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:
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
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!
So, my Secret Santa alerted me to a package days before it arrived. When I asked if I should open it or wait until Christmas, like a true gamer, they responded "Totally up to you - but I figure, the sooner you open the more time you can spend playing!!"
I was just floored by what I received! First is Jamaica, which is such a beautiful game and one I have wanted for a while. I just love the artwork here.
But, Santa wasn't done! Oh Ho, Ho, No! Also included was Endeavor!
I was so thrilled to see that as well! Now I can plunder the high seas with pride this Christmas! YAR!
In fact, I was so happy and thrilled, that I almost missed Ra!
So now, I can plunder on sea...and when I get tired of sailing, I can travel to the arid deserts of Egypt!
I am truly amazed, joyous, and thankful to my Secret Santa and their fantastic generosity. Thank you, thank you, thank you! This X-Mas is going to be spent at the gaming table a LOT and I can not wait to teach my girls the joy of classic pirating! Seems Santa has a soft spot for me and corsairs!
Thank you again, from the bottom of this salty dog's heart!
Got mail from my apartment complex that a package came yesterday, so I picked it up this morning. In it was Rattus, which was pretty high on my wishlist, something wrapped, and a $5 CSI gift certificate.
I have a pretty good guess about what's in the wrapped box from its dimensions and weight, but I think having something new to play will help me hold off for a while Would it be bad to go to my FLGS and shake the boxes of the other stuff on my wishlist to find something that matches?
Thanks, Secret Santa!
Edit: Adding the obligatory picture of cat with games:
Edit 2 (12/10): Well, I couldn't make it until Christmas, so I opened that last package expecting to have some quality disc-stickering time setting up Catacombs. But it turned out to be Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game – Fame and Fortune, an expansion that should be able to get Civ back to our table. Looking forward to giving it a shot!
"Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering." ― Steve Maraboli
नमस्ते (Namaste) – I honor the place in you in which the entire universe dwells. I honor the place in you which is of love, of truth, of light and of peace. When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are one.
This was my first time participating in all the fun. I didn't really know what to expect and was kind of nervous while waiting if my Santa was going to be contacting me or will s/he be the strong silent type. I was getting a bit worried as a few days went along and no message from Santa no matter how hard I refreshed the page. And then, a couple of days later, there it was, a message from Santa, yay
I was very happy even about the first message from Santa. Then a bit later I received a message letting me know that the reindeers have been sent on their way. I felt like a little girl waiting for the package to arrive. Santa left me with one clue:
hopefully you will enjoy all your gifts, when beeing fooled underground.
Later Santa even wanted to know if this experience has been a nice one and yes, it really has been! Today I received my package and tried very hard to resist opening it for about 5 minutes after which I just had to open the presents. I got two new games of which Drako was really high on my wishlist and I would have bought it later myself if not gotten now and the The Resistance I might not have bought at all and therefore am really happy to have it now. Especially since our gaming group has gotten bigger and this was something we really needed, a game for a bigger group of people And there even was a Decision Dice from Nick & Sue from Shire Games. Nice choice of an online store
And here are the proofs of the happy event:
Gifts still wrapped and being inspected by one of my furballs. Lolcat approves
My new family members, I'm soooo happy
My other furball loved the leftovers:
Thank you Santa so much, I was so excited about my gifts that my cats got a bit scared and probably thought I'm ready for asylum I wouldn't mind knowing who you are unless you want to keep your identity as a secret. I'm one very happy target
Santa stayed in touch of me throughout this season (see notes below). It's the most communication I've had from him since I was a toddler. I especially enjoyed his final poetic response (although I thought he was referring to another game on my wishlist that had to do with racing). It appears Santa has a special relationship with an employee at Sears ... but I could be mistaken. There's a phone number and a name ... but ... Secret Santa Operatives have a way of keeping their identity a secret and I'm not sure if this information is authentic.
Thank you, Secret Santa, for bringing holiday cheer to the household. I will be bringing the game to my son's game night for all to enjoy.
Japan has a special place in my heart for my daughter-in-law has family who serves there as missionaries. Ikusa will bring the family together around the table during Christmas.
Merry Christmas! And thank you, Secret Santa.
---------------- HO HO HO -
(That is my way of saying "hello!")
Well Don, I'm very pleased to be your Santa this year! As you know, every year I check my lists and make sure everyone is behaving as they should. However, your records seem to have been misplaced by McGuckin, my Head Accounts Manager elf. McGuckin has apologized profusely to me, and he wishes you to know as well how frightfully sorry he is.
