This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Knitzia for $2.99 at Value Village. Pieces in great shape, everything complete. The game itself is a dice fest, but the parts so sooo cool!!! Could not leave it behind. Bought it home to entertain younger siblings.
Not too much in the store today, but I did find this one in good condition (for it's age). I'm not a big sports boardgamer (I'd rather play Madden) but I figured it was worth a read. Maybe I'll learn a new game mechanic or two.
My favorite find of the day. My family used to play a dice game called 100 (roll the 5 dice, 1 are 1 pt, 5's are 5, keep rolling, keep what you want but lose all accumulated points and your turn if you roll no points on a roll). I'm sure we've all heard of the game with one name or another.
This is a nice twist on it with each player also having their own dog die. If the current player ever rolls all squirrels he "goes nuts", loses all his points from this round, then commences to roll one die as fast as he/she can gaining points, while all the other players roll their dog die until they all roll the dog face... I imagine it's rather intense with dice flying everywhere... Plus we all have that one player that, no matter where he rolls his die, it ends up on the floor.
Anyways, new in box, dice still in sealed plastic. 99 cents at GW Three Rivers.
First find of the day. My trip to Goodwill took much, much longer than they usually do, today; while I was checking the boardgames, a mom and her kids (9 and 11, I'd guess) were looking at the same time. The son pulls a Jumanji off the shelf and opens it up, and... looked kind of clueless for a moment. "How do I tell if it's all there?" Being a good person (and having picked up three of the things to steal bits from at this point), I rattled off the full list of parts from memory.
The mom looks over at me, a little dumbfounded, especially at my explanation for why I know all that, then asks, "Have you ever played Bang!?" The ensuing conversation touches on a number of hobby-game subjects (including her frustration at her grown son having given her daughter a copy of Arkham Horror for the girl's eighth birthday, and that her husband can't seem to figure out that you can't win at Catan without negotiating and trading), and I definitely approve of her position that kids should grow up with board games, not video games.
...God, I hope that whenever I find someone to build a relationship and start a family with, it's someone who thinks that way.
The mom looked a little surprised when I grabbed this, and a little dismayed that I found it before her, because of that nice little blue Ravensburger triangle in the corner. She also expressed a little surprise that I'd grown up with Ravensburger games, and even more when I mentioned that Discovery Toys used to distribute them (which is where I got the early ones I have from, when my mom was a seller for the company). I get the sense that she may have been a client of my mom's, toward the end of my mom's time working for DT, but I never actually asked.
Sadly dry day, considering I took the day off and spent it running errands and thrifting. I hit 6 Goodwills, 3 Savers, Deseret, StV, a random thrift and VV. 13 places and got...3 things? Actually got some good books, including one of the Steve Jackson's Sorcery! gamebooks. Anyway...
$3.99 GW, shelved with the puzzles, has all the metal boats and Buoys. Honestly I was feeling stiffed at this point and might not have picked this up otherwise, but I feel like it's a fairly solid pickup at $3.99. Box in good shape, Avalon Hill/Sports Illustrated version.
$2.99 GW. Actually a different box, with real box art. That and the fact that 5 people want and only 1 is trading, and mostly the fact that all the little cars are here in perfect shape made me get this. Nifty little cars. Box shows wear but no splits or dishing. cars are here but haven't inventoried otherwise.
Edit: not much to inventory...parts are here. Found in the bottom of the box under the board - a slip of paper with "If you have a question about Bumper to Bumper call one of these numbers" and a list of phone numbers for the developer (2 numbers) and about 10 other people. Also a photocopy of a newspaper article about the game and developer.
Perched on top of a shelf at VV, in original ziploc for $.50...how could I pass this up? Included the Rainforest expansion...haven't inventoried but there are a lot of bits, including a bunch of laminated cards - were the originals laminated?
I also picked up a baggie of "1cm/1g" plastic cubes for $0.75...in case I need to teach my kids the metric system, or in case I need a crapload of blue cubes for something.