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Short version: $12 at Bookmans. Great condition, complete.
Long version: (the two findings were actually made on Saturday, but I didn't have Internet access during the weekend. Read on to find out why.)
So I'm back in Tucson. Yay. This time for a longer time, I landed a faculty position at the University of Arizona (again). This is awesome, apart from the fact that it also means I had to rent an apartment (last time when I was just visiting I stayed at my friends / former boss place). So I arrived on Thursday, very late, after a 22-hours trip and immediately went to sleep.
On Friday I started all the paperwork - got my apartment (in the same complex I already used to live), but obviously there is no Internet no cable and Cox is not very fast at providing those. Then went to the campus and started the paperwork concerning my stay and position - and again, everything went quite smooth, but the activation of the university card (that gives you access to everything) takes time. Worse, the university changed recently access to all buildings to the electronic access using those cards.
Sidenote 1: I was always told, that one of the advantages of US is much less bureaucracy than in Europe. Ha. Don't believe it. My friend who recently visited the same university on a short stay (4 weeks) waited 3 weeks to get the basic things done.
So it's Saturday morning. I wake up in an empty apartment (got the bed from my friend) with no Internet access, cable nor the possibility to go to my lab (the whole building is closed on the weekends). Sweet. I decide to do one reasonable thing - go shopping and thrifting.
Goodwill #2: no luck terrible selection of games. But got the complete Darkwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist for $15, hardcover and in great shape.
Bookmans #1: finally some luck. Urland for $12.
Interestingly, the gamebox is completely in German, so I can imagine that no one decided to get it and the price was quite reasonable. I also wasn't sure about the language of the game, but could live with German edition. At home I found out the the game is bilingual - there is one set of cards and instructions in German, and another in English. And the dinomeeples (or actually ichtiosmeeples) are cool, my kids should enjoy this one.
Short version: $20 at Bookmans. Great condition, complete.
Long version: (continued) Let me start with saying, that Bookmans at Speedway is one of my top5 stores ever and counting every country and continent. However, the pricing of some games became ridiculous recently. I remember a discussion about the incomplete Heroscape Master set, which you could by at the other Bookmans for $50 around a year ago. Guess what - Bookmans has another Heroscape set and now it's prices at $100. Wow.
Nevermind the pricing, the selection was pretty good. They had two Rumis (the other one for $15, but in worse shape and older edition) and a number of wargames (GMT mostly).
So continuing my thrift trip on Saturday:
Savers #1: no luck. Poor selection of games, but I got Lego #7101 for $1 (unopened/unused) so I'm still happy.
So now on to Sunday - and it's the same story. So continuing:
Value Village #1: no luck.
Savers #2: no luck.
And today (Monday):
Goodwill #3: no luck. Terrible selection, this one used to be full of games and now has less than 20 of them. No idea what happened.
Bookmans #2: again, no luck. One thing that cought my eye was the 1993 Milton Bradley Jurrasic Park, which has a HUGE box and a nice theme (my girls are into dinos right now), but the pricetag of $30 is a bit steep.
True to my appointed name (see Geekbadge), I have returned, with another Craigslist haul! And this one comes with a short story!
My usual Craiglist trolling brought me to an ad with a sad story, like all the rest. Girl leaving the country, must sell games, sad to let them go. I send out my message, and what's this? She's actually planning on taking a short trip to San Francisco before leaving the country! Why, that's where I live!
We briefly entertain the idea of her bringing the games on the plane, but figure because of the cost of extra baggage fees, it'd be cheaper to ship. So she runs to get shipping quotes for me (this was last Monday), and sends me a picture of the games beforehand! "Glorious," say I, "this is a wonderful picture to start my birthday with!" And with that, she bids me "Happy birthday!" and pays for my shipping costs out of pocket. The kindness of board gamers will never cease to amaze me.
There are 11 games in this lot, and at the total price of $125, each was bought for a measly $11.37!
First up, Puerto Rico! UNPUNCHED and unplayed! Yep, brand new.
4/11 The real reason I picked up this lot. I had left my (really the family's) copy of Catan behind, and desperately wanted to get my own copy again to play up here. And now I have it! And more than I ever imagined...
$2 at DI. Didn't inventory other than to make sure the pieces I needed to complete my other set were there. Parts were actually bagged, so that's usually a good sign. Had what I needed plus the metal chandel... wait no, it had the unbroken pi... no that's not right either. It was complete!
$2 at DI. Monster? Check. 48 Socks? Check. 13 clothespins? Almost. Good enough. I've seen clothespins that size before, so I'm fairly certain I can get replacements, even if they're not the pretty orange color.
$2 at DI. After reading other reviews, decided to take a chance. The important bits were all there, but not sure if I have enough rings. (There were quite a few, but since there's no definite number given in the instructions, not really sure how many there should be.)
Goodwill run today, not much left after 1/2 price sale on Saturday, but found this in a bag with a couple decks of cards all for $1.99. This is an old copy that has been played lots, but looks complete. Been wanting to find this one.
And, thrifter's rule #2, if you're looking for a parts copy, you will only find complete copies. Have this already, missing one red tile. So I found this lovely complete set for $1.99 at Savers. Still, great deal and the only bummer of the day was a cool Spongebob set of playing cards, bought for $.69, opened when I got home to find only half was there, the other half was another set of playing cards. They're so cute too! Oh well, it was only $.69~!