2011 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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Just added a new Secret Santa Poll . Head over to [geekurl=http://boardgamegeek.com/article/7924278#7924278]Week 2 Secret Santa Poll[/geekurl] to see how everyone is faring thus far in this year's event. And of course, add your votes!

ALRIGHT! It is time once again for the annual Secret Santa List, this time the 2011 Edition. For those of you who are new to the 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. No placeholder entries, please.

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.

Last year there were 1,437 unique entries spread over 58 pages. I'm curious to see how huge it grows this year. As a tip - if you go looking through the previous years' lists, please be mindful of which year you are actually posting your gift to. There have been multiple occasions of people posting a gift from the current year on the previous year's list. That would likely diminish the chances of your Secret Santa getting around to seeing it...

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:

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



In addition,
Simon Hunt
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does a superb job using the data from this list to create his great statistical look at the hottest gifts of the season. This year's version of his list is located at:

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2011


Last year: Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2010

Want some for your stocking? Simon also runs a Secret Santa Sweepstakes which is located at:

This year: 2011 Secret Santa Sweepstakes

Last year: 2010 Secret Santa Sweepstakes


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.


If you would like to taunt your "target" while maintaining your secret identity, you can do so using the Santa logon. Just log yourself off and close any BGG windows (if you don't you take the chance of being discovered if the new username doesn't take) and log on using this info:

Username: santa
Password: password



I hope you have a terrific holiday season and enjoy the list!
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176. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:138]
Gunther Schmidl
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A heavy rectangular package from Amazon just arrived.

All I know is that it's a "a much wanted game" -- I've not even looked back at my wishlist to try and figure it out.

Thank you, Australian Santa!

Now to wait for my own target to receive their present. Also in Australia - looks like even BGG can't tell our countries apart (we're the ones without the kangaroos).

UPDATE 12/24: It's Merchants & Marauders! Fantastic, we all loved the game when we demoed it in Essen but luggage space prevented me from buying one. Thank you so much!
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177. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:148]
David Sims
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I received a phone call at work from my wife asking if I had ordered anything from Amazon. No said I, and I knew Santa had been busy!

On returning home, opening the box, what should be in it but Mansions of Madness!

Thank you so much secret Santa I will have a great time when this hits the table. So much painting fun too.

Have a great Christmas Santa and thanks again!
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178. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:43]
Ed R
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I want to thank my secret santa for the generous gifts sent to me and my daughter.

To me he sent Pandemic which is a game I really wanted since I got my first taste of it on Vassal. Also included were some nice bio hazard containers to hold my viruses. Santa also sent me the card game Covert Action which I hope to get on the table over thanksgiving when some family come to visit.

There was also a small gift addressed to "the little girl" which put a big smile on my daughters face. She opened it to find Toss Up!

She has already had alot of fun just tossing the colored dice. I have also had alot of fun with my present. Viruses 1/ Edjrjr 0. Wasn't even a close game, I blame it on poor shuffling on my part.

Thank you Secret Santa you made my first BGG SS event a great one. I hope my target enjoyed their gift as much as I did.

I also welcomed my future gaming partner into the world on the 21st.



The Little Girl with her loot.

I couldn't figure out how to add the games like everyone else did. Guess I need to go to BGG School.



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179. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:138]
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My Santa was also quite fast . Received M&M yesterday and now off to find boardgamers to break it in.

Thanx Santa and till next year


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180. Board Game: The Game of Christmas Cheer [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
JonnyRotten
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Even though I haven't gotten a package yet, my Santa has given me the gift of Christmas Cheer! And his chief Elf Winston needs me to rally the geeks to help out! Go on over to this Geeklist and Donate some geekgold and help me rescue Winston, the Time Travelling elf by spreading Christmas cheer and buying needy geeks Avatars and microbadges!!!


http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/74954/santa-and-i-need-you...

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181. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:80]
Stephanie Anderson
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Santa, we caved and opened our gifts because we had a huge bummer of a week and were extremely excited to receive a package from a game store here in Ohio!

