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10 Winners will receive their choice of any game that I have designed or co-designed. These are all games that were designed to be played with your non-gaming friends over the holidays.
3 Extra Lucky Winners will also receive a Mystery Game!


Mystery Games
The game with the most thumbs at the time of each drawing will be the Mystery Game. If you'd like to win a game that is not on this geeklist, then add it!

How to Enter
1) Thumb the first entry.
2) Thumb my earlier geeklist about starting a board game company. You can learn about the company by reading it.

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3) Get a 2010 BGG supporter badge. The Mystery Games will only be given to people who support the website we love!
4) Spread the holiday cheer by posting a joke, an amusing story, or recounting a fun holiday memory.
    One of the Mystery Games will be given to our favorite poster among the top thumbed posts.
5) Vote for game designers in the TAGIES . Donald X. Vaccarino, the designer of Dominion, is one of the nominees for Game Inventor of the year, and I am one of the nominees for the Rising Star Inventor of the Year. (I am up against Daryl Hannah & Hilary Shephard, so I need your help!



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Choosing the 10 Lucky Winners
Two random people will win a NorthStar game on each of the next five Saturdays: October 30th, November 6th, November 13th, November 20th, and November 27th.

Who gets the Mystery Games?
The Mystery Games will only be given to people who have a 2010 BGG supporter badge (so now's a great time to start supporting the website you love). The first two of the 10 Lucky Winners that have a 2010 BGG supporter badge will also win a free mystery game. The third mystery game will be given to a BGG supporter who helps spread the holiday cheer with our favorite post.

The Fine Print
1) Mystery games must be in print and readily available online for under $100.
2) By entering, you are agreeing that if you win one of our games, you will write an honest review and post it to the BGG and to Amazon.
3) I will pay for shipping anywhere in the US. International winners will have to pay for their own shipping. I know this sucks, but there is a reason for it. Please go here to complain. I'd like to keep this geeklist positive.

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24. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Adding this one, as it's high on my radar now!

I'll just tell you a bit about the Icelandic traditions for Christmas, which is probably similar to many European ones and perhaps a bit different to the US ones.

In Iceland it's traditional to have a holiday dinner on Christmas Eve and open the packages and in many homes to read the Christmas cards as well. In some homes, including mine at the time, it was also a tradition to sing and dance (well, we would just hold hands and walk) around the Christmas tree. Before I was born, my parents and two of my older brothers (there are four of us) couldn't form a circle round the tree so they had to use the teddy bears as extra members of the family!

But as I said, the tradition was to have dinner, then sing and dance and then we could open up the packages. And me being the youngest brother it of course became a sport for my older brothers to torture tease please me by suggesting more and more songs to sing, it was amazing how good their memory was at that time, when usually they didn't remember anything at all, at least nothing they had to do... I wonder whether I should take up this custom now that my boy is getting a bit older?

Anyway, after the singing, the packages. We took turns to read the labels, one of us would read all the labels one year then some other the next year and so on. So, instead of having to wait for Christmas Day, we could revel in our loot gifts all night long, and usually we would read one of many books in the evening/night. After the packages we had some dessert and then we opened up the Christmas cards and read them aloud so all of us could hear the greetings of friends and relatives.

On Christmas Day we also went to the church, although as we grew older, me and my brothers stopped doing that, preferring to stay at home instead. After church, we always had some smoked lamb (which is the custom in many Icelandic homes). In the evening we played games. That is rather popular in Iceland during the holidays, especially on Christmas Day. The second day of Christmas is then usually reserved for family gatherings and visits, sometimes Christmas Day as well.

That's it for now, I'd be glad to hear how the traditions are around the world, please share your experience!
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25. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:23]
J. Atkinson
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I put this game up for other people. I hear it's creating a big buzz like game of the decade.

Anyway, I'll add my Christmas tradition experience.

I grew up celebrating Christmas Eve with candlelight services at church and then opening one present that night. The next morning was the wrapping paper hurricane that hits the living room. In the midst of the wrapping paper carnage was all the oooohs and aaaahs and yeahs at the shiny new toys we got. We spend the afternoon playing with our toys, ignoring the new clothes, and eating turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, and... Hmmm... this feast sounds a lot like Thanksgiving. Wait a minute? Didn't I just have turkey a month ago along with turkey leftovers for weeks after that!

I mean, I love turkey, don't get me wrong, but man it does get old after while. This is one of the traditions my wife and I are changing. I'm trying to talk her into awesome enchilada recipe, but too many allergies. Right now, she makes a big pot of chili which is so good and easy for her to make. She gets to enjoy the day more with the rest of the family. We still do turkey for Thanksgiving.

We revamped a lot of traditions in our family mainly because we don't like how much focus is on Santa and not on Christ. We do things like celebrate the 12 days of Christmas and focus on the gifts God gives us as well as do some fun things like bake goods for our neighbors and maybe open a gift or two early. I tell my kids the real story of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, and his awesome faith in God. We read the Christmas story on Christmas day. We stay home and have fun!

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