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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876. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:248]
Chris Miller
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What to my wandering eyes should appear today but a package on my doorstep!


(I took a picture of the box but despite the obtuse angle you can still see my address so just imagine it till I get some time to be fancy and blur it )


and inside were three (THREE!!!!??!!) nicely wrapped packages:


(Love the Frosty paper)

I looked and looked and didn't see any "Do Not Open till Christmas" warnings so I hummed Jingle Bells to myself and TORE into them


Secret Santa is the MAN!

Chicago Express and A la carte were probably my two favorite "new to me" plays at BGG.con so I put them on my wish list shortly after and Bisikle has been on my "almost ordered" list many many times.

Thank you SO much Santa - I really REALLY appreciate it and can't wait till game night on Friday!

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877. Board Game: Olympos [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:547]
Chris Bailey
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A knock on my door today brought Olympos and the 7 Wonders Leaders expansion.



SHWING! Thanks Santa!!!!
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878. Board Game: Mondo [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:906]
Heidi Custer
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San Antonio
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Thanks Santa! Today I received both of these terrific games which I saw at Essen but wasn't able to get while there:

Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia



and...

Mondo



You're awesome Santa! I hope you have a Merry Christmas.
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879. Board Game: Eselsbrücke [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:2317]
Hilko Drude
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Goettingen
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Ok, this came as a complete surprise. The thing is: I never signed up for participating in the event. I wasn't sure enough that I would have enough money, what with a major (and terribly expensive) trip coming up soon, that can easily ruin a family of four.
So Secret Santa's "Ho ho ho" message yesterday came out of the blue, and today, a package has arrived at my doorstep. A heavy one. I haven't unwrapped the actual game, but while spiele-offensive.de has gift-wrapped the game, they still put an invoice into the pack, so I know what it is.
This was a great choice made by my Secret Santa, as it is a game that was rather high on my wishlist but that I probably wouldn't have bought for a long time, unless I had found some irresistible special offer or so. I have a decent theory who could be behind this (after all, unlike in most other cases, it would be someone I know). Thanks, dear! You rule! Forgive me if I open it before Christmas - I might want to bring this to my classroom as a year-end activity...
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880. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:137]
Lennard Grimm
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Today I came home from woodworking class expecting to find a package containing some hardwax oil for our new kitchen storagebench (for our games), instead it were my Secret Santa gifts from the GameFreak (a dutch online gamesstore). I opened the box and found two games and a small bag of candies!



So I placed them under our tree:



About an hour later my girlfriend came home and we instantly (ok after she had a look at the bench which I brought home today) unwrapped them to find:


Ghost Stories and Guillotine!!!

Ghost Stories is a game I wanted for a long time and this weekend we're going on a little trip and we'll definitely play it!
Guillotine is a game I've heard of before, but never played it, so we will also try that one.

Thank you very much Secret Santa!!! Hope you get nice gifts too!

First time participating in the Secret Santa exchange has been great!



Update 21-12:
Have played both games twice this weekend with my girlfriend and we had a blast! Guillotine is indeed a very fun little filler. And Ghost Stories is a gem! What a great game that is. We won the second time we played it on the initiative lvl. So we're gonna try to up the difficulty next time we play it!

Thanks Santa! Great choice of games!



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881. Board Game: Runewars: Banners of War [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked]
Richard Bright
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Rancho Cordova
California
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Yesterday, after I'd already packed my computer up for work, a package from the jungles of South America (Amazon) arrived on my doorstep. I picked it up and looked at the mailing label, thinking it was one of my wife's Christmas orders, but my name was to be found on the front.

I took the package inside. I shook it a few times and heard that familiar board game rattle. I set the box aside and waited for my wife to come home from work. When she arrived home I asked her to open the package and confirm it was indeed from my secret Santa. She said it was and offered a few little hints on what is inside.

