2014 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me...
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Finally, it is HERE! Many thanks to Octavian for keeping Secret Santa rolling and with the record number of participants, it looks like it will be a terrific Secret Santa this year. I look forward to all the entries that will be piling up on this list in the very near future. The standard suggestions/comments/etc are as follows:

Welcome to my 9th annual Secret Santa List. 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.

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 (in 2013 there were 80 pages to sort through!). (Santas: you may find it convenient to subscribe to your target)


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:

"2013 List"

"2012 List"

"2011 List"

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"

Further helpful hints:

IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than just place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there plus your Santa who may be looking for your entry by clicking on your GeekList items from your profile!

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry just makes 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



Other Secret Santa-related links to check out:

Edit: Here are the most popular Secret Santa games of 2014: The Most Popular Secret Santa Games (2014)


2014 Secret Santa Top 25 Participating User by Country
BGG 2014 Secret Santa Preferred Stores
Secret Santa Shipping and Duties/ Buying INFO
BGG Secret Santa 2014 "Rate My Wishlist/Letter" Thread
2014 Secret Santa: Taunts, Teasers, and Communicado!
BGG 2014 Secret Santa - TARGETS ASSIGNED!
Second Chance Exchange


I hope you have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the list! If you are a yearly subscriber, prepare to have your days/weeks/months consumed by checking the new messages for the foreseeable future!
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1. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:140]
Board Game: Suburbia
Holy speedy Santa! I was shocked when Santa sent me a message not 1 hour after targets had been assigned to tell me my gift was on its way, and the package from Starlit Citadel arrived this morning.

My coworker/gaming buddy was doing the "OPEN IT OPEN IT OPEN IT" dance behind me, and help me Santa, I'm weak!

Suburbia, Summoner Wars: Saella's Precision Reinforcement Pack and Summoner Wars: Piclo's Magic Reinforcement Pack! Triple score!

Thanks so much Santa, I'm definitely going to win one for you big guy.

EDIT - Starlit threw in a Batman magnet too! thanks!

(First no less!)
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2. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:24]
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Holy smokes!
My Santa was ultra-fast! And Christmas came early.

First he/she sent me couple of taunts. The latest had two puzzles in it. A crossword that was a hint about Small World Underground!

Board Game: Small World Underground

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The second puzzle was an anagram that I was (am) still in the middle of puzzling out. But now I got a ping from a Santa's Little Helper and 5 minutes ago he brought me a friggin Mage Knight!

My instructions were that I could play the games when I have completed the puzzles, so technically I cannot play Mage Knight yet
But damn, that anagram is difficult! ninja

I must say that I haven't even began to wrap my own target's gift, but I will try to pass on the awesome momentum to my own target with a great package (like I have tried every year)!

Thank you so much, my dear Secret Santa! That was very generous and uber-cool of you! meeple
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3. Board Game: Lords of Xidit [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:626]
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Santa has been threatening me right from day one with Krumpus.

Krumpus in the companion of Sinterklaas in some countries around the Alps and in some eastern european countries.
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From the look of him you can imagine I did't have to think twice to follow any orders from Santa.

So when he tested me by sending me an invoice from an online store near me I already had had the warning and knew this to be a test.
Yes, I didn't look and even contacted the online store to make sure nothing had gone wrong. (The online store directly took action and contacted my Santa to fix everything).

But did I pass the test?
Hurray!
Today the postman rang once and delivered a 3kg ( OMG! )heavy package:

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On the package was a note with my Super Secret Santa wishing me a happy happy happy Xmas.

I guess the second test has started: 35 days of waiting until Xmas

What? You guys want to tell me to open it early?
No way!
Look at that Krumpus again!
(and my partner doesn't allow me to open in eighter. She already checked the box and will giftwrap the content and then place the wrapped content under the christmas tree as soon as we have put it up).


December 25th; Christmas Day:
At last I was allowed to open the presents!
Inside the box were 2 games! Hive Pocket and Lords of Xidit !
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Thank you Santa!!!!!
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4. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:170] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Opened and played last night for the first time with my wife who plays to entertain and love me. But she is better then she gives credit as a 135 to 105 score shows for the first time play. I also got the 1910 Expansion.

As well as Resistance. I look forward to my first game with a group of people.
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So I just got my package today. It was rather big and had 1 big gift, 1 medium and 2 littler gifts inside. This is my first exchange on this site, as well as my first time actually participating in something.

