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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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1276. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:90]
 
Jeroen Hollander
Netherlands
Roosendaal
Noord Brabant
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JAIPUR!
(and two other games: Chicago Poker and Byzanz)

I usely let my packages send to my work (primairy school) so my neighbours don't have to accept parcels belonging to my. Every year this goes pretty well, but this year the mailman arrived an hour after I left school for two weeks vacation.
In the first week a nice neighbour (of the school) brought the parcel.
A nice start of 2010!

Thank you!
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1277. Board Game: Memoir '44: Mediterranean Theater [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
Yury Tapilin
Russia
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I got my box only at the middle of January. And there was not only Memoir '44 - Mediterranean Theater, it also contains Taluva and Wizard.



Many thanks to Santa & BGG!
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1278. Board Game: Canal Mania [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:882]
Gregory Wyman
United States
Lawrenceville
Georgia
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I want to give a huge "Thank you" for my Secret Santa. I also do apologize for taking so long to post here. Santa's Package arrived on Christmas Eve, perfect timing! Unfortunately, I got sick Christmas eve and was in bed for a few days. My family then got sick as well. We opened a few gifts, but saved most until this past weekend, when we were all home together and feeling better. We just celebrated a little later this year. I was so excited to receive "Canal Mania"
as my gift, along with another gift, "Zombies!!! 8: Jailbreak".
I have never even seen the Canal Mania game box before, and no one has it in any of the gaming circles I play in, so that was just totally awesome! What a great surprise! And the Zombies 8 completes my Zombies!!! collection, I have all of those now, very cool! And just so you know, Boards and Bits did an awesome job, the games were packed very well and arrived in perfect condition, along with a Secret Santa note. Thank you so much Secret Santa, if you ever come through Kennesaw, Georgia, give me a shout and we can play a game! Greg Wyman
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1279. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1117]
Gudjon Torfi Sigurdsson
Iceland
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Whoo hoo!

I received my Secret Santa package in the mail today - my SS informed me shortly before xmas that the package wouldn't arrive till after xmas, so I wasn't worried about it, although I really looked forward to it.

Went to the post office today and got two small boxes that gave no clue as to what was inside, although I had got a clue from my SS that there were a few games inside, can you imagine?

And the contents? Well, obviously Red November as you can see from the item, but also the following:


Netrunner


Three-Dragon Ante


Cranium Zigity

Plus, a character from the Z-G game


and a simple memory / war game with pictures of animals.

All in all, a great package! Thank you Secret Santa, it was well worth the wait!
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1280. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:185]
Lisa Bjornseth
United States
Thornton
Colorado
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YAY! My SS 'Main Course' finally arrived! Inside the box was At the Gates of Loyang! Perfect gift. I really wanted this one, but was having a hard time justifying the price. Why is it OK to buy 3 games for $35 each, but not one for $65?

See http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/48431/item/1134187#ite... for the 'appetizer' I received.

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1281. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
James Kemper
United States
Atascadero
California
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I want to apologise , to my secret santa , for my tardiness. While I could give a lot of excuses ,my lack of posting earlier, likely comes from my lazyness. Or perhaps the haunting Christmas card that was sent.

warning extreme pain below



My daughter and fiance would not let me open my gifts before Christmas. No matter how hard I tried or wanted to open them I had to wait.



Here are the gifts in front of our tree waiting patiently while I salivated.



Finally the day arrived and I was able to tear into the packages and low and behold what wonders were there.



The game that I have wanted so bad and never had the chance to obtain " Through the Ages ". That was not it he also provided the expansion I needed for "Race For the Galaxy". Sleeves for everything to boot. On top of that a great supply of Pez to keep my suger rush going for a week.

I have to say that my Secret Santa rocks!! He gave to me the games that I wanted most and I can not thank him enough. Above and beyond is where my Santa went and I look to paying it forward.

The whole experience of Secret Santa from giving , receiving to reading all the posts and reactions has kept me warm with good feelings all season long.
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1282. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:134]
Susie Derkins
Belgium
Deurne
Antwerpen
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Thank you, Secret Santa!