So, I need you to do something for me, Don: I need you to leave me a letter in your profile telling me whether you think you've been a good boy or a bad boy this year. I'd also like to know a little more about who you are (are you married? do you have children? if so how old are they? what are some of your favorite games?) I need to know these things so that I can make your Christmas extra-special and get you that perfect gift that you've been longing for.
I look forward to hearing from you. I'll be checking your profile regularly, so you better be good, for goodness sake!
Your friend, Santa ---------------- Don -
You do know, don't you, that not replying to Santa can get you on the Naughty List? We wouldn't want that!
Your pal, Santa ---------------- Don,
Thank you for the nice note - Santa is pleased that you are listening. I am still considering what would be the right gift for you. Many of the items on your wishlist are unattainable at this time (the economic downturn has hit the North Pole as well!)
What are your favorite games to play? How many games do you own? (Can you update your collection on BGG to reflect this?)
Santa knows you've been good (I enjoy pranks as well!) and I want to delight you, but need some guidance. So I will continue monitoring your profile and will strive to do my best for you.
Yours in Merriment, Santa ---------------- Donald -
Good news! McGuckin found your records! It does appear as if you've been a very good boy (at least that's what Joyce reports!)
Please continue updating your information here at Boardgamegeek, and we will continue our analysis of your gaming needs.
In the meantime, tell Glenn, Mark & David that I've got my eye on them! They need to play more games with you!
Kindest Regards, The Jolly Fat Man ---------------- Subject: Christmas wheels in motion Santa knows that you’ve tried to be good; Santa waited as long as he could. A game has been bought and shipped with all care; Come Monday next week it will be right there. In time for a holiday season of cheer; That Santa would fail you there’s no need to fear. So look to your doorstep as next week is waxing – To punch all the bits can sometimes be taxing. But soon to the table you will be a-racing, T’ween now and then you’ll surely be pacing. So Merry Christmas, dear Donny and all of your kin; Let the season commence! Let your great joy begin!
I was depressed about my university failers when I got notification from a postoffice. I decided to pick it up the next day. The package was very light - about 2 kg (exactly what I needed after hard workout in a gym!). I'd thrown away all post papers near the office, and I did the same to invoce inside the box. (damn, why Santa always forget to remove them?!) >_>' I thought about keeping package until New Year, but in this case I wouldn't be able to share my emotions in this list! So, when I got home I took my faithful knife and start to rip up teh package! *,,* On the top there was Alien Swarm: The BoardgameSpace Infantry
For me Space Infantry is cute small solo game about squad control which don't take place in WW2 and has campaign mode. I poked it a little in VASSAL version. It doesn't have a lot of action and tension, like Aline Swarm, but it's a boardgame after all! With blackjack and mm... space marines! Under it there was the sacared dream of my subconsciousness - Ranger
When I saw this game for the first time I'd understood that this will be my ultimate solo game. Brilliant idea of drawing moves on a map and a separate book about tactics make this game special.. for me at least. ^_^
Great gift in a dark period of my life.
Thank you, my Secret Santa! I hope you've got nice boardgames too. ,) Merry Christmas!
I had a fantastic Secret Santa that did their homework and made me work to open my gifts early. Not only did I get Dice Town, a game my wife and I both were interested in trying, but also Space Alert: The New Frontier! This is perfect since we just got into Space Alert and our group really loves it.
Santa found out I am a saxophonist and asked me to play Christmas songs before I could open my gifts. Santa says they are still watching, so hopefully they find this additional tune:
From now on I am a happy owner of Chicago Express. Thank you Santa!! You have a good feeling about my wishes.
The package arrived yesterday, but I got it early in the morning from my neighbours house. I didn't opened it at once. I've left the package at my place and went to work. So, I have been waiting whole day to open it and I've been telling people about the Secret Santa.
Well, not actually waiting for Santa, since my gift just arrived yesterday, along with a small note suggesting that his elves were backed up this year and that I should expect an additional gift once they're caught up.
Here's what I have so far...
There was no indication whether or not I should open it right away, so I have resisted considerable temptation and decided to wait until the day. It's a fairly big, heavy box so I can make a few educated guesses based on my wish list, but the anticipation is growing.
Secret Santa, thank you so much! I can't wait to see what's in store for me. I'll update this post once all is revealed. Our tree doesn't go up for a few more days yet, but this will be the first present beneath it.
UPDATE: Just received the highly anticipated second gift. Many thanks to Santa's elves for beating the deadline. Here's the pic:
Only four more days. Must....be....strong.....
