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2008 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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San Antonio
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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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976. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:53]
Tommy Theys
United States
Muskego
Wisconsin
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WOW! I am completely flabbergasted at the generosity of my Secret Santa!! Not only did I get Railroad Tycoon - a game that was on my list but not expected to be purchased by any long shot - but I got the expansion to it, Rails of Europe as well:
. And then in addition I also got a sweet card game for the wifey-poo and I to play - GUBS:A Game of Wit & Luck:


It was funny because the day after I bought for my S.S., I got a delivery email and I thought, wait a second, that's not the store I bought from! Well I mentioned it to my wife and she said something already came. She said she got a call about it but didn't want to say anything. She also told me it was in a small box and hoped I wouldn't be disappointed.

Then another day I was checking my email and I got another delivery notification. I opened it up and it mentioned something coming on the 17th. I thought hmmmm, maybe I'm getting something else as well. I checked my computer's date and realized that the day was the 17th! So I went back to the email and realized it listed a time, 4:45PM (my mind is reeling at this point because it's about 6PM) and then I see that it says that it was delivered on the porch!

So I barely contain the 6 yr old in me and went running downstairs and said to the wife - Did I get a package today. She says - Why do you ask? So I rephrase the question - Did I get a package today that arrived at 4:45PM and was delivered on the porch? She says - How did you know? Then she gave me a big hug and told me there were two boxes and they were big!

We decided to hide them behind the tree so that I couldn't even take a guess.

And as our tradition, after we opened our presents Christmas morn, my wife brought them out. WOW! I was speechless then and am (except for the above and my undying gratitude) speechless now.

Thanks again Secret Santa! You made my Christmas!!

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977. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
Chris Sniezek
United States
Dorchester
Massachusetts
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Ten-four good buddy! We're off to deliver this ship 'cross the Orion Nebula as of December 25, 2008!
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978. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:34]
Jeffrey Vaca
United States
San Diego
California
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This was an excellent selection Santa!

Thank you so much!

My boy and I are having a blast playing it.

Here he is as we set up our latest session...



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979. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:78]
Luís Evangelista
Portugal
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This is my first Rondel game! A big Thank you, Secret Santa.

This is an event I'll keep coming for many years!!!
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980. Board Game: Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:250]
Daniel Niemann
Germany
Hagen a.T.W.
Niedersachsen
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My wife conspired with my Secret Santa and hid his present from me until Christmas Eve. When I opened it, I found not only Fury Of Dracula, which was maybe Number One on my wishlist (yay!), but also two starters of Zoon:



And he also had a Christmas Tree in a Can put into the package, which is a bit bizarre but also very nice; I will plant it as soon as the weather allows it.

Thank you, Santa! You are the best!
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981. Board Game: Descent: The Tomb of Ice [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Adam Adamson
United States
Apple Valley
Minnesota
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This was my first BGG Secret Santa, and I have to say he/she did an excellent job. I received The Tomb of Ice to keep my Descent game complete, a handful of new Magic the Gathering boosters (I haven't played in a while, so it will be a fun way to break into playing again), plus in the spirit of helping me gain weight, (isn't that what the holidays are for...?) there were even a few tasty treats included in the package.

Thank you Santa!
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982. Board Game: Sylla [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:805]
Randolph Bookman
United States
Los Angeles
California
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My secret Santa sent me SYLLA. Look!!! It's still warm from the elves printing it.

He also sent me Tichu!
a great card game for everyone especially for good for getting wives to play.

This was my first SS and it was awesome. My target was great and my Secret Santa did an amazing job. He was very creative and though he was worried my games wouldn't arrive on time (he sent me a poem), I got the games well before Christmas. WAY TO GO USPS!


You were patient with my drunken Santa act,
though it was devoid of originality and tact.

I asked for guidance -- you gave it.
That wishlist? Quite a few favorites!
A new game? Yep. You crave it.

So I've decided you should be rewarded
And now a package creeps ever forward.

Will it be there by Christmas day?
This cannot be guaranteed.
Who knows? Could snow create delay?
Or airport snarls and traffic quarrels, might stifle transport's speed.