The clues I got are as follow:
1. There are two items.
2. Santa was sneaky and used my name for both sender and receiver.
3. Both items are on my Amazon Christmas wishlist (Which is smaller than my BGG wishlist).
4. Santa is as big a geek as I am (according to my wife).
5. Santa sent a note.

The box was resealed by my wife and is now sitting in my office. I have to work on Christmas this year (I'm a paramedic and have to work holidays sometimes), so I will take my secret Santa gift to work and open it on the 25th to have a little holiday cheer while I'm away from my family.

Thanks for the gift Santa!

Update to come when I open the box.

Update! I got to work this morning and finished my rig check in record time. That being done I sat down at the table and dug into the Amazon box that has kept my Secret Santa gift hidden for all these weeks. The first game I saw was:

There was also a note:
Santa wrote:
Saw this was one of your top games, and expansions only make things better!
I couldn't agree more. I love the Ameri-trashy greatness that is Runewars and I can't wait to dig into this expansion. Thanks Santa!

There was a second gift as well:

And another note:
Santa wrote:
Also saw you were into Fluxx and Merchants and Marauders...figured you could mix up your game of Runewars with some pirate flavor!
I'm a sucker for pirate stuff (as well as ninjas, zombies, robots, aliens, and whatever else you want to throw at me). I've also recently got a hankering for more Fluxx so I put a bunch on my wishlist and I'm very happy I got this one.

Thank you for being such a great inaugural Secret Santa, whomever you are.

Merry Christmas
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882. Board Game: Thunderstone: Dragonspire [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:262] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
AJ Newhausen
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Loves Park
Illinois
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Got a package from Santa today! He gave me permission to open early, due to some confusion with the naughty list. (For some reason, he thought my appearance on the naughty list was a mistake... devil) Even with that, though, I had a half a mind to wait until Thursday night so I could unwrap it in front of my gaming group after convincing them to play it sight unseen...

...that thought lasted half a second. And not just because I opened the box to find a note from Santa wondering why anyone would think dungeons are fun. I guess that's the sort of thing that only makes sense to those of us on the naughty list...

But I digress. I quickly unwrapped the box to find an expansion to one of the great games I received last year, Dragonspire!

He also left me a note to check inside the box for more goodies, so I opened it to find more goodies! Yay!

Thunderstone: For the Dwarf Promo
Thunderstone: Promo Pack #2
Thunderstone: Werewolf Promo Pack (Sort of--this appears to be the variant that had another set of Dwarf promos instead of the Werewolf ones--I guess it was handed out at BGG.CON?)
...and I don't think these usually come with Dragonspire, do they?



Thanks Santa! This is going straight to game night!
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883. Board Game: Cargo Noir [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1101]
Rune Berg
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My Secret Santa was very quick to send me a parcel for Christmas.
I got it already in late November. UPS called me up, and wanted to know if I was home for delivery... I sure was.. bring it on!!

When openining the parcel, I found a nice wrapped gift, with a note on the top, - saying what game that was inside the wrapping, and also who the secret santa was... - oops.. a mistake from either the Secret Santa or the shop...

I decided that I wanted to wait untill Christmas with the unwrapping, despite knowing what was inside... I loved getting the game though!

THANKS SECRET SANTA!!!

But.. today, I received a letter from UPS, - not a letter though..
it was a bill, - I have to pay 47 Dollars for the delivery myself...
Whooaahh.. what a mistake Secret Santa...

Well, I guess.. - I feel like I bought the game to myself now,
as I have to pay this amount.. (lots more than the game itself though..!)

I tell you all this, to be AWARE of this.. to not to make the same mistake in the next years Secret Santa...

Still... merry Christmas.. and thanks for a nice new game.. to myself!!
Ho Ho Ho...

(and now I have unwrapped the game... because of this letter of today!)
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884. Board Game: Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1970]
chris wuebbles
United States
Eugene
Oregon
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I received my Secret Santa gift today. My wife opened it up and saw that it was not wrapped so she wrapped it before I could get a look at it. I will update on Christmas.


