2012 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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San Antonio
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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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1126. Board Game: Mystery Express [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1037]
Kurt Arnold
Canada
Douglas
New Brunswick
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Well Santa arrived while I was away, the wife received it in good shape. Now can I wait until the day to open it up..Two good sized presents and a oh so small one. Temptation....


And I have failed already...shake





Thanks SS, you got me a game I really enjoy Team manager.. and My Wife one, Cloud 9, which she was really looking forward to getting someday..

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1127. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Scott Dexter
United States
Warwick
Rhode Island
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Power Grid and
Power Grid The New Power Plants Cards

Santa sent me these, I kept looking at this (well my FLGS always seemed to have the expansion boards but not the main game). With the addition of the cards I think this will give my family, myself, and my gaming group a LOT of fun. Thanks Santa!

Scott
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1128. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:114]
Sebastian Bronfen
Argentina
Bahia Blanca
Buenos Aires
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Well that was odd...

1 Two Santas (BGG and DT)...

2 Two danish Santas!!! wow

3 Two danish Santas sending a copy of Seasons!!!!!!!!! surprise

One copy didn't arrived (yet...)

All this led to a very, VERY BIG CONFUCION!!!

But now I know that this copy is from my BGG Santa.

One thing is good... I'm having a lot of fun playing Seasons!!!


Thank you Santa!
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1129. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:7]
Joshua So
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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My dear secret Santa sent me three expansions, Which are "must haves":
Android: Netrunner, Dominion: Dark Ages, Cyclades: Hades.
Thank you a lot whereever you are and wish you a warm and prosperous
winter holidays!kiss
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1130. Board Game: Stone Age: The Expansion [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
Nathan Rutz
United States
Onalaska
Wisconsin
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This along with Rattus: Africanus and more resource bits for Stone Age were a welcome gift in the first box from Secret Santa 2012 this year.

Seperately a 650 piece poker chip set arrived!

Local Secret Santa gifts that came were a second Rattus: Africanus, Rattus Bonus 2, and Rattus: Jester Promo Card.

I can't wait to get all of these to the table.
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1131. Board Game: The Great Zimbabwe [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:491]
nadine

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Texas
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SQUEEEE! I got the Great Zimbabwe in the mail. Yay Splotter game!
My Santa rocks his pants!!

So excited, thank you Santa!!!!

Santa also gave me another game, which is in German but I'm sure I can figure it out. Haven't heard of the game:


This is my first Secret Santa and it's awesome!
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1132. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:125]
Artem Holubiev
Ukraine
Chernivtsi
Chernivtsi region
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This year I've got a simply AMAZING Secret Santa! I know - my wish list is a tough thing to even look through, but Mr. Claus... He is awesome!

First I received a mysterious call and a voice asked me - where I want my package delivered? wow I assumed there was some mistake, cause I haven't order anything (yet... hehehe). But then I was thunderstruck!!! YAY!!! It must be my Secret Santa!!!

Recently, Ukraine is covered with a thick blanket of snow - so no surprise that Santa needed some help from local boys/girls. At last - I've got a box from delivery service office!



HOLY COW!!! It is HUGE! But now some brutal cutting is gonna happen!



AND... what's in the box???




SANTA... I love you!!! What a surprise!!! You've analyzed my collection, you've really made my YEAR! I wish you MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! God bless you and all your family! Let the upcoming year be full of pleasant and extremely good surprises!

BIG HUGS from Artem and Ukraine!!!

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1133. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Dave F.
Netherlands
Schelluinen
Zuid-Holland
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Dear Santa,

I received your package today, but as I have been sick all day I have not yet opened it. In fact, I only got out of bed to accept the package and went straight back.

Will update this post tomorrow when I'll hopefully feel better. But the arrival of your package was the highlight of this day.

