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Our GeekGuild: The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Do mind the stacks of prized games. Don't mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Current Thrift King belial1134, previous Kings Great Mazinga, minionhunter I, Krazygit I, EvilTimmy I and Blackwind I.
I had read about this one on BGG, and the idea of a Christian dungeon-crawler piqued my curiosity. I found a copy of this on Thursday at Hidden Treasures in Lansing, MI, for $.99, though it not quite complete.
It was missing the d8 (already replaced), one of the six specialty dice (doesn't really affect playability), and seems to be missing three of the hero pawns, though the stickers for said pawns were still in the box on the sticker sheet. Any ideas as to where I could obtain three plastic stands to add those three remaining heroes to the stable of characters for this game? Thanks in advance!
I keep thinking the full-size would be fun, but not worth the shelf space. Hey, they have card game version! It was more than I usually like to pay for a card game.
Speaking of more than I'd usually like to pay, I found a copy of Yahtzee, Jr. at a thrift store. It had one die. This is a store with a tiny game section and I looked for the other four. (I was even nice enough to re-assemble the one "game" I found under the rack in the land of spiders.) The other dice were nowhere to be found. The game was unpriced and there's no posted price for "unmarked" games. This game is never going to sell or going to sell to someone unobservant who will later be very cross. I'll do them and the environment a favor by saving this from the trash and reusing the die and maybe passing along the bits. So, when went to checkout with my other purchases (actually had better luck in in other departments), I showed the cashier the game, explained that it was nowhere near complete. I offered her 25¢ for the die. (Normally, I don't buy a complete game for over $1, so each die is 20¢, but I'm savng the environment here.) I said I'd take the rest of the bits as might be able to pass them along. (I'm going to start wrapping presents in empty Yahtzee Jr. boxes, too, and watch the reactions.) She said that it would have to be sold at the standard game price of about $1. I noted that it was missing 80% of the dice. So, then, she notes that she'd probably just recycle it. Say what? I will reuse it which is one step up the whole reduce-reuse-recycle ladder and you'll add a shiny coin to the cause with no further processing. She was obviously the tree-hugging type and I could see the war for her soul. But, in the end, I, the store, the environment and Steve's prototype lost out. She's going to recycle it.
Speaking of Yahtzee, Jr., my local Savers has had the same copy on the shelf forever. It's unpriced, so is the default $1.99 (except on 25% off Mondays). No one seems to want it. It's double what I want to pay for it, so I haven't picked it up. But, since it's not marked, it will never be the 1/2 off color. And, no one will ever realize that it has been sitting there for 48 years because it will never age out. Seems like not pricing games is a bad idea as they miss the color-sticker culling process (which is genius). Another local thrift store doesn't price most of its clothing, but they each get a special color tagger tail so they can be properly culled when they age.
I had not heard of this game, but when I read the description of this distinctive game on the Geek, I had to make asecond trip to fetch this. $1.99 at a Salvation Army in Lawndale California. Complete and unplayed.
Didn't get to do any thrifting while I was away for a week over Christmas holidays but I did manage to convince my girfriend to stop at the Value Village in Chilliwack. Since it's so far away it's always a treat to see what they've got there. And what a treat it was! First up was an $8 bag of Heroscape bits. Turned out to be an almost complete Master Set 1: Rise of the Valkyrie. Only a few things missing: - The ruins and one #3 Initiative Marker - 1 die, 4 wound markers - Marro Warriors #16, Zettian Guard #30, Izumi Samurai #23
Fortunately I had *another* bag of Heroscape bits that I got a long time ago that had the ruins and a single Initiative marker, #3, so no worries there. That bag also had most of the larger (24 and 7 hex) pieces and a whole whack of ice and snow pieces.
There were some extra pieces in the bag, most notably Dawn of Darkness #17-21, the Heroes of Durgeth: Eldgrim, Empress Kiova, Runa, Kaemon Awa, and Kee-mo-shi. Also Coydrocomp form Navia Drapt and a blue pre-paint police dude. Maybe these were to replace the missing squad figures?
At any rate, I'm not too worried about the missing bits since I already *HAVE* Rise of the Valkyrie from Winners for $25.
Also at the same Value Village for $5 was The Battle of Britain. It's not my type of game but I figured someone else would want it, if I can just find that someone. The outside is kinda beat up and the box is different (the red bit on the left wraps down the side) but the contents are 100% pristine condition, fully unpunched! How long someone had this and never played it, I have no idea. It's got all the extra ads for GameScience and appears to be one of Lou Zocchi's games! Very cool!