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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776. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:83]
Ron Martin
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Illinois
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Thank You Secret Santa!!!

Not only did I receive Civilization but also Manoeuvre. I really look forward to playing them.

Thanks
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777. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:112]
David Stormer Jr
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A Fedex elf dropped off a box from CoolStuffinc. My son wanted me to open it( I could no resist, he's strong with the force). In side was
Dungeon Lords
Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War
and a $5 gift certificate for CoolStuffInc


Thank You Secret Santa

Now to defend my imps from my son.
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Hurray!

Santa made a delivery today! I will wait to open the presents and I'll post a picture as soon as I've taken one!

[EDIT]
There was also a gift certificate for a 10% discount for my next order from www.spelshop.be! Great!
[/EDIT]



[CHRISTMAS EVE EDIT]
Thanks Santa! I'm really excited!
Hurray!

ANTIKE!!!

Great! This one was really high on my whishlist! Santa just knows, and I'm very glad he does!

That's not all:

LUNA LLENA: FULL MOON

I think I'm going to have a lot of fun with this one too!
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[NEW YEAR EDIT]
I ordered some games from www.spelshop.be which have arrived 30th of december, but I will put them in a comment as to not count them in Simons list.
[/NEW YEAR EDIT]
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779. Board Game: Lords of Vegas [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:352]
Justin Robben
United States
Spring Hill
Florida
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My secret Santa arrived today! I was getting a tad nervous...no taunting, no message, incommunicado...

But, behold! Out of the blue; a package at my doorstep today...

I could not contain myself and opened it early! Santa did not prohibit this in his thoughtful card, so I don't feel too guilty.

My Santa also included a fun pack of "gaming candies".

Thanks Santa; I hope your Christmas is awesome!!!
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780. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:359]
Abraham Drucker
United States
San Francisco
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This was an amazing year for secret santa for me.

I got autographed copies of Wits and Wagers, Wits & Wagers Family, and Say Anything.

That was just the start.

I also got copies of other games off my wishlist:
Tichu
Descent: The Well of Darkness
Chaos in the Old World

and to top it all off, inside the box were Twizzlers.

Wow.

Edit # 2 (made after correction)

I just played W&W with my game group the other night and noticed that Santa had snuck the super awesome W&W promo cards into the box.


Correction:
Descent was not on my wishlist. Santa did some research into what I might like and figured that I would like it. I have been drooling over it for the last few weeks and completely forgot that I never added it to my wishlist. Santa is just that good.

I would also like to point out that Wits and Wagers was one of the centerpieces at my wedding (my wife's clever idea on table names/centerpieces). It's now one of my favorite party games. My wife once wrote that the world's tallest giraffe was 68' tall which made it easy for me to tell her that I was extremely well endowed at 18".
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781. Board Game: Gambit 7 [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1809]
Ed James
England
Portsmouth
Hampshire
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d10-1 Gambit 7
d10-2 7 Wonders

d10-3 Hansa Teutonica

A three game haul! Each an excellent choice. Gambit 7 and 7 Wonders have already been played. Hansa Teutonica will be next.
A big thanks to my very generous Secret Santa.
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782. Board Game: Power Grid: Russia & Japan [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
Bruce Gibson
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I picked up a parcel at the post office today and inside were three nicely wrapped gifts.


Now I faced a little moral dilemma.Should I wait until Christmas to unwrap them? Santa, who shipped them from Greece (via Vancouver) didn't tell me to wait. And it is actually closer to my birthday, 8 days ago, than it is until Christmas, 9 days from now.

So, in my weakness, I unwrapped them in a flurry of shredded paper.



Thanks Secret Santa! Power Grid: Russia & Japan, The Bottle Imp and San Juan all great games high on my wishlist!

I hope you have a terrific Christmas, Santa. You made mine a very happy one.!
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783. Board Game: Panzer General: Allied Assault [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2983]
Tony T
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Spring
Texas
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My first time participating in Secret Santa and it was absolutely awesome. He took care of my PZG needs all in one phat box from NWS.

