Guide to Deranged as a Santee

So I write a fresh new letter every year, and I will do so in the future, but it prolly helps to have a few things just spelled out. I tend to be both wordy and... well away-from-the-point, if you know what I mean. Even this description is getting out of hand ^^.

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Hiya Santas of the 2021 Santa period season time!

I've put this here because if you're subscribed, it'll actually show up in your feed rather than in my profile which wouldn't.

Every year, the local fairs are bundled together at the end of the year. First there's Essen, then typically two weeks later there's the Utrecht fair called Spellenspektakel, and then two weeks later there's my absolute favourite fair of the Benelux - Antwerpen. That was this weekend.

The "problem" with this is that I can't pre-plan for any deals they might have, and construct my wishlist around that. And as you might have gleaned from all of this text, helping Santa is my priority, and hindering Santa is sacrilege. I am, however, also rather vulnerable to good deals, and I've long ago decided that getting a game that might never again be available is worth it (#1).

What would be unacceptable to me is making my Santa sad on purpose. It's sometimes unavoidable, sure, but that's what happens when you're Deranged like me. And part of being Deranged is trying to make sure everyone is as comfortable and happy as possible, which goes double for Santas of any stripe and colour. Makes sense so far? Good deals on games on the one hand, at the risk of doubling Santa's Schrödinger's gifts.

The way around this, for me, is to mostly buy things from off-list that catch my eye, some things that have an extra-very-low chance of being my Santa's gifts, and a lot of extra presents for my own targets. A few games I've just gotten as gifts, there's little helping that. All the games I get from the moment of Target Acquired onwards, right up until Christmas Day, will remain in their plastic prison until such a time as I've opened all my Santa Presents; and in case of doubles I don't have to think about which I keep - the one Santa's held, I keep.

And normally, that'd be enough, but this year (2021) with four Santas I figured I'd probably be better off listing the games I'd gotten - also because against all normal protocols, I've opened one.

2021 New Games Gotten List:
-Squirrel Away (local publisher, didn't know before)
-Renature (as a gift ^^)
-Marrakech (with carpets, as a gift/demo game)
-TM Prelude (tho the base game eluded me, for reasons that are an adventure in themselves )
-The Shining
-One more game (I'll tell you in a bit)


So if you did get me any of these, well what else can I say than that your taste is impeccable! Simply magnificent . I'll find a new home for the non-precious self-bought game, and keep yours.

I do hope this arrangement suits you. I know some others buy things and then keep it a secret, which to me seems dishonest; or buy things without notifying to their Santa, which to me seems counterproductive and stress-inducing on all sides.

Anyway, I'm going for a nice Sunday walk and do some grocery shopping. I hope your day is as Sunny as this one (my Verbena is sprouting like it's spring ), and everything else in life is to your liking (or will soon be).

#1: The chance of any Santa getting that same game are slim, and my treacherous mind would almost certainly add a "Oh I could've gotten Rampage" clause to my genuine "Yay I got preseeents" reaction.
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Well I wouldn't live up to my name if my wishlist wasn't a sprawling mess by now...

So I've collected all the bits and pieces of advice and such here for you, dear Santa.

THE BASICS
So wishlists go from 1 to 5, eh? But what does that mean, to me, for a game to be a 1?

1) These games I'd buy more or less immediately, and cherish forever. They are mostly things that represent something beyond the mere game, like Rockopolis which will prolly never get released, but I count the designers among my friends, The Castle thingy with the ghost which I remember playing when I was... 9 or so, you know, those kind of things. If there was a level 0, these entries would be there. I'm not sure you could even find me most of these, and I don't expect that's about to change.

Dune is a case apart, btw - I do own a copy of the old version, but you know... it's Dune... can't really bring myself to place it any lower. Can we do quantum Schrödinger wishlist rankings?

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2) "As we enter Class 2, the games get only slightly less wanted." - Shadows over Camelot wishlist entry

These are all games I'd very much like to have, because of theme, or pure bling, or some other reason. I'm a bit of a... well lets say Curator. Because Hoarder seems so harsh . For some games, simply having them is something. Games are made to be played, of course! But then again, I enjoy just having the Mega Man boardgame about as much as I'd enjoy playing it, you know?

I suppose the 2's are where a few of those types of games end up - but the ones I'd truly want just for having, they get dropped down to level 3 or 4 as I don't want to encourage such behaviour from myself .