Yeah, I know the 25th is getting close,
But you see, I'm cheap. I sent it parcel-post!

Thanks SANTA you're the best. Hope you enjoyed the Eggnog. My friend Mr. Daniels helped make it.


Best Wishes to you,
Shieldwolf
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983. Board Game: Piecepack [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2971]
Amy Wiles
United States
Macon
Georgia
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All I knew is that my Santa was from Europe and had been communicating with my husband. I was supposed to "be good" and let Jeff intercept any strange packages from Europe. I didn't see any packages from Europe arrive, so when gifts began appearing under our tree, I figured the small gift with the cool wrapping paper some something a friend of Jeff's had given him. On Christmas morning, after all the other gifts were opened, I was asked, "Are you going to open that one? It's from your Secret Santa!"

So my Secret Santa got me the RamalamaS Piecepack! And it even is engraved with "Merry Christmas, Amy" on the side! Thank you so much!

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984. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:354]
Taylor Liss
United States
Quincy
Massachusetts
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This was my first time doing secret santa and I was thrilled with the results. My secret santa got me Diplomacy, The Battle for Hill 218, and BuyWord! Games from the number 1, 2 and 3 slots of my wishlist! So awesome! Unfortunately, a corner of my Diplomacy box was split open (it must have happened in shipping) but I really can't complain. This was way better than anything I could have expected. Thank you santa!!!



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985. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:192] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Matt Sklar
Canada
Dollard-des-Ormeaux
Quebec
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Dear Santa,

My gift arrived yesterday morning at roughly 11 am. I'd have posted sooner, but BGG was down! I just wanted to say thank you! You must have gotten my note about how I love dice and components. I couldn't be happier! So many beautiful components and non-standard dice! It's amazing. I'm having someone over for movies later tonight, but I'm sure I can convince them to play Heroscape instead!

Thank you so much Santa! And don't worry about the gift not making it here for Christmas. Really, I don't mind! I'm a Jew, see, and yesterday was the last day of Hannukkah, so it did make it here in time!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some pretty components to go look at!
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986. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:683]
 
James Perry
United States
Spring Hill
Tennessee
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Ok, so the package actually arrived the day before Thanksgiving and my loving wife promptly stole it, wrapped the box it was shipped in and put it under the tree...

When I openned it Christmas morning I found not only this, but also

duck! duck! Go!


AND

Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards


AND

A spin-for-it spinner to determine who goes first

AND

English translation for Diamant.



THANK YOU SS!
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987. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:110]
Ron Pfeiffer
United States
Surfside Beach
South Carolina
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Santa was a little late but he made up for it by sending me one of my most wanted games. I am looking forward to playing it with wife Barbara and with friend Mike. Thanks Santa!
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988. Board Game: Hansa [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:481]
Alan Miller
United States
Glasgow
Kentucky
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First off, I had a great and truly thoughtful Secret Santa this year who went out of his or her way to get me some of my most wanted games and expansions. In addition to a gently used (but extremely well organized ) copy of Hansa, I received:


Bohnroschen, a game I've wanted for a long time but held off on since it was only in German. I checked the files section on the game page and found some paste over English rules so I should be playing it in no time with minimal issues.


This was the last expansion I needed for a game I absolutely love!


LNoE Growing Hunger was an expansion I was definitely looking for since it was one of my favorite games played last year. An excellent choice!

My SS went above and beyond this year and I really appreciate it. It helped make our first Christmas in our new house a truly special one.
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989. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:176]
Yehuda Berlinger
Israel
Jerusalem
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Just arrived, thanks. Also included was a deck of cards with the corners cut off ??? You're very strange, SS.

Yehuda
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990. Board Game: Elfenland [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:578]
Juan José Fernández Quiroga
United States
Miami
Florida
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In times when the earth is falling apart (aka BGG is down), when the
desperation, sadness, pain and the flu is killing my body because of
the accounting and other end-of-the-year-issues, the clouds opened for
me in a certain moment of the day. The crappy penguins of the
USPenguinService finally get to my home and delivered (asking a glass
of ice cubes first) my Secret Santa package.

