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2007 Edition of: My Secret Santa Sent Me... (only received gifts)
Gary C
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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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201. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:262]
Andrew Rustleund
United States
Madison
WI
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I just received my package today!! It was so nicely wrapped from Board and Bits... but I couldn't help opening it to play.

To my surprise, there were two items, Thebes, a game I had been much anticipating, and a bonus item not even on my list, the new Power Grid extra cards expansion. This was a very pleasant surprise, and one I greatly appreciated. Thanks Secret Santa!! I will definitely be participating again next year.

I actually got to play a 2-player game of Thebes today with my wife. We both enjoyed it thoroughly, although pulling a lot of sand from an excavation can be quite frustrating to say the least!
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202. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
United States
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Michigan
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Here is the story of my secret Santa package. My Santa and I have been corresponding since shortly after targets were assigned. I have learned that my Santa lives within two hours of where I live, is in one of my guilds, and IMO, coolest of all, I apparently responded to Santa's first ever post on BGG! Very, very cool. I *think* I have a pretty good idea who my Santa is but still, I am not 100% sure ninja

Anyhow, this evening Cold_Fuzion, John W. and I went over to one of our friends house to play some games. We got in two games of Ra and Cold_Fuzion's wife called to let us know that cars were sliding down the hill near his house due to a big winter storm. So we were recalled. John, ended up staying as some other guys had come over and he grabbed a ride with one of them, but Coldy and I headed home. We were sad to have to go. We actually managed to start early in an evening and had hoped to get some more games in. So I was feeling a bit bummed when I walked into my house only to find a big box from Thoughthammer! surprise

W00t!! Santa had said in a note to go ahead and open the package when it arrived. I also asked my wife what she thought and she said, open in and play it over the holidays so I opened it up. Santa picked out the #1 item on my wish list Shogun! Wahoo! Also included was the Puerto Rico expansion - Yay! And in addition to the nifty Thoughthammer dice was a very, very cool set of Chessex Copper Plated dice (Santa must have taken a stroll through my guilds and saw I was in the dice lovers guild!) How awesome is that? I'd say pretty darn awesome!


Thank you so much Santa!

May you and yours have a very merry holiday season. I sure hope we are able to meet and play Shogun in February, in Holland, Michigan at 36 Hours of Games 4!!

Merry Christmas,
Van
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203. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:109]
Cher
United States
Reno
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My family and I were carrying our Christmas tree through the front door today and I spotted a package tucked behind the chair on my porch. I wanted to drop the tree, but I don't think my husband would have appreciated that.

We spent a while putting the tree in the stand, and just as I was abou to go back outside, he said, "Can you water it, honey?" Drat! A few minutes later, as I crawled out from under the tree, he said, "What is Thoughthammer?"

"It IS from my Secret Santa!" I shouted with glee, and raced over to my package. His eyebrows went up, and he shook his head, making a sort of grumbling sound in the back of his throat. It may have been a full-fledged groan, but I can't be certain of that.

Thank you, Santa! It was exactly what I wanted!
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204. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:251]
Ben Harris
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Beaverton
Oregon
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All I can really say is WOW and WOW again!

My apologies for not waiting until Christmas...but I just couldn't wait!!

I had the privilege of having an amazing UK Secret Santa.

Christmas Blessings to you!!!
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205. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:62]
Warren Adams
Australia
Lathlain
Western Australia
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It's opened....and I was spot on Ticket to Ride Europe, magic! Plus Coloretto, an excellent bonus choice. But no clue as to who to direct my thankyou!

woohooo - mine got delivered by Australia Post today, on a SUNDAY!!!

Talk about unexpected. wow

I got someone else to check the box and it is giftwrapped inside so it has been withdrawn from my company until later in the month.

Oh, and I used this picture because the box is a DOW shape....like many others....*sigh*

Thanks Santa.

Edit: And now a few days later Santa tells me there is a stocking stuffer in there as well. Opening that will make me feel a lot better about having to leave the other one unopened until Xmas.
Surely the guardians of the box could release a little bit of the treat....or I could if I knew where they had put the damn thing. angry
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206. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:290]
Phil Alberg
United States
Cumberland
Rhode Island
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Wow!! My Secret Santa was incredibly generous to me! Imagine what I would've gotten if I had been a good boy this year.

btw, the package came from Thoughthammer. I guess I should've read more entries in this thread, for I opened up the box thinking that the games would be wrapped. They are still in shrink, so maybe I won't open them until Christmas. Maybe.

