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Welcome to the 12th 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. 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:

”2016 List”

"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, or to finally be able to communicate to your Santa while maintaining the anonymity, do can do so from your Secret Santa page where you have two brand new options on the Secret Santa page - "Send Message to Your Gifter" and "Send Message to Your Recipient" That is a great new feature which should be much better than the cumbersome Santa geekmail account, thanks to the admins for that feature!

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

Most Popular Secret Santa Games - 2017


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: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:2]
Alvin
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So I think I hold the record for fastest gift received... My game was delivered at 1pm pacific time, only 3 hours after the announcement of the Secret Santas. I was away from home until now so couldn't post, but thank you so much to my secret santa for a wonderful and speedy gift!

My housemates and I have really enjoyed Pandemic and we've wanted to dive deeper into the game, and we're so excited to play Pandemic Legacy. None of us have gone through it before so thank you to my secret santa for giving us the chance to make some amazing gaming memories together.

To top it all off, my santa told me that I'll be receiving more gifts in the future, asking for my favorite color. I'm so lucky to have such an involved Santa and it's really inspiring me to put in the same amount of work. It also makes me appreciate how great and good-spirited the board game community is.

Happy gaming everyone!

EDIT:

After asking for my favorite color, my awesome secret santa sent me some super personalized gifts off my wishlist that I am totally shocked and amazed by. He sent me holiday fluxx, a bag of red die, a 3d printed dice tower, and most impressively, a 3d printed bookend representation of a sandworm from dune, by favorite book. What an awesome santa who put in an incredible amount of thought and care!


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2. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game – X-Men [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked]
Cliff Roberts
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Santa delivered early here as well! Super excited about this one, as Legendary is a staple among my regular gaming group. Totally looking forward to all the new cards and printing out more dividers. YES!

UPDATE!
Santa wasn't done yet! Awaiting me at my parents' house in time for Thanksgiving was this...
EXIT: The Abandoned Cabin

Okay, so my game group meets on Friday nights and we've been enjoying some escape room board games, so I was planning on saving it for them. Buuuuut...well, I mean the game is just sitting here I played and I'm on vacation with my family...how can I possibly wait until after Thanksgiving?! So yeah, I think this will be getting played sooner rather than later. Thanks again, Santa!

UPDATE AGAIN!
Santa left me a card for Christmas, with a Star Realms promo card inside! I also had yet another gift to open on Christmas: Kokoro: Avenue of the Kodama. Thank you again, Santa!
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3. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:18]
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I got a speedy Santa this year. I'm guessing he might have been based on the UK. Hopefully, I'll get this one played at tonight's game meet, and get pictures of the unboxing. Thanks Santa Chris

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End of game. I lost because the 2nd place player had the 7 point bonus
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4. Board Game: Mystic Vale [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:374]
Ethan Yanyo
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I have a super awesome and speedy Santa this year! I got a message Tuesday evening letting me know that there were gifts heading my way, and another on Wednesday that the first would be arriving that day. So with joy and excitement I came home to a box waiting for me with not only Mystic Vale but also No Thanks! These are two great games that I've loved playing and am super pumped to have in my collection! And I'm excited to play the mini-game of "peel the plastic off of all these Mystic Vale cards" before the first game.

Not only that, but Santa has informed me that there will be a package 2 coming on Friday, and a 3 sometime in the next few weeks, so I'm sure I'll be updating this posting in the near future. I don't know what I did this year to get on Santa's extra-nice list, but I sure do appreciate it! Thanks so much Santa!


Update 11/17: Came home today to another surprise from Santa: Tiny Epic Western! This is my wife's favorite of the Tiny Epic games that we've played, and I can't wait to play it with her and bring it to our gaming group tomorrow. Thanks again, awesome Santa!

Update 12/3: Awesome Santa wasn't done being awesome, and over the weekend I was surprised with another package containing promos for some of my favorite games: Pandemic: Promo Roles, Spyfall: Gaming Convention promo cards, 7 Wonders: Leaders – Wil, and Stone Age: Casino, which I'm particularly excited about! Thank you so much again, Santa; you rock!
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5. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:219]
Patrick McInally
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Santa is FAST this year! Fifth person on the list... wild. I'd barely sat down to look over my own target and start making wicked plans before there was a knock on the door!