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3) New entries to the list get put here, and move up or down according to how happy they'd make me inside. 3 is also the place where I put games I'd like to have, as well BGG suggests that I do so . If I wasn't happy with getting any of these, I'd have done a bad job fixing my wishlist .

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4) "And so we make it to the fours. Most of these I'd not mind having or think they might be fun but doubt if they're worth it. Some are really heavy and expensive, and might not hit the table often. That's why I'm thinking about it." Heroquest

Fours I'd prolly don't really mind having. Or have put here to investigate further in a later moment, to possibly upgrade later. Or they drop down here from higher up to shiver and wither and die. I rarely ever remove things from the list entirely, so the fours also function as some sort of graveyard for entries that have steadily dropped down over the years.

Any 3 I look at that would just gather dust but satisfy my greed gets dropped into here as well. Then again games i think I'd like but get to play about once every five years probably end up here as well...

Perhaps I should add some text to differentiate between no-longer-in-the-picture and might-be-interesting? I mean I just upped Kremlin, and I'd remove quite a few games forever if I were so inclined... 4s, other than the other numbers, have different reasons to be there, from the beginning or end of their trip along my wishlist, and so they might benefit from some more clarity - or suffer under the clutter.
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5) "So the fives...

Games that make it on here I either really intensly dislike (Fluxx, Jungle Speed) or will be gotten through other channels (I won a TTR!), or are here purely for archival purposes." - Catan

Yeah please don't get anything in the fives. It's where I put things specifically because I don't want to receive them, and not because they're reserved for some other purpose either. These are games I do not want. Feel free to ask me why, if you want more specifics - some game pretty similar to any of these entries might be fine or not, and understanding what irks me about these entries might help you distinguish between the two.

CAH for instance is here because I don't like my game having fun for me, and because I dislike the overly rude tone of the game. I mean, I'd prolly think of worse entries, but that'd be me, not the game. Having them printed on the cards sort of saves you from owning up to that, and that just cheapens the whole thing. The old game "Why? That's why!" let you write down your own entries (and had far less vulgar questions to start with), and I loved that one.

So getting a less nasty version of CAH (apples to apples) would miss the point, while getting a nastier version of the Quiz Game wouldn't. Tho I do like Apples to Apples, so that's a bad example...

TERMS AND SUCH
Copied from the current 2020 edition of the Letter to Santa:

Quote:
Notes on how to read the wishlist, things added in green:
*DS is Dear Santa, and DS5 means Dear Santa #5. I've left the other notes over the years because they have not gotten any less true, but DS5 is new and just for you. DSS was DS2 before I got bored of adding S's, so keep an eye out for that. Regardless, new entries get in on top, so that should help. I've noticed some exceptions to this on the List, but there aren't many and they don't really matter all that much. Maybe two or so?
*NIL means New In List, so something I added just for BGG SS, in whatever year it was. I do add things at other times, you know. But when SS rolls along, I always get nervous about a lack of pickable presents, so I tend to add a few new games every year. They often sink a bit further every year .
*1-2 means this entry got moved from 1 to 2, or any other numbers in the entry.
*Relic is a new term for 2021 - I've added it to some of the fours that very well might get removed next year. It's the end of the line for these, games I'm no longer really all that interested in. They did catch my eye before, and so if one of these is your favourite game ever... well idk maybe I could be convinced, but without outside pressure it's game over for these entries.
*"Preordered" is a tag I used for noting interesting games, for any purpose, including distribution, reviewability, or to give/mention to someone else. It doesn't mean I've actually ordered it, nor does it necessarily mean I want it for myself. It usually does tho. So anything that caught my eye goes here, you could see it as a pre-wishlist. At the very least you could use it to see what things are salient to me, and use that to your advantage.
Other tags I use for what they are for, but really I don't use them much in any case. I mean, if it's on the list obviously I'd want it in trade, you know? And trading things away clashes with my inner Hoa-Curator. I do tend to lend out or give away games. The FLGS has a few of my games as demo-copies, tho I really should fetch those back one of these days. Other games I've sent for extended sleepovers, and still other games I've just plain given away because i know the person getting them will just love it, which replaces my have-satisfaction with give-satisfaction and makes them happy as well, for a net plus in happy . Those are rare occasions tho, I'd usually rather have them on long term loans, much like books. I don't have to have them here to have them, you know, but if I give them away I don't have them anymore . So I don't mind games being away for years on end. Which means I lose some of them because I forget, but thats a book-thing more than a game-thing.

Well I'm getting wordy again! Next topic.

