2010 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
Gary C
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San Antonio
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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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1351. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:24]
Nick King
United States
Norcross
Georgia
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I received a package with a a cryptic message saying it might not be the only one... This game is great, I have gotten to play it 2-3 times now and like it more each time.

It wasn't, I later received this:
Defenders of the Realm
This has ben a sleeper hit for me. I had an interest in the game but was a bit put off by the amount of dice rolling rumored. Turns out, this game is great. I am really glad my SS chose it.
Turns out he wasn't finished!
Exalted: War for the Throne came even later in a huge box, along with some amazing chocolate covered pretzels and bark, and some chocolates. This one wasn't on my list so I'm looking forward to getting it on the table.

Overall, I never thought BGG SS would be even close to this much fun, I had a great experience.
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1352. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:221]
Hamanu
Poland
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I have almost lost hope. Maybe my Santa was orthodox - I thought. I found some comfort in my target's entry - knowing he was happy with games I sent him.
No signs of life from my Secret Santa.

Shall I receive a gift before
I leave this world in pain and sorrow?
Quoth the Raven 'Nevermore'

And to my surprise...

"Ah, distinctly I remember it was 27th of December
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor."

There was a message from my Secret Santa...apologizing and explaining there had been some kind of shipment mess up.

And this short mail
"thrilled me- filled me with fantastic hopes never felt before."

Days passed and I kept checking my mailbox every day in hope for more info. But there was none.
"Long I waited wondering, fearing,
Doubting, having hopes no mortals ever dared to have before."

But today...
"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more."

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you"- here I opened wide the door;-
Postman there and with big box!"

Quoth the postman 'Please sign here'



No, the balls were not included.


With a little help from my son I have quickly opened the box and found inside (sorry for mess - kids privilege :
Defenders of the Realm
Dragon Expansion
Barbarian Expansion
When you add shipping cost my Secret Santa must have spent a little fortune!

Thank You Santa! You have been most generous
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1353. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:807]
Madelyn C
United States
Gainesville
Virginia
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I love Santa. We haves played this quite a few times since Santa sent it. Plus I received the Kingsburg expansion which is awesome. Thanks santa
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1354. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:3]
Kisnney Almeida
Brazil
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THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SANTA!!!!!

This is one of the greatest games I've ever played, and now I HAVE IT!!!!

Even better: it came without any taxes laugh
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1355. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
Larry Rice
United States
Irvine
California
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Secret Santa obviously took to heart MY definition that expansions don't count as games and helped in my effort to slow down my game acquisition... Two expansions and one small card game later and my shelf space remains largely unaffected! Both are must have expansions and I am in particular very much looking forward to trying out this HT expansion board! Santa also included Power Grid: Russia & Japan as well as the little but interesting looking card game Armorica.

Santa was also quite clever with the riddles in which I struggled mightily to decode and received a clue each time in order to figure out what I might be receiving.

Thanks again Santa, whoever you are! I am very much looking forward to giving all three a play in the upcoming weeks!
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1356. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:85]
Chris Shaffer
United States
Portland
OR
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In the better late than never category, woo hoo!

And, as a sweetener:
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
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1357. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:379]
Oleksandr Nevskiy
Ukraine
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Although it is very late post, it really makes me happy! Because I’ve found not one, but three games: Battle Cry, Wyatt Earp, and It's Alive!. I was pleasantly surprised to get Battle Cry. I’ve always dreamed to have it in my library. I can play many interesting and desperate games with my girlfriend. Now I have a reason to get to know more about this dramatic period in American history. It will be also a great pleasure to play with my good friend, who is a real expert in the world history. Games with him will be like interactive history lessons.

Our company also will chase after dangerous criminals in Wyatt Earp with a great pleasure.



I also was delighted to find It's Alive! in the box! It must be pretty simple and funny! You know, It's Alive! Oh it's coming! It's occupied my fridge!







Thank you very much, Santa Adam!!!

