Rindis' Game Trade 2019
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I'm expecting another fairly light year for spending on games, though probably up a bit from last year. It's looking like money will be tight, but I am hoping to catch up on a few things.

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Rindis' Game Trade 2010
Rindis' Game Trade 2011
Rindis' Game Trade 2012
Rindis' Game Trade 2013
Rindis' Game Trade 2014
Rindis' Game Trade 2015
Rindis' Game Trade 2016
Rindis' Game Trade 2017
Rindis' Game Trade 2018
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1. RPG Item: Lejentia Campaigns Book One: Skully's Harbor [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
RPG Item: Lejentia Campaigns Book One: Skully's Harbor
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2/4/2019
Bought: $40.00

Lejentia Campaigns Book One: Skully's Harbor
Lejentia Campaigns Book Two: Fort Bevits
Lejentia Stanza Adventure Pack S1

This is basically my contribution to the 'Rick Loomis health fund'. Rick was diagnosed with cancer in December. The prognosis is very good (I gather that they caught it early), but it's still going to be expensive.

I first saw the Lejentia books at the FBI booth when I caught up to the crew at a ComicCon some years back. It never became a top item to get, but it looked interesting, and the combo-pack was my pick for what to get now.
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2. Video Game: Hearts of Iron IV [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:1293]
Video Game: Hearts of Iron IV
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2/8/2019
Bought: $26.72

Hearts of Iron IV
Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man

Another sale means another purchase. I went through several ideas to hit Steam's $5 off for spending $30, all of which included the next EU IV expansion in line. I got two because they were bundled together for a slight extra discount, and then I got HoI IV as the only big Paradox game I don't have right now. (I'll preorder Imperator: Rome in the next couple months no doubt.)
 
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3. Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:5522] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
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2/14/2019
Bought: $8.50

Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
Norse Portraits
Songs of Prosperity
Celtic Portraits
Hymns of Abraham
Turkish Portraits
Persian Portraits
Dynasty Shields Charlemagne
Horse Lords Content Pack

I try to stick to one 'on-sale' purchase per month, but Paradox is celebrating CK II's 7th anniversary by having almost everything 75% off. So I got the next expansion in line, and caught up on just about all the small DLC I was missing to that point (at $0.50 each!).
 
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4. Video Game: Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:4998] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
Video Game: Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks
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3/14/2019
Bought: $9.99

Another sale, another month, another expansion bought.
 
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5. Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Conclave [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Conclave
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3/28/2019
Bought: $9.98

Crusader Kings II: Conclave
Crusader Kings II: Conclave Content Pack

...This counts as the April purchase; yeah, that's the ticket.

Okay, I'm being a bit weak in my desire to catch up on a few things. Conclave does look to be one of the more important expansions though. The Content Pack looks a little more mixed: The landmarks bit might be nice, and I might be able to see the ship models on occasion, but the real point is to get the Finno-Ugric Portrait Pack. Though new event art isn't bad, even if I'd more expect that not to be separate DLC.... At least that's not it's own for-sale thing.
 
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6. Video Game: AI War: Fleet Command [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2588]
Video Game: AI War: Fleet Command
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4/5/2019
Bought: $3.39

AI War: Fleet Command
AI War: The Zenith Remnant
AI War: Children of Neinzul
AI War: Light of the Spire
AI War: Ancient Shadows
AI War: Vengeance of the Machine
AI War: Destroyer of Worlds

I'm not sure when I'll really get around to this, but I've been hearing lots of interesting things about AI War for some time now. Hopefully, I won't find it too annoying on the RTS side.
 
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7. Board Game: Ardennes '44: The Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:1589]
Board Game: Ardennes '44: The Battle of the Bulge
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4/6/2019
GIFT

Since I pay more attention to BGG, I tend to be the source for news, and awareness of 'hey, look a good game!' for Mark. So over the last couple of years, I've made him aware of the good rep of the Simonitch... 'year' series.

My penance for getting him involved with them is he's given me a copy of Ardennes '44 as a combined birthday/Christmas/whatever gift despite knowing I'm overcrowded on space.

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8. Board Game: Captain's Log #1 [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
Board Game: Captain's Log #1
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4/11/2019
Bought: $28.95

Captain's Log #17
Captain's Log #46
Captain's Log #46 Supplement

The release of another Captain's Log to PDF is still an automatic purchase, and ADB has finally gotten to releasing another recent one. At the same time, I've been paying more attention to SFB for the last couple weeks, and I never did get a physical copy of #17, so I just plugged that hole.
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9. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Module J2 – Advanced Fighters [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Module J2 – Advanced Fighters
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4/13/2019
Bought: $33.30

Star Fleet Battles: Module J2 – Advanced Fighters
Star Fleet Battles: Module F2 – The Vudar Enclave

I've been looking at a few things to round out the SFB collection for the last couple years, and another look around finally found a good price for J2, so I got that and F2 for a decent price on eBay (especially with combined shipping).

