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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876. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:309]
Andrew Tullsen
United States
VANCOUVER
WA
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This has been a little slow in coming, but I received my package a few days ago. Not that I actually got to look inside, as it was hidden away from me, only to be opened on Christmas day.

Of course, this will be updated once I actually open the present(s).


Opened!

I got Tobago and Shadow Hunters. Thanks Santa!
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877. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
Cody Reichenau
United States
Austin
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My Santa rocked! I tried to wait to open the beautifully wrapped box until X-mas, but I just didn't make it. Also included was Cthulhu Dice. Thanks a ton, Santa! You did great!
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878. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:460]
Danny Webb
United States
Whitesburg
Kentucky
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Santa was very good to me, bringing the above title along with Snow Tails: The Leap of Death. I enjoyed it at the Asmodee booth a few years ago at Gencon, and I'm really looking forward to playing it with my family. As an added bonus, the elves included Simply Cosmic. Thanks Santa. Hope everyone has a great Christmas.
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879. Board Game: Wealth of Nations [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:763]
Joel Gabelman
United States
San Francisco
California
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Santa was AWESOME to me - (aka: Chanukah Harry).

I love economic games and I was THRILLED to open packages and see Wealth of Nations!!!

There was another package which I thought might have been Wyatt Earp. Frankly, I wasn't anticipating two packages!

Look what I found!!!



Thank you so much Santa!

This was EXTREMELY kind, and I not only returned the favor in kind to my target, but I donated some money to BGG and non-profits in the spirt of giving.

Happy Holidays!!!
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880. Board Game: Wealth of Nations [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:763]
Joel Gabelman
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San Francisco
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Santa was AWESOME to me - (aka: Chanukah Harry).

I love economic games and I was THRILLED to open packages and see Wealth of Nations!!!

There was another package which I thought might have been Wyatt Earp. Frankly, I wasn't anticipating two packages!

Look what I found!!!



Thank you so much Santa!

This was EXTREMELY kind, and I not only returned the favor in kind to my target, but I donated some money to BGG and non-profits in the spirt of giving.

Happy Holidays!!!
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881. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:21] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
Scott Alexander
United States
Lees Summit
Missouri
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Santa gave me permission to open a little early just before Game night. What says Happy Holidays better than repeated sabotaging of friends and family! Combine that with the one of the first ever english Spielbox Magazine editions and I was set with plenty of reading to get me through the trip to the in-laws. Maybe next year SkyMall...

Thank you Santa! Thank you!
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882. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:58]
Germany
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HO HO HO,

dear Santa, don´t get this wrong, but I´ve to ask this:

Are you insane?

I´ve recieved your presents yesterday and I couldn´t believe it.
Not only Chaos in the Old World but also Castle Panic did
come out of the box.

I´m humbled by your generosity - every time I participate in
Secret Santa I´m amazed. There seems to be a secret contest
to beat last year Santa in coolness and generosity and I´ve
to say you have done it.

Thanks, thanks and another thanks.

I wish you and your family all the best, health, luck, fun and
success in all you do or want to achieve.

Bye
Jan

P.S. Oh, why haven´t I waited till christmas? That´s really an easy one.
I´ve preordered Earth Reborn and I thought this is it - the box was big
and heavy and frankly I haven´t considered the possiblity (might be the
case because I was on my way to the shower - answering the door in my
bathrobe...). The games weren´t giftwrapped (I´m not complaining, because
I they had been, I would have been forced to wait till christmas.)

Thanks again - you are THE best Santa ever.





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883. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:623]
Julien Vion
France
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And

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Thank you again Santa!
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884. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:254]
Une joueuse invétérée
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Yeah! I am soooo happy!

Finally, my Secret Santa delivered his gift. The package has been sent from a FLGS located in Bern, Switzerland, so... mmmmh... might be a Swiss Santa?

