2008 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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For those of you new to this list, I originally posted this list back in 2006 as a way to let my Santa know when I receive my gift without him/her worrying about divulging their identity. The list has gone well in the last two years and I am curious how large it will grow this year since there are around 1000+ participants this year (529 items in 2006, 874 items in 2007). This is a pretty good place to view the gifting as it progresses through the holiday season, so enjoy!

Use this as a central area to record what our Secret Santas sent us. When you post on 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 released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present!

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?)


To see how the previous two years of Secret Santa-ing have gone on those year's versions of this list, look at these links:

"2006 List"

"2007 List"

Simon's yearly breakdown:
Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2008

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2007

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2006
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101. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Martin Boisselle
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Boucherville
Quebec
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Thanks Secret Santa!

Whoever you are!

Xmas has come early this year!


Thanks!
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102. Board Game: Christmas Penguins [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
Rob Russo
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Arlington
Virginia
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My Secret Santa Gift has arrived, beautifully wrapped and secretively packaged. How many days can I resist the temptation.

thank you Secret Santa


UPDATE

And the day before thanksgiving my santa gave to me ....

On The Dot, which was promptly played and much enjoyed, but then what did I hear , Santa has one more package on the way, This is really cool , I have much enjoyed being the recipient of such merriment.

Now so inspired I must get my targets package together and out the door.


UPDATE

my third package arrived, a little late updating here



The kids are going to love it, we will play it over xmas break, I have two little ones who love to go surprise
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103. Board Game: Blockers! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:966]
Carol Jones
United States
Maryland
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Thank you Santa Nyberg for a copy of Uptown. It was nice to be able to know what country our Santa hailed from. The game arrived in great condition.

Thanks Again, and Merry Christmas!

Carol and Bob
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104. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:480]
Nate Rethorn
United States
Perrysburg
Ohio
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My mom called me on Friday (since I gave Santa my permanent address instead of my apartment one) to let me know that a big box had arrived from ThoughtHammer. I told her not to open it until she was able to bring it up today, and lo and behold I received two games!

I've wanted to play Arkadia for several years now, and it's completely lived up to my expectations! We had a blast playing today...but that isn't all. I also received


I absolutely love to play Mr. Jack, and I can't wait to add the new characters! Thanks, Santa!
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105. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1136]
Dave VanderArk
United States
Coopersville
Michigan
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My Santa went above and beyond. I received the box from Thoughthammer yesterday. I went ahead and opened it right away. Inside the box was a copy of Space Dealer, a game I played once and really loved. I really like "pick up and delivery" type games, and the real time chaos of Space Dealer was a blast.

But there was more in the box. My wife has been bugging me to pick up a copy of Zooloretto for almost a year now, since she played it at Mitten Con in February. There was a copy of Zooloretto in the box as well.



Did I mention that this was a very big box? Inside the peanuts were a few more things...







Enough Wings of War expansions so I can host huge dogfights, and even play solitaire.

I'm completely blown away. Thank you Santa, whoever you are!
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106. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:164]
Philip Reed
United States
Kyle
Texas
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So we got home from BGG Con this afternoon (so very much fun) and waiting was a box from Thoughthammer. Thank you, SS, for sending me a copy of Catan (it's hard to believe that I have never bought the game).

Santa also sent me The Great River expansion.

My SS target will have his gifts (and something extra special) by this time next week.
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107. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Daniel Smith
United States
Racine
Wisconsin
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Arrived, opened, and read! Will be reaching the gaming table tomorrow night! YAY!

Thank you Secret Santa!
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108. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:303]
David Neumann
United States
Whitefish Bay
Wisconsin
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Santa,

Thank you for this, it is awesome!

Best part is, Santa didn't stop with Formula D, he also threw in a great game that I can play with my two little guys



We played tonight and my 3 year old won. We all had a blast.

Thank you Santa!

Dave
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109. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Bo Link
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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This came from my Secret Santa on Friday. Hope I can get to play it over Thanksgiving break.
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110. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:368]
Benjamin Alpers
United States
Norman
Oklahoma
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Last year I was very good and waited to open my Secret Santa gift. This year, I couldn't resist.

Thanks, SS! My kids and I played this game last year at the book fair in Leipzig, Germany. We had a blast and the game immediately went high up in my wishlist.

When it arrived they were as excited as I was: a perfect holiday gift! We played a game tonight and my daughter kicked her older brother's--and my--butt. One of the hallmarks of a great family game is that the kid's can actually win.