Thank you Secret Santa!!!
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207. Board Game: Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
Lynda Shea
United States
Tolland
CT
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Yesterday late in the afternoon, I was outside hanging a fresh wreath on my front door and spritzing it with some water since it was a little dry. A co-worker at school gave it to me as a present and I put it in my car for a few hours before going home. While I was doing all this, I heard a UPS truck coming and it slowed down in front of my house and a friendly man in brown approached me with a box from one of my favorite online game retailers, GameSurplus! It had a label on the package that said it was a gift from my BGG Secret Santa! Yay! Nobody was around to discourage me from opening it early! devil

One of my Secret Santas told me to expect a package with a few items now and another package would be coming after the new year. Woot! Lucky me! So, in this installment I received Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards which I've been eagerly anticipating. But wait....there's more.

To go along with this new card set, I also received


Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe

Yay!

Santa also knows that I like card games and included a bonus item for me to try with my family (might also try it in class and/or with my afterschool games club).


Turn the Tide

Lastly, I received this as an extra from GameSurplus - thanks!


Miscellaneous Game Accessory

Santa, each of the games arrived safe and sound! Thank you so much for thinking of me and making me such a happy girl! I'm so excited and can't wait to play with these items! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Power to the Grid! meeple
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208. Board Game: King's Breakfast [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1934]
Adam Alleman
United States
Denver
Colorado
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And in the package was a wonderful note and bunch of chocolates for my kids, wife and me. Santa has heckled me enough, so I know this meal is just the first course. I'm guessing the other package will get here on Monday. Thank you Santa. Merry Christmasmeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeple
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209. Board Game: Minestrone [Average Rating:5.97 Unranked]
Scott Russell
United States
Clarkston
Michigan
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I opened the box from Thoughthammer and saw 1960! This was very high on my want list. TH threw in some cool dice, too. Then I saw the invoice and Minestrone was also in the packing peanuts.

Thanks very much, Secret Santa (who also occasionally signs as Jason)!
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210. Board Game: La Città [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:356]
Dustin Miller
United States
Utah
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Thanks Santa! I unwrapped it to let my wife know not to buy it. Merry Christmas!
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211. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:286]
Richard Campbell
United States
Augusta
Georgia
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Thank you Secret Santa..I'm looking forward to playing this game soon..... Have a Merry Christmas, and I hope you don't have to work to hard delivering all the other presents...
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212. Board Game: Khronos [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1441]
Kevin Iacoucci
Canada
Burlington
Ontario
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WOW - Thank you Santa! I'm been pineing for the remake of this since I played the first edition that came out. Rio Grande did a good job of the remake. I look forward to playing this for many hours of good fun.

But that's not all I received!

Winner's Circle!


Wow! - I received an e-mail from my SS just yesterday in regards to another gift that an elf forgot to send me. Santa has been very generous this year - and this is my first SS with BGG. I absolutely love this game - it's does capture some of the essense of horse racing - fun for years to come.

Thank you very much Santa!

P.S. I've also very much enjoyed giving to my target. It warms the heart to see they received something they really wanted.
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213. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis: Power and Glory [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Nick Jungman
United States
Columbia
Missouri
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So not only did I get two games off my Wishlist, but I got this, too! And by total coincidence, I had just added this to my Wishlist the day before it arrived. Perfect! Thanks, EuroSanta!
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214. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1150]
James Smith
Australia
Ashburton
Victoria
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My Santa Package arrived during the week. I was too weak willed to hold back from opening though. I could only last a day!

Thankyou Santa for getting a game that mixes my favourite sport and my favourite hobby!

Update: I have had one play of my game and it is really enjoyable, the score was 3-1 as well so it was a good soccer score. Also I have taken a photo of my game (displayed left). Thanks again secret santa for a great game and Geekmails!
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215. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:787]
Ken Dozier
United States
Wilson
North Carolina
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GIFT RECEIVED!

Thanks, Secret Santa. I hope you don't mind that I opened it before Christmas. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
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216. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:286]
Brad Oliver
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Glendale
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Got a package from my Secret Santa today, and he zeroed in on items that will actually get a lot of playtime around the house with my wife!

In addition to Mr. Jack, he very generously included To Court the King and Blue Moon.

Thanks Santa! You rock.
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217. Board Game: Federation Commander: Romulan Border [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:1857] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
steven colby
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well my little brother called me yesterday and said "so whats federation commander?"....I said a board game why?...he then told me he opened a box that was just delivered....My secret santa gave me Federation Commander.....Awesome.....He did leave a couple clues as to his identity....clue one: he lives on candy cane lane......clue two: he likes star trek (how many board game geeks like start trek cant be that many)....THE DAY IS MINE!!!!!!




p.s. thank you so much SS...I appreciate the game and I cant wait to dive into the rules
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218. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:135] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Joshua Harris
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Oshkosh
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Well.....good thing I added this to my want list the day before Secret Santa's went out! I guess I shouldn't lecture my daughter on patience before Christmas anymore(since the box only lasted 3 minutes in my house before I opened it....)

