GCL Mafia (Summer) Secret Santa II (2014)
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- Wishlist instructions (when it's ready, your ratings, etc.)
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- Preferences for receiving OOP/used games
- Preorder policy
- Any other information that would be useful to your Secret Santa

Remember, you can taunt your target by using the BGG login "santa" and password "password".

Note: This Secret Santa Exchange is only open to GCL Mafia members.
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1. Board Game: Dragon Dice [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:8044]
Board Game: Dragon Dice
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- Wishlist instructions (when it's ready, your ratings, etc.)
Feel free to look at my Wishlist and my Want in Trade list. Wishlist is bare cause there's not a lot I want. Want in Trade is stuff I don't know that I want, but I want to try and might want. If all else fails, my Want to Play list is really big.

Highest Wants:
Dragon Dice - Of course, you can never go wrong with Dragon Dice. And the cheapest prices for Dragon Dice are through White Dragon Inc. (~$6.50/kicker) You need to email them to get stock info/order. I don't mind waiting for a restock to get something from them, especially if it means Amazon kickers on cheap. Probably highest on my list are Amazon kickers (if they've been released by this time, available approx June 9 or via pre-order through SFR), or kickers of Coral Elves, Lava Elves, Scalders, Frostwings, Dwarves, and Goblins.
Dominant Species - Would be liked by both myself and Jennifer. I think she said she preferred the 3rd edition, but it was difficult for us to decide. I think we'd be happy with 2nd or 3rd edition. Not sure which we'd prefer over the other.

Other kinda high wants:
Brass
Chicago Express
Terra Mystica

I'm also open to being surprised by something else entirely.

Other wants/notes for wishlist/want in trade/want to play:
18xx titles I am interested in, but I can't get mine to the table as it is. So I would prefer one that's hard to acquire, which is outside the scope of this SS.


- Blacklisted games (do not buy these games)
I can't think of what to blacklist.

- Preferences for receiving OOP/used games
OOP that I want or would like is acceptable if it's in decent and playable condition. No missing parts, no marked cards, etc.
Used games could be acceptable if they are in excellent or better condition. (Dragon Dice don't really count as 'used' btw. I mean, they're dice!)

- Preorder policy
Acceptable

- Any other information that would be useful to your Secret Santa
You are awesome Santa!

NOTE: If you are not my Secret Santa but want to be. You may send applications via GM. If I accept, I will send you the address to ship games to.
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2. RPG Item: State of Grace [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
RPG Item: State of Grace
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Wishlist: I've updated my wishlist. I'll try to add some more games on there as I think of them, but hopefully it's enough to give you some ideas.

Blacklisted games: 7 Wonders and anything Feld

Preferences for receiving OOP/used games: I am fine with receiving used games assuming they are in good condition.

Preorder policy: Unless it's something really fantastic, I'd rather not have a preorder gift (because I am impatient).
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3. Board Game: The Major Matt Mason Space Exploration Game [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Board Game: The Major Matt Mason Space Exploration Game
Wishlist - My wishlist it up to date with the myriad games I am interested in. The ratings are roughly how interested I am in the items. However, there is nothing on that wishlist that I would not love to receive. For example, some of the lighter games (Jaipur, Takenoko, TtR) I would enjoy with my wife.

Blacklist - Please, for the love of all things holy, do not get Lords of Waterdeep, 7 Wonders, or Smash Up. Otherwise, if you think I may enjoy something not on my wishlist, I am always open to new games.

Preferences for receiving OOP/used games - I am completely fine with receiving OOP or used games, so long as they have all of the pieces to play.

Preorder policy - I am a [relatively] patient man.


I am looking forward to seeing how all of this turns out! It should be a lot of fun.
 
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4. Board Game: Wish Upon a Star! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Wish Upon a Star!
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The pictured game is not something I'm interested in! laugh

Didn't want to include something from my Wishlist in case it looked like an obvious hint.

My Wishlist is up to date. Surprise me. There's no one thing that I'm mad keen on, and surprises are good.

Blacklist: I've got Coup, Forsaken Lore (Eldritch Horror Exp) & King of Tokyo on order so please avoid. Also 2p games I tend to avoid. Just don't get much chance to play 2p. Solitaire is fine.

Pre-orders: Prefer not.

Used: don't mind if ok condition.

Stores: Amazon.co.uk is usually reasonably stocked and prices/P&P tend to be good. If you can get the same prices at an independent OLGS, then the UK one I tend to prefer is www.gameslore.com.



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5. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:15]
Board Game: Terra Mystica
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My first Secret Santa already came through! It's like the gift was on its way before this exchange opened up. Now where's my gifts from the rest of you lazy Santas? angry

I've already punched the pieces and bagged them. Clearly the first priority of any shiny new game. I 'know' the rules based on how I've been taught, but as per my usual routine, I'll still be reading through the rulebook to see if anything was taught incorrectly or whatnot. I'll also remember the errata regarding no shovel bonus points on the last round.

Thank you Secret Santa! I will be sure to get some TM plays talked about in the GCL. You are an enabler!
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6. Board Game: Jaipur [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:133]
Board Game: Jaipur
Santa is really on his A game this off-season for him. I also received my secret Santa present now. Below are some pictures for evidence:

From gallery of mattbcha1


When I first opened up the package, I saw all these amazing pink meeples! Sally immediately jumped in the box to play with them, of course. It was during this ruckus that I spotted something in their midst:

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It looks like there is not just all these board game resources, but also wrapped and packaged board games as well!

From gallery of mattbcha1


The really Cool Stuff in the box was a copy of: Spyrium, Jaipur, and The Duke: Musketeers Expansion. I have been on the edge of buying Jaipur in particular recently. It is just the kind of game that Marion really enjoys; competitive, but not cutthroat. Spyrium I have played once. Or twice and absolutely loved. It makes it officially my second worker placement game I own now . The Duke is perfect too, as I have been amazed by how much I like the game, since I usually shy away from abstracts.

Thanks Santa! You. Are awesome and I am looking forward to the great games ahead of me.
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7. Board Game: Space Sheep! [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:18898]
Board Game: Space Sheep!
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Summer Secret Santa has delivered!

And a most excellent choice it is too, if I may say so.

Only recently spotted a video review of this and thought it looked very neat.

Puzzle-solving-real-time-cooperative-hidden-traitor-chaos. Srsly, what's not to like?

Many thanks Santa!

Edit: forgot to say: this is my 100th game. Cool.
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8. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:1442] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide
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Santa came this afternoon via the wonderful UPS man. Santa was too generous, giving me TWO games (Thunderstone Advance: Worlds Collide, Wiz-War: Malefic Curses) that I really had my eye on. Now I can ditch all my old Thunderstone sets AND enjoy more Wiz-War pew-pew fun.

Per tradition, here is a gif of my excitement:

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Thanks very British generous, Santa!
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