Santa, I want to say your amazing. I would have been fine with just one or two and you were generous enough to send me four. I really appreciate it. You made this an amazing first experience.

I just want to say, even if you dont reveal yourself. I will always see you as my first friend on this site. Your a great and amazing person and I hope to get much more involved and make some new friends.

Lol. I think i am going to post this up here. It is also down in the comments but noone is reading it. I opened these gifts last Friday. What I received was One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Love Letters Kanaii Factory Limited Edition, Eldritch Horror: Forsaken Lore and Eldritch Horror.

Thanks Again.

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6. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
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Graham Weaver
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Holy fast reindeer Santa! I had a hunch this was what my secret santa picked. Santa sent me a clue from Mother Russia that it was a 'best with 2 players' game. 2 Lord of the Rings LCG expansions as well!!! Thanks Santa!
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7. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:200] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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My Santa was way too generous this year. I haven't actually received my gifts yet, but they're arriving tomorrow and Mr. Claus more or less spilled the beans with his hints. [Don't worry Santa, I'm not much for surprises! The sentiment is more than enough to put a giant smile on my face!]

Game number 1 is Imperial Settlers! This has been on my radar since release and a game that works best with 2-3 is ideal for my fiance and I.

At number 2 we have Rise of Augustus! Lighter games with simple rules are something I've been needing a bit more of in my collection and this gamerized Bingo should fill a slot nicely.

Annnnnnd at way too generous number 3 Santa is sending me Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition)!

Thank you so much Santa for all the gifts, you don't know how much we appreciate it. Now all I have to do is convince the fiance that Santa Claus himself told me that I could unwrap them, and who am I to argue with that? devil
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8. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:176]
Board Game: Cyclades
Martin DeOlden
United States
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I received this one today as well as Quilt Show
Board Game: Quilt Show

The last one was on my list for my wife.

Thank you from both of us.

Just received toady and the note also was from Secret Santa.

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9. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game – Fantastic Four [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game – Fantastic Four
Robert Manore
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So on the first day that the targets were announced, my Secret Santa sent me a geekmail:

Hey there ho there,

It has been a while since I've had to deliver anything so I have my elves making a quick practice run to make sure they are still in shape. You'll have to let me know how they do . As long as they manage alright I will have them send the real present.

Sincerely,

Santa


I was so shocked for such a fast Santa! Then a package arrived today and my wife mistakenly opened it and started laughing so hard. I immediately got up to see what was so funny, and she was absolutely right! My pre-gift from Santa is so awesome! They sent me a copy of the Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game – Fantastic Four expansion, and this totally EPIC Santa bathroom set!

You rock Santa!

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UPDATE: 11/21/14

The final package arrived the other day and it was totally awesome! I received Splendor, a dice bag, and curved card holders, which will be perfect for Hanabi. My wife and I played Splendor 3 times the day I received it and she won 2 out of 3. She really really liked it! Santa, you're the best!

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10. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:44]
Board Game: Le Havre
Conor Sipe
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I had a package from Amazon waiting when I got home. I mistakenly thought it was something completely different than a board game. Imagine my surprise when I open it up to find Le Havre, a game I have wanted to play for many years. AND I can play it over Thanksgiving break! Thanks very much to my super-punctual generous Secret Santa!!!
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11. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:307] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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My super fast, super awesome Secret Santa's gift just arrived today! I was told that I'd be getting two gifts and to save one for December, but it looks like everything actually came in one box today so LUCKY ME I DON'T HAVE TO WAIT!

My very generous Santa got me a copy of Mice and Mystics, Ghost Stories, an expansion to Small World, and Murder of Crows!

We're actually having some friends over tonight to play Small World so I'm excited to jump into the new expansion with them. Plus, I've been looking forward to playing Mice and Mystics and Ghost stories for quite a while now, so I'll be reading up on those rules this weekend.

Murder of crows look like fun too! I'd never heard of it before now, but reading the back of the box it sounds like a fun little card game based on spelling out the word "MURDER" with cards and making up a story that ties all six cards together. I actually recently purchased and have enjoyed the game GLOOM which seems quite similar thematically so great guess Santa! Can't wait to give it a try.

All in all, for my first online Secret Santa gift exchange I got lucky with an awesome Secret Santa. Thanks so much!

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12. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:25]
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Boy, and I thought I was a quick Secret Santa! I am sure, though, that my gift has not arrived yet and, yet, here are mine!