CHANGING PROTOCOLS
I do tend to use certain protocols but I rarely lock them in and they tend to change a bit when I find something that works better. The Dear Santa thing for instance started out easy enough, just DS. Which is a nice car as well btw, but that's off topic and not really all that helpful. Then the year after, for my second Santa I used DSS, which got out of hand when the fourth SS year rolled along, so I started using DS4, except when I used DS19 (and a few DS18 's are in there as well).

It's a train of thought, a railway of reasoning, and I suppose without those tracks it's just a derailed train of thought. In other words, a mess.
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Anything you get me will be fine ^^.

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So I found myself spreading around info over separate entries again, again. And that's exactly why I got this whole bloggy thing fired up, to centralize info and make things easy for ya. Makes no sense to still add it piece-meal, so it makes sense to crack open a whole new page of unused pixels and put letters on it.

So a casual glance on my collection and wishlist would lead to a few conclusions as to what interests me. Let's run'm down, shall we?

Greenery
Well I love plants. They're green and leafy and grow into strong plants, unless they grow into pretty flowers and die, unless they're of the sort who combines both. I'm very bad at taking care of plants tho so I prefer to have the ones I can just leaf outside and enjoy from my side of the glass. So far half my balcony is colonized by Indian Cress, but that's a one-year-plant so I'll have to see if the seeds take hold again next year.

Oh, games, yes. Well I enjoy games like Topiary, Lanterns of Lanzhou, and Scoville (tho it fits the category to a lesser extent), in that they're mostly quiet games of mucking about in a field that's shaped by your collective actions. Games where you can indirectly influence others. Games you can have a good glass of wine with, you know .

Horror
To switch tracks for a bit, I've got a sizeable collection of Halloweeny games, and I love that theme. Favourits include Shadow Hunters, Hit Z Road and Alles Lauft in a regular setting, and no Halloween game night would have been complete without a round of Last Friday and a Vampir to cool it down with.

I loved the game of The Possession where I ended up shotgunning evil bastard after evil basterd trying to crawl through the window, only to fall in the end and have someone else win the game (you win that one either by doing the good thing and collect the pages or the evil thing and have most kills. If you hold out for a long time but fail in the end, you ain't getting either.).

I tend to like these ghoulish things for some reason. I particularly like the Gothic monsters of yore, and I've got a soft spot for giant monsters as well. But it's just as with the movies, a good horror is a good horror, but it's very easy to make a bad horror movie. Also I didn't enjoy Hostel and feel no need to watch Saw, ever. Somehow, Cube is like a cultural touchstone in my near circles tho.

Ouph back on track. The point was that it's easy to make a bad horror movie, and it's just as easy to make a bad horror game. See my wishlist entry for that new Friday the 13th game for instance - I'm just not certain the game has any staying power, you now?

Books
I ain't got a bookcase, I've got multiples. I love books maybe even more than games, or well perhaps it's a different kind of love? I've built up quite the collection over the years, and that's all the more amazing seeing as I moved house often and rarely had large sums of money just to spend. Most of them are scavenged from bookstore closing sales, second hand stores, book market cons, garage sales and library dumps. I got to pick the gems out of three or four collections. I've got some beauties lining my shelves <3.

The only problem is I tend to loan out books on a whim, and never see them back. I don't mind too much. I can't read all of them at once anyway, and good books need to be shared. So I used to have Max Havelaar, 1984, the Princess Bride and the Earthsea omnibus, and I doubt I'll ever see those again - but I've got a new Max Havelaar and spare Earthsea novels, and 1984 I just carry with me everywhere.

Oh games, yes. I like books as you should prolly know by now, and I suppose booky games remind me of that search in dusty stores, finding gems in garage sales, and poring over rows and rows of books on endless tables in large halls under fluorescent lighting. That Gnomey book game I can't really remember the name of kinda nails it, at least on the outside.

Squirrels, and Frogs, and Kitties... oh my!

I do love animals. I adore kitties <3. I don't like dogs, who're just smelly, loud, ugly cats to me. And people who claim dogs love you and cats don't, well dogs are conditioned to, cats choose to. I miss my kitties .

Squirrels, well I'm usually quite calm (or at least I tend to think so), I look at things from both sides, see connections, and jump to conclusions based on information gathered. But sometimes I just ignore all that, go into hyper mode, jump all over the place, my mind alight with lights and pure unadulterated joy. It's the best of times. Squirrels represent that to me.

Maybe I'm very bad at self-reflection and I'm none of those calm things, that's possible as well. My attention span seems to fluctuate over the years . In any case, I love squirrels very much, and having squirrels in it is a +1 for any game in my book.

