This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Our GeekGuild: Welcome to The Ancient and Loyal Order of Thrifters. Enter the halls of thriftdom at your own risk. Please do mind the stacks of prized games, do not mention the musty smell and try not to sneeze. Make sure to bow before our King Hakfoo I, and pay your due respects to previous Kings Belial, Great_Mazinga, minionhunter, Krazygit, EvilTimmy and Blackwind.
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I just set this thing up, and watch in wonder as the mechanical gears whirred and churned under the board and moved all of the pieces into place, and then in my first game, it proceeded to whup my butt.
Box is a bit torn, but it's got the manual, all of the pieces, and most importantly, it works!
$5.18 after Memorial Day savings and tax (originally marked at $7.99)
Edit: Oh, the cheese factor on this is delightful! The computer voice is named "Chessica"
At least listen until the 0:45 mark, for the hilarious cheesy battle sound effects!
There was a bit of a Zerg rush in the toys/games aisle at the VV today, so I didn't stick around long. Found this for $1, and aside from normal shelf wear for a game that's over 30 years old, it's in surprisingly good shape. All the bits are there, the board is clean and bright, and none of the cards or money are creased. Looks like it was hardly played at all.
I also left behind an Electronic Mystery Mansion. Not sure I wanted to pay $3 for a questionable unit, the board and 2 pieces of furniture.
I real mixed bag of finds this week. The highs were high and the lows were crushing. We start as always with Bert & Ernie to guide us the way. 5 sets this week. All bought for anywhere between $1.99 and $2.99 at various thrifts throughout the Valley of the Sun.
15th Anniversary edition of Outburst. These used to sell well. We will see if they still do. This one has been sitting at GW in Phoenix for quite awhile. I didn't like the look of the box but since it was half off I decided to take the chance. For $0.99 I did alright. Its complete and the contents are in great shape. The box is bad though.
Can't pass up a copy of this one. They have been selling alright for me on Amazon but the market is becoming flooded. Still at $1.99 (GW in Phoenix) I can't go wrong on this one. Complete and in great shape.
Another bunch of wood goodness from PIN. They are the makers of Fire and Ice and Octiles And since this was also chock full of woody goodness, I couldn't pass it up. Complete and in mint condition. $1.49 at Savers in Scottsdale.
I really need to stop picking these up as the market has dropped on these. This one was missing a locked lock but since I already have a copy that is missing a few pieces, what's one more lock to call this one complete. In good condition. $2.25 at Savers in Scottsdale.
Ahh Wargames. I never can seem to pass one up, especially when I should. I talking about a crushing low. This was one of them. This one was real easy to inventory. It was missing all the chits. Everything else was there so maybe I can do something with the scans on the Geek here. I wonder if Artscow prints these? $2.25 at Savers in Scottsdale.
I was happy to see this one on the shelf even if its no B-17: Queen of the Skies This one has chits! But not enough - only 244 instead of 255. Everything else is there. Someone played the heck out of this one as all the original sheets of paper are gone. They did make copies of the original sheet and included a few unplayed ones. The artwork of a canabis leaf on the inside cover was a nice touch. $2.25 at Savers in Scottsdale.
The best of the bunch of war games was this one. Its complete but in rough shape. The box is split and someone tried to tape the boards together, but it did not work. Still its a playable copy. $2.25 at Savers in Scottsdale.
Last but not least was this $30.00 find from Bookmans. They also had Darkworld but at $17.00 I couldn't do it. The box is a bit rough with bits of the paper missing and multiple corners taped up, but the contents are mint. Complete with no broken pieces! But what this find special was what was included as a bonus...