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This geeklist is connected to the 2017 Santa's Little Secret One Exchange
( More info here: https://boardgamegeek.com/geekexchange/352 )

Use it to post information to augment/complement your wishlist for the exchange. Describe what you want the most, what type of games you don't enjoy, highlight specific games you'd like, highlight subject matter you're interested in, publish the link to your wishlist-geeklist etc.

Each participant needs to have his or her wishlist updated with each game the participant would like to receive as a solitaire game. Since many of us like to play multiplayer games solitaire while others may only enjoy playing games designed for solitaire, it is important to note the comment field of such games with text or symbols that stands out and makes them easy to recognize; Solo, Secret One, 1 or use 1, d10-1, 1 or 1.

Wishlist is enough but please use this space to offer extra information to your Secret One. Especially if you want to keep your profile page "clean" from any communication between you and your Secret One.

Finally, to all you Secret Ones out there, feel free to use this list for PDTs (public displays of taunting)!

Enjoy yourselves and Happy Holidays!

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For reference:
Important and helpful links:

Announcement-thread: 2017 Santa' s Little Secret One Exchange is LIVE
Discussion-thread: Santa' s Little Secret One Exchange.... Discussion thread

EU - Gifting guide - The shortlist for 1PG Exchanges
BGG Secret Santa Stores: Secret Santa Stores (list of several gamestores in different countries)
Secret Santa Shipping and Duties/ Buying INFO: More detailed info about shipping restrictions and other things good to know if shipping to specific countries

2017 Look What The Little Secret One Sent Me!
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1. Board Game: Santa Claus: the Game [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Jessica - the other one
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I am the main person behind this exchange and will most likely be the one who will reply to any questions and help with any trouble during the exchange. I have been in contact with a few of you already with questions, suggestions for wishlists and such and look forward to getting this exchange started.

I expect the work behind the scene to take up most of my time and will most likely not participate in the exchange myself (I am listed as give only). I almost had to become a participant to get the aspect of talkative Santa to work but I was able to find a solution even if it meant I had to move around the targets a bit - sorry for the confusion blush

My wish for this exchange is for it to be a cheerful event that stays grinch-free. If we are able to keep it so I promise to randomly choose a participant in the exchange to which I will send an extra gift...

I look forward to seeing what all the talkative santas are up to, follow you all along and spread the cheer.

A bit early but... Happy Holidays everyone!

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It took a while to ensure everyone got a gift. And now everyone has and I need to take care of that promise of mine to send someone an extra gift. I decided to take the easy way out and just use the participant-list...

1-3 A
4-6 B
7-10 C
11-12 D
13-15 E
16 F
17-18 I
19-21 J...

I think indeed I found myself a worthy target...
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2. Board Game: Christmas-in-a-Box [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
Lee Broderick
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Dear Santa,

This is starting to become a habit, isn't it? Twenty-five-odd years with nary a peep from me and now I write twice in two years. I haven't looked back at what I wrote to you then but I trust you can find my letter if you need to.

What have I been up to since then? Well, it's been an eventful year once again. I'm still in the job I started last year - a week shy of twelve months as I type this. The wages aren't what I'd like but I've enjoyed the stability.

I started the year trying to pass some of that good fortune on - I'm still trying to be a good citizen on BGG, just as in the rest of my life - and have presented a few giveaways in 2017. I also joined a new local boardgame group in January, after moving for the job at the back-end of last year. Stepping into that was about as nerve-wracking as the first group I went to, last year. Boardgames have continued to help me make friends though and overcome some of my stress and depression issues. That was evidenced most strongly at UKGE.

I attended again this year, helping out demoing games for Pegasus Spiele, as I did last year. Whether explaining Istanbul to curious players or being invited to place a tile in Mmmm... by excited, smiling children, it gave me great pleasure again but the highlight was meeting people from the 1PG and playing a few games together. Putting faces to avatars was a unique experience but one I'm very glad I got to experience. If boardgames have helped me to make friends this was proof that those friends aren't just in my local area but around the world. I've stumbled into a very special community.