FINAL UPDATE: Well, Christmas Day is here and even though I received a geekmail from Santa a couple of days ago giving me permission to open one of my gifts, I managed to resist temptation (actually I was far too busy, otherwise I would have torn one of those suckers open as soon as I got the go-ahead). But now I am thrilled to report the following games under my tree:
Outstanding! I couldn't possibly be more thrilled. Secret Santa you have most certainly outdone yourself this year. Thank you so much for providing me with a bounty of gaming goodness this Christmas. Rest assured they will get plenty of play time over the next week and beyond. I wish you all the best for the holidays and can't wait to participate in BGG Secret Santa 2012.
I wanted to keep the package closed until Christmas, and of course 30 seconds after receiving it I was already digging into it...
Besides being extremely generous, my Secret Santa is also telepathic!! He sent me 2 great games like Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age and Stronghold that I had placed on my wishlist, and then he also added The Kaiser's Pirates, which was not in the list but that I actually had been considering for a very long time! Impressive guess!! As soon as I play the game I'll make a video review for it and I'll dedicate it to my Secret Santa!
This arrived all neatly wrapped and would likely have made it till Christmas except that the shipping box was somewhat mangled and I was concerned for the state of the contents. After having investigated, the contents survived completely intact. Who knows if I'll be able to say the same for my sanity.
It also included some sweet custom dice which I can't find a BGG entry for.
Gave it a solo shot today. Only one investigator, so I was expecting a rough road. Just wanted to feel out some mechanics before trying to talk others into playing.
Resulted in Nyarlathotep turning Dexter Drake into a tasty snack. I doubt I would have won anyhow, but man magic resistance on the GOO sure didn't help once the board was swamped with monsters and I had to fight the big nasty. Good enough lore rating to keep him from eating my clues right aweay and therefore to stayed in the fight for a while, but it really was inevitable even without the resistance making my attacks less useful. I just would have likely knocked off another doom marker or two before being snackified.
Hello Santa. Your Gifts have arrived. My wife got them while I was at work. I will not see them until our tree is up. if they were unwrapped I will not see them till we open presents. If they were wrapped they will go under the tree. I also got the envelope from spielbox. Thanks for the card, and the little whatever they ares. They were wrapped and so they wait for Christmas as well. I will update this with specific games once the presents are opened. Thanks for your generosity and efficiency.
An average day in Illinois for late November see's the temperature dropping quickly into the low 40's and lower at night. I come home from work yesterday and as I've been anticipating my Secret Santa gift I find it not there.
I go into my house and think "Oh it's a bit cold" but that's as far as it got as I don't particularly care. I leave, get my kids from their respective schools and come home again. This time I think "Damn, it's cold." I look at the thermostat and sure enough, house reads at 60. Yup, the furnace broke. However me being a handy type of guy I go and dig into it myself. I discover a popped HSI which is kind of like a light bulb that kicks your furnace on. A very simple fix. If that is, there was any place in town that sold parts, to the public, at 6 at night. Just in case anyone lives in Springfield, IL there isn't. Still while my wife takes the kids to her mom's for the night I venture forth to make the rounds to all the small supply stores and see if any have the part I need. Again, they don't. However upon returning home to get my clothes to head over to my mother in laws I see what I can only describe as a 'Silver Lining'. Upon my porch next to my door sits a nice box with a sticker on it that says 'From your BGG Secret Santa -Enjoy!'. Woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I thought about not opening it for like 3 seconds and then tore into it. Sorry Santa, you left no specific instructions about not opening it.
At the top I find this firmly attached to a separate piece of cardboard again asking me to enjoy a present from my BGG SS. Awesome! I've always contemplated getting one of these, and now I don't have to. Upon further digging into the box I find!
This is the new FFG larger version which I put on the list because I own the smaller version which gave me much enjoyment. I guess asking for a game I already owned seemed a little anti-climactic but now I can trade the other one off to someone else who might enjoy it as well. I'm very happy! However, I dig to see one more box!
Now I'm really excited! I've been debating on buying this for the last like 5 months for my kids. In fact I had decided to buy it for them for Christmas and have been watching Amazon to see if any were on sale for a seasonabally low price. Now I don't have to! My kids didn't see me open so now I (via my wife's interference) must wait until Christmas to let them open it.
Thank you Santa! You have made my season bright! Merry Christmas to all!
"'A grey man,' she said. 'Neither white nor black, but partaking of both. Is that what you are, Ser Davos?' 'What if I am? It seems to me most men are grey.'" -- Lady Melisandre of Asshai and Ser Davos Seaworth from A Clash of Kings by G.R.R. Martin
A small part of a 17,000 pushpin video game art project I was involved with.
So, my Secret Santa was very happy to tell me that my package had arrived. Pleased, I went to the post and got it today. Soon it was home.