2017 PnP Secret Santa Gifts Received
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This is the gifts-received geeklist for the 2017 PnP Secret Santa
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1. Board Game: 1572: The Lost Expedition [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:6774]
Aleksandar Saranac
Serbia
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Well, I am proud to open this list - my games arrived on Friday. Thanks Santa!
Santa did a special effort by making a two sided wooden board and some cool dice.
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2. Board Game: Haze Islands [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:6179]
Melissa the Gnome
United States
West Allis
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This arrived last week, but I just opened it (I was waiting to finish the gifts for my target). I'll try and post pics soon!

Thanks Santa! I'm very excited to try the game out and the cards look amazing!
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3. Board Game: Bloc by Bloc: The Insurrection Game [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:3933]
Douglas Rees
South Korea
Daegu
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Well, this arrived a little while ago. I was very surprised when I got a phone call from Fedex..."why am I getting a call about a delivery, I didn't order anything". It was only later when I got home to pick up the parcel that it clicked. Inside was a very beautiful copy of bloc by block. The construction is fantastic. I will almost certainly re-purpose the Altoids tins as they are very difficult to come by in Korea, and there are plenty of great mint tin games.




Can't wait to play it. Thanks Santa
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4. Board Game: Entropy [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4535]
mike heim
United States
Juneau
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Wow! Over 11 games. I've already lost a couple of games of Utopia Engine. My wife said, "Well, now you don't have to buy games for a long time." (But then again she always says that. )
I am extremely thankful for my Secret Santa. There are so many hours of fun and reviews ahead!

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5. Board Game: Bridges to Nowhere [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:6942]
Court Marley
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Beautifully crafted, and arrived in plenty of time for Christmas break. Thanks Santa!

What a big build. These cards feel amazing, and I would love to know how you made them, Santa! The tiles are nice and thick and feel great. Even better, the backs are absolutely identical.



Look at these beautiful tiles!



Thanks so much, Santa. I can't wait to try this one out!
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6. Board Game: Black Sonata [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1844]
Joy Cohn
United States
Stockton
California
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Dear Santa,

I must say, I could barely breathe as I opened the packages. I could not look away, these are beautifully done.



These are masterfully crafted and amazing. Black Sonata is exquisite with a wrapped board (that’s the best I can describe it - like it’s become one with the board.) This is my new favorite. The cards have excellent weight and character: they want to be held.

The Maiden in the Forest is delicate with a handmade box, as is Micro Civilization. I know I’ll enjoy learning and playing these games, but even peeking inside the box to see what it was made from is a delight.

Pulp Detective not only crisp and solidly well made, it looks not antique, but aged, like a treasure that’s come from its old, favorite spot on the shelf. The wooden dice are hand drawn, colorful and easy to see, and the drawings on the faces are almost identical, perfectly repeated.

These are not just print and play games, they are instant family heirlooms that I will treasure and enjoy. (And I have much to learn from these, too.)

Thank you, Santa. I am truly blessed!
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7. Board Game: Secret Santa [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:15632]
Sonia
France
Losne
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I’ve just received games from my PnP Secret Santa:

Cunning Folk
Good Little Trains
Muses
Pretense
Raging Bulls
Witch Hunt

Piccies of the games will follow during the upcoming holiday.

Ok, now I’m going to try and guess who my Secret Santa is! The games chosen make me think that Mrs Santa chose the games so I think my Santa is ...

Nona de Koning
Netherlands
Tilburg
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This is a great selection! I’m so pleased with the choices, I’ll check them out during the upcoming holiday, as I’m not going anywhere! This is awesome, thank you very much!
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8. Board Game: Black Sonata [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1844]
Jesse Worsham
United States
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Santa!!!

Apologies for updating my received list about a week after receiving your wonderful package, but it most certainly has arrived and I am so excited for my new games!

This year, Santa made me two wonderful games that I can't wait to play! He made not only Black Sonata but also Haunt the House! I will be posting pictures later, but they look amazing. The cards, the boards, the everything make me very excited to get them to the table ASAP. Now only if the holidays would slow down enough to let me do that....

Thank you so much Santa!
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9. Board Game: Haze Islands [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:6179]
Garry Rice
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Just got my package today...and it was even delivered a day earlier than Santa's elves predicted

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was this:


Upon opening said lump of coal I was delighted to find the following three games, all of which I was very interested in:

Haze Islands:



A4 Quest:



Mint Works



Everything is beautifully done and I'm really looking forward to trying these out! Thanks so much Santa! You're the BEST!

P.S. I forgot to mention the bag of Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Honey Mints! Santa was also considerate enough to write down how each component in each game was crafted, which was quite informative, useful, and encouraging. I want to try using sealant on my cards next time!
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10. Board Game: Micropul [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2428]
Bookshelf Game Junkie
United States
Ocoee
Florida
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I stepped outside this afternoon to check if it had started snowing yet. It had not. In fact, it was 84 degrees in Orlando today. However, on the step was a Priority Mail box with my name on it. I don't remember ordering anything, and don't recognize the return address. Plus, the box was heavy! What could this be?

