2012 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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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126. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:49]
Marcin S
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I got home from work today, and my wife told me 'the courier guy just left'. 'Secret Santa?' - I asked. 'I think so - it's from Rebel [a Polish game store]'.

Fortunately, I had my Santa's permission to open the package - so I did not even hesitate for one moment.

The game has been #1 on my wishlist for a few years now. I was really thrilled when the new edition came out, and I was planning to get it ever since.

Santa, thank you so much for getting me JUST what I wanted.

(Oh, and I know who you are, but fret not - your secret identity is safe with me )
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127. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Khazad-dûm [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
Joe Zarate-Sanderlin
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Santa was quick in his work, sending me two notes, letting me know that his newest reindeer "Amazon" was bringing me gifts and he hoped that they would arrive together.

True to his word, I received Khazad Dum and the last three Mirkwood installments of The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game.

Thanks Santa! Now to get to work on my gifting . . .
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128. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:435]
Mark Siew
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San Francisco
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Wow! Just received my Secret Santa package today and it was incredibly generous. This was actually the first year that I received any sort of message from my Santa and it was a blast. Some really interesting questions and he even had the elves track the package from the wintery climate of Oregon. In total, I got 5 games. Quite a haul.

Really glad to get Catacombs. It's been on my wishlist a while and I've even had it in my cart on multiple occasions. I've already played one game with a co-worker's copy a few months ago, so I know I'm going to love this. There's a distinct lack of dexterity games in my collection, so it's always good to expand the diversity a little.

Also in the package:

Money!


I'm a fan of Knizia games, so this is a nice one to have. Hasn't been on my radar, but I've definitely heard some good things about this one.

Battle Line


Another Knizia game and one that's been on my radar since my first few weeks in the hobby. My fiancee and I are big fans of Lost Cities, so this seems like a really interesting progression from that. I've seen it recommended many times on BGG as a good next step up from Lost Cities. Definitely looking forward to playing this one.

Hey, That's My Fish!


I've played the iPad version of this and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to playing the physical version.

Small World: Grand Dames of Small World


Love Small World, so more of it is always a good thing. This also helps fill in for the relative lack of female races in the base game, so that's a good thing.

All in all, a really great Secret Santa experience. Probably the best one I've had in my three years of doing this! Thanks Santa!
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129. Board Game: Secret Santa [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
M'Artagnan
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I Recived a package that i thought was something else and opened to find my secret santa gift. i saw what it was but since i am spending Sol Invictus with my parents in California i'm going to send it to them and have them wrap it up and hope that i forget what it was.
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130. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:364]
Dre Wamek
United States
Lady Lake
Florida
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Look what my secret Santa got me. I was a little confused at first why Coolstuffinc.com sent me 2 boxes when it sent me the new Ascension expansion. As you can see, I got Merchant of Venus and the Horned Rat expansion.

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131. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:772]
Emile de Maat
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Hengelo
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My gifts have arrived as well - but I'll wait until Christmas before I open them. I don't think I'll be disappointed - thank you, Santa!

Edit: And now, they have been opened. Inside were Age of Steam, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Shadow and Flame and Blue Moon. Thanks again, Santa!

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132. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:227]
John Rhinehart
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Huntsville
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Sorry Santa but I decided to be naughty only because you said I could be. The suspense was killing me! lol


First package had Gears of War and the Mission pack for it.




Also I am guessing Santa wants me to try this other game. I have never heard of it but it was with everything else.




Last but not least Santa left a note in the package stating that this was package 1 of 2. I am so over joyed with the games I already received. I can't imagine what else could be coming. Thank you so much Santa!
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133. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:7]
Kevin Jacobson
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Cleveland Heights
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Got my Secret Santa package today!! Couldn't be more pleased. I recently moved away from a great gaming group, so I needed to get some games to play with 1-2 players and Santa came through

Saw this at GenCon and am super excited to play. And also order the game mats from the file section whistle

 
Another game I'm super excited to play, and could even envision getting non-gamers to play

Needed to get a game I could play all alone...

So happy with my first ever BGG Secret Santa experience. THANK YOU SANTA!!