Well, I could not wait longer and picked the gift out from its box. Nicely wrapped with small green dragons on the paper. Did my Santa realize that I was a girl and not a boy?



I first thought I could resist the temptation and open my gift at Christmas only. Actually, it was just impossible not to know immediately what I have received. The packaging was heavier than one of a regular game... so... (tried to guess it, though)...

It was :



Pitch Car! One of my top wishlist games since many years now!

Thank you so much, Secret Santa!!! Happy Holidays Wishes to you and your family!

Well, I am leaving my computer now: have some racing tracks to design!...
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885. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
Monika Hjelmås
Norway
Aukra
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I have received several messages from my Secret Santa, incredibly fun and exciting!
Yesterday was finally the day when I could go to my local gaming store to pick up the package from my Secret Santa. When I arrived I saw two large packages were waiting for me. Actually they do not pack the gifts there, but since we know each other, of course, they had done it I had already decided to wait until Christmas (24 December) if it was wrapped.
My Santa have said that I can open before Christmas, but I think I'll try to wait ...

I look forward a lot and are very excited to open the packages.
Do you think I can wait?

To be continued ...


...24 december:

I was really surprised when I opened my package! The first package contained the game Endeavor, which I looking forward to play.


I thought the second package maybe was a children's game, since Santa had asked if I had updated all children games I owned.
Happy I showed the game to my husband and said that now I could finally buy my 7 wonders, something I had not dared before as there was a possibility that I got it for Christmas.
You can say I was surprised when I saw that the other package was the game 7 Wonders !
Thank you Secret Santa wherever you are, I'm speechless
I really must have been good this year since I received two good games from my Santa

Have a nice Christmas
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886. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
KAS
United States
Arlington
Virginia
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Thanks Santa. You are the best!!!
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887. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:438] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
Karen Davis

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Thanks, Santa, this is a wonderful game!
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888. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
Elke M
Belgium
Lier
Antwerp
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Thanks Santa, I received the package last week and was glad to found a copy of

7 wonders, including our Belgian Pride 'Manneke Pis'!


In addition, I also received a game extension I've wanted for a while :

Pandemic : On the Brink


Thanks a million, Santa! You've been very generous.
Happy Holidays to you and your family!
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889. Board Game: Christmas-in-a-Box [Average Rating:3.25 Unranked]
Tim Synge
United Kingdom
Westbury-on-Trym
BRISTOL
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Well, here's a surprise!

On the front doorstep this morning, in the snow, was a parcel addressed to me. I took off the outer layer of brown paper and inside was a package that looks suspiciously like a boardgame. (Trust me, I am experienced at recognising this type of thing!)

My wife's not-another-board-game-antennae burst into action. (Trust me, she is experienced at recognising this type of thing!) At the same moment, I spotted a card from BoardGameGuru on which was written "Another present from your Secret Santa", and so the day was saved.

I am dumbfounded. This is the *third* game he or she has sent.

See here for previous details:

The first two parcels from Secret Santa

What incredible generosity, Secret Santa! I intend to go on waiting until Christmas Day before I open these! You have been tremendously generous and I am very grateful to you.

Edit (28 December): And now the paper is off: A Brief History of the World





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890. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:320]
Bart de Vos
Netherlands
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Ok, let's get things straight right away.
I've seen several people call their Secret Santa the best ever. Often mentioning what great gifts they received. Many that claim this have either gotten outstanding quality games, or a large quantity of games. I have yet to see a Secret Santa like mine though, who managed to get a large quantity of top quality games!

In writing this I feel a strange mix of happiness, awe, humility and a downright WTF?
Seriously Santa, does your wife know about the big hole in your hand?!?! (Dutch expression meaning one spends too much)


To be honest, I really didn't expect much. My SS layed dormant for quite a while, making me fear to not even get anything at all. Then suddenly he awoke and after a short period of intense harassment he came out guns blazing and decided to send me two packages.

