1960; The Making of the President, by Z-Man Games. MY SECRET SANTA present!

Woo-HOO! There’s a nice little bit of Holiday kharma going around at Boardgamegeek this time of year. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Mr. Tom Vassel, a worldwide “secret santa” round is going on where you can send total and complete strangers presents of boardgames via the efforts of the boardgamegeek site. You can choose to reveal yourself or not; I never do. I suspect my target this year was a good one; he or she lives in the Gulf Coast of the United States. I can imagine this is an area that has seen some adverse economic activity of late so it feels good to spread some anonymous love.

I keep saying I’ll be noble and selflessly elect to give, but not receive, a game. Aw hell no, I’m not a hypocrite. I love that portion of the event, too. This year I received (hand-wrapped, second year in a row, thank you!) my own copy of the reasonably hard to find 1960: THE MAKING OF THE PRESIDENT.

I’m ecstatic! This thing has been on my Geek Wishlist for almost two years. 1960 is very similar to another favorite of mine by the same designer, TWILIGHT STRUGGLE, the cold war two player game. I had begun to despair of getting it– it almost seemed out of print there for a while.

, for a gift of positive kharma and wonderful community spirit. You’ve greatly improved my Christmas spirit.


  1. Hey Walt, long time no see/talk! Hope alls well by you in Walt World!

    Didn’t realize you’d been in search of “1960: …” or I would have cornered Zev at a con and made him make a new copy up for you! 😉

    Okay I don’t really have any pull with Zev, but I like to harass him at cons (in only the most good natured way of course!)

    Anyway, I’m glad you got your Secret Santa gift, I need to stop by your blog here more often to keep up with you.

    Take care!

  2. I like companies that get into the spirit. Funagain.com also has a secret santa program where the packing slip is altered so no one will ever know. Bonnie

  3. I wholeheartedly agree, Bonnie. The whole process has more meaning to me if the ‘target’ doesn’t know the giver and never finds out the giver’s identity. It seems more sincere to me that way– what was that bit in Matthew again?

    “But you, whenever you pray, go into your own room and shut the door: then pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father–He who sees in secret–will recompense you.”

  4. It’s the same selflessness that our military bretheren live every day in service to something higher than themselves. We have seen it in Iraq countless times.

  5. Hello,
    Does someone know of a blog or person or place I might ask some rules questions regarding the board game, “1960…” It is fairly complex to a non-avid-gamer such as myself and my son.

    Calvin Jones
    Stillwater MN
    17:14, 1-3-2009

  6. Don’t give up, Calvin! It’s a great game with a lot of nuance.

    From the Z-Man website, “Contact Us” page:

    If you have questions, problems, or want to order,
    you may contact us in the manner most convenient to you.

    Z-Man Games, Inc.
    6 Alan Drive
    Mahopac, NY 10541

    845-208-3502 voice
    845-208-3503 fax

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