In addition to Puerto Rico, I also received a copy of Le Havre: The Inland Port




Both games are favorites of mine on iOs but now I can be social about it!

I cannot wait to play Le Havre with my daughter: We have always played as a team. Long live the abattoir!
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Thanks, Santa!
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13. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:158]
Board Game: Splendor
Vince Moore
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I had a super fast Santa this year, never thought I would make the first page. I got an awesome set of games, Splendor and Dominion Prosperity. I get to have fun with a new game and fill out my Dominion brood. Thanks Santa you have made this kid, at heart, very happy this holiday season.

Dominion: Prosperity

Sleeved and complete dominon.


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14. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:390]
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Santa's helper at UPS accidentally delivered this to the wrong house, but I got it! It was apparently sitting there since yesterday, so this could have been the first delivery of the year!

Two great games, going above and beyond. First, Freedom: The Underground Railroad – which I have been dying to get my hands on (I already purchased the promo cards hoping to find this one cheap) and Takenoko – an adorable game I'm sure my group is going to have fun with!

Thanks for being awesome, Santa!
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15. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:73]
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WOW I love my Secret santa.not only the person got me the base game, I also got forsaken lore!!!

I've been wanting this game for so long after playing arkham horror. I usually play games solo and I found it alittle too fiddly. Eldritch horror will be more manageable.

It came with a great note happy holidays from your BGG Secret santa!"

Santa, if you see this please let me know who you are! I am so grateful.
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Edit:I just finished my first game against cthulhu. I got destroyed but it was so much fun. Thanks again santa!
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16. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:15]
Board Game: Terra Mystica
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Santa does exist! He didn't even get upset when I questioned that in my letter!

Perhaps in an effort to prove just how much he existed, he sent me the highest ranked BGG game on my wishlist...Terra Mystica!

(He also included Cards Against Humanity Third Expansion with a note wondering how I can claim to be a good boy while playing this.)

Thanks Santa for making my first year an awesome one.

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17. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:241] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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Scott LaBlanc
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Thank you Santa! I spent the evening unboxing and bagging all the little pieces. Going to play it this weekend. You were quite the Secret Santa ninja and was I surprised to see a box at the door when I got home from work.

Thanks again!
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18. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:574] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Jo Chu
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Just got home and tore into an Amazon box to find this and Sushi Go!

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I'm very excited to get these two to the table this weekend. Many thanks to my silent, swift and generous Santa!
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19. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Ruud van Eijk
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Wow, that is one hell of a speedy Santa
Was woken this morning by the doorbell.. a package had arrived. I truly didn't even consider this might be from Secret Santa.
Only when glancing over the heavy box, wondering if I had forgotten that I ordered something, I noticed a nice and subtle 'Best whishes from your Secret Santa!' text.
I immediately switched to happy-kid-omg-I-got-presents mode

Inside the box were two games which I have been greatly looking forward to :

Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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AWESOME! Thanks you very much Santa. Very grateful for your generosity!!
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20. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:52]
Board Game: Android: Netrunner
Neil Tracey

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Norfolk
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Happy Happy Happy Santa delivered yesterday but could only collect from the Post Office today. More than makes up for last year's big let down when emergency Santa came to my rescue.
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21. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:374]
Board Game: Deus
Karsten
Germany
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Update!

Yes, we did open that shipping box before Christmas, as it rattled mysteriously. ninja

Inside, we found the wrapped gift, which we kept that way until Christmas Eve. Watch it here in front of what served as a Christmas tree this year:
From gallery of A skinned math nerd


Inside was Deus! This was from the top of my Wishlist for the Secret Santa this year, and luckily, I somehow expected that it'd be this game - as I refrained from buying this when it was on sale in the pre-Christmas Advent calendar of a German web shop this year.

From gallery of A skinned math nerd
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It's a great game and we already played it together, thanks Santa!

Santa was exceptionally fast this year! The parcel already arrived at our home.

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This box arrived this morning. We'll wait until Christmas Eve before we open it...
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22. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:418]
Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set
Christoph M.
Germany
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Awesome Santa!
Today a rather large package from Amazon arrived. Opening it, I found not one, but three neatly wrapped presents, and a card wishing me a merry christmas from my Secret Santa.
Since I suppose I'll get one or the other game for christmas, and having birthday just a few days later, I usually open up my Secret Santa presents immediately (unless told otherwise by my Santa, of course!).