I wasn’t feeling very well today, but I felt better immediately when I saw that a package arrived for me

Ghost Stories, wow! I really wanted this game. I can't wait to play it!

Thanks again, Santa!


Update 2010-01-23:

I was very happy with Ghost Stories and I was very surprised when I received another package from my Secret Santa two days later.

Inside, I found



Arkham Horror is a game I've wanted for a long time, but I never got around to buying.

I'm speechless at the generosity of my Secret Santa. I never expected to receive a second game. I'm really very thankful and happy with the gifts he sent me.
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1283. Board Game: Memoir '44: Pacific Theater [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
Matthew Jones
United States
Forest Grove
Oregon
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Lame old me, totally neglecting to tell Santa THANKblankYOU

I also received Memoir '44: Mediterranean Theater
which just about makes my Memoir collection complete!

Also included in the package was Secret Tijuana Deathmatch
for more gaming fun!

Thank you Santa, that was an AWESOME gift, even if I was a lame-o and didn't put it on the list. I hope you'll forgive me blush
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1284. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
Justin S

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Yipeee! Although my secret santa was just a tad delayed this season he/she warned me that I would not be disappointed and much to my immense happiness I am not! This was one of my number one picks and I can't wait to hit the table with it.

Happy Holidays secret santa. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2010 for you and your family.
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1285. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:67]
Matthew MacLean
Canada
Fredericton
New Brunswick
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I'm a little late doing this (January = new college term and lots AND LOTS of students to take care of), but I can't thank my Secret Santa enough for making my first foray into the BGG SECRET SANTA-TRAVAGANZA a memorable one. I had previously described my encounter prior to the arrival of the gifts with my Secret Santa here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/4295190#4295190

The actual package was a real marvel, and included:


COSMIC ENCOUNTER (had a lot of fun with this one already!)


and, a SUPER BONUS GIFT:


STRONGHOLD!

AND, A SUPER MEGA BONUS GIFT:


SWEDISH CANDY

My absolute favorite was DAIM: kinda like a North American skor, but somehow BETTER!

The candies also included hilarious JOKE CANDY: salty licorice bits! surprisesurprisesurprise



Sometimes I think there are intractable cultural differences between North America and Europe.

looking forward to taking part next year.
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1286. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:371]
Jose Augusto Moreira
Brazil
Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo
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Okay...i really dont can believe in it
The gift is so cool..a game i wish for long time, finally in my hands and with a bonus
After a long delay in reason of problems in Chilean post office and others problems, the game finally is here. HOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER.
Beyond it, i receive like bonus a small card game completely unknow for me Linaje



Thanks a lot for my Secret Santa

Juan José Fernández Quiroga
United States
Fort Wayne
Indiana
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1287. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:299]
Roberto Zaghis
Italy
Sesto San Giovanni
Milano
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At least italian customs decided it was time for me to have my xmas presents.

In the box they finally delivered I found, I a nice giftwrap that I shredded to pieces in the best gift opening tradition:

Conflict of Heroes


Arkham Horror: The Black Goat of the Woods Expansion




Descent: Journeys in the Dark – Quest Compendium – Volume One




and. like those weren't enough.
a Phillies baseball cap


(how my SS knew I collect baseball caps is a mystery...

and a Liberty Bell souvenir from Philadelphia.


What can I say, thank you Alvin, my not so secret anymore santa.

You really hit the mark and made your target a happy man.
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1288. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:462]
Brian Boyle
Australia
Sydney
NSW
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Finally received my SS, after returning from overseas.

Wow! Factor Manager and Gheos

Played Factory Manager with my 15-year-old son. Hooked from the first game (even tho' we got a couple of rules wrong), really looking forward to playing more.

Thank you so much SS.
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1289. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:587]
Romulo Marques
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
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It was my first time on Secret Santa. My target and my Santa were just were just great!

Thak you, santa! For the two games: Warrior Knights and Through the Desert!

