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Thrift store games you buy just for the components
Tim K.
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Inspired by a comment from Drew1365 here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/14516/page/2

These are games that you pick up from thrift stores only because there are some components in the game that prove useful for other gaming needs.
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26. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:120] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Just call me Erik
United States
Waldorf
Maryland
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Carcassonne, assuming you can find it at a thrift store (or even cheaply online) contains the most useful single component i've ever found: The Meeple.

They represent investment capital in "The Big Idea"
or players and the Doctor in "Kill Doctor Lucky"
or most other cheapass games for that matter.

Any time you need 8 or so markers each for 5-6 different people, carc's meeples are always happy to help! The scoring track can also come in useful.

Plus, it's Carcassonne! You already know it's a great game by itself!
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27. Board Game: Casino Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:7860]
Austin Andersen
United States
Berrien Springs
Michigan
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I have 2 copies of this game now; not because I'm a great fan of the game, but because of the dice. There are 5 dice of which 4 are non-standard D6s. They range from 2-7, 3-8, 4-9, and 5-10. The fifth die is an ordinary D6.
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28. Board Game: The Cattlemen [Average Rating:3.87 Overall Rank:11608]
Jim Rickwa
United States
Spring Hill
Tennessee
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I also bought this one for $2. I just had to have this beautiful artwork. I cut up the box, had it professionally matted and threw it into a $200 frame and hung it over the gameroom table. Simply exquisite.
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29. Board Game: Challenge Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:9855]
Jason Monroe
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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Dice galore!! 25 dice (20 white; 5 red). Plus your other Yahtzees that have 5 dice and dice cups. Ie: Yahtzee, Triple Yahtzee
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30. Board Game: Checkers [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:12141]
Jerri Mullis
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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LORD OF THE RING CHECKERS

up 24 rings to use as replacements for other Lord of the Ring games in 2 colors plus a small folding board that can be modified/recovered for other games for around a buck or two.
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31. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:12103]
G. Gomez
United States
Chula Vista
California
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Cheap Chinese Checkers plastic marbles make great replacement missiles for Weapons & Warriors: Castle Combat Set. Sometimes there'll be just bags o' stuff with the plastic marbles.
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32. Board Game: Chinese Checkers [Average Rating:5.09 Overall Rank:12103]
Jerri Mullis
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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I just picked up one that had almost 60 of the older style glass marble, some have the plastic marbles. Good for replacements in "other" games.
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33. Board Game: Chute-5 [Average Rating:5.10 Overall Rank:10448]
Jerry McVicker
United States
Morgantown
West Virginia
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This thing has a dice tower in it!! Cool!
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34. Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:8737]
Bryan Thunkd
United States
Florence
MA
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Supposedly not much of a game but has some nice trains. And available cheap.
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35. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:7250]
Derek Andelloux
United States
providence
Rhode Island
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How can you forget about the ultra cool primary-color-coded pre-painted miniatures in this clue version from 2006? Check these puppies out! They're perfect for pimping out your copy of kill doctor lucky.


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36. Board Game: Clue FX [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3400]
Mike Heine
United States
Waconia
Minnesota
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For the minis.

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37. Board Game: The Coca-Cola Nascar Racing Board Game [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
Justin Case
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Greensboro
North Carolina
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OK, so the game itself is apparently a very weak roll'n'mover (my copy has no rules, so I'm taking the word of others), but if you can find a copy for a buck or two, the little cars are worth having:




These are just a touch larger than the cars in Daytona 500, but they'll work okay and look pretty cool too. They should also work in Bumper to Bumper: Real Life Stock Car Racing and Racecraze, and perhaps many other racing/driving games. (They are much too large for either Speed Circuit or Formula D, that I know of for now.)

The box itself is square and very sturdy, just crying out to be painted or papered over and reused for something, and the insert has deep pockets and might be useful, or maybe an insert from another game would fit and be even better.


