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Santa’s Spy—Holiday Games

Here’s a little game I play at home over the December holidays. I call it…

Santa’s Spy

Santa has a man on the inside, and it’s your job to coordinate his mission. A day or so after your Christmas tree goes up, he’ll deploy in the field, and just before it’s time to clean away the decorations, he’ll return to base with his valuable intel.

“They’ll never spot me behind these giant balls!”
Photo credit: TJ Holowaychuk

The Operative

I use a 12 inch action figure or, for smaller trees, plastic ninjas, like those plastic army men.

Deployment

One night, just after your tree goes up, and while the rest of the house is asleep, sneak over to the tree and hide your operative inside. The goal is for him to remain unseen, so hide him well.
And don’t tell anyone he’s there, because that would be like M saying, “hey everyone, James Bond is a spy.”

Winning

You win the game if you safely extract the operative before all the decorations get packed away and no one has spotted him.

Losing

“Daddy, daddy, there’s a ninja in the tree!” Sorry bud, you lose.

Bonus

Up the difficulty by hiding your operatives gear inside Christmas tree decorations. Do this some time after deployment and be sure to remove it when you extract your operative.

Have fun.

Do you have any games you play over the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.

The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 12

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Merry Christmas all and Happy New Year! Today’s the last post in the 12 Geek Days of Christmas series and my last post for the year, so I really want to wish you all the best from the whole Rising Phoenix Games team. Enjoy the holidays.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the 12 Geek Days of Christmas. Of course, Christmas isn’t just about giving and getting cool stuff. For me, it’s a time to spend with family and friends and remember Jesus’s sacrifice, the truest showing of love. So, while I’ve been joking about all things geek, let’s not forget the real significance of this special time. God bless you all!

So now, in it’s entirety, the 12 Geek Days of Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A cartridge on a red tee.

On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me

Two turtle doves
And a cartridge on a red tee.

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On the third day of Lootmas
My true love gave to me
Three Star Wars classics
Two turtle doves
And some chocolate made of green tea.

On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me…

Four ninja turtles
Three sabres wielded
Two turtle doves
And a cartridge on a green tee

On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gifted me
Seven (5?) golden rings
For the Dwarf Kings
In their halls of stone.
And one ring to rule them all.

Four ninja turtles
Three sabres flashing
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

On the sixth day of Christmas
The Internet gifted me
Six Avenging Heroes
Five magic rings
Four ninja squirtles
Three Jedi fan boys
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

On the seventh day of Commercialism
My BFF gifted me
Seven “likes” on Facebook
Six Avenging Heroes
Five Dwarven rings
Four ninja turtles
Three Jedi classics
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a green tee

On the eighth day of Geekmas
My guild mates gifted me
8d8 + 8 damage
Seven “likes” on Facebook
Six Heroic Avengers
Five Dwarven rings
Four Kung-Fu Turtles
Three Jedi Classics
Two turtle doves
And a cartridge on a red tee

On the ninth day of Christmas
Mr Abrams gifted me
90 seconds of Star Wars
8d8+8 damage
Seven “likes” on Fanbook
Six Avenging Heroes
Five Gungan heads
Four Ninja Turtles
Three sabres humming
Two turtle doves
And a cartridge on a red tee.

On the tenth day of Christmas
Peter Jackson gifted me
Ten hobbit toes thieving
90 seconds of Star Wars
8d8+8 damage
Seven shares on Twitter
Six Avenging Heroes
Five magic rings
Four Ninja Turtles
Three Star Wars classics
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My guild mates gifted me
Eleven LARPers LARPing
Ten hobbit toes thieving
90 seconds of Star Wars
8d8+8 damage
Seven shares on Twitter
Six Avenging Heroes
Five magic rings
Four Ninja Turtles
Three Star Wars classics
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
Twelve editions of D&D
Eleven LARPers LARPing
Ten thieving hobbits
90 seconds of Star Wars
8d8+8 damage
Seven share on Facebook
Six Avenging Heroes
Five magic rings
Four ninja turtles
Three Star Wars classics
Two flying squirtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

Yay! That really was fun! Merry Christmas all!

Cartridge on a red tee.

The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 11

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And here we are, at the penultimate day of our song. Kind of hard to think that it will all soon be over.

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My guild mates gifted me
Eleven LARPers LARPing
Ten hobbit toes thieving
90 seconds of Star Wars
8d8+8 damage
Seven shares on Twitter
Six Avenging Heroes
Five magic rings
Four Ninja Turtles
Three Star Wars classics
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

LARPer. ©2009-2014 LeoFitzpatrick
LARPer. ©2009-2014 LeoFitzpatrick

See you tomorrow for the final instalment of our great Geek carol.

The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 10

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The stocking is up, the tree is tinselled and it’s once again time for singing our favourite geek carol.

On the tenth day of Christmas
Peter Jackson gifted me
Ten hobbit toes thieving
90 seconds of Star Wars
8d8+8 damage
Seven shares on Twitter
Six Avenging Heroes
Five magic rings
Four Ninja Turtles
Three Star Wars classics
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

Actually, I still haven’t seen the newest and last movie in the Hobbit trilogy (curse swear curse), but hey. Being a lover of fantasy has never been as good as now.

The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 9

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I can just about hear the bells, or that could just be the jingling of magical items over at Paizo (go vote). But bells do provide the perfect accompaniment to more singing.

On the ninth day of Christmas
Mr Abrams gifted me
90 seconds of Star Wars
8d8+8 damage
Seven “likes” on Fanbook
Six Avenging Heroes
Five Gungan heads
Four Ninja Turtles
Three sabres humming
Two turtle doves
And a cartridge on a red tee.

Yay, Star Wars! Join us tomorrow, same time, same place.

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The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 7

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Let the mad dash for gifts begin! But I’m okay, because (sing it, everyone)…

On the seventh day of Commercialism
My BFF gifted me
Seven “likes” on Facebook
Six Avenging Heroes
Five Dwarven rings
Four ninja turtles
Three Jedi classics
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a green tee

Seven down, five to go. Ho ho ho.
Join me tomorrow for more jolliness.

The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 6

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Yay, the 12 Geeky Days of Christmas continue, so let’s carolling!

On the sixth day of Christmas
The Internet gifted me
Six Avenging Heroes
Five magic rings
Four ninja squirtles
Three Jedi fan boys
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.

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I wonder what the seventh day has in its store for us?

Stay tuned.

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The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 5

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The fifth day of our epic gifting quest continues. Let’s sing along kids.

On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gifted me
Seven (5?) golden rings
For the Dwarf Kings
In their halls of stone.
And one ring to rule them all.

Four ninja turtles
Three sabres flashing
Two flying turtles
And a cartridge on a red tee.


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Phew. Let’s do it again tomorrow.

The 12 Geek Days of Christmas – Day 4

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Day 4, and Christmas draws tantalisingly ever closer. Sing along everyone.

On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me…

Four ninja turtles
Three sabres wielded
Two turtle doves
And a cartridge on a green tee

Eight more days to go. Watch this space to find out if my true loves bank account can survive Christmas.