Like any good box recipient, I decided to open the mystery package. Glory be--PnP Santa showed up! Since this is my first time on this exchange, I really had no idea what to expect. And I had absolutely NO IDEA that you could PnP on wood! These are amazing!

Thanks, Santa, for the incredible Micropul and Starbase Jeff. No Cheapass components on this one!









Also in the box were some items from my "Parts Wanted" list that I had forgotten about. That's some good sleuthing, sir!

Thank you most generous PnP Santa, and Merry Printmas to all!
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11. Board Game: USSR (fan expansion for Ticket to Ride) [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
Dagmara 'dagi' G.
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The gift arrived some time ago but I wasn't sure from which exchange Santa so couldn't let them know early but when I unwrapped it last night.... FLOORED.

My awesome Santa gave me full on expansion to TtR (which is of a few games my mom will ask to play). I'm... like... floored.... This is something else and I was literally overwhelmed.

THANK YOU SO SO SO SO MUCH SANTA!!!!

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12. Board Game: FUSION: Asteroid Mining [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Andrew Walters
United States
Hercules
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I will always remember this as the game that came from Australia. Somehow that makes it cooler.

What makes my Secret Santa cooler is shipping this extremely early to make sure it crossed the International Date Line in time. In fact, it arrived around December 10, making me feel guilty since I hadn't even started on my gift yet...






But that's not where the conscientiousness ends. SS made a nice box that slides open, and the components were so nice my son and I stared at them for some time before deciding that they were homemade. We were initially convinced they'd been ordered online, since they were so crisp. If you can see some of the pieces have small bits glued to the back, which I assume makes gameplay smoother.

I like sci fi games and I like solitaire games, so this seems like a perfect choice. I won't be able to spend any time on this for a few days, but I am definitely looking forward to it.

Thank you!
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13. Board Game: Doom Realm [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:8617]
mike heim
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Juneau
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So many wonderful games!
Doom Realm
Utopia Engine
The Great Micro Game
Lost in the Woods
Land6
Entropy
Pocket Peaks
Salvo
Dead Drop
Agent Decker
Star Trek Card Game

If I don't buy another game this year (haha) this spread will keep me entertained till the next BGG Xmas. I ❤️ it! Secret Santa, you're amazing!
MH

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14. Board Game: After the Disaster: Triage [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
Kevin Garber
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Des Moines
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I apologize but I am in for both the Mini PnP and the full PnP and I am not sure which this was for, but I did receive it about 2 days ago and I am looking very much forward to giving it a run!

Thanks!
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15. Board Game: Holiday! [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:10698]
David Call
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Mesa
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I received my Present today. Besides a copy of Sid Sackson's Holiday. I also got a board for Castles of Mad King Ludwig.

Thank You
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Santa thank you!
This family is already equipped with wands for more thematic play.
Merry Christmas!
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17. Board Game: First Snow [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:10263]
Anish Nair
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My Santa shipped me three games all the way from the US to India:

The Thief in the Forest of Wyr
The Great Micro Game
First Snow

Yet to play any of these, but I am excited! Will post pics soon! Thank you, Santa, and happy holidays to everyone!
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18. Board Game: Bedlam: The Countdown [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Chris Hansen
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Riverton
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I got a great package of games this week all the way from India!

Everything was neatly wrapped in some fun paper.

Inside I got three great games. Coin Age, Pointy Hats, and Bedlam: The Countdown!

My Santa was:

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Thank you! I'm sure I'll enjoy these!
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19. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:132]
john guthrie
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i will start with a big apology to PnP secret santa. my delay in posting in no way reflects the excitement and happiness your hard work has brought me

PNPSS sent me two boxes:


in the regular-shaped box, labeled "1 of 2" was a slew of Age of Steam maps, my favorite game!

here is some of the handiwork:


there were other games included too, including this gem:

Species

and others, including:
Utopia Engine
1572: The Lost Expedition

how could PNPSS top that? on to box two, which contained ....


yes, a giant candy cane.

or was it? well, no, instead something even better (and make no mistake, i love candy canes). in side were three huge-gantic age of steam maps designed by J. C. Lawrence:

Age of Steam Expansion: Wales
Age of Steam Expansion: South East Australia
Age of Steam Expansion: Denmark

these are nice all-in-one maps, and quite daunting to produce (which is why i have not done so, being easily daunted). here's one:



as if that weren't enough, PNPSS added a special treat, a Catan bandit. this is remarkable work, and it's crazily timely, as my 15-year-old son is (finally) getting the bug and wants to play catan on a fairly regular basis.



PNPSS also included a nice letter, something i'd never thought of doing myself (but next year...)

these are absolutely fantastic , and i can only say thank you so much PNPSS for all the hard work and kind thoughts.

