2010 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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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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951. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1567]
Stephen Smith
United States
Jackson
MS
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My secret Santa gift arrived today via the USPS. When I opened the box, I found another wrapped box that could be any of a number of items on my wishlist. I am intrigued. I gave it a gentle shake and it definitely sounds like a board game Since it is wrapped all nice and pretty, I'll save it until Christmas morning and post an update after that. I'm intensely curious.

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Christmas morning Update:
So this morning we are opening up all our gifts, and I save this one for last. As I pull the wrapping paper off, I discover that the game in question is Gonzaga. This was quite a pleasant surprise as I had forgotten that I ranked it as highly on my wishlist following our playing at BGG.con 2009. In fact, it never crossed my mind that this might be the game I received. I am very happy.

Thanks, Santa.
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952. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
Mark Wilson
United Kingdom
Wellingborough
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Yay!

Firstly, appologies for taking a couple of days to post.

On Saturday, I went out shopping for a couple of hours, and when I got back home, there was a card from the Postman saying they had a parcel for me.
After dashing over their office and collecting it, I managed to resist opening it before getting my camera, as I wanted photos to put on here (especially as this was my first Secret Santa).

I had received the following parcel:


And when I opened it...

I found two things, all nicely wrapped up for me.

I opened them (I hope that was OK), and am truely grateful for getting two expanisons that I really wanted:

Pandemic: On The Brink and Small World: Tales and Legends!

Thanks so much Secret Santa, You have made me very happy

EDIT:
After Christmas, another parcel arrived containing Small World: Necromancer Isle, and a note saying that they did not have it in stock when they shipped the first two. Thanks Again, Santa.
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953. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:176]
Kali Fitzgerald
United States
Black Earth
Wisconsin
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I am sorry to my Santa for taking so long to get this posted, especially since my Santa was quite kind to me

Not only did I get Fresco, but I also got Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements. and Fairy Tale

My husband has participated in Secret Santa several times, but this was my first year.

Thank you to Santa for making my first time a good one!
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954. Board Game: Powerboats Expansion 1 [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Eugene Zehner
United States
Saint Cloud
Florida
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My Secret Santa was hyper fast in getting me my gifts but SS asked me to hold off until Christmas to open them. So, I put the two boxes under the tree and am anxiously awaiting Christmas Eve to tear the paper off and see what was sent.

Alas, I posted a comment that, hopefully, my SS spotted letting him know that I've received the box but hadn't been able to post any items. All that changed last night when I picked up the mail and noticed a mysterious package from none other than Secret Santa! Evidently, he was checking his list for the second time and noticed that I owned Powerboats (a great racing game) but not the expansion. I have it now,though, thanks to the man in the red suit!

Thx a bunch SS and I'll update this item with the special selections I received on Christmas Eve.

Take Care,

Gene Z
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955. Board Game: Merkator [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:613]
Carlos García Montoro
Spain
Valencia
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For the second time, Santa has visited my home. He has arrived with a copy of my most desired game nowadays, that is, Merkator.

More important than that, my Santa has met me. He has leaved a note into his package. He has given me some subtile evidences which show that we know each other :-) and now I have to guess who is he (I know that he is a man!). It's really funny and I really appreciate his efforts and all this stuff.

Thank you very much Santa! Thank you bgg.

And now please, let me say some words in Spanish (Santa's mother language and also mine...)

Gracias por las huellas Santa, tan cargadas de buenos deseos. No tardaré en encontrarte, y espero poder darte más pronto que tarde un buen abrazo.

I'm very happy,
Carlos
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956. Board Game: Small World: Tales and Legends [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
David Muniak
United States
Ohio
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Well I'm not sure if I should count this at me opening it.

As I found the package just inside the apartment building's security door opened and looking abused.

According to the packing slip from amazon it was the complete order, so at least nothing was taken.

Also amazon's packing slip outed Santa's helper.

Of course, as I typed this item. Another package from UPS arrived containing The main game.
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957. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:111] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
David Muniak
United States
Ohio
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Arrived 30 minutes after I got the Tales and Legends expansion.

Opened it as I figured the surprise was already gone because of the delivery guy opening the box for me.

Thanks Santa I look forward to trying them out.