Modern Art is an absolute classic, but it's been about eight years since I had the distinct pleasure of playing it. Nobody around here owns it, and it's been out of print for quite a long time. Re-print + Santa = win! Can't wait to bring this to table and show the Cult of the New that sometimes the classics will not be ignored.

Nestled in the box (all the way from somewhere on the Amazon) was The Grizzled, a game I've seen played but never played myself. I love co-ops, I love grim themes, and I'm a bit of a WWI buff. I am going to love this one, I know it

Thanks so much Santa, you rock!
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6. Board Game: First Orchard [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2674]
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Dang Santa! That was quick work. Received a delivery notification from UPS while at work, and having not ordered anything recently, my mind was racing. I got home to find that, sure enough, my BGG Santa was well-ahead of the curve.

I must have been very good this year, cause I got quite the haul:



My wife will be delighted to see Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 when she gets home, as we loved Season 1. I am very excited about First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet, which will be getting a solo write-up ASAP. But perhaps the best part of the entire gift was the game for my kids. As my profile makes no mention of said children, it's obvious that Santa made more than a cursory inspection. It's this sort of generosity that makes BGG Secret Santa such a joy to be part of each year.

Thanks so much Santa!
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7. Board Game: Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:61]
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My Santa warned me to not make too much noise as I opened my presents so I made sure I had my sneakers on when the package arrived.



The packaged contained packing peanuts which is sure to give me at least +1 clank for each one that fell out!



The first discovery was sunken treasure! Well close enough Clank!: Sunken Treasures



I kept digging hoping to not make anymore clank when I found, Clank!: A Deck-Building Adventure



After that the box still had more surprises. A journey to space with Clank! In! Space!



Thanks to my awesome Santa for such a good trio of gifts! I can't wait to play them all hopefully tonight!

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8. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:73]
Gary Byala
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Rockville
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I CAN'T believe I am lucky enough to get on the FIRST PAGE of the Secret Santa gift receivers! My SS is amazing. I got this blazing fast message hours after assignments were given:

"Too excited to wait. Expect awesomeness on Thursday."

Well, look what came! I'm sooooo excited. I love these thinky games, and this one is intimidating, that's for sure. Can't wait to sink my teeth into it.



Thanks so much Santa! Hope you - and everyone else on the Geek - have a wonderful Holiday Season!!!!!
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9. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:30]
Bruce Brown
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College Station
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On day one my Santa told me that he had sent out his eight legged steed Sleipnir instead of Rudolf with a special delivery while the elves continued to work on something else at the North Pole. Today when I arrived home from work, there was a surprise package waiting for me with no Sliepnir in sight. The package started to stir up a bit of joyful rage. Inspired, I tore it open and inside I found Blood Rage!!!

I have wanted to play and get Blood Rage since it came out, and I am so thankful that my Santa sent it to me. Since this was shipped out, I have continued to receive personal messages and Geek Gold that have made me feel more connected to the online BGG community than ever before. I have been encouraged to get a avatar and badge for my profile. Most importantly, I honestly feel that I am getting to build a fun and supportive friendship during this experience.

Thank you for being awesome Santa. I hope that I am being an equally supportive and encouraging Santa to my target, you leave some big shoes to fill!


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Wednesday 11/22 - Today we got another pleasant surprise from Santa, The Castles of Burgundy! Just in time for the Thanksgiving break!

Christmas Day 12/25 - Today we opened the final package from Santa's hard working elves and received Agility!

Thank you for a wonderful experience, and to all a good night!
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10. Board Game: Dice Forge [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:306]
Ira Cummings
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This is my first year participating, and I'm really glad that I did. I wasn't sure about the whole "taunt" thing…but it ended up being pretty low key. My Santa sent one taunt about rolling dice and laying tiles with family. They they let me know to keep an eye out. I opened the box today to find Dice Forge, one of the games that I'm most excited about playing as well as Kingdomino and Carcasonne! I'm really overwhelmed by the generosity. This is such an amazing thing, to receive such kindness from a stranger.

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11. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:19]
Alexandre Dias
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Montréal
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Last night I got a message from my Santa asking if my wishlist was complete so he could give the GO to the elves. Im pretty sure I answered around 9pm ...

... So i was really suprised when the doorbell rang tonight and there was a deluvery man with an unwraped Viticulture Essential Edition for me!!