Immediately after UKGE I had to stop playing for a while. My PhD was due for submission at the end of July and there just wasn't time to relax and enjoy myself whilst finishing that up and holding down a full-time job. My manager was very understanding and gave me time off but the necessity of actually paying bills meant that I couldn't make full use of that generosity. Being told, in August, that I should take a holiday didn't help, even if it was true. I only feel like I'm beginning to get back to adequate performance at work now, three months on.

In the meantime, various electrical goods and my car have been reaching the inevitable fix-or-replace stage of their lives. So it is that, despite a year of proper wages, I've had to add a credit card to the rest of my personal debt this year. I'm beginning to sound like I'm whingeing, I don't mean to.

Like I said earlier, I've stumbled into a very special community and in October I've been lucky enough to show some of that community how much it means to me by hosting the SGOYT geek list. I'm also looking forward to meeting some more of my new friends in January at a 1PG get-together.

It feels a bit funny writing to you so far out from yule. Did I ever thank you properly for your BGG-sourced gifts last year? I hope so, I was very happy with them. If you're thinking about getting me anything again this year, I've kept my wishlist up to date.

I hope you've had a good 2017, too, Santa, and the elves and reindeer haven't been giving you too much trouble. At least your holidays are getting warmer every year. It's been fun writing to you again and I hope to do so again.

Lee.

PS - I don't want to appear greedy Santa, I'm happy to receive second-hand games in good condition and I'm open to things not on my wishlist if you think I'll like them.
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3. Board Game: Challenge Austria [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Thomas H
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Since i'm going to take part in the Santa's Little Secret One Exchange, here's a little information about buying games in Austria.

Since Austria isn't that big and a neighbour of Germany, there's no big online game store (at least none that i know of). In terms of FLGS, there are options, but i'm going to only recommend my favorite one, which would be Planet Harry in Vienna. Regretably Harry doesn't have an online shop, but i'm quite sure, that he can cope with English, if you write him an email. Besides supporting a cool FLGS, his shipping rate within Austria is very low (5 Euro). Please be aware, that Harry sometimes needs a few days to answer emails (the shop is a two men show).

Online two options come to mind. Firstly, Amazon and secondly Spiele-Offensive.de. Well, i suppose i don't need to give any further information about Amazon... Spiele-Offensive.de has an online shop and offers shipping to Austria for 8,90 Euro, if the order is below 60,- Euro (above 60,- Euro the shipping rate gets lower).

To avoid customs, it would be good, to send something from within the European Union.

Concerning my wishlist, i marked some items with "Valid for Secret One". This should especially help you, as i'm also going to join the normal Secret Santa and although i'd still be a happy camper if i get the same game twice, i prefer getting different ones...

The rating of "love to have" mostly indicates games, that i know to some degree or a theme, which i like. The main difference between "like to have" and "thinking about it" is my willingness, to spend my own money on something. E.g. it's more likely, that i end up buying a game with "like to have" myself than a game i'm just thinking about. I also use "thinking about" for new (to me) titles, which i want to keep in mind to check them out later.

Expansions to games i already own are welcome, but i'd be grateful, if you could consider buying the same language version as the base game (which should be mentioned if you browse my collection).

If you have any questions, just ask - i'll answer them as good as i can...
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4. Board Game: A Christmas Story Board Game [Average Rating:2.54 Unranked]
Jeff Rhind
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Hello everyone!

I'm sure I've bumped into some of you on BGG in Forums or Geek Lists. This site has been invaluable to me in my life over the past few years -- a home away from home.

So many exchanges this year! I'm also on the BGG Secret Santa Exchange and the PNP Secret Santa as well which is my favorite since I love sending folks PnP versions of games.

In fact, here's a sneak peek at the front and back of one that is printing right now!



My wishlist contains several games that are solo-able. Some haven't even been published yet. But I have marked those that should be available or could be available by the time we all have to ship our exchanges with a 1

Some of those are wishful thinking to be sure.