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1290. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:5]
Rogério de Leon Pereira
Brazil
Maringa
Paraná
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My Secret Santa gift just arrieved today. I don't remember right, but my SS sent it to me at december 4th. No problems, the game arrieved!!!!

I am looking for this game for long. We don't have access to boardgames here, always need to buy from overseas.
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1291. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:959]
Rodrigo Ramos
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
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My SS sent it in 09/12 and its only come today !!!! I could not stand to wait ...

Thanks SS !!!!!
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1292. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth: Expansion Set [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
Luiz Cláudio Duarte
Brazil
Curitiba
PR
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Thanks, Santa!
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1293. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:33]
Amanda Miller
United States
Kentucky
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Well, my Secret Santa 2009 has been an INTERESTING one. Filled with anticipation, patience (or what very little this anxious girl can muster!), more anticipation, anxiety then sadness, I was one of the chosen few to have a "no-show" Secret Santa soblue

But no worries...because Tom came through and arranged the most FANTASTIC Surrogate Secret Santa, Gigi!!!! I was away on vacation in Canada 2 weeks ago when I first heard from Gigi. The first emails were very routine (is your wishlist updated??), then all of a sudden I received a MOUND of from the BGG Admins. I didn't understand why, until I read the special message from the Admins that said, "Your BGG Secret Santa has donated to the Haiti relief effort and has asked that the matching geekgold gift be given to you!". WHO IS THIS SECRET SANTA??!!! That was an extraordinarily generous gift, both to me and ESPECIALLY to the Haitian people, and was simply inspiring and thoughtful

Only a WEEK later, a magnificent package arrived on my doorstep! Talk about service!! Indeed, the elves at Santa Inc. DO deliver on their word.

Inside the mounds of packing peanuts were 4 beautifully wrapped packages.



My dog helped me to open each package very carefully, as he is a sucker for presents. Inside was Tigris & Euphrates (which I can't believe we hadn't yet owned, as we've thought about purchasing it several times), the Mr. Jack Extension (which I am VERY excited about because I desperately want to play this more often, but my husband rarely entertains the idea), and Catan Card Game (which is great for us because we more often than not play 2P games, and need a fresh one in the rotation). Additionally, Gigi included a very sweet homemade "Duck Game" invented by her daughter, complete with 8 plastic holiday ducks and handmade instructions sheet (with the disclaimer that it has not been completely play-tested )

Also, there was a lovely Christmas card with an adorable kiddie's drawing of Cthluhu inside and a mixed CD of WICKED dance music! How thoughtful!!



Although it started out rough and bumpy, this has been a wonderful Secret Santa experience. I will always be thankful to Santa Gigi for making this holiday a truly special one kiss
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1294. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:216]
andrey fedoseyev
Russia
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I was travelling around india for a two month
and arrived back only on 18th of january, i got a notice report from my post office, that if i won't come they will send it back...
It was reakky Fun and thank you Santa for Ingenious and Verrater. Don't worry about language...

By the way.. U've tried to reach mу through my online russian shop and i was pretty impressed for your first try of presnt Thank you!
Namaste.
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1295. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:682]
Johan Pettersson
Sweden
Smygehamn
Skåne
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In Sweden we say "He, who waits for something good, never waits to long". And indeed this is true. After some intense nailbiting from my side and some troubles from Santa:s side (including returned parcelel and wrong adress) my gift arrived at last.

I recived this little jewel I had been whising for and as a bonus I also recieved

It looks like an interesting and fun "pretzel&beer" game that should fit my taste as I both practice fencing and boxing.........and like pretzels. :-)
As Shakespere said "All's well that ends well"

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1296. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:114]
Kaiwen Zhang
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Alright, this probably qualifies for "latest received gift from a non-remplacing Santa by a North American recipient" title, but since my santa was completely transparent with me and told me well in advance this was going to happen, I really didn't mind waiting. And it was worth it!

I received Dungeon Lords, nicely wrapped, with a greetings card. I'm very excited to play what I expect to be another fine Chvatil design.

