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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626. Board Game: Mystery [Average Rating:4.42 Unranked]
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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My Secret Santa sent me a message asking if his package has arrived in the UK and to post the status here...
Well Secret Santa, it's good to know it's on its way, but as yet, no sign of it, but as soon as it puts in an appearance, I'll be sure to let you know

Update: Something large arrived today while I was out.
I'll pick it up tomorrow and keep you posted

Saturday and yes - the package was from SecretSanta

I'm going to heed Santa's message:
'Control yourself! Do not open until Christmas'

Besides, I have no choice - the wife has now confiscated it ! shake

So, a BIG thankyou to you Secresanta - you are a

Watch out for a new update once I open it meeple

December 25th: Update
WOW!!
Opened the box today to reveal:

Superb item from my wishlist! If this was all that was in the box I would be pleased, but that wasn't all:

A Game Journal! I've been using a format I created myself to record our groups games, but this is fantastic!

A Euchre game using Agricola cards! What a wonderful extra to add SS!!

Extra cards for Jamaica. I don't actually have Jamaica yet, but now I have these for when I do get it

The Erie expansion for Wabash Cannonball. I thought that was it, but the final surprise was in the bag with this expansion - only these:

Some of the L-Deck cards for Agricola and signed as well!

SO, a BIG thankyou again Secret Santa - you have made my Xmas!
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627. Board Game: The Santa Clause [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Vital Lacerda
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Oeiras
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Secret Santa, You must have great elves working to you, they has to be hard workers, and Your agents connections near my lands are very good to, because my gift already arrived today.

Unfortunately, I has not been so good boy this year, and because of that my wife don't let me open your present until Christmas night. cry

But that's ok. I love to play new games in that festive days and I'm sure she will play with me.

So, what ever the present be, will be great for sure, and I always be grateful for your gifts.
Who ever you are and where ever you be, thank you very much for this gift and have a great gaming Christmas night, and all the best for you.
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628. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:48]
Rich Poupard
United States
Michigan
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My family was in a panic for a few days because we've expecting a special package from Santa when we returned from a shirt trip and it had not arrived. However, last night a neighbor knocked on our door and told us they were holding our packages because they noticed they were not picked up over the weekend. My 8 year old son (and prime gaming buddy) shouted from his bed that he wanted to know what we got - but I wouldn't allow him to open the package yet (he probably would not be able to sleep. Of course, Dad is not tied to such rules, so I was able to sneak a peek and find out that our SS got us Stone Age.

Thank you so much Santa - we are expecting our fifth child in a few months, and during those times in which Mom will be busy with the new baby, my other children are already planning game sessions. Stone Age may be worn out in a few months! Thanks again.
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629. Board Game: Senji [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1273]
Attila Gelics
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I was working hard today..., I arrived at home very tired!...
... but I found something in my window!!!...



...AND I BECAME HAPPY, VERY HAPPY!!!

Thank you very much for my Secret Santa...

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630. Board Game: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Game [Average Rating:4.65 Unranked]
Daniel Leitl
United States
Park Falls
Wisconsin
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Thank you Santa.
My gift arrived today and my wife intially gave it to me as it was addressed to me. However, I opened my big mouth and said "Hey I didn't order anything from Thoughthammer this year. It must be from my Secret Santa". Faster than you could blink it was out of my hands again and into hers. Damn she is quick, oh well guess it will now have to wait til Christmas to be opened.

Christmas morning finally came. My secret Santa was most giving for I recieved not one box but three. Hold The Line a game I am most intreseted in was sitting there for me. Addtionally there was two, count them two, Carcassone expansions, Abbey and Mayor and Traders and Builders, Unfortunetly my wife also purchased the same two expansions and had removed them from my wishlist (without my knowledge)but apparently after Santa had read my wishlist. So does anybody know if you can use more than one of any type of expansion and where are the rules for such actions? I guess next year I will put contact info for my spouse in my sign up.

