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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I couldn't resist the cute mushrooms. I picked up a booster box of the first set, a booster box of the second set and a seethrough pencil case with about 180 cards in - which appears to be all the special coded cards and shinies from all the booster boxes (I left two more behind). So a total of about 500 cards for £5.49 from Oxfam.
Thrifting in the UK is a painful process. I have been away for a couple of months, but it seems that most of the games that were in the thrift stores when I left are still there now. However, I did manage to find this on my second pass through the games. I forget the name of the shop, but it always seems to be well stocked on (crap) games so I am forever hopeful...
The game was complete, although the box was a little tatty.
I went to the GW in Gig Harbor for the second time today. The first time I didn't find anything, today it looked like they are definitely restocked. That was the good news, the bad news is that they are VERY proud of their games at this store. I'm not sure why they were pretty much the standard fare. I saw one game that was originally priced at $6 original retail and they wanted $4.99 used. Gimme a break!
I did find a copy of this game. The box wasn't perfect, but once I got the tape off to check inside it looked like it had never been played. Even the Gamewright catalog and postcard were still in the box. Surprisingly, one of the fold-up maps of the United States is missing, but otherwise in excellent condition.
Box has one blown corner and some shelf wear (especially on a couple corners) but it is otherwise sound.
Contents complete except for one red-player ballot marker circle (#1) and then (oddly) six out of the seven blue voting order cards AND six out of the seven brown voting order cards.
I can probably mock up the voting order decks, but the missing ballot marker will be a problem -- and good luck finding parts for this. So at the moment it's a three-player version only.
Also came with approximately 50 miscellaneous game parts from who knows where: pawns, plastic balls, a few plastic cubes, and some tower-things in four colours, plus sets of wooden discs in black and natural.
Came across this one today. It is complete except for the booster rings. Hoping to find them (although they don't impact game play at all). Not really interested in keeping it, but seems like a game of some value...either for cash or trade, right?