2009 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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San Antonio
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Once again I am running this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived to your house.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santas sent you and remember to include any comments such as thanks that you want to give your Secret Santa. When you post on this list, you may want to make a note on your profile with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your 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!

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 years' editions of this list have gone, look at these links:


"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



Simon's yearly breakdown of games:
**EDIT Just Added** Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2009

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2008

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2007

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2006



[b]New Note (I placed this in the comments section as well): If you have added a "Comment" of your gift receipt, please take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than to place a comment in this section of the receipt of your gift. The actual items being added is how the statistics get accumulated for Simon Hunt's great results list located at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/49122

A good example of how to make an entry useful for this other list is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry will also make it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.

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551. Board Game: Tree of Knowledge [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Łukasz Segiet
Poland
Karpacz
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I got it yesterday!
It is so big!
It is from USA!

I would very very like to have the Tree of Knowledge, and know what is inside.

Thanks Santa

I will try not to open it till Christmas!

PS. Although Santa told me not to read the packing label, I checked who's my Santa out of curiosity. modest
Does it make me a bad boy then?
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552. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:530]
Johan
Netherlands
Sint-Oedenrode
Noord-Brabant
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Just a few days after Sinterklaas left the Netherlands Secret Santa delivered my gifts. By chance I received my gift on the same day as my target eventhough our homes are separated by a great ocean (and if my target opened the door for santa's helper personally the time lag is close to 1 hour). Santa you did a magnificent job. And not only because of the timing...

Aside from Amyitis, which does not only look beautiful but also very interesting, I also received Small World, a game I read a lot about but did not buy yet.

And on top of that Santa threw in the Small World - Cursed! expansion.

This is my 1st secret santa. I really enjoyed participating, not only in receiving, but also in giving (and taunting). I am already looking forward to SS2010.
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553. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:264]
Adam Reeves
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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Thanks Santa!

I have to say that my Santa and his elves are pretty special. Unfortunately I had miss-typed the zip-code in my address information. Lucky for me they were able to detect the error and send the package to the correct address.

I received the package today and as you can see I couldn't wait to open it! Now I can't wait to play it!

Thanks again Santa!
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554. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:68]
Jonathan Owen
United States
Brownsburg
Indiana
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After much waiting, and some good taunts from Santa, I finally received a package this past weekend. I did my best to hold out, but I figured I'd better make sure that nothing had gotten damaged...

Inside, I found Cosmic Encounter, a game I've really wanted to try that should be perfect with the family over the holidays.
In addition:


which I'm very excited to get to the table.

Santa has also informed me that another package is coming through USPS and to disregard the return label as he is the only person from his city on BGG (a hint!). I'm overwhelmed with the generosity of my SS, and am already looking forward to participating in this again next year.
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555. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:489]
Jesse
Norway
Stavanger
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Not sure what I've got, but I sure am looking forward to opening them.

Santa made me promise not to open them, and to set up a Christmas tree ASAP - enjoy!

UPDATE: Opened up my packages and look what I found! A big box FFG game with a Cthulhu asylum pack, lots of mischievous imps, through the seasons, the river 2, a hand-made christmas card and a gorgeous postcard of Norway that looks like it has been around for some time!



THANK YOU SANTA!!


Runebound (Second Edition)


Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game – The Mountains of Madness Asylum Pack


Carcassonne: The River II


Agricola: Through the Seasons

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556. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:135]
Daniel Chen
United States
Green Bay
Wisconsin
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I held off as long as I could not opening the present. We're moving on Dec 23 and so I had asked information to be passed along to my Santa of our situation and Santa sent the present early! In November no less!

Thanks a bunch Santa, can't wait to play the game when we get to Wisconsin!
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557. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Lars Wagner Hansen
Denmark
Sorø
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Without as much as a single word from my Secret Santa I was starting to get worried.

Did he even exist?

I have heard from my daugthers that Santa doesn't realy exist, it's all a scam by the grown ups.

Even my wife tells me that it's just a bunch of gamers that are buying games for themselves and having other people post the games to them.