Thre large wrapped box was no 1 of my wishlist, PAKS!
But not enough with that: the two smaller presents contained
Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Character Add-On Deck
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Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Adventure Deck 2: The Skinsaw Murders
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Wow.

Thank you Secret Santa! And a merry christmas and a happy new year to you and your family!

_____

EDIT December 8th
I've have experienced quite some generous Secret Santas in the last years, but this year's tops them all.
Last Saturday, 6th of December. The 5th is called Nikolausabend (Santa Clause's Eve) in germany; Santa Clause brings some smaller presents to be found in front of the door either on this eve or the next morning. On this very morning the doorbell rang; the postman had a package for me - asking me to pay some Euros for custom duties. Being confused, I took a look at the sender: broken token. Hm, I hadn't ordered anything from them, since shipping to Germany easily equals the cost of the ordered parts. Being curious, I payed the postman and opened the parcel. Inside I found a note from my Secret Santa saying
"Merry Christmas Part II from your BGG Secret Santa! Congratulations on your move, I hope this helps keep things organize!" (info: I just moved house). Below this note I found the Broken Token Game Insert/Organizer for Pathfinder!
Wow. Really really just wow. Thank you so much, Secret Santa! I still have to play a game in my new living, being occupied with assembling furniture and unpacking boxes, but Pathfinder sleeves are already ordered
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23. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:962]
Board Game: Machi Koro
Steve B
United States
Rochester
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Early this morning we heard the doorbell ring and by the time I got there, all that was there was a package from Amazon.

Upon opening the box, there were three gift-wrapped boxes! My wife said I could open ONE of them and should wait to do the others for a bit since Christmas is still so far away.

Once I saw the bright blue peeking out while unwrapping my chosen box, I knew it was Machi Koro!

Thank you, Santa! I can't wait to see what the other boxes contain!!

EDIT: I forgot to mention that each box had a tag on it, each one wishing me a great separate holiday. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa! I loved it!
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24. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Tantive IV Expansion Pack [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Tantive IV Expansion Pack
Jeff Hall
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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Holy cow!

That was quick. Santa was gracious enough to send a package from CoolStuffInc, which will now be sitting there taunting me until the big day. If I can last that long.

Or if I get instructions from the proper authorities telling me to go ahead so I don't suffocate the (probably) live wombat that is and is not in there.

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Great googly moogly!!!

So under the advice of Santa (and a social responsibility to potentially keep any wombats out of danger, plus a dash of peer pressure), I went ahead and opened the box. This was poking its head out at me. After a yelp of surprise (which, thankfully, no one was there to hear), I pulled it out and immediately panicked at the thought of having to go up into the attic and get the leaves for my table so we can actually have room to play with this monstrosity. Feeling completely satisfied, I went to get rid of the box but saw another, smaller one poking out.

Board Game: Mice and Mystics: Heart of Glorm


I'd only started playing this game last month and was looking forward to giving this expansion a go. Now feeling awesome because there are now two nifty expansions for me to break out with my gaming group, I picked up the box to get rid of it and noticed that it was too heavy for the amount of peanuts stuffed inside it. After a bit more rummaging around, I found this:

Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Numenera


Now I'm just feeling floored and humbled. I've been using Thunderstone to get people into deck-building games (oddly enough, I don't own Dominion yet) and this setting has intrigued me for quite a while.

Santa, you rock. I'm completely floored and humbled by what you've picked out to send. I've gotten a couple of games of X-Wing in with the GF, plus a little Thunderstone. She hasn't played Mice and Mystics yet (different story for another time ), but I'm sure she'll get a kick out of it. I know the others in my group will enjoy these as well. I don't think I can thank you enough, and I hope you and your family have a great holiday as well.
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25. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:77]
Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
David Trent
United States
Yukon
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Holy smokes! wow wow Fast shipping Santa! I was extremely surprised when an Amazon.com package arrived at my door today. I have not been on bgg in a few days and was not even aware that targets have been assigned. I was stunned when the ups guy showed up. My family is extremely excited to play this.

My wife opened the box and after a quick glance she had realized what was inside the package. She closed it quickly without really seeing exactly what was in side. We had very briefly debated waiting until Christmas morning to open the package. Our debate ended quickly however, and we decided to go ahead and open it up so we could play the game over Thanksgiving break.

Imagine our surprise when we looked inside and also saw Android: Netrunner
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Amazing, and extremely generous. Thanks Santa. I will do my very best to pass on the good cheer to my target asap!
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