The Obligatory "Holy Smokes, look what I got for Xmas" Geeklist
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Well, I did get a nice bathrobe, PJ's, and some sweaters - all of which I appreciate, but this isn't comfort clothing geek, is it?

My wife, bless her, likes to go a bit nutty buying me Xmas gifts. Last year she got me a bunch of Wii games. This year, when she asked what I might like - well, thanks to the evil enabling of BGG, I happened to have my wishlist handy! Despite not yet unwrapping 'em, I knew what my generous Secret Santa had sent me, so I was able to remove those items from the list. I expected she might get me a few of the items.

Here's what she (and my Secret Santa!) got me, besides a happier Xmas than I probably deserve: shake
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1. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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Well, first off, my Secret Santa had snagged this little item for me. This is an example of the type of thing I like as a gift - I did indeed want it, but hadn't quite tipped over the top in buying it.

I've gaming buddies who like Race for the Galaxy, San Juan, etc., so I don't see any difficulty getting this to the table - other than precious gaming time (and competing with other new games).

Thanks, Santa! But my Secret Santa wasn't done yet…
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2. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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With all the buzz, I admit I am hyped about this one. Plus, I've always kind of liked some of the mechanics of CCGs, but not the collectible aspect. Sounds like a win to me. Secret Santa was kind enough to send me this and Glory to Rome. Thanks again, Santa.
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With my Secret Santa presents safely nestled under the tree - competing for space with the cat, I felt I had some gaming goodness covered for the holidays. My wife, however, decided to splurge - boxes showed up at the house from various game retailers.

This was the first one she revealed to me. She's always had a bit of a problem actually waiting until Xmas.

I've played this one with my local meetup group, and it seemed pretty enjoyable. I kind of like the old world theme to it as well. The wife on rare occasions plays games, perhaps I can entice her into this one in it's co-op mode. But she wasn't done yet.
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4. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #1 – Greece & Eastern Kingdoms [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked]
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This was the second one she let me see. It was under the tree with just a bow on the shrink wrap. I love the C&C system, although I don't get to play it (well, or games in general) enough. I particularly have been enjoying C&C Ancients, and picked up the base game and the 3rd Expansion. Until I get more plays in, I figured the expansions would be the perfect "icing on the cake" type of thing that make a great gift. I wasn't in a rush to purchase it myself - yet, but am extremely glad to have it.

I do fear the stickering, however.
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5. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #2 – Rome and the Barbarians [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked]
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She was not content to only get one of these, so my (lite) war gaming needs should have plenty of fodder with the C&C:Ancients expansions. Holy Heck, I'll be ancient before I get all the scenarios played.
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6. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:319]
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Yet another game, all wrapped up! She's over doing it! Stop! Really! I don't need this many games!

Now gimme that!

This is one of those "I'm late to the party" games for me. I keep hearing it mentioned on podcasts and such. I've enjoyed other co-op (or in this case, I hear, mostly co-op) games, and enjoy the theme.

Fortunately, as I'm the one who supplies the games for much of my gaming circle, I have some potential players for whom it will also be fairly new (or at least not played out). I'll be seeing if it lives up to it's reputation.
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7. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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She wasn't done yet. I've been enjoying the heck out of Agricola, and was defiantly interested in this recent release by the same designer. I didn't think she'd be able to get it for me - she went out of her way, tracking down a different retailer that carried it. I most certainly wasn't expecting to see this under the tree!

I'll have to see if it lives up to it's Essen hype, but I feel lucky to have an early shot at finding out.

Thanks, honey!

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This one was on my list, and she searched around, but was unable to find it. I appreciate that she even looked!

Despite having gotten her some nice stuff, it was mostly clothing (and some perfume). Sure, all stuff she wanted, but I can't help but feel like I could have done better - got her more in the way of fun stuff. There's always the rest of the year!

I do love that; while she sometimes gets frustrated that I might be away gaming, she knows I love the hobby and is willing to get me games. I feel lucky - thanks again, sweetie! And thank you Secret Santa!

Now, I'm willing to bet I don't get all these played by next Xmas. I'll give it a good try, tho!

Merry Christmas, and hope you get some games you want as well!
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