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Put in what you consider a bargain, tell us how much you paid and the place you got it from. Bargains can be thrift store finds or any second-hand purchases or discounted games bought new.
Don't forget to add your encounters with the Thrift Store Irritant Squad and any other embellishments in order to make it even more interesting.

Last week's list:
Check out the quality and quantity of last week's loot.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43614

The Thrift Find of the Week (2009 edition):
Admire the selections of the all-knowing and infallible judges of thrift.
www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/38312

The Thrift & Bargain Dumpster:
Is there treasure to be found among dead rats and ungames?
www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43873

The NON-Game Thrift Store/Bargain Finds:
Games, of course, but what other goods do you grab while thrifting?
www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/43872

Strange Bonuses in Thrift Purchases:
Find something unexpected in a purchase and care to share your discovery?
www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/20949

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The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters.
Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Do mind the stacks of prized games. Don't mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Be sure to bow before our King Minionhunter I and pay your due respects to previous Kings Krazygit I, EvilTimmy I and Blackwind I.
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1. Board Game: O'NO 99 [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:10412]
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Let's start this list off with a bang! I picked this game up at a garage sale for only $0.25. I heard it is a push-your-luck style game in the tradition of Can't Stop or Incan Gold. Might be fun to play with the right group.
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2. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:110]
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I'll just add my monumental find to both lists.

I found a copy of 1830: The Game of Railroads and Robber Barons IN SHRINK at a local antique store for $15.

I almost felt guilty for buying it, but the guilt was overshadowed by a severe urge to break dance.
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3. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:226]
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I had some time on my hands so I decided to run upstate. They have some kind of sci-fi con up in Tulsa (Know what that spells backwards?), apparently every year.

I was groveling in my ignorance, bringing all geek cred into immediate question, until a co-worker handed me a flyer. At first I thought he was proselytizing, but instead of a Watchtower it was emblazzoned with Mr. Spock! Like a one armed giant squid with a pack of sperm whales, I lost control of all orifices, issuing forth a bilious mass of sputum and a dense bulbous cloud of flatus.

Once I got to the show, my senses were immediately accosted by geeks in Jedi and Starfleet garb. One brave lady was dressed like Bimbo Leia from Jabba's barge. She even had a slight Fisher resemblance and the figure to pull it off. There was even one of those green star trek ladies after about 20 years of beer and cigarettes, compelete with exposed midriff bulge.

The contrast to BGG.con was stark! (not Tony) I almost started to feel socially acceptable as a game player! Besides 1/2 an arena devoted to selling crap, there were plenty of D-list sci-fi stars all trying to pimp signatures. I think I unintentionally offended a couple when I asked who they were. There was some lady who was a Jedi in one of the newer movies, but I didn't even recognize the costumed pics (red face with zebra striped horns?). She wasn't very friendly. Another lady was from Babylon 5, and when I asked who she was she was a bit snipy. I think the auto sales for some of these folks were slow. I just wanted to know because I was going to call and ask a friend who's a BB5 fan if he wanted her Autograph. Some other lady from new Battlestar was there, but I had no idea who she was either. There was also someone named "Chase Masterson" I think. I asked someone in line for her auto who she was, and he didn't know or at least feined ignorance. Hmmmm...
There were others I recognized. Tony Delay (Que from STNG) and the psycho-the-rapist lady (Maria?). I actually listened to her on stage Q & A. Despite having seen only a few of her shows, she was actually pretty funny and entertaining. Also there was Cisko's kid in DS9 (all grown up), Another guy who played Seinfeld's lawyer, character Johnny Smiles? (but did other ST stuff). There was a younger looking guy from later seasons of SG-1, looked a little like Doogie Howser. The guy who played the main hero from Night of Living Dead remake and Candyman (plus other stuff I don't remember). He seemed to have a good attitude and was really nice, and let people take pics with him. I think he sold more autos for the niceties. Also there was Bobby Clark from the original series. He's most noted for being the guy in the rubber suit that Kirk whacked in The Arena episode. He also played various red shirts, and aliens. He had pics of him getting blasted by a phaser and some other non-gorn scenes I can't recall. This was one of my fav classic episodes so I had to get a signed Gorn pic. He was a very nice guy, best of the show. After autographing the pic, he also gave me a 1000 Gorn bill? It was play money with the gorn where a president would be and he also signed it.

