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Forgot to post this yesterday. Picked this up Friday night for $.75 after work at Savers (Broadway) on my way to a buddy's game night. Missing the rules but I already printed them. Also includes two little wooden pine trees. Not sure what they came from, but should be a fun addition to the game
On the way to my monthly Games club in London I stopped at a few charity shops. I nearly missed this one from not looking carefully enough at the shelves even though it was clearly right in front of me with fully facing towards me (that wow-doh! feeling).
£1.99, complete apart from missing rules, with a sprinkling of black and white cat hair in little bundles.
Lastly, from Cancer Research was a lovely conditioned, complete 1965 edition of 'The Business Game' (aka 'Mine a Million') for £6.00 which has some nice Euro'ish mechanics in the transportation of goods, negotiation to deliver your opponents goods, route blocking and a GP->VP conversion system.
I have found a few things recently, but haven't had time to add them to the list yet. So I thought I'd make a start with my latest finds.
This one seems complete (with an extra blank for each colour). I know nothing about Transformers, but I know Stratego, so for AU$ 1, I'm willing to give this a try (or trade it away). Found at Vinnie's.
Also from Vinnie's, complete and in very good shape except for one card, which is slightly bent, and one card that has a bit of the back ripped off. No big deal, though. AU$ 1, Vinnie's. I've already played this once with my son, though I think we both prefer the Amazeing Labyrinth. But I'm sure I can find it a new home if he thinks it's too young for him
And my last find from Vinnie's, an old card game manufactured by ASS (Altenburg-Stralsunder) called City. I will need to add this to the database, but will try to find a bit more information about it first.
The game reminds me of a (graphically) messy version of Rivers, Roads & Rails, though it is much less clear in this game what actually is supposed to match what. The game must be fairly old (it uses "Western Germany" and the old 4-digit postcodes), and the graphics look like 70s or early 80s to me.
In any case, it cost AU$ 2 - which makes me wonder about the pricing strategy at Vinnie's. A complete, seemingly unplayed board game is AU$ 1, and a card game - either pretty new, such as Rat-a-Tat Cat, or quite old and definitely played - costs AU$ 2?
Found this at Goodwill for $2.99. It has cards from 1995-1997, so it has been gone through and added to. No idea of the value or ability of play. No doubt that the valuable cards have been removed. No Skywalker, but found 4 Vader cards.
Does anyone know about this game? I would like to at least try playing it.