This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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I'm on a little of a weird roll. Weird like, I'm finding stuff I never knew existed and it is semi-cool. Like this AH title. I found it at Savers for $2 in the midst of the puzzle section. Turns out that it is complete, unpunched and darn near perfect in every way. It reminded me that I forgot to post another bizarro find from last week.
Last week I nabbed this from Goodwill still in Shrink for $1.50. Never heard of it but when you've got shrink it can't be bad. Like I've always said - Money on the Wood makes it all good, Money out of sight is cause for a fight. I don't know what that means.
This is a Milton-Bradley game I hadn't heard of. Somewhat costly for me to pick up at $4.88, but I was intrigued by the eight two-faced plastic busts. You don't roll and move in this one; instead, you move any one of the eight spies around the board while your opponents do the same. Not too badly rated for a twenty-six year old family game, so it might actually see a play or two.
You've also gotta love the 'cold war' theme with spots on the board for Washington, Peking, Moscow, and London 'Intelligence Headquarters.'
I thrifted the 8x8 version of UpWords last week, so I couldn't pass by this 10x10 edition for about the same price: $2.88. Last week's was complete except for the rules, which were easily printed from the Hasbro site. This one has all the parts including the rules, and even has a spare rubber foot for the board!
Okay, why am I listing Checkers, especially considering it cost me $2.88?
Well, I've been wanting a copy of the checker-based Whitman version of Sid Sackson's Focus, but the only copy I could find is going for $20 on eBay. I knew it would be difficult finding four different colors of stacking checkers to make my own, so I settled for a copy of Domination instead. It arrived yesterday.
So today at GW I find this copy of roll'n'go checkers with green and white stacking checkers! Even though Focus technically calls for 13 of each color in four-player mode, I don't think it will suffer much if played 12 to a side, especially since the 13th is played differently than the rest, anyway. And I have plenty of red & black checkers for the 18-a-side two-player version. A few modifications to a checkerboard and I'm set.
Now I've got the best of both versions: Domination AND Focus!
I am definitely going to start paying more attention to these hand-held electronic games. After being surprised yesterday at how much a hand-held Scrabble Express was worth, I picked up a "Pro Bridge 310" today for $4 at Goodwill. I'm going to keep it, I think, as I LOVE Bridge but don't have anyone to play it with regularly.
But, I looked it up on Ebay and one just sold for $100! They seem to regularly go for over $70. I will never overlook these electronic games again. Oddly, all of the games I purchased (and there was a Boggle that I left and may go back for) were produced in 1992. Coincidence?
Me am very happy me pick up such terrible game! Me want to play never and ever! Me were bored by description of 'push your luck' game, so me not leave on shelf where belong. Me spend far too little money for this.
Me call this find of week!
Ambition 5000. $2 at Value Village. A great find...on Bizzaro World.
Time to do my part in getting the list past 18 pages again.
A trip to the Value Villages showed a couple of interesting finds. First was the Ambition 5000 I've mentioned above. Then I read the reviews (one my our very own Aljovin). I'm guessing it's not quite the game I thought it would be, and I didn't think it was much of a game to begin with!
Also found was Master Hockey, a small little hockey simulation. It looks interesting enough, and I'm sure my son will enjoy this. Looking it up on the geek, there's but one other owner, and he hasn't even rated the game! To top it off, he's uploaded the standard pictures, so I can't even mine this for much Geek Gold! Curses!!
Hopefully I'll have a review in short order, just to give the game some content.
And as I'm scanning the puzzles and small boxes, I skip over this one. I'm not quite interested in Elvis the King. Except, that's not *quite* right, is it? Looking closer, and I see it's King of the Elves!
Sweet! OK, it's not Ticket to Ride, but an Alan R Moon game is definitely not expected in my normal haunts. Can you guess how long it remained on the shelf after I recognized it?
The tape monkeys were nice this time, and I could open it in the store. It's complete and in great shape. Easy choice, really...
Normally I'm not too big on trivia games, but when it's historical based trivia, that's okay. This is about the origins of phrases. Don't know if I'l play the game, but I'll probably read through the cards. Hey, that is playing the game! .99
They don't really do small bags o' trash at the thrifts here, although at several you can bag your own stuffed animals for $5 a bag or so. I always figured it had something to do with the blue laws (BYOSA being the thrifting equivalent of a "private club").
Still, I ran into a bag of card games yesterday with two items I thought looked interesting. I did some research and went back today. This was the first, which initiated the knee-jerk MUST BUY GAMEWRIGHT response. I didn't have great hopes, as the peg box was crushed, but it turns out the game is complete and even has the rules. The box was twice as deep as the deck of cards, so when the previous owner sat on this copy, the cards were left undamaged and in great shape. Huzzah!
$2.00(US) for the bag. $1.00 for the game, based on getting two games I thought were interesting.
The game that really caught my attention was this one -- looked funky, even though it is a 4-8 player game and the first time it might get played is UBG game day at the end of January 2009. Turned out it has a good rating.
Anyway, my version is the German one shown above, although the blue background is much darker. I had hopes for English instructions since there was an English summary on the back of the box, but no such luck.
The box has some clear rubbing and shelfwear, but the bits are all there and in nice shape.
$2(US) for the bag, $1 for the game.
In the bag, I also got SWAP!, My First Skip-Bo (should be worth a photo or two), and some Fish/Old Maid/Crazy Eights decks. I figure they don't diminish my cost average since I wouldn't have bought them on their own.
Looks like there isn't a good photo of the cover. Need to take one before I toss the game. Got this one for the tokens for the fiancee. I think she'll like the boot. I suppose if they ever come out with a Queensryche version of anything I'll need to get it for her. $2.99
I hadn't heard of this game before so I sat down and looked through it first. It actually looks like a fairly interesting game to play with kids retracing the routes of some historical exploration trips. Not for adults. $1.99