But since I have not bought anything for myself, and have no agreements with anybody I didn't know what to belive.

But suddenly my neighbour rang the doorbell. The postman had been with a package earlier today, and he had signed for the package.

I thanked him, an hurried inside. Before I opened the packaging, I promised myself, that if it was giftwrapped, I would put it under the tree. But it wasn't, and thus I had to play it, as my gaming group was comming over.

They all liked it, and thanked Santa very much.

And so do I, thank you Santa!

PS. It was the German version, and I suck at German, but I had already printed the english rules from DoW, and read them on the way home from work a few days ago. Santa must have som psychic ability which made me do that.
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558. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:272]
G Herrera
United States
Farmington
Minnesota
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Well, the kiddos broke me down and I gave in and opened my presents, Sorry Santa. This Christmas will stand out as one of the best ever. In fact the only other time I got so many great gifts was my 8th birthday when I received all of the main Star Wars Action figure characters, several tie fighters and a land speeder!

Imagine my surprise when the elves at UPS sent me a note indicating my package weighed 18 Pounds! Wow, what could be in there?

Upon opening I found Cuba on the top of the pile, by far the game I most desired, That alone would have made my Christmas. Next to it was

Power Grid: France/Italy
and

Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
But that's not all, Under Power Grid was

Pandemic: On the Brink
And yes there was still more:

Thurn and Taxis
Finally at the bottom the the package was

Santiago

Wow, 4 of the 6 items on my Gotta have it list and two more expansions to power grid. What a Christmas! Thanks Santa, your generosity was defiantly not expected, but is greatly appreciated. My eldest boy and I already tried a game of Cuba and he loved it.
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559. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:310]
Garry Rice
United States
Perkasie
Pennsylvania
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Thanks alot Santa! This was one of the games I wanted to introduce most to my extended family (they enjoy games...but not the more complicated ones I enjoy the most). I really enjoyed my two plays of this I had at a con and I think my family/friends will really enjoy this one too!

In addition, I also found another game in the box! Santa also sent me:


I'm eager to give this one a try! I like what I've read of the new cards so far!

Thanks alot Santa! Merry Christmas!

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560. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:469]
Steven Dennis
United States
Mandeville
Louisiana
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Let me just start by saying...
BEST SANTA EVER!

Got a hefty box from Time Well Spent and inside was a note from Santa himself:

"Ho ho ho, my dear little Steven. I think you've been a good boy, so enjoy your gaming goodies this year! These are all games that Santa likes to play -- including Factory Manager (of course Santa gets to see all the Essen releases early...) Merry Christmas! Santa"

Indeed, included in the box were a couple of games from my wishlist along with some extra goodies recommended byt the big jolly man. Here's the rundown:


Factory Manager
High on my wishlist! Good choice Santa.


Snow Tails
Another must have from my list!


Aton
A game that has lingered on my wishlist for a long time and I never got around to getting it.


R-Eco
Not from my list but I love Traders of Osaka so I'm pumped to get this one.


The Battle for Hill 218
While I never put it on my wishlist I have looked at this little game a number of times. Eager to try it out.


No Thanks!
Santa must be reading my mind. A filler I've wanted but never bothered to put on my list.


Thataway!
Santa must know I have a young son! He loves the couple of Gamewright games I've gotten him and this little card game about catching an escaped gorilla looks like a lot of fun too!

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All in all, there is no way my level of goodness this year deserved this generous a gift. Thank you Secret Santa from my whole family!

Merry Christmas!
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561. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:272]
Yehuda Berlinger
Israel
Jerusalem
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Whee! Thanks, SS. This looks great, for my game group as well as for me.
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562. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:135]
Nikki Ebright
United States
Centennial
Colorado (CO)
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My Secret Santa sent me Ghost Stories! I was really really really hoping it would be this game. I like playing it, but I'm not good enough with the rules, so I want to sit down with it on my own and get to know it better.

