2011 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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Just added a new Secret Santa Poll . Head over to [geekurl=http://boardgamegeek.com/article/7924278#7924278]Week 2 Secret Santa Poll[/geekurl] to see how everyone is faring thus far in this year's event. And of course, add your votes!

ALRIGHT! It is time once again for the annual Secret Santa List, this time the 2011 Edition. 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 make a note on your profile with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your reaction. That way your Secret Santa can look to see if you received your gift and you can post any comments you may have about the gift here and you can reply without the identity of your Secret Santa ever having to be released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present! This assists those of us who read the list regularly as recipients are adding their gifts in a chronological order. No placeholder entries, please.

In years past this list has been heavily monitored as the gifting season approaches and I am sure the same will hold true this year.

Last year there were 1,437 unique entries spread over 58 pages. I'm curious to see how huge it grows this year. As a tip - if you go looking through the previous years' lists, please be mindful of which year you are actually posting your gift to. There have been multiple occasions of people posting a gift from the current year on the previous year's list. That would likely diminish the chances of your Secret Santa getting around to seeing it...

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.


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

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"



In addition,
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does a superb job using the data from this list to create his great statistical look at the hottest gifts of the season. This year's version of his list is located at:

Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2011


Last year: Most Popular Secret Santa Games of 2010

Want some for your stocking? Simon also runs a Secret Santa Sweepstakes which is located at:

This year: 2011 Secret Santa Sweepstakes

Last year: 2010 Secret Santa Sweepstakes


IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there.

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry will also make it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.


If you would like to taunt your "target" while maintaining your secret identity, you can do so using the Santa logon. Just log yourself off and close any BGG windows (if you don't you take the chance of being discovered if the new username doesn't take) and log on using this info:

Username: santa
Password: password



I hope you have a terrific holiday season and enjoy the list!
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1726. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:193]
Mario Seger
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After Santa's original gift was apparently eaten by an evil postman his elves took over. And what generous elves they are! They sent me two big games: Navegador and Claustrophobia!

Thank you very much Jasper! You're the most generous Santa ever!


Edit:

Even more WOW!

Today I got another package containing a ton of dutch candy and a personal postcard showing the fate of my originla Santa . The candy is delicious!
I'm really taken aback by that much generosity!


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1727. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:15]
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When i recieved the box i'm so excited because the box was a little bit large. i ripped the package immediately after the signed the papers which proving that I delivered!

i received 7 games including my favourite of 2011 The Castles of Burgundy.

Let's get together how lucky i am

The Castles of Burgundy is one of my favourite game of 2011.


Another great game is here, Elder Sign. I love co-op games.


Mr. Jack in New York, i have Mr. Jack and we'll see how i this version. I'm sure i fail to escape again!


Another great Co-Op game; Death Angel: Space Hulk Card Game. I also like games are able to play solitare.


and plus those things are also awesome:

Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game - Mission Pack 1


Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game - Space Marine Pack 1


Space Hulk: Death Angel - The Card Game - Tyranid Enemy Pack



Thanks Again to My SS. You Make my day!



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1728. Board Game: Star Trek: Expeditions – Expansion Set [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
Mike Garvey
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Secret Santa delivers another suprise! This arrived in the mail last night - completely unexpected (after already having received Zombie in my Pocket and Eaten by Zombies!) but much appreciated!
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1729. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:162]
Evan Chen
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Today .... I received my delayed gift!!
I yelled when I open it!

Galaxy truck and its expansion!!

And Power grid robot!!!!!!!!!!!




Thank you my Santa! meeple
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1730. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:49]
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Received the notification on friday that a package was waiting for me in customs, had to wait till today to get it, but it was Santa 2.0 indeed!!

Got

Race for the Galaxy

AND

Cutthroat Caverns

!!
Thank you very much, to both Santas, you have been great (not so much for the you guys at the postal service yuk)

PD: An extra congratulation for you Santa for shipping it perfectly, no taxes were required, arrived perfectly, so, add a flawless bonus to your generosity

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1731. Board Game: Saboteur 2 (expansion-only editions) [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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I got a second package from my Secret Santa with this in along with some crispies, choccies, hat and beer.

Santa certainly does Rock!!!!
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1732. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:488]
Teddy Winand
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Wow. After giving up hope I would even receive a Secret Santa gift, I was blown away when I got home from work tonight! Santa got me:

Eminent Domain
Eaten by Zombies!
Eaten By Zombies!: We Have the Bomb! Promo
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! 5-6 Player Mini Expansion
Nightfall
Qwirkle Cubes
Get Bit!
Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia

Thank you Santa!!!
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1733. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:187]
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This is what my Santa sent me. I'm very excited to try this one!

Thank U Santa!
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1734. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon Board Game [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:633] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
Yigit Yurt
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oh my... My 1st secret Santa's gifts just arrived. 2 big box including very special and awesome games.

so.. here is:

THANK YOU SANTA! You Make My Day!

Awesome Wrath of Ashardalon


Dungeon Petz


51st State


Biblios



and...


