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Gary C
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Welcome to my 7th annual Secret Santa List. For those of you who are new to the list:

I run this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santa sent you and remember to include any comments such as thanks that you want to give your Secret Santa. When you post on this list, you may want to make a note on your profile with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your 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 released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present! This assists those of us who read the list regularly as recipients are adding their gifts in a chronological order. No placeholder entries, please.

I find it very handy to put a link on your profile page so your Secret Santa knows where you have posted the feedback so s/he doesn't have to sort through 2000 entries to find yours quickly.


To see all previous years' editions of this list and to give the new Secret Santa participants an idea of how this works, look at these links:

"2011 List"

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"

Further helpful hints:

IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there.

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry will also make it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.


If you would like to taunt your "target" while maintaining your secret identity, you can do so using the Santa logon. Just log yourself off and close any BGG windows (if you don't you take the chance of being discovered if the new username doesn't take) and log on using this info:

Username: santa
Password: password



I hope you have a terrific holiday season and enjoy the list!
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76. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
Kevin Labeeuw
Belgium
Wevelgem
West-Vlaanderen
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Thank you secret santa!

For the 7 wonders, leaders and cities thumbsup



This is my first secret santa and I'm telling you, next year I'm in again!!!

Ow, and befor I forget... Thank you for the extra package with chocolates! You're the best secret santa!

Kevin
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77. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1527]
stefan wegner
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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First of all thank you so much Santa!!

Today i received a big box from a local gaming webshop.



It is huge and to be honest i am quite flabbergasted. I already contacted Santa and will wait for further instructions.

But hey the tradition is to wait until the 25th of December.Then we can put this huge box under the Christmas tree. Now the waiting and guessing can begin meeple. The cardboard box however does not reveal any clues yet.

I am all excited now, i would have never guessed that participating in secret santa could be this much fun!

Regards,

Stefan


Very important update

Well Santa responded today already giving me his permission to open the big box. this is the inside of the box, more boxes ;-):



The contents of the big box are 2 nicely gift wrapped games.

And a letter from Santa himself!!!

The letter already revealed some clues to the content of the gifts.
However with permission of Santa I will keep them gift wrapped until the 25th of December. Rest assured to everyone wanting to participate in the guessing game. I am really happy with these games, both on my wishlist!!

So thank you so much Santa you have been too kind for me this year ;-)


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78. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:140]
Margus
Estonia
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Thank you Santa!

It arrived about an hour ago with a permission that it can hit the table in the evening.

Thanks,
Margus

Dec.1 update:

Hive

Excellent surprise. Thank you again, Santa!
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79. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:22]
 
Jacco Versteeg
United Kingdom
Crewe
Cheshire
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Yesterday I posted in another thread about not yet having heard from my Secret Santa. I so should have known better: when I came home (posted from work during my lunch break), I found a parcel waiting for me! As there are no instructions regarding the opening of said parcel (which contained two wrapped parcels and an advent calendar, courtesy of Shire games) I shall unwrap my presents on 5 December, it being a traditional day for me to unwrap presents!

EDIT: Santa mailed me last night to let me know my presents were on the way . Also, some weird Canadian sent me an odd Geekmail, not sure what that was all about....

EDIT: OMG(s)! Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game and Android: Netrunner! OMG(s)!

Yet two more money sinks for me to waste my hard earned cash on. Thank you muchly Santa! *bounces*
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80. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:763]
Claudine McClean
United Kingdom
Leicester
Leicestershire
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WooHoo! Thank you Secret Santa, the perfect gift. I'm already excited they may have found his body in Leicester, I'll take this as a good sign.

It was beautifully wrapped, but I have no self control, sorry.
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81. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:371]
Paul Mulders
Netherlands
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Ai ai ai I received a package today :o.

Santa gave me the instuction not to open it yet since it will magically transform into monopoly :|. And because we all believe in magic (the gathering) I will heed his call. to break this spell I needed to wait till 3 packages are together and open them then.

The Torture!? Must say my santa is one of the awesome kind he corresponds a lot thru the mail!? I Like. I even got a mail and a present from spikey the elf

I will update this post when there is more info for now THANK YOU SANTA MAN!?