Thanks Secret Santa. If I have nightmares from all the horror..... I can just stay up late and play more!
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219. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:286]
Dwsparks
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Huntsville
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I actually don't know if I got Mr. Jack, I'm sort of guessing given the way the box rattles. It seems somewhat likely, given that it's on my wishlist, but it's still wrapped!

I'm a very lucky guy as Santa sent me FOUR wrapped packages as well as three Crown Royal "tile bags". We already put the tile bags to good use playing Neuroshima Hex (it's more fun with tile bags!).

Santa tells me that 50% of my pretty packages are from my wishlist, and 50% are surprises, which makes the waiting somewhat agonizing. What could the other packages be ?!

Thank you Santa!

(and if I'm completely wrong about the way the box is rattling and it's not Mr. Jack, I'll be even more surprised at Christmas! blush )
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220. Board Game: No Peeking! [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
Bridget Jankowski
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Thank you Santa (and Mrs. Claus!)!!

Now that we are almost moved into our new house, the craziness has died down a little and I was able to run up to Fun Games Cafe for a pick up. And waiting for me I found a bright red bag containing not one, but two packages! I must have been very good indeed.

I am under strict instructions not to open them before the day, which, given the number of boxes surrounding me, might be for the best. Perhaps by the 25th there will be a little more order here. laugh
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221. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:62]
Scott Woodard
United States
Beaverton
Oregon
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I was tempted to leave it under the tree for a month, but with all the excitement here, I opted to open! Thank you so much, Santa! I guess I have been good this year!
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222. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:555]
Asa Swain
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Brooklyn
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I got home from working on Saturday and was suprised to see a Fedex box on my front porch, I didn't think ti would arrive so early. Thank you Fedex for just leaving the box and not asking me to fill out a darn "waiver slip" first (I hate waiting).

I was very excited to open it (sorry, no waiting for Christmas, anyway I have to fly home to the parents and I have enough stuff to take with me as it is) and I discovered not only Cave Troll, but also



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It's a great collection of games, I'm excited to try Aton with my roommate, and get a huge aerial battle going with a bunch of friends and of course face the wrath of the CAVE TROLL!!!

Thanks Santa!
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223. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:325] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Brad Miller
United States
Seattle
Washington
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I didn't do secret santa. And yet here I am posting on this list! Huh?

Well one night I got an email from a Geek in Mexico, asking if I would make a trade for one of my very obscure games. Turned out he wanted me to send it to his secret santa target. I was in heavy eBay/marketplace mode, and had already begun thinking of it in terms of a sale, not a trade. Then I got the secret santa spirit, and sent him back a message saying, don't worry about the cost or making me a trade, I'll just send it. When my screen refreshed there was a message from him saying he'd looked at my wishlist, and I should pick a game from it. I did my part, and sent my game to his target, and he sent me Jambo.
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224. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
Jeff Jones
United States
Round Rock
Texas
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So I work in fraud prevention for one of the largest online sports equipment retailers in the world. Needless to say, this time of the year is amazingly busy for us so I have been working long, hard hours with not end in sight (well.. at least for the next several weeks). Now I don't mind hard work but this time of the year brings out the crooks in droves.

In the last week I have spoken to so many people whose credit card numbers have been stolen and money they intended to use for the holidays is gone. The banks will give them their money back (fraud losses almost always end up in the lap of the retailer) but it may or may not be in time for the holidays. I have also had to tell a grandmother that her grandson was using her credit card to order a $300.00 pair of sunglasses as well as a woman who thought she had found the love of her life online that he was just using her to aid in shipping items which had been purchased with stolen credit cards out of the country.

The pain in the voices can really put a damper on the holidays. Being the bearer of devastating news is down right depressing and I have to do that more during this time of year than any other. It sucks.

Why am I telling you this? Because Friday evening, after a lousy day at work, I arrived home to find a really big package from Thoughthammer from my Secret Santa. I looked carefully for any indication that I wasn't supposed to open the box until Christmas and finding none, I tore into it with glee. Inside was Shogun, a game I had always heard so much about but had never actually played. Nothing takes the gloom away like being reminded that there are generous and thoughtful folks out there in the world. I even got the game to the table last night and love it every bit as much as I thought I would.

So to my Secret Santa... thank you so much for making my world a lot better this holiday season. I hope you and yours, and all my fellow BGG community members, are blessed with good fortune in the coming year.
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225. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Josh Harrelson
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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I just got my Secret Santa Gift yesterday and I have already played it three times! I love it. It has to be my new favorite game. Not only did my secret santa get me Power Grid but also the Italy/France map and the new power plant deck. I cannot believe how nice my santa was! Thank you so so so so so much!
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