TURBO WHEELS





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1735. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:213]
Dmitry Cherednichenko
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Today I recieved Gift!
Thank you, Santa!
In big box I found:







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1736. Board Game: Lancaster [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:286]
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The most friendly, exctiting, generous, mysterious Secret Santa ever!

My original Santa never sent me anything, so after some communication with Octavian he set me up with a new Secret Santa. Lucky lucky me, I was set up with
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I am really interested in secret codes, and my Secret Santa sent me different codes revealing the names of different games, which I thought was just for fun. Today I received the gift, and to my pleasant surprise he had sent me all the games in the codes!

Besides Lancaster, he sent me the following games:


for my wife and me

For my three girls

and finally

for my wife and me

On top of that he sent me a pile of GeekGold!

I am really moved by the generosity of some people, and I am so happy and grateful that I was so lucky to encounter someone like my Secret Santa. I really hope I can find his true identity so I can show him my gratitude. So SecretSanta314, who are you, besides one of the most generous persons on the Geek?

Thank you so much! You are number 1!

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1737. Board Game: Discworld: Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:425]
Carlos Couto
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I finally got my christmas game!!!!!

Many thanks to my Spare Santa to keep my faith in Secret Santa...

here's my new game...

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1738. Board Game: Feudality [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3043]
Mauricio Torselli
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Thanks to replacement Santa, I finally received my gift today: Feudality!

Thanks!

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1739. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:66]
Virre Linwendil Annergård
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As my original package to recive probably still is floaying around in sme customs or lost post office in either the US or here I got a replacment santa and today it arrived.

So thank you to both the original secret santa, who is not to blame for anything and to the replacement santa.

---

Already looking forward to give away again next year
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1740. Board Game: LIXO? [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:10185]
Lee Ho-Moon
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Dear My two Santa.

Thank you so much. I received my package last Thursday.
It is awesome. I hope I can play the games with you someday.

Thanks also to Octavian for helping with communication problems.

In addition to the game above, I also received:




Thank you again!

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1741. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:408]
Gollum RP
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The sleigh have just departed from here (Brazil) and my Secret Santa 2.0 gave me the Gears of War boardgame. Very awesome. Thank you very much Secret Santa. You've made me very happy!

I'd like to thank also the original Secret Santa for the gift he have sent to me. It was a misfortune it was lost in the way. Thank you!
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1742. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Conquest of Nerath Board Game [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1561]
Sean Messina
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thank you secret santa!!!
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1743. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:109]
Denys Lonshakov
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Dear Santa! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Finally! I got my Christmas gift by Easter!
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1744. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
Dmitry Volevodz
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Cheers to my santa for giving me this awesome game!
I loved it and so did my playing group!

I have also received Power Grid: Russia & Japan which is great too, since I love Power grid!

Thanks alot, my Secret Santa!
I loved the gifts!
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1745. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:109]
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Thanks Santa for fantastic presents!!!
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1746. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1505]
Rafael Verri
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I love this present from Santa. Unfortunately I did't take any photos. But this year i really take some pictures.

Thanks Santa.
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1747. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Rafael Verri
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Another present from Santa.
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1748. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:38]
Ryan Osborn
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I'll try to give a quick back story without being too much of a complainer. The extent of what I got from my original 2011 Santa was promises of something in 2012. When I attempted to get a replacement Santa a year ago, I have to assume my Santa lied to the exchange moderator about sending something, so I didn't end up getting a replacement assigned to me. I waited silently until the 2012 Secret Santa exchange was about to kick off and I contacted Octavian just to let him know what ended up happening. Fourteen months after Christmas 2011, an extremely generous replacement Santa has hooked me up with some goodies.

Santa provided a tracking number, so I knew a package was on its way to me. Thursday afternoon I received a text message from my wife: "U just got a HUGE box!" I packed up a little early from work and dashed home.

Yep. That's a huge box:


Upon opening the box, I found a letter from Santa:

Santa had promised to ship a couple of weeks before he ended up getting the package out, then fell silent. I'll admit, I figured I was being played by my original Santa again and resigned to the fact that nothing was going to be shipped. This note included an apology and explained that Santa had fallen ill.

Here's the open box with Garden Dice peeking out at me.



Here's the full haul:


Garden Dice - I wasn't familiar with this game, but I punched it out and read the rules this morning. I think it will go over well as a family game in my house.

Word on the Street - I'm an unofficial adopted member of a friend's family and I get with them every few months for game days and always have a blast. This is a game they played on a game day that I unfortunately missed. I was told it was good fun.

Suburbia - A current hot-ticket tile placement, city-building game. This has been on my RADAR for several weeks. I got to play a game the day these gifts arrived and really enjoyed it. I also play solo games on occasion and this one has solo rules, so I'm really happy to have this now.

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - We all know about this one. For eurogamers like me, this is THE game right now. I've been told by a friend who has played it that I'll love it. I'm really looking forward to it.

The best gift I got from my Santa was a restoration of my faith in this community. God bless my replacement Santa and all other replacement Santas who give for the sake of giving.

You did well Santa. Thank you.

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