2010 WARGAMERS Look what Santa Grogs sent me!
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Hello everyone.

WARNING!

This is NOT the 2010 Edition of Look what my Secret Santa sent me...

No my friends, this is the Geeklist for participants in the 2010 Wargamers' Secret Santa Sign-Up!

So, for all of us obsessive compulsive types, especially the ones who fret "did my secret Santa gift actually arrive?", this is where you can post what your secret Santa sent you.

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!

Merry Christmas fellow wargamers!
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1. Board Game: The Tide at Sunrise: The Russo-Japanese War, 1904-1905 [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:2421]
Sylvain Martel
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Stoneham
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Wow that was fast! I received a taunt from Secret Santa(and his elf!) this morning and a couple hours later the package is here

This looks mightily interesting, even more so that I honestly had no idea there has been a war btw Japan and Russia!

This is gonna be set-up in the coming weeks for a tryout for sure.

Thanks Secret Santa!

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2. Board Game: A Victory Denied [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1631]
Gregory Smith
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My personal Secret Santa somehow managed to deliver this fantastic game by November 17 from the Philippines. As I pointed out in a comment below, the game came at a great time: I've been listening to a book on tape about the battle for Moscow, and reading "The Forgotten Soldier," an incredible memoir by a German infantryman about his experiences on the Russian front. Just before getting the game, I had tried out Operation Typhoon (the SPI version) and Moscow 1941, one of which was too big and the other was too complex, so "A Victory Denied" really hits the sweet spot. Thanks for the gift, Santa!
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3. Board Game: D-Day at Omaha Beach [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:295]
Brandon Pennington
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I had a box show up yesterday from Coolstuffinc.com with a neatly wrapped package inside. I will do my best to leave it wrapped under the tree, but I am sure I will break down.

Thanks SantaGrogs!

*EDIT* Well I opened up my TWO presents I received from Santa Grogs (yes one came a few days later) and inside were D-Day at Omaha Beach and




Pursuit of Glory

Thank you very much Santa Grogs!!!!
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4. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:165]
Kent Fletcher
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I also recieved a box from CoolStuffInc today, But the game inside wasn't wrapped so no waiting for me. I got Maria which is totally rad!! I can't wait to try it out.

Thanks Santa Grogs!
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5. Board Game: Grand Illusion: Mirage of Glory, 1914 [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2499]
Charles Lewis
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This arrived over the weekend while I was out of town. I'm assuming it wasn't wrapped as the wife took it upon herself to open the package and it was sitting on the table when I got home.

Since I had taken the day off today anyway, I think I'm going to set it up for a little solo exploration of the rules.

Thanks, Santa Grogs!
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6. Board Game: A Brief History of the World [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1055]
Tim Isakson
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This arrived in the mail while I was at BGG.con - I'm really looking forward to playing it!

Thanks a lot, Santa Grogs!
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7. Board Game: Nations at War: White Star Rising [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:1985]
Gregory Amstutz
United States
Chula Vista
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This was my first foray into WarGame Secret Santa. So far it has been a rousing success. My target really liked what I got him. Now, I just received Nations at War: White Star Rising from my Santa! Dude, who ever you are, you are awesome!!!!! I can't wait to open this.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

And a big thanks to Jason and the guys at Wargame Depot for their help!

Edit: Just to add a note. I played the first scenario for this game, and it was better than I had hoped for. I love this game!!
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8. Board Game: Wilderness War [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:354]
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I have a great secret Santa

I just opened a UPS box with the new Wilderness War reprint and a bonus copy of San Juan. I've been interested in WW since first hearing about it on the Point2Point podcast years ago, so I'm really excited about being able to give it a try.

I'd have left opening the box for Christmas, but it was on the porch overnight in an absolute deluge. Both games were just fine. Thanks Santa!
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9. Board Game: Storm Over Kunlun Pass, 1939 [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
 
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I got a package today from my Santa Grogs! Inside was a wrapped gift which I am going to wait until the big day to open. There was a note with it saying that I was a naughty wargamer since Battle Line was my most played game but hopefully the game inside would change that. (Note to Santa, I stopped logging my plays awhile ago... but that probably doesn't change Battle Line's status. blush ) The note also said that more gifts were on the way! Thanks Santa!

