2010 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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For those of you who are new to the Secret Santa List:

I run this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santa 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! This assists those of us who read the list regularly as recipients are adding their gifts in a chronological order.

In years past this list has been heavily monitored as the gifting season approaches and I am sure the same will hold true this year.

I find it very handy to put a link on your profile page so your Secret Santa knows where you have posted the feedback so s/he doesn't have to sort through 2000 entries to find yours quickly.


To see all previous years' editions of this list and to give the new Secret Santa participants an idea of how this works, look at these links:

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



To see Simon Hunt's statistical breakdown of previous years' Secret Santa:

UPDATE New list: Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2010


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



IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there.

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts 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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26. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:704]
Tommy Liles
United States
Fredericksburg
Virginia
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Thanks Santa!!

I have wanted this game ever since I played it at Origins. I would have bought it then but I had a plane to catch and there were only forty copies of this outstanding game available per day of the con.

As a history nerd and a law student, Founding Fathers is right up my alley. Thank you Santa, you're the best!

My very generous Santa also sent me this:



Wow! I must have been really good this year! Ra is another one of those awesome games that hasn't caught on where I live. Now that I have a copy this will definitely hit the table and soon!


Thanks again, Santa! You rock!
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27. Board Game: Washington's War [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:262]
Joe Simpson
United States
South Bend
Indiana
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Santa is awesome! This is my first year participating and was not even expecting this. A few great games and delivered at lightning speed! THANK YOU SANTA!!!

I got Washington's War which I almost bought when first released but didn't and now the FLGS has been sold out of for awhile.


Also received:

DungeonQuest (third edition)


and

Dominion: Alchemy


Looks like I'm going to be having a great time! Thanks again Santa!
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28. Board Game: Normandy '44 [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:1026]
Ros Hermans
United States
Royersford
Pennsylvania
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Ho Ho Holy Crap...

Thank you so much Santa. It's like you read my mind. I've had a D-Day itch for the last 6 months or so and Axis and Allies D-Day was just not scratching it.

Add on a game that was on my next buy list for the family...

Incan Gold

...another my son was asking for...

Cold War: CIA vs KGB

...AND something the just looks like plain silly fun.

Chrononauts

I can't thank you enough for a heart warming kickoff to my holiday season.

P.S.

I know you recommended waiting and that was the intent. However the wife arrived home before I did. My commute home was interrupted by a perturbed bride asking where I got off buying 4 games this close to the holidays when we had a 3 month baby girl to spoil rotten shop for. I thought I was going to have my chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

The lesson here...

DO NOT forget to tell your significant other about the Secret Santa. I almost lost more than the surprise.
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29. Board Game: Middle-Earth Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:267]
Damon Williams
United States
Brooklyn
Michigan
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My package was waiting for me when I returned from a longish day of working. I haven't opened it yet, and am still resisting the temptation. I will hold out as long as possible, but I'm no Superman. Just saying.

My Secret Santa taunted me a few times, and sent me some shipping information, too. At first I was instructed not to open until Christmas, then I was told it would be alright if I opened the present early. Perhaps I am being tested? Courage, Damon...courage...

In any event, I am super excited that I received my parcel, and I keep eying its seductive brown cardboard exterior. It calls to me in the dark, my precious...

Thanks Santa! My mind meanders contemplating what New Game my (Top) Secret Santa parcel contains. Thanks a ton!

Edit: Package opened. Middle Earth Quest received. Thanks Santa! It must have been the one ring that kept calling to my mind from the dark places. I feel much better now...

...now that I have my precious...
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30. Board Game: Age of Industry [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:253]
Chester
United States
Temple
Texas
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Santa was FAST! And he made great choices of games for me. I'm thrilled to receive such a thoughtful gift. Its been a particularly hard time for me lately, and the kindness is appreciated.
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31. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:135]
Gabriele Berzoni
Italy
Mantova
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Thanks so much Secreta Santa!
I'm searching for this games at Spiel and I can't find them.
Thank you!
And merry xmas!
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32. Board Game: Talisman (fourth edition): The Sacred Pool Expansion [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Johan
Netherlands
Sint-Oedenrode
Noord-Brabant
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Another fast secret santa. When I arrived home today I was just in time to receive the package from the mail man.
My secret santa informed me that I could enjoy the games right away, so I opened the box instantly.
The package did not only include the Talisman expansion but also a set of Mesopatamia expansion cards. Thank you Secret Santa!
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33. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:138]
james lima
United States
Kansas City
Kansas
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Got my Secret Santa gift yesterday!!!

There was no note saying not to open until Christmas, and I asked my wife and she said I should go ahead and open it so I did. So if I wasn't supposed to, take it out of her presents, not mine

Got it punched out and the rules read and I'm itching to play it. It looks really good. Thanks Santa - awesome gift!!!

Oh, there was, however, a note saying more was to come, I can't wait (cause I have a feeling I'll be able to eat it!!!)

____

Edit: Thanks again Santa. Both you and my "target" have made this, my first BBGSS, a really awesome experience. I'm already looking forward to next year, and this year isn't even over yet!!

_____

Edit again: Got the extra box last night. Awesome!!! Super awesome. The train game might be just what I need to get some of my group introduced to the genre. Chocolate Bar and Mints were delicious, and the Dominion stuff was definitely appreciated. It will all get serious use!
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34. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:212]
Yaniris Arif
United States
Orlando
Florida
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SECRET SANTA I LOVE YOU!!! You are such a sweet Santa! Thank you for all the lovely mail I received from you, honestly they brought tears of joy. I wanted to let you know that my gift arrived- thanks a bunch, I am really happy and though I don’t know what is inside I know that my family and I will love it. I will update with a picture of the wrapped gift and then another photo after Christmas- THANK YOU MY DEAREST SANTA!!! kiss




UPDATE:

As promised a picture of my present:



Edit: The following games are not from my BGG Santa. I am so sorry for the mix up. It turns out that I have been a very Go[o]d girl this year and a very sweet and generous pair of love birds have sent me these presents- thanks Maja and Jouni.

And on Saturday I received a second package from Santa Maja and Jouni. It took me till now to upload the pictures because I was afraid to open the box and find unwrapped gifts. I really couldn’t take it any longer the box just begged to be opened so I had my husband look into it and yay they were wrapped. He handed me two beautifully wrapped presents and a card.



OMG Santa and my dear love birds you are all so generous, thank you so very much. I am happy ecstatic and can not wait till Christmas to open them.

Well I opened my gifts a little early- my littlest one couldn't resist the taunting of the lovely wrapped presents that sat on the shelf, he asked me to open one present and I agreed, but you know how it goes- once you start it is hard to stop so-

From my BGG Santa I received, Vikings, we love it, thank you. It is missing a part but I have contacted Rio Grande Games and spoke with Jay, he said I should be receiving it in about 3 weeks. Thank you once again BGG Secret Santa!

From the love birds I received, Jamaica and Mr. Jack extension. Thanks to you both. Jamaica was a big hit with the family-Can't wait to play Mr. Jack with the extension. Thanks again Love Birds! kiss

Much love to you all, with warm wishes for the happiest Christmas, and may all your dreams come true.

Merry Christmas! kiss
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35. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:420]
Marius Roth
Germany
Wistedt
Lower Saxony
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I have recieved 3 different packages so far, varying in size and weight. The smallest is packed in a bubble mail envelop, but it feels quite "thick". Then there is a package from Amazon that I can't identify without opening, and a package from 42 Software (sounds like a software store) but the content of this box rattles like LEGO (or lots of plastic chits).

Update (20.11.2010):
Ok, I'm weak. Last year I was able to wait the whole time until christmas to unbox my gift. This year, having 3 small packages, I gave in yesterday and opened the smallest one in a bubble mailer and it contained "Space Hulk - Death Angel". What a great gift. Now I have to chain myself to the wall to not open the other two boxes before christmas......I already feel the curiosity in my rising.

Update (24.12.2010):
In Germany it is tradition to exchange gifts on the 24th of december, and as I write these lines the family has finished exchanges. I finally got to open my remaining two boxes, and I decided to start with the Amazon box (that didn't sound like LEGO). Digging past the invoice and filling material, a sparkling gem came to the surface:

Tobago


WUZZAA!!!! This game is exceptional great as I'm an avid geocacher, searching for "treasures" in reality. And now I can continue searching for treasures with my friends and family when I'm at home.

The second box was send by a shop called "42 Software GmbH" which was very strange, cause "Software" implies computer games. The content rattled like a lot of plastic pieces and I from the very beginning I had an impression of a LEGO board game.

Boy was I wrong. The package did not contain LEGO, but one of the most awesome and maybe hard to get games (from my wishlist):

Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition


As my family already enjoyed the original version of this game, the new edition with the Germany board, larger waggon cards and the gorgeous Märklin images on each card (plus the bonus that we own a Märklin modell train ( - which I will have to set up for the game, I think) makes this the best gift of the three games. My mother already asked when we will play this game (which will be tomorrow, when my brother and his girlfriend will visit us for dinner).

A bag full of thankfulness and gratitude goes to my Secret Santa

David Hoffman
United States
Briarcliff Manor
New York
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(yeah, I checked the invoice to see whom I have to send my remaining rations of gratitude for this year)
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36. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:24]
Sylvia Denizot
France
Vienne
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{Sorry for my very bad english ...)
I received my package today.
My Santa is really extraordinary and super fast!

In addition RTFG, he offered this:


Thank you Father Christmas kiss and thank your Elves!
I'm crazy about Ystari games and I love exploded zombie.
This is the first year that I participate in the BSG and I am overwhelmed!
Bye bye, I have to play my new games .....
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37. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Michael Walton

Chicago
Illinois
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BIG thanks Santa! I've been recently sucked into Dominion gameplay and was hoping for this expansion. Love the Dominion: Seaside gift.

Also received For Sale which I'll play with family over the holidays. Was great to receive.

Loved the note and the delivery was perfect. Truly thanks!

Happy Festivus & Merry Christmas!
Mike
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38. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
Dan Davies
United States
Winter Park
Florida
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Thanks Santa! I've been wanting to dig my teeth into Caylus for a while now. It made my day to see that scowling king, but then I looked under the box and found that he also sent me YINSH!

Thank you so much for the games and the burning brains!
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39. Board Game: BANG! The Bullet! [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
Jeromie Rand
United States
Littleton
Colorado
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A sizable box (17.5"x14"x10.5") arrived from the Boards and Bits Ohio warehouse today. It's hefty, too... 6.1 lbs. I think this is the time of year when literal game weight is a truly vital statistic. But Santa told me I have to wait until Christmas to open it, so I have no idea what's inside.

Thanks, Santa! I'll update this when I open the present. It might be a few days before Christmas, since I'm flying to visit family and don't think I can bring a large box with unidentified contents on the plane. But until then, I'll just stare at the box and wonder.

(If the present inside is gift-wrapped, have one of your elves drop me a line and I'll stare at a prettier box for the next month.)

Edit: Before we left to visit family for Thanksgiving, I reached in the box (without peeking!) to see if the contents were gift wrapped. They were not, and I felt the distinctive shape of BANG! The Bullet! along with one other game. My wife Liz watched the proceedings with interest, and when she saw that one of the games was identifiable by touch she insisted that we open it and take it with us. (This was the game that was at the top of her Christmas list.) She reached in and felt the game and then opened the box - I've never seen her so excited to get a new game! We had the chance to introduce it to several family members over Thanksgiving, and my wife declared it to be her new favorite game (dethroning Agricola). I wouldn't be surprised if another copy found its way under someone's Christmas tree this year.

Thanks so much, Santa! I had a lot of fun with the game, but the joy you brought to my wife's face was worth any number of presents. Plus there is still one more game waiting in the box... I think Liz is going to wrap it for me so that we can take it with us on our Christmas travels and open it on Christmas morning.




Edit2: We're flying to visit family early next week, and my wife and I decided that there wasn't room in the luggage for a game we weren't sure was non-gamer friendly. So... I opened the game tonight in the hopes that I might be able to play it before we leave town. Inside was Power Grid, a top 5 game that I've never gotten to play! It turns out Santa sent a light game for my wife and a heavier one for me, how cool is that? Thanks, Santa, you're the best!
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40. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:539]
George Ratcliff
United States
Lancaster
California
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I received Dice Town and Zooloretto yesterday from my Secret Santa! Thank you very much S.S.!
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41. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
Gavin Ng
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My santa sent me ANOTHER gift on top of giving me ARKHAM HORROR: INNSMOUTH HORROR and Middle Kingdom
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/59662/item/1472988#item147...

I'll have to try it out, I never played it before!

And a bonus of Genji!


I am very proud and lucky to have such an awesome santa =D

THANK YOU SO MUCH... AGAIN!
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42. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
Agnis Skuskovniks
Latvia
Riga
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Actually my Santa did not send this Game to me....
He gave it to me himself.

My SecretSanta is
Raiko Puust
Estonia
Keila
Harju Maakond
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How do I know? He just came to my place in a Santa costume - and gave it to me himself.

He was not alone - he was acompanied with lovely
Agnes A.
Estonia
Keila
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(I live in Latvia, Riga - so he came from Estonia, Tallin (6h ride with car)

Thank you Santa - sorry that I was not propperly prepared for you. But it was a really huge surprise.
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43. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:23]
Ingo Keiner
Germany
Oberhausen
NRW
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Look what my awesome Santa will send me!
I just received a geekmail with this photo:



As you can see my awesome Santa added something for my daughters!
I can hardly wait!

