This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Found the following Warhammer Codexes: Tau, Tau Empire, Space Marines and Black Templars. Also included Warhammer Armies High Elves and Lizardmen. $1,50, Two back issues of White Dwarf, free. Reuse Center Burlington.
Kept on looking though. Saw a couple 3M spines. Facts & Five? Pass. Jumpin? Never seen it before on the shelves, but Pass...
Acquire? I'll take that. $3, GW. Low on time, I'll have to inventory it at home.
It's 1963, wooden pieces. AND IT'S FREAKIN' UNPLAYED!
All certificates and money are still in their original rubber bands. It's quite obvious nothing in this box has ever been touched.
Two corners on the inner lid are split, and one rubber band has broken due to dry rot. But. Wow. I had no idea how gorgeous the wood pieces are in comparison to the plastic ones. And they are all obviously pristine.
Stopped in at Goodwill on Friday and found...not much of anything.
I have a couple of copies of this (one original, one advanced) missing a few bits. This is a slightly different version of the Advanced game. Don't know if it is complete as far a cards, but hoping they can fill in the few I'm missing.
The good thing is it has all 6 of the balls (oh, hush!) and the purple key, so hopeful on the rest.
$2.99 - and hopefully able to complete my other Advanced copy.
No ghouling the tiles for this version - it's just too tiny! (Plus they are magnetic) $.99 Not sure if it's complete or not - it doesn't seem that there are 100 in the bag, but not sure many more could have fit in it.
I thought I was done thrifting for the week when an opportunity presented itself in the most unlikely of circumstances: While out celebrating my mother's birthday, my wife and I took her to J.C. Penney in beautiful Tyler, Texas, to buy some workout clothes. As we were leaving, I came across three copies of this game, brand new and in shrinkwrap for $3 each. I'm thinking Christmas gift, door prize at our annual Christmas Eve party or white elephant gift -- maybe all three!
$4 @ Goodwill. Bought it strictly for the arcanity of it. Missing a few wooden blocks. Looks like the original owners played the game quite a bit. I might have to turn on the blacklight, put on Age of Aquarius, and give it a spin.
On Saturday, I nipped over to Unique and picked up two bags of glass baubles. I like having these around for prototyping and games like Enemy Chocolatier and Agora. One bag was all really big ($2.92) and full of blue and clear beads. I thought this would be perfect for prototyping my Khabarovsk Ice Fantasy Competition game. The other was $1.91.