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Yesterday (Friday) I got word that a job I had a really good shot at went to someone else. (I seem to have a history of ending as the #2 candidate.) I'd had a real good feeling about this one for the last two weeks, especially after the hour-and-a-half lunch interview, but it was not to be.
So, to try to cheer me up, we all went out for pizza for dinner. On the way home we stopped in at the DAV on North Oak. I spotted this and another game, but decided to leave them behind. When I got home I couldn't find the second game in the database, and even Google turned up empty, so this morning I went back and got them both.
I had inventoried this in the store last night and thought that I had miscounted the bits because I had too many. When I got it home I discovered that this was indeed the case: I have an extra green triangle. Guess I'll put it on the Spare Parts list.
$2.98 at the DAV Red Racks, complete and in good condition.
EDIT: The game was approved (after having to get the production company approved) so I've changed the entry. I'll add photos as soon as they are okayed.
The real reason I went back for the games this morning was a copy of George Blanda's Monday Nite Touchdown football game by Magnus Company, dated 1972. "An educational dice game for ages 7 to adult." It's not in the database, so I need to enter it and take some pictures. I'll come back and change this entry once everything is accepted.
The board sits inside the box and doesn't seem designed to be taken out for play. There are supposed to be six each of two colors of dice, but one of the red ones is missing. The box lid has some dishing, but the colors are bright and the board inside looks nearly unused. I'm thinking this might have been someone's memento of George Blanda, so it was rarely if ever used.
This isn't something I or my family would be interested in, so once I find a replacement for the missing die, this will probably be up for sale or trade.
Charity shop, £1.99. It's another Games Workshop game for the collection, so even though I tend to prefer the fantasy ones I couldn't leave it behind at that price.
BONUS NON-GAME ITEM: Season 1 of Game of Thrones on DVD for £8. Bit pricey but I figured I'd be paying almost twice that new. Better to start watching it on DVD than online I think; it should look much nicer! Had quite a few friends recommend it to me.
This morning I spied a plastic tub with 'Heroquest' written across the top. Opened it up to find a shiny copy of Heroscape...I guess that's almost Heroquest! I'll take it either way.
No box, but everything was neatly packed in the tub. Most of the components are still in their original baggies, including the cards. Figures are still in their insert. Looks unplayed. After doing an inventory I came up short just a single 7-hex grass tile. So close to complete!
They wanted fifteen dollars at the flea, I talked them down to ten. Still a good bit of change, but I know I'll get my money back. And I got to keep the plastic tub, so there's that.
I took a quick side trip to SAvers on the way home from work today and found this for $1.99. All the cards, pawns and crayons are there, rule and how to play are in great condition. The box is a bit smushed on one side but seems to pop out ok. I just have yet to inventory all the tokens, though if any are missing, it should be no more than a couple.
First game I've picked up in a while. Taped well, but the contents are in pretty good shape. Missing one green boat and one yellow boat (subbed out with a green pawn and a yellow plastic boat, maybe from Monopoly Jr.).
This one's a bit cut throat -- guaranteed to make your youngest cry. Might be good at an adult game night. Plays fast and lets you torment your friends.
Found a bag of a dozen or more mechs, most painted and some not. Unfortunately a few are missing arms or legs. Played it the other week at a friend's house and it was fun. Probably will give him the minis.
Ten bucks in Bookman's trade. And a shout out to the Tucson thrifters: Bookman's on Campbell/Grant has a copy of 7 Wonders. It is not in the games section though--they have it on display on the top of the shelf behind the cashiers. Couldn't see the price tag though.
I was out in downtown Wichita today and found this in a DAV. While Stocks & Bonds might not get as much love as other 3M games, I've always found this to be a fun one of market risk management. While it's actually a game of multiplayer solitaire (as no player can have any impact on another player's results) that aspect also lends it to be played by very large groups as each player can individually keep tack of purchases, sales, and dividends.
What was remarkable is that this is a 40+ year old 3M copy (ca. 1968-1972) with the filigree spine, grease pencil and board, and 2-sided market calculator in completely brand-new shape with the stock certificates still attached to their pads and the note from the inspector nestled perfectly on top of the untouched ledger pad.
Avalon Hill edition. Box is pretty beat up with scuffs and scrapes. Contents were well used but seem be be complete. First time I'd seen the green AH version so I picked it up for the hoard...er...collection.
1.99 from GW on Oakland, great condition, looks complete. Some of the bits haven't been completely removed from the factory bags. I'll keep this one, inventory it, and hopefully play it with my kids. Otherwise, it can always merge into the growing pile of lego bits.