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134. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:226]
Matt Smith
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Orion
Michigan
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As predicted by my Secret Santa, a box was waiting for me when I got home today. It was larger than I expected! I told my wife to open the box to see if the contents were gift wrapped. She has yet to comply with this request. The anticipation is killing me. cry

Until my wife gets around to opening the box, here is a a picture of it (the box, not my wife):

It measures 21" x 16" x 7". Let the speculation begin!

I will of course edit this entry when the actual contents are revealed.

Thanks, Santa!

EDIT - Got home from visiting relatives over Thanksgiving and my wife finally decided to open the box. She exclaimed, "The game isn't wrapped, but I don't know if it is a game that you would have asked for." Well, I just HAD to take a look, and I saw:

FITS

Totally unexpected, and totally awesome!

My wife said that's all that was in the shipping box. When I pulled FITS out of the box, indeed there was cardboard under it. However, like a magician's box or a treasure chest, I suspected it was a false bottom. My wife started to lift up the cardboard and, sure enough, there were not one, but two more games hidden in the bottom! In addition to Last Will, there was:

Lost Cities: The Board Game


I've had both FITS and Lost Cities the Board Game on my wish list for years, but they just never made it into an order. I've always wanted them, as I know my wife will love them. They are the perfect Secret Santa gifts. And Last Will is a game I've been DYING to play. Santa, you're the absolute best!

Oh, and there was a first player spinner too. My friend Gary has one, and it's a great way to randomly determine the start player for any game. Now I have one too!
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135. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:168]
Mark Hendrix
United States
Talladega
Alabama
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I was greeted with "the look"angry from the wife tonight when I got home....that one look that all gamers know translates into..."What have you bought now?"whistle Well I quickly avoided the eye ball laser beams ninja and reminded her that it was most likely form my BGG Secret Santa! THANK GOODNESS IT WAS!!! meeple I opened it and immediately saw the personal note attached to the box....the note said it all.



My BGG SS had chosen the game because of a recent loss in his circle of friends. He saw that I loved wargames like his friend and saw this game on my list. His friend enjoyed this game and hoped that I would enjoy it as well.

Well sir...I know I will!!!! This game has been higher on my wishlist and over the years other games have jumped in front of it from time to time....but getting this game as a gift from my SS BGG will now always have a special attachment now. Thank you BGG SS!
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136. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:38]
Alan Goodrich
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Macungie
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When I went to drop off rent at the landlords, lo and behold they had a box that had been delivered for me. Since I had nothing coming to me, I knew it must be my Secret Santa. He certainly has been a terse Santa... have not heard a word from him. Thanks very much, wherever you are Santa, for a game ranked so high on my wishlist! I was jumping for joy upon opening the package.
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137. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:30]
Alberto Campos
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So after reading all this entries, is my turn to post mine.

Santa already told me it will arrive today, so when I arrive at home here it his:



A blank box from Amazon, so let them get opened:



Now is wait till x-mas!

You may try to guess, but seems pretty easy... at least at first sigh

Thanks a lot Santa

Update 11-12

Received my second package, if the first one seems easy to discover, this one is more tricky, since it is PnP material thanks again Santa!




Update 26-12

So the gifts get opened and what I found inside is amazing material and games
Thanks a lot Santa.
Not only he gave me my must have Lords of Waterdeep but also amazing PnP material:

Zombie in my Pocket

The Legend of Robin Hood

[geekurl=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/39074/notre-dame-6-7-player-expansion-cards][/geekurl]

And player aids for Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game and Marvel Heroes

Check the amazing work on the pic:



Merry X-Mas everyone.
Thanks again Santa thumbsup
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138. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:354]
Steven
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Spokane
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Last Saturday I came home from errands and found that a package had arrived. Remembering that I had recently been contacted by Santa and not given any restrictions... I just could not wait.

This is what I found:



Wilderness War, Ticket to Ride: USA 1910, and Elder Sign!

Above and beyond the call of duty Santa! I really appreciate it. You covered all the bases: GMT, Fantasy Flight and the TtR expansion I needed to refresh the game!