When I opened the first package, I was shocked to find no less than 3 games from my wishlist!!! Besides K2 he also sent me both Dominion: Intrigue


and Seaside.


I didn't know whether to feel happy or embarassed because of the sheer goodness of my Santa. I'm really really really very happy with these gifts!! My girlfriend absolutely loves Dominion, so now with the 4 sets (just alchemy is lacking) we can keep playing for a lifetime.

But hold on for a minute, I told you there was another package, didn't I. Yes I did! This package was sent to my father's house, as I'm staying there the last two weeks of december. When I arrived there yesterday, I couldn't wait to find out what more Santa had in store for me. Up front I imagined it to be a small box of candy or something, anything but another boardgame... Boy, was I wrong...
The package contained a gift not on my wishlist, Santa declared on the box. Could it truly be another game? Just the anticipation itself made me mad with exhilaration...


And when I opened it, I couldn't believe my luck. Santa had gotten me Bausack!


This is a game I hadn't put on my wish list, but God knows why I didn't, because I've actually been looking for this game for quite a while! It's quite a hard one to find in the Netherlands. The game looks awesome and I'm sure my family will love it!

I can't believe how lucky I am with my Secret Santa. Thank you thank you thank you! I'm now also glad that I went a bit overboard on the gifts for my target. I hope my target is as happy as I am.

Thank you thank you thank you Santa for no less than 4 amazing gifts!!!


Here's me posing with 2 of my newest additions.
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891. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
Mike Ditlevsen
Denmark
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Well I had the knowledge that the box had arrived, however as it was sent not to my home address but to my parents, I hadn't been able to post a picture of the package yet.
Still unaware of what is inside, until a week from now, I wanted to post the first picture of the package, and I'm looking forward to opening this one.


Please come on let it be xmas soon...

Thanks Santa, will update when I know what it contains.



UPADTE:

Yeah, it is now the end of a long day with plenty of food and presents from all around, and specially from my Long distance Secret Santa. My santa this year was so nice to find my top rated wish list game and send it to me..
Agricola, any Euro Gamers Collection should at least include one copy of this game, and now I can say that mine does.
Thank you so much secret santa. I really wish you had a great day as well.
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892. Board Game: Cable Car [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1561]
Greg Frank
United States
Walnut Creek
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Thank Santa, I was getting ready for the day on Saturday when I heard a knock on my door. I wasn't expecting anyone for another half hour and had just stepped out of the shower. So I threw on some pants and rushed to the door with no shirt and no socks. I see someone standing their that I do not know. I opened the door forgetting I had no shirt on, and the guys says my name and I said yes. Then he gives me a wrapped present and says Merry Christmas from Board Game Geek, I was so surprised that all I could muster was a thank you. I took the gift, he left and I closed the door. Then I realized I had no shirt on. But the damage was done so I opened the gift (no instructions not to ) and it was Cable Car a game I really wanted to play. Thanks again Santa!
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893. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:841]
Allan Clements
Norway
Oslo
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Thanks secret santa! Hope you have a great christmas.

I got it a while ago but have only just opened it. Going back to england soon so wanted to open it before leaving, and just remembered I need to update this list to make sure you know I got it.


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894. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:43]
Daniel Wästlund
Sweden
Jönköping
Sverige
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Wow!!!
My SS (not so secret any morewhistle) have given me the thrill of the year so far. I was in all excitement when a big box posted i California arrived on my doorstep. Boy, it was to hard to wait with an upcoming boardgaming night. So i found myself opening the TWO packages that was sent to me and found two games:

Pandemic!

and

Lost Cities!

Have now tried both and my SS made an excellent choice, those games really suited me and Pandemic sent my gaming group into gaming fever

Huge thanks Santa!!! I wish you a wonderful christmas, you have certainly made mine better!