Thanks for a great gift, Secret Santa!
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111. Board Game: New World: A Carcassonne Game [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1272]
Tony Dehner
United States
Waterloo
Iowa
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I spent most of Saturday awaiting a shipment from Boards & Bits, containing items for a variety of people (some of whom may be reading this cool ). It finally arrived, along with a large box from ThoughtHammer! A quick phone call to LittleMarge at work confirmed that she had not ordered anything, leaving one possibility: our gift was here!

Once again, we were spoiled by our Secret Santa. Not only was our Carcassonne collection now complete (for now), but there was a second item from our list:


This is one we've had our eye on for a while, so needless to say, we're happy! Thanks again Santa!
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112. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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Sunnyvale
California
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I have the psychic Santa.

My letter to Santa said "The best gift you could possibly give me would be a game that I have never played, which you think I will like."

(Sadly, I haven't logged a play on BGG in several months, though I've got notes on my phone waiting to be entered. )

I got home from BGG.con and found a box waiting for me, from a FLGS in Florida. Inside was a pretty giftwrapped box with a note:

Quote:
A very Merry Christmas from your Secret Santa, who has fewer games than you and cannot believe that you have not played this game yet, while rating Race for the Galaxy so high.


I had already gotten mail from Santa saying that my gift was to be opened and enjoyed immediately.

So, I opened the box... and inside found Dominion, which I had somehow managed to not have played yet until this past weekend, and which I really enjoyed.

100% accuracy, with flawed information as your input. I'm impressed, Santa -- you sent me a game that I had never played before, which I already knew by the time I opened the box that I liked.
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113. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
Brian Alvarado
United States
Fontana
California
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Wow, Awesome. I just want to state that I received an email saying it was in the mail on the November 17th.

I just received it in my hands today, though the latest it could have arrived was 11/22. (I just got home today)

I recieved two Gifts, Caylus as posted above, which I have been wanting for years. And Jungle speed. I game I'm not that good at but love the interaction. I hope my family and friends will love playing with me. It's a party game that I love watching and playing.

Thank you so much Santa! You Rock!


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114. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:213]
 
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My secret santa is the best!

He left me several nice messages finally ending with the message that I could open the games prior to Christmas if I wanted to!!! Yippee!

However, my wife intercepted my trigger-happy rampage to the unmarked box. "I'll take a look first."

And so she did. With a low whistle she let me know that I had received not one but TWO games!

Still not looking, I recited some of the games off my wishlist. She let me know that, indeed, I had received one of those games. But what was the other?

My wife relented and let me open the 'mystery' game. It was Vikings! Included in the package was a note (again intercepted by my wife, sigh).

Vikings was bought for me simply because my secret santa enjoyed it as well, and wanted me to experience it too!!

Wow, I'm absolutely blown away!! Thanks Secret Santa! The other game has already been wrapped and hidden away until Christmas so I'll just have to be patient.

I'll update this once I find out what the second game is.


EDIT DEC. 20th.....

My Secret Santa has absolutely amazed me. As written above, I was sent Vikings (as my bonus gift), and my still secret gift that has been wrapped and kept out of my reach until Christmas.

So it was a total surprise to get Friday's mail, and ANOTHER box. A very kind note informed me that BGG is a very special community and that my secret Santa was paying-it-forward. I had to open it - and I was blown away. I am now an owner of Pitch Car!

Thank you Secret Santa. I will certainly try to spread some goodwill around this holiday season!

Edit Edit: That wrapped up game? On Christmas I opened it. Power Grid is now mine too! Wowwee!

So to summarize, Power Grid and Vikings, plus PitchCar too! Extremely generous Secret Santa!
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115. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:410]
Markus A
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Helsinki
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Only once SS2008 had begun did I notice that this, one of my _love_ to have games, had only just been re-released as Formula D. I kicked myself for not having noticed earlier, but now that this was waiting for me at home today... I don't care! I've got Formula Dé! Wahoo!

My santa also sent me another game that's not on my wishlist which I haven't looked at (apparently a Knizia card game, which narrows the list down to just a few dozen ) - so I still get something to wait until Christmas for! And I get to drive little plastic cars around a track while waiting!

Thank you Santa! You have certainly made my season thus far!!
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116. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:213]
 
Paul Lister
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Thank you Santa! Very Very pleased with choice of game. I was thinking of not opening till Christmas day but i'm likrly to buy 10 games between now and Christmas and receive a few more as presents so thought it prudent.