Thanks a lot!!
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1297. Board Game: Bootleggers [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:822]
Yours Truly,
United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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There must have been a moment at the beginning, where we could have said no. Somehow we missed it. Well, we'll know better next time.
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Well, I mentioned that I got the games on my profile, but I wanted to add an entry here too, for posterity, and to show some photos.

Thank you Secret Santa for a treasure chest of games!

This was my first year doing BGG Secret Santa, and the whole experience was a blast.

The package arrived in plenty of time for Christmas. The mysterious box remained unopened for a short period of time:



However, I couldn't resist, and had to open the box. Inside was a treasure trove of goodies!



They weren't wrapped (except for Clutch Football), but I made a deal with myself to only take one out of the shrink per day. Chanukah had just started, so the timing worked out perfectly, nearly one for each day!
I was so happy to see two of the games straight off my wishlist!

The first, Bootleggers, is one of my favorite discoveries of the past year. Unusual, well-implemented theme, euro-style gameplay with tinges of El Grande, but also a chaotic wheel n' deal element that feels very gangster and very thematically appropriate. I'm really happy to own a copy!

The second is For Sale, a game I haven't played yet, but I've read a ton of good things about it, and it will fill a needed "auction-filler" niche in my collection. The art is so great on this one, I love it.

The rest were a complete surprise, most of which I had never heard of, so it was a lot of fun to open and discover them.

Jericho I had heard the name of tossed around, but that's about it. Looks like a fun little game.

Clutch Football is a vintage 1984 game. The collector in me is thrilled to have a game that only 11 other people on BGG own! Production values are very high, with solid brass pieces, and even the insert is solid and felt-lined.

Gemstones is another rare game, only 12 other people own this one! This version didn't have an image, so I was able to upload one to BGG and also correct the publication date (my copy was earlier than the one listed on BGG). Cool! Thanks for helping me earn some GG Santa!

Peon looks like a simple cardgame filler that I'm sure my middle school students would enjoy playing.

Finally, there was a PC game included based on War! Age of Imperialism. I think this will be my first PC game that was inspired by a boardgame! It looks like a lot of fun, and prior to getting this package I had been thinking it might be nice to get a new PC game, as I haven't gotten a new one in a while. When work calms down a little bit I look forward to loading this one up and conquering the world!

Well, that's the contents of my treasure chest! Thanks again Secret Santa, it was a lot of fun to get so many assorted goodies. I'm most excited about having Bootleggers in my collection now, and look forward to breaking it out with some friends soon (I've been refreshing myself on the rules as bedtime reading )

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1298. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:52]
Jeff Forbes

New Hampshire
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According to Tom V, my Santa shipped a package, which never made it to me . As Christmas neared, I would occasionally check and see if the FedEx guy would leave a package inside the building (they seem to do that sometimes), only to be dissapointed.

So they shipped another package!

How kind is that?!?

Minutes ago, I heard a knock at the door. Nobody ever knocks at my door, I live in an apartment. It was FedEx. Someone else apparently let them in, as nobody buzzed. I was buck naked, just having showered. Good timing!

Tossed a towel and shirt on for posterity, and, lo and behold, the FedEx man had a box full of fun! Or, rather, ripping my hair out in pure Wallacy agony

Age of Steam Expansion: Eastern US & Canada was also included. I've only ever played on the base map, so this looks very interesting - a tight layout, and a new action to mix things up. If I had to guess by the looks of it, it would work better with 2-3 players, too, which is very handy for me!

Santa, you've made my day






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1299. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:114]
Daniel Smith
United States
Racine
Wisconsin
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My package has arrived! And it is the Best EVER!

Not only did I get Dungeon Lords but these as well:





Thank you secret santa! I want to have your children!
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1300. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Magnus Nyberg
Sweden
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I got this, way to late about the 12 of January, and I already own a copy. I wanted the Deluxe edition so now I have 2 games to get rid of before I can buy Twilight Struggle Deluxe. Anyone interested to buy or trade it for something else?
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