This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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GW $1.50 I've seen pictures of 2-player chess; but never the game, itself - not that I've necessarily been searching high and low. For $1.50 I could have a look at one. Turns out that it's all but new - two of the armies are still sealed in their factory bags. It even had the instructions, woohoo!
2 blue bases (for the airplanes) 4 red torpedos 2 red number discs (#2, #4) 4 yellow torpedos 3 yellow number discs (#3, #4, #4) 1 Superstructure (piece which fits to the top of a carrier but I don't this impacts game play)
GW $1.00. Tin with four children's card games: Crazy 8s, War, Go Fish, and Old Maid as well as Pick-up Sticks. I have about four of these tins; but all of them have a card or three missing and the remaining one's just don't quite match each other in the different tins. Eventually, I should be able to put one whole tin togther. The rest of the tins and their cards are headed for the recycling bucket since I wouldn't want to put anyone else through the frustration.
GW $1.50. This looked like (and was) a combo-game set that I almost didn't even pick-up since they are typically missing pieces. However, this was in a well-kept cardboard box and I opened the end. This game got by the tape monkeys so I could check it in the store. The inside container was still in the shrinkwrap so I'm betting that it's complete. By midnight last night I was too tired from inventorying games most of the day that I didn't even try to check this.
Another combo game in a nice leatherish travel case. Carefully stripped back the tape a bit figuring that there wasn't anything "tearable" on the case and saw the combo. This was a travel set with everything magnetic - and tiny! I was really tempted to put it back on the shelf when I actually looked at the price sticker and it was only $.75. For that I'll take a chance that at least a couple of the games is complete. Again, sleeplessness got the best of me last night so I've put of inventorying this.
Edit: I finally got around to inventorying this and the only thing missing is one teeny-tiny white pawn. Argh!
One final note on my GW to GW to GW trek was the store I entered with two "adult" females and about six kids around ages 4-8. As soon as they got through the door one of the females said "you know where the toys are, go for it." The women went the opposite direction towards the clothing and I almost got pushed out of my wheelchair by that herd of ill-mannered urchins. By the time I got to the game/toy area they were stripping toys off the shelves and screaming as loud as they could. I barely took the time to see what was on the rack before heading out of that madhouse. There, I've had my say..
GW $2.00. I had barely heard of something called Lemony Snickets. It was some sort of movie, wasn't it? I never saw it and from the name it seemd to be some sort of kids game. Wrong! The BGG entry says the back of the box says it all, "Dear Gaming Enthusiast, If you wish to play a game where the hero always wins, the villain is forever defeated, and innocent children are brought to warmth and safety, then I encourage you to put this box down immediately and look for something invoving lollipops, ponies, or educational flashcards." How morbid is that?
I did pick up the only other copy I saw because i had realized that the first one had no instructions. the boxes are pretty cheesy; but the contents are really cool: heavy metal figures, gilt-edged cards, nice die all in a nice plastic piece-holder. I need to read the instructions to see exactly how "bad" it is.
Yard Sale $2.00. On the way home about noon I passed a yard sale and saw this on the top rack. It had some shelfwear but the inside is in good shape and appears complete. I hoped that they might have some more "grown-up" games. Only one more - see below.
Next up, abstract wargame from the 1980's, Spears UK edition. Everything there EXCEPT FOR the rules but I have hopes that the 'geek will be able to provide them in one form or another. My thanks to Serigala for sending me a summary of the rules via GM - my son and I have played this a couple of times now, and can't understand the low ratings. Lots of fun!
Missing the rules but otherwise complete, charity shop, £3.00.
Yard Sale $2.00 - Some shelfwear but the inside is great including the old-fashioned movers: iron, race car, top hat, shoe, etc. and are gold-colored instead of the old metal color - very nice. Easily worth the $2.00!
Another town scoured-not much to report apart from this. I wouldn't normally have bothered but a lot of the Missionaries that come through the area ask about it so I figured having a copy on hand wouldn't be a bad thing.
2009 edition-a slight variation from the one pictured-this one has a hanging tab on top Charity shop £1.99
Found this version for $2 at VV. Box needs a good wiping down, but otherwise complete. You can never have too many dice. Plus, when the designer is a guy named Borg, resistance is, well, you know...pointless.
Well another trip to my parents is just another excuse to go thrifting in a different area.
Went back to the consignment shop I found before in Laurel DE. Last time there I had amazing luck. 30 games haul for about $70. This time I didn't do as good BUT I'm happy and can't wait to go back again.