But the real reason I wanted it was because I am totally in love with the artwork! It just strikes something in me, it's so beautiful and evocative.

My Secret Santa also sent a card with the B-Rice Lee and Chuck No Rice cards in it, and a box of chocolates! The chocolates are from Krauses's in New York, and they are SO good! (I got a picture of the chocolates and card - before I opened either one!)

Thank you Secret Santa! meeple

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563. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:47]
john osborne
United States
New Iberia
Louisiana
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Great secret santa, tardy on the thanks receiver. Box of four great games arrived several weeks ago. Wish my secret santa the best and wish things weren't so secret...

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564. Board Game Publisher: Valley Games, Inc.
Dan Scott
Canada
Port Perry
Ontario
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I was lucky to pull a very generous SS this year, who was able to provide me with two great titles from Valley Games -- two titles that I had my eye on for a while, but was somewhat resigned never to procure.

 


Hannibal!
Beauty. I'll enjoy playing this with my gaming buddy - this is a very interesting piece of work.. I hope to get Hannibal to the table this holiday season.



Container! Wow. Another well-regarded VG production, and another one that I'll be parading around this holiday season.

All and all, I'm extremely pleased with this pair of high quality games.

Thanks to my SS, and thanks once again to BGG for organizing the event for another year!
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565. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:238]
Michael Jordal
United States
Austin
Minnesota
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Thank you so much Secret Santa. I was having a pretty crumby day after shoveling a foot and a half of snow and my back was hurting something awful, so I was so excited to have a big box show up at my door with my name on it. I opened it up and saw that it was StarCraft!!! Wow!!! This was amazing SS. Thanks again.
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566. Board Game: MooT [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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My Secret Santa contracted with the publisher, so I have no way of reverse engineering to find out who they are. But I got a copy of a game I would likely never purchase for myself and I'm quite happy about that.

Thanks, Santa.
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567. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
Daniel Rose
United States
Orem
Utah
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Well My Secret Santa sent me a package and it arrived today. I refrained from tearing up the package even though I knew what was inside. I opened my wifes package from her secret santa. So I waited to let her open it and wrap the goodies inside. She said I won't be disappointed by what I got so......Yeah sometimes being a good person can be frustrating.

Thankyou Secret Santa Mission Accomplished.

I opened my present on Christmas and what should my eyes should appear. But Galaxy Trucker and the card game Desperado's.
Thanks a million.
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568. Board Game: Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
John Burt
Canada
Saskatoon
Saskatchewan
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This is not what I got, but I don't know what is in the wrapped packages, of which there are two!

Thanks Santa!

I received Power Grid Brazil-Spain and Arctic Scavengers!

Suwweeht!

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569. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:841]
Brian Modreski
United States
Thornton
Colorado
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Woooo hoooo!!!! After much (ok, not all that much) patient (well, not really) waiting I got an email from Santa letting me know my game was available!!! (I offered to pick up from the TimeWellSpent warehouse, which is right next to home).

They put it in a box so I couldn't see it, and it stayed sealed up for hours with me not opening it. This might have been because I was out shopping, but I'll claim willpower.

Besides, its almost my birthday, so clearly its a combined birthday/Christmas present and thus ok to open early, right?

Rationalizations aside...

The Adventurers! This was one of my favorite games from BGG.Con - I was really, really tempted to get it then (I tried to talk the AEG dealer into giving us a package deal on Thunderstone and Adventurers, but my Jedi Mind tricks are apparently weak).

Hurray!!!!!

I've already been run over by a boulder once, and made it out alive with just a touch more gold than Lisa once. I'm hoping to have at least some of the minis painted in time for game day this Saturday.

THANKS SO MUCH SANTA!!!!
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570. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation (Deluxe Edition) [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:163]
Brett R.
United States
Edmonds
Washington
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Without a doubt, this was the best Secret Santa year for me so far (no offense previous Secret Santas!). This set of games was good for two reasons, the first being that The Confrontation has been one of those "I should pick up that game" games for a handful of years now, and luckily, my Secret Santa finally took care of it for me!