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1358. Board Game: 1856 [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:493]
Aigar Alaveer
Estonia
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Quite soon after Secret Santa targets were assigned I was contacted by Secret Santa asking some questions. I posted the answers on my wall and started waiting. Days passed, then weeks. Silence. Browsed this geeklist and read about others' joy and excitement. Christmas started... and ended. Silence. New Year's Eve... and not a word from SS. I already started to think that perhaps I wasn't the best lad after all last year... and then yesterday I was suddenly contacted from Customs Department. It appeared that they had had this packet for some time already and now they wanted me to present some proof of purchase for estimating the VAT to be paid. There was lots to explain ("What do you mean you don't know what's exactly in the packet? And how don't you know the person who sent you this?") - but finally I managed to receive it! It was slightly damaged from one corner, so I opened it and saw that everything is OK inside... especially the best 18xx-series game I've played! Thank you, Secret Santa!
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1359. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:161]
Aigar Alaveer
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But that wasn't all! Even at customs they noticed the amount of games is 2 and it made the conversation more interesting: "Two boardgames in 5kg box? Boardgames are just board and dice and some tokens - how could they weight so heavy? Is there something more?"

There was indeed something more, beside 1856... there was my favourite wargame (says the owner of 'Dice hate me' microbadge) - Maria. Thank you, thank you, thank you Secret Santa, once again!
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1360. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:48]
Kevin O'Sullivan
United Kingdom
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
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A great experience, thank you both to my Secret Santa (thanked by mail over Christmas) and BGG for organising a great event and apologies for the delay in this post.

I was very grateful to receive two games (Stone Age and 1655: Habemus Papam)one of which I have already played with my wife and she really enjoyed it . But then friends played it again whilst they were staying with us over the New Year but started at midnight!
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1361. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:176]
Thomas Lang
Germany
Gaißach
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Hi together!

This way my first Secret Santa Event at BGG and it's already been awesome! Just check out what I got. It didn't arrive in time but Jay the Christmas Elf has take good care of me and what I received was well worth the wait!



No, I didn't receive a copy of Gates of Loyang but I got this awesome metal currency as a little extra present!

Thanks a lot Santa, I'll never forget this! Especially as getting Wallenstein caught me totally unawares!
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1362. Board Game: Two by Two [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:3034]
Monica Rehaug
Norway
Ler
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Finally my Secret Santa gift arrived! And it couldn't arrive at a better time. I have been at home all week with the flu, so this was exactly what I needed to feel better.

I've had a great time this year. I first thought my SS was of the silent type, but in mid December he started sending me riddles to identify the coming games. That was so much fun! So I don't mind the gift arriving a little late.

Inside this big package I found:

Two by Two
Assyria
GOSU
Age of Steam Expansion: Eastern US & Canada





That's right! Three games, one expansion for AoS, a cloth bag with a train theme and a Christmas card.

I must really have been good last year!

My SS has a great taste! I really appreciate this gift! Excellent choices. No I have to read some rules.

Thank you very much!
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1363. Board Game: Toscana [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3873]
Christian Krach
Germany
Potsdam
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After returning today from a hard week full of work I found a big box at my home containg not only one but two great games. That was perfect timing as it was my birthday this wednesday.

Thanks a lot, it is always a pleasure to start your weekend with new games to hit the table
SS
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1364. Board Game: Chez Goth [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3531]
Christian Krach
Germany
Potsdam
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This was the second game. Together with it there were several Munchkin Promocards and bookmarks, two big munchkin dice and the Forest Deck for Agricola.

Thanks again Santa
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1365. Board Game: Sun, Sea & Sand [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1268]
Michelle Zentis
United States
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Woo hoo! My Secret Santa totally hit a home run! I was beginning to suspect that the reindeer had snuck off on a bender with a couple of packages still left in the sleigh, but today I received a beautiful package on my doorstep containing one of my favorite games of BGG.CON 2010: Sun, Sea, and Sand! That would have been more than enough, but Santa also added a lovely card AND the Minotaur expansion for Dungeon Twister!

Thank you very much, Santa, and please give the reindeer an extra lump of sugar from me. Tonight's game night at our house, so we'll be enjoying our Christmas treat in just a few hours!
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1366. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:29] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Martyn Smith
England
Bourne
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I just got an email from admin to say could I update my entry as I hadn't said what I received in this year's SS.

Very sorry indeed - I thought I'd done it already. Apologies.

As you can see, I received Dominion and I don't know what we'd have done on Christmas Day without it!!! We played LOADS of games and my wife and I really LOVE it.

Thank you, therefore, Secret Santa for sending this to me and please put down my lack of previous comment to my incompetence and NOT my ingratitude.

I will certainly be signing up to do this again next year and would recommend it to anyone as adding a bit more excitment and mystery to the Christmas season...
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1367. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:807]
Mark Hall
United Kingdom
Glasgow
Scotland
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Santa sent me 3 great games well suited to my non gamer friends who love a bit of backstabbing and competition

Thrown in (very generously) was his own copies of the following games. What a wonderful santa

Survive: Escape from Atlantis!