Froggies I tend to love as much as squirrels but sort of before them, and not as deeply now? I mean they're green and watery and coooooool. I'd say frogs come second only to squirrels in, like, memey critters. IRL, cats win, if only due to availability . Then again kitties outside of actual real life kitties can't be petted, so I suppose that's a thing frogs and squirrels don't have.

I do like turtles but mostly only flying ones.

Other animals I do like in general but few enough so to mention. I think the most beautiful, majestic, magnificent animal I've ever seen is the snow leopard, which is just a thing I felt like sharing and has nothing to do with games whatsoever.

Trade and negotiation
I've always put a premium on these mechanics in games, which is not really a surprise if you see that Dippy, Chinatown, Container and Quo Vadis are among my top picks . What I like about those is that you have to work together to get ahead, but you have to get ahead a bit more than those you're working with. It helps that I end up winning Chinatown more often than not . I consider it a bad round if I end up without at least a million bucks.

Another thing I really like about these types of game, or at least they seem to have in common, is freedom. Heaps of it. They all seem to say, "Hey, this is the framework within which the game works. Go nuts." No dice, no deck of cards, just you, your opponents, and the board state. Bidding games do this as well, and it seems like it's a very easy way to make a very good game - at least a very good game for me . I've looked at Modern Art a few times for this reason, but I haven't actually taken the leap to buy it. Perhaps it helps that the new box art doesn't really stimulate my joy centers, tho I couldn't tell you why.

Yes-games
Hmm I suppoise I like my games to tell me "Yeah, you can do that!" rather than "No, you can't do that!". I mean that's prolly a problem for me more than for the game, but I like games with very few rules but a very large amount of choice and options.

I've got no way to be clearer on that .


THINGS TO STAY AWAY FROM
There are of course also things to stay away from.

Euhm most of these come with exceptions, but I've typed just about enough already so I'll keep it short.... Well you know what I mean.

I do not like co-op games. Tried Eldritch Horror once, survived all the way to the end and then died like the penultimate turn. I resurrected as someone else of course, but I felt like I lost anyway. Also and far more importantly, there's always that one bloke who takes control and plays the game for the rest of the players, and people hate it when I do that.

Nah to be serious, the owner of the game is usually the most experienced, so naturally they take charge - they know all the things, you know? Sometimes that descends in them playing the game with multiple characters, and that's just not something I enjoy too much. I'm fairly dominant, or at least fairly recalcitrant, so... if there's no team leader I'll gravitate towards it, and if there is he better let me make my decisions . Zombicide worked just fine, I was all like "I'ma keep this door safe, you go do your thing" and that worked out amazingly. I'm not entirely sure where the line is, but I'd steer away from co-op games not on my wishlist.

I do not usually like Choose-your-own-adventure games, although to be honest I haven't actually played any. It seems to me that there's a path to be found, and then that's it.

I do not enjoy escaperooms. Well I do actually, but not in game form - I'd rather go find my way out of the red room. I do enjoy puzzles and making connections, I guess I'm just not a fan of doing them in groups? Both times I went to one, I split off to figure out something on the side. Shouting with people to try X or Y is just not something I enjoy.

Along the same lines, I do not enjoy "solve the crime" detective games much, although again tbh I haven't really tried one. Again, seems like when the fuel is gone your game is done.

Please no Legacy games - I absolutely despise writing on my games and destroying pieces. The only one writing on my games is the designer. It's destruction of precious games and I don't stand for it.
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So I rarely if ever buy anything online - even for SS I normally buy something in the FLGS or Con and drop it off at their door, arrange for pick-up in their local FLGS, or just send it by mail.

This year will be different, perhaps... or perhaps not.

So if you'd want to support a Brick & Mortar gamestore, I've got a few suggestions...

FLGS
First off is The Joker, Oudegracht 230, Utrecht. It's the store I more or less lived in for a large part of my twenties. I've drained enough of their coffee to fuel a small nation. This is the crew I join to our yearly pilgrimage to Essen. They have a lot of old classics, games you can't find anywhere else. And almost as a matter of course games that aren't on my wishlist because to do so would be cruel to you, dear Santa . They can order a lot tho so it's always worth a try. The Facebook page is probably the best way to contact these people, as any websites may no longer be supported (there's at least two floating around that the volunteers who set them up no longer support).