Thank you so much!

Happy holidays.
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139. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:93]
Greig
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Peterborough
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After having returned from BGG.con yesterday with nineteen new games/expansions/promos, I was surprised to have my Secret Santa gift show up today.

I was going to wait a couple of days to open the gifts, but Santa threatened me with the naughty list and pieces of coal, so my son and I tackled the three gifts!



The first small box was a Herclix figure figure from Dark Knight. My son is a huge fan of anything Batman (don't let the t-shirt fool you, he's still on the fence in the Superman/Batman debate), we'd actually just cleaned up his Batman Geotrax, so he was delighted to see the figure.

Next we tackled the small box, which was:



I'm a big fan of Agricola and have only just started branching out. This is going to be great!

Next we moved onto the big box:



Yup. My Secret Santa got me my number one wanted game!!!! So awesome!

Thank you Secret Santa! My son was so excited, he had to hide his tears of joy behind some wrapping paper!

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140. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:118]
Ryley Tolman
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Lethbridge
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Got quite the hefty package in the mail today! I ran downstairs and my four year old and I briefly contemplated the pros and cons of waiting until christmas to open it. Seeing as how we aren't stupid, we opted to open it right away.

EARTH REBORN! Very much looking forward to tabling this one, if I can just make it through the ten pound rulebook. It has also become the only game that I have ever had to look up a tutorial for on how to pack the box. SO MANY COMPONENTS!

Thank you Santa! This will bring many hours of fun indeed!

Also included was a Bruce Wayne figurine to a game I don't think I've played... I'll have to do my research on that one...
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141. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:364]
Joey M
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Seattle
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This was my very first Secret Santa Exchange on BGG and it has been a great experience! The gift was wrapped...and I wasn't sure about protocol as to whether or not to open it...but...but excitement overcame me and I had to take a look! I have an extreme fascination with space games and was delighted to see that my Secret Santa sent me a copy of Merchant of Venus! I haven't played the game before, but I'm super excited to bust it out.

I can only hope that my giftee ends up feeling this great when he finally gets the gift I sent him (all the way in Russia!).
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142. Board Game: Dungeon Fighter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:615]
David Reed
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Littleton
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My wife just came in with a box asking me what I ordered from Amazon. I had a moment of panic. See, I had recently looked at a few gift items but was debating the cost. Here I thought I had accidentally clicked "Order" (Amazon is WAY to easy to order on).

So, murmuring a small "I dunno" to my wife's questioning gaze I took it into the next room and opened it.

What a relief and HUGE surprise!

 


First off, I should apologize for opening it early - had no idea you would be this quick.

Secondly, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Can't wait to get them to the table!

Merry Christmas!

Dave
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143. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:69]
james zevnik
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Airdrie
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Arrived home today to find a copy of Hansa Teutonica (which I don't know much about) and Agricola: All creatures big and small (which I can't wait to play!)

There was also a DC HeroClix booster, which I imagine is the Starlit Citadel bonus this year?

THANKS SANTA!


Edit: This was much much much faster than last year - kudos for being so prompt!
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144. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:157]
Arthur L
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Portland
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Amazing surprise when I got home today! Secret Santa got me three games!!!


Flash Point: Fire Rescue


Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus Expansion


Battlestar Galactica: Exodus Expansion



Thanks Santa!
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145. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:11]
shawn
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Saskatoon
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This is my first secret santa and I was very surprised to see a cardboard box on my desk at work today, so soon after the dealine for signing up for the SS exchange. I knew my Santa had started early this season in making spirits bright. (strange that the box was open, there must be a closet gamer in my reception staff who recognized Starlit Citadel on the outside of the box....but the red wrapping paper seemed to have stopped the rest of the snooping...)

Assuming I must have been one of the first to receive my gifts, I tawdled over to this thread and am amazed to see 6 pages of pictures and stories about some amazing Secret Santas.

I am going to commit to keeping my packages wrapped in their cheery Red wrapping paper until Xmas, to cheer me up during the holiday season while my wife and our boys visit family in the maritimes.