Thank You very much whoever you are
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631. Board Game: Assault on Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1651]
Jim Calabrese
United States
Enfield
Connecticut
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Hokey Smoke Bullwinkle! My Secret Santa sent me a copy of Assault on Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back! Thank you for the great game! But that's not all. I also got a copy of Quiddler and Pecking Order. Thank you very much Secret Santa.


Just so you know, I was good this year. I waited till Christmas day to open them.
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632. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:805]
Joshua Perry
United States
Sterling Heights
Michigan
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My Secret Santa Sent me Bootleggers, and the new version of the card game Family Business... Both seem pretty cool games... I plan on playing Family Business with the girlfriend when she comes to see me for the holidays as the game seems very simple to play and fast paced... Bootleggers seems cool but I don't think she'd be interested in it but we shall see...

None the less thanks Secret Santa for these two wonderful games that I've been wanting to check out... My day was made yesterday after coming home from the jewelry store after buying my girlfriends present and the grounds keeper bringing over the package from my old place I moved out of into the new one...
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633. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:550]
Dan Spurgeon
United States
Los Angeles
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And not only that... but also



as well as



Wow! Once again, my Secret Santa has truly outdone themselves, and I am extremely grateful. Many, many thanks!
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634. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:372]
England
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Finally collected from the Royal Mail Depot, and opened immediately (of course). Top of my wishlist - thanks Santa, the perfect gift. I'll be playing this tomorrow - and through the holiday season - with my wife and children.

Adam
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635. Board Game: Tomb [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1627]
Claus Jensen
Denmark
Stenlose
Sealand
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Arrived just today, unfortunately the manifest included the game names, so even though they're wrapped really nice, I do know what's in the box.
I am, however, putting a restraint on myself and not unwrapping them before christmas (unless I can get four friends together before then, in which case, all bets are off).

Tomb was in the box, alongside Witch's Brew both of which I am REALLY looking forward to.

My Secret Santa was also a US resident, and if you've tried lifting the Tomb box, you'll know that this particular Santa has been EXTREMELY generous this year.

Thank you SO very much.... really.... really really
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636. Board Game: GiftTRAP [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1179]
Jason Ober
United States
Indianapolis
Indiana
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What a day. What a crappy, crappy, crappy day. I find out that the co-worker that's sleeping with the boss got a better performance appraisal than I did. I was actually surprised, since I do twice the work (since she's in his office 2-4 hours everyday, sometimes with both the door and blinds closed). I KNEW she'd get a great appraisal, I just figured I'd get the same based on performance. Which, of course, is tied to bonuses, so her bonus, after tax, was THREE TIMES mine. I've spent the bulk of the day just being angry and trying to figure out if and how to approach anyone about it.

Then I come home to a conflict with my tween daughter. Ah, teen angst.

But THEN! On the porch! A box from Boards & Bits? I've ordered a ton of stuff over the last week for Christmas, but this didn't sound familiar at all. So, I opened the box and what was inside? A VERY nicely wrapped gift with a note reading "From Your BGG Secret Santa." HOW COOL IS THAT????

I haven't opened it yet, but I'm not sure I'll last past the night. I can tell you it's the one ray of sunshine that my day has had so far today. Even without knowing what's in the box, I can already say thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, for brightening up what was one of the bleakest days I've had in a long while.

THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH SANTA

Edit: Well, I couldn't wait. I made it a whole 2 hours, then I got shaky and a little nauseous. I tried to resist the unopened-game-withdrawal symptoms, but it was too much. Inside was the game Oregon, a game which I hadn't given a thought until GenCon. I played it on a whim and fell in love.

THANKS AGAIN SECRET SANTA! YOU ARE THE BEST!
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637. Board Game: Parts Unknown [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4731]
James Weinrod
United States
Kirkland
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Dear Santa,

My gift arrived today, courtesy of the slightly-confused Fed-Ex guy who joins the legion of delivery people who cannot find our house without assistance. I had thought, perhaps, Santa was immune to this problem, but that's probably what you get for upgrading to GPS (it lies!). If you need better directions, let me know so my daughter will not be disappointed on Christmas!