My husband and I are new to gaming and only own a couple of games, so we were THRILLED to receive our awesome package from our awesome Santa. We are so excited to now own Ticket to Ride and hope to play with our family over the holiday weekend!
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182. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:29] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
Stephanie Anderson
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We also received Dominion with the Dominion: Prosperity and Dominion: Alchemy expansions. Our Santa gave us our most desired games and we are so happy to have something new to play! Thank you Santa! I hope you and your family have a wonderful and healthy holiday season!

(Sorryfor two posts...I didn't know how to include both games in one post! New to all of this!)
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183. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:15]
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After posted to the wrong list, I repost here. Santa did well by me. On top of Crunch in my previous post, I got this. Rock on, Santa. Rock on.
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184. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:367]
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My secret Santa really outdid his jolly old elf self this year. The generosity and speed of my gifts were inspirational and a bit dismaying to my wife. She's so jealous, her cheeks are as red as St. Nick's.

"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a... Ia! Ia! Cthulu phtagn!!"

"There must have been some magic in the old silk hat we found, for when we placed it on his head, many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day, I can tell you!"

Further displays of the spirit of giving and mind-robbing may be seen below:

Sentinels of the Multiverse


Eminent Domain
Eminent Domain: Bonus Planets


To receive any one of these is a wish list come true, but all three is just top notch. I've been looking at these games for a long time online, and as we get into the crumby winter weather months, I'm really looking forward to playing these games and telling folks that Santa doesn't just live in the North Pole, or in the heart, but also in a dimension filled with the restless slumbering GOO's that we all know exist in the hearts of the mad and the minds of the unwary.
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185. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:3]
Brian Current
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Got this in the mail from my Secret Santa!
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! (extra e's based on desire to play, being a must have on my wishlist, and length of game)

"Everyone drink some coffee with your Thanksgiving turkey - we are going to play a game afterwards."
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186. Board Game: Secret Santa [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
Niels Kroon
Netherlands
Zwolle
Overijssel
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I did receive my package today.


I do not want to open the presents yet.


But there was a nice card inside.


I was able reading the card. I was a
nice boy last year. YEAH !!!!

(wh00ps upside d0wn)



I am opening them probably om my
birthday soon. 5 december!

My target needs to wait untill Christmas

Santa THANKS!!!!!

BTW Today i received my 300th thumbsup. I hope more to come soon!


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187. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Leaders [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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I'm not sure if my Santa intended to taunt me or not, but sending his message in Spanish achieved that effect (I haven't used Spanish in over 20 years, back in high school). I resisted the urge to use a translator, and with some help from my wife, we learned that Santa from the far south had promised an early Christmas. Possibly by next week!

Every day I got home from work hoping to see a package on my doorstep. This happened quite often, but each time the packages were meant for someone else. Last night, however, there was one for me! And not something that I ordered! Before anyone could deprive me of my rightful bounty I had the box open and took out not only 7W: Leaders, but also



I'm excited to see how Leaders changes things, and Jaipur was a must have after learning the game over the summer.

Thanks Santa, but be warned - I'm on the hunt to track you down, regardless of how far south you are...
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188. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:329]
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I just got my Secret Santa gift a few minutes ago. Thank you mysterious stranger, whoever you might be. I played this at BGGCon several times and even played* in the tournament.

Now I gotta get on the ball and find something for my target that isn't years out of print or not released yet. cry

*By played I mean I made stupid errors that helped another guy trounce the rest of us. shake

Emoticons make me angry
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189. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:424]
Nico Solitander
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Helsinki
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This came out of the blue! I had heard nothing from my Secret Santa until I came home and found a parcel waiting for me! A strong, silent and superfast French Santa it seems! From france I got a light package with some heavy hitters from my must have list...

