The 2012 Thrift Generosity Logistics Box - Sign-Up, Register, and (eventually) Report Your Items
LIST IS CLOSED TO NEW ENTRANTS; THE BOX WILL GO OUT SOON, SO REPORT YOUR FINDS HERE!
This list was originally was for a LARGE FLAT RATE BOX. HOWEVER, the new Priority Regional C box is also an option.
See a bit later for clarification...
The rules have changed a bit from previous boxes, please pay attention to the following; so here's how it will work:
1) Folks will register on this list (IT WILL START EMPTY). Registration will close sometime on the morning of 29 February 2012 OR when the list hits 25 people. This was the most voted for amount within my recent set of polls. This will mean there are actually 26 people on the list as I don't count myself; this makes it easy, as soon as there are 25, I'll add myself to the to the next page and voila, we have a completed list. After that, the list will turn into a reporting list.
2) When you receive the box, simply take out 0 to all games out of the box. Replace them with at least 4 games. You are allowed to add more. You can also place games within games to maximize the number that ship. 4 is the minimum number of games you are allowed to have in the box.
3) Post what you took out on THIS registration list (which will turn into a report your finds list). You must post to the list; if you took nothing out of the box, post that you took nothing and passed it along. At no time do you reveal any games that remain in the box. Also look over the list and mark the game off the list from whatever person's entry it resides by...
Also post whether there is a duplicate of any game in the box - not what the duplicate is, but that there is a duplicate.
4) Select a person to send to... You can select folks that are easier for you to ship to or by games you think they will enjoy based on what is in the box.
5) When you select the person, mark them off the list included in the box - ensure this list stays with the box as it goes around. It will essentially be a list of the people with their addresses! Also write down the games you are adding to the box! (I plan to create an infographic of how long the games traveled in terms of segments with it...) This didn't happen last time and I think it will be a fun thing to do... NOTE: The infographic will not have names on it; it will be the length of time a game stayed in the box.
6) Place at least the same number of games into the box that you removed and mail the box to the next individual on the list.
NOTE: you are free to choose which large flat rate priority box you want to use to accommodate the size of the games you are shipping; the standard large flat rate box or the newer flat rate boardgame box. You may also use the new Priority Regional C box (no smaller) if that allows you to ship more games cost effectively.
Proper participation is on your honor, but I believe we geeks can do this without State oversight.
I'll be starting us off and I'll be the end of the chain (i.e. I'll be on this list with the expectation I am last). When it gets back to me, the chain is complete.
When you register, please provide the following details:
+ your user name
+ your location: city and state (based on the earlier poll,
this will be limited to the US and Canada) ALSO, email me your full address,
so I can add it to the list in the box.
+ dates you know you will not be around for more than 4-5 days,
that way people can avoid sending to you as the next person in the chain
when you aren't around
+ 4 games that you are currently enjoying (and a why you like them if you like),
+ 4 you have seen more than once on the thrift lists you want -
the first game you are interested in should be the Geeklist entry item
to catch people's attention,
+ 4 things you like in games (mechanics, themes, etc.)
This can be used to help guide people to select what they add into the box for you.
For this list, YOU MUST be a Thrift Guild member to participate. It isn't that hard to join the best community within BGG.
All games exchanged in this Exchange are expected to be Thrift finds. They are not required to be though. This means they may have tape or writing on the boxes, box damage (dishing, split corners), and possibly copies of the rules. All game pieces (or at least nice SUITABLE replacements) will be present.
By joining this list, you 1) understand and agree to these rules and 2) promise you will ship any item to the person to be gifted within 3 standard work days to the best of your ability. Additionally, based on feedback, that you use a delivery confirmation.
I'll be having some form of contest, so standby and watch the list comments.
Some games I'm currently enjoying:
Saint Petersburg -- I've been enjoying this in person and online lately -- has almost replaced San Juan as my go-to Euro. I like the combination of obvious choices and occasional tough decisions.
A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584 -- Playing this with a friend. I'm interested in the period and the mechanics. I'm not very good.
The Kaiser's Pirates -- One of my favorites, a hand management game at the core, but one with lots and lots of historical detail.
Dominant Species -- Again, not a game I'm particularly good at, but a game I really enjoy. I like seeing what works and what doesn't.
A Few Acres of Snow -- Nice. I like the theme and the mechanics, and I like that I almost always feel like I'm behind (even when I'm winning).
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork -- Fun and referential. I like the books, and I like the card play here.
4 thrifty games/types of games I'd like (I think):
Sports Illustrated Baseball -- I enjoy this at WBC, and while I know the game is played a bit differently there, I'd still like my own copy.
Mystery Rummy -- any version
Wargames -- especially naval, air, or pre-WWII. -- I like starting from a game and moving on to learning about the history.
Lord of the Rings -- something that used to show up all the time, but I've never found a copy. My kids like co-ops.
4 things I like in a game:
--Resource/collection management -- making lemons into lemonade
--Stuff to play with my kids (now pushing 14 and 8)
--Games that are 2/3-player friendly
I know I won't be around from May 6-12 as we are going on a cruise. Other than that, I shall be here.
4 Games I'm currently enjoying:
Tichu(love both the partnership aspect and the climbing mechanic)
Wits & Wagers(we love party games and trivia games)
Bohnanza(love games that hold many players and have unique and innovative mechanics)
Time's Up! Title Recall!(did I mention we like GOOD party games?)
4 Games I've seen on the thrift lists that I want:
Hare & Tortoise: SdJ winner? Check. Neat ideas? Check. Sounds cool.
Bazaar: Always sounded neat.
Wise and Otherwise: Party game, gets found quite a bit. Would be a hoot with my group.