PS edit: I'm coming back to add something that I just learned as I was getting ready to save the cars and store the box, and checking through everything before throwing the rest of it away. See that pile of "Lap" cards in the photo above? There are 80 of them, and they are the same on both sides -- perfect for using as lap counters in any car racing game! Running a 5-lap race, each player could take 5 Lap cards to start, and turn one in every time they pass the start/finish line, or do just the opposite and take a card every lap. Either way, there's no need to track laps any other way, and keeping track of who is on which lap couldn't be more simple.


cool
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38. Board Game: Cross Up Poker [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Drew
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Wisconsin
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I don't know if this is easy to find or not. I've only ever seen one, and I bought it. I'm about to put it out at our garage sale, but . . . I'm thinking I should keep it for these:



Card holders. Perfect for Louis XIV (or any game with lots of small cards to hold) and in all the proper colors for Louis XIV, too.

I think I'll keep 'em.
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39. Board Game: Cube Checkers [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:9911]
Nathan Markley
United States
Missouri
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More dice. They're only printed on (not indented), but there's 12 each in two colors. Not bad.
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40. Board Game: Cuberty [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Dean
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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75 large, chunky dice with painted faces. Perfect for applying your own stickers.
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41. Board Game: DaVinci's Challenge [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8826] [Average Rating:5.59 Unranked]
Lee Saunders
United States
Syracuse
Nebraska
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144 pieces in two colors (a light tan and black) and in two shapes (a sort of oblong and a concave triangle)

Plus, the board and box is really nice for retasking.

All for 3.99 at Goodwill.

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42. Board Game: DICEcapades [Average Rating:5.02 Overall Rank:12039]
Keith S.
United States
Dallas/Fort Worth
Texas
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This one's still pretty new, but if you can find it in a thrift store, make sure to grab it. More dice than you know what to do with; d4s, d6s, d12s, d20s, letter dice, symbol dice... it's a gimme for parting out.
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43. Board Game: Diceman [Average Rating:4.12 Unranked]
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This was sold in Scandinavia and Canada, I believe. Big wooden pawns in four colours, 8x4+1 dice. The dice come in two types, though. Picture below shows the good type, the bad type is slightly smaller and has smaller pips. Oddly, the single white die in all copies are of the "bad" type.



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44. Board Game: Double Crossing [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:9928]
Dean Goodmanson
United States
Port Edwards
Wisconsin
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This big box store of a train game comes with neat little plastic trains. Unique engines, box cars,cabooses and even a trolly!
Not sure what to do with the odd stand.
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45. Board Game: Dragonmaster [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2265]
G. Gomez
United States
Chula Vista
California
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Dragonmaster, Laser Attack, The Goonies & Fireball Island share the same stackable plastic jewels, so you can go any which way to complete any of them.

There probably are other Milton Bradley games out there with them too.





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46. Board Game: Dragonology: The Game [Average Rating:4.38 Overall Rank:12091]
lisa smith
United States
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dragon and people minifigs. I used the people ones plus the clue ones for clue master detective.
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47. Board Game: Dread Pirate [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:11909]
Evan Gleason
United States
Bowdoinham
Maine
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I'm fairly certain this isn't on the list yet but anyway, I've seen this twice in the wild - once for 1.99 and the other was $15 at GW (if you can believe it!). The $2 one I bought was incomplete so it didn't take me long to replace the cardboard gold in Macao with these sexy coins



these are cool too - and the gems above are cool but my copy didn't have any

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48. Board Game: Ea$y Money [Average Rating:5.12 Overall Rank:11345]
Mark Mitchell
England
Brighton
East Sussex
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Excellent wads of money. I use them for European Airlines but they would suit any games where large amounts 100k or millions are required. I think it's in denominations of 100k, 200k, 500k, 1 million.
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49. Board Game: Easy Money [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:11843]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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This version also has cool houses...

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50. Board Game: Easy Money [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:11843]
Michael Boggs
United States
Louisville
KY
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This old school monopoly cousin comes with house tokens in a variety of colors.

Just like the old Risk... these wooden bits are a great find for a buck.

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