In addition to PZG Allied Assault, I also received this:



Panzer General: Russian Assault



Thank you Santa. Have a Merry Christmas
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784. Board Game: The Speicherstadt [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:386]
Matt Musselman
Canada
Burnaby
BC
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This will have to be a two part entry, as my Secret Santa sent me a whole box full of goodies, along with what seems to be a gift-wrapped book from Amazon, all with a note that I had Santa's permission to open one gift, but had to promise to save the remaining ones until Christmas. I'm being good so far.

The one box I pulled the wrapping off of ended up being The Speicherstadt, which immediately prompted the reaction from my wife, "Oh wow! That's the one game I really wanted to get you, because you asked me to look for it in Europe, and I couldn't find it anywhere in town!" Great job, Santa!

But the real gift was the communication leading up to the gifts. Santa sent me a series of notes challenging me to guess his elf's identity. Clues included:
- A riddle / trivia question
- A word find puzzle
- An enciphered passage made up of the leftover letters from the word find puzzle (and requiring a key coming from yet another riddle)
- A sudoku puzzle
- A crossword puzzle
- A number sequence puzzle
- An anagram puzzle made up of highlighted letters in the crossword
- Another challenge to figure out how to use the results of the sudoku, anagram, and number sequence puzzles to finally narrow down the elf's identity

It was a lot of fun, and I don't know how my Santa had time to do it all. And yes I figured it out, but I don't want to spoil the identity for future recipients, lest they recognize this Santa's modus operandi in the future and know who it is. Thanks to the best Secret Santa ever!
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785. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:402]
Nate Downs
United States
Granville
Ohio
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Holy Poop! This was a Santa keen on getting as much as possible checked off my wishlist! Cheers! Thanks! And all that!!!

I opened the box which my wife had wrapped. Digging through the peanuts I came up with game after game!

From my Wishlist:

Death Angel!

Two expansions from a game I quite like and have almost completed...

When Darkness Comes: The Horror Within



When Darkness Comes: This is Not Happening



The full collection for a game I have been wanting for some time...

Once Upon A Time


Once Upon A Time Dark Tales


And the Create Your Own:




In Addition to the great games... Santa threw in:

Mister Bill, the last DaVinci Card game I needed...



Farfalia, which I do already have, (my bad for not adding to my owned!!) But I will say that I passed it on to a friend's family in which they have a daughter, but an unemployed spouse. This and some other gifts we gave to them helped their spirits...



And some Racer Knights packs!


All the Santa's worked so hard to be generous in their means, so I have a hard time saying that one secret Santa is better than another. Mine was wonderful enough to look over my wants and give me an excellent surprise Christmas. Beautiful! Thank you! Thank you Thank you! (and thank you from my friends as well!)
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786. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:101] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Travis Larsen

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Whooo!! I just got a nice big package from my secret santa and I got Small World and Forbidden Island!! I'm so excited to play them both! Thank you secret santa!! I hope you have a great Christmas!
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787. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:196]
Calm Fluffy Bunnies
United States
Cambridge
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Kingsburg and The Expansion showed up at my door today. I have been playing the iPhone app a bit recently and really enoed it, now I can introduce it to my friends as well.

Thank you Secret Santa
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788. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:300]
aaron belmer
United States
Webster Groves
St Louis
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THANKS SECRET SANTA!!!

I got home today, and had a box from CoolstuffInc waiting for me!

Now my secret santa told me I should wait until Christmas to open. But honestly, I've never had the willpower to do that, from the time I was 2 until present. Just can't do it.

So I furiously ripped open the box, and got a game I've been wanting for a while now. Tobago!!!

Also:

Armorica


and


Onirim


THANKS SO MUCH SECRET SANTA YOU ROCK!!!!

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789. Board Game: Last Word [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:9724]
Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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Hooray! Two items arrived this evening from my Secret Santa.

