Check out my Secret Elephant Haul! (At Least So Far)

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Came home from work to find out I got a special, in person delivery of a gift bag chock full of surprises from my Heavy Cardboard Secret Elephant! I've been so excited I had to share! Some of these games, I admittedly don't know, but at first glance I think my Secret Elephant did very well in their selections.

In case anyone can't see everything, I got:

#Hadara
#Mariposas
#Cryptid
#Brikks
#Illusion
#Sagrada
#Sagrada: 5-6 Player Expansion
#Sagrada: Passion
#Roland Wright: The Dice Game
2 packs of playing cards (Elf and Star Wars Themed)
Godiva chocolates
Santa magnets..
Yeah Bitch!! Magnets!! - GIF on Imgur

We've already played #Sagrada (which I lost handily lol) and my elephant says if I play my cards right (wonder which pack I should choose for this? lol) I'll get even more goodies?! I am absolutely blown away by the generosity of the board gaming community as a whole!

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Premium User8 months ago

That is an exciting haul!  Geez, I would feel like a pathetic elephant if I got that much cheese.  I concur with on his questions but see that this isn't normal.  You must have landed a heavy elephant!  Poacher 

Premium User8 months ago

It certainly is a lot of ivory!

7 months ago

That's a good haul. I have only played #Illusion, but #Mariposas, #Sagrada and #Cryptid are all on games I would like to get to the table.

Illusion is a easy and fun little game.

Premium User7 months ago

Sadly I don't think I'm keeping them all lol. Not enough interest and too little space to store them.

I'm only planning to keep Sagrada, Hadara, and Cryptid. Mariposas I'm going to re gift to a guy in my group who loves Wingspan as part of yet another Secret Santa exchange. Brikks I'm giving to my friend and the other 2 I'm going to try and sell.

7 months ago

Sure. That makes sense. I only have one 2x4 Kallax shelf right now and it is pretty much full. I have room to fit another 2x4, but I haven't bought it yet. My wife will probably just want me to get rid of some games, but that is hard to do. I also keep the kid games on a 2x3 Wal-Mart cube organizer, which is half full of games and the other half coloring and craft stuff. 

I'll have to checkout #Hadara. I have heard of it, but I haven't looked into it.

8 months ago

Haven't played #Sagrada yet. Really like #Illusion. Such a fun, light, clever game!

Premium User7 months ago

Sorry I never replied to this! It looks pretty fun but like it could get boring quick. Do you find that to be the case or didn't you play it enough?

7 months ago

It is definitely a filler. Pretty good in small doses in my opinion. Rounds are quick, so I typically just play for 15-20 minutes and then move on to something else. However, it is staying in my collection, because it is easy to explain and start playing and interesting enough that I don't see myself getting tired of it anytime soon, as long as I don't play it too much at a single setting.

Supporter8 months ago

Wow, that is quite the haul. And, it was in person?? That's cool, and it helped save the other individual some shipping costs. I also, along with  , would have expected heavier games.... But it looks good anyways. 

 

Premium User8 months ago

In person yeah! I'm unsure if the person were my Santa..err elephant lol..or just someone they happened to know who lives in my area. Either way good on them for saving on shipping!

Premium User8 months ago

Oh wow I didn't even catch that! That would make it easier to give a giant haul since shipping isn't necessary. Awesome!

Premium User8 months ago

Absolutely! Now to find out if the person who dropped it off wants someone to game with haha

Premium User8 months ago

Hahaha even better!

Supporter8 months ago

Holy smokes! That's insane. 

I was under the impression that you would get heavier games from the Heavy Cardboard thing. No?

Premium User8 months ago

Yeah me too. I actually had separated my wishlist into sections of games specifically for that reason. Though it's not exactly heavy, Hadara was listed under the section for the Heavy Cardboard exchange.

That being said, this particular elephant did hint that his gift giving may not be complete. I would be perfectly fine if it were haha

Supporter8 months ago

Well well we'll, keep us posted. 

Premium User8 months ago

I will!

Supporter8 months ago

Wow. If you get more from this person that is totally insane. 

Premium User8 months ago

Yeah agreed. I thought I did a good job sending extra games to my targets but this is just crazy already lol 

Premium User8 months ago

Holy crap! Is that a typical haul for one of these?? That looks awesome! #Cryptid is one I'd especially like to try.

Premium User8 months ago

Short answer - no lol.

Longer answer - it depends. They have minimum spends. Some people are waaay more generous than others. This person appears to be one of those. I will say for whatever it's worth that#Sagrada, the expansions for it, and#Illusion are the only games in shrink (unless you count the playing cards lol). The rest are used though they all appear to be barely played if at all. 

I actually was a little more generous this year than I was last year because I had extra money from my giveaway wins. I was going to make a post about what I got my various Secret Santa targets. Could still if anyone's interested.

8 months ago

I am definitely interested in hearing about what you got people!!

Premium User8 months ago

Okay! I'll make a post a little later :)

Premium User8 months ago

I see! Sounds like they added in some games they're finished with. That is so much fun! One day I'd like to be able to participate in one of these!

8 months ago

What a haul! I hope you enjoy them all! I'm personally chuckling at the Elf playing cards because... that's just goofy. I guess Elf is a Christmas classic now.

Besides #Sagrada, which one are you most excited for next?

Also... MAGNETS!

Premium User8 months ago

Thanks! I'm most excited to try#Hadara I think. It's been on my wishlist for quite awhile. Outside of that,#Sagrada, and#Mariposas, I hadn't heard of the others so I just looked them all up :)

Based on my limited research, I also want to try#Cryptid with my parents when we go over for Thanksgiving