Also, the side of the box has the famous FF logo, so any guesses?
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1134. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:14]
Ed R
United States
Huntington
MA
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I got a message from my Secret Santa today telling me that he has pre-ordered a copy of the z-man games Robinson Crusoe. Though it will be a bit of a wait I look forward to playing this game. I am already watching the videos posted again in anticipation.

Merry Christmas Santa, I really appreciate your generosity.

Edit: August 16th 2013

I received my secret Santa gift 8 months later. And just in time to prepare for this years secret Santa. I think this year I will keep pre-orders off the list.

Merry Christmas Secret Santa.....I'm sure it will have been worth the wait!
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1135. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:174]
Vyacheslav Grachev
Russia
Moscow
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Hello there!

About a month ago i've recieved a message from Santa, that his old friend Ded Moroz (!) started to seek a gift for me) I was very excited. So yesterday courier called me and said that package from Belarus awaits me.

i quickly took off the wrapping and... there it is! Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin.

And awesome postcard!
Thank you so much, Ded Moroz and Santa. You are the best!
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1136. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:37]
Dave F.
Netherlands
Schelluinen
Zuid-Holland
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Dear Santa / Jorge,

I couldn't wait until tomorrow, so after I put our little boy to bed I opened the box. In it was the Spanish version of Game of Thrones (2nd edition).

The Spanish version you ask? Well, yes.

Also enclosed was an endearing handwritten letter explaining why my Santa had sent the Spanish version. He had asked his shop for the English version, but there was a mix up and they sent him the Spanish one. He had planned on sending it back, but his 8 year old boy thought the game was for them - hey, it was in Spanish so I don't blame him - and opened it. Now he couldn't send it back to the shop anymore. He tried trading it on the second hand market, but with Spain's current economical hardships, he couldn't get a good price for it or a good trade.

Well, Jorge, I'm very grateful for the effort you made and in no way disappointed. I'll look into getting English translations of the internet for the rules and cards. I'm hesitant to trade it myself, because at least now I have a game with a story. But if the language barrier is too cumbersome, I hope you won't mind if I look to try trading it for an English version. And I'm also not disappointed you couldn't find any other games of my Wishlist.

It's Secret Santa and I'm just happy that my Santee got his games and enjoyed them and that you tried your best to find something nice for me.

meeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeple
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1137. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Michał Bartkowski
Poland
Toruń
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I picked up a box from my local post office yesterday. It was waiting for me to pick it up for few days. I will update my post when I will open it.
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I opened the package tonight!





Woohoo!Power Grid!
Thank you very much, Secret Santa!
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1138. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:110]
Carlo Gozzi
United States
Barre
Vermont
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Ok Santa got me again this year...

Trying to make it short, like some of you i'm sure i am buying a lot from CSI (just did it again this morning) and am awaiting some pre-orders as well... A.K.A Rise of the ancients again like a lot of you out there

Came in today and saw a CSI box... ok no big deal as i have been having many of those recently. I was sure that it was my Eclipse: Rise of the ancients pre-order that came in and already started to taunt other friends about it

Then i opened it to find 1830!!

Being an 18XX & train fan, i wanted to have this one for a good while now and it always eluded me somehow...

When i received another message from my SS earlier this week, it said that my package was on its way with a little tought from SS itself... i was happy to find:



As well in the box... I always enjoy any style of card games so i'm very happy to discover a new one... as always!

Thx to you SS, you have made this year very special!!

Now any takers for some stock options on the HoHoHo train cie?
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1139. Board Game: Android: Netrunner – What Lies Ahead [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked]
 
Chris Miller
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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I initially got a SantaMail just before Thanksgiving, saying to expect a package within a few days, and another package later on because one of my gifts was a pre-order. (Hmm, I wonder what that could be?)

A few days go by… and then another few… and then I get another SantaMail informing me that the elves in the delivery department decided to send everything at once, so I'd have to wait until mid-December to receive my bounty.

Fast forward to yesterday - Santa informs me that my package will arrive either today or Monday. I get home from work today, and what do I see?



What's in the box? What's in the box?

Let's open it up!