Edit: Today I received a note from Santa Grogs giving me permission to open the gifts he sent early! I was very pleased to discover this game in the package! Apparently, it has solo as well as two player options so it should get a lot of use.

I am also participating in Print and Play Santa so my game table is currently a PNP workstation. As soon as I finish that project up, I'll be getting this to the table. Thanks Santa Grogs!
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10. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:535] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
Cosmo Kramer
United States
Michigan
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Ok..I must have been a very good wargamer this year!

A box arrived last week and with work being crazy and all I had to wait until this weekend to rip it open (there was no way I was going to make it until Christmas devil)

After digging through a layer of packing peanuts I saw this game. My 8 y.o. son has taken to the WWII version but he told me he likes "the old fashioned airplanes" from WWI more (he's seen the WWI minis and said they were "cool") so I'm happy to get this. Now to get a few minis for us to use
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11. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Eastern Front [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1981]
Cosmo Kramer
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The box was rather large so I ran my hands through the peanuts a bit deeper and out came Eastern Front. I've played a few games of PG as I have the Bulge expansion but always considered EF, with all its scenarios, to be the ideal PG game to have. Thanks Santa Grogs..this one will keep me very, very busy.
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12. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:278]
Cosmo Kramer
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Michigan
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Last, I reached deep down and felt what I figured was the bottom on the box as I felt cardboard. Moved my hand around a little and discovered it was a piece used to separate the other games from...Conflict of Heroes, Storms of Steel!

Luckily I was home alone cause the squeal I made must have sounded like a school girl who found out her crush likes her. This is one I've wanted to pick up for a long while.

I am blown away by my Secret Santa Grogs...thank you so much! I have hours and hours of fun ahead of me and cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate your generosity.

Edit: Forgot to add a thank you to Boards and Bits who my Santa Grogs used to purchase and ship the games. Great packing job. Thanks to all involved.
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13. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:497]
Benjamin Fierce
United States
Allston
Massachusetts
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My Santa Grogs is awesome. I got this...
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14. Board Game: Napoleon's Triumph [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:181]
Benjamin Fierce
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...and this! Both games that I am dying to play. NT will probably get played this weekend, actually. Thanks Santa!
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15. Board Game: The Kaiser's Pirates [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2463]
Charles Lewis
United States
O Fallon
Missouri
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Turns out my Santa Grogs wasn't done with me. We got back from a quick trip to visit my folks for Turkey Day to find another package waiting for me.

It was nicely wrapped, and I was going to wait but the 2 year old got a hold of it while we were getting the Christmas tree up. I could hardly be mad at her for revealing a copy of The Kaiser's Pirates, now could I?

Thanks again, Santa!
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16. Board Game: Empires of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1648]
Wendell
United States
Twin Cities
Minnesota
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I got home from work and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a big box with my name on it, in the shape of a reindeer.

Okay it wasn't reindeer shaped. But it DID have my name on it.

So I opened it up and fished thru the 10 cubic meters of packing peanuts (it was VERY well packed) and dug out two boxes, one small and one big, both attractively wrapped.

Quickly rationalizing away any reservations about opening Christmas gifts in NOVEMBER, I tore into the pretty wrapping paper.

The big box was THIS bad boy, Empires of the Middle Ages. Too cool! I nearly played this in Canberra - the game was all set up and ready to go, and I'd read the rules, but then something happened and some other game got played. NOW I have this for my own!

Thanks Santa Grogs!
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17. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:4209]
Wendell
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Twin Cities
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And then I turned to the smaller box. It has this intriguing little game, a card game about D-Day. Looks very cool. Santa Grogs has covered both ends of the scale this year, a long immersive experience in Empires of the Middle Ages, and a fun-looking 20-minute card game for when I don't have time for Empires or WIF or something equally long.

Thanks again Santa Grogs!
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18. Board Game: Valor of the Guards: ASL Historical Module Number 7 [Average Rating:8.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.74 Unranked]
J.L. Robert
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After my week's worth of furloughs/holidays, I went back to work this morning. My morning routine includes a visit to my P.O. Box. Today, there was a package waiting for me.

Which package? One of my trades? My last remaining order? Maybe one of my Secret Santas?