Anyhow, Leonard Nimoy snuck in early and signed some autos early. It was kind of kept quiet, so there were only a few of us. It was all kinds of cool to meet him in person and exchange a few words. I just told him I'd grown up watching his reruns and how much I enjoyed them, etc. He seemed genuinely appreciative (hey, he's an actor, right?!) More importantly, being a little hot in the arena, he'd just wiped his brow with a towel and set it aside. Once he was distracted with the next signing, I swiped it! I began to realize the possiblities. I had SPOCK'S DNA! Now all I needed was a healthy female ovum and I could clone my own Mr. Spock! I was immediately off to find the lady with the green skin.

After the show, I swung by a local game store and found plenty on clearance. This was amazingly new in shrink on 50% clearance for $19.99. Yeah, that's a bargain for this great OOP game. I tried not to show any excitement as I checked out. ninja How could this sleeper have snuck past all the local geeks?
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4. Board Game: Message to the Czar [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:5758]
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Also 1/2 off NIS at FLGS for $12. This is certainly a different theme.
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5. Board Game: Lunar Rails [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1765]
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1/2 off same FLGS, new in shrink 19.99. I've been wanting others from this series. Sweet!
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6. Board Game: Saga [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:3524]
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1/2 off FLGS new in shrink $8
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7. Board Game: Penguin Pile-Up [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:10549]
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Pretty cool looking Ravensburger with buckets of cool plastic penguins with an iceburg. $3
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8. Board Game: Axis & Allies Miniatures [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1694]
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3 boxes of Eastern Front boosters also 1/2 off. These actually came out to 58% off on the receipt instead of the 50% advertised.
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9. Board Game: Monsterpocalypse [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:872] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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Couple of boosters also 1/2 off. One of the monsters looked kind of like this.
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10. Board Game: Delta V [Average Rating:5.04 Overall Rank:10686]
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Portland
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Delta V $.88

Unpunched.

I took my kids for a walk last night and stopped by a garage sale as they were putting things away. They wanted $2 for this but all I could muster from the bottom of the diaper bag was $.88, which was good enough.

Historically, my garage sale luck as far as games go has been close to nil - so this was a fun little score. Of course when I see something like this, I only wonder what I missed...
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11. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1708]
G. Gomez
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Chula Vista
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The one with the cartoony yellow cover.

Anyway what I gots is:

35 gretchen
1 metal gretchen on bike
19 marines (inc one metal w/missing arm)
enough parts/weapons for six addtnl marines, but only 3 bases
18 orks
1 robot with skull head (missing 1 arm) Is this a terminator?
two red lightning dice
1 up/down die
1 left/right die
2 scatter (hit) dice
1 misfire die
1d4
1d20
1d12
3d6
I think I am missing the original rules since I don't have a book that sez "RULES", but do I already have a Warhammer Ancient Battles plus a Warhammer 40,000 (fourth edition) book that I picked up earlier for $1.00-$1.50.

Everything else seems to be there.

Deseret, Chula Vista $3.00.

TSI report, these two ladies in front of the game boxes wouldn't move for me to take a look at the games, obviously thinking I wanted to steal their pop-up Bonkers and those two puzzles boxes, while they made up their minds.
I finally was able to see this thru their lead garments with my X-ray vision, extended my arm between them and promptly stole it, not that they would have taken it anyway.
When I left the game area they were still hogging the aisle and had not made up their minds yet.
Maybe I missed something else, but this was a good enough score that I did not mind.
Box is heavily taped, but it is vintage, probably the owner's.
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12. Board Game: Big Boggle [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1118]
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Chula Vista
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Another one. Three so far.

My stack looks like the photo.

CPS, Chula Vista. $2.95.
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13. Board Game: What Were You Thinking? [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:2576]
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Baras, Clairemont Mesa. $1.50. This is the boardless edition. First time I've seen it.
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14. Board Game: Inve$tor [Average Rating:4.60 Unranked]
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Also found a pretty nice looking Canadian game. All the money is canadian, anyway. It had these cool pawns and some pretty nice trays which might be useful, if the game is lacking $3.
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15. Board Game: The Perilous Parlor Game [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:9121]
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For 0.99 @ Uptown, I just couldn't leave behind these really cool pewter minis. The game is supposed to be okay with kids, maybe I can try it over the holidays.
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16. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1138]
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For .99 at value village, I figured, why not? Blue turntable version.
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17. Board Game: 13 Dead End Drive [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:5512]
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$1.99 at Value Village, all pieces present and in good shape. The chandelier is even intact. The board is a bit warped, but I've set the game up and will leave it a while to see if it settles at all.

This looks like it could be fun to play with some of the kids who visit sometimes. And really, who could resist a suit of armour that tips and hidden passageways?

