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2008 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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San Antonio
Texas
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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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201. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:527]
 
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I came home from work today and there was a giant box from Thoughthammer. Of course I couldn't wait with a box that size, so I opened my box and realized I got a gift of TITANIC PROPORTIONS, which was the top item of my wishlist also I got the game...



THANKS, Santa!
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202. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:607]
Luna Lovegood
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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I've been reading this list, puzzled at the number of people who come home to their Secret Santa gift waiting for them on their doorstep and wonder what it is. 'Am I waiting on something I ordered?' etc, etc. It always seemed fairly obvious to me that if you're not waiting on anything, and a box shows up, then of course it's your Secret Santa gift! So today I come home and walk up my steps, and lo and behold there's a box sitting on my doorstep. And what's my first thought? 'Didn't I already receive everything I've ordered?' laugh shake


I did think very briefly about being a good little girl and waiting to open the box until Christmas. Very briefly. After all, I've an all day game marathon to go to on Friday, I can't very well deprive the group of fun times to be had and new games to be learned, now can I? devil So of course I ripped it open. (Sorry Santa, if you wanted me to wait. I'm impatient, what can I say? blush ) Not only was my Santa generous enough to send me Blue Moon, which I've been lusting over ever since I played Blue Moon City, but there was more!



AND



THANK YOU SANTA!!!!!

I'm contemplating taking them down to my mom's tomorrow for Thanksgiving, but somehow I think it might be a bit much for her. So I'll probably just wait until Friday to play it. I've read all of the cards, and the rulebook cover to cover though, so I'm ready!
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203. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Dave O.
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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I got my game today, exactly the one I wanted, thanks a bunch Santa. Happy Holidays!
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204. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:924]
Matthan Heiselt
United States
Suffolk
Virginia
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I just got home from work, and was quickly packing some last minute stuff so I could make the trip to join my wife at the in-laws for Thanksgiving. Beep Beep. The joyous sound of a UPS truck broke the silence.
"For me?" "Oh you shouldn't have."
Yes, my Rhyming Secret Santa sent a wonderful gift my way. I was tempted to open it right then, but decided to bring it with me.
Once joined with my family, and after some Taco Bell, we decided to play some games. After a couple games, we couldn't resist any longer. We ripped open the present.

Our Secret Santa was awesomely generous! A brand new imported Essen release. We opened it immediately and gave it a play. Love it. A quicker, easier and more fun "Formula De" type game. I foresee many plays in the future.

THANKS SANTA!!!!!
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205. Board Game: After the Flood [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1103]
Gabriele Berzoni
Italy
Mantova
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Yesterday my secret santa send me After the Flood!
Thanks a lot my secret santa! meeple
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206. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Ethan Jennings
United States
Colchester
Vermont
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After a long day at work readying for the onslaught of Black Friday and a long week devoted to grad school apps, I come home to find a package on my door... hmm... what could it be?

A game, of course. Cold War FTW!

Thank you so very much Santa!!!!
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207. Board Game: Speedy Delivery [Average Rating:4.85 Unranked]
Ralf Menzel
Germany
Dortmund
North Rhine-Westphalia
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I asked my Secret Santa to send my gift to my mother where I will spend the holidays. This way, I thought, I would not be tempted to open it early. But did I know that my Secret Santa is a very fast Santa? No. When I visited my mother last weekend my Secret Santa's gift already had arrived. A rather large box from Milan Spiele. (I measured it. It's 46cm x 31cm x 15cm.) But I could withstand the temptation and left it unopened. Of course I had to give it a little shake to hear the sound of small wooden pieces moving.

Thank you Secret Santa for your speedy delivery.

Expect to hear more from me after the holidays.

Ralf
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208. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Dennis Leung
United States
Fanwood
New Jersey
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After some last minute Thanksgiving shopping yesterday, I came home to see a box sitting on my door step. Could it be...? Was it...? I brought it in and let it sit on the table. My girlfriend was the one who actually started going crazy---you need to open it, I can't stand the suspense! So eventually I caved.

I got a Christmas wrapped copy of Dominion, some candy, and a handmade Christmas card:

Quote:
Merry Christmas! Hope you enjoy this great game: wish I could've given more, but in these hard times this was all I had in me. You will have a blast with it, however! Happy New Year as well! Your BGG Secret Santa


No worries Secret Santa! I've itching to try this game and this will be perfect for us. Just in time for Thanksgiving too! Have a happy holidays!
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209. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:683]
Hans Christian Kirketerp
Denmark
Aarhus C
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My package has arrived, but I have not looked!

To be able to wait I let my santa ship it to some of my family - where I will celebrate Christmas.