My Stonemaier collection is getting closer to being complete!

Thanks Santa



UPDATE

So my Secret Santa let me know earlier he wasn't done with me. He stuck to his word and last week I got the very unexpected Unfair!!

Santa tought that since I mostly play with my girlfriend and he and Ms Claus really and enjoy the game, it would be a good idea to send it to me so I would discover something outside my wishlist. I totally approve!! Thanks Santa, we look forward to playing this.
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12. Board Game: Viticulture Essential Edition [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:19]
Emily Gornall
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We have a speedy Secret Santa this year! We were super surprised to see a package on our doorstep today and spent 10 minutes trying to recollect what we ordered. To our extremely pleasant surprise it was Viticulture, the Pantheon Expansion to 7 Wonders Duel and a nice note from our BGG Secret Santa!

7 Wonders Duel is one of our favorite games to play together and we are excited about what Pantheon will add!

We have played Viticulture once before and loved it!

Hopefully we can post some action shots of us playing this weekend!

THANK YOU SECRET SANTA!!!!
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13. Board Game: Champions of Midgard [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:92]
Jeremy Boogerd
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Got a letter from Santa at 2:05 today telling me the elves delivered a package. I got home at 6:30 and opened the box immediately. Can't wait to play Champions of Midgard, they also added a copy of Hanabi for the wife and I to try as she's not big on pushing cubes around. I just love this event. Thanks again Santa
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14. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition – Streets of Arkham: Expansion [Average Rating:8.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.66 Unranked]
Tom Conder
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The elves delivered my package today. I can't wait to get it to the table.
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15. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition – Suppressed Memories: Figure and Tile Collection [Average Rating:8.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.19 Unranked]
Nick L
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Well, not actually top secret the game.
But though Santa has been super fast this year and has already gotten me my present, I still don't know what it is. cry

When my girlfriend saw the package, she demanded to know what is was. Upon learning that is was from Secret Santa. She took hold of it and said I couldn't have it until it was actually Christmas.
I guess that sorta makes sense. At least we get our presents on the eve of December 24th here in Denmark.



Update: Dec 24th.

My girlfriend finally let me have my present this morning, even though we usually open our presents in the evening. I guess she was getting kinda excited about to herself.

HOLY MADNESS BATMAN SANTA!!!

Not one, but two expansions for Mansions of Madness!
Mansions of Madness: Second Edition – Suppressed Memories: Figure and Tile Collection
AND
Mansions of Madness: Second Edition – Recurring Nightmares: Figure and Tile Collection

Santa had mentioned that we had similar wishlists. But damm this is awesome.

Thanks Santa. Feel free to stop by for a game or five, once your over the delivery run tonight.

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16. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:20]
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Super Fast Santa for my first participation !



Arkham Horror: The Card Game
Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Dunwich Legacy
Arkham Horror: The Card Game – The Miskatonic Museum Mythos Pack

In french

Thank you very much Santa meeple.
I'll try it this week end with the missus.

I'm really excited to be part of this exchange.

I really hope the game I chose for my target (from his wishlist of course) will be in stock soon, it's a pretty new one and stores are still waiting for stock. I'm checking everyday on 3 webstores like a madman
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17. Board Game: The Lost Expedition [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:729]
Justin Bird
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What is inside it? I don't know.
I arrived home late last night to find Santa had slipped a package in front of the door. Opened it this morning to find my gifts wrapped and ready to open Christmas morning. Can't wait to open it and play whatever my Santa gifted me. Already a great experience for a first time Secret Santa participant.



Update 11/21: No i haven't opened it yet. Upon posting this originally, my Santa sent a message saying he never said to wait, but wait for now since there might be more on the way. Was i surprised when another package showed up yesterday with another wrapped gift inside. I now have 3 things taunting me for the next month. I will hold strong until Christmas though as half the fun is opening gifts day of (unless Santa tells me i need to open early).

Update 11/22: Instructed by Santa to open 1 gift today and save the rest. Decided to open not the largest or smallest to save the biggest suprises for Christmas day. What I had left to open was The Lost Expedition. A thematicly beautiful game I can play solo or with my wife co-op or against. This was a new addition to my wishlist as soon as I came across it. Thanks Santa

Update- Christmas: Oh Man did my santa spoil me. He got me the game at the top of my list- Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island. It will be perfect for me to enjoy solo or play with my wife and game group. I also got Rhino Hero a fun little game we can play to lighten the mood after playing some heavier games. Thanks again Santa.


