Dear Secret Santa,
I've been a busy boy this year! We began foster care this past January, so far having three boys under our roof. The middle one we are in the process of adopting! Unfortunately we found out in September I have Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a kind of cancer. I'm responding well to treatment
As for gaming, it's mainly with my wife, so a focus is on games that play well with two players. We prefers less cutthroat/more family style (or better yet, entirely co-op)games of under two hours.
Edit: Good sir, I have received thy queries, and offer reply.
You are not out of touch with how a preorder works. I put that designation for three children's games to keep in mind for the future (our little boy just turned one last month), and three games I'm intending to put in my wife's family Secret Santa (she's one of seven, so it's cheaper to do it this way than to buy everyone gifts!). I've changed their designations to cause less confusion, my Canadian friend.
We have no problem getting used games; quite a few of ours were bought used.
I hope this edit has helped clarify things!
edit 2: The wife suggests Jenga, if you want to get our son something, since he can both chew on the blocks AND knock it over!