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The Works £7.99 discount madness, retrospective
Matt Leach
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In mid-Sept BGG members across the UK started to notice large number of board games, some of them quite highly rated, turning up in branches of The Works, a discount/remainder book store chain for only £7.99 a game.

Nobody quite seems to know where they came from, the guess is a distributor cutting losses on a disastrous bet on the UK games market and the relative saleability of a bunch of (mainly second tier) games. However, it sparked one of the longest threads in the hot deals section, as well as numerous follow-ups such as this, tracking those games that had made it from the store onto their website http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/, where coupons meant that they often sold at a further discount or with free shipping.

It also fundamentally affected the UK gaming economy, with huge numbers of copies of games turning up in UK maths trades, the size of the eBay.co.uk strategy games category being boosted by large numbers of the games being resold at £12.00-£15.00. And for a part of the last year, it's likely that at least some game purchase decisions were influenced by the weight of as yet unplayed games waiting on shelves.

I suspect most UK BGGers now have a collection at least in part boosted/bloated by one or more of a bunch of games priced too cheap not to buy.

So, UK Board Gamers

- which games did you buy?
- how many did you actually play?
- which were the hits, and which scraped the bottom of the bargain bucket?
- of those you "bought to trade", how many did you manage to shift, given the UK-wide glut?
- looking back, nine months on, what were the high points and low points of the great UK games giveaway sale of 2011-12?
- did it affect the way you bought/valued games over that time?
-or did you just take the opportunity to buy MORE (I did...)

Use this Geeklist to confess - did you take part in the rush to the (discount) shops, and how did it all turn out for you?

The list starts with the ones I bought, feel free to add the ones you purchased and tell us about them. A (near) full list of Works games is here
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26. Board Game: Gloria Picktoria [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1653]
Chris Stanton
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Ended up getting 3 copies of this.
2 went to homes with young children,the other to grandparents of said children.
Was popular over the Christmas period
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27. Board Game: By Golly! [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4484]
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Picked up a couple of these-again going to homes with small children.
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28. Board Game: Enuk [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6707]
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Piles of these sit sadly in branches of the Works nationwide. Has anyone ever bought a copy. Surprisingly unpopular on the Works website, given its half decent rating on BGG and not bad reviews

Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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29. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1206]
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One I missed out on, as it briefly appeared for sale online.
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30. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:532]
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Highly rated, and now much traded (at a £5 plus postage premium) by eBay resellers quick to buy up from the shops. There are probably garagefuls out there. Apparently quite a decent game...
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31. Board Game: Fagin's Gang [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:7009]
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One of the few non-Rio Grande/Queens offers from the Works, so far I have held off buying a game described by one BGG commenter as " tedious, uninteresting, long and luck driven"


Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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32. Board Game: Robber Knights [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2132]
Matt Leach
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Another skipped, on basis of ugly uninspiring box. But when a game only costs £7.99, should that sort of detail make a difference? And with a rating well over 6.0, can't be that bad...
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33. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Duel [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:3075]
Matt Leach
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Possibly quite a good game, and one still available online. I've skipped it on the basis that Tolkein related games should only be indulged in by those with beards, glasses and tshirted beer guts.ninja


Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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34. Board Game: Inka [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:9466]
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Another ever present on the Works website. Either they have limitless stock, or even at £7.99 no one is buying


Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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35. Board Game: Lucky Loop [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:10286]
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Reputedly the poorest game on the list. It may be on discount online for ever. Has anyone actually bought and played it?


Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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36. Board Game: Ming Dynasty [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3827]
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An attempted blockbuster from Queen Games, poor design and dreadful reviews mean all it seems to have broken is distributors' business models.


Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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37. Board Game: Highland Clans [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:6967]
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Apparently a decent game, but so far not quite appealing enough to make me press buy.


Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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38. Board Game: Change Horses [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:10099]
Matt Leach
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A not bad racing game with a twist. Again with limitless stock waiting for someone to saddle up.


Still available at http://www.theworks.co.uk/Toys--Games/Strategy/
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39. Board Game: Cir*Kis [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:10312]
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Never saw this on sale - did anyone buy?
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40. Board Game: Cineplexity [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:6357]
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Another missed, but like a bus going in the other direction, not terribly upset at this...
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41. Board Game: Vampireology [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Part of a late wave of new "strategy games" that the Works stocked up on, as the original RGG and Queen stock ran low. Such reviews as exist ( on Amazon) suggest no strategic element and barely a game. Let's hope they do better soon... Or maybe we've seen the last of this sort of offer ever again...
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42. Board Game: Battle of the Sexes: The Battle Continues [Average Rating:3.43 Overall Rank:10542]
Matt Leach
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Surely no BGG has bought this?
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43. Board Game: Gormenghast: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
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I found this in the Oxford Westgate store today: not sure how well it plays yet, but Peake's novels were a hell of a read years ago).
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