I get the box out of its locker. It's from Multiman Publishing. I know I didn't order from them, so it has to be one of my Secret Santas.

Opening up the box, I find a copy of Valor of the Guards. It's been on my radar for several years, but I just haven't pulled the trigger on purchasing it myself. Now I'm going to be temped to pull out my copy of Red Barricades for a massive ASL overdose.

EDIT: It's been confirmed that this was indeed from Santa Grogs. Now I'm just waiting for my regular Secret Santa.

EDIT 2: That confirmation is now in doubt, as I've just received my regular Secret Santa gift...and it's THE SAME THING! One of them failed to leave the From entries blank, so I know who one of my Santas is.

EDIT 3: It now turns out that apparently I was double-shipped this set, as I've received a package of games and accessories after Christmas.

Thanks!
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19. Board Game: EastFront II [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:751]
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Greeley
Colorado
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Wow...I got home from bowling just a hour or so ago, and I noticed a package on the table. I look at it, and it says Columbia Games. Hmm...I don't recall a pre-order being ready. It must be Shiloh I am guessing. So I open it up, and out pops East Front II.

I turned to my wife, and I asked her, "Is this from you?" She said "no." Earlier this month she was at a store looking at it, so it wasn't completely implausible.

All I must say is wow Santa Grogs. Thanks.

Now I really need to get mine sent out.
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20. Board Game: Soviet Dawn [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:1767]
Chris Hansen
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UT
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Today I received another package, this one directly from Victory Point games. I went ahead and opened it to find this game, which was high up on my wishlist! I've been wanting to try the Victory Point Games States of Siege Series for awhile so I'm really excited by this one.

My other package is still in it's wrapping paper and so far I'm doing okay on waiting until Christmas. Thanks Santa Grogs! This is great!

Edit: The other package is opened.
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21. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:168]
Ove Hillep
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As I already posted in the usual SS geeklist (silly me) I couldn't wait till the end of the lecture but left as soon as it got boring and headed to the post office to get my present...
Following the instructions of my SS I opened it and found Hammer of Scots... God darn. Hell of a nice present, I'd say.

So many thanks for the little grogelves and Santa Grogs. It really made my day
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22. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1483]
Robby Timmermans
Belgium
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I got the best Secret Wargame Santa ever. Not only has there been extensive communication on the battlefield, but he also sent me a brand new, not even published, wargame:


Now the extensive combat training has started.

Meanwhile my spies have located the secret wargame country: Estonia. Watch out Santa, I'm closing in on you devil
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23. Board Game: Attack Sub [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2321]
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United States
Canton
Ohio
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Posting quickly before dinner. I swore to SantaGrogs that I would post as soon as my package arrived. More details later.
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24. Board Game: War of 1812 [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1324]
James Miscavish
United States
St. Joseph
Missouri
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As I said over in the main SS list, there was some mystery to my SS adventures this year as three whole games showed up on my doorstep on the SAME DAY.

To make a long story short, I'm a new owner of a pristine copy of the War of 1812.



I'll be honest, I'd not heard of the game nor even the company. But, the stickers are awesome, the board is beautiful, and the rule book is a model of efficiency (I'm looking at you Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 - ?). My students and even my wife will love this short, simple block game. I'm already looking at some of Columbia Games' other block games as I'm certain I'll love this one the more I play it.

Also, this is my first block game, so thank goodness I got a relatively simple one to start. I'll be a full Grognard soon enough!

Thanks a ton Santa Grogs!

Edit: What I thought was really cool and forgot to mention was that the game takes place in and around Quebec, and the game came courtesy from Quebec! There's not a whole lot of games that take place in Northwest Missouri...
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25. Board Game: Empires in America [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2735]
Mike Szarka
Canada
Oshawa
Ontario
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When it is your turn to send a VASSAL move, the wait is excruciating. When it's my turn, well, I've been busy.
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Well it is snowing outside, and it feels like Christmas. As I am working at home today, I was able to check the mail and found a lettermail envelope containing Empires in America as well as the expansion



and another game I have been wanting, Paul Koenig's D-Day: The Canadian Beach



I now have a great set of "hotel room" games on Canadian topics, and my first introduction to Victory Point games and the SoS series.

Thanks Santa Grogs!
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