Second choice... well that's not as easy, but I'd give the honour to Reuze Spel Plezier which is all the way in Zottegem, Belgium, but he has a nice selection of games, is always very friendly, and could really use a bit of extra help. Postage might be a problem, but I'm patient enough that I'd pick it up myself after Corona days if he's willing to hold on to it for that long. it may not be a very practical link, but if anyone deserves the support it's this guy.

From there on I could tell you there's the Subcultures in Utrecht, which is a store I personally very rarely visit due to my solid Joker ties, but is in all respects a great store. About 50 yards from there is the Lab, the third game store within a five minute walk radius of each other. Subcultures is more moderny, Cult of the New in setup and collection, and the lab is more focused on Magic/RPG with some books thrown in for goods measure. There is a fourth store but I don't like it very much.

I think anything else is impractical due to distance (the Netherlands as a whole is much more close-knit than anything American, but more spread out than those multi-million-people-cities. There's probably more gameshops in a 100 mile radius than anywhere in the US, but that'd be on the other side of the country. Point is, distance is relative.). But there's a bunch of FLGS's spread out over the country, like "Dé Spellenwinkel" in Breda, "WirWar" in Groningen, "Bumblebeez" in Bergen op Zoom... and that's just the ones I've been to more than once .

WEBSHOPS
Well I don't use these if I can help it, but it's not like I'm against them on principle . I just like seeing a face behind a register and holding something in my hand, physically browsing through shelves upon shelves - preferably with a cup of coffee in hand.

It's a form of self protection as well, if I could just buy everything on the internet I'd be broke tomorrow . So I don't.

Anyway, here are some webshops I found pleasant in use when looking for things to add to the wishlist. I have no particular emotional connection to any of these - save possibly the Summoner from waaaay back.

-https://summoner.nl/
-http://www.spelonk.be/
-https://www.spelspul.nl/nl/
-https://www.queenofgames.be/

-https://boardgameshop.nl/

For another Santa I had contact with koningbordspel.nl, and they were very friendly so if all else is equal I'd love to send the traffic their way .
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Yeah well things might just be clear enough if you read the comments over there, but perhaps I should make this entry anyway.

So what does it mean for me to rate a game a 10, and so on?
10) I don't rate tens. That'd mean the game is Mary Poppins levels of Practically Perfect in Every Way. It would be a game I wouldn't mind playing until the end of times. That's... just not feasible.

Closest come beloved Zertz and Diplomacy, and rather newer Container. All games that are relatively easy to explain, hard to master, and I haven't played them in some time. Dippy is a hobby an sich, tho I'm not sure I could still handle the stress .

9) "With Yinsh, we enter the realm of Earthly Games - as Zertz and Dippy are the only ones close enough to perfection that I grade them above a 9. A 10 would mean there's never going to possibly be a better game ever, so a 9.5 is about the highest grade I can give." - Yinsh collection comment.

Nines are very, very good. I enjoy playing my nines. I'd recover them if lost. I wish I could play them more often. In fact nearly every one of them almost makes me want to plan in an evening specifically to get it to the table.

Hmmm... Nines...

I may have to drop Colt Express to an 8.9...

8)

Hmm, 8's are games I very much enjoy playing, but just not enough to drop anything else for. If you made me choose between a round of Hanabi and a round of Chinatown, 90% of the time I'd choose Chinatown but sometimes Hanabi just wins out. As Hanabi is more or less a 9 anyway, I may have to get another example...

An evening playing just 8's is an evening well spent.

7)

Hmm that's a ragtag bunch of games... Many of these I like quite a bit, and an evening with only 7's is still a very pleasant game night .

6) Six is the passing grade, for games I like but don't love. Games I'd take out occasionally but wouldn't necessarily replace if lost. A gamenight with just sixes would be lacking something.

Anything under this I either consider a very bad game or just dislike, but I'm not very likely to grade games too low. A rare game of Stratego or even Game of Life I could enjoy, but that's about it. Anything under a 5 could just as well be all two's . One notable exception is the Utrecht Business game, which comes in many names depending on which city it's printed for - that bad excuse for a game is useful only as an example of what not to do.

It's not a good sign if you make a game similar to Monopoly, but significantly worse.

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Ok so far the collection! There's quite a lot of games I haven't rated yet but I think the ones I feel most strongly about are all done. There's plenty of comments to read, and if you want more or more specific information all you need to do is ask me.
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A sure sign things are getting out of hand, when the guide needs a guide...

I'm known for being wordy and opaque, so I added this entry to shed more light on the situation - but I fear I might have just added more situation to shed light on!