I also found Mille Bornes which I enjoyed as a kid, a Canadian edition of the 1960s word game 4 CYTE (Foresight), and a 1970s CB Radio game by Parker Brothers that's not in the database yet (too bad it was missing the sheet of CB terms and the 33 1/2rpm record of real CB sounds!)
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18. Board Game: Thinking Man's Golf [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6099]
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Didn't recognize this as a 3M game at first. It just looked interesting. I haven't looked closely at it, but it appears the outer vinyl slipcase also opens into the game board. $2 or 3 at bargain thrift.
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19. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:223]
Shane Harris
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I had a pretty good weekend of finds, most of which were not board game related unfortunately. I did however find a 1st edition of RoboRally!

The seller at the swap meet I bought it from is notorious for making claims that games are complete when they never are. I picked this up for $3, knowing full well it wouldn't be complete and that hopefully I could make it playable and keep it rather than sell it like I did my last RoboRally find.

When I managed to do it an inventory, it was a good news bad news situation. The bad news is; the game is missing the instructions and only has 7.5 of the 8 figures.

The good news; the counters were unpunched and everything else was there.

So if I print out some instructions and find a couple substitutes I'll be able to play it just fine. I wouldn't mind finding the actual replacement pieces and instructions if anyone has them, but I figured the odds were pretty slim there.
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20. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1111]
Paul Boos
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Virginia
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So after checking in on the son and wife this morn, since the hospital is near where I needed to get an x-ray for myself, I headed out. Afterwards, I decided to grab a quick bite away since my osn can't eat anything. I dropped by the nearby Unique, hoping to find a Legos set he could put togther in his room; I've had luck there before. Didn't find one (you know when you want something, you can't find it). Anyway, did find a few really interesting things: in 4 little plastic sacks of goodness, about 20 trading cards in each sack in card protectors and fantastic shape. $1.41 for each sack.

EDIT: I forgot to say, this was 25 % off due to customer appreciation day, so only $1.06 each bag.
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21. Board Game: Wits & Wagers [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:364]
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But what first caught my eye was the yellow box of Wits & Wagers; I just sold one in a Speed Auction, so after I have a chance to completely inventory, after my son has finished his hospital stay, and come back from Reserve Duty, I'll probably sell this.

EDIT: forgot to say 25% off of $1.41 is $1.06 for this.
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22. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1087]
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Not a far distance down the shelf was this nice wooden version of Cathedral. The box wasn't in great shape, but I think Dogmatix said he doesn't have a wooden one, so I plan to give it to him, given it is his favorite game.

EDIT: also 25 off $1.41 = $1.06

2nd Edit: corrected edition
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23. Board Game: Khet: The Laser Game [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1038]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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And on the shelf below, was this for $4.94, but with the customer appreciation day, it was 25% off, so only $3.70. I checked the insides, all still sealed up as new, including the batteries! Score!

EDIT: Hopefully this a sign of good luck; I'm only typing this while I wait for my son to go through his surgery.

2nd Edit: missed the first "4" I guess... Corrected
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24. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:332]
Jeremy Shelton
United States
Beaumont
Texas
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I actually found this a couple days ago but didn't have a chance to post until now. My dad and I were taking my kids to dinner at a place outside of town. On our way there I spot a GW so we stop and I look at the board games they have. Only 3 and none of them are any good. But I follow the important thrifting rule of "look everywhere!" I check out the glass case and buried under some stuff I spot the Netrunner logo peeking out. I ask the lady to open the case and she pulls out a box that has the following in it:
- A starter deck box
- Six regular boosters
- A Proteus booster
- A booster in clear wrapping

All of this was in shrink/unopened except the Proteus booster.
The box also included a demonstration guide from WOTC, a letter asking the store owner to please demonstrate the game to customers, a couple play mats, and some promotional pamphlets. I guess this was a free sample from WOTC sent to a gaming store. The address label on the front of the box has an address in WI. How it got all the way to Lumberton, Texas in it's minty condition I don't know.

I ask the lady how much it is (there was no price tag). She says, "I don't even know what all this stuff is. How about $2.00?" I grin and say, "I'll take it for $2.00!"

I debated selling the game but after researching it I think I'm going to try playing it. It really does look like a lot of fun. Any advice/comments on a good source for clear rules or anything else are welcome. I really know nothing about Netrunner but am eager to learn all I can about it.
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25. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:226]
Cindy Nowak
United States
Kenosha
Wisconsin
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Grabbed this last week - but it showed up when I was at Origins, so adding it to this week's list. Toys R Us had it for $14.95 plus shipping, so about $20 total. Apparently, for once I was quick enough to click on "check out" before the "Sorry, out of stock" response.
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