Thrift store games you buy just for the components
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Inspired by a comment from Drew1365 here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/14516/page/2

These are games that you pick up from thrift stores only because there are some components in the game that prove useful for other gaming needs.
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1. Board Game: Rack-O [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:6388]
Tim K.
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Nifty card holders!
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2. Board Game: Probe [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:5495]
Tim K.
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Seattle
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Nifty mini card holders! There are other editions of this game that have vertical style mini card holders. Lovely stuff.
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3. Board Game: Global Pursuit [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:10671]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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Just for the Huge D12... and perhaps if you want to use the tiles to make a dodecahedron globe.
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4. Board Game: Scrabble [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:1143]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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Tile from incomplete or surplus Scrabble games are good for scrapbook/Scrabblyfun projects.
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5. Board Game: Po-Ke-No [Average Rating:4.33 Overall Rank:10981]
Scott Henshaw
United States
East Bridgewater
Massachusetts
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Bought one of these for fifty cents to get the ton of small red chips.
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6. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:11135]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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Has a bookshelf-sized box which could be used to hold homebrew games, and the map was traditionally useful for D&D campaigns, or one could paste a gameboard on it, and it's designed to already fit in the box
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7. Board Game: Cross Up Poker [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Drew
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Wisconsin
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I don't know if this is easy to find or not. I've only ever seen one, and I bought it. I'm about to put it out at our garage sale, but . . . I'm thinking I should keep it for these:



Card holders. Perfect for Louis XIV (or any game with lots of small cards to hold) and in all the proper colors for Louis XIV, too.

I think I'll keep 'em.
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8. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9763]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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Older editions are said to be raided for the wooden cubes, though the roman numeral markers in other sets could also work as markers or hidden currency in another game.
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9. Board Game: Yahtzee Jr. [Average Rating:4.94 Overall Rank:10949]
Michelle Zentis
United States
Prague
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Rumor has it that the dice in this game are perfect substitutes for the substandard dice in Commands and Colors: Ancients.

Judging by the photos for this entry, there seem to be many themed versions.
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10. Board Game: Advance to Boardwalk [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:10617]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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This one has been mentioned so many times, I think it goes without saying that the pieces in it are the perfect size for "Inability to Pause" - and they're the perfect size to make mini-quiches.
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11. Board Game: Sharp Shooters [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1679]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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30-odd dice and a bunch of poker chips, and the game's not a half bad filler either.
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12. Board Game: The Inventors [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:10205]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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The dice tower/patent machine. Either randomize dice rolls, or use it to assign numbers 0-2 to players.
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13. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:417]
Scott A. Reed
United States
Lawrence
Kansas
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A good game, and a source of dice for ... uh ... Liar's Dice.
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14. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11168]
Kent Reuber
United States
San Mateo
California
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I use the houses and hotel for miniature games. They make excellent inexpensive town for 6mm scale (microarmor) and smaller.
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15. Board Game: Jumanji [Average Rating:4.37 Overall Rank:11122]
Jason Monroe
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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4 pawns, sand timer, 8 sided die (numbered), plus 4 other 8-sided dice with labels.
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16. Board Game: Perpetual Notion [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:9978]
Jason Monroe
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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These card holders are fairly large and could be used for several other games
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17. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:3070]
Drew
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Wisconsin
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Pictionary and a whole bunch of other party games have sand timers, which can be relatively pricey purchased on their own.

Some editions have colored cubes for tokens, too. These could be used for many things.



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18. Board Game: Yahtzee Deluxe Poker [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3261]
Jason Monroe
United States
St Louis
Missouri
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Many poker chips, 5 dice, and a nice die rolling surface
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19. Board Game: Trumpet [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:3289]
Brad Fuller
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Virginia Beach
Virginia
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This is a nifty one to look for. I just picked one up a few weeks ago. It has 1-11 in 6 different suits, useful for prototypes and for playing some other games, plus if you like trick-taking games it looks like fun.
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20. Board Game: Pachisi [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:11160]
Tim K.
United States
Seattle
Washington
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[Reposting for ubarose with correct Game ID]

16 wooden pawns
8 dice
4 dice cups

all for about a $1
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21. Board Game: Quicksand [Average Rating:4.69 Unranked]
Jason Monroe
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St Louis
Missouri
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I believe there are 8 sand timers in this one (cheap ones though)
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22. Board Game: Bottle Topps [Average Rating:5.16 Overall Rank:10470]
Tim K.
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Seattle
Washington
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This one seems to show up fairly frequently. Lots of wooden discs that can be used for various parts and prototyping.
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23. Board Game: Razzle [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:8392]
Brad Miller
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Seattle
Washington
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And let's not forget the "Sand Timers that started it all", Blackwind's proudest thrift finds...

They are very handsome, and rather nifty
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24. Board Game: Tuf [Average Rating:5.10 Overall Rank:9621]
Gabe Alvaro
United States
Berkeley
California
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3 different sand timers - 1 min, 2 min, and a 3 min...and all kinds of crazy wooden mathematical dice. I once saw 5 copies of this at Thrift Town.
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25. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:1866]
Ollie Read
United Kingdom
Portsmouth
Hampshire
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There must be some other stuff you could do with the cool alphabet dice.
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