Party Game Last Word

Communication Game Tokyo Train

Thank you, Santa. I hope your Santa finds you soon, and I suspect (s)he will.
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790. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:418] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Dan Radzykewycz
United States
Montgomery Village
Maryland
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A letter to my Secret Santa:

Dearest Santa,
I must admit that as the days and weeks passed, I was beginning to wonder if my name had gotten lost (or worse yet, had somehow, inexplicably, made its way onto the "Naughty" listcry). Thankfully, a package arrived earlier this week. Since I wasn't at home, my wonderful wife (and gaming partner) opened it and told me that there were two wrapped presents inside.

I know that there are only 8 days to go before Christmas, but would it be okay...that is, would you be greatly upset if the wrapping paper accidentally, spontaneously, and with no human assistance...er...fell away from the presents? whistle I'll wait one day, and if I don't hear anything to the contrary will assume that such an occurance will not raise your ire or put me onto the Naughty list for next year.

Merry Christmas!
Dan
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So a day went by (okay, only 21 hours). No word from Santa, and the wrapping paper mysteriously unfolded whistle to reveal Zooloretto and
Zooloretto - Rio Grande Games Expansion Pack #1.

Thank you VERY MUCH, Sectret Santa. I'm especially grateful given that the base game is out of stock nearly everywhere. My boys and I will give this a try over the weekend. Thanks again!!
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791. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1016]
Joe Tinnel
United States
Mansfield Center
Connecticut
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WOO HOO!

Got my Secret Santa package today and inside was To Court the King, a game I've been wanting to play ever since seeing Scott Nicholson review it last year, and:

Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game Awesome! I'm typing this as fast as I can so I can go play a solo game!

I'm really, really happpy with these gifts, Santa!

Thank you so much! I hope you (and everyone on the geek) have a very happy holiday!

Joe
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792. Board Game: Venedig [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3007]
chris carleton
Canada
bon accord
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Thank You Procastinator Secret Santa!!!

I have been waiting to get this game for a long time. Receiving it made me play air guitar--wildly.

I'll try very hard to be nicer to earn a second gift for next year.

Merry Christmas wherever you are! Have a Happy New Year!
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793. Board Game: Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:1027]
Australia
Sebastopol (Ballarat)
Victoria
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WOW!!!!! wow

I mean totally wow

You might all have great Santas. Super Santas even. But I have the best Santa!

This game is so hot and hard to get a hold of I've never even seen a copy before!

This is my number one Wanted Game, but one that I never thought I'd ever get.

Consider my expectations met, exceeded, and lapped three times!!!

I was completely blown away when I opened the box. Seeing it was from Noble Knights ("where out of print is available") I thought maybe "This accursed civil war" or "Apache Leader" or something like that.

I never even dreamed of getting this game!

Wow! wow

Wow! wow

Thank you so much for you are the most incredible Secret Santa. I don't know who you are, but thank you, thank you, thank you!

I just gotta say it again...

Wow! wow

I took some photos that I'll upload shortly, so watch this space!

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794. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:17]
Chris Keates
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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If my digital camera didn't break the other day, I would have gladly taken a picture but...

THANK YOU SO MUCH SANTA! Your generosity is astounding! I am amazed at your uncanny ability to find such an obscure game that surely no one has ever heard of before

I'm so excited, this will get so much playtime this holiday season with friends and family!

Once again, THANK YOU SANTA!
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795. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:101] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
William Hartman K.
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merrill
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We must have been extra good this year, judging by the size of the box that was sitting outside our door when we got home!

We received instructions that we could open our gift when we got it, so we did! We *always* follow instructions *grin*

It was better than we could have possibly imagined.

The first game we saw was:

Small World


Hurray. We have been waiting to play this game for a long time.

But wait! There was more! We also received four expansions for the game.

Small World: Grand Dames of Small World


Small World: Cursed!


Small World: Be Not Afraid...


Small World: Necromancer Island


We have only played one game with the original set so far, but we can't wait to work in all the wonderful expansions. Right now, high school is eating up all my daughters time and since she absolutely adored playing this game, we will wait for Christmas break to play some more!

Hold on! That's not all! No. We also received a copy of

Agricola


Wow. Another long awaited addition to our game library. My wife and I played the game and we absolutely loved it. Can't wait to play it again and really explore the complexities that it offers.