I like most types of games -- ones that eat my table to smaller footprint ones. I tend to like euro games. I do play some war games on occasion although I am a little more picky about those. I don't like miniatures games at all or those with a zombie/apocalypse theme. (Maybe This War of Mine might get a pass.)
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5. Board Game: Ratz-Fatz ist Weihnachten [Average Rating:4.43 Unranked]
Daniel Wünsche
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Hi i am Daniel from germany and happy to join this secret santa. Every year i ask myself, wheter i should join the big secret santa, but never dig. But as i saw this one, i didnt't hesitate at all, and joined.
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Why, because i think sologamers are a special kind of people

I started Sologaming a year ago, as my wife got pregnant the second time. She was tired all the time, and could not stay up after 8 p.m. So i had to do, waht a man has to tod. i searched for a new love.... sologaming

as for now, i love simple small sologames, but also big epic ones like Nemo's War (second edition) what ist at tis time my absolute favorite.

The next step for me will be the COIN Series from GMT.

I call myself a boardgame reviewer, who loves to play games with his 5yr old son. As a reviewer i love love love small unknown games. These little gems, nobody talks about, but are clever.


A few points are important for me with an Sologame:
- i should't have to reread teh rules at every step i play (mageknight)
- i don't like neutral players, where i have to do a lot of bookkeeping
- i like Theme
- i don't like near past war games. Especially WWII is an absolute no go. As is the modern warefare... Iraque and Syria
- i like historical simulations
- i started to like train games getting old
- i don't want gameboxes where guns are shown... keep in mind, i have little kids, who cas see all the games, and i don't want to hide them.
- i love Victory Point games and GMT Would love to try a Hollandspiele solo game (but shipping costs are extremly high)
- you can make me very happy with an very uncommon theme.
- i don't mind playing twohanded within an coop game.
- i don't like playing more than two players.
- i don't like real time games.
- i don't mind GOOD fanmade Solo rules, as long i don't have to print something else as the manual

The Biggest Point:
- suprise me... you don't need to follow my wishlist.... i love to learn a game, where i know nothing about. That the worst part, of beeing a reviewer/blogger. Always informed, i want to be suprised again, as i was at the beginning



I marked all games i woul play solo with an 1

The next days, i will work on my wishlist. And will update this post.
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6. Board Game: Christmas Party Gift Exchange Game [Average Rating:2.20 Unranked]
Ian Davies
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Wow! Super speedy Santa shipment.

My apartment does have a concierge that will take the delivery. It wouldn't be the first time I've bought myself a cask of Hobgoblin. It's just a shame you have to drink the entire thing in one day whistle Time to play the guessing game and work out what you may have got me from my wishlist.

Thank you in advance for my early Christmas present and don't worry about the gift wrapping, just means I know it doesn't contain puppies or kittens. It's always concerning when they are gift wrapped as you never know so you have to open it to check.

Thanks,
Ian.

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Hi Santa's Little Secret One,

Firstly, I should advise you that I am also taking part in the main BGG Secret Santa exchange so you may want to check with Octavian to see who my Santa is for that exchange. It doesn't go live until after the 12th November so it may not affect you.

Despite trying to convert some of my friends into gamers, I mostly play solo (95%). So most of my purchases tend to be aimed as solo only or games where I could play solo if I cannot get anyone else to play with me.

I'm happy playing quick games like FUSE or longer games like Eldritch Horror. I don't think there are any mechanics I dislike other than bluffing games. I do enjoy dice rolling (when the dice are being kind) and deck building games as probably my 2 favourite mechanics. Last year I started playing some simple war games and enjoy them as a break from my other games. You are welcome to go off list if you think there is something I will enjoy but I have plenty of other games on order so if you might want to check my pre-orders first.

I have added 1 in the comments to signify that I would play it solo. My wish list is up to date and I have tried to leave a comment on most items. The list is quite big but most of them are expansions for games that I will either get around to buying at some point or are out of print and I will try and pick up a second hand copy when I find them. If I have marked a game as 5 on my wish list then it is because I have played it and wanted to record the play but not own the game.

