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The Holy Grails of Collecting
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I have the collector's bug. I admit it... I'm weak. Here's a list of collecting "Holy Grails" that I have had over the years that I've been lucky enough to find. Feel free to add your "grails" to the list.
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1. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:828]
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Imported this from Sweden from my buddy Carl. I sent him an unopened copy of Starfarers of Catan. Nice trade. Apparently there's tons of Ave Caesar in Sweden.
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2. Board Game: Elfenroads [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2145]
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Got this through a BoardGameGeek trade.... finally. I'd been looking for this one for years since I read about it on RGB.
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3. Board Game: PitchCar Extension [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Still searching for this grail.
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4. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1330]
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Had a copy of the 3rd edition of Talisman and all the expansions which was destroyed by a vindictive ex-girlfriend. Found the 2nd edition (which I enjoy more) on Ebay.
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5. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:632]
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A German friend sent this to me.
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6. Board Game: Big Boss [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1851]
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Bought this from Funagain's post Essen sale - still in shrink. Not sure if I'll ever open/play it.
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7. Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1230]
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McMulti - Another German import. There's a funny story about the board - which I may tell someday.
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8. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:533]
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Got this when Amazon was dumping off its AH reserves.. still unpunched. Should I sell it? I don't care for the game much.
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9. Board Game: Full Metal Planete [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:979]
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Acquired from Brian Bankler in a sale.
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10. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:179]
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Essen 2000 - picked it up at start of show. Glad I did, they sold out!
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11. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:556]
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Had 2 copies of this... stupidly sold the first, but found a second sitting in a Dallas game shop.
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12. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:540]
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Another EBay purchase... had 2 copies and gave 1 away at the Gathering of Friends prize table... picked up by Peter Sarrett if I remember correctly.
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13. Board Game: Energie Poker [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:5165]
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Another German import. I like this game quite a bit.
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14. Board Game: Cartel [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:3110]
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Traded Magalon (another grail) with Stephen Glenn. It's an ok game I suppose, but very random.
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15. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:135] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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In the early 90's, before ebay, a lot of games passed through my hands as I bought them from thrift shops and resold them on usenet. I made a couple of thousand dollars and had a lot of fun (and found good homes for lonely games). One that always fetched a high price was Arkham Horror by Chaosium. I understand they're planning a reprint, which is nice, as I might actually play the thing.
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16. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1802]
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Dark Tower is a game that I always see people get excited about when someone sets it up at a gaming convention. It tends to get more comments about its value vs it's actual gameplay and usually it's owner gets a lot of "kudo's" from the story of how he obtained his copy.

Maybe it's the sentimental value this game holds for many of us (who had it when we were young) that makes this game be worth so much or it could be the "coolness" factor of the mechanized tower, either way the one copy in the BBG marketplace is selling for $250 dollars. If that isnt Grail-like, I don't know what is!
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17. Board Game: Empires of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1702]
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I've been trying to track down a copy for about 5 years or so (I spent almost 12 years getting Divine Right, so I'm not in a rush). I find this a strange one becasue no