Zooloretto: I liked Coloretto and think this more-thematic version would go over pretty well.
Oh, and Hey, That's My Fish! would probably go over well too!
Mechanics and themes we like:
In fact, we like card games of most all kinds, lots of solid party games, etc. Wargames and overly complex things might not be such a good idea.
My wish and want in trade lists have many many items that I have been interested in.
Board Game: Hive
[Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:161]
We really like Utopian Rummy, Magnate, Walnut Grove, and Ra: Dice lately. 2 player games that are quick to set up, and that play in under an hour. We do regularly get together with Mr. and Mrs. WriteGamer, so 4p games are also seeing some play. The copy of Survive that Thrifty Santa sent me was a huge hit. I love fun wooden bits, and realistic themes (whales eating people who fall out of boats counting as relatively realistic). I don't really like zombies, pirates, or dragons. We like dice games, especially those with fun dice.
I'd especially enjoy Hive, Piece o'Cake, or something like that. I will work on adding things to my wishlist (I pared it down after Thrifty Santa season was over).
I will be on vacation in the middle of August (I haven't firmed up the date yet), but otherwise I should be around.
Games we're enjoying:
I'm slowly trying to turn my wife into a more avid gamer. She loves Jaipur and Travel Ingenious, and we've recently been playing some Alhambra and Attika. Any games good for two that don't require a lot of time would be great.
Me personally, I'll play anything.
Games I've been envious of on the Thrift List:
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: I'd really love to play this one. The recent BBC series has really revived my love for Mr. Holmes.
Caper - Pretty much a pipe dream. This one is very rare on the thrifts, but I don't think it's particularly valuable. I just have a strong nostalgic desire for this one.
N.Y. Chase or Scotland Yard: I used to have both of these (multiple copies of SY, actually), but I've gradually gotten rid of them all. Now I regret it. I'm *sure* I'll find one or both thrifting, but who knows when. I might as well put them on this list.
Any Gigamic wooden abstracts I don't already have. Skybridge looks particularly interesting.
I'm trying really hard to pare down my collection this year, so chances are I won't be taking much from the box. However, that also means I'll be able to put a lot of good things in.
Hobby game designer, please print and play my games!
I'll be out the weekend of April 20th for my (user)namesake's reunion concert! Super pumped!
Possibly going to Geekway to the West - May 17-20 also
Otherwise, the baby pretty much confines me to the home.
Games I'm into right now:
Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Games I'm coveting:
Robo Rally (#1 want, I love robots and puzzles)
Any of the Ticket to Ride series (A rarity - A game my wife requested after I played and told her about it)
Factory Fun (Looks like fun)
Tales of the Arabian Nights (Another one for the wife that I think sounds really cool)
Any good Ravensburger; Midnight Party, Race to the Roof
or HABA; Animal Upon Animal, Crafty Badger
that would be good for kids
Mechanics/Themes that move me:
Co-ops, Resource Management, Pickup/Deliver, Puzzles, 2 Players: especially those that can scale to a larger group - Ocean/Pirates, Space, Dinosaurs, Robots, Hobbits
Mechanics/Themes that don't move me:
Auction/Bidding, Trick-taking, dice games - Dungeon Crawling, War games, History
Games I'd be interested in for Game Design reasons
Mississippi Queen, Ave Caesar, Formula Dé, Magical Athlete, Junkyard Wars, Snow Tails, Powerboats (unlikely but I think it was thrifted at least once) or really any good racing game
Grails just in case...
The Downfall of Pompeii
Lost Valley of the Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs of the Lost World
Maybe I went overboard a little?
Edit: Added to my unavailability
"It seems, that is, I may have become, quite by accident, the chosen, what what?"
“Here is my secret. It's quite simple: One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Petit Prince
I want to sign up, so I'm going to add an item, but I'll flesh it out more later after work!
I'm in again. I'll flesh out the list later in the week.
Board Game: Pandemic
[Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:54]
Lemon Grove, CA
I'll be out the traveling a bit this year, but it is usually for a few days at a time, nothing lengthy on the horizon until September when I go to Japan / Okinawa for 2 weeks (don't have exact dates yet)
Games I'm into right now:
Command & Colors: Napoleonics (friends copy)
Fluxx (various flavors)
Games I'm coveting:
Pandemic (looks interesting and I might get the wife to play)
Axis & Allies Naval Games (I can always use more ships for my fleets)
Memoir 44 expansions
Miniature figures (warhammer, WH 40K,
Mechanics/Themes that move me:
War games, History, miniatures, 2 Players games:
Mechanics/Themes that don't move me:
I'd be interested in for Game Design reasons
Lets have fun with this!
Fairly a copy of what I had on the Container list, though I know this will have less items in it.
So your First Citizen, based in the Thrift Capital (with a stealth address of Falls Church, VA to confound the Royalists), is fully available except the last weekend of March/first week of April (31 March - 7 April); we're doing a little family vacation for Spring break.
I am enjoying:
Here's what I've seen show up from time to time...
I'm very much interested in Thunder Road as I think I would enjoy playing it with my 10 year old son.
Pitch Car hasn't shown up much, but this is another I think that would be well loved here...
Heroscape: I'd particularly like some more trees, lava, and/or icy mountain peak pieces. Or some of the ones I don't have from Utgar's Rage. But almost anything would be welcome.
Wings of War minis.
I really like Action Points, Worker Placement, and Area Control/Influence as mechanics
I dig Science Fiction Themes.
I'm not a heavy wargamer.
Euros seem to go over well at my house.
Cool abstracts are always welcome.
I'll appreciate almost anything though and just enjoy seeing other people's faces light up.