I'm the Boss!

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1368. Board Game: Caligula [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4122]
Sergio Roscini
Italy
Perugia
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AT LAST!
GOTCHA!
Thanks, Santa, I didn't have any doubt that your present would have reached me!

Also in the big pack there was another one from my wl:
Take it Easy!

Ravensburgher edition!

I played Caligula for the first time a few days ago and it was really a fun game!

Now I think my Santa is Italian, so:

è andata così.
influenza dopo capodanno, sono a casa h24 con la febbre.
rientra mia moglie un giorno dopo pranzo e mi dice "hanno lascato l'avviso per un pacco, non hai sentito il citofono?".
SE avessero suonato, AVREI sentito. ma non hanno suonato. vabbhè.
dopo qualche giorno, riesco finalmente a mettere il naso fuori da casa, e me ne vado all'ufficio postale indicato.
faccio una ragionevole fila da 20 minuti e mi dicono "ah... no... qui sono solo le raccomandate... eh..." e io (traquillo) "ok, e quindi dove vado?" e lei "provi qui sotto al centro di distribuzione".
esco riprendo la fida motoretta, faccio i 400 metri fino al centro di distribuzione.
è pomeriggio, buio, tutto sbarrato.
sotto una lucetta, davanti una porta, un tipo che fuma. mi avvicino e (gentilmente) "salve. guardi io ho questo avviso, di sopra mi hanno detto di provare a scendere qui", lui perplesso "eh... non so... ma... qui... senta, andiamo dal direttore".
apre la porta col badge, mi fa strada fra muletti e pallet di masserizie assortite e troviamo il direttore.
il tipo gli spiega la situazione.
il direttore ha l'aria un po' stralunata "eh... ma... qui, noi... non... facciamo consegne... non credo...", e io (tranquillo) "guardi, mi faccia capire, se lo sa, cosa posso fare e io lo faccio".
allora lui rivelgendosi ad un operaio che stava movimentando pallet da sopra un muletto "hei, guidobaldo, blah, blah, blah, che può fare?" e guidobaldo "eh... non... ma... secondo me dovrebbe essere in giacenza al centrale, alla 7".
e io riprendo la motoretta e me ne vado al centrale.
al centrale si sta bene: 36 gradi umidi e 70 persone in attesa per 5 sportelli aperti di cui 1 (UNO) per i prodotti postali, gli altri son tutti bancoposta (olè!).
prendo il numeretto e mi appoggio ad una parete.
sono uscito da casa da quasi 2 ore.
tocca a me.
mi avvicino allo sportello, sorrido, saluto, passo il foglietto.
l'impiegato parte.
torna dopo 5 minuti a mani vuote.
cominciano a girarmi i coglioni.
mi dice "non ce l'abbiamo, vede deve andare..."
PIM!
"NO! non devo andare lì, ci sono già stato. e mi hanno mandato al magazzino, prima e qui, poi". ho alzato la voce l'impiegato mi guarda preoccupato. mantengo la calma "guardi, sono 2 ore che giro. ho fatto tutti gli uffici postali. sia gentile verifichi dove è questo pacco. mi rendo conto che sembro aggressivo e scortese, ma non sono arrabbiato con lei. sono arrabbiato e punto, perché un SUO collega, non si è premurato di suonare al campanello, prima di lasciare questo avviso ed ora io sto perdendo il pomeriggio che dovrei passare coi miei figli per rimediare a ciò. appaio scortese, perché sono piuttosto incazzato risolviamo questa cosa e non ci pensiamo più..."
l'impiegato riparte.
ritorna con un altro signore ben incravattato "allora il suo pacco è al centro di distribuzione di SDA a balanz..."
"SDA? SDA è la vostram no? quindi ce l'avete voi."
"no, ce l'ha SDA..."
"senta, l'avviso è vostro, SDA è di proprietà di Poste Italiane, ergo..."
"..."
"..."
"eh... lei non potrebbe andar..."
"no." (glaciale) "senta, facciamo così. tenetevelo 'sto pacco, se questo è il livello di servizio che offrite. io un altro pomeriggio così, non lo passo. buonasera."
il giorno dopo mi squilla il cellulare: "salve, è il signor roscini? senta abbiamo parlato ieri, sono il signor becchi, il direttore dell'agenzia 7. il pacco che le interessava ora è qui, se può passare a ritirarlo..."
"no, guardi, non ho intenzione di fare di nuovo la fila."
"nono, lei suoni in amministrazione, dica che ha un appuntamento con il direttore e risolviamo tutto velocemente."

ed è stato così che ho ritirato il mio regalo del secret santa.
lì per lì mi sono pure incazzato parecchio, però ora è una bella storia da raccontare!
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1369. Board Game: Tinners' Trail [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:255]
Sandro R. Ledesma
Brazil
Sao Paulo
SP
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Hi Santa!