Excellent background research as I love cardgames, the game that gets most plays at our house is Court of the Medici (a previous year's Secret Santa present (he know his stuff)!) and currently with our baby girl taking up so much time what hits the table is exactly games like this! Each to his own and these were definitely the best gifts I could have wished for! Haggis has been nr 1 on my wishlist ever since my Medici-mania!

As always you're the best Secret Santa! Fantastique!
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190. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:221]
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Wow so surprised a huge pacel arrived at work to reveal three SS gifts.....what could they be???



Unbelievable so generous my secret santa, still in shocksurprise

Thank you santa, Merry Christmas to you and all!



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191. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:48]
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I got home today from buying some groceries and found a box waiting on my doorstep. It says it is from my BGG secret Santa. I mustered the will power to wait until I unloaded the groceries, but that is as long as I could last.

Inside I found


and


Thank you so much Secret Santa, these are wonderful gifts and I look forward to playing them.
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192. Board Game: Secret Santa [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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[EDIT]
Gifts in last edit of this geeklist: scroll down please...
[/EDIT]

Monday:

When I came home from work, I found a note from the postman telling me to pick up a package.

Tuesday:

After work I picked up the package.

Wednesday:

I finally took a picture of the package:



I haven't opened the box yet, as my Santa warned me that the gift inside is not wrapped. I also received an e-mail from "Philibert Team" saying that a package from Secret Santa was on it's way and that it was not wrapped.
Up to me to decide if I want to discover what my gift is.

OF COURSE!

...and I will find out on christmas eve. My girlfriend is going to wrap it...

[EDIT 2011/11/26]

I'm pretty sure I know the identity of my Santa. (My Santa will know if I'm right, by carefully looking at this geeklist item.)

Also, here's picture of the wrapped present:



... and the threats my girlfriend make about my collection are getting more serious by the day... According to her, a bunch of games will have to move to the attick... (According to me, there's no danger in leaving the collection on the stairwell as it is stacked now.)

[/EDIT 2011/11/26]


[EDIT 2011/12/20]

Friday after work, I found another note from the postman saying I have a package to pick up! On monday! MONDAY! Pffff.... Monday...

Could it be Santa? Again?

Monday, I picked up the package. From Finland!

It must be Santa! I let my girlfriend open the package to see if there was something wrapped inside, or if it needed wrapping before finding a cosy spot under the tree.

She pulled out a Christmas card and told me that she would wrap the box it was sent in.

Tuesday. Cosy spot under the tree. The card is put in the tree for this picture:



In all my excitedment, I've forgotten to thank my Santa! I hope that doesn't put me on the bad list...

THANKS SANTA!!!!
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[EDIT 2011/12/25]

Christmas eve is the traditional family diner and the opening of gifts time.

Santa got me Alien Frontiers!!

Huray!!

Not only that, there was Finnish candy and Power Grid: Theme Park and stickers for carcassonne meeples and carcassonne piggles!!!



MY SANTA ROCKS! THANKS!!!!

Thank you very, very much (not so very secret anymore) Santa! I'll get this on the table very soon!!!
[/EDIT 2011/12/20]
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193. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:102] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Ingo Immer
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My Secret Santa didn't stay silent and taunted me the last week. Yesterday a package from amazon arrive, it wasn't the stuff I ordered for my target. A heavy package nicely wrapped but have a look:



I have no clue what is inside, and I will wait until christmas before open it. Well it will last some days until I can place it under the tree.

Thank you Santa.

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Update: 06/12/11

On St Nicholas' Day I got some nice promos from my german santa:
7 Wonders: Catan, The Settlers of Catan: The Great River, Power Grid: Transformer Station, Chez Geek: Promokarte Poker + Pegasus-Supporter, some Agricola L-Deck cards and some red dragons for Magic: The Gathering

Thanks, again.

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Update: 24/12/11


This is our christmas tree with the still wrapped gift from my Secret Santa, just some hour before opening.
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and I got:
Small World


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Thank you and merry christmas!

this game was a long time on my wishlist.
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194. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:23]
Spencer C
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I couldn't believe it! Super silent secret santa sent his gifts early! All you people who haven't heard anything from your santa, don't fear, he/she'll pull through!