When I started to open the package my heart was pumping faster than
usual. The three cigarrettes of course have NOTHING to do with that,
it was just the emotion of receiving a gift. Finally, the game
appeared and a smile came to my face: ELFENLANDS!!!!!!!! (Please
take a look to the various exclamation signs please). There you know
that your Secret Santa is a kind person who reviews the wishlist
carefully. Of course you saw the rating I gave to the game (a 9.5) so
you know HOW MUCH I WAS NEEDING (not wanting) this game.

After a few minutes of yelling and jumping with my dog seeing me as a
nut, I was ready to put the envelope and the box of USPenguinService
to the trash. But, wait a moment. There was something more there. ¿?
(remember that here in South America we use both interrogation signs
¿?) And then an image came to my head: a guy who was wearing too
many hats because of the college sports competitions... I believed
that "wear too many hats" was a phrase that referred to "having too
many activities at the same time" but maybe I was wrong. My Secret
Santa indeed was wearing too many hats! So many so that he sent me an
original signatures jockey from I suppose his football team (Ohio?). I was
afraid that, because of my enormous head, the hat couldn't fit, but I
was wrong. PERFECT MATCH!

I just want to say thank you to the best Secret Santa I've ever had.
Thanks for the nice mails and Happy New Year!!!!

Juan José

PS: Rudolph, that nasty boy... He should go to rehab with Britney,
you know?
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991. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:321] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
Gwen
Belgium
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The elves with the red van delivered Santa's gift just in time for New Year laugh About 15 minutes ago they delivered a large box , coming all the way from the USA.

Inside the box were 3 nicely wrapped gifts and since I am home alone for the moment, with no one around to tell me to wait, I opened them right away.

Not only Jambo, but also its expansion Jambo Expansion and Shadows over Camelot: A Company of Knights,with the lovely painted knights.

Thank you very much Santa.The children and I will spend a lot of time enjoying your gifts.

Happy New Year to you and yours.
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992. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:133]
Juliet Kirman
United Kingdom
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Well it is official - my secret Santa is ace!

I was delighted to open my gifts on Christmas day and discover Ghost Stories and Treehouse. A very generous Santa, and I am told by a not so small elf that there may be one more thing on the way...

Thank you Santa, you have done well
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993. Board Game: Arkham Horror: Kingsport Horror Expansion [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Andrea Jørgensen
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I got a message from Santa the week before Christmas who told me the package was on it's way and finally - just a couple a days ago - the gift arrived! Thank you very much for the Kingsport expansion! I'm looking forward to try it in 2009

Happy New Year!
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994. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:844]
Kris Verbeeck
Belgium
Mol
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At 10:30 AM I got a phonecall from my mother telling me that my Secret Santa gift arrived.
She sounded very excited.
I was still in my bed because I wanted to be ready for the new year celebration that kicks off at 7 PM and will probably last until 7 AM. At 12 o'clock new years day I am expected at my father's place. (one hour drive)
Well I couldn't go back to sleep or rest some more now, could I.

My santa has tempted me from day one with numerous taunts and I just knew I was very lucky with my Santa.

Now to tell you again I got Wiz-War I can't believe I am not dreaming.
A more familiar image


This game has the most excellent comments from people that are in my huge geekbuddy list.
top 4 comments wrote:


Kevin Wilson (you know the guy who worked on the latest edition of cosmic Encounter) : One of the most played games in my group. I'm always sad when someone else gets the Brain Stone, though. Mmm...brain stone.

Steffan O'Sullivan : A classic of chaotic fun.

Morgan Dontanville : A fantastic little tactical game that captures everything that would be wanted in a wizard dungeon combat while still remaining simple and elegant. Clunky art and silly cards add a fantastic tone. Tons of fun (as long as you don't mind getting screwed). Still, the best dungeon crawl game, all of its imitators feel like, well, pale imitations. Sadly out of print.

Terry Egan : Best game out there in terms of setting down some basic rules and then letting players get creative.



This goes to show how well Santa studied my huge wishlist.
Chaotic fun, creative, fantastic little tactical game.