I think I see our pre-order culprit right there on top…


It's Android: Netrunner – What Lies Ahead! What else?


Rattus: Africanus! I've been looking for this at conventions since it came out and hadn't found it. Now I just have to see if I can fit everything in the original game box…


The super-popular King of Tokyo: Power Up!! Didn't realize it was going to be this small, but I guess it's as big as it needs to be.


It was a very expansion-happy Christmas! Santa knows how to make the games I like to play EVEN BETTER!
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1140. Board Game: Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1662]
Brian Boyle
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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Santa obviously did a bit of research and fed my Martin Wallace obsession.

Was going to keep it a secret but the Australia Post box was a bit damaged when it arrived (leaking peanuts). On opening the box to check contents were OK, caught sight of the Aeroplanes box and that was enough to break my resolve.

Already played one game last night and really enjoyed a tense and close game. I may be a philistine, but love the use of the dice to lighten up the game. Altogether a much more entertaining experience that Automobile.

Thanks so much, Santa.

[Also included was a set of Cthulu dice - an going to enjoy investigating this too..]

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1141. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:8]
Stephen Jacobsen
United States
Portland
Oregon
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I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but I heard so many great things about this (from other non-fantasy fans), I had to check it out. I've been curious about Chvatil for a while. This is my first game of his. I hope to get Through the Ages for xmas as well.
I'm excited for some epic solo adventures!

Thanks Santa!
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1142. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:10]
Curt Kline
United States
St. Paul
Minnesota
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Holy Moley! A huge box showed up for me, hand packed by my Secret Santa!

Check out this loot (some are used, but in excellent shape):

Are You the Traitor?

Words of the Wise

Innovation

Crappy Birthday

Through the Desert

Endeavor

Say Anything (autographed by Dominic Crapuchettes!)

Wits & Wagers Party (autographed by Dominic Crapuchettes!)

and new in the shrink Eclipse!!

I have a sneaking suspicion that
Dominic Crapuchettes
United States
Bethesda
MD
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is my secret santa - the autographed games gave it away, confirmed by the return address of Bethesda Maryland.

Interesting - both my Santa and my target this year are game designers!

We'll be playing Crappy Birthday and the other party games at the family Xmas next week, and I can't wait to break out Eclipse and all the rest as soon as I get a chance. Thanks Santa, this is awesome! So generous!
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1143. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:173]
spencer phillips
United States
lakeland
FL
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Wow! The packages (there were 2, must be good!) had already arrived when I got home from work today. I waited until after going out to eat to open them. Had to open the big box first and whoa, some nice wrapping work, and a card with instructions to post when I get/open them! Gave it a quick shake and the resulting satisfying rattle got me intrigued. I thought about waiting to open it, but couldnt muster the self-control. Ripped off the paper and there was Survive! At this point I was pressured by some relatives to open the other package. 3 more games! And some Crown Royal bags! great for dice or cards! I tore through them with excitement! All great games from my wishlist: Biblios, The Resistance, and Citadels! Can't wait to teach my family how to play Survive and Citads. They are easy to teach, which is really helpful for getting new players involved. Thank you so much Secret Santa!
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1144. Board Game: Star Wars Miniatures [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1089]
Jeff C
United States
Beaverton
Oregon
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So today was a very exciting day. I have been receiving taunts from my spectacular Secret Santa for about a week now (I will try to edit this and post them later) and they had been doing a great job of keenly dropping hints at what they were giving me while putting me through the wringer about my wife and my game style. We are both pretty competitive and tend to make even solitaire games contentious. Santa started me on the naughty list however after trying a game or two my way he slowly turned to the dark side and decided to not only leave me on the naughty list but to join me there himself, by the end of our conversation I believe he even became a Sith lord. All bow down to Darth Santa! He also noted that I had a little Padawan of my own, and was sure to include something for him (he was born on May 4th, May the 4th be with you all!)
So after our last conversation I had a sneaking suspicion what was going to be in the box, so when I received a rather good sized package today I was very excited.