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958. Board Game: Shadow Hunters [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:510]
Kameron Gibson
United States
Delphi
Indiana
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Got home just about an hour ago to find a package waiting for me at the door. Opened it up and inside was both Shadow Hunters and it's expansion. Also included in the package was Race For The galaxy.

Thanks Santa.
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959. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:139]
Shane Brewer
United States
Monticello
Utah
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My SS was so good to me and gave me two such great games that I don't know which game to use as the "headliner". I chose M&M because it was the biggest surprise. But I am equally excited to try both games. I love the theme of M&M and hope the gameplay is as good as the components.

The second game was HT. I like my games just like I like my pizza. Big, meaty, and deep. HT is all that. I can't wait to try this game that many, many are raving about.



My SS was great fun. Right from the beginning he was taunting me and trying to give me hints. I tried very hard to get him to reveal his identity. He set before me a few riddles to help me out. I finally narrowed him down to the Dusseldorf area. My last question of him is this: Did your SS give you Claustrophobia?

Anyway, thanks for the great games and thanks for taking the time to make my first SS so fun. I really, really like the gifts. I like to think that they represent some of your preferences and personality - which is a great part of SS.

Enjoy the holidays and I'll probably add some reviews and/or session reports on these games in the future.
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960. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
Lonnie Kim
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San Jose
CA
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i participated in the bgg secret santa last year and it was fun. i had fun buying something off somebody else's wishlist for them, and i was thrilled with the games from my secret santa. im not much into the riddles, and taunting and so i didnt really do that stuff for my target, but i try to be extra generous financially.

but this year, i got taunted.

haha does that ever make the experience more fun. the first email caught me off guard, but was great to get. the second email warned me that a package was coming. what awful and awesome anticipation! and when i thought "surely the game will arrive soon", it would not and i would have to wait another day, and then over the weekend.

when i arrived at work on tuesday it had finally arrived! the box seemed pretty big and was full of packing peanuts. when i opened it, i had to really dig around to make sure i didnt miss anything. and i came out with two packages.


i am ashamed to admit, at this point i was *very mildly* disappointedmodest. the box seemed big enough to hold a few games. then i realized i am a grinch, a scrooge and a fool and i got over it . the taunting had been great, the anticipation and fun were great and my secret santa even sent me some kind of non-game mini gift.

so i resolved to wait. and wait i did. i waited ALL DAY until i got home from work and ripped those suckers open!! (well, i took pictures first).

and the first mini non-game gift totally surprised me:
Dixit Quest

ha! i love dixit, and i wanted the expansions, but i had NO IDEA it was this small. b/c of its size, i had assumed this was an extra non-boardgame gift (which also would have been exciting) the BGG representative image has fooled me many a time. so i was pretty excited about this. then i opened the second package.


WOW. i have a good sized wishlist, and i know what games are on it, and what games im interested in, but STILL my secret santa managed to surprise and floor me with both the gifts. an out of print expansion for one of my favorite games? i had resigned myself to waiting for the reprint. and it was still unpunched. totally unexpected. i literally sat at my table saying, "wow. wow."

merry christmas and thank you secret santa!
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961. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:90]
Mike Pranno
United States
Chardon
Ohio
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If any of you caught a thread I posted earlier this morning, there was written evidence that I was getting a little concerned that my Secret Santa gift had not yet arrived... especially because my Santa had made a couple contacts a couple weeks apart. Well, it was fitting that the package was waiting for me when I got home from work today.

The packages were beautifully wrapped, and had it not been for the fact that we might be going out of town earlier than expected I would have left them wrapped for Christmas. That, and the kids were very persuasive!

Along with Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game, my Santa also sent copies of...

Innovation


and Worm Up!


The exceptional thing about Worm Up was that it was a game once on my wishlist probably about a year ago but later removed before the last Secret Santa. Now I have live with the nagging curiosity whether or not my Santa got lucky or actually happen to know that I was once interested. We did a game of Worm Up in this evening, and my four-year old wiped the floor with us.

All in all, it was another awesome Secret Santa. The suspense was worth it! Thank you!
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962. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:57]
Dany Simard
Canada
Gatineau
Québec
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When I arrived to home tonight, my son welcome me with ..

-Hi dad, I opened the box that was in front of the door. It was a gamw that you want for long time.

