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Missing rules, and one slightly bent card. All cards present.
Bonus: 10 extra cards, apparently collectibles, with AG history on them. This game is basically Rummy, but there are rules for two other games using the same cards.
Notes: Contacted American Girl Customer Service online and requested a .pdf copy of the rules. They contacted me within 30 minutes via email and sent me a .pdf copy of the rules. (This entire email exchange occured between 9:19PM and 9:42PM Saturday evening.) My little girl will be happy...and that makes Papa happy. Great job American Girl!!!
Condition: Good. Minor box wear. All tiles present, rules present, and storage tray present.
Notes: Ravensburger quality. I look forward to playing this with my kids. I had seen it on BGG only last week and did not know much about it. I see that it has a low rating and yet...in reading the comments, the game seems to be fun for younger kids...exactly the target audience. Also, there seem to be some decent variants to keep things interesting. Bottom line, I think we will enjoy it.
I think I have a different game from what's entered in the BGG database. This one has 4 really nice collectible plastic figures of baby miss piggy, baby kermit, baby gonzo and baby skeeter. I'll update this post once got a new game entry approved.
$2.99 at GW. Unpunched with the plastic components still attached to their sprues. With the game parts in this condition, I'm still trying to figure out how the box got so badly mangled. The good thing that came out though was I didn't have to hesitate in experimenting on how to restore the box. Basically it involved:
1) carefully cutting the 4 corners so the box will lay down flat 2) placed the box over a humidifier to soften it. steam from boiling water would probably be just as effective. 3) iron the box flat; repeat step 2 as desired. 4) fold back into shape and repair the corners with elmer's glue.
And I'm glad to report that this process worked great! It didn't erase the crease marks but the box is definitely in much better shape. I'll see if I can upload the pictures later so you guys can decide for yourself.
Have not found much lately not for lack of trying....Just getting much more selective. Space is at a premium and I am too lazy to sell stuff. Found this one today at GW for $1.99 It was the Educational Insights version which does not appear to have a picture in the gallery. Great condition and complete.
Decided to start doing the swap meet runs again since the rainy weather seems to have departed for a while. Picked up some asparagus ($1 / bundle), some bubble bath for the wife, and then a guy and his wife were selling some games. I think I might have missed out on a good one by about a minute or so, but don't remember what the title was...
I got this for $3. (I know, not a good title, but it was in excellent shape.)
I seem to be dropping off the internet more and more. I must just be excited to go to Gamestorm this coming week.
Anyway, last Sunday I picked up a copy of Bermuda Triangle for $3 at SVdP. We've played it a couple of times this week. For a roll and move with fewer decions than Parcheesi this is surprisingly fun. In short, it's got a nice gimmick. We're missing one red boat though.
I also picked up a second copy of Zitternix for $2 somewhere on, oh, lets say Monday.
Today I lucked into the pictured version of Empire Builder at GW for $2. I'm wondering if I missed out on more games because the shelves had been rummaged through and this game was on top of a stack with its tape already split. When I looked inside it seemed incomplete, despite the cards still being wrapped. Then I looked under the insert. There were the chips and money. So not to look a gift locomotive in the caboose I left happy with my complete and unplayed train game.
I picked this up for 80 cents at the Value Village in Adelphi. The box is a little care-worn but the cards were in ludicrous condition. I've never played canasta but it's the type of game that would appeal to my in-laws.
Then I picked a copy of Enchanted Forest, edition pictured (except it's in English), at the Value Village in Silver Spring. It's complete except for the rules and one die, which is easily fixed. I had an earlier edition:
but it was incomplete - missing one tree, 5 tokens and the board was split in two. This will now become a parts copy for me.
And lastly I picked up Scooy-doo dominoes for my 2 year old son who begs to watch our "dog!" dvds. After searching through the images, I don't see any, so I'll have to try and add one to get some . $1.41 at Value Village in Silver Spring.
Got a near-new copy in a local trade with hawkeyept for Dilbert Corporate Shuffle and Pecking Order. This trade also resulted in a rare but highly enjoyable face-to-face first meeting with a fellow BGG'er.