Rindis' Game Trade 2018
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After last year being a bit spendy, I'm hoping to keep the expenditures down, but MMP is already defeating that by putting the third edition of Armies of Oblivion on pre-order.

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1. Board Game: Beyond Valor: ASL Module 1 [Average Rating:8.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.55 Unranked]
Board Game: Beyond Valor: ASL Module 1
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1/13/2018
Sold: $75

Beyond Valor: ASL Module 1
Paratrooper: ASL Module 2
Yanks: ASL Module 3
Out of the Attic: Issue #2

Part of the plan for last year's purchase of newer Beyond Valor and Yanks was to sell my AH versions to my regular FtF opponent, and ex SL-series diehard. And then he was unavailable for most of the year, so it didn't actually happen until now.

I spent some time sorting out all the components, and getting everything right for him. One US paratrooper HS is missing, which I think was true at the time (I got my Paratrooper set slightly used; it was missing Chapter K completely).
 
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2. Video Game: Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.43 Unranked]
Video Game: Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
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1/20/2018
Bought: $39.99

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

Square Enix recently had a promotion to bring people back into FF XIV, and we got in on the end of it. It's been nice to be back in Eorzea again; it's not the best system, but the story is good, and the world is very pretty.

Anyway, Smudge and I have resubscribed, and finally got our main jobs up to the original level limit, though we have some story to go yet. So, we decided to go ahead and get the expansions. Interestingly, you can't get the first one separately at the moment, but it is rolled in with the second. I think I'd be a bit miffed at that if we'd gotten it at the time and were looking at just Stormblood.
 
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3. Board Game: Captain's Log #1 [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
Board Game: Captain's Log #1
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3/18/2018
Bought: $19.95

Captain's Log #45
Captain's Log #45 Supplement

The release of another Captain's Log to PDF is an automatic purchase, and now we're to the point where the Supplements became free, reducing the amount I'm spending on the package, though that seems to mean there's no longer any additional SSDs and the like, though there's still rejected Tac Notes and commentary on the main issue.
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4. Video Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:4288] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Video Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon
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4/4/2018
Bought: $39.23

In general, Toys R Us was never a store that really appealed to me. Their product selection isn't geared towards my interests as much as, say KayBee was.

But for the last decade, I've lived in a place that had one of their better stores right on the corner. I don't know what's going to happen to the building, but it probably won't be as good.

Anyway, I've been through a couple times, and the liquidation doesn't seem to be taken seriously right now, as all the shelves are fully stocked, and the discounts are generally a minimal 10%.

The Nintendo section over in games is emptying out though (the PS4 and Xbox stuff isn't moving), and I decided to get one of the last copies they had of Ultra Moon (Sun sold out a week earlier), in case Smudge and I ever get around to finishing off our respective 6th-gen games.
 
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5. Video Game: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:5874]
Video Game: Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
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4/14/2018
Bought: $11.89

My co-worker AJ introduced me to a good series of reviews of the Final Fantasy series, so when I happened to be near the local GameStop (Smudge had a PokeGo raid nearby), I poked my head in.

It seems like the prices of their used DS games have gone down, so I may pay more attention to them... for as long as my attention lasts.

Anyway, it sounds like it has at least a decent Square Enix story, and there is a multiplayer option (which seems to be a separate story), so if I like it (assuming I get around to it), we might get a second copy for Smudge and I to play together.
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6. Video Game: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:3272]
Video Game: Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
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4/27/2014
Bought: $21.79

The spending spree continues with another used cartridge from the local GameSpot. Both me and Smudge really enjoyed the original Kingdom Hearts a lot, and have been meaning to get more on it, so I finally bit the bullet and got one of the DS games.

Annoyingly, they happened to have a copy of Pokemon Conquest as well. I could easily go back for a copy of that....
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7. Video Game: Kingdom Hearts II [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:246]
Video Game: Kingdom Hearts II
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4/30/2018
Bought: $13.99

...And a peruse of a list of things I've been meaning to get comes together with a need to order something on Amazon. (Yes, need. I needed a new charging cable for Azuna, and they're only on Amazon these days. I needed ~$11.00 for free shipping.)

Smudge and I really enjoyed the original Kingdom Hearts, and meant to get II for some time. Being busy combined with the idea of getting the HD remakes put it off for a while... but we have a PS2, and at this point a PS3 isn't happening (much less a PS4). So this was cheap enough to become a 'bird in the hand' purchase.
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8. Video Game: Skylanders Imaginators [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Video Game: Skylanders Imaginators
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5/4/2018
Bought: $26.99

I've continued buying various Skylanders figures for the last couple years, but haven't really bothered noting them here as I have been getting them for the figures, not for the game... which I only have the original generation anyway.