Thanks,
Ian.
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7. Board Game: Secret Santa: Krampus [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Anne Skelding
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I started a "dear Santa" letter, but then it somehow turned into a "dear Krampus" letter, with ruminations on how cool Yule Cat is? (Super cool, natch.) What can I say, I like a touch of darkness in my holiday cheer.

But neither Krampus nor Yule Cat are likely to give me presents this year, so hello, kindly BGG user! How are you doing? Avoid the lonely countryside if you haven't received any new clothes this season. Yule Cat is watching.

If you have been to my profile, you can see a rundown of the kinds of games I like. You may also have noticed that all of my games are rated a "5" on my wishlist. This is because I have forbidden myself to buy any more games this year, and unless I mark something as "do not buy this," I will in fact try to buy it. This probably makes your job much more difficult, though, so to help you out, here are a few games that I SUPER DUPER WANT even though I'm pretending otherwise to save money.

(If none of these games are an option for you, please do feel free to go for any other game on the list. Solo games are marked with 1 in the comments. Alternately, if you're really not feeling any of these games, then send me whatever your favorite is! Is there a terrible hole in my game collection? Feel free to fill it. I probably want it, I just don't know it yet, and I'm always willing to try new things!)


A Brief Wishlist for Your Convenience:

Roll Player
Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game
Gloom of Kilforth
V-Commandos
Clank!: A Deck-Building Aventure
Vast: The Crystal Caverns
Too Many Bones
Dead Men Tell No Tales
Wizard's Academy
Rising 5: Runes of Asteros
any of the expansions for Shadowrun: Crossfire or Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game

Again, this is an incomplete list, and I would be truly happy with, honestly, pretty much anything. I love games and am still learning all about the different kinds and what I enjoy.

Thank you so much in advance, and have a wonderful holiday season!
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8. Board Game: Top Cat: The Santa Claws Scam [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Jesus Berjano
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Hello Santa's little secret one!

I wasn't going to participate in a secret Santa exchange this year to be fair, but being the one from the guild how can i refuse?

I've already organised my list, I've put all the games for the exchange in 'must have' with a 1 on the comments. I'll probably add a couple more options for you. I know the list is long, with quite a few expensive/rare ones too. But this wishlist is more of an orientation of things I'm looking at now, so feel free to get something out that list that you think I might enjoy! Also, I don't mind second hand games as long as they are complete

Not much more to say, maybe worth saying that I'm leaving on holidays on the 22nd of December and I'll be out until January 7th, so it could be problematic if the parcel arrives in my holidays.

Not much more to say, if you have any doubt please ask around or if you need any kind of information on where to purchase around here don't doubt to say something.

One think that could be useful for you is that I frequently go to a local shop (twice a week in fact) and I have quite a good relationship with the owner. They have a website now and their facebook page, so if you want to save on shipping I'm sure Tim can arrange something with you and I can pick it up at the shop (He also has a pretty good idea of the games I like)
Link to the shop -> The Games Den Leamington (https://www.gamesdenuk.com/)
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9. Board Game: Tis The Season: Christmas Trivia [Average Rating:4.65 Unranked]
Pamela Simms-Borre
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Hello all my fellow soloists!

Well, I have already written a letter to my special Santas (yes Santas) - I have joined two Christmas exchanges on BGG this year. What can I say, I love the gift-giving season. If you are interested in reading my letter it is right here.

I think it pretty much says all there is to know about my board gaming habits but if you need to know more, please let me know. I would love to chat with you.

Appropriate solo games on my wish list are all marked with a 1. I always keep my list up-to-date, but I am leaving for Essen tomorrow, so I will have to update it with any unplanned purchases (or interesting gift possibilities) when I get back.

I wish all of the lovely soloists out there a very merry Christmas season! And special wishes of Yuletide joy to my very special Santa's Little Secret One!
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10. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:115] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
Hi Future Santas,

I'm excited to get to know 1PG members a little bit more personally, and the letters posted here help.

I've been in the Guild only a year, so I'm still discovering solo options among what I already own. Although I've posted a wishlist and given suggestions, I would rather you send me a game that makes you happy to give. If nothing on my list makes you smile, then feel free to go off list.

