This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Our GeekGuild: Welcome to The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters. Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Please do mind the stacks of prized games, do not mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Make sure to bow before our King Hakfoo I, and pay your due respects to previous Kings Belial, Great_Mazinga, minionhunter, Krazygit, EvilTimmy and Blackwind.
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Picked up 22 games and expansions for $200 via Craigslist from a gamer moving east and looking to lighten the load. All 22 are "gamers' games." I'm just going to punch them in at $9.09 each. This one is going to my brother and sister-in-law as a gift.
I had to hustle on to the ferry this morning to make the purchase in Seattle, then get back home. We hosted 15 for our annual Labor Day games. My wife put out a great buffet. We played Martin Wallace's Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant for the first time and enjoyed it. Through the Ages, Dominant Species, and Ora et Labora also hit the tables. I'd never played Ora et Labora and was crushed.
My buddy Joel designed cards for Commands & Colors: Ancients similar to the cards that come with Battlelore and Memoir '44. He gifted me a set printed by one of the craft your own games companies. Receiving them was a highlight of the day.
I was talking with a coworker on Friday about Apples to Apples, and he was interested in a copy, but his kid is a bit young for the normal one. I mentioned the normal junior is rated at 9+, but there was a kids version for 7+. Then after coming home from a family event today I stopped in at a few stores. At Goodwill, I found this for $2.99. It'll be given to my coworker.
GW $3.00 - This was the cheapest of the 3 TPs I found - and clearly the best. The electronic unit works perfectly although I haven't tried to download questions from their web site. Strangely, there was a duplicate copy of the game just down the rack in the store with the box in much worse condition for $6.00 so I was afraid there would be something very wrong with the copy I bought. There wasn't.
GW $2.00 - missing the rules, 50 "gold coins", 2 dice and 6 legend cards. Everything else is still in the factory shrinkwrap. It's like someone bought the game new, took out the pieces they wanted then dumped the rest at GW.
Mesa Thrift $0.99 - Actually has the instructions and the operating table works; but there are no internal organs nor money nor about half the cards. Hasn't been much at this place the last few visits so this trip was a bit disappointing.
Mesa Thrift $0.99 - the box is really battered and the money is pretty mangled; but the pieces are all there as well as a crisp, new set of rules for Monopoly: SpongeBob Squarepants, a bag with 7 pineapples for that game and a Bakugan Battle Brawlers card: "Deep Tan."
DI $2.00 - Missing the rules and 2 of the 6 tokens; but otherwise in decent shape.
This is right around the corner from Mesa Thrift and it, too, was very disappointing, partly because they've reduced the size of the games section by about half and filled the rest with stuffed animals.