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I don't normally bother with single-house yard sales, but I happened to see a listing for one for last Saturday where the first two items mentioned were "board games" and "German books." Putting two and two together I thought this might be an interesting one to hit, and I knew we'd be in the area in the afternoon.
I rolled up a little after 2pm, and it looked like an FLGS-on-a-lawn. Three sizeable areas of hobby games, many in shrink.
As I started to look through one, the sellers pointed out that one pile was games in English, one in German, and one in Dutch.
After looking through the English pile, I started to the other ones and asked the seller if he knew which might have language-independent components. We discussed the possibilities, and as we talked he gave me his business card-- hey, it's Franz Vohwinkel, game illustrator!! I recognized the name and said something like "Did you do the art for a lot of these games?" and he said yes, that was why he had so many, and he was looking to clear out space. I asked if the English pile had been bigger when the day started, and he said yes, at least twice as big.
In the end, none of the other games were quite what I wanted to buy, as my shelf space is (happily) tight what with my other thrifting successes, so I am trying to just get things I will likely play. But I knew this one was highly rated, and it's a small box, and in English.
So, to sum up: Blue Moon, in shrink, $3 from Franz Vohwinkel's yard sale.
Found this at GW for $2.99. Box was in decent shape and I was in a hurry so I didn't study the inside. Got a quick chance to later and it seemed to be missing a lot as in no board, rules, and all the cards were a scattered mess.. Got home and told my wife that I busted at GW and she proceeded to "fire" me. Finally took the time to study it and all the missing pieces were under the insert boxes and that actually two scorecards were unpunched and two visas were still in plastic...rehired!
It is missing one of the arrow scorecard markers still though. Alas.
Edition Pictured. I opened this well worn box to discover 9, 10 and whats this 11 wrenches. These wrenches go to 11! All the cards are there too. Now you would think I would notice that the largest component of the game, the bathtub, was missing. Not until I got home. Well it was only $0.69 at GW in Phoenix.
The wrenches have considerable wear and the golden coating has come off and pealed away on many of them. However if you need one or a couple, GM me with your address, I will send them out to you!