a Chilean target, here are a couple very good stores:
La Guarida del Dragon: www.dragon.cl (actually they didn't sell for internet but if you speak with Claudio or Tamara (the owners) sure they do something ) really is the best store in Chile ...
Z-Mart: www.zmart.cl (They had a few games and sure you can buy there... look in "Juegos de Mesa - JDM")

Bye all and have a very nice Christmas
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Wow! This was great! Helps save on shipping when I order from a store in my target's country.

Woo Hoo! Thanks Tom!

Secret Santa order sent and complete! Now to just wait impatiently for my Secret Santa gift and wonder...
 
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kevwill wrote:
Tried to register with Fun Games Cafe, but it will only accept US or Canada addresses for customers.


Just send us an email 'info (a) fungamescafe.com' and we will be happy to get your order processed.
Thank you,
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Secret Santa Mission Status: Comleted sauron
 
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also completed. meeple
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Yeah, same problem with Fun Games Cafe.

I send them a message and I let you know!!
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