The second reason being this:

This game has never existed on one of my lists, yet it's a perfect game for me. My Secret Santa diligently combed my collection and ratings and picked out just the game I didn't even know I wanted.

And to round out the package, a game by one of my favorite designers, and one that's been lurking on my want list for quite some time.


Thanks for the great gifts Secret Santa!
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571. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:228]
Jae
United States
Bryan
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First, an apology to my Santa...I didn't open the present, my son did, so put the coal in his stocking...

I received two very beautifully wrapped gifts in the most electric yellow paper you can possibly get. One was so heavy that it had to be Space Hulk, Tales of the Arabian Nights or a bar of gold that was meticulously wrapped in lots of paper. I got the most interesting one, definitely. Thank you so much santa, YOU ROCK!!!

I still have a days of wonder sized box still wrapped and with such a great first gift, the anticipation is killing me. Could it be Tobago? or Dominion Intrigue? Dominion Seaside? maybe it's an extraneous copy of Dungeon Lords (should I be so lucky???)? I have no idea what it is, but my santa sure did a great job.

Thank you so much santa!!!!



UPDATE

and Box #2 is....Dominion Seaside.
again thank you Secret Santa.
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572. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
Patrick MacFarlane
United States
Boalsburg
Pennsylvania
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My santa spoiled me and left me a note!

"It's Christmas & your puny human defenses are worthless!

Seasons Greetings from the destroyer of your world."

And he destroyed my world with not one, not two, but three gifts!





I give my secret santa 10 meeples for choosing expansions that were on my Christmas list and even ones that weren't on my wishlist... Best Santa Ever! (but I'm partial)
meeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeplemeeple

I should also note that I'm happy that UPS's elves had no issue with the return addressee being "SANTA'S FACTORY OF DESTRUCTION"
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573. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:62]
Lynda Shea
United States
Tolland
CT
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Oh Dear Santa! Thank you....thank you...thank you! I received your "main course"!

(See http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/48431/item/1115650#ite... for the "apperitif")

The Princes of Florence arrived safe and sound on Monday. I appreciated the heads-up to expect it as I almost missed it (and goodness know if hubby had seen it, I'd be waiting awhile to open it). We had gotten snow over the weekend so there were still drifts near my front door. The package was delivered by the post office and was not left near my garage as UPS usually does. Instead it was sitting almost camouflaged in its white box amidst the snow and color of my house. Fear not..upon further inspection, all was fine. I opened the box (of course) and saw a beautifully wrapped gift in Care Bear (an Irish one to boot) Christmas paper. I opened the card first and read your lovely message....thank you! Upon unwrapping the present, I was so surprised to find this brand new out-of-print game that both my husband and I have coveted. I'm looking forward to getting this to the table as soon as I can...only 2 more weeks until the school break. Until then, I'll be so busy with my family, holiday prep, educating, and afterschool tutoring.

Thank you once again for your generosity and I sincerely appreciate the thought you put into my gifts. You definitely added some joy to my holiday and I hope that you have a wonderful holiday too!

Lynda meeple
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574. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Aaron Gelb
United States
Los Angeles
California
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Sweet, thanks Santa....or Hanukkah Harry....


I also go the expansion:
Small World: Cursed!
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575. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:59]
Paul Urfi
United States
Kennesaw
Georgia
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Santa came through for this SciFi and Horror games fan! Thank you so much Santa you rock! I got a email the other day from the great CLS Games (http://www.clsgames.com/) here in Atlanta letting me know that my Secret Santa had sent me a package. Well I got it yesterday and Santa came through in a big way! Like a few others I lied to myself and said if the gifts were wrapped, I would put them under the tree... thankfully they weren't :-)

First up was Chaos in the Old World


This was on the top of my list. I can't wait to play this - so cool!

Next up was Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror Expansion


I'm so excited about this. I'm trying to get a Arkham Horror group going in the area and this was just perfect.

Thank you so much Santa for your generosity! You made this gamer's Christmas!


Merry Christmas!
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