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Yesterday, after striking out at the big Goodwill, I had a whim to go to the nearby Goodwill Outlet. I don't go there often, as half the time when I do, there are no games at all- just tub after tub of clothes.
But my premonition was correct, as a Heroscape box was sitting on top of the bin closest to the door. It had been taped shut so I didn't have to sift through the loose stuff in the bin, either. I took a peek to make sure there was something Heroscape-ish in it, then didn't further inventory while there.
When I cracked it open, I saw I had no figures at all, and no ruins, but almost everything else. All the hex terrain, all the army cards, and most of the counters, markers, glyphs, and dice. And as a random bonus, it has 5 army cards for Heroscape Expansion Set: Orm's Return too.
I'm not a Heroscape player, so I'm planning on trying to sell the terrain as a lot, and I'll keep the rest to complete a future master set I might find. The Orm's Return cards are available to anyone here who is missing them.
Another trip to the VA at Indy for dad, so more stops at Goodwills. Stopped at the Outlet first, but I still have to sort that stuff, so I'll post it later. Found this at the last Goodwill we stopped at. Box is rough and it's missing one plug and two board clips, but it has both lasers and they both work. Between this one and the one I found back on November 13, I now have a complete game and a lot of spare parts.
We also stopped at the Goodwill that I found the Laser Battle at on the 13th. There was nearly a full shelf of Redakai there then, no trace of it today. I did pick up a Cardinal double six set of dominos for $0.99.
Avalon Hill anyone? It seems that everyone has the same story about their local GW: nothing really to find. My stores haven't had much in the past few months. So, today, incredibly, there were no children (or any other people for that matter) in the game/toy aisle. I was looking for something in the void and on my second sweep I noticed the AH logo on the bottom. Completely missed it the first time. My mind didn't and made me look again.
This game is still new. Unpunched. The box has a small tear in the cover on the left side and a small puncture on the back. Otherwise, the box is very good.
I am not interested in Law games, though. Can't leave an AH game on the shelf for 1.99. It's available if anyone would like to spare my shelf some space.
What? this is from 1999? wow. I never heard of it until last year. I already have a copy, but my sister mentioned something about wanting this game. Now she will have it. This copy is out of shrink, but still as new as if they just removed the shrink, looked inside and dropped it off at the women's shelter thrift store. Since it's new, they were pricey at 5.99, but it's for my sister, so that's OK.
Box like new, contains a standard deck of cards with a superfluous joker, 80 red mini poker chips, a Jax Games catalog, and something called a Unique Fold-Away Control Center, which is just a hunk of plastic which might someday find itself a purpose.
I was sent out this evening by the wife to collect food for the family. Went to the store near the local GW to check the game shelves. Found this in shrink for $1.99 and grabbed it.
You guys know sometimes when you look at shelves everything starts to blur after looking at so many scene its/trivial pursuits. I was tired but pressed on and something inside was saying hey idiot look down bottom shelf on the left side. Sure I'll look
Goodwill Outlet, found first a lid to an old Monopoly with Chinese writing. Scrounged up most of the rest of the game from the bin. This is NOT the version pictured, rather a 1961 Waddington's edition that doesn't seem to be in the db. All the modern Hong Kong sets have a non-standard board layout, while mine seems to be the traditional one.
Missing: the movers, 4 houses, 4 chance/community chest cards (can't tell what they are as they are different colors and no art work), and an unknown quantity of money.