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Secret Santa Acquisitions Part 1

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For anyone who may remember (or even care lol), when I won the most recent giveaway, I mentioned being involved in a few Secret Santas this year. I used part of my winnings sent me on a game for my target in the Board Game Barrage Podcast "Ghost Turkey." From what I understand, this was set up as a Secret Santa, but the community got overly excited and started sending out gifts so far in advance of the holiday season that games arrived to their targets between Halloween and Thanksgiving (hence the Ghost Turkey name). That trend seems to have continued this year as I just received my games from my sender. As was my experience in the BGG Secret Santa last year, my sender was more than generous and sent me not one, not two, but three games! (Now where am I going to put them?) I've included a picture, but just as a quick recap of what I got..

#Air, Land, & Sea - I was highly interested in this for the longest time. Right up until I picked up #Mandala I think. There's only so many 2 player only games I think we can have before they start to feel pretty similar. I'm still pretty excited to try this out as I've only heard great things!

#For Sale - Ironically was thinking about getting this in the recent KS. It's one I've played pretty heavily but only on Board Game Arena. I think this will be a huge hit for our families and even something I can introduce to my non-gaming friends.

#Biblios - The favorite of Mark, one of the hosts of the pod. I've been interested in this ever since he mentioned it (he does so often it was like the first episode I listened to lol). I actually had a chance to play when a guy in my group brought it to our meetup. Thinking this will be the first one I try to play of the three.

Has anyone participated in any board gaming based Secret Santas? I know there are a few others that I've considered to join, the "Secret One" in particular, but ultimately passed as I don't feel like I have a ton of solo games that interest me.

 

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2 months ago

That's really cool! I've been thinking about trying some kind of Secret Santa exchange but haven't decided yet.

I also just heard about #Biblios from Board Game Barrage so I've been curious about it from that alone. Mark seems to have endless good things to say about it.

Premium User2 months ago

The good news is you still have a couple days to register for the BGG Secret Santa. I don't want to get your hopes up with the Board Game Barrage exchange but last I knew, Neilan said there were 73 people and he was putting out a call on the Discord for people for a reserve list just in case.

Biblios is definitely the one I'm most excited for because of Mark

2 months ago

That's awesome! I actually printed up the PnP version of #Air, Land, & Sea, but I have yet to play it! I'll have to give it a go. #Biblios seems like a great game that I have debated buying on several occasions, but have never pulled the trigger.

Premium User2 months ago

Thanks! The future wife just told me she has no desire to play it after we gave the PnP version a shot lol. I might be in the same boat as

2 months ago

Lol, trade it for something she'll play, I guess. I've done that a couple of times now - 2 player only game that my wife doesn't like? It's not going to get played much, if ever. #The Fox in the Forest looks sadly up at me every time I peruse that shelf, haha.

Premium User2 months ago

Wow nice!

2 months ago

I would totally go for a Secret Santa exchange but I have just procured too many games this year. It seems like such a fun concept!! 

Premium User2 months ago

I feel that! I want to join another one so badly but it's not like I'm getting rid of any games in the process lol. I really enjoy coming up with a game for my target - I think that's the most rewarding and satisfying aspect of them for me. 

2 months ago

Maybe there'll be one on BGA in future! I'd struggle with customs tax is my santa buddy is in the US though. 

Premium User2 months ago

At least in the two I am in, you can specify where you'd be okay shipping to. I'm sure that would limit your options and not make it very secret haha

2 months ago

Ya that is my thing, I would want to get rid of some games before jumping into something like this!

2 months ago

Great haul! I had to sell Air, Land and Sea because my other half was turned off by the war theme, but it is an excellent game that rewards replaying with the same person. I'm sure you'll love it.

I love For Sale, but my friends don't :'(

Premium User2 months ago

Thanks! I'm honestly completely overwhelmed by my sender's generosity. The minimum spend on this was $30 and I would have been totally fine getting just one of these. Makes me want to add a little bit to what I'm sending my target!

I played Air, Land, & Sea with the PnP version. I'm hoping I won't have to sell it for similar reasons. As for For Sale, I think it's time to get new friends! Think you could sell them? Seems like you'd just have to undervalue them a bit to get it to work. Wait is this what's happening here already? LOL Just kidding of course.

Supporter2 months ago

I've long been interested in Air Land and Sea. But I don't have a good person to do 2 player games with right now. 

Premium User2 months ago

You don't have a dog or a cat you could train? LOL

Supporter2 months ago

Looks like fun.