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A co-worker and I were supposed to go to Goodwill over lunch today, but he wasn't feeling well so had to pass. I thought of heading over after work, but really didn't have enough time. But I did have enough to swing by St. Vincent (if I turn 4 blocks early, it's on the way home). Saw this mixed in with the same ol', same ol'. The lid wouldn't close all the way and I was concerned what might be inside. Well, what was inside was all of the cards in pristine shape, although out of shrink. Looks like the box was loosely taped, then ended up getting tipped over so that the cards slid.
After stacking them back in the appropriate slots (most were still there) looks like it is 100% complete. The kids really had a blast with the Apples to Apples to Go I picked up, so I'll add this to the family game shelf. The To Go version is with the "bring it with when we go to the lakefront" stuff.
Also found a model of the original Enterprise for $1.99 Needs some batteries, but then it will find it's way to the co-worker who wasn't feeling well who happens to be a big Star Trek/Star Wars geek. I'm sure he'll feel better now.
The Borders bankruptcy sale has been good to my game collection. I stopped at a different Borders this time.
The games here looked really picked over...Mostly stuff that I've never heard of and wouldn't want, even on sale...Then I see a blue box that looks like it was purposely hidden behind some of the others... Wits and Wagers Family for $15. I already own the original Wits and Wagers, like it and play it a ton, so this was a no brainer.
On a side note, calendars where still a buck here, so I picked up the "Butter my butt and call me a biscuit, and other country sayings" calendar as a gag gift for my wife, since we passed by last trip to Borders.
I bought a cribbage board at GW outlet today. It's nice looked with beveled sides... not the edges but the sides themselves. There's no manufacturer name or date on it so I'd guess it's maybe 10 or 20 yrs old.
“Games give you a chance to excel, and if you're playing in good company you don't even mind if you lose because you had the enjoyment of the company during the course of the game.” ― Gary Gygax
$0.74 Goodwill, N. High St Columbus, OH
Popped in on the way home from work after failing to make it to the post office in time to get my boxes for the card/dice generosity box. Saw this tucked in behind the other long box games. $0.99? Open it up and there are only 7 dice and a crap-ton of cat hair . I take it up to the front to check out and I guess games go under housewares, which were 25% off today. So 7 giant wood dice for a little more than 7 pennies each . I pulled the stickers off in the car and tossed the box, and the hair, in the dumpster before going into the apartment.
Saw a new, in shrink, Apples to Apples up front for $7 and a 4 player chess (in a big box) that isn't the typical t or cross shape (irregular shaped spaces, semi-octagonal) copy of double chess for $7.
Found what appears to be a starting set of Citadel paints in shrink. As a bonus included were 4 Space marines (like in the picture) and 1 leader? with a chainsaw sword. I've been wanting to try my hand at mini painting but the cost and time investment is what has held me off. 1 excuse is now gone so will have to assemble and have a shot at some of the Space Marines as practice. Unfortunately seem to be on a slightly smaller scale than the figs that come in 2nd Ed Space Hulk so won't mesh in perfectly if they turn out nice. ARC $3.99
Look, I actually found a game! Haven't thrifted much over the winter as I kept finding nothing, nothing and even more nothing. Hopefully things start picking up. Found this (version pictured) at Family Thrift Center for $1.91. Box has a torn corner and instructions are missing but the game is in great shape. We had this when I was a kid and have been looking for a copy for awhile now.
Electronic Taboo Platinum Edition for $2.99 at Thrift Town. Box is beat up, the cardboard/foam insert thingy is missing, and it appears there is an issue with the screen where a line of "pixels" is missing. Still playable but sometimes you have to do a double take on the word.
Date night with the wife and it's almost time to go home and rescue the babysitter. GW is on the way and my wife asks if I want to stop in. I shrug and say, "There isn't going to be anything I was just there the other day." Then she says in her narrator voice, "And that was the night there were tons of games at the GW." So I give her a look and we stop by the GW. Found this sitting on the shelf on top of all the other games that were still left over from the other day. Inventory and it's complete, with the box in good shape for only 50-cents.
Looks like a terrible game, but $.99 at Valley Thrift in Fairfield, OH. It's incomplete (no action figures in the box), but I bought it to pillage for two sticker dice, a bunch of stands, one red d6, and six LED-style d6. I don't believe the red or the LED-style d6 really belong with this game (they were still in plastic wrap, while the rest of the game had clearly been used). But the LED-style dice look nifty and that's what I bought this for!
An interesting one, this. I got a metal tin filled with about 300 cards, all dated 1996. On closer inspection, a fair chunk of the cards are First Edition, including some holographic rares. Not as exciting as finding MtG first editions, but plenty good enough for me.