Courtesy of Amazon arrived a copy of El Grande...

and Innovation!

Awesome!

I was contemplating waiting, but I opened the packing slip without realizing what it was. >_< Well, I still haven't unwrapped them, so maybe that'll wait...

Thank you, Secret Santa!
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195. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:170]
Jerry Hagen
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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I have a bit of a history with this game. I first played it back in 2006, and liked it enough to join a couple tournaments on spielbyweb (back before it was removed). When I hit the 50-play mark online it occurred to me that maybe I should own the game, to support the publisher, plus obviously if I'm willing to play a game that many times I must enjoy it.

I never got around to actually buying the game for myself, though I have purchased it as a gift twice. As recently as this weekend a friend offered to give me his copy if his promised buyer did not claim the game as scheduled - as it happened, the buyer did make the connection and so I remained without this very worthy title on my shelves.

So after many plays and several near misses, I'm glad to own Amun-Re. It fills a niche in my collection as I have a shortage of solid 5-player Eurogames.

Also in the package was Snow Tails - I had actually forgotten this was even on my wishlist! That is why I like having a large wishlist, the ability to be surprised even by items one has personally selected. In any event, this title is timely as I am driving down to see family tomorrow for the US Thanksgiving holiday and I think Snow Tails will be a hit. They love dogs. Now I just need to find time to read the rules before tomorrow.

As an added bonus, I have an item from my personal collection I still need to ship for my own Secret Santa target, so Santa's timeliness has saved me on packing materials too.

Thanks Santa!
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196. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:109] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Paul Norton
United States
Spring Grove
Pennsylvania
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SCORE!!! My Secret Santa sent another package containing

Carcassonne

and
Treasures & Traps


This is in addition to the DungeonQuest he/she had already sent!

So excited! Can't wait to try Carcassonne with the whole family. My secret Santa specifically bought it for my wife and daughter and I aim to get them to give it a go.

Treasures and Traps, I have never heard of, but it looks to be an interesting card game that will surely get some play time from us.

To my Secret Santa, you are the best! Even if you are a Browns fan!!! (I think I might be able to figure out who you are and if I do, I am going public! You deserve a round of applause.)
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197. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:280]
Terri
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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Sweet!! I finally own Mr. Jack!! Huge Thanks to my SS2011!! Thank you Thank you!

AND I also got


Pandemic is a game I loved since I first saw it... I finally own Pandemic!!

AND I can protect what I got last year around this time


And yes, SS, you did send the right size!!

Merry Holidays to my SS and all of BGG!!!
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198. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:71]
Brad N
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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I've enjoyed Space Alert a lot over my 10 or so plays and I've nearly purchased it several times. I'm ecstatic to have this in my collection now.


Already played a game of Finca with my wife and 6 and 8 year old daughters. I had planned to try this as a 2 player with my wife, but the kids loved it so much that I'm sure it will become a regular family game. Plus, my wife loved the cute little fruitples... just like I expected.


Mission Red Planet is a game I've heard enough good things about over time, but I haven't really seen it around much. So, I'm excited to give it a try with my monthly gaming group.

Thanks for the great gifts Secret Santa!!!
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199. Board Game: Ghost Stories: Black Secret [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
♫ Eric Herman ♫
United States
West Richland
Washington
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BGG Santa let me down last year, but he's made up for it, no doubt. In addition to the brand new Ghost Stories expansion, there was another game in the box that I know will get a lot of love in our family...



Thank you, Santa!!
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200. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: Growing Hunger [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
Bruce Henderson
United States
Hillsboro
Oregon
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Dude! it's going to be a very Merry Zombie Christmas! zombie My not so Secret Santa, taunt gone wrong, has gifted me some great games. Not only did he package up for me the Growing Hunger expansion for LNoE, I received Munchkin Zombies, and Cthulhu Dice too!

Look at my little photo bomber!

Thanks my not so Secret Santa!

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