2016 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me...
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Welcome to the 11th Annual "Look What My Secret Santa Sent Me..." GeekList.

Along with most of you, I am very grateful to Octavian for keeping Secret Santa rolling these last several years. As many of you are probably veterans at this list, I will dispense with any other introduction and simply get to the usual instructions and suggestions, as follows:

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 place a note on your profile page with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your reaction. That will allow your Secret Santa to easily look at your profile to see if/when you received your gift and you can post any comments you may have about the gift on this list without the identity of your Secret Santa ever having to be released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the gift! 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 2015 there were 85 pages with 2105 unique entries to sort through!!) so those pages will fill up quickly. (Santas: you may find it convenient to subscribe to your target to see all their BGG activity...not weird at all, trust me... )


To see all of the 10 previous years of this list, and to give the new Secret Santa participants an idea of how this works, look at these links:

"2015 List"

"2014 List"

"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! Listing an item in the comments will simply be missed by many of the readers. Please create an actual GeekList Item entry.

A good example of how to make one single 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



I will add other Secret-Santa related links below. If you have a GeekList or Forum conversation you would like added, send me a GeekMail and I will add it here:

Edit: added Most Popular Secret Santa Games - 2016

2016 BGG Secret Santa Taunts & Teases

SECRET SANTA 2016 RATE MY WISHLIST AND LETTER THREAD




I hope you all 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! DISCLAIMER: I do not assume any responsibility for your lack of productivity over the next two months as you obsess over the new entries
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1. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:324]
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I'm surprised that we're the first to add to this list, but we did have a very speedy Santa this year!

Was really confused having a caller this morning we'd totally forgotten that secret Santa started today and we had no idea what the box was! Big thank you to our secret Santa!

Not only did we get the great two player game lost cities but we also received a copy of Carcasonne, that despite being into board games for several years, we still haven't played in real life (only the iphone app!)

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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:16]
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My Santa fastest !!! It was a sleepless night, but I waited for a gift !!! This is a great game and addition to it! (7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon) Thank you Santa, and happy holidays !!!


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P.S. Wow! I received a letter from Santa, that's not all the presents! There will be a surprise, that travels to Ukraine from the USA!!! Yippee! I look forward to!!!

Yes!!! Has arrived another package! And there additions to the one of my favorite game - Eclipse!

Eclipse: Pulsar

Eclipse: Nebula

Eclipse: Black Hole


Thank you very much, Sanat! You are the best!
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3. Board Game: Mombasa [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:88]
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Bryan Mosher
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My Santa is swift AND secret!

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My Secret Santa sent me

Mombasa

and

The Grizzled: At Your Orders!

Looking forward to playing Mombasa after enjoying Pfister's Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King (not included in the gift) so much, and looking forward to adding At Your Orders! to the fun that we've had with The Grizzled (not included).

How did Snowdonia: Jungfraubahn & Mount Washington (not included) get into the picture? I was expecting this to arrive today, and when I saw the large box that contained Mombasa and At Your Orders!, I thought that Amazon had made a horrible packaging mistake.

No, it was just my Swift and Secret Santa! Thanks!
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4. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:61]
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OHHHH MYYYY GOOOOODDD!!!

My Santa is the best IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!

Just look at what Santa got me!!!! LISBOA!!!

I can't believe this! It just came out today on kickstarter and Santa backed it in my name so that I can receive it as soon as ready - next June!


I am just crazy lucky!

THANK YOU SANTA!!!!!!! You just made my day today! And made my 2016Christmas! As well as my 2017! And you just created Christmas in JUNE (actually my birth month too - so birthday gift as well)!

I LOVED IT!

And this is not over yet....as I was proposed a challenge in order to get another present! meeple
Thank you Secret Santa!!

UPDATE: When I said I had a challenge to get another present I thought I would get something small, but OMG I was completely mistaken!

I arrived home to the announcement of "some boxes arrived for you". Boxes?...weird..I wasn't expecting anything big.. but..wait, both came from Amazon..could this be my Secret Santa working some magic?? I decided to take a picture anyway xD

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And then....WOW!!!!! I was amazed with the content of the boxes!!! They were REALLY from my Secret Santa!!! Look at this:

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I got TIME STORIES, TZOLKIN, GRAND AUSTRIA HOTEL and LEWIS & CLARK!! meeple laugh All Games I was dying to have!! <3

T.I.M.E Stories

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar

Grand Austria Hotel

Lewis & Clark: The Expedition



Again, thank you so much dear Santa
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=) You made my Christmas!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST SANTA IN THE WHOLE WORLD!!!!!

