This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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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 boardgames/RPG's 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.
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The second game my girlfriend Jenny picked up for me at the consignment shop was also quite a pleasant surprise; a 1993 copy of History of the World. She said, "I don't know a lot about old games, but Avalon Hill seems like a good company to get." I was so proud.
Complete and in great shape with 3 out of the 4 counter sheets still unpunched! $3.00 at the consignment shop Jenny can't remember the name of.
Found this at Savers for $2.99. Almost complete, missing four armies and some of the rules. I have a group of friends that play a lot of Risk, and we've been curious about the revision. Unfortunately, it looks like it only contains the rules for the basic game. Still, I should be able to dig those up somewhere.
$2.99 at Mesa Thrift. All pieces present and in excellent condition, box is in good condition and relatively untouched by the tape monkeys. Missing instructions. This has been a big problem for me lately, I suspect that some scoundrel has been hitting the thrift stores ahead of me and making off with all of the instruction sheets.
NAMQVE PAVCI LIBERTATEM, PARS MAGNA IVSTOS DOMINOS VOLVNT
Almost embarrassed to admit it, but spotted four of these at my local Toys R'Us in Queens. They were on a super-high shelf next to something pink and Barbie-ish. I bullied the nearest employee ("HI! I'm DALE!") into getting them down for me. He used a ladder that looked like a passenger embarkation stairway for a 747. All of the boxes were sans barcodes, so I then had to bully the bored folks on the customer service desk into doing a computer search for them. They discovered that they shouldn't have had them in the first place, which was probably why the barcodes weren't present, but told me I could have them for $2 each. After scouring the store's highest recesses for the next twenty minutes I also located expansions, as listed below...
NAMQVE PAVCI LIBERTATEM, PARS MAGNA IVSTOS DOMINOS VOLVNT
.... and I also found four copies of this. Cue the 747 stairway and irritated glares from DALE! Got these for $2 each as well. So, $16 + tax later (plus a slightly long walk home with six huge plastic bags that were so heavy they cut deep into my already Fall-numbed fingers and cut off sensation in my left ring finger), and I returned home triumphant. We needed a break from C&C:Ancients anyway.
$4.99 at a Salvation Army Op-Shop. Don't usually get too lucky here, it is very busy.
Came with the first edition rules, boxed, in good shape and the following modules and expansions: Yanks, Partisan!, Hollow Legions and The Last Hurrah.
That's the good news. The bad news is the modules were not in boxes and half the counters were mixed up in two large coffee jars. The question is - can I be bothered to sort them all out to sell them with the mapboards (excellent condition) and mission cards?
The rules for ASL are mind boggling. If I started playing this I may as well sell all my other games, as ASL is a hobby unto itself.
My wife also found this one for $8. Expensive, but very, very good components. Five minute abstract that seems to be broken (player who plays their wooden piece last always wins). Pity. Will give the wooden blocks to my baby son if the four player game falls flat. Why would a game company put so much effort into the production of a game that just doesn't work? The box was even lined with green felt!
$10 during our weekend search through local op-shops. Way too expensive (it has an original $79 tag on it), but my daughter was threatening to buy several junk games for the same cost. I thought she'd like this, but didn't imagine she'd play it several times over the weekend and continue to request it each night!
Questions are good, even though the entertainment category lapses into questions about mid-80 sit-coms and cartoons. The name of Jem's band or Punky Brewster's pet dog anyone? Still, I love trivia, and good to pass the passion on.
Ah, the dangling sacs of oddity. Such treasures you hold. Case in point, a bucket load of bits from Battleground. I haven't sorted them all out yet, so I'm not sure which sets these are from, but there's a double armload of them here. These will be added to my son's collection of Battleground bits.
One day I want to have a war between our Battleground pieces and all our Siege bits. We may need to stage this outside -- I doubt we have a room large enough to set them all up.
It will be EPIC.
A Bunch of Battleground Bits. $3 at Value Village.
Two little words cause me to look more closely at a game I'd otherwise pass up.
It's a sure fire way to get my attention. And when the game is halfway decent, I'll usually pick it up. Such is the case here, where I found yet another copy of eBay, The Card Game. I'll try my hand at trading this one. If that fails, does anyone know of a good auction site where I could try to sell this?
This particularly Salvation Army store had a sale on. I was told in meticulous detail from one of the staff as I walked in. I was polite and let her finish her spiel, but all the time I'm thinking "I don't care about electronics. Don't care about CDs. I just want my 50% off toys!!"
Which they had. But she didn't tell me that. Good thing I read the sign. But really, I come in here so often that she should know my buying habits by now.
Hmm...maybe that's why she was hyping up all the other sales...
So at 50% off, I picked up this game, mostly for the cars. They are quite something. Even if I dislike the game, I'll have a wonderful set of cars to repurpose.
Griddly Headz Racing. $1.50 at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
And at the same Sally Ann there was a rebound. For the price it's worth it just to get more sliders to complete my son's existing set. We should be good to go now. And mayhap this board is better than the one we already have. We'll find out.
Husband found Ginasta yesterday at a Unique Thrift. Half-off Monday, so it was $1. It seems to be some kind of cross between scrabble and gin No pic of our edition, but it's pretty similar with the nice wood tile racks.
I for one look forward to giving it a try! But ya'll know by now that I'm an irrepressible optimist and am eager to try any goofy little game we find
And check the spiffy little tiles:
Just begging to be used in some sort of prototype, no?
I also found a copy of Mille Borne. This one must have been kept in a time capsule. The box doesn't even have shelf wear (and the tape monkeys did a decent job for once). The cards are still stiff; I don't think they have been shuffled.
This is a second copy; the first will go to work with my wife.
I was doing the rounds at my local charity shops, with the usual amount of luck (none), when I walked into Barnardo's. Tucked away in a corner with children's toys (always check there, charity shops love to hide the games you want to buy) I spotted this little guy for 2 quid.
Being a fan of Lexicon and Scrabble, I had been thinking about buying this new for 13 pounds at the shop around the corner. What luck!