I will upload some pictures as soon as I have a camera because this handmade set is really something else. And I won't need sleep for the coming days I am so excited.
Did I mention that every card is sleeved as well and he made a beautiful linnen box to keep the game in. He even put a name tag on the box Wiz War. The box has a prominent place now on my shelf( I am going to take it off after writing this, to admire the work and the game as soon as I end writing this)
And did I tell you about the miniatures.

Now really santa this is more that I could have wished for.
Actually your taunt now makes perfect sense to me, but I couldn't expect that I would get this OOP gem now could I.

To top things of and to be honest I would be very happy if I would have received this game as my entire present.
Chopstick Dexterity MegaChallenge 3000

I am just going to quote one of my geekbuddies (who rates it a ten)
Clark D. Rodeffer wrote:

This was the hit of Protospiel 2006 for me. Lots of laughs and "friendly" competition. I've played several times since then with friends and family, and it's still at the top of my list for quick dexterity games.


I have something with dexterity games. So this is perfect too.
Two must haves from my wishlist.
One OOP game and one impossible to obtain over here.

So Santa to conclude, and I won't shout, I am glad your present arrived today.
I know you were eager too to know if it would make it in time. It did for me.
Your gift is now part of a day that will end in celebration with some of my closest friends.

Thank you ever so much.
Kris

Best wishes to all of BGG for 2009

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995. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:583]
Vangelis Bagiartakis
Greece
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Thank you Secret Santa !!!!!!!

My gift was at the post office two days before Christmas but it got to me on Monday! Opening it I found inside the game I had on the top of my list:

Warrior Knights !

Also included was a german copy of Bohnanza in an amazing metallic case. Not only that, he had the greek rules printed so that I wouldn't have any problem playing it!

There was also a Christmas card included with wishes for the holidays.

Thank you very much Secret Santa! I liked the gift very much and I wish you only the best for these Holidays!
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996. Board Game: GIPF [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:508]
tom franklin
United States
Garner
North Carolina
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my secret santa really outdid himself and set the bar very high for me next year. not only did i receive GIPF but there was also a copy of DVONN in the box as well!

and, to top it off, Biswut included a long print-out of a powerpoint session all about how Christmas is celebrated in his native Germany. (while i was marveling at the games, the rest of the family was reading through the Christmas In Germany pages, equally impressed)

Biswut also managed to pass along some gaming goodness, unbeknownst to him. my wife had asked for a copy of my BGG wishlist several weeks earlier. when Biswut's package arrived she began eyeing it suspiciously. "did he have the same wishlist?" she asked. finally she asked if she could open the package to make sure she hadn't ordered the same games for me.

as it turned out, she had. so, our future son-in-law and a good (gaming) friend of theirs received the copies of GIPF and DVONN she had purchased for me -- and she replaced those copies for me with PÜNCT and TAMSK. (that equates to a definite win-win to me!)

Biswut was an excellent Secret Santa and receives gracious thanks for all of his efforts from my entire family. i hope we can meet online to play soon, as you suggested!

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997. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1100]
Ben Lott
United States
Mason
Michigan
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Thank you Secret Santa! My gifts arrived and right on Christmas Eve too! I was pleased as punch to receive this co-op game, which I'm sure I'll love! But that wasn't all that was in the box.


I also got a copy of Start Player



I've had this thing on my wishlist for ages, and now I own it! I'm really excited that now I will always know who needs to be the start player.

Merry Christmas and thank you very much Santa!
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998. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Tirelli
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Hello all,

I also must have been a good boy this year. Santa sent me my 2 boxes, carefully packed back in November and I had to wait till Christmas to open them, but it was worth it! I got 2 of my most wanted games:






Thank you Santa!!
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999. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:76]
Michael Chapman
United States
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Santa was good to me this year! I got this and it came wrapped. Santa elf helper did write a return address in Texas I think so he has helpers everywhere!

Thanks again Santa...

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1000. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:50]
Freakin' Ed
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Saylorsburg
Pennsylvania
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Opened a shiny new copy of this one Christmas morning. The box cover even came with an added bonus of the designer's signature. Thanx a bunch, Santa.
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