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18. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:2]
Ed Harmer
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Birmingham
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Maybe I was too demanding putting both games in the "Must have" section, but my totally awesome Santa got me this too: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases.

How did they know I secretly would only accept the red box version?

My Secretest Santa,
To co-op games I am thrall.
When played with a loved one,
I like most of all.
If I spot you at Christmas,
Transporting your haul.
"You can be my wingman,
Anytime" I shall call.


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19. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.28 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
J.C. Lundberg
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Alexandria
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I have had this on my wishlist since I first heard about it but couldn't justify the cost. I was super excited to see this when I opened the box (it also explained why this box was SO heavy).
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20. Board Game: Tiffin [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:12689]
J.C. Lundberg
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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I'd mentioned that while I love big long brain-crunching games, most of the stuff I'd gotten to the table recently has been lighter. Not only did my Santa get me Scythe (see above) but also gave me something shorter I can play with my wife on a weeknight.

Thank you santa!
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21. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.41 Overall Rank:3]
Ben Care
United Kingdom
Stretton, Burton-on-Trent
Staffordshire
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Wow, what a fast Santa! Thank you so much for your generosity!

I am really looking forward to breaking this out and getting settled on Mars over Christmas!

Happy Christmas everyone!
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22. Board Game: Islebound [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:713] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
Matt H
United States
Barboursville
Virginia
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Looks like it's going to be a Red Raven holiday in my house! Thanks to my incredibly quick Santa, I'm now the happy owner of two more beautiful Red Raven games, including



and



Both of these were big hits during demos at Gen Con 2017 and
Thomas Dixon
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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and I can't wait to get them to the table!










Thanks, Santa!
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23. Board Game: Orléans: Invasion [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
Karen Goetz
Germany
Ruesselsheim
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Well, of course it is not that but the mystery of a large packet that arrived - along with a card and some instructions to open it and await further instructions:


So I did and found another card with the instruction (thanks Santa!!) to open 4 of the packages on each advent sunday (starting with the 26th November):
till I get to open the biggy and the other iello-packed smaller one on xmas eve.

Also my Santa sent me a lovely calendar and book.
Thanks a lot, you are the best!
Love,
Karen

Update:
2 Sundays have come and (more or less) gone and two of the packeges revealed PnP-Sologames I did not know so far:
(with seasonal snowmen as markers for the bad guy)

Update 2:
xmas come and unpacking finished!
Revealed were
for Steam

and the finale was made with


Thanks Santa!
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24. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:67]
Eivind Olsen
Norway
Bergen
Hordaland
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Wow! I really wasn't expecting to receive anything *this* fast! I'm impressed! And it's such a nice game/gift as well! Thank you very much, whoever/whereever you are, Santa!
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25. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:209]
Ken Wolfrath

Rockville Centre
New York
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This is the fastest I have ever received anything from a BGG Santa. I was a little nervous when I received a geekmail asking for some info since my wish list had plenty of items. But then when I looked a little closer they were mostly Essen releases so my apologies Santa.

Well in my response I mentioned a little bit about my family and myself and I am glad I did. What I wanted to highlight from my Santa is how the games came wrapped with a card on each one. I first said "why is there a card on every gift?" But I opened them all and the personal touch is what got me. To Ken and Family said 2, a couple others said to Ken and finally to Ken and daughters. Yes there were 6+ games/expansions as you can see in the picture. The part that really blew me away were the 2 games, not on any of my lists, that said to Ken and Daughters. My Santa took the time to think about me and my family and that means the world to me. Also after mentioning my affinity for, but lack of, a Meepillow a Green MeePillow also arrived. While my daughters may try and steal that, I will remind them that that gift just said Ken :-)

Thank you Santa!



Edit-Games/Expansions Received: Codenames: Disney, Five Tribes: Whims of the Sultan Expansion, King of Tokyo: Halloween 2017 Edition, Ice Cool, The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire, The Climbers, and Green Meepillow.

Edit 2-Added pic of The Climber with my older daughter who wanted to be in a picture like her sister to say thank you.

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