My Board Game Geek Secret Santa Experience – 2014
Spoilers: My 2014 Board Game Geek Secret Santa experience was, for lack of a better word, amazing. Frankly, it’s amazing every year that those coordinating the event manage to get 2,700 or however many people to exchange presents with complete strangers is pretty mind-numbing to begin with. Receiving the present is always a ton of fun, as is sending a present to your target. It really is, year-in-and-year-out, one of my favorite experiences. It’s the anticipation of having no idea what you’re getting or when you’re going to get it and knowing that you can give that same experience to the person that you are buying for. This year, however, my Secret Santa went well above and beyond the call of duty. I got a call this afternoon at work letting me know that a rather large package had arrived at my house. I knew it was my Secret Santa present, so I was pretty psyched. I got home and, even though I had been told it was a big box, was pretty stunned by its size. Once I dug through the packaging (kudos to the company that shipped it, by the way, which did a tremendous job packing it). I opened it up to find three pretty distinct packages inside. So, I opened up the first one and found Takenoko, Seasons and Warhammer Diskwars: Hammer and Hold.
This, alone, would have been a pretty great haul. I’ve had my eye on Takenoko for a while. Honestly, with Seasons and Takenoko, the graphic design is so tremendous that I’m really drawn to them. The design will make it easier to sell them to get them on the table. My understanding is that Seasons technically plays up to four but really plays best with two, so I’ll definitely keep that in mind when I look to try it out later. I really love Warhammer Diskwars, and I’m pretty excited to get an expansion for it. Because you are buying cardboard discs instead of actual figures, you get a lot of game for your money as compared to traditional miniatures games and it’s a whole lot easier to carry around to boot. Still, two more packages to go, so I open the next one:
Two expansions for Seasons as well as Android: Netrunner – A Study in Static. I’m always excited to get more options for Netrunner and both of the Seasons expansions appear to generally add more to Seasons. Awesome stuff. Speaking of expanding games.
An E-Wing, an HWK-290 and a Lambda-Class Shuttle for the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game. X-Wing is one of those games that really hits in a sweet spot for me. It’s got the Star Wars theme, which is nice and makes the game incredibly visually appealing, but also think that the system does a great job of conveying a dog fight. Given all of that, more ships are always a welcome addition, although I may need to buy a new case to have enough room to put them all in.
So, man, that’s a lot of generosity from my Secret Santa, to whom I have nothing but gratitude and thanks. I can only hope that my target is half-as-happy to receive the gifts that I sent his way. There is a lot here, including expanding a few games that I already know that I love and adding a couple of really beautiful, cool-looking games to my collection. I’m definitely excited to give Seasons and Takenoko a try.