Alrighty then, I got another box in today and i will update the earlier picture with a nice packed box, Lovely. There was also a little note there, Snug this past the grumpy bastard :| ai ai ai!? Thanks Spikey!?

This is the pic of the box received today :o.



Can someone Guess what it is? If I shuffle it there are a lot of bits n pieces to be heard and it's a rectangular box, obviously .

Ok so this is insanity looking it right in the face :|. hehe, this here santa is a most generous chap. :|

I received 3 packages so by opening these now the monopoly curse should be lifted. the gingkopolis box was not individually wrapped obviously, hehe omg omg omg thank you santa.

this is what was inside:



THANK YOU SANTA!!!?

[quote]I will post more info on whats inside the packages soonish oei oei oei

X-Eye-Thing[/quote]

That would be now

Here is a pic of everything (accept for 1 gift) unwrapped, I can't express how thankfull I am to this generous soul. Thank you.



The one unwrapped gift will be held wrapped until Sinterklaas evening. I still have no clue on what it is. 1 thing I know for sure, it's not carcassonne expansion #2, the size just doesn't match. Onward to playing these games, can't wait to get them on the table. once more, thank you santa!!!!

Update: I found the game Coup today in an envelope in my mailbox , W00T!!? It's like a neverending waterfall of games. Once again I thank thee from the bottom of my heart Santa!?

Update #2: The final gift, still wrapped in the picture was Carnival a deck and dice game by dice hate me games. thanks so much for your pressents it has been an awesome year because of you Santa .
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82. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:406]
Ron Lacer
United States
Springfield
Massachusetts
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This is my 3rd Secret Santa and I've had some incredibly generous Santas indeed!

I arrived at home to find Cass had already brought in a large box for me from Cool Stuff Inc. Since it has been ages since I ordered ANYTHING online, I knew it had to be from Santa. No taunts preceded the arrival, so I was especially thrilled to see it so early in the season.

I opened it to find two nicely wrapped gifts, but no instructions to wait until Xmas to open them. To Cass' consternation, I acted like I would wait to open them. That didn't last too long and shortly beore we headed off to bed, I opened them up to find not just this awesome game, but also a copy of Eclipse


And as if that was not enough, a card enclosed with the games told me to expect another package to arrive later. I must have been a very good boy again this year
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83. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:165] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Jennifer Sachan
United States
Overland Park
Kansas
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My Secret Santa is awesome!!! This will go nicely in my zombie game collection. Now I just have to keep my husband from stealing the minis.

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!

Played it twice this weekend. Similar to some other Zombie games but seemed to flow better. Really enjoyed it. Thanks again Secret Santa!!
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84. Board Game: Trollhalla [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2078]
Nick B
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Charlottesville
Virginia
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I got home yesterday and found a big box from ThoughtHammer sitting on my living room table! Santa told me that whatever was inside would be wrapped, so I immediately opened it up and was shocked to find not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE wrapped gifts inside!

I was completely taken aback. This is my first year doing the BGG Secret Santa exchange, and I had no idea Santa would be so awesome and generous!

Santa told me that I could open the presents early "if I really want to," which sounds like a challenge to me. I will be strong! I will delay my gratification! I will flex my willpower like it's never been flexed before!

...until maybe December 20th, when my Christmas break starts. My wife has hidden the presents to help me out for now. Thank you again Santa, for being so awesome. You are helping to make my favorite time of year even better!

CHRISTMAS EVE UPDATE:

From top to bottom, here's what was in the packages:

Coloretto
Bang!
Jungle Speed
Trollhalla
RoboRally


Merry Christmas to all! I hope your Secret Santas were as good to you as mine was to me!
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85. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Cities [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Andrew Meadow
United States
Waukesha
Wisconsin
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Santa sent me a message letting me know that a "little" something was on the way (and that the elves were working on tracking down my "big" something at the moment). How awesome was it to come home to 7 Wonders: Cities! Especially because my group just played 7 Wonders for the first time 2 weeks ago! I'm sure Santa must have had some elves checking in on us that night... can't wait to get this to the table (as soon as everyone feels ready for it).