-?? Was it gift wrapped?

-No?

-It was from Santa!

-Ah Ok!

-Ok wich game?

-The purple box!

-??? wich one??

-This one.. ( and he gave me the box )

-Steam!! wow! One on the top of my wishlist!!

A big THANK YOU to my Secret Santa!!!
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963. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:119] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Emily
United States
Hickory
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Thank you Secret Santa!!!! I came home to find a box from Amazon sitting on my front porch, and of course I had to tear into it! When I opened it up, there was a copy of Dixit, one of my must haves from my wishlist. Thank you so much, it is the game I wanted the absolute most! Merry Christmas!!!
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964. Board Game: Labyrinth: The War on Terror, 2001 - ? [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:211]
daniel silverthorne
United States
San Jose
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Santa Thank you. My kids loved opening the package and the wife loved cleaning the packing popcorn(just kidding I did it). I will enjoy this game a lot and I have already scheduled a game on Christmas with my brother.
thank you again.
Here are the kids opening the great gift
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965. Board Game: Heavy Weight Boxing [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
Jared Parkinson
United States
Katy
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Well Santa I'm playing by your rules and waiting till Christmas to open my gift, but due to family being in town we are celebrating a day early. I just wanted to let you know that the company you contracted with, Boards and Bits, delivered the box today and while I haven't opened the wrapped box I can tell it is HEAVY. I'll let you know when our Christmas rolls around.
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966. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:103]
Jason Root
Australia
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So, it's the week before Christmas and I was getting a little jittery about my Secret Santa package as I had heard that Santa was going to send a package, but had not received notification that a package had actually been sent.

I posted a message on my profile outlining my concerns and hoped for the best. Sometimes things just don't arrive in time for Christmas. Disappointing if that happens, but not the end of the world.

Today, Santa sent me a geekmail saying that he had ordered something for me from allaboutgames.com.au and had assumed that it would be sent out (a very fair assumption to make!).

After reading my profile message he checked up on the order, and it turns out that the game he ordered was out of stock, and he hadn't received any notification of this fact from the store!

So, the package definitely won't be arriving before Christmas. My santa is also about to leave the country for two weeks. He's going to try to get something sent before he leaves, but of course this can't be guaranteed...

So, I'll still be receiving a package from secret santa (which is awesome!) but it will be coming well after Christmas (not so awesome).

Thanks so much to my santa for showing generosity and trying to get the package here well before Christmas.

Boo to retailers who don't display up to date stock numbers on their website.

I'll update this item when a package arrives in the new year...

**UPDATE**

I had a great time visiting family over the Christmas weekend. A lot of time was spent gaming and way too much food was eaten.

I arrived back tonight to find a package left at my door. Could it be? I noticed the allaboutgames.com.au logo. It was!!

My secret santa package must have arrived just after I left to visit family on Christmas Eve! It was sent out after all!

I took the large box inside and found a wrapped package inside with a personalised Christmas card.



I then let my kids loose on the wrapping paper.





Inside was a brand new copy of Cyclades!!



Thanks so much to my secret santa! I have wanted Cyclades for a while now. It was great to know that your package arrived right in time for Christmas, even though I wasn't there to see it until after the main event. It was a fantastic surprise to come home to. You have made me really happy and have topped off a joyous and relaxing long weekend. Thanks for your generosity.





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967. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:640]
Jacob
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Henrico
Virginia
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My Secret Santa was super awesome!! I received a taunt within the first day or so of targets being assigned and then received a few more messages after that. I was even given a geeklist assignment - fun!

In addition to I'm the Boss! I received:

10 Days in Africa



AND

Elk Fest



AND

I also got 3 bottles of hot spicy BBQ sauce. Two of these sauces include habanero peppers. Now I don't know how Santa knew, but I am quite partial to habanero peppers! I've gone through my profile and I can't find anything that would give it away so I'm chalking it up as a bona fide Christmas miracle. I am pretty much the only person I know who regularly uses habanero sauce. Nice work Santa!!

I really liked the game selection this year. Santa picked out games that will work great for my family. In fact, we've already played Elk Fest and 10 Days in Africa multiple times. My two children played Elk Fest together earlier tonight which I believe marked the first time the two of them have ever played a game together by themselves. They were laughing and having a great time. My wife creamed me and my son at 10 Days in Africa twice in a row and then casually remarked that she felt she had a natural talent for the game and didn't expect that I would ever win... =) I'm the boss will probably get played for the first time on Christmas day when we go up to the Indy area to visit my family. I'm the oldest of 7 kids so we'll have a blast playing it!

One thing I should probably confess is that Santa did suggest that I should wait to open my presents. Here is a picture of the aftermath of my lack of self-control:



And here is a picture of me looking shockingly unperturbed by my own lack of self-control:



I tried to figure out who my Secret Santa is, but I gave up. Santa did tell me that I'll be receiving a card so I'm looking forward to finding out my Santa's identity.

For now I'll have to content myself with simply saying:
SECRET SANTA YOU ROCK!
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968. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:59]
skippen
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Greeley
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Recieved my game from my Secret Santa. This time its wrapped, so I have no idea what it is yet. Only a few more days!

Thanks SS!

Update! It's Choas in Christmas!
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969. Board Game: Battles of Westeros [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:342]
Nick Drochak
United States
Issaquah
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Very happy to receive (on my birthday no less) a very cool pair of complementary gifts from my Secret Santa! Unfortunately, my wife opened the box thinking it was something for her (yeah, right) and left the games on my desk for me to find when I got home from work. So I didn't get to wait to open it on the big day, but at least I am able to get started assembling all those little figures...

Thanks so much Santa!

Extra goodness I got with the main game:
Battles of Westeros: Wardens of the North
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970. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:354]
Borja Sierra
Spain
Getxo
Vizcaya
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My Santa ROCKS!

Not only taunted me very nicely, but also gave me Britannia, a game I played many years ago and I wanted to have.
But not happy with that, (s)he thought I had been a good and nice boy and also gave me another game
Federation Commander: Romulan Border
This game I wanted to try as I have heard that is very good.

Thank you very much Santa!!!!
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971. Board Game: A Castle for All Seasons [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:753]
Joerg Sterner
Austria
Vienna
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I actually got three items from my Secret Santa.

This is Nr. 1.
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972. Board Game: GOSU [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:950]
Joerg Sterner
Austria
Vienna
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... Nr. 2 ...
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973. Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:2052]
Joerg Sterner
Austria
Vienna
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... and Nr. 3.

Thanks again Secret Santa!!!
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974. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Ben Cox
United States
Kirkland
Washington
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Secret Santa! You've outdone yourself! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I have been wanting to try Twilight Struggle for a while. I've longingly watched it climb the rankings in the geek database, and been wondering when I'd get the chance to try this game. I'm SOOO excited to badger my regular gaming buddies into getting it to the table, which shouldn't be too hard. My hope is that my wife will be willing to play it with me too, as we're always looking for great 2P games for our regular rotation.

And if that weren't all - you also got me Warrior Knights

I have played Warrior Knights twice, and loved it both times. Now, I can share it with my family game group (we play roughly once a month). I'm certain that it'll get plenty of action during the upcoming year(s).

That wasn't even the end of the goodies in the box: There was also Pandemic: On the Brink

Pandemic was one my wife really enjoyed; it quickly became one of her favorites, especially because we could play it 2P. Since we first played it, we've introduced it to a bunch of our close friends and gaming buddies. Now we have the expansion to allow additional players, and make it even more challenging. I can't wait, and neither can my wife.

I am totally blown away by your generosity, Secret Santa, because this is quite a haul. But you took it that last mile, and even shared with us one of your family's personal favorites, Archaeology: The Card Game

I love trying new, unexpected games, and this was completely off my radar. With family visiting for the holiday, I'll be pressing for it to get play time so we can see for ourselves why it's one of your favorites.

Thank you so very much, Secret Santa! You've made this holiday an amazing and wonderful one for me. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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975. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:48]
Javier Gutierrez
Spain
Sevilla
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Wwwwooooooowwwwwwwww

I jumping for ten minutes or more after opened the box. I’m happy !!!!!!

But this amazing game was not the only surprise.

The Pillars of the Earth: Builders Duel


Wow, wow, wow



Thank you veeeryyyyyy much, my dear Secret Santa. I'll promise you to play as many games as I can.
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