As per the great Darth Santa's Command I ripped open the box and found two games that I have drooled over for quite some time.



Cosmic Encounter will be perfect for when my wife and I entertain a few other gamer couples. I can't wait to form an alliance with her only to stab her in the back at the worst possible time! (Hrmm, I hope we don't need couples counseling)

Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game has the coolest models ever. I have a good friend that comes over once and a while to drink beers, watch kung fu movies, and play games while our wives watch the Bachelor. This will be right up his alley, but even when I'm not playing it I want to have it on display on my little one's shelf. Now to start saving my pennies for the falcon!

Then as a bonus surprise my DSS included this



Its an ewok from the Star Wars mini's game! They mentioned it was in there just for Henry (I call him Han for short since my wife won't let anyone call him Hank). He was even an ewok for Halloween (I have his picture in the dress up geeklist under Battle for Endor). I was touched that there was something for him in the box, and even more touched with how fitting it was. My DSS did some amazing research on me and made this a wonderful experience. I hope his personal Sith Lord Santa treats him just as well!
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1145. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:31] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Alexey Yushin
Russia
Arkhangelsk
Arkhangelsk
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My Santa give me Dominion.
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1146. Board Game: PitchCar Mini [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:724]
τὰ ὄντα ἰέναι τε πάντα καὶ μένειν οὐδέν
United States
Brookline
Massachusetts
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Along with

Intrigue

and

Jaipur

Ideal for an afternoon of flicking cars and ruining friendships forever!

THANKS, SANTA!!!
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1147. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:8]
Ramunas Bekeris
Lithuania
Vilnius
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Parcel came to me. In Lithuania this year there are a lot of snow, so apparently Santos Elves have been hard to reach me. But they successfully overcame the obstacles and the gift reached me.
I was so happy when I saw the gift. This is one of my most favorite board games and probably the most popular Secret Santa 2012 game - Mage Knight. The Board Game.

Thank you very much Santa!
Happy Christmas to all!
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1148. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:25] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
 
Jeff Coon
United States
Plano
Texas
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What an awesome Santa! He picked out a great game from my wishlist. I love getting gifts that I want, but I have a hard time buying for myself. This game fits the bill perfectly! I'd love to own & play it, but I'm a little too cheap to take the plunge.

Santa fixed that problem!

First, arrived Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
 


Later, arrived Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Y-Wing Expansion Pack


And today I have a message from my Santa saying the elves mis-addressed another package and sent it to the North Pole. So there's more on the way. The Force is strong with this Santa!

Thanks Santa! I'll respond back to this Geeklist item when the other package arrives!

Update:
Another parcel arrived this week. Just when I thought Santa would zig, he zagged! It wasn't another X-Wing expansion, it was a cool 2-player game my wife and I can play. It was Mr. Jack Pocket!


Thanks Santa!
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1149. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:211]
Stanislav Zhorin
United Kingdom
London
London
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I just receive package. Wow! That's awesome.



I'm wordless. This is great gift.
Thank you, Santa. And Merry Christmass everyone.



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1150. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:398]
André Nordstrand
Norway
Stavanger
Rogaland
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Hooooorah!

As part of my pledge to the KickSanta Campaign, I was given a taunt by my secret santa, with a note that I would receive a secret special gift from the Far-East! Not your average Santa living location.

I couldn't wait to open it! And behold: Rex: Final Days of an Empire! Awesome! Now I can lay my Dune DIY-edition to rest, not having to cut out and paste hundreds of tokens anymore!





I also got a personal greeting from my now known santa. Not sure if Santa wants me to reveal the name though

Thank you, santa!

And I'm super excited about the special gift on its way cool

Update!

I had a very cool gift in the mail waiting for my return from vacation. A special made re-theme version of Hanabi. My not-so-secret-anymore santa
Quentin Quek
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has made this himself, and I really like what he's done with it. The quality and artwork is fantastic. You can judge that for yourself





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