I am savoring the unknown, so I will update my post when I open the package. Thank you!

Edit, Christmas Day:

Obviously, the snow Christmas morning was a good omen - I opened my box to find not only this:



But also this:



My wife and I jumped around whooping gleefully, then promptly tore into our new loot to admire all the bits. We have a friend who came in to visit today, who will be roped into playing Power Grid whether he wants to or not. devil

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU SANTA!!!!!

You totally made my day!
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638. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:48]
Greg Gatto
United States
Exton
Pennsylvania
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I was a little worried I was on Santa's naughty list. About a month ago, I was in an FLGS for the first time, and bought a copy of Agricola on impulse. Shortly after I updated my collection on BGG, I received a stern email from my SS. Apparently, I threw a wrench in my poor SS's plans.

Well, he/she must have some connections at his/her favorite game supplier, as I received a copy of Stone Age this evening, with a very kind Christmas card attached.

Many thanks, Santa! I look forward to getting this on the table ASAP!!!
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639. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:598]
Allen Brooks
United States
Chester
Virginia
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Got gifts from Secret Santa yesterday and wow...what a great Secret Santa! I got a game that I've always loved since I first played it...Cash 'n' Guns! But that was just the tip of the iceberg as my Secret Santa also added the following expansions:



and



the Yakuza (original with black weapons) and Uzi (silver edition) expansions along with a nicely written note explaining how my Santa obtained these items from Essen when they were first released as limited editions...very cool! Also, a limited edition, signed piece of Cash 'n' Guns artwork accompanied the package.

Thanks Secret Santa! I can't wait to play these!
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640. Board Game: J.U.M.P. Into the Unknown [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:9518]
Burke Nichols
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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My gifts came today!!!

Thank you Santa!!!

I will be a good boy and put them under the tree until Christmas. soblue

The box was from Boulder Games and inside were two nicely wrapped gifts, two small bags of Candy, a $5 gift certificate and a note from Santa.

Not sure where Europe's ass is Santa, but I am glad you can send games from there.
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641. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:711]
Jaime Graham
United States
ALPHARETTA
Georgia
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My Santa was really great and I actually received my game in November.

Yes, I did open it on the spot.
(Even played my copy of Chateau 4 times all in November!)

Thank you so much!
and thanks for shipping UPS
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642. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame Expansion Set [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Terry K
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Bloomsburg
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My Santa bought me the expansion to Doom! This is awesome, as now I can continue killing Demons! I will have to switch this one for the Descent I have been playing alot of with 4 players. Show them its not all a cake walk!

Thanks Santa!!
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643. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:186]
Gary Libby
United States
Middletown
Rhode Island
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Santa sent me a couple of messages before my gift arrived:

"You've been good, and a reward is making its way toward you even now. I'm pretty sure you won't mind that the box is a bit scuffed...

Your Secret (for now) Santa. I won't be secret for long if you study the shipping label too carefully."


and

"Due to the recently negotiated contract terms with Comet, the reindeer now get weekends off. Your gift has been sitting in a warehouse near your home since Friday evening. The reindeer (who drive Brown trucks when not hitched to the sleigh) will be back at work Monday a.m.

It's not wrapped inside, so do not open unless you want to see what it is...

Santa"


Hmmm... scuffed box? So, I figured I was dealing with a used game, but which one? I have a fair number of old wargames on my Wish List and Up Front is one of my "Must Have" ones, so I was starting to get my hopes up for it.

When the box finally arrived I held off for about a minute and a half before opening it. Screw waiting for Christmas! devil Inside I find a note with the following message:

"General Zod:

I Hope you are happy with a Player's Copy of these games [yes games!], lovingly cared for but definitely played-but not played for some time.

As you can see, Santa was definitely not a collector, as he discarded the Banzai box and Desert War envelope.