About 50% of my gaming is solo (games like Exit and Unlock which can be solitaire work well; I've only tried the Pharaoh's Tomb.) Another 30% of my time is in 2p mode, and the rest 3-5 players. While a good multi-player game is welcome, I'm hoping you'll find my next great solo game.

More about me: I just turned 60 and deal with medical issues which impact sleep .. What can I play at 2-3 am that might tire or calm my mind? That is how I came to be a solo gamer. Now, you don't need to address that need. Think about the smile, the happy place game. That's the one to choose.

My thematic interests: art, travel, geography, history
Preferred Game Mechanics: tile placement, deck-builders

Thank you, Jessica, for putting this together.
Bring on the Christmas music!

Val


Edit: corrected spelling for Pharaoh's ... although I'd have definitely bought Ogariog's Tomb if the game existed.
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11. RPG Item: Chuubo's Marvelous Wish Granting Engine [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
Benjamin Tieman
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Hmmm... this is an odd envelope. Better open it up and see what’s inside, nothing bad has ever come of that.

Greetings! Inside this envelope, you will find a key to my Marvelous Wish Granting Engine! Just enter your wishes, and Chuubo (that’s me!) will see that they are granted!

Chuubo


Well. That’s odd. As is this large box I’ve never seen before. Quite the assortment of buttons, levers, readouts, and other gizmos, gadgets, and doodads. Looks like something from a sci-fi book.

And here’s the key... I see a keyhole here... eh, why not. Aight Chuubo, if you trap my soul or eat my essence, I’m not gonna be very happy...

*bzzzt*

That was... anticlimactic. Now it’s glowing, and a readout of boardgames appeared. I guess that’s all I get to choose from, which is perfect, as all I wanted was boardgames. This Chuubo guy has my number. Now... time to decide...

WISHLIST UPDATED! Items are accurate, notes to come. If Santa needs more information, please bug!

Hmm... It appears I must enter more information about myself before this thing kicks in. Alrighty...

So, I've been gaming for... 3-4 years now. Definitely have started to find my own in board gaming. I've gone through my kickstarter addiction phase (though admittedly, I still buy a decent amount from there. I'm just much more discerning now.)

I've begun to really hone in on what I want from a game:
1) Solo is a must. I play solo 90% of the time, and the other 10% is either a campaign game (Gloomhaven, PACG, eventually KDM) or usually trying out new games with Byron every couple weeks.

2) Campaign-like games. I really enjoy the feeling of building up something (settlement, city, characters, etc.), then being able to come back to it and continuing the story or to grow.

3) Legacy type games. I like the feeling of my actions having an effect on future game plays. Goes hand in hand with #2.

4) RPG type games. I like building characters, not only stats, but also story and personality. Again, goes with #2 & #3.

5) Story games. See #2-4.

6) Euro games. I love sitting, able to spend all the time I want on being AP, going through all my choices, burning my brain. I've recently found that I REALLY enjoy Uwe games, to the point where I'm actually enjoying beat-your-own-score games/variants.

7) I sometimes get lost in sandbox-y games, especially adventure ones (see Xia, Merchants and Marauders, Merchants of Venus), but I still enjoy them.

8) I'm finding games that are short, easy, quick, one-and-done, no scoring, etc., do not get to the table as much. Not that I don't enjoy them, but I don't feel as fulfilled when I finish playing as when I finish a story game or a euro game.


MORE TO COME LATER!

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12. Board Game: The Greatest Gift [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Steve M
United Kingdom
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Hello there Santa's Little Secret One (and everyone else)

Well, here is my little entry to the list. Not much to say really, so I'll add a link to my WISHLIST and jot down a few supportive notes.
Like this:

~ I love playing games solo as well as with family and friends
~ But gotta admit, solo gaming holds a special place in my heart
~ Big fan of Sci-Fi and film/TV IP themes
~ Enjoy co-op games and I like to play 2-3 characters as solo mode
~ Thematic stuff is always cool
~ Partial to a cool solo deckbuilder
~ Rarely chase/covet the very latest hotness and new games
~ Enjoy sporting titles
~ Quirky stuff and fab art are always good starts
~ Not a massive fantasy fan, but open to being converted
~ Not really a fan of Lovecraft/Cthulhu themed stuff
~ Games that work solo and 2+ players is always cool for variety
~ I'm a fan of good expansions that make the base game even more fun

