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Okay, so I have been reading this list religiously for many months now, marvelling at some of the amazing scores. That said, it goes against my nature to crow about my own successes, so I have never posted any of my finds before. However, I bought a version of Hive (Indianola VOA, $.90) that I have not seen before and wondered if anyone knows anything about it. It is a yellow box, 2005 (says Gen: four.two on the side) and the pieces are wooden with nice glossy stickers attached. Unplayed, by the way- paper divider between the 2 colors is unruffled.
I walked into the thrift store to see three ladies busily pricing and stalking the shelves with fresh puzzles and games. I arrived just when one lady was closing the box of Omega Virus, and then putting it on the shelf. It was pretty tight quarters in the game area with the three ladies working, so I just hung back patiently waiting, and busied myself looking at some books. But then I saw a guy boldly walk in between the ladies while they worked and start looking at the games. And there was hardly any room - he couldn't make a single step to right or left without stepping on one of the ladies. He looked at the games, picking up one or two, with Omega Virus right at his feet, and then left. But before I could breath a sigh of relief, a second guy walked right in between the ladies and started looking at the games. He seemed to take even longer looking, but he left too without touching the Omega Virus.
I realized at this point that I wasn't even looking at the books anymore, and I was standing there staring at these three ladies working in the corner. So I said screw it, and I too walked in between them, grabbed Omega Virus, and headed for the register.
And I lucked-out. I was a little embarrassed, so I didn't even open the box before I left the store. I figured it would be good for spare parts if it wasn't complete. But it was complete, and in great condition too, with no discernible wear. But the batteries were left in and were completely corroded and the acid leaked out in the battery compartment. But it looks like a good cleaning may get it working again.
$1.50 at the Oakland White Elephant sale. Game is complete, though the box is a bit beat-up.
For those looking to go to the White Elephant sale, behind the piles and piles of traditional games, I left behind Sword & Skull, Heimlich & Co., and some other early Ravensburger. Be warned, Scrabble was $7!!
Having no luck so far this week, I was beginning to tweak like a fiend. I went in to the Cherry Door hoping to find something, ready to buy anything...so, I did. Bought this guy, rode hard and put away wet - literally. At $.50, no biggie. Took a chance on the three since I've been spending most of my time now at these two spots on the geek and I highly recommend both: