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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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426. Board Game: Valor of the Guards: ASL Historical Module Number 7 [Average Rating:8.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.73 Unranked]
J.L. Robert
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Sherman Oaks
California
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I stopped by my P.O. Box this morning while on my way to help with SAT Exam administration. In my box is a locker key. I had already received by Wargame Secret Santa gift, so I pretty much know that this one is from my regular Secret Santa.

I open the locker door, and I'm filled with a sinking feeling. A box from Multiman Publishing. The same size as the one I got from my Wargame Secret Santa.

Fearing the worst, I open it up as soon as I get to the school. Sure enough, I've received THE EXACT SAME ITEM from both of my Secret Santas!

I'm going to have to find time to contact MMP this week to see if I can exchange one of them. Or perhaps a local shop might be willing to give me store credit. Keep watching this entry.

EDIT: This was apparently a double-shipped order from MMP, as I received a package from Santa after Christmas! Details are here.
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427. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:533]
Jason Martin
Canada
Torbay
Newfoundland
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Wow! I was kindof expecting this, as it is the cheapest item on my wishlist, and shipping to my province is prohibitive. But keep in mind, it's not only the cheapest on my list, it's also my most wanted!

Awesome looking game, fits me perfectly, being a political game with a (Kindof) Roman theme, in a small box, that plays quickly!

Thanks a lot Santa!
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428. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:72]
Peter Guthrie
Canada
Victoria
British Columbia
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Got home from work late last night after a long day and having to be back there in 8 hours so I wasn't in the best mood, but that all changed quickly when I discovered a box on the kitchen counter with my name on it! I had a few things on order but didn't recognize the from address on the box and started to get excited...

Inside I find a gift wrapped box and a small note. The note mentioned that they wanted to send me a gift made in the country they were from but couldn't find anything appropriate and so settled on a game whose setting had ties to the area they were from.

A little backstory here, my Secret Santa may or may not have accidentally outed himself by sending me a message while he thought he was logged in as Santa. Either that or it was a very clever ruse! Anyways my sender was likely from the Netherlands which I thought was pretty neat as my grandmother on my mom's side came from there (around the Arnhem area). On top of that, my parents had phoned me the previous day to let me know that their cat Bruno who had originally been my grandmother's cat before she died 4 years ago had passed away and I was at their place yesterday morning digging a hole to help bury him. cry

Knowing this there was no way I was waiting until Christmas to open this up as I needed a little pick me up, so I tore right in to find Hansa Teutonica! Thank you so much Santa, I will always cherish this game.

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429. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1146]
Ludovic Russo
Monaco
Monte-Carlo
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Nice surprise from my Santa, after having teased me
Huge Thank You from Monaco to Brazil!
Thanks a million!
(OK, was not patient enough to wait to open the box blush)
I then had "Duel in the Dark" but also one of its expansion (early nights)!
The cool thing is that I can also play this one solitaire which is why it was quite high on my list.

Thanks again, my dear Santa, hope you also got a nice surprise.
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430. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:282]
David Neumann
United States
Whitefish Bay
Wisconsin
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Woot!

Santa came through in a big way this year!

Been wanting to pick this one up for a long time now, and can't wait to get this on the table with my group (who are auction game junkies).

Thanks, Santa, and Merry Christmas!
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431. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
Kevin Bacon
United States
Stevens Point
Wisconsin
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Whilst feeding the kids pizza, a truck pulled up and gave me a big ol box. It was from my secret Santa!! It even said it was.
Now I take this box into the kitchen, prance to the knives and cut the tape. Inside the box....

My generous secret santa shipped me 3 wrapped gifts. One large gold box, and two smaller gold boxes!!!!

EDIT:
I caved. I didn't even last 4 hours. But I have the opportunity to play them today and tomorrow too.

So along with Sid Meier's CIV, I also received:
Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game


another game on my wishlist!

AND
Red November

I can't wait to try this one out!

Santa, You have outdone yourself, I'm lucky to have a secret santa like you! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! You are AWESOME!
Now it's on to reading the manuals and trying these bad boys out!
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432. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:193]
Craig Wheatley
United States
Irmo
South Carolina
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Wow! Thanks Santa! You're the greatest!

YAY

Also included:

Hansa Teutonica



Both on my "Must Have" List.

Santa... YOU ROCK!

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433. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:39]
Lance
United States
Moorhead
Minnesota
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So when the UPS guy dropped off the giant package...there was really no way I could NOT know what it was - check it out...



However - I did promise Santa I would not open my present until Christmas...

Hmmm - what a conundrum

REGARDLESS -

Oh my gosh - my Santa went WAY over the top with my gift - I cannot believe how incredibly lucky I am and how generous they are. I got taunts a plenty, lots of well wishes, and tons of fun. I even got a personal past card from him from BGG.CON!

Santa, whoever you are - I cannot thank you enough. If I didn't get anything else at all this Holiday season, I would still be the happiest UndeadViking ever.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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434. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:171]
Eric Smith
United States
Medina
Ohio
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Thank you Santa!!!! I was at practice for a Christmas Dinner Theater Production that I'm participating in and I come home only to find Christmas came to my house.



Thanks again Santa! You rock!
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435. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:270]
Celestine Cookson
United States
Georgia
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Alright, this is the first item my Santa sent to me. From his very own collection. I've played this game maybe 3-4 times before, so I was very excited to get it. And knowing someone actually gave up one of their very own games for me is just amazing.
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436. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:345]
Celestine Cookson
United States
Georgia
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This was the 2nd game my Santa sent to me. Another fun game, which I just played again last night (and won for the first time)!
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437. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
Celestine Cookson
United States
Georgia
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So this game came the same time as the 2nd one (Lords of Vegas). I didn't expect 2, although I knew I was getting another box. I literally did a little happy dance of Christmas joy and magic like a kid again when I opened it. I hope whomever is sending my Santa gifts knows how awesome he is. Cause, WOW.
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438. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:417] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
Celestine Cookson
United States
Georgia
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Honestly, I feel completely blessed, undeserving, and definitely spoiled. Now that I've finally figured out how to add items on here, I'm afraid posting all 4 awesome games my Santa sent to be back to back feels like I'm bragging. I'm overwhelmed. I'm grateful. I feel completely amazed and while I sent out my own Santa's gifts out earlier in the week, I don't know if I can ever feel like I've done enough to deserve all the things I've gotten. Best I can do is hope to pay it forward every year and try to make sure my Secret Santa gets the same good feelings that I've been given.

Thank you Santa. You deserve so much. I think you even qualify for a pony.
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439. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
Anthony Lazaroski
United States
Montgomery
IL
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First I received a Christmas card from my SS which was a very nice touch.

Then, I received a box on Friday that had 2 wrapped packages in it.



My Santa has taunted me and said I cannot open until xmas...oh alright if you insist Santa! Supposedly there is a "phase 2" coming sometime after the holiday...we shall see what happens!

***UPDATE***

Santa said I was sulking and he allowed me to open the smaller of the 2 packages...and inside I found:


4 Runebound card packs!

- Runebound: Avatars of Kelnov
- Runebound: Drakes and Dragonspawn
- Runebound: Relics of Legend
- Runebound: Rituals and Runes

Awesome! I am going to have to mix these into a game this week! Thanks Secret Santa, you're the best!

***UPDATE ON XMAS DAY***
Secret Santa, thank you so much for my very own copy of Civilization!

Have played a few times lately and have really loved it. Can't wait to get this to the table again soon!


****JANUARY UPDATE****
My secret santa let his whereabouts be know by sending me a 2011 Australian Calendar! Thanks SS!
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440. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:21] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
Yeh Fang
United States
San Francisco
California
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These arrived yesterday!

At first I thought it was just some dirt I'd ordered since it's been raining and it was covered in some plastic and I just ignored it for a while. But then I thought, maybe...

And now I'm not so far behind on my Dominion collection.
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441. Board Game: Livingstone [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1561]
Joe Walerko
United States
Endicott
New York
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I am so very grateful for the generosity of my Secret Santa. Not only did Santa keep in touch with me with several thoughtful emails, but he also picked out games that I believe I will very much enjoy with my wife while we wait for our first baby to arrive in January.

In addition to Livingstone, Santa also brought me:

Ra the Dice Game!
Onirim!
Zombie Dice!

Thank you so much Santa, and good luck on the 25th!

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442. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
Steve Wagner
United States
Wood River
Nebraska
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I have an awesome Secret Santa who gave me my top wishlist item! I've already tried a solo game to learn the game and I'm already loving it! Thanks!
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443. Board Game: Day & Night [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1733]
Matt McCallum
United States
Portland
Oregon
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After not hearing a peep from Santa I found a delivery slip from Fed Ex on my apartment complex door yesterday. I did not order anything so I thought it might be from my Silent Santa. Sure enough I received a message from Santa letting me know that Fed Ex couldn't get into my building and that they would attempt to re-deliver the package on Monday.

I came home from work tonight to find TWO wrapped gifts under our tiny, Charlie Brown-esque tree! Fed Ex found a way in and my fiance Brittney took care of the rest. I cannot wait until Christmas Day to open my gifts. Based on the size of the boxes I have no clue what might be hiding inside. Patience. Patience is key. Don't worry, I'll make it... Brittney will make sure I do. Thanks again Santa! I will update this entry on Christmas Day.

Christmas has finally come and I was able to open my gifts. I was delighted to open up the packages to find Day and Nightand:

Archaeology: The Card Game! I am looking forward to playing Day and Night with my fiance. She is my main gaming opponent and she LOVES games with beautiful components. I'm sure it is going to be a big hit. We got in a four-player game of Archaeology: The Card Game today and it was a blast. I can see many more plays of this in the future.

Thank you Secret Santa for making my Christmas extra special and extra secret. Here are some photos of me opening up my gifts.

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444. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:99]
Shawn Gillilan
United States
Boaz
Alabama
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I came in from running errands to find a huge box from Thoughthammer games on my front porch.My secret Santa had struck!
Inside the box was claustrophobia, the top game on my wishlist, and a copy of Space Hulk Death angel the card game.
Thank you so much Santa! This really picked up my spirits!!
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445. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
Ian Rutherford
United States
SEATTLE
WA
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Not only did my secret Santa get me the number one game on my wishlist, they also got me my favorite expansion (friends and foes) for the game that gets the most play in my home LOTR

extra bacon baconcookies for Santabacon
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446. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1258]
Joshua Buergel
United States
Seattle
Washington
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One of the benefits of having a vast Wishlist is that I had no idea what my Secret Santa would spring for. I received a package from Thoughthammer a couple days ago but wasn't told about it by my wife, so I didn't actually realize I had it until today. So, I grabbed the box while I was watching my son and decided to have a look.

First, the box! This did not tell me much, it could contain just about anything:


What could be inside? Let's look. Wrapped presents, nifty! (Pictured here on my go board):


The small package turns out to be...Onirim! Very, very cool, I've been looking forward to giving this a try since reading a review a while ago:


Now, the big box. And it's: Pack & Stack, a game that I've desperately wanted to play since it came out and that has somehow managed to avoid making it in the door. Custom dice? Spatial puzzles? A real-time component? YES PLEASE. Thanks Santa! My son here appears non-plussed by the whole thing:
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447. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:152]
George Buss
United States
Muncie
Indiana
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So I packed up the family to take the trip from H*LL over the Thanksgiving break here in the states, and I returned with sick kids, sick wife, and much less cash...

But on my front step was an awesome present from my Secret Santa - TIKAL. This one has been on my list for some time. It really caught my attention, cause it has a great look and story, both will bring my curious wife to the game table. The challenge will be finding the 90 minutes to play...

BUT have no fear... Because my Secret Santa must have thought of that...

I recieved a second package in the mail, (much smaller) with a note that my Secret Santa had sent me something to go with Tikal - Coloretto!! The kind of week we had been having, my wife and I immediately cracked that game open and played two games right then and there.

Thank you Secret Santa... You've given me a nice long intricate game, and a short filler... Both will get much use...

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448. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:2018]
Kevin Nieman
United States
Simi Valley
California
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I want to thank my Secret Santa for giving the gift of BLITZKRIEG this season by sending me Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Blitzkrieg. I am looking forward to playing this game very much, especially since I do not have any games that depict this period of May 1940. Now, I will get to see if the French are capable of surrendering even faster than they did in real life. How awesome is that? .

(Yes, I was a typical Secret Santa target and I opened the gift before it was time. But I look at it this way: I have more time to love the gift now, don't I? lol)

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, and happy holidays to you!
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449. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:333]
Christiaan Meijer
Netherlands
Amsterdam
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Yesterday evening my door bell rang. I went downstairs to find a BIG box waiting for me at the front door! I could not believe it was my Secret Santa gift because according to the tracking number it had not gone anywhere yet. I look at the recipient and KNOW for sure it was my Secret Santa gift because my name and postal codes had been wrong on one of the address stickers placed there by the post office. This would have been the reason the package went under the radar.

Not one moment did I think about leaving the package untouched until Christmas. I was as evil as a wicked stepchild. devil
I tore into the cardboard box as if my life depended on it! shake
(I remember my Secret Santa told me that he had ordered a game of my list and added a game he thought I would enjoy.)
So I see these two wrapped presents in the box beyond the paper bits and air filled packs. I take them out and for one small moment think to myself that they are ment for Christmas, but I am thinking that it's the day before "SINTERKLAAS" (Dutch holiday on 5th of December which Christmas evolved from) and tore into the wrapping.
The first present was
 

Never played the game before but if my Secret Santa says it's good I will definitely try it soon! It does look good though!
Unwrappig the second gift was BATHOTH. I love this game! I had the first edition which was kind of weird with the underground lake being in the attic but I heard this version was improved and has new haunts! YEAY!

So I was mega excited about what my Secret Santa got me and started dancing through the house! In the mean time I was cooking so didn't take the box to the trash. Once dinner was served I wanted took the box and noticed ANOTHER PRESENT!!! I was stunned and could not speak anymore. I gave the wrapped gift to my wife and she opened it for me. My heart skipped a beat.
 
was the third gift I had received from my WAY TO GENEROUS Secret Santa! modest
Since yesterday evening I have been walking around not being able to believe that I received such nice gifts!

Dear Secret Santa! You made my first Secret Santa awesome!!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity!

Drop me a line sometime so I can thank you in person!

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450. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:179]
Samantha Damiens
Canada
Mascouche
Québec
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I already thanked my Secret Santa in private (because the store has included a copy of the invoice with the name of the sender).

But as it is important that everyone knows how he is generous and thoughtful, I also need to write it here.

I did not have the patience to wait until Christmas. After asking permission, I could open my presents and I found two games in the top of my wishlist: Egizia and Vikings.

Vikings


It made me VERY happy. You should know that I love Egizia. So many flavors, nuances, possibilities in this box. And several people have recommended Vikings, so I can't wait to try it.

Thanks Santa ! Wish you a beautiful Christmas with your family.
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