But the Toys R Us sales finally hit a suitably low price for me to pick up the latest Starter Pack. It's still mostly for the figures (really for Golden Queen), as it's not like I have any system for it still.

But Smudge and I keep looking at the Switch, and maybe we'll get one, so I went with that version, and maybe we'll someday see what the game is like these days.
 
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9. Video Game: Pokémon Conquest [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:2359]
Video Game: Pokémon Conquest
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5/13/2018
Bought: $27.24

Okay, the idea of Nobunaga's Ambition crossed with Pokemon has been to hilarious to miss out on before I even got into Pokemon, especially as the reports were that it was well done.

And a used copy finally showed up at the local GameSpot, so....

I'll have to give it a try soon.
 
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10. Video Game: Ys Book I & II [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
Video Game Compilation: Ys Book I & II
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6/8/2018
Bought: $5.38

Ys I
Ys II
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri Planetary Pack
Sunless Sea

Gog hits me with another sale. Alpha Centauri is a game I only find okay (some nice ideas, mixed with things I find too fiddly), but it's certainly worth $0.89.

I've been on an RPG kick lately, so I've been paying more attention to the various JRPGs that have been making it onto PC for the last few years. Ys is a series I've been slowly becoming aware of for the last couple years, and it seemed like a good one to give a try—whenever I clear my docket enough for it.

And the current sale also apparently is another one where you unlock free games by spending enough. I didn't think $5 would qualify, but now I have Sunless Sea, which I've heard interesting things about for free.
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11. Video Game: Panzer Corps [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:1068]
Video Game: Panzer Corps
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6/13/2018
Bought: $15.05

FoxTail
Panzer Corps
Ys: The Oath in Felghana
Railroad Tycoon II
Costume Quest
RiME

So... the Gog summer sale tempted me until I gave in. Rime looks like a gloriously beautiful game, but I have a feeling it won't be my kind of game, so when they offered it as a 'free' unlock, I figured that was a good way to get it. And with careful working of the sale list, I was able to get five other games for $15.

FoxTail is still in development, and is heavier into retro-pixel art than I'd like, but, a fox going on an adventure. I can't help myself.

Panzer Corps I've been meaning to get since it came out. I nearly got a new copy of Panzer General II also, since it's had compatibility problems ever since Win2000, but I'm actually pretty much done with that game.

I've played enough of Ys I to know I'm favorably impressed by it. I hope to work my way through I & II at some point, and then I can go on to what's basically a re-do of III.

I got to play a little bit of my Dad's copy of RRTII back in the day (and of course enjoyed the original a lot). It's probably worth the sale price, as track-laying had overly-fiddly controls.

I've heard good things about Costume Quest, and have been meaning to pick it up. I need to remember to pull it out as Halloween gets close.
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12. Video Game: Stellaris [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:699]
Video Game: Stellaris
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7/1/2018
Bought: $15.99

With my recent GOG purchases, I was passing on the Steam Summer Sale, but then the VGG Summer Event voted this as one of the three games to play over the next few months. Unable to resist, I finally broke down and got Stellaris.

And I'm glad I have. Paradox has done a really good job with the Space 4X genre here, and I'm burning through a game at a furious pace. I'm over the initial 'one more thing' hump, but am still spending a lot of time thinking about it.
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13. Video Game: Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:4389] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
Video Game: Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
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8/13/2018
Bought: $5.25

Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
EU IV: El Dorado Content Pack

So I'm back to devouring Paradox's games. I just spotted another 75% sale on EU IV items, so I got the next expansion in line. The content pack includes two sprite packs, which I don't care about, but it's the only way to get the Songs of Exploration pack, and I'm definitely up for expanding the soundtrack some more.
 
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14. Video Game: Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods [Average Rating:8.70 Overall Rank:1540] [Average Rating:8.70 Unranked]
Video Game: Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
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8/18/2018
Bought: $10.97

Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion
Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
CK II: Hymns to the Old Gods

Paradox is having a back to school sale, and I think just about everything they've published is included. Most of the stuff I'm interested in is at the 50% mark, and I went after some of the older things I've been meaning to get to. Sunset Invasion is another one that GamersGate owes me, but I've given up on them ever coming through.
 
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15. Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:2794] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
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9/7/2018
Bought: $13.46

Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
Crusader Kings II: Mediterranean Portraits
Crusader Kings II: Songs of India
March of the Eagles

Another month, and another sale has me continuing my work on catching up on content from Paradox.

The Mediterranean Portraits and March of the Eagles are both owed me by Gamersgate, but again.... At least it's all stuff I got on sale the first time, so I'm probably still below the full price.
 
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16. Board Game: Armies of Oblivion: ASL Module 12 [Average Rating:8.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.44 Unranked]
Board Game: Armies of Oblivion: ASL Module 12
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10/17/2018
Preordered: $129.61

The last regular module for my ASL collection. There's now no nationality I'm missing, and the only main module left is the Korean War, which Patch got at the time.

There's been a few interesting-looking scenarios featuring the Axis Minors, and I'll have to get to them sooner rather than later now.

From gallery of Rindis
 
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Issue: Threshold (Issue 18 - Jan 2018) Savage Coast
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10/26/2018
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One of the annoying things about Windows 10 is that Microsoft dumped the PDF reader they introduced in Win 8. And I haven't liked any of the alternatives for a touch screen. I ended losing my place in a long article several times thanks to various problems.

So I'm just using Firefox as the PDF solution right now, and I finally finished reading issue 17, most of a year later. And I've picked up issue 18 and am starting to read it in my spare moments as the first real RPG-related thing I've done all year.
 
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18. Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Way of Life [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:4280] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
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11/15/2018
Bought: $4.58

Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
Crusader Kings II: Iberian Portraits

And another sale gets me the next expansion in line. It happened to be the only thing I didn't have in the 'Dynasty Pack', so I used that to get an extra half-dollar off.
 
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19. Video Game: Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Video Game: Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
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11/23/2018
Bought: $8.99

Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
Stellaris Nova Edition Upgrade

Black Friday coincides with the start of a vacation at my parent's. My Dad's been very happy with Stellaris since I introduced him to it, so I got him the first expansion as an early Christmas present. ...And bought it for myself, along with upgrading the version I have to get a few extras, like the soundtrack.
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20. Board Game: ASL Action Pack #13: ASL Oktoberfest XXXII [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked]
Board Game: ASL Action Pack #13: ASL Oktoberfest XXXII
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12/2/2018
Bought: $41.86

ASL Action Pack #13: ASL Oktoberfest XXXII
WO Bonus Pack #2: ASL Scenario Pack for Winter Offensive 2011
WO Bonus Pack #3: ASL Scenario Pack for Winter Offensive 2012

Like last year, MMP's Before Black Friday sale happened right before I went on vacation, and my package from it arrived while I was gone.

Also like last year, I got the next Action Pack and WO Pack in line.... Well, WO #2 wasn't on sale, which suggests they're running low on them, so I grabbed it at full price, while also getting #3, which was on sale. Overall, four new boards, and sixteen new scenarios.

From gallery of Rindis
 
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21. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:9] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
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12/25/2018
GIFT

A Christmas gift from Lance. He'd certainly done homework, and was aware that it was highly regarded. Naturally, I was well aware of that. My tastes run to a bit earlier in history, but I'm sure Mark will enjoy putting it through its paces with me.
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22. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:487] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
Board Game: Space Empires: 4X
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12/26/2018
Bought: $16.35

My roommates were very kind and got me a copy of Art & Arcana for Christmas. Sadly, it was such a great idea that we also got another copy for Christmas.

So... I ended up returning the spare copy to the game store, and getting something else. Sadly, they aren't carrying MMP products currently, which nixed my first thought.

But, Space Empires has been popular with the group, and I've been meaning to get a copy so I can set up before people come over for game days. And I think my Dad would enjoy it.
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23. Board Game: Sum-Up [Average Rating:4.89 Unranked]
Board Game: Sum-Up
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Total: $393.56

That's actually a pretty low total for me. A little of that is being nearly entirely out of the RPG-side of things, so there's no GURPS purchases, but a lot is just the knowledge that I'm already at negative space to store all my games.

I know of three things that came out in 2018 that are definite 'buys' at some point:
Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #9: ASL Scenario Bonus Pack for Winter Offensive 2018
Hatten in Flames: ASL Historical Module 9
Space Empires: Replicators

But that last is only because I actually did get SE4X this year, and I still need to get the first expansion. The WO packs have been lower priority, but that one had new deluxe boards, and so hit the top of my priority list.

Mascots of the Year:
Ninjini - Action Pack 13
Vulpix - Armies of Oblivion

Likely upcoming games for 2019:
Red Factories (likely going to skip, but it'd be nice)
Commands & Colors: Medieval (on preorder)
ASL Deluxe Pack (on preorder)
For King and Country (part of the ASL upgrade effort, not sure I'll be able to get it this year...)
 
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