THANKS SANTA!
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86. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:471]
Chris Sessoms
United States
Butler
Pennsylvania
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Holy horse. My Secret santa went above and beyond the call of secret santa. This was the first game I got. Hooray!
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87. Board Game: 1st & Goal [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1187]
Chris Sessoms
United States
Butler
Pennsylvania
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This was the second thing I got.
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88. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:640]
Chris Sessoms
United States
Butler
Pennsylvania
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The third thing I got.
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89. Board Game: I Believe in Santa Claus! [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
Chris Sessoms
United States
Butler
Pennsylvania
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Then I got a whole slew of small unexpected gifts as well! This was so awesome and great it really really made my day and week, it has been fairly crappy. I was instructed to open during the manchester city game against aston villa, which I did.

The shirt I got:


The games I got:




All the little stuff I got. Playing cards from the Rockford Ice Hogs Hockey team, Some final fantasy soundtracks (Amazing!) the Poo card game, some penguins Cards and thunderstone promos. All all way much more than I expected. My momma who was here was also impressed with what I got.

Thank you so so so much. It was truly a great secret santa.
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90. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:11]
Nate Lawrence
United States
Bristow
Virginia
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Spoiler (click to reveal)
I was about to leave the house to go get some lunch when I encountered a box on my front stoop! Said box comes from Thought Hammer, and sounds ominously full of bits, so I assume it's my BGG Santa...but it's very hard to say for sure, as I'm taking part in 4-5 different Secret Santa projects this year!

Regardless, my BGG Santa left me specific instructions to not open my gift once received, so I won't be opening this box until I hear otherwise, especially since the address label was careful to remind me that Santa is watching.


Santa gave me the go ahead to open my gift, so long as I made sure to take pictures! So without further adieu...

Box! What could be inside?



I know how to handle this.



*STAB* (Dramatization. No board games were harmed in the making of this film.)



A box of packing peanuts, from my BGG Secret Santa! Oh boy!



...but wait, what's this underneath the peanuts?

It's Power Grid and Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards! Hooray!



All set up and ready to play!



Thanks, Santa! You rock!



(Thought Hammer also includes these cute little self-branded d6s, in case that ever sways any of you to purchase from them instead of someone else!)

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91. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:304]
Greg Gatto
United States
Exton
Pennsylvania
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I was informed by my Secret Santa that my package would be arriving today, and, sure enough, a large box greeted me on my front porch this afternoon. Not only do I have a very prompt Secret Santa, but an incredibly generous one.

At the top of the box was Tobago, a game which I am very excited to try.

Next in the pile was...Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 - Team Asia & Legendary Asia, which has already made my TtR-loving son very excited!

Next in the pile was...Castles of Burgundy, which I played several times at EuroQuest, and can't wait to show my family!

Next in the pile was...Elder Sign, which really appeals to me as a somewhat more manageable version of Arkham Horror, a game I really like, but is hard to get on the table.

And finally, last in the pile was...Fleet, which I'm really excited to try with my gaming group.

Here's a photo of my presents, with the aforementioned TtR-loving son:



I have no words to express how grateful, surprised, and amazed I am at my Secret Santa's generosity. Five games that I'm really excited about!

Thank you so much, Secret Santa!
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92. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:73]
Christian Krach
Germany
Potsdam
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My idea was to keep the parcel unopened a little longer this year. I was less then 24 h though... Sitting on the table, staring at me...

So here we are: Village and Kuhhandel Master
. A very nice choice, thank you, Santa. My old Kuhhandel can now retire to the museum. I was still playing with my 25+ year old cards.
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93. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:371]
Matt Baughman
United States
Moses Lake
Washington
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WOW SANTA! THANKS!

I actually did not know that this was my secret Santa gift, since it came in an amazon box and I was expecting a printer cartridge of roughly the same size. If I would have know I would have waited until xmas day, but I am actually glad I opened it because we can play it over thanksgiving!

Thanks for the generosity Santa, and I will do my best to be a good boy until Christmas!
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94. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:83]
Clare Johnson
Wales
Pontypridd
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Today I had a game event at my FLGS, as I walked in I was handed a small box and told "Santa says they were all out of fake mustaches"
Intrigued I opened the paper to find Ticket to ride: halloween freighter!

