2007 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... (only received gifts)
Gary C
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San Antonio
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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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176. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:153]
Timb
United States
Anniston
Alabama
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I'm one of those guys who always waits until Christmas to open presents (NOT Christmas Eve! Christmas!) I saw my Santa gift was from Thought Hammer and just assumed that it was gift wrapped, so I opened the box to find... BattleLore! Awesome game! Uh oh, not wrapped. When I mentioned to my friends that I'd gotten BattleLore they all said "What? You opened a gift before Christmas?!?" "Um... it was an accident."

So thanks Santa. I love the game. Of course, I also hate it, because now I have dozens of hours of miniature painting to do. Something about my OCD just won't let me play a game with unpainted miniatures.

Oh, and my Santa taunted me today to say that I have something else on the way. I can't wait to get it. But of course with this one I'll definitely wait to open it though.
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177. Board Game: BattleLore: The Hundred Years' War – Crossbows & Polearms [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Ryan Olson
United States
Topeka
Kansas
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Ok, I admit I knew Thoughthammer didn't wrap. But for that reason I opened the box .

I have no will power, and if it isn't wrapped, it's fair game .

First off, the dice are cool. I was glad to see mine came from TH after reading last night about the special dice.

And I praise my SS for the wonderful collection of items. I am a certified expansion junkie, and these mean I can justify the few remaining BL expansions I don't have .

Along with the Hundred Years' War, I also got:
BattleLore: Dwarven Battalion Specialist Pack
BattleLore: Epic BattleLore
BattleLore: Goblin Skirmishers Specialist Pack


So thank you Secret Santa. you also gave me a hint of who you are (they have played some games on SBW with me), so I may try to track you down (unfortunately, I seem to play ALOT of SBW games with the same people ).
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178. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1158]
L Myrick
United States
Pasadena
California
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Thank you Secret Santa! Wait till Xmas to open? Hahahahahahahah! no way.
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179. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:959] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
Ray Geroski
United States
Louisville
Kentucky
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The Red Dragon Inn
Woohoo! My Secret Santa sent me The Red Dragon Inn, just in time for my D&D night. I can't wait to try this one tonight. I've been reading about it for months, itching to play it.

Thank you, Secret Santa. This is fantastic!
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180. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Sandy Stumpf
United States
Puyallup
Washington
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My week was a treacherous one for multiple reasons. However, being that it was Friday, I was feeling a tad better. Lo and behold a package waiting from Boards & Bits completely turned my week around. Two packages were very nicely wrapped and identified as coming from my Secret Santa.

Sorry Santa, I couldn't wait. I needed more good news! Good news is what I got. My most wanted game this year was Power Plant. I was fortunate to win the special Friedmann Friese special maps at BGG.Con which made my want this game more than I already did.

I also got the second Power Plant deck:



Thank you Secret Santa for all the good cheer!
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181. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:113]
Paul Thomas
United States
Alma
Michigan
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This arrived via Boards & Bits this morning (Saturday) . . . What a nice surprise to see the Fed Ex truck in my driveway . . .

I have been really looking forward to this game - thanks Secret Santa!


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182. Board Game: Polarity [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1419]
Magnus Dreyer
Denmark
2500 Valby
Denmark
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And






I'm Dancing with my self now.


Merry Christmas Santa. And I'm sorry I coundn't wait to open it.


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183. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:534]
Krishna Sampath
United States
New Haven
Connecticut
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I returned home to my parents' house to find a rather large package from ThoughtHammer awaiting my arrival. Not being a Christmas celebrator, I saw no reason to wait around needlessly and tore open the box to find this beautiful jewel staring up at me (and a cool new pair of ThoughtHammer dice courtesy of the lovely folks there -- thanks to you, too!).

WOW! I am very touched by the generosity -- and there were definitely smaller ticket items on there! My Secret Santa had clearly taken the trouble to go through my Wishlist carefully and pick something that I really did lust after.

And this note:
"Krishna, Santa knows how much you love this game so you have his special permission to open the game and play it before Christmas -- provided that you don't play it to excess and ignore your studies!"

So, my Santa apparently sees himself as guardian angel of my law school career, too! *GRIN*

Thanks a bunch, Santa. If only I could play this game (and others) with you to show you how much I appreciate this gift...

-K
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184. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: A Storm of Swords Expansion [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
Richard Pardoe
United States
San Ramon
California
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Well, well, well...Santa arrived all decked out in purple and black looking exactly like the FedEx delivery man! And he had in his hand a box....no wait, he had in his hand two boxes! It was my Secret Santa gift(s). Should I wait? No, I want to thank my Santa for her (or his) generosity. So I took a peek in each package for clues. Egads...No clues at all. (Some very nice TH dice with each game though.) The only trouble I had is which Santa gave me which gift? I immediately assigned the counter-elf intelligence task squad to work and they did all the pointy toed shoe legwork before issuing a final report. Therefore, I want to say:

THANK YOU SANTA

for

A Storm of Swords


Receipt Clue: Merry Christmas from Texas! I hope you experience some great gaming over the Holidays and get to spend some quality time with friends and family. Enjoy!