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885. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:304]
Langley Rock
Canada
Kanata
Ontario
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While on vacation down south for the last few weeks, I got a notification that a package was delivered last week. Although cruising in the Caribbean is always enjoyable, I couldn't wait to get home to see what was waiting!

We returned yesterday, only to find a note from our neighbour who picked the package up off our doorstep (in spite of the Do Not Safe Drop message on the label). Neighbour wasn't home. ARGH! Have to wait one more day!

Tonight got the package. It was sent from my favourite OLGS - The German Boardgame Company. Inside the box was not one, not two but THREE gift-wrapped packages, and a xmas card with a simple but effective note.

Now although the suspense was killing me, I was prepared to wait until the big day for the reveal and put the three packages under our tree. Unfortunately, our daughter didn't get the memo and decided to open them for me:

 


My SS was indeed generous this year. A copy of Alhambra as well as The Resistance and Jaipur.

Thank you, Santa, for my gifts and hope that Santa is equally generous to you this year!
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886. Board Game: Dominion: Hinterlands [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
Ken Monson
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Eagan
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Secret Santa is awesome, also included Dominion: Cornucopia


Which really made my wife happy, because Dominion is her favorite game. The chocolate candies were also very yummy. Thanks so much. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
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887. Board Game: Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror Expansion [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
Bryon Petrie
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Kaukauna
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I was beginning to wonder if my Secret Santa gift was going to arrive before I left the country for the holidays......

Got home from work today and a package was waiting in the hall. I saw it came from California. Inside was the Arkham Horror: Dunwich Horror expansion. Need to get the base game to the table soon.

Beneath that was the following:

Prophecy: Dragon Realm


Now to get the base game for this to the table as well.

Thank you Secret Santa.
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888. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:215]
Marc Maier
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Darien
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Got home yesterday to a box from Wisconsin. Within was a game that's been on my wishlist since I first got wind of it. Thank you Secret Santa, and a Merry Christmas to you, Mrs. Claus and all the elves!



My eldest daughter is certainly excited!
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889. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
J Sinnett
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Philomath
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I'm not actually sure which Santa sent this, as I'm involved in Secret Santa, Thrifty Santa, *and* Printy Santa this year, but I had a box show up at my door today from the UPS guy.

I haven't opened it yet, as I want to at least figure out *which* Santa sent this... Thrifty Santa says he didn't send it... or maybe did... I can't really make heads or tails out of the message I received when I asked about it, but I *think* he said it's not his... unless it was a thrifty elf.

Anyways, I have a box, and this is a placeholder until I open it and see which Santa sent it.

EDIT: Oh, who am I kidding? I can't let this box sit here unopened. Alas, the contents aren't wrapped. Yay, I get to farmer it up!
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890. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:139]
Amy Smit

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Ahhhhhhh! I ruined my Secret Santa surprise! Dang it! Several boxes from Amazon came and I just assumed they were all my order. Even though Santa had told me my elves were from the Amazon, I was too sleep deprived.

Oh well. I did squeal with delight when I saw the gift. Santa got me Merchant and Marauders. I am totally going to play this with my 11 and 13 year old next week during school break. I have a feeling my son is going to love this!

Also in the box was The Rivals for Catan. Sweet! We are Catan fans and play 2 players games most often, so this is a perfect fit! Thanks Santa!
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891. Board Game: HeroClix: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Nick Greuel
United States
Camp Lejeune
North Carolina
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Gee golly!