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5. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:547]
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Extremely grateful that my Santa was on point and early with this one!

My gaming group and I have been eyeing this game for some time but we just can't seem to get ourselves to buy it.

My Santa even added Exploding Kittens!

Thanks Santa!

About 2 years on BGG now, 2 years of joining Secret Santa, and 2 years of joy. Will definitely participate once more.
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6. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:112]
Board Game: Kemet
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Wow, super fast! So much so that I was confused when my first game arrived (Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game – Civil War)...the very day after the targets were announced!

And then today, Kemet was waiting for me on my doorstep.

Happy holiday gaming! Thanks, Santa!

EDIT: Woah! My Secret Santa wasn't done yet! surprise
Just got Havana! A game I played years ago and put on my Wishlist on a lark, not thinking I'd actually get it.
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7. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow's Walk [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Oh man, I feel like such a slacker now.

Yesterday, I get a GeekMail saying I need to think fast, elves are working... expect a package.

So today I've been sitting at work thinking "What should I get for my giftee, I'm building my list at CSI, I should be ready soon..."

Then a package arrives today from Amazon. And like a dummy, I'm thinking "This doesn't seem to be the right size for anything I've ordered recently..." But I've been ordering a bunch of stuff for the holidays and didn't think a lot of it.

Opened the box, and inside...

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The Betrayal expansion I've been drooling over for a while now.
Sushi Go Party, a great new version of the game I've been playing with friends live.
Isle of Skye, a game I started looking at since it was announced, and then it won the Kennerspiel...
and also Nevermore, the Smirk and Dagger game that I've been eyeing for some time...

What makes this especially awesome is the breadth of play styles and game types here, games of different weights and play times that I can bring to different groups.

Thanks Fast Santa! I'm going to have to accelerate my planning now!
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8. Board Game: Mystic Vale [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:412]
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Morten Rønning
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Wow, Santa was quick this year!

Got one of the newer games I have not tried out yet and really want to see how works. Been looking at reviews and looks to just up my alley.

Also, from the note i might have a small suspicion of who is the Santa The world is indeed small !

Anyway, thanks a lot and happy christmas to you also !

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9. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:19]
Board Game: Concordia
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Thanks Secret Santa! I wasn't expecting a package yesterday and it showed up so quickly! I can't wait to try this game after watching and reading so many good reviews about it.

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10. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:102]
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Victoria
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Holy Smokes!!

I think I can still see the trail of fire left by the skids of Santa's sleigh...

That was super fast Santa! Thank you so much for Roll for the Galaxy!

Unfortunately this Edit is likely not going to be seen by too many people...

Edit 1

But Santa also sent Wrath of Dragons! I have a bit of a love for dragons... there's a 3d printed articulated dragon looking at me from above my desk at work...
Wrath of Dragons
Super excited to play this new game as well!! (I don't want to take away from the first game, but this one has dragons... it wins in the excitement category )

Edit 2

Arkham Horror: Miskatonic Horror Expansion Just arrived today!! Holy-Cow! Santa you're amazing!
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11. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:16]
Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel
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After a long wait last year, this time Santa was super fast. Thank you very much for this.

Had to think if i should wait for christmas, but 2 secondes later everything was open
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12. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:417]
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Alex Pile
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DOOM! DOOM, I SAY!!
devil devil devil devil devil devil devil devil devil devil

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Deus
Quote:
Jingle doom, jingle doom, jingle all the doom!
Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries
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Oh little doomer boy, pa rum pum pum pum
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Hark hear the doom, sweet silver doom!
Seemingly before targets were even announced, I received taunts from Secret Elf Guardians and then from Santa Clone 42 himself! With the great red one threatening doom for all, I expected to receive the ashen remains of bygone reindeer.

When a package showed up at work today, I thought Santa Clone 42 had done something drastic and that we'd need to start a months-long search for Ms. Claus Clone 42. I had to peek inside, you know, to help the North Pole authorities.

Well, somebody better get Santa Clone 42 a thesaurus or dictionary. His doom is my holiday cheer! Two games I've been eyeing for some time, plus an excellent expansion to make two games one!