//Daniel W
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895. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:472]
Greig
Canada
Peterborough
Ontario
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While I was away on vacation my Secret Santa gifts arrived for me. My friend that was picking up our mail sent me taunting emails about the box arriving, the size of the box, jokes about how he was taking the box and hiding it until Christmas and so on.

When I got home yesterday, it was waiting on my counter for me to open... So I did!

Secret Santa, you did an awesome job!

The first gift I open was the smallest and it turned out to be The Castle of the Devil. I am a huge fan of werewolf and have read and heard some great things about this non-player elimination game. I am looking forward to trying this out over the holidays.

The second gift I opened was Glory to Rome. This game has been on my wishlist for a while now, but I wasn't prepared to pay the exorbitant cost when this game was out of print. When it was re-released it became a must have. Then at bgg.con I played another of the designers game, Innovation. It has quickly become one of my favourite games, so I'm super excited about Glory to Rome!

The last of the THREE gifts, was the biggest. Santa gave me a THIRD game off the Must Have part of my wish list, Hacienda. I was taught the game at Hacienda and the play confirmed that this was a must have for me. The best part is that all three games will be welcomed by my wife as well!

Thank you Secret Santa, you did an amazing job!



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896. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Jordan S.
United States
Colorado
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My SS got me DIXIT! Which I of course immediately coerced my family and girlfriend into playing.

But he also got me......My shiny new avatar to the left! Amaterasu thanks you Santa! He needs to be on more things!
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897. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76]
Andrew Agard
United States
Ashland
Ohio
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Very fortunate to have an awesome secret santa this year. Hansa Teutonica is a game I've been back and forth on for a long time. I finally caved in and added it to my wishlist after reading so many good things. My secret santa took notice. I immediately tried it and I am impressed. This is a game that you actually have to play to understand why it is so good.

If that wasn't enough I also go this:

Treasure Chest
I can't wait to try all the expansions out. It will take a while.

Thanks so much secret santa. Best wishes this holiday season.
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898. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:254]
Robert C Kalajian Jr
United States
Simsbury
Connecticut
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Whoooo boy! My grail game! Didn't expect to see this game any time soon, and there is was on my doorstep!

As an added bonus, Epic Battlelore was in the box too!
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899. Board Game: Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1625]
Heath Gray
United States
Greenfield
Ohio
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Well I was very excited for my second year of secret Santa. So when it had been awhile since we got our targets and I had not heard from him.I decided to posted to tell him that it was OK to taunt me and let me know he was out there (my friend had a bad experience last year). Then not much time after that he sent me a message. This is when I found out that I was on the naughty list. It looks like Santa does not like to be called out. I was told that it looked like I would end up with a lot of coal this year.

Well after a week or so of working hard to be nice I get another message. Santa said that he had been working on my list and that it was taking some time to get it together. I understood this because I had a very tough list, but would be happy with anything. Then he said that it looked like there was still a lot of coal in my future. This was exciting for me anyway because it meant that it was not all coal anymore and I must have moved at least a little towards the nice side of the list.


Some time passes and I get another message. It said that the sleigh was not working, but he did get my package sent by mail. He also said that they were all wrapped and I could open them when ever I wanted. Though it did say that he had a tough time fitting the games next to that coal and I should keep the box away from any heat source. So I did not make it all the way to the nice side, but I did make a big improvement.


A couple of days later and the package is sitting on my porch when I get home from work. So I rip into the very heavy box and put the contents under my tree.



Well I lasted a whole 2 hours before I had to open them. I was so happy with this gift it makes me excited just showing the picture.



Well I had a great secret Santa and as you can see I only ended up with a small amount of coal.


Thanks Santa and merry Christmas.

P.S. I already played Seven Wonders and I really liked it and so did my group especially my wife. I should get to play the other two sometime in the next two weeks.
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900. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Tom Dickson
United States
National City
California
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Perfect! I've been borrowing a friend's copy for too long. And I just got in the BGG promo cards.

Bonus! A picture of a cat on the shipping box!


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