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$20 on Craigslist
Yeah! I was so happy to find this on Craigslist, as it has been out of print for a few years and I have been looking for awhile. It looks beautiful and I've always been intrigued, especially since the designer never really seemed to design another game.
$1.99 at Savers in Layton. I hadn't ever heard of it before, but it caught my eye, what with the surfing cow and the designer's name printed on the cover. So I opened it up and ran an inventory check. All seventeen little surfboard toting cows were present,
along with all the cards. It was in immaculate condition, and I was totally digging the theme, so it seemed like a no-brainer.
A quick check here on the geek lead me to the conclusion that this will probably be an fun one for me and the folks I usually play games with.
This little Ravensburger children's game, which was also in very good condition. I still haven't inventoried all the tiles. But this one is designed in such a way that a missing tile or three won't have any effect on gameplay.
Broke this one in yesterday with my four oldest kids. And they LOVED it! Which in and of itself is is validation enough for me having purchased it, but on top of that, the simple deduction mechanic is enough to keep me engaged (almost) the entire time as well. As it happens, I tend to enjoy a good game of Twenty Questions, and this game is basically Twenty Questions, more or less restricted to a fairytale them and packaged in a pretty little box with a pretty little board and a pretty little princess meeple.
Finally, I picked up this one (edition pictured). The baby-blue dice suckered me in. I decided I'm gonna try to make me a copy of Roboderby Express, so I've been snatching up the Yahtzee Jr's lately. I passed on a copy of the Shrek 2 boardgame, because even though the black dice were tempting, there are only three of them in the game, which, of course, means that I would have to find another game with chunky black dice in order to fill the quota, and that was the first time I had ever seen any game with chunky black dice. Then again, I'm not exactly what you would call a dice pirate, so maybe if I spent more time looking for them, it wouldn't seem so daunting.
Ok, this is better. Also 69 cents Maj-R thrift, complete (no clay) and included two extra sets of cards. Sold my last one on a certain water related site for $35 within a few days, with some new Play Doh included.
I think I remember that this is worth something, but this copy is really beat up and missing some things, including the rules..so it can't be perfect. It is supposed to have a ring too and of course that is missing. $1.99 Maj-R thrift
A newer version that needs a photo. I can't play this though because it is restricted for use by mental health professionals only. But that's not all. They must also have a master's degree. But that's still not all. They must have appropriate training in counseling children.
I found the version pictured at a local GW for $1.29. Three of the four colors were still on the sprue, and the game was 100% complete. Can't say I'm much of a fan of the cheaply made cards in this edition though.