Secret Santa rocks!
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117. Board Game: Don't Crack [Average Rating:9.85 Unranked]
Simon Wilcock
United Kingdom
Wallingford
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My secret santa arrived this morning.
Not opened it yet. No idea what it is....
Still a month to go.
Mustn't give in to temptation gulp
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118. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:81]
Francis K. Lalumiere
Canada
Brossard
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My Secret Santa worked fast this year! And I couldn't resist opening up the box I got last Friday.

Lo and behold: IMPERIAL! My rondel collection is now complete.

Thank you very much, Santa!!
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119. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:637]
J. Billington
United States
Tyler
Texas
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Secret Santa wasted no time in ordering my gifts and I wasted no time in ripping open the ThoughtHammer box when it arrived at my house!

In addition to Gulo Gulo, Santa included Wyatt Earp and a little brain-teasing puzzle.



Both games will be enjoyed with the family over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Thanks, Santa and Happy Holidays!!!
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120. Board Game: Tannhäuser [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1327]
Rodrigo Trocado
Portugal
Cascais
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I got a phone call today from the postal services...

They were unable to find my house to deliver a package and since I am not expecting any orders IT MUST BE MY SECRET SANTA'S GIFT!!!

I explained how to get there but to my disgust they will only go there again tomorrow...

Anyway, as soon as I get my hands on that package I will update this entry. The tension, it's unbarable gulp

EDIT:

OMG I am speechless. My Santa is the most generous ever!

When I finally got my hands on the package I was imediately impressed with the sheer weight of it. The tape had the Planetongames logo and so it could only be games! I opened it carefully and inside I found not 1, not 2 but 3 gift wrapped boxes!!!!!

I was kind of intending on waiting 'till christmas but the wrapping paper was a bit seethrough, my SS had told my I could open them and it's still 1 month away... I went for it!

Besides Tannhauser, I found:



and



The first two were "must haves" and the 3rd a "love to have" which got my wife interested in playing. That's huge!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH SANTA AND HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
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121. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:793]
Chris B
United States
Oxford
Mississippi
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I got home from BGG.con late last night to find a box from Newspiel on my doorstep. The box contained this game and one other.

Alright, technically, I don't know for sure that it's this game, because both the games are wrapped. But I have a pretty good Idea because of the box size. The other one is Samurai sized. (I know, I lined it up next to boxes trying to figure out what it might be.)

At this point. My guess is the other game is Manhattan. Another game I'm very interested in acquiring.

Even if these aren't what I got. Thanks Secret Santa. You're the BEST!!!

EDIT: Well, I opened up my gifts earlier tonight. I'm a great gift Guesser... I got Odin's Ravens and Manhattan just like I guessed. Thanks Secret Santa, I've been wanting both of these forever, but never managed to pull the trigger on them. Our game group will have a ball with them...
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122. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The King in Yellow Expansion [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
Dan Has
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Sandy
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My secret Santa is AWESOME. I received two gift wrapped games yesterday, one of which is the exact same size as my other Arkham Horror expansion so this is what I suspect it is. And the other package is of average game size so it could be anything!

Also the messages my secret Santa sent me were Hilarious! Absolutely made my day reading those.

Thank you secret Santa, whoever you are! Now to see if I can resist opening them...
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123. Board Game: Lumps, the Game of Big Rolls and Smart Holds [Average Rating:5.40 Unranked]
I didn't drive all the way down here to play a peace game
United States
Mission Hills
California
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Santa ignored my wishlist and sent a game I already have. Why, Santa, why? I wasn't such a bad boy this year. I was acquitted of the vast majority of those charges!

To make the best of it, I'll add what I got as a bonus item for my target.

Remember, Santas, the wishlist is your friend.
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124. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Mike Pranno
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Chardon
Ohio
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My intent was to wait until Christmas to open the USPS Priority Mail box I received on Saturday. But given the size and weight of my package, I had a pretty good idea what game it was before I opened it. And because I had two very specific opportunities to play it over the next several days, i.e. the BG theme was a favorite for a couple relatives, I had to see if my guess was correct.

The kicker for me? My Secret Santa is from some other suburb of Cleveland. So it is very likely I have met them before or will play games with them in the future... and I will have no freaking idea who it was.
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125. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Håkan König
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Yihooo! My parcel arrived today! And I am going to be a nice boy and NOT open it until Christmas. My wife has already put it aside and will wrap the gift which arrived from PlayMe.de today.

After Christmas update: It was Dominion! Jackpot!
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