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2011 WARGAMERS Look what Santa Grogs sent me!
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Welcome to the 4th annual edition of the "Look at what Santa Grogs sent me!" list. This is the largest one we've had yet, with well over 100 participants! This makes the wargamer secret santa the biggest one outside the main BGG wide one.

Thank you to
Larz Welo
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for running the exchange this year.

Details and rules for the exchange can be found here: mbWargamer Secret Santa

This year's microbadge will be automatically awarded to participants.

Lists from past years:
mb2008 WARGAMER Look what Secret Santa Sent Me...
mb2009 WARGAMERS Look what Santa Grogs sent me!
mb2010 WARGAMERS Look what Santa Grogs sent me!

So, for all of us obsessive compulsive types, especially the ones who fret "did my secret Santa gift actually arrive?", this is where you can post what your secret Santa sent you.

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present!

If your Santa sends you more than one item, just list them all in one listing unless you think it makes more sense to list them separately. Remember to include any comments you want your Secret Santa to know!

Merry Christmas fellow wargamers!
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76. Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:145]
Santa Grogs
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Ho Ho Ho! I'm rested up now after my travels around the world last week! A little more eggnog and I'll be ready for the New Year! Then for my annual vacation in Miami...

I just wanted to confirm that one shy wargame Secret Santa participant received his gifts in December? How do I know? The elf I have who works at a game shop in Poland told me!

The target received Sekigahara, and also



In fact, my elf told me: "Everything went smoothly. We wrap those games and give to Piotr. He was so happy, he almost pissed himself. We also had fun with so don't worry. Merry Christmas "

Ho Ho Ho!
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77. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:413]
John Lagerquist
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I have been wanting this for some time, thanks Santa!

Santa also sent me:


Discworld: Ankh-Morpork

I am a big fan of the books and have had a lot of fun playing it with the kids over the holiday week.
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78. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
Robby Timmermans
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Yesterday a package arrived from my Secret Santa Grogs. I took some time, but overseas shipping tends to be a little slower.

Inside the package I found a game that's high on my wishlist: Twilight Struggle
It's the second print edition, but with the Deluxe upgrade pack (map, counters and rules), love it ! Nice touch: the China card was sleeved in a blue sleeve, easy to recognize at the beginning of a game. I've read the rules last night and this afternoon I'm going to play my first game.


But wait, that wasn't all, Santa Grogs wanted me to experience some real wargaming (for which I also asked) and he picked a wonderfull game: Normandy '44 (Normandy is on the left side of the picture).

It doesn't look too complex for a beginning grognard and the theme and setting really appeals to me. Super choice ! It was packaged by Rick from GMT (good personal touch, kuddos to GMT). After my first TS game I'm going to go through the rules and hopefully get a game going next weekend.

As an added bonus a really nice Christmas card and an ornament from the San Diego Zoo was included.

Here is the ornament in our Christmas tree:


I love personal touches in our tree, all of them tell a little story. A close-up of the ornament:


Thanks again Secret Santa !
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79. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:142]
Aigar Alaveer
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The wait was long but I was quite sure that my Santa Grogs will not forget me. And then, one fine day I received a geekmail, where my Santa introduced himself and let me know that the packet is on the way. I knew that delivery to this corner of the world would take some time, so I just relaxed and hoped it would arrive by Christmas. Unfortunately it didn't... was couple of days late - but you can't have everything, can you?

I opened the box and inside there was a smaller, very familiar box, with Treefrog logo on it. Why it was familiar - I just recently received their Ankh-Morpork packed in same way. I have to admit that I'm quite addicted to Warfrog/Treefrog line of games... also have one game extra signed and had a chance to have a few lines with Wallace last Essen... so I was extra happy to see that the inner box contained A Few Acres of Snow!

But that wasn't all. When I was checking the components, I was surprised by their high quality - small wooden houses and citys and fortresses. Wait a minute, rulebook referred to cubes and disks? I checked the game box again - and on the back I found now sticker "Limited Edition #302" with signature on it. I was speechless then for a while.

Excellent gift. Thanks, Dave!
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80. Board Game: Airborne In Your Pocket: Free Trial Version [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2782]
Tim P.
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Got the package, all the way from Tallinn in Estonia, wow.

The minis did not survive the journey unscathed but a short stint in sickbay and a dab of superglue will have them back on their bases feet in no time.

Many thanks for a nice production of Airborne In Your Pocket: Free Trial Version!.

Happy New Year for 2012
Tim

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81. Board Game: Combat Commander: Pacific [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:198]
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Thank you very much Santa Grogs.

I'm a big fan of CC and I have the first 2 volumes. I've played some Pacific before and very much enjoyed it. And now I have my own copy!

Thank you!

Randy
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82. Board Game: Lightning: D-Day [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4398]
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My substitute Santa Grogs came though in a jiffy! A box arrived today and sitting on top was Lightning D-Day. This line of card games had completely slipped my notice so I'm really looking forward to trying this.

Under this was a copy of Grand Army of the Republic, still in the shrink! With the research I've been doing on the Civil War in Missouri lately, I have a growing interest for all things ACW, so thanks, Substitute Santa Grogs for scratching the itch!
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83. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:414]
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I should include my gift here as well. My Santa apparently fell on some hard times. But rather than just bail on me, he forwarded his SS gift to me. It wssn't on my wishlist but will be decent trade bait or make a solid gift.
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84. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:676]
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Thank you very much Santa

This game is a great addition to my collecion meeple
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85. Board Game: Karelia '44 [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:3799]
Damian Gimenez
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The last week, my replacement Wargame Secret Santa come to me and give this great wargame!!! I love so much Wargame Secret Santa kiss. I will enjoy a lot with my game (Karelia ´44). I´m so happy!!!!!!!!
See you in the next Wargame Secret Santa.

Note: my first Wargame Secret Santa forgot me cry... but the replacement Wargame Secret Santa take the cotrol and put the things in the right way . My Wargame Secret Santa put in contact with me and send me my gift.
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86. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:203]
Kristian Madsen
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I've been a bad boy, and not having thanked Santa Grogs '11 publicly. Never too late to make amends, so here goes.

Thanks a million Santa Grogs, not only did I receive the wonderful Commands & Colors: Napoleonics, but I also received a much coveted copy of Panzer Pranks -- I'm humbled.

I did share my joy in a ways, though --
Who can't love the comment about "not forgetting to make the tank sounds when moving", as per the rules

Thanks again Santa, I've been trying to pay it forward to make amends!

/kgm
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