AWESOME.... although it does pose the question how my Santa knew my FLGS had an event on and how they knew I would be there! I suspect Santa is employing Ninja's ninja

Thank you Santa





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95. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:105] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Gary Pope
United States
Magna
Utah
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My Secret Santa sure surprised me. When I got home from the grocery store there sitting on my doorstep was Small World and Dixit Odyssey!
Dixit Odyssey


Thank you Secret Santa!
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96. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:314]
Nathan Milbrath
United States
Fridley
Minnesota
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I had quite the generous Secret Santa this year. I noticed a FedEx truck pulling up to my house on Friday and asked whether anyone was expecting a package. Sure enough, I saw my name on it. I ran downstairs and ripped it open. On the inside I found:

Core Worlds
and
Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shattered Empire



I was running around the house I was so ecstatic. I got to play Core Worlds yesterday and REALLY enjoyed it. It's actually quite thematic and I enjoyed it a lot more than 51st State [which I quite enjoy].

The Twilight Imperium expansion will be put to very good use. I went out and got sleeves, baggies and have it all sorted and ready to go for today. Ever since I got to play TI3 a month or so ago, I've gotten a weekly game of it in. Still shooting for a weekly/bi-weekly game of it with my gaming group. I honestly never expected to get in a game of it more than once or twice a year and I'll be up to 5 plays in about a months time.

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!
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97. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:296]
Amparo
Spain
Valencia
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I was still thinking of putting a little salute to my Secret Santa at my profile, and this week I received news of him!!
I was very happy and I thought this weekend I have to send a message and before I could think what I was going to say, a Santa helper came home Thursday with a huge package.

And as it was totally impossible for me to wait until December 24, I followed the advice that gave me my Secret Santa and I have already opened.

It's a wonderful gift, I must have been very, very good this year. (really?) laugh

Wherever you're I want to send a million thanks, a wish for you and yours to have a very endearing Christmas, enjoy playing and hopefully you have a SS as great as mine.


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98. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:28]
Larry Welborn
United States
Anderson
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Last night I returned home late to find a package waiting for me. A quick look on the address label confirmed that it was from my Secret Santa. Santa had previously told me to open the package and enjoy it so I followed directions and tore into the package.

As I dug through the pink shipping peanuts, my hand settled on a game. Pulling it out, I found Lords of Waterdeep. Awesome! A game I really wanted. But the box was very big, so I dug some more.

My hand found another box. Pulling it out I found Milestones.



This was not a game with which I was familiar. Santa had asked me questions about the types of games my family and I enjoyed and picked this one based on my responses. Very cool, and I look forward to learning more about this game and giving it a try.

What an amazing gift. But wait, the box still felt heavy. I dug around some more and found yet another box. I pulled it out: Ora et Labora.



I am stunned. Yet another game that I really wanted and three wonderful gifts. My Secret Santa went far above and beyond what was necessary or deserved.

I hope my Secret Santa and family have a joyous and wonderful year and a very Merry Christmas!!!!!



Thank you again.

P.S. Santa said to enjoy the games now, but I am going to pick one to play and save the other two for Christmas.
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99. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:876]
Tim Stellmach
United States
Arlington
Massachusetts
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The great thing about having a lousy memory is that when you order things shipped to you, it's like getting presents!

So I got my package on Friday, but only just now had a friend check and make sure it was from Secret Santa instead of from Past Me. Thanks, Santa!

Update 12/17: A bit belated here, but I have heard from Santa that another package is on the way, and am eagerly awaiting it!

Update 12/18: Got it! And, Santa, don't worry; as I mentioned, I'm pretty careful with Christmas packages, so if Amazon gave away your secret identity, I haven't seen it. This one's just a touch smaller than your typical medium square box (e.g. Dominion or TtR).

Update 12/27: Castle Panic! Thanks, Santa.
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100. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1527]
Andrew Burton
United States
Bear
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Oh man, Santa was lightning fast this year! I received a package yesterday morning, but I won't open it for a couple weeks, so that the anticipation will build up! Santa, thanks for all the communications and building this up to be the best Secret Santa year yet... you're the best, and Merry Christmas!!
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