How to read my Deranged wishlist is probably the most useful of all these and the very reason I started the bloggy thing. I use a lot of shorthands and abbreviations, the source of which have been buried in layers upon layers of additional content. This, I feel, is the legend to all the notes and notations.

FAQ has a lot of additional info. Well you probably know what a FAQ is .

Collection comment thingies takes a step back and looks at the collection comments much in the way the Wishlist entry above did. But far shorter and probably less informative.

Themey things and such is handy for if you decide to go off-list - a decision I support fully! It may also help illuminate why things are on my wishlist, which may or may not help you pick one of those.

Links 2 3 4 has a few links to webshops and real-life FLGSs. Probably with more words than needed to get the job done.

Tales from the Cryptic is a place you'll probably won't need to visit - it details the stories behind a few idiosyncratic entries to the wishlist. So if you're very confused about Entry X, maybe you'll find the reason behind this link. And maybe you just like to read things, in which case go ahead .

Concentrated wishlist - Spoiler warning! is exactly what it says on the tin, a concentrated wishlist without all the words and notations. It's incomplete by default, and it's more or less a last resort. It is NOT a list of the only games I want or would be happy with! I just realize that not every Santa is a match for the wishlist, so this is a way to help.

So at this moment most of these have not been published yet, but they will be soon. I'm just always going over everything three times before I let it out into the world, and may revise them after that still.
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So I didn't steal this from someone else at all...

Q: Can I go off-list?
A: Yes, if you think something is a good gift I will trust your instincts.

Q: Which mechanics do you tend to like or not like?
A: Ooph, both come with exceptions...

like: Area control, tactics, trade, negotiating, bidding, being in the way, deviousness, hilarity around the game.

dislike: others being in my way, having my carefully laid plans disrupted by a snap of their fingers, forced co-operation, most dungeon crawlers (as D&D trumps more or less anything), overly reliance on random chance, quick reflexes, and games that try to be fun without me having a say in it.

Q: Do you mind taunting?
A: No, no I do not. You can taunt as much as you want.

Q: Do you mind Silent Santa's?
A: No, I don't . Silent Santa is fine by me, you just be the Santa you want, I'll be happy either way . Given the choice I'd go for taunting tho, or at least communicating frequently - but it is not necessary for me to enjoy SS.

I do get very nervous tho! Not about you, dear Santa, but that something somewhere has gone wrong... So I'd very much appreciate a small note - even just a single smile - to ease my mind with . You don't even have to do that though - my brain tells me everything will be fine even if I hear nothing, it's just my nerves that reply "Yea but...", no matter how much I silence them.

Q: When do you unwrap your gifts?
A: Whenever you tell me to, but I'll wait if I have the choice.

Q: Which themes do you tend to like or dislike?
A: Again... exceptions exist.

Like: horror, nature
Dislike: gore, butterflies.

Well I don't like butterflies as a theme, I don't hate'm either. I don't want any fluttering near me tho .

Q: Do you like sweets?
A: Yes I do! Unfortunately, the gift means more to me than the food - 've still got last year's chocolate bar wrapped in seal, I think. And as I'm a picky eater it's prolly no use to send me something local, I'm very likely just not brave enough to try them. A card or small token would be just as much appreciated, if not more - and I'd not feel guilty about never eating it . And as usual, none such effort is needed ^^.

Q: Do you have any allergies?
A: Not that I know of.

Q: Do you have any phobias?
A: Well not really clinically, but I don't like insects - which has no bearing on boardgames about them tho. And I love spiders, which likewise has no bearing on boardgames about them .

Q: Do you mind expansions for games you love?
A: Not at all ^^.

Q: Do you mind getting accessories?
A: Not at all ^^.

I have a cheap and dinky dicetray, but I know exactly which one I want as a replacement, and I can find it myself. Other options, euhm a Dice Tower I could prolly just build myself if I ever fancied one, and I can't really think of anything else atm. I'm not really interested in inserts for games, I've never seen the point to those.

Q: Do you mind getting blingy bits for games you have?
A: Well I don't know. On the one hand the only game I'd actively bling out is Hit Z Road, on the other hand I got my eye on Dominant species specifically because I saw the upgrade bits first, while Geekmodding. I like clunky, solid bits but apart from Junta I can not from the top of my head think of a game I'd love and need to replace dingy bits of. And that's a game I hardly ever play and could prolly fix up with a €2,- coin and a trip to the local toystore .

In general, I'd say I make do with whatever bits and pieces the game provides, and would only think of upgrading those bits and pieces if it would make for a better game experience.
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