> MY CURRENT WISHLIST <

If you check out my profile page, you will get some more info/ammo about me, plus can check out my Collection - and see the stuff I've got on our shelves at home (and the various scores of the ones I love the most, with some comments). Any questions or queries, please get in touch in some form... I'd love to hear from you.

For now, that's it. Awesome - and wishing you and everyone else a fantastic experience with the exchange.


Cheers, Steve.
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13. Board Game: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas Game [Average Rating:4.05 Overall Rank:14904]
Kevin Haar
United States
St.Charles
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Dear Santa,

I love Christmas, but can anything beat Halloween? I am enjoying these last few days before Halloween. We just had a Harry Potter Halloween Party yesterday. I know that starting November 1st, Christmas season will be in full swing across the stores and throughout my house as my wife love's to decorate with holiday decor. Down will come the ghosts and skeletons and up will come the reindeer and elves!

This will be my daughter's third Christmas and the first we will celebrate at our house as a family. We are excited to finally start some Christmas traditions of our own in our small family.
My wife and I are both teachers and we will be enjoying our Christmas breaks, but in very different ways. For me, Christmas break is a prime time for gaming! My wife rarely will agree to a game, so I do more than 80% of my gaming solo. However during Christmas break, my little brother will be coming in town and staying with me so I will have a gaming buddy for a few days.

Boardgaming has been my biggest and most passionate hobby for the past five years. BGG is definitely my most visited website and I have made many friends through gaming. By playing lots of games, I have figured out what my tastes are, but there are also those games that surprise me by how much I enjoy them. Santa, in case you feel that I have been a good boy this year, here are some of the things that I like and don't like in games. I hope it helps you find the next right one for me.

I love unique, thematic Euros! I love a brain-burner that is not just moving cubes around, but one where the mechanics feel like the theme. I like a game that requires skill over luck, but I don't mind some randomness. I love good, quality components. Lousy components have ruined good games for me in the past (La Granja). The game also MUST have solo play or a good BGG user created variant; some of my favorite solo experiences are from user created variants (ie: Trajan). I prefer Automas. My favorite game is Fields of Arle. It is so full of theme and tough decisions. It is a perfect blend of a sandbox feel with confining rules. I will never tire of that game. I also love Village and Suburbia because I can really feel the theme in the mechanics. However, I love the depth, but simplicity of Nations, even though the game as a whole in not super thematic.

I also love a good cooperative game. Sometimes I can get my wife to play those. Atlantis Rising and Pandemic are classics and still get played here. I do like some Ameritrash games, but can't really get into the overused dungeon-crawler and zombies themes. I really don't care for small, quick filler games. If I'm going to game, I want to game! Overall, if there is a medium-heavy Euro that has theme or tells a story, I will probably enjoy it! Oh, and anything from the Lord of the Rings LCG! I have some adventure packs, but there are so many great ones I haven't gotten to yet. I trust your judgment, Santa. I am sure you will pick the right surprise for me.

I live about 45 minutes from the Miniature Market store. It's close enough where I can go on a Saturday and far enough away that it can't consume all of my money. It's my preferred store. Santa, I don't even mind picking up the games from there if your reindeer could use a break. I also don't mind used games either. If your elves feel overwhelmed, I would not cringe at a used copy at all.

I cannot wait for Christmas, Santa! My family is going to have a very special one this year. Many of the students I teach do not get Christmases as bountiful as mine have been in my blessed life. I am determined to make their holiday season as special as you have made mine throughout the years. I also want to continue to support our boardgaming community. I take BGG citizenship seriously and hope to brighten the day of my fellow gamers this holiday season.

Have a great holiday season, Santa! Happy gaming!