A great gift. I have AGOT and sometimes would like to play it when we only have a few players at hand. One of the players in our group had recommended this expansion as a great way to do just that. So thank you for the wonderful gift that will get some gaming over the Holidays. And may you also spend time with friends and family!

For those curious about the comment, I have thanked my US-Only Santa for Red Dragon Inn in the 2007 First Annual US-Only Secret Santa: What My SS Got Me! Geeklist
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185. Board Game: Return of the Heroes [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1211] [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
James Stubbs
United States
Florence
South Carolina
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arrrh HOT DAMN! arrrh

I was at work all day Friday KNOWING that my SS gift was due to be delivered that day to my home. I even arranged to get off of work early by selling my soul to a co-worker to stay later so I could get home and get my grubby little paws all over it. Naturally, I missed the bus that would have gotten me home in enough time to get to the office to get the package so I've had to stew on it all last evening and until 10am this morning. I was waiting on the steps for the lady opening the office

It was so worth it!

I've been wanting this one for some time now but just never was able to pull the trigger on it as there was always something newer and cooler that scratched my itch at the moment but now I can happily cross this one off my list with a smile! I LOVE fantasy games!

I'm guessing this is from my international SS and not the US SS (please correct me if I'm wrong!)

Thank you so much! You've just made my Christmas a whole lot merrier!

And if that wasn't enough...

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186. Board Game: HeroCard Rise of the Shogun [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:4127]
James Stubbs
United States
Florence
South Carolina
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There was also the Rise of the Shogun game along with the Prince and Miko expansion decks for it! I LOVE the HeroCard system and now the only game I need to have all of the original TableStar releases is Cyberspace! WOO HOO!



Plus, who DOESN'T love samurai v. ninja?



Thanks Secret Santa! I'm now going to hit those rulebooks and I promise you that both games will hit the table this weekend! And, yes, there will be a RotH game in your honor!

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187. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:142]
TxGowan
United States
Houston
Texas
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Yesterday, I received an Advent card from Father Christmas! Being as I knew he was SO FAR AWAY, I figured it'd be next week before I got my gift.

However, lo and behold, this morning a package arrives from ThoughtHammer!

Notre Dame! Whoo! I watched this being played at BGG.Con, but never got a chance to actually play it. Now I can play it at my leisure!

Thanks, Secret Father Christmas!
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188. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Ghost
United States
Killeen / Ft Hood Area
Texas
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EDIT

shake I lasted all of what, 30 minutes?

The Boards & Bits wrapping paper came flying off (props to B&B for really great wrapping job!!!) and I yelled in triumph (albeit quietly as the girls were sleeping)to the sound of POWER GRID basking in all of its shrink wrapped glory! I have been waiting to get this game for years as my rate of acquisition has always far outstripped my game playing.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SECRET SANTA PERSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My other two gifts were:



and:



Original Message before I gave in to temptation!

Yay!!! A big box from Boards & Bits arrived today!!!

3 packages inside!

I opened the smallest and got Pickomino! A great little filler that I have had my eye on for a while. We'll see how long the other two wrapped presents last!!!

Thanks Santa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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189. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:288]
Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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I initially thought I was going to have to wait until Monday to see what Santa brought as the tracking number indicated that the package had been delivered at 5:15 pm after the campus post office closed. Apparently they dropped it off at the campus switchboard and after checking my email today went out to pick it up and found this excellent two player game along with the 1910 Ticket to Ride expansion and the Thoughthammer dice!

Thanks Santa! The only way to play TtR is with the 1910 expansion in my book and so my copy has been sitting unplayed for a quite a while!
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190. Board Game: Scurvy Musketeers of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:5820]
Tami Whitsett
United States
Birmingham
Alabama
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I feel like I'm the luckiest girl on the planet!

My Secret Santa package arrived today (Fedex delivering on a Saturday?!? That's crazy talk, but I'm not complaining!), and inside was a game that I wanted probably more than any other:

Yspahan!! (I tried to do those fancy links, but I'm too excited to be able to remember how!)

In addition, I got the Gipf Project Set 1, AND The Scurvy Musketeers of the Spanish Main.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the Z-Man Games' B-Movie Card games, so I'm not sure whether I'm more excited about get Yspahan (which will get many plays, as it's one of my favorite games), or Scurvy Musketeers, which probably won't get played as much, but fits in with my collection quite nicely!

HOORAY for Secret Santas!!!!

And, I posted this in the USA-Only geeklist, but my USA only Secret Santa also hit a home run with me, getting me Thurn and Taxis (another great game that I THRILLED to have!!!!), and a game I'd never heard of, but based on my love of word games, they felt confident I'd like it: Word Search. It definitely looks like a fun one, and I can't wait to get it to the table!