Thank you, Santa Clone!
You may send me your doom any time!
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13. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:477]
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Dave Benhart
United States
Minneapolis
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Super fast! This is "just a little appetizer". The "main course" will come later! Now I'm wondering what other food themed games are on my Wishlist....
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14. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:762]
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This isn't the game (at least I don't think so), but packages did arrive today.

Thanks Fast Santa! Now to resist the temptation to open the packages.


Will post pictures later, but wanted to be sure to grab a spot on the front page of this list to recognize our awesome Fast Santa.


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Here are the packages. The large box sounds like it has two things inside. One of the envelopes seems to have a game, and the other has something small, like a very small game or a promo. So possibly 3 games! Christmas will be awesome! We will resist!

Thank you Santa!!

Update: We made it to Christmas and got lots of wonderfulness. See Item 1750 for details. No puppies were harmed.
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15. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers: Base Game+HQ+Recon [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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Rob Tarr
United States
Floyds Knobs
Indiana
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Wow, Santa! You're super speedy and super awesome!!!!

I came home today to find two packages waiting for me, and inside were THREE great games, including one of my #1 wishlist games, Arctic Scavengers!

But as if that weren't awesome enough, there was also Five Tribes AND Biblios!!!

You're incredible, Santa! Thank you so VERY much!

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16. Board Game: Bloodborne: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1394]
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San Francisco
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Superb selection from the fastest Santa I've ever been graced with!!! Thanks so much, can't wait to check these out. Happy winter time everyone!!!

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17. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:77]
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Wow. I am completely blown away. Not only has this year's Santa been the fastest I've ever had - he's also the most generous.

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I got a grand total of 7 games. Yes, that's right 7.

I usually play games with my 2 kids, so I was just hoping for a quick filler game we could play together to spend some time together as a family. What I got was a wide range of games, from fillers to deeper games we can enjoy for a long time. Here's the list:

Lords of Waterdeep

I've wanted this game for a long time. I held off on getting it because I thought my kids were too young. Now I think they're getting to just the right age to enjoy it.

Taluva

Another one I've wanted for a while. I had my eye on it before it went out of print. Never got around to getting it since it was reprinted.

1775: Rebellion

I've been looking for a good American Revolution game. I'm very hopeful this one fits the bill. Very excited about this one.

Tales & Games: The Hare & the Tortoise

We have another one of these games, The Three Little Pigs that the kids love to play with their grandmother. These are great grandparent games. They will have a lot of fun with this one.

Welcome to the Dungeon

Kids love push your luck games and dungeon games. One of their favorite games is the old card game Adventurer. I'm sure they'll love this one as well.

Sushi Go!

We were looking for a game to play with the family over the holidays. Hopefully this will be a new family favorite

Coloretto

I've heard great things about this one. A lot of times my kids want to play a game, but we don't have a whole lot of time. This is one we'll be able to fit in anytime.

Santa, I can't thank you enough. This is way more than I expected. You've truly made this a very special Christmas!
Thank You!
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18. Board Game: Celestia [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:737]
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Oh my! What a complete surprise. Never expected to come home today to two packages sitting outside amongst the leaves. Thought that scenario might play out to slightly covered in snow instead, but obviously my Santa had other things in mind. He's a man who likes to crack that sleigh bell whip.
Thank you so much for this wonderful surprise. We can't wait to crack open the boxes.....three of them!! Blown away a second time in one night by such generosity. Never expected so many! Such a beautiful treat and such beautiful artwork displayed on the large two. How Santa knew that these games which I was Thinking About would make such a perfect present.

Merry Christmas right back at ya and to all those still waiting for little packages of Christmas delight! Thank you so much Santa

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19. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:123] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
Board Game: Star Realms
Dane Carlson
United States
Minnesota
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I came home from work today to find a little package waiting for me! It was completely unexpected. I opened to find Star Realms inside along with a note indicating that more might be on its way!

My secret Santa is the best, and I can't wait to give this game a shot with my wife sometime soon.

Thank you so much Santa!!

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UPDATE: Santa did some Thanksgiving shopping and surprised me with two more games - 7 Wonders Duel: Pantheon and Sushi Go Party! Wow!! Great gifts Santa and ones I know that our entire family will enjoy. Thank you so much Santa!!!

