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Alex Bourne
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I live in North Pole, Alaska (Fairbanks) where the gaming community is fairly... non-existent. The only two places to buy games in this town are Barnes and Noble Bookstore or a tiny locally owned store known as the "Comic Shop". The selections in both stores is hardly more than a couple shelves worth and the games are usually about %20 more than you can get them online.

Being relativity new to BGG (and board games in general) I have been researching different game and making a list of which ones I would like to try out. Unfortunately, several of the games I think I would like are currently out of print. I know some of these will probably re-print, but it doesn't really do me any good right now.

Anyways it turns out that there is an upside to being one of the only gamer's in Alaska, so far I have found shrink'd copies of "Letter from Whitechapel", "Descent: Journeys in the Dark", "Tales of the Arabian Nights", "Heroscape", and a couple other out of print titles. Looks like most of these games have been just sitting on the shelf for years waiting for someone to pick them up.

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bournizzle wrote:
I live in North Pole, Alaska (Fairbanks) where the gaming community is fairly... non-existent. The only two places to buy games in this town are Barnes and Noble Bookstore or a tiny locally owned store known as the "Comic Shop". The selections in both stores is hardly more than a couple shelves worth and the games are usually about %20 more than you can get them online.

Being relativity new to BGG (and board games in general) I have been researching different game and making a list of which ones I would like to try out. Unfortunately, several of the games I think I would like are currently out of print. I know some of these will probably re-print, but it doesn't really do me any good right now.

Anyways it turns out that there is an upside to being one of the only gamer's in Alaska, so far I have found shrink'd copies of "Letter from Whitechapel", "Descent: Journeys in the Dark", "Tales of the Arabian Nights", "Heroscape", and a couple other out of print titles. Looks like most of these games have been just sitting on the shelf for years waiting for someone to pick them up.

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Re: Upsides to living in a small town.
Nice finds. I'd like to be able to stumble across Arabian Nights just sitting on a shelf in a FLGS

If you look at the thousands and thousands of games on BGG, you'll find very few that have gone out of print and been prohibitively difficult to find. I can think of two off the top of my head that I personally want, but haven't yet found for a halfway reasonable price. I can think of maybe 10 total, through all my travels across BGG that are truly hard to find and command price tags over $100. Roughly 1/3 of my collection is made up from "out of print" games from the 1980s and 1990s and most of them were bought within the last year, at or below the original retail price.

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I'm pretty new to board gaming myself, and I'm so hooked. I've barely been off BGG for about 2 months! One of my first purchases was Tales of the Arabian Nights from my LGS, and I just ordered City of Chaos from overseas.

I've mostly been looking for the OOP games I'm interested in first as I figured the prices will just rise over time. Prophecy, The Adventurers: the Temple of Chac, Tomb, Mystery of the Abbey, and Pyramid are recent buys that are all a little on the scarce side at the momment.
 
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junkyspam7 wrote:
bournizzle wrote:
I live in North Pole, Alaska (Fairbank)


No problems finding 'A Few Acres Of Snow' then!


Also, "There's a Moose in the House"!

And what Alex is leaving out is that nobody does the "free shipping for orders over X" for Alaska. Except Amazon, but they're not exactly Boards & Bits (or Funagain, or... just pick your OLGS). Alas.
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Ahh... a fellow gamer from Squarebanks. Do you buy most of your games online? Once "Flat Rate" came out I figured a lot a vendors would relax on their shipping policies. Unfortunately they still treat us like we live in another country.
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Alex, don't we know each other from Brian's game days? Maybe not... But anyway, I've been doing a little bit of auction/BGG marketplace purchasing and Amazon. I've also had a friend ferry some games up. This reminds me that Enchanted Forest has some good games--a bit thin, of course, but some good titles, including a large selection of Haba titles (I have a preschooler). I've been told that the Comic Shop folks do special orders, but I haven't tried that route yet.
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I haven't been to Brian's game days yet but I got invited to the next one so hopefully I can make it. The Comic Shop does do special orders but I have not gone through them yet. However they are having a sale right now. I picked up Mansions of Madness for $30 this weekend.
 
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Town associated with Mayhem

Arkham Horror?

P.S. Welcome to BGG.
 
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swtorcreditsb wrote:
I am fairly a new comer to panel video gaming personally, as well as I am therefore connected. I have hardly already been away BGG for around two several weeks! Among my personal very first buys had been Stories from the Arabian Evenings through my personal LGS, as well as I simply purchased Town associated with Mayhem through abroad.


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junkyspam7 wrote:
magisterludi wrote:

And what Alex is leaving out is that nobody does the "free shipping for orders over X" for Alaska. Except Amazon, but they're not exactly Boards & Bits (or Funagain, or... just pick your OLGS). Alas.


Surely one of those Ice Road Truckers can bring them along on their next load? Maybe Lisa....


Luckily, the ice roads are a long way from here. Whew. The real trick is getting stuff through the Canadian Rockies or up from Seattle. There's a lot of water between here and Seattle!
 
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