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Edit: 30th Nov.

Yay! It´s there!

I followed the package with the tracking number every day, since i got it. I was really surprised how fast this was going on. It took 8 days from Canada to Germany!

It´s there!



My awesome Secret Santa is a responsible packer!


The kids are excited. (Not as much as me, but i try not to show it...ninja)


And they are fast unpackers (Not as fast as me, but i will unpack mine when they are not looking.)


But finally it´s my turn and the one thing i got to say is


My Secret Santa is awesome!



Wow! A game that´s just sold out! A game that should hit my taste perfectly! A game that´s slightly expensive here in Germany!

Thank you very much Santa!
And of course thank you from my daughters!
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44. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:130]
Carl Anderson
United States
Brighton
Michigan
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Wow, talk about fast!

With nary a taunt from my Secret Santa (just fine by me), I wasn't expecting anything soon. But lo and behold, as I arrived home from work, I was greeted by a box on the front porch, bearing the return address of "Coolstuffinc". I knew I hadn't ordered from them, so it must be Santa!

I've had a rotten month so it's awesome to have such a nice surprise. Inside the box was:

Endeavor
This is a game I'd read a lot about, and it looks like fantastic. It was a "Love to Have" on my wishlist, so obviously Santa was paying attention!

PLUS:

Campaign Manager 2008



I'm a political junkie, and love 1960: The Making of The President...but sadly, its length makes it difficult to get to the table. Campaign Manager is just the ticket, and as a "Must Have," it's definitely one that'll hit the table soon!

Thanks so much Santa! You've made this a great Christmas already.
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45. Board Game: Grind [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:3224]
Iken Owens
United States
Lynnwood
Washington
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Thank you Santa. Your elves at Fed Ex and Boards & Bits were highly efficient and had your package on my doorstep today. My son and I are looking forward to playing it this coming Sunday. Thank you again.

Iken
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46. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:97]
Lance Peterson
United States
Tallahassee
Florida
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Santa was great to me this year (again) .

Not only did he send me Yinsh, but he also sent

Vikings


and RoboRally


And tomorrow is game day at our new game store/ice cream parlor location. I'm just a winning lottery ticket away from life being just about perfect.

Thanks Santa!
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47. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:99]
Jalmari Raippalinna
Finland
Helsinki
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It's Santa Claustrophobia time!

I instantly unpacked it, set it up and managed to make my wife to try it out too and she seemed to like it. Good choice, my Secret Santa

Also thanks for Lautapelit.fi for handling the secret santa shipping to me, no other shipping info was included than "Secret Santa!!" in remarks


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48. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:282]
Robert Miller
United States
Knoxville
Tennessee
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I got a few messages from Santa taunting me about my gift, but had forgotten about it until I pulled up in front of my house. Sure enough there was a large box sitting on my porch. Now the presents were wrapped, but I wasn't thinking when I was opening the box and looked right at the invoice. Doh! Also in the box was



and




and I got some dice to boot. Two expansions for games I love, but that weren't even on my wishlist! Thanks so much Santa, you've really made my first year great. I can't wait until my target gets their gifts.
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49. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:169]
Garrett Herdter
United States
Strasburg
Pennsylvania
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Alright, check out what my Secret Santa sent me!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
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50. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Ossian Hawkes
United Kingdom
Nottingham
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Update

Christmas came and brought loads of gaming fun for me.

A massive thank-you to my secret santa for giving me Battlestar Galactica. I can't wait to play it!

In addition santa gave me:

Bonnie and Clyde - My wife loves Rummy and this looks like it's going to see a lot of use!
Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 - A great way to bring a little bit more to the households favourite game series.

The elves at Shire games (Nick and Sue) added Ice Flow to the mix. I was intrigued by this on Games with Scott and was pleasantly surprised to find it under the tree!

Thanks Santa and Elves!

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A box was left with my neighbours yesterday.



Spying the BGG guy on the label I was very excited to open it!
Inside I found...





A cat!

Fun as the cat is I was a little disappointed that she didn't have more parts or a game board. She was also lacking a rule book.

Luckily, underneath her I found...





As per my (very, very, very generous) Secret Santa's wishes these will go unopened until Christmas comes.

My wife had a peek at each and then taped them back up so that she didn't get me the same games and is now gloating that she knows what they are and I don't!

Thank-you Secret Santa!
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