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$3.99 at SA
An interesting looking OOP abstract that doesn't get too much love here on the geek. Hopefully it will provide some interest, though unsure how long I might hold onto it. Not a huge fan of Abalone, and this one appears to share similar elements.
Stopped in at Goodwill going between new job/old job today. Passed on a copy of Mhingfor $2.99 that was on the shelf with various glassware as I didn't have time to inventory it.
I was intrigued by this locally produced game from 1947. Consists of 3 dice - aged to a lovely color - and a dice cup. Plays like a slot machine trying to match the symbols. No rules in the box but the dice will most likely simply end up being displayed with my other scavenged game bits. $.99
Then I found this for $1.99. Box is dished and in rough shape on the corners, but contents seem to be in decent shape with everything neatly bagged. I might send this along in a gift box going to a friend who is a huge NASCAR fan.
The best find of the day were two Star Trek models - still in shrink - that seem to go for some decent cash.
One is the 1968 AMT Klingon Battle Cruiser and the other is the 1974 Galileo 7 shuttlecraft for $9.99 each
I researched these earlier today and verified I have the original 1st edition of the battle cruiser - a lot of folks sell the later edition and simply label it with that date because they have the same model number - but the graphics and copyright bear out that it's the real deal. I've found sales upwards of $125 for the model in shrink. It was the 2nd ship released in the series. All I kept thinking when I found it is "Where's the damn Enterprise!"
Then I found the box the loose tiles came from. Bright red, severly beat up, with a hinged lid and the remains of a snap clasp. Inside were more tiles, and 4 plastic racks with scoring pegs.
A 1953 Production and Marketing Deluxe edition with plastic tiles!
While I was counting the tiles at home, I kept thinking about how much they looked like pats of butter, and an early 1970's article on how to make a Boy Scout neckerchief slide that looked like a stack of pancakes with butter on top. All tiles present except the two blanks . Also only had 3 scoring pegs, otherwise complete.
Needing to better budget time and cash this year, so haven't been listing much this year. See that there isn't Thrift Finds entry for this one, so happy to get it earmarked. Played a few hands with the boys, and my strategy boy asked to leave after the first hand. Maybe it wasn't the hyper-luck/pass-your hand, but the fact that he played was forced to play a card to make his older brother win the hand..
Boys love The Clone Wars and thought my strategy boy would enjoy playing it . My youngest, and biggest Clone Wars fan, was with me and used some allowance to buy it to play it with thim. They got it to the table that day, and the elder was intrigued but not ecstatic, and said he liked it better than Risk: Transformers.
I've thrifted 2 copies of the Risk roman numerals versions this year for parts. The first was in bad shape, second is complete so is still intact. Inspired by seeing Tom Wham using those in one of his prototype play testing sessions at the Gaming Hoopla.
$1.50 Goodwill, Portage WI. This Goodwill seems to tag all their games $1.50 and it's right off highway 39 tucked in by Wal*Mart.
I was in a parts buying mood, and the 40 dice and a bunch of hexes was an instant purchase, but after reading the rules I was intrigued about the game. Later I had fun playing it with my 9YO where we simple rules and combination attacks. I played again the next day with my 11YO he was soaking up the rules including the land types and combinations, and we both enjoyed the theme. I'm not a deep strategy person, but think this game is under-rated.
Complete and in good condition. We have vanilla munchkin and all the expansions, ( it is one of my wife's favorites), but finding a third player has been tough for us. We tried with a friend, but her ADD can not handle it. This will be a nice change, and my daughter thinks she is ready to try being the third person.