Your friend,

Kevin
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14. Board Game: Cow Tiger Santa Claus [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
David Auxier
United States
Ridgway
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Hi Secret One!

I'm really looking forward to participating in this year's exchange. I always enjoy things like these exchanges and the yearly Top 100 Solo games list that bring a ton of people in the guild together. I'm not always particularly vocal in the guild, but I always enjoy seeing what's going on and participating in spirit.

I started playing solo games 4 years ago when I moved to Kansas City and didn't know anyone. I had picked up Friday on a whim at a game store at one point, but I had never messed with playing it until those first days alone in a new place. In the years since, I have gotten married, moved to an extremely rural community of about 800 people, and, just a couple months ago, we adopted our son. All those things have worked together to make me almost exclusively a solo gamer. Sometimes I'm able to play 2 player, but almost never more. My wife will occasionally play a game (maybe once every other month) and my father, who lives about an hour away, loves games and we get together for a game day about once a month. Other than that, it is just me, my table, and a solo game.

I enjoy a lot of different types of solo games, but I definitely lean more toward the medium and heavy euro/strategy side of things. I have discovered recently that I really love anything with an automa (and have discovered a lot of awesome fan made variants for games I already had but didn't get played much). Since playing those types of euro games the "beat your high score" style euro games have almost entirely left my collection. However, I also love thinky card games, quick and fun fillers, the occasional dice game, I've dipped my toe into war games this year with Cuba Libre and Colonial Twilight, and (thanks to Gloomhaven)have found a lot of fun delving dungeons and smacking around baddies. I'm really willing to try almost anything.

I have my wishlist put together with things marked with a "1 Secret One" to set it aside for this exchange; HOWEVER I'm completely open to surprises. I'll give anything a try and surprises are always super fun. Feel free to get creative (if that's your thing), but if you're like me and creativity isn't your thing, then the wishlist is there for you.

Also, I couldn't care less if the games I receive are new or used, even extremely used. I'm a game player. I'm not a game collector. I try to keep my collection culled to only games I will get played somewhat regularly and frequently make use of used or ding/dent purchases to cut costs. As long as all the pieces are there, I'm good to go.

I'm really looking forward to this experience, and I'm happy to work for it to prove I'm worth a gift. I'm going to shut up now because I've gone on far too long.

Thanks!
David
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15. Board Game: I Believe in Santa Claus! [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Vicky Goode
United Kingdom
Bristol
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Dear Santa,

Where on earth has 2017 gone?! I can’t believe you’re almost due again!

I worry (a lot!) when I write letters and emails and such, so often they get put off and never completed. So I’m probably going to just word-vomit this and hit publish. I apologise if any of it is extra weird, or not quite following the established polite conventions (I will try very hard not to be rude to you though, I promise!)

I’m very excited about this, thank you, thank you, thank you! Whatever you do! Also, I’m worrying about how I’ll do as Santa myself, so you have very low expectations to live up to.

Ok, so that’s a bunch of my neuroses for you to chew on. When I’m not freaking out, I love to play games (yes, ok, that’s why we’re all here). I have got a good gaming group, but my games tend to sit on the shelf unless they have a solo mode (official or fan made is fine by me) so if you could keep that in mind, that would be great. I love Euro games, Scythe being my favourite so far (don’t worry, I’ve already got a copy of Scythe). I took against Carcassonne the one time I played it, I don’t know why. But Isle of Skye got tarnished with the brush of “looks too much like Carcassonne” so even though I quite enjoyed it the time I played it, I have no intention of playing it again.

I don’t like social deduction games, they stress me out.

The automa type of solo games are my favourite. Although I’ve recently discovered Leaving Earth and LOVE that too. Generally I’m not a big fan of beat your own score solo versions, but if there’s enough of a win/lose condition (such as in Terraforming Mars) I don’t mind it.

Ooh, important information: I’m perfectly happy with a gently used game, it doesn't have to be brand new.

My wishlist is up-to-date, but feel free to deviate from it. I keep my collection up-to-date, so you can see what I’ve already got. Just please don’t get me Mage Knight, I still feel guilty for selling the first copy...