That won't stop me from trying to guess which games from my wishlist could be among them. I will post pictures when I am able.

Thanks again Secret Santa!

p.s. 45 minutes later I am still trying to attach pictures. ummm... pretty embarassing that I cannot figure this out... Truly a first class Luddite...







O.K. here we are! the wrapping is off and thank you Santa for:

and
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146. Board Game: War of the Ring (second edition) [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:14]
Joel Eddy
United States
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WOOT!!! Just got a brand new copy of War of the Ring 2nd Edition along with a tin card box and card sleeves... and a note saying "more to come"!

Wow!

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147. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:10]
Andrea Sansone
Italy
Roma
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Well, my Santa sent me this! I could not wait until Christmas and I opened the package as soon as I got home.
Sadly, the website from which my Santa bought the game forgot to hide the price... But still, it's a nice gift.
And now I'm hoping for another one, who knows? I'll post some pictures of me and my friends playing this game as soon as I can gather my team!
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148. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:21]
 
Roger
Australia
Northcote
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Santa let slip last week that three packages were on their way.

That was exciting enough on its own. [To be honest, I was already excited enough that Santa really existed, and I've been waving my geekmails from him to everyone as proof ever since!]

Then the packages arrived one by one. I didn't allow myself to open them until they were all here. Tic-Toc, Tic-Toc...Friday a small envelope arrived. Monday a big box. And then today, the third a small box.
Without further ceremony, I ripped them open and found:

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
 


and:
Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – TIE Advanced Expansion Pack


and the third, suspiciously rattling packet was a second set of dice:


Thanks Santa, you're the greatest. This will be played amongst many joyful piu-piu sound-effects.

Update Dec 15:
I just got home after 2 weeks away and I find another box!!!
Totally unexpected, and fantasmically wonderful all at once.
This one is under the tree and I've resisted temptation so far. But not for long. Tomorrow wrapping will be shreds!
Thanks super-sneaky-santa!

Update Dec 16:
Archipelago
 

Wooohoooo!!!!!!
Can't wait to give it a try!

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149. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:60]
Lech Karol Pawłaszek
Poland
Szczecin
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Yay! The Secret (and a bit Silent) Santa is here!

;-) So. This is my very first Secret Santa event. And it goes great. At the beginning I was cautious and didn't want to get into the party much. I didn't hear anything from my Santa for a day or two and didn't taunt my target. I have skimmed over target's wish-list and noted what should I get.

And then - suddenly - my SS send my a very friendly letter which basically said "it is your SS - have fun". It also mentioned "Gimli" and "Legolas" and I was - WTH?! I didn't have anything about LotR on my wish-list, but I don't mind - I love surprises.

So that made me thinking. Maybe I also should message my target, since it is target's first SS as well... And this is how it began.

;-) long story short - I've just received a package from Amazon. It is wrapped with some golden paper, but receipt says it all.

Ticket to Ride! Santa writes that it is his best game. ;-) Should I open it now?
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150. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:272]
Niels Kroon
Netherlands
Zwolle
Overijssel
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Today a parcel arrived of a Dutch webshop . I did not order anything over there . SO it has to be something sent by my Secret (Silent) Santa.

I did not open it yet. I asked the webshop if they have wrapped the presents. If yes i will open it and post pictures. Then i can wait untill Chistmass.

In the mean while is here the box. I hope my Secret Santa will have some nice presents as well. It is his first SS. So i hope he enjoys it. Tip: Next you may taunt a bit more.



In the mean while the webshop contacted me that the games were wrapped.
SO i was able to open the box.

Inside there were THREE gifts. Two of them were wrapped nicely. One was not wrapped.


The unwrapped game is:

Cold War: CIA vs KGB
so this is my first present. The second i will open with my birthday (as told by Santa) and the third with Christmas
[edit changed game into Secret Santa instead of Outside the Scope of BGG]

Edit: on the fifth of december i opened my first gift. It is SNOWDONIA. A game i regretted not buying at Essen. It included Snowdonia: Essen 2012 Promo Cards. Yeah !! I am very happy with my Santa untill now!! Thanks a LOT!
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