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20. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:33]
Board Game: Blood Rage
John Brown
United States
Illinois
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I think my Santa's secret superhero identity is the flash. Not only where they fast but they sent Blood Rage and Five tribes!!
THANK YOU Santa!!!!! i mean Flash!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a merry Christmass
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21. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:749]
Board Game: Diamant
Mathieu Synnett
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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Just picked up my gift from my local game store!

Thank you so much for the new game Santa!

And what a thoughfull Santa too, even gave me the sleeves to protect the cards!

You know me so well Santa!

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Looks like the wrong size of sleeves but don't worry Santa I'll put them to use soon enough! laugh

Also, I still don't understand how you could have been so quick! I was really surprise to see your message so early in the morning of the 14th! And you told me my order was ready to pick up then too? You are one magical Santa!

Edit: Well it looks like Santa wasn't done with me yet! I went to exchange the sleeves for the correct size one and... They came with two more packages! What the what?!

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22. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:74]
Board Game: Five Tribes
Jennifer Bourgelais
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I think my Santa must be a sprinter because I received a taunt on Monday followed by a large box today (Wednesday). There was no way I was going to wait until Christmas...I tore into that box as soon as I got home. Such a big a heavy box containing not one but TWO games! I was delighted to receive Five Tribes, which was at the tippy top of my list, but Santa also sent me New Bedford which I am excited to learn and play. Santa and his elves have totally outdone themselves, I feel so spoiled!! Thank you Santa for bringing so much joy to my house. Merry Christmas to you and yours.



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23. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:16]
Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel
Janus Lin
United States
West Grove
Pennsylvania
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Dear Santa,

Holy cow! Thank you for being so amazingly quick and generous! When I got home today, there were 2 packages that I didn't expect. I didn't order anything recently and I just figured that the missus did some shopping. I don't normally open packages her right away, but then though "Hey, these are the perfect size for me to ship the 2 items I donated to the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund Auction!"

I opened them to find some games at the top of my wishlist!!

7 Wonders Duel... since one cannot live on just Star Realms alone for 2-player games (although I probably could if I had to!)

Agricola: Family Edition... since my kids do seem to have been bitten by the gamer bug and seems like a great way to keep drawing them into the hobby!

Also thanks for the cool BB-8 mug too!

Happy Holidays Santa!!

11/17 Update: An additional envelope arrived today and I was expecting something that size. I opened it up to find the Broken Token metal coins for 7 Wonders Duel! Thanks so much!! This should definitely hit the table this Thanksgiving so I can show it off!



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24. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1069]
Board Game: The Game
Terri (they/them)
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Richmond
Virginia
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First page? If I am quick enough...

My message said "Hi Terri, Just a quick game to get the season started. Secret Santa"

Annnnd my SS hinted that I've played in a PbF game or two with them at some point. Chances are it's Werewolf, but I have played a handful of others here recently. It does narrow who my SS is some but I've also been playing WW for a good while...

Thanks for the teaser game, SS!

Update time!!

First apologies to my SS for not doing this quite yet... <insert rl mess here>... some of which was worrying over longtime friends with something unexpected in their lives. Health wise, everyone is fine though!!

I received my second box about a week ago, maybe more blush SS went a little off script, well maybe. I did mess with my wishlist slightly so maybe this was one of the changes. My main wish this year was a game that could be played solo, SS hit on that one big time!

My second game was Escape: The Curse of the Temple – Big Box!!! The best part... Expansions are included... I LOVE love expansions!

Game nights have been a little weird lately, so not sure when I'll be able to play it with others, but I just may try a solo run sometime over Christmas break... And I should have the time, I am off until next year since I work at a school.

HUGE thanks to SS for the two cool games!!
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25. Board Game: Firefly: The Game [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:367]
Board Game: Firefly: The Game
Thomas White
United States
Pacific Grove
California
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Before I've even had a chance to properly formulate taunts fir my own target, I found a hefty box from Amazon waiting on my doorstep when I got home tonight.

In typical "but I didn't order anything" fashion, I opened it up.

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Firefly is a game I've been eying for quite a while now, so I'm very excited to give it a whirl! And as an excellent bonus, I get Cap'n Zoe to add to the mix!

Thank you muchly, Santa! Hope the cough from too much ho'ing has cleared up.
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