Thanks, Santa!

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16. Board Game: Little Shoppers [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
JW van der Meulen
Netherlands
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Great little secret one,

Time to tell you something about myself then. I'm 52 years old, married, we have a 6yo daughter. All three of us like boardgames. Lately my wife and I play Great Western Trail a lot. My daughter's favourite game is Pandemic Iberia. I love to read - mainly science fiction, though I'm also very interested in history. I've studied anthropology but work at the communications department of our university, doing website stuff.

Over 25 years ago I started playing boardgames regularly, Talisman (third edition) was a big hit. When I bought Warhammer Quest: The Adventure Card Game out of nostalgic reasons (for the 1995 Warhammer Quest) I discovered I actually enjoyed playing solo. So I bought more games and made even more discoveries. You don't need a board! (enter more card games and dice games) I enjoy games with a Lovecraft theme! (started to read his stories because of board games) What will be next? Zombies? Wargames? I don't know, but I like the surprises.

So anything's perfect as a gift, really. But if you need any inspiration: I keep my wishlist up to date, and I've thrown in some d10-1 ("to be played solo") in the wishlist comments. Thanks, and have fun!
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17. Board Game: The Elf on the Shelf Naughty or Nice Board Game [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
Darren Tanner
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Hello Santa's Little Helper!

Thanks for you note - it's encouraged me to take the time to sit and write this.

I'm pretty new, which you might think would make this a quite tricky task, but I've got a suggestion that might help out with that.

I've only been playing board games (as an adult) for the past year - last December I decided I needed to see some of my friends more often as I wasn't doing a lot of socialising. Between three (!) kids and long work hours, my social life was not that healthy. So I asked my (long suffering) wife if I could have Imperial Assault as my Christmas present and I've spent the last year dragging my friends to a friendly pub as we've worked through the campaign. This has been interspersed with the occasional game of Cosmic Encounter and a couple of attempts at Junta.

At some point, I stumbled upon the Solo Guild - probably as a result of seeing people talk about solo rules for Imperial Assault. I browsed some articles and bought some games, and read some more. I find the Solo Games On Your Table so enjoyable to read - so many mini-reviews, always interesting and well written, and nearly always pulling me in with their hype.

So my collection has kind of exploded - one of the problems with being new, is that I have no idea of what I will like! I've enjoyed Mage Knight, Terraforming Mars and Mechs vs Minions. I didn't enjoy Perditions Mouth but conversely really enjoyed Kingdom Death on TTS, even though I'd say both are about struggling through against the odds. I didn't feel anything about Scythe - it was fine, but that is all.... I struggled with LotR LCG (it seems really hard, and quite random), but I want to go back and try again. I have no idea what ties these together - complexity? co-op? story? deterministic? Those are all themes I think I tend towards, but I don't think they are definitive in any way.

So my request, which you are free to ignore, is for something not on my wishlist. Or at least, not because it is on my wishlist - my wishlist is really a collection of games I've seen recommended by people here, so I'd like one of your favourites instead! As long as it's solo'able (well, duh) then I'm keen. If it's one with an active challenge or community on here, then so much the better - solo gaming to help my socialising!

I hope this helps!

And thanks very much to Jessica and the others for organising this - I can't imagine how much work it must be. She very kindly encouraged me to setup an avatar and it was a very welcoming gesture.

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18. Board Game: Secret Moon [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8475]
"Landry" Lieve
Belgium
Leuven
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Hello Secret One,

Bit late to the party but still up for some fun! Thank you for thinking of me this holiday season.

I have added some 1 icons to my wishlist to help you out and my profile has a lot of information about me so do check it out. And do ask me questions, if you like. Always up for a nice chat.

When it comes to solo games, I am up for anything, really. I dislike auction and bidding games but luckily solo games don't tend to have those mechanisms.

Just returned from Essen and updated my collection and wishlist, should be all good to go! vFollow my wishlist or pick something you believe should have been on my list in the first place (please do check my preordered and previously owned though in that case, thanks). I do love (good) surprises.

Also: I love purple. And elephants.
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