BUT in Denmark we open our presents on the 24th of December (not the 25th), so I will not be "the last man standing" meeple

EDIT: The package has been opened - Thanks a lot Santa
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210. Board Game: Combat Commander: Mediterranean [Average Rating:8.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.55 Unranked]
German Mike
United States
Hudson
Ohio
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Combat Commander: Mediterranean

Power Grid: China/Korea

Thank you so much, Secret Santa!
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211. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
Nick Jungman
United States
Columbia
Missouri
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Count me among the many getting Agricola this year. AND ... my Santa also:

* Got me Animeeples.
* Printed and BOUND a copy of the compendium.
* Printed in color on cardstock the tuckboxes for the cards.
* Printed in color on label sheets the stickers for the counters.
* Printed in color and LAMINATED the Through the Seasons card.

I am a good Santa myself, but not quite this good. I vow to match this effort next year. Thanks, Santa!

Oh, and...
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212. Board Game: Pow Wow [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1725]
Nick Jungman
United States
Columbia
Missouri
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... he also got me this -- not on my wishlist -- noting that I have a soft spot for goofy party games. Looks amusing. It's Thanksgiving with the family, and so I'm sure this will come out after dinner.

Thanks again, Santa.
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213. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Peter Vandenbroeck
Belgium
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My Santa was a little worried when the online store's website where he ordered the presents went down for a couple of days. But in the end all turned out well, and exceptionally well for me!! Twilight Struggle was a 'must have' on my wishlist. As if this was not enough he also so included a copy of Tichu, which was also on my wishlist!! My Santa is fabulous!!



Your gifts are very, very, very (...) appreciated!!!!!

Thank you, Santa, and a Merry Christmas!!

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214. Board Game: FAB: The Bulge [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:863]
Andre Suwanda
Switzerland
Uznach
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Wah - the package had to wait for pickup for 2 days because of my 50+ hour work-week. But made it out early today and picked it up. Couldn't resist to open in right at the post office. Well, to my defense it was not marked 'Secret Santa' - but to be honest - I knew it blush

And it's GMT FAB: The Bulge - weeee! Great choice from the top of my wishlist... but that was not all!

Digging through the package material I found the Deluxe Map for Sword of Rome!!! Not on my wishlist - so Santa was digging through my 'owned' games I think. Another hit since I really love Sword of Rome and my plexi wore out over the years.

What a merry GMT christmas! meeplemeeple

THANK YOU VERY MUCH BGG SECRET SANTA!!!

one little put back was the 27CHF taxes I had to pay although it was marked *gift* - swiss customs hate me

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215. Board Game: It's Alive! [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1856]
John Wilson
United Kingdom
Falkirk
Stirlingshire
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Well if not alive it's here and the voices in my head are saying "Open me"

Got a text on the way home to say I had a parcel from Germany. Ran home filled with excitement. I had been told to open it so that the "edible constituents" did not rot.

Carefully ripping off the outer casing I found 2 wrapped up presents (they may be games!) and some lovely German chocolates and biscuits (Das Schmeckt gut!). If I eat them slowly maybe they will keep my mind off opening the presents. They will also remind me of previous holidays in Germany and make me look forward to my trip to Essen next year.

Thanks Santa, I will try endeavour to wait till the 25th to open them.

I hope you have a Fröhliche Weihnachten and a great new year, and yes ich glaube, dass Deutschland die Heimat von Brettspiele ist.

(apologies for my attempts at German)

Post Christmas update

Santa was kind enough to send me

Flussfieber ( fast flowing Forest Fellers)

We played this a couple of times last night and it is really good fun, a mix of luck, strategy and hurting the other players. I expect this to come to the table many more times

and

Toledo

I have wanted to try this Martin Wallace game for a while now. Hope to bring this to the table soon

Thanks again Santa.I hope you got great games as well
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216. Board Game: Kreta [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:882]
Kevin Goldenbogen
United States
Unspecified
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Thanx Santa!! Kreta and Fury of Dracula...amazing!!
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Craig Inglesby
United States
Oregon
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Santa , Thanks so much , opened it last night , sorry I couldnt wait, read the rules @ midnight, stuffed the turkey and played Jamaica. What a fun and beautiful game, fantastic art. a BIG hit with the family. Thank you for your generosity. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and receive something as highly anticipated as this was from your secret santa.

Merry Christmas!!!!!
Craig
Antelope, OR
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218. Board Game: Boulder On Board [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Donna Davis
United States
Drexel Hill
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The box from my Secret Santa (via Boulder Games) arrived last week, thank you thank you thank you! I have yet to unwrap the items but I THINK I know what they are....place your bets! Happy Christmas to all! laugh
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219. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
Eric Osiowy
Canada
winnipeg
Manitoba
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Oh man my Secret Santa is totally the best. Not only did they send me an awesome poem that got me so excited for this whole thing. On top of that Santa sent when Agricola which I am really excited about playing and using my new ani-meeples. Plus they also threw in some candy. Thanks sooo much Santa.
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220. Board Game: Red Christmas [Average Rating:4.58 Unranked]
Craig Hargraves
Australia
Morayfield
Queensland
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Well it finally happened! My wife came home with a box that wasn't Le Havre from Germany. That could only mean one thing! Secret Santa time!