Keep your head down at RR5...


Your BGG Secret Santa"


OMG!!!!!

Not only did I get a copy of Up Front, but a copy of Banzai and Desert War!

,


I am completely blown away by the gift. It is way above and beyond my wildest expectations.

So, thank you very much Santa and have a very Merry Christmas!
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644. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Jeff Corrie
United States
Independence
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A box very similar to FFG big box series showed up at my door. I imagine it might be either Twilight Imperium, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, or Tide of Iron. They'll all on my want list. I'm trying to be patient! Thank you so very much!!!
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645. Board Game: Portobello Market [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1234]
Robert M
United States
Greenville
South Carolina
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WOW oh WOW

I was happy with the first box and didn't expect to get anything else, but when I got home from Melba toast game night there was a box at the door from Thought Hammer. It was wrapped very good, so the rain didn't touch it one bit.

Inside was Portobello Market

and the new edition of TransAmerica that comes with the Vexation expansion



So that is a total of 5 things off my wishlist!

Thank you again and WOW

First gift received, but unopened
First gift opened
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646. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:27] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Larry Welborn
United States
Anderson
South Carolina
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Wow. Thanks Secret Santa. I arrived home this evening to find a package waiting for me. I looked at the shipping label and saw it was from Thoughthammer. Well, I hadn't ordered any games so I knew it was from Secret Santa. Before I opened the box I decided that I would not open any wrapped game but anything else was fair game. Happily, the games were not wrapped. devil

I dug down into the packing peanuts and found Dominion. Woo hoo! This was a game that I had regretted putting on my wishlist, because I was afraid I wouldn't get it from Santa and not have time to purchase a copy myself before Christmas. Fortunately, Santa knew how much I wanted this and came through.

But not only that, I quickly discovered that there was a second game in the box. Conquest of the Fallen Lands.



This was another excellent choice but for a different reason. I had considered getting this one for a while as I thought it would be a good game to play with my kids, but I don't know that I would have bought it. As I was looking at it tonight, my son came up and asked my about it. I give a quick explanation to him. "Cool", he replied, "can we play it soon?" So, I'm looking forward to playing this with my children over the Christmas holidays.

Merry Christmas, Santa. You have made me and my family very happy.
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647. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:169]
Dean Thomas
Australia
Bannockburn
Queensland
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This is from my Australia/New Zealand Secret Santa, but I see no reason not to post here.

I got home this afternoon and found a large packing box with the letters ANZBGGSS on the bottom. It took my a couple of seconds to catch on before I started to get stuck into opening it.

Inside was a beautifully gift-wrapped box that went 'under the tree'. My will shall hold for 2 more weeks and then I shall open it.

Thankyou Secret Santa.

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EDIT:

Thank you Secret Santa. Amun Re is a game that I have been searching for for a while, but have never gotten around to playing. If all goes to plan I will get a game in on Saturday.
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648. Board Game: Mr. Jack Extension [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
James Smith
Australia
Ashburton
Victoria
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Woohoo! My secret Santa gift arrived!

I got Mr.Jack Extension from my wishlist and an unexpected gift of Monty Python Fluxx, which wasn't from my wishlist but definitely an excellent choice.

Thanks Santa for the great gifts and the good thought that went into my gifts!
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649. Board Game: Eketorp [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1659]
Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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My Secret Santa has been Silent. No taunting, no reassuring words. A little anxiety was creeping in.

Have no fear! There's the early morning door bell - should I wait or should I open the box? I opened the box.

Many thanks, Santa - there's an excellent chance I'll get my first play over the weekend.
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650. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:399]
Ray Brown
United States
Palm Bay
Florida
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I got home from work on Wednesday and a nice size package was sitting on my doorstep.I knew that it was enroute.Oh happy day! Should I wait? Sorry Secret Santa, I could not stand the suspense. I looked inside an lo and behold here was this gem! I have wanted this game for a long time.Thank you Secret Santa! But the joy did not end there, because underneath it was....
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