Think that's it? Well, it's not! No. In the bottom of the box we found:

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor


We have yet to bust open this expansion, but just knowing that it's there is a wonderful present!

So, we're done, right? NO! There was one more thing hiding in the box:

Dominion: Prosperity


Woo-Hoo. We have heard so much about this expansion and have been drooling to play it! It's now sitting on the edge of the game table waiting to be broken in!

And, then, finally, that's it. Not sure what we did that was so good, but we sure are glad that our Secret Santa noticed!

Thank you so much Santa. You are the BEST!
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796. Board Game: Le Passe-Trappe [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2035]
Erin Leonhard
United States
Aldie
Virginia
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Okay, so I added an entry a little preemptively back on page 20-something. I've received:

1825 Extension Kit K1: Supplementary Tiles
Macao
Kakerlakensalat
Le Passe-Trappe
and a deck of fish playing cards that my 2-year-old charge (I'm a nanny) loooooves looking through.

Wow, just wow. I'm blown away by this generosity - thank you so much, Santa! It's been a very long and difficult year over here and this has been a huge bright spot. Thank you.
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797. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:63]
 
Stefan Lopuszanski
United States
North Wales
Pennsylvania
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My Secret Santa apparently was from Ukraine! I was confused when I got an online notification saying that I was getting a package from Ukraine, since I figured I'd get assigned a target from USA or Canada at most!

But thankfully, this was a VERY pleasant surprise! See, I'm 50% Ukrainian and have many Ukrainian relatives and I've never been to Ukraine. Luckily for me, my Secret Santa sent me a little bit of Ukraine with the game (Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage). He included a box of Ukrainian chocolates and some toys of some Ukrainian cartoon characters. There was also a note redirecting me to YouTube so I could see the cartoon characters in action, it was a very interesting experience!

Thanks again and hope your holidays are as good as mine!

For those who are curious, I've attached the YouTube clip. Enjoy!

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798. Board Game: Cutthroat Caverns: Relics & Ruin [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
Bjorn Nilsson
Sweden
Solna
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Today I recieved two small christmas gifts.
Haven´t opened them yet. Will wait until the 24 th of course.

Thank you very much Secret Santa, whoever you are.

Update
The two package was two expansions to Cutthroat Caverns.
The First was Relics & Ruins.
The Second was Cutthroat Caverns: Tombs & Tomes.
Hope to get to play them soon
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799. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:24]
Tim Park
United States
San Rafael
California
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I was out at a math trade meet up when I got an email from Santa saying that my package was on my doorstep! I got home and discovered a beautifully wrapped (and heavy) game. Can't wait to discover what's inside (but I will as long as I can .)

Thanks, Santa!


Had a family get together come up, and couldn't wait any longer. I opened the package to discover Dominant Species! WOW! We didn't get to play last night, but I am SO looking forward to this one! Thanks a million, Santa!
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800. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:247]
Jacob Cassens
United States
Las Vegas
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Awesome!!!!!

I got home from work, and my wife had pulled a box from Boards and Bits inside the home. I had been forewarned by my Santa that I should expect a delivery, so I have been anxiously awaiting one!

Upon opening the box, in order to better check the well-being of the contents whistle I discovered Thurn and Taxis ! I have had this on my wishlist because it looks like a lot of fun, for one, and because it is a game my wife is actually interested in playing with me! (Double Win!!) I was very excited to find this!

Then I decided I had better explore deeper into the mystery package, since it felt like it still had quite some heft to it.. And boy was I surprised to find Rise of Empires !! I have had this itching desire to play a Martin Wallace game for quite a while now, because I am fascinated with how he handles mechanics in his games!! And this looks like the perfect game for the job!! My regular gaming partner (besides my wife! ninja ) is not as interested in the themes of most of Mr. Wallace's games, but the fact that the idea in this one is to build an empire is just enough to bring him around I think!

My Secret Santa told me that my gift would bring me into the past, and he was definitely right!

Thanks so much Secret Santa!!!

And I'm sorry for whatever I did that made me so close to getting only coal this year!!!

Io Saturnalia, whoever you are!!!!

Jacovis
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