Our group is about to enter the early fighter era for SFB, so I've been wanting J2 for some of the experimental carriers and the 'bombers' which I believe show up early. F2 is another 'single-empire' module, and I've been wanting that for a bit.

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10. Video Game: Imperator: Rome [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Video Game: Imperator: Rome
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4/25/2019
Bought: $54.99

The last time I pre-ordered a computer game, it was Europa Universalis IV. I have more than enough to keep me busy for a while, so I could have just waited a year or two for a real sale to happen on Paradox's new game. But, I like EU: Rome, I'm sure I'm going to enjoy this, so I decided to go ahead and pre-order. I'll return to my usual sale scumming now.
 
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11. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Module G3 – Master Annex File [Average Rating:9.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:9.12 Unranked]
Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Module G3 – Master Annex File
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5/9/2019
Bought: $27.95

At one point ADB said they had no plans to bring their annex product to PDF. Well, that changed, and they just came out on PDF. I've had G1 for some time (think it came in a package of a bunch of things from eBay). So, replacing it has been a low-priority item since G2 came out, and then a higher priority when G3 came out. Also, as I got to the point of having most of the products it covers, I considered it more important.

Suffice to say that I've been wanting it for a bit, and considering the fact that it's just a collection of odd info, PDF makes perfect sense for it, so I grabbed it just after it went up. I don't plan on getting G3A anytime soon, but someday.
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12. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:2763]
Board Game: Commands & Colors: Medieval
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5/23/2019
Bought: $64.62

I figured the Ancients series was enough for me, and skipped on GMT's Napoleonics series (especially as I knew Mark and Jason were getting them), but since Medieval is basically being done as a 'sequel' to Ancients, I changed my mind and decided to get it as well. The first set focusing on Byzantium also helped get my enthusiasm up.

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13. Video Game: Obduction [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:2855]
Video Game: Obduction
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6/1/2019
FREE

So GOG is offering another free game as part of the Summer Sale. This one's more interesting than most, being a Cyan (Myst) puzzle-adventure.

I've gone through the beginning, and man, I'm finding it lonely going though a place where people were obviously living until recently. I'm not sure if I'll get back to it; I'd rather get back tor Rime frankly.
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14. Video Game: Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked]
Video Game: Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum
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6/2/2019
Bought: $8.48

Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum
CK II: Dynasty Shields III

And back to catching up on Paradox's stuff. For some reason the third Dynasty Shields pack isn't showing up on Paradox's store, so I got it now, during a Steam sale. ...Hopefully it's not replaced something else.

At any rate, this finishes up a hole in EU IV collection, and I'm a mere three years behind on purchasing. If only the reviews were that caught up....
 
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15. Video Game: Stellaris: Ancient Relics [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
Video Game: Stellaris: Ancient Relics
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6/7/2019
Bought: $9.99

So, most of Stellaris' expansions are moderately interesting, and I certainly intend to get to them, but the new looks really good. Since I'm still playing weekly with my Dad, and we need a new start for the major patch anyway, I picked this up.

And so far, so good. The relic economy is a little limited (which is fine), but the dig sites work, there's a bunch of different ones (and I'm sure Paradox will add more, never mind mods), and they basically extend something like anomalies into the mid-game, which is really nice.
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16. Video Game: Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:4113] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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7/7/2019
Bought: $6.99

Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due
CK II: The Reaper's Due Content Pack

I have no idea what the special thing Steam is doing for it's Summer Sale this year is. That is, I've seen it mentioned, but don't get it at all.

But, as usual, most of my list is 50% off, and I got the next item in line. I wasn't entirely sure on the content pack, but it did include a portrait pack, and clothing pack (for the portraits), so I decided to go for it.
 
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17. Video Game: Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
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8/10/2019
Bought: $9.99

So, the 6th anniversary sale for EU IV is on, and of course, I'm picking up the next expansion. It'll be a while before I properly get to it, but considering the job they did on Divine Wind, I expect some interesting ideas on this one as well.
 
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18. RPG Item: Citybook I: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1867]
RPG Item: Citybook I: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
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8/26/2019
Bought: $25.00

Citybook I: Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker
Citybook II: Port o' Call
Citybook III: Deadly Nightside
Citybook IV: On the Road
Citybook V: Sideshow
Citybook VI: Up Town
Citybook VII: King's River Bridge
Grimtooth's Traps
Grimtooth's Traps Too
Grimtooth's Traps Fore
Grimtooth's Traps Ate!
Treasure Vault
City of the Gods: Map Pack
Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes
The Adventure of the Jade Jaguar
Mugshots Number 1: The Case of the Pacific Clipper

Last December, Rick Loomis was diagnosed with cancer. Despite an initially good prognosis, he passed away last Friday, the 23rd.

Growing up with my parent's mail order business, I was exposed to a bunch of of interesting, and occasionally off-the-wall products. The two companies that had the biggest draw for me from our loose stock were GDW and Flying Buffalo, Inc. FBI also ran StarWeb, the most successful of the computer-moderated play-by-mail games, and my Dad was in at least a couple of those, as well as some of the competitors that sprang up around '80.

I eventually moved over to versions of D&D before going on to other things, but my RPG life started with Tunnels & Trolls and the solo modules. I still have a decent collection of them, and keep meaning to go back and get more some day. I also have a decent collection of Catalyst system books (which most of the above list are).

At any rate, I've always been a fan of FBI, my Dad knew the founder, Rick Loomis, and this has broken me up more than I might have expected. Shortly before his death, a GoFundMe was started to help with his hospital bills, and Bundle of Holding pitched in with an expanded version of the Catalyst bundle with the normal charity donation going back to FBI/Loomis to help with the bills.

I actually have most of these products in hardcopy already, but considered it worthwhile for the few I don't, and for where the money goes. For anyone who sees this within the next couple of weeks, the BoH campaign is here:

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Catalyst2019
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19. Video Game: Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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9/8/2019
Bought: $7.49

The Paradox Back-to-School sale gets me for another purchase. I'm a bit happy about this one in that it's the last thing from 2016 I didn't have yet. Really need to get around to getting a general feel for HoI IV.
 
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20. Video Game: FreeSpace 2 [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:396]
Video Game: FreeSpace 2
James Lowry
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9/25/2019
FREE

Another free game offer at GOG. It was SF, so I hopped on it. Looking at it again, looks to be a space fighter sim, which is always something I like the idea of more than the play of it. Still, hopefully someday I'll take a real look at it.
 
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Issue: Threshold (Issue 19 - May 2018) Planes and Immortals
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10/24/2019
FREE

I haven't been paying much attention to this for the last couple years, so I just now got around to finishing off a read of issue 18. So, time to grab #19, and go through it. I think I'd prefer more on the areas closer to home, but the Immortals are an important subject, so hopefully I'll get to it sooner than later.
 
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22. Board Game: Here Come the Rebels [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:2924] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
Board Game: Here Come the Rebels
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10/23/2019
GIFT

Mark and I both really like the GCACW series, and he's been able to afford the new MMP games. Here Comes the Rebels! is included in the new Roads to Gettysburg, so I've inherited his old set.
 
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23. Board Game: Space Empires: Close Encounters [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked]
Board Game: Space Empires: Close Encounters
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11/14/2019
Bought: $74.28

Space Empires: Close Encounters
Operation Dauntless: The Battles for Fontenay and Rauray, France, June 1944

Thanks to CC:M, I had two slots for the for the GMT Fall sale. Getting Close Encounters was the obvious choice; the hard part was deciding whether to get Replicators as well, or go for something else.

Eventually, I decided to get Operation Dauntless to try out that system. The second edition of Red Winter (same system) is on preorder right now, and I was really impressed by what I saw in the run up to the first release. Assuming I like OD, I'll probably preorder the new RW.

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24. Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Video Game: Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics
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11/29/2019
Bought: $17.48

Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics
Stellaris: Utopia

And the Steam Black Friday sale got action from me again. I should go back and double-check for minor things to go with these, but Monks and Mystics is the next CK II expansion in line.

I got my Dad Utopia as well as a copy for myself. I'm trying out a hive mind, and am looking forward to the better ascension perks.
 
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25. Board Game: Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #9: ASL Scenario Bonus Pack for Winter Offensive 2018 [Average Rating:8.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.71 Unranked]
Board Game: Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #9: ASL Scenario Bonus Pack for Winter Offensive 2018
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12/14/2019
Bought: $52.49

Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #4: ASL Scenario Pack for Winter Offensive 2013
Winter Offensive Bonus Pack #9: ASL Scenario Bonus Pack for Winter Offensive 2018
ASL Action Pack #13: ASL Oktoberfest XXXII

I generally pay attention to the MMP sale for secondary ASL goodies. I've been buying my way through the WO Packs since they started going on sale, and got #9 as well for the new Deluxe boards.

I nearly got Operation Mercury: The Invasion of Crete as well, thanks to a very reasonable price, but I've got too many other pressures on my budget right now, including the upcoming Croix de Guerre reprint.

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