This afternoon my door step was greeted with a gift from Santa. Did I already open it? Well, Santa sent me a message letting me know that I didn't have to pretend to wait until Dec 25th. He didn't mind me opening it early. Rudolph was another story, but he'll get his apple. I was so excited to check out my new gift, that I didn't actually read Santa's message before opening it, but at least he's okay with it. I was very excited to open up 24 booster packs of Heroclix figures! 16 of them were unique and 8 were duplicates. If there really are only 21 to collect, then I guess I'm just five away from a complete set! Very exciting. And I've got almost the entire Fellowship of the Ring too! Only Pippin and Legolas are missing. They must be in the mountains trying to find the sun. Thank you Santa! And Merry Christmas!
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892. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:72]
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My ship may be doomed but my Christmas will be merry! Space Alert has been at the top of my wish list for quite some time. And now thanks to my Secret Santa who flew in on the Thought Hammer express, I've added it to my owned list! Not only that, but I have to say Thanks for including No Thanks! in my box as well!

I'm looking forward to playing both games on Christmas Day. Happy Holidays to my Secret Santa and to everyone who has participated in this wonderful BGG holiday tradition!
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893. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:1]
Andrew Heim
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Santa Clara
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I have the best Secret Santa Everrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!
The person I had not only used Santa to tease me I was getting coal! My SS then shipped me a huge box. Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) was also in the box! I cannot believe it, I am in shock. This is a very generous gift, and My son is so excited to play Twilight Imperium, he cannot wait. The best part is he has finals so we have to wait until the weekend to play!
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894. Board Game: Cavum [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1060]
Martin Pobuda
Czech Republic
Prague
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I buy lots of presents through internet this year, so I'm frequently seen in the queue at our local post office. Yesterday I brought home 3 packages, but on one of them was written: "Dárek od Ježíška" which literally means "Present from small Jesus".

And inside was Cavum, game I eagerly want to try and play!

Secret Santa, thank you very very very much, you really made my day!
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895. Board Game: First Train to Nuremberg [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:879]
Annick Weyzig
Netherlands
Woerden
Utrecht
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Woah, my Secret Santa really spoiled me this year! My favourite parcel delivery guy was at my door yesterday with a big, heavy box. I managed to keep it closed for almost a full day.

I opened it this morning and found...

First train to Nuremberg, a game that my husband and I both really really wanted, so we'll be playing that tonight, yay!


A big box of great Dominion cards to fuel some good rule and strategy discussions with my local gaming group (will be played tomorrow).


A small box packed with lots of new fun cards (and more rule and strategy discussions ) for my other big favourite, Agricola.

Thank you very, very much, Santa Tim! kiss
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896. Board Game: Masters Gallery [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1241]
JOHN TODD JENSEN
United States
JOHNSON CREEK
WI
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My Secret Santa was very generous, and sent me the Modern Art Card Game.

Oh, yeah, as a bonus, Santa threw in an obscure title called 7 Wonders and enough sleeves to sleeve it!

I am happy, since I was told my temp assignment is ending, and my back brakes went out today!
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897. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Season of the Witch [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
Joerg Sterner
Austria
Vienna
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Today I got my Secret Santa package and wow what I great Santa he was. I got 3 of my wishlist presents!!!!

Thank you very much Secret Santa, I especially liked the Mansion of Madness Expansion, since I find it hard to find here.

I will have a great time playing those games, I'm sure, so thank you very much again and I hope you have a great Christmas as well!!

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor
Shadows over Camelot: Merlin's Company
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898. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:18]
lingwei ko
Singapore
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After some shipping/delivery delays (tsk, elves!) my package finally arrived. Wow! Once again, I am stunned at the generosity of BGGers. 7 Wonders, as well as:Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization! And a filler too: Power Grid: France/Italy Thank you so much Secret Santa!
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899. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:439]
Grace Whelan
United States
Tipp City
Ohio
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Yeah Santa! I've had an exciting week. My son was born on Friday, and after getting home I found a box from Secret Santa.

I am soo excited to have:



And also:




It may be a week or two before I get to play these, but I cannot wait. THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!

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900. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:439]
Grace Whelan
United States
Tipp City
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Yeah Santa! I've had an exciting week. My son was born on Friday, and after getting home I found a box from Secret Santa.

I am soo excited to have:



And also:




It may be a week or two before I get to play these, but I cannot wait. THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!

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