I am MOST DEFINITELY the luckiest girl in the world right now!!!!

So, to both of my Santas: YOU ARE THE GREATEST TWO SANTAS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!
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191. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:72]
 
Brent Gallmann
United States
Oshkosh
Wisconsin
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You've made my holiday. Thank you for being so generous to me. This game looks so awesome and I cannot wait to give it a try. Valley Games has really done a nice job on this one.

In addition, my Secret Santa has sent me another game on my wish list, the Halli Galli Christmas Edition! Thank you.



Thank you Secret Santa from down under, my antipodean friend.

UPDATED - UPDATED

My Secret Santa from Australia is over the top! Not only did I get the fine games listed above from the local online store, but I received a second package today from around the world. This one I am saving for Christmas. Thank you so much Secret Santa, you are very generous.

Opened on Christmas Day - Two Up



A piece of Australian tradition. Thanks a lot Secret Santa. You've been very generous.
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192. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:784]
Dan Foster
United States
Eagle Bend
Minnesota
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Um ReifenbreiteI just spoke with my wife, she says that the package has arrived, and it is most definately not sized to be candyland, unless it is some new edition. I am at work, she is keeping me honest and will open and wrap the gifts and put them under the tree for me to open at Christmas.

Thanks much santa!!!

The day has arrived, the packages opened, I got Sticheln and Um Reifenbreite. Two games I have been wanting for some time. Woo Hoo, thanks again Santa.
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193. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:530]
Ian Zernechel
United States
Dublin
Ohio
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My thanks to my secret santa - a box arrived today and upon opening it I found a copy of Amyitis. Fortunately, I didn't have to make a decision about if I was unwrapping it (and thus fail the test no doubt).

We broke it out that night and enjoyed it quite a bit.

Thank you!
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194. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:480]
Brian Leet
United States
Montpelier
Vermont
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My secret Santa got me Arkadia (which I like to call by the descriptive title "Tetris Stock Market"). Great fun! I also got the timeless For Sale!

Thanks Secret Santa. Now, for my first question. Have I ever played either of these titles with you?
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195. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:473]
Betty Dingus
United States
Austin
Texas
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Thank You, Santa Claus!

I must've been good, because Hacienda was waiting for me on my doorstep!
Love the theme and bits and box and everything!

Thanks, oh Secret One,

Betty
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196. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Joe Flowers
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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I received my games today, and I held out for about 27 excruciating minutes before I couldn't stand it any longer (plus I had to open them so my wife wouldn't buy me duplicate presents for Christmas).

All I have to say for my Secret Santa is . . . THANKS!!!

Two top must buys on my list - Power Grid because I loved it on my first play, and no one I know owns it, and Jambo because usually I can manage to get a least 1 two-player game in once a week with my wife!!!

Awesome! Very surprised, and very excited! Thanks a ton!!!
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197. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:842]
Ken
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Once the elves at Thoughthammer sent me the FedEx tracking number, I became obsessed.

When the package arrived today, the willpower feeding my resolve to wait until Christmas shattered in less than four and a half minutes.

I have the best Secret Santa ever.

I was grinning ear to ear when I pulled the first game out of the styrofoam peanuts. Talisman 4th Edition. One I've been wanting, but knew I'd never break down and buy.

I was ecstatic when I saw the second game. Mr. Jack http://boardgamegeek.com/game/21763



Either one of these would have been a wonderful gift - but both? Well that's just awesome!

And yes, SS, I very much look forward to playing these with my daughter in the coming years...

Thanks!!!!


And of course thanks to Thoughthammer for the dice!

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198. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1158]
Andrew Heim
United States
Santa Clara
California
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My Secret Santa sent me a very nice e-mail wishing me a Merry Christmas, a nice touch to get me excited about the pending package. Friday turned out to be a 14 hour work day, and my son called me on my cell phone to announce a package arrived. He wanted to open it before I got home!!! I got home and thought for about 3 seconds before I opened it. Duel in the Dark came out of the box and I have all ready read the rules and hope to play soon. A winner!!! THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!
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199. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:263]
Jeff Wiles
United States
Macon
Georgia
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Normally I'm a stickler for waiting until Christmas Day to open presents, but when Santa geekmailed me Friday that my gift had been dropped off, I hurried home form work and ripped into the package to find...

Thebes!

Thank you Secret Santa!! We got two games in this morning!
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200. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:880]
Crystal
United States
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We received Clans and Mr. Jack.



So my husband and I were going to wait until Christmas to open these. We had thought that the the place that sent them gift-wrapped, but unfortunately, when we opened the box, the games were there for us to see. We didn't complain too much though, because they were a welcome sight at the end of a very difficult week.

Thanks Secret Santa. Thank you very, very much.
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