The initial heft of the box was definitely on the generous side. Opening up I found two presents securely wrapped in red! And the bigger one of them looks a bit bigger than the usual box size!

Secret Santa, you have outdone yourself and I thank you for your generosity. The plan is to be strong and wait till Christmas to open. We'll see how we go... Opening the smaller present wouldn't be that bad would it? I mean I have my suspicions about what it could be... No! Must...be...strong...

Thanks again to my Secret Santa. You've gone above and beyond. My wife and I wish you and your family all the best for Christmas!

Present contents to follow on Christmas Day...

Edit: Merry Christmas!!!!!

And here's what my awesome Secret Santa delivered beneath the very sturdy red wrapping paper:



Santa, you rock! I can't wait to get this one to the table! I'm pretty sure the rest of my gaming group will thank you too for this one! Beneath that box lay:



Excellent... My wife and I were well ready to expand our Arkham Horror experience. We'll probably never win this game again. But at least we'll be able to participate in the new FFG league more when it starts in February. And finally the small package:



I suspected it could be one of the small expansions for Arkham and I'm stoked that it is. Can't wait to get this to the table as well.

Thanks again Secret Santa! My wife and I are going to have a great time with these. We hope you have a great Christmas too!
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221. Board Game: Speedy Delivery [Average Rating:4.85 Unranked]
Timb
United States
Anniston
Alabama
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Wow! Santa's reindeer must have been really moving. Either that or Santa's little elves that work at ThoughtHammer must know someone at the post office.

I received my GIANT package yesterday morning, Thanksgiving Day. It was postmarked 24 November. So in less than 72 hours my gift somehow made it from ToughtHammer's warehouse to New York City, was loaded on a military cargo plane, flown to Ramstein, Germany, then flown to Balad Iraq, sorted and delivered to me. Usually getting mail here takes at least 10 days; much longer if there is any bad weather.

I'm resisting the temptation to open it. Only 27 more days until Christmas. That hasn't stopped me from checking the customs form, but that just says the number of games (3) it contains. Hmmm... now I'm going through my wishlist trying to figure out what they could be. The wait is going to kill me!

Thanks Secret Santa!
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222. Board Game: Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas Game: Movie Edition [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Chase Hartshorne
England
Letchworth Garden City
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Dear Santa

Thank you for my present, which arrived at the end of November...


Late Christmas evening I was finally allowed to get at the 'package'...


And after a long wait I was rewarded...


I should confess (because I want to be on Santa's good list in 2009) that I went to some extraordinary lengths to discover the identity of the present without opening the package.

Firstly, the time honoured approach of holding it upto the light - foiled by the use of quality wrapping paper, i.e. thick paper.

Secondly, I looked at my wish list and discounted any that weren't square like my present. I then went onto the 'Land of Games' website to check what they had in stock. Still too many options.

Then I noticed they had the game weights on their website. Aha! I had it now. So I got out the kitchen scales and checked the weight - 1.2kg. I checked the website. Uh oh, they all seemed to weigh 1.5kg. Checked the scales using a 1.5kg bag of flour from the supermarket. But the scales worked - they said the flour weighed 1.5kg, but the game only weighed 1.2kg. Foiled again. I had to wait until Christmas, oh the agony of a Secret Santa, oh the fun!!

Thanks again, it's been great!

Charles

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Dear Secret Santa
You'll be pleased to know that your elves were very prompt and they have delivered my 'mystery package'.

However, my wife was very prompt as well, and insists I should wait until Christmas day before I can open itcry

In the meantime ALL I can do is gently shake the box and imagine what's in there.

I'll post here again when I get to open it.

Thanks for making it special
Charles
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Woo Hoo. Santa came through for me alright. Copy of this that I will use to get my wife into worker placment games so that Pillars of the Earth and Cuba will see the table more often in the future... and...

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224. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:190]
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This. A game I have wanted desperately since I entered the hobby, but have put off buying because I know my wife won't play it with me, and she gets angry if I buy games she won't play.

Thanks Santa, you couldn't have picked better games for me.
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225. Board Game: Battue: Storm of the Horse Lords [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3327]
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So, I come home from work today and my Dearest tells me a parcel has arrived. 'Oh good' I'm thinking, 'my order finally came through'. So I got the box, and looked at the place where it came from.....and realised it was not from where my order should be coming from!

So, it was quite obvious: this came from Secret Santa! Thank you, Santa! A game from high up my wishlist, very welcome gift!
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