Edit
i can't believe i left out the best part - a meeple tree ornament!

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20. Board Game: Asking for Trobils [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:2210]
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Happy New Year PnP people!

I managed to leave town just a few hours before a large package from France arrived for me (swooped up by a thoughtful neighbor since Porch Pirates are a thing around here) so I had to wait until yesterday to *finally* open it...

WOW



Inside I found THREE meticulously and impressively crafted games:

Asking for Trobils

Camden aka Agora

The Big Cheese


All three are games I'm unfamiliar with but looking at their info, Santa has hit many of my current favorite game-playing beats.

The first game includes an AMAZING round foldable double-sided board...What?

And here's me, just awestruck. surprise And then there are the perfect hexagon tiles and all the bits and cards galore and...well, I'm just going to stop here until I can post pics of everything because I don't think I have words enough to do them justice.

All boxes also have holiday-themed side art as well, like:


But wait, there's more:
Santa also included a package of black currant nonettes and a four-pack of flavored Dijon mustards, both a thoughtful touch of Santa's local flavor.

Yum!

Santa, vous etes incroyable! Merci beaucoup!
sorry for the missing circumflex; I don't know how to add accents
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edited to add pics and correct a few typos. Merci encore!
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21. Board Game: Black Sonata [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1844]
Jeff Rhind
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Happy New Year Everyone!

My PnP Santa's gifts took the long way to Massachusetts via Korea! First up, Black Sonata which I've wanted to build for some time. Nice.



and a cute little game for my daughter and I called Otto the Octopus which I've never heard of. This was painstakingly built. A beautiful, little quad fold board and all the chunky tiles are felt backed.



Thank you!
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4 very interesting games I’m exicited to play:

9 Card Siege Chris’s design


Black Death v1.01


Agricola, Master of Britain


Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden


Thanks
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23. Board Game: Project Dreamscape [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:4973]
Brian Garthwaite
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My goodness gracious, Santa. What a delightful package on my doorstep! You told me that there had been some mishegas with the sleigh, but it's all here, looking lovely:

Arival: the Path of the Past



Black Sonata



Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden



Project Dreamscape



So much fun packed into that box! Thank you so much!
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24. Board Game: Infection Express [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:8291]
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I just returned from holiday to find a sizeable box postmarked from POLAND! Poor old Rudolph had to haul this package half way around the globe to find me.

Obviously, I couldn't wait to rip it open. But I must say, it took some time as Santa had done a wonderful job of packaging, with multiple layers of protective wrapping. This baby could have withstood a stick of dynamite, a flash flood, being run over by a runaway Humvee, or even the postal service and still arrived intact. Nice job Santa!

Inside I found a tasteful Christmas card, some very tasteful sponge cake, and no less than four packages. By now my mouth was watering, and not just for the sponge cake...



First up I tackled one of the two a deck-sized packages. Inside was a beautiful build of Tour Guide. The tiles are sturdily constructed from some sort of textured board, the rules crisply folded, and all packaged inside a very nifty folded paper box with (if you can believe it) a clear plastic window in the top. I had never seen anything like this box, and obviously Santa has access to some high quality crafting materials (plus a lot of time and care to detail) to produce this awesome build!



Next up, the other deck sized box turned out to be March Hares, with the beautiful cards printed richly on sturdy card and sleeved. Another game I have been wanting to try!



The square package unwrapped to a practically indestructible plastic box containing everything needed to play KOKONO. This was one of my favourite games from the 2016 9 Card contest, and I had been meaning to make a really good copy to keep. No need now, because Santa's build is better than any I could have made. This will be a perfect travel game - beautiful, thinky, tiny, and so sturdily built that I will even be able to take it hiking in the mountains.



Finally, I attacked the evocatively hexagonal package. What a surprise to discover inside a bespoke hexagonal box labelled Infection Express. The box contained two sets of large hexagonal tiles wrapped in plastic. At first I was confused at the plastic wrapping - this must be a retail copy of the game? - until I realised it was cling film, cunningly used to seal and protect the components. But it could easily have been a retail copy, judging by the quality of the box and components. Also, it turns out there were two different versions of the game included - the usual USA map broken across four tiles, and the European map likewise. AND a bonus tile to tweak the rules if desired.



I am very excited about this game. I only recently learned about it and have been itching to build it. Once again Santa beat me to it! It's almost like she studied my BGG wishlist...

My Polish Santa has been exceptionally generous and I'd like to thank her from the bottom of the world and the bottom of my heart! I can't wait to handle these skillfully crafted components (not to mention the Polish sponge cake).

Happy New Year!
JK
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25. Board Game: Top Deer [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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My PnP Santa messaged me that my main package will be delayed a bit due to RL getting crazy busy, which it tends to do in December more so than any other time! No worries Santa ^^ But Santa did sent ahead a holiday card and inside the card was this game! I didn't get it in time for Christmas, but I won't let that stop me from playing it cool
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