First, I'm sorry! I did not write before because I was on vacation and returned yesterday. Your gift arrived last week.

And you was very generous Santa! Besides the Tinners Trail also sent me:









Thank you very much, Santa! This is my first BGG Secret Santa and stayed very satisfied!







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1370. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:19]
Mauricio Torselli
Brazil
Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo
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Finally my SS gifr has arrived! It's a "classic" that I still didn't have - Caylus!

And also



as a bonus!!!

Thanks Santa!!!

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1371. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:517]
Artem Stepin
Russia
Arkhangelsk
Arkhangelsk region
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Now I got something to tell you (and show you) about my Secret Santa. First, you should know he’s a very careful person, I already wrote it in some thread here on BGG. I always knew what the situation is, where are the elves, deer and stuff at the moment. And it's nice to know someone's out there.

I received a box today.



Let’s look what my amazing Santa put inside.



On the top we see Beowulf: The Movie Board Game and Glen More. I really wanted to get Glen More, this was my must-have position. I’ve never really been thinking about Beowulf, but my Santa thought I might like it. Never say never, right?

We take two boxes away – and…



What can I say, I was almost crying. This is unbelievable. I could never imagine I got something like that. This is a copy of Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga. The game is out of print for a long time now, I had no idea I could get it someday. But Santa found a used copy somewhere, and this is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received.

You think, it’s all? Then you’re wrong. Inside the box of Fire and Axe I found three big chocolates.



What’s interesting about them? They are all letter-shaped. The letters are A (Artem, it’s me), N (Natasha, it’s my wife) and L (Leva, our kid). That's really sweet.



My wife is really touched by all that and says ‘hello’ to you, Santa.

As I know who my Santa is I see no reason not to tell everybody about this wonderful man.

My no-more-Secret Santa is Alexander Vandertol.

Alex Vandertol
United States
Grandville
Michigan
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Alexander, let me thank you from the bottom of my heart. You were definitely a great Secret Santa. I wish you, your wife and your three kids all the best! Hope I could do it in person one day. Take care, all of you.
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1372. Board Game: Fabula [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:4322]
Emmanuel B
France
Paris
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First it began with epic taunting ; then there was some delay at the end of december ; but eventually my very cool Secret Santa sorted things through... and here's what waited for me at home tonight :



That parcel contained Fabula, a game I'm impatient to try since I really like Dixit. The art is gorgeous !

And then :



The second item is No Thanks!, which was in my wishlist too and which I've wanted to try for a long time. I don't know why, but I have a good feeling with the deceiving minimalism of this game.

The last (but not least) game in the parcel is Genji, a special choice from my Secret Santa. I haven't read the rules yet, but I must say I love the art and the theme. Seems very classy and I love classy !

Thanks a lot for the good fun, the gifts and the niceness,
Nick Powell
Canada
Gaspé
Québec
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1373. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:330]
Amanda Bastos
Brazil
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Thank u Santa!

I've got Betrayal and Forbidden Island (i'd never read anything about this one).


It was a little overtaxed and took a while to get here (because it was taxed, of course), but that's ok, it was really worth it =-D

Thank u sooooo much! =-)
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1374. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:22]
J.T. Kauffman
United States
Columbus
Ohio
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This was my first visit from Secret Santa and he was good to me! I received two of my "must have" games - Race for the Galaxy and Dominion! Both games shows up nice and early and were placed under the tree for me. As a bonus Race for the Galaxy had some company - my wife got it for me as well! Luckily a quick post-Christmas swap from the FLGS landed me The Adventurers, so in a way my Secret Santa was responsible for me getting this game as well!

Thanks again Secret Santa, and sorry I didn't get a change to post this previously!
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1375. Board Game: Merkator [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:603]
Denys Lonshakov
Ukraine
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Dear Santa! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

I have received it today in the post office!

Merkator and San Juan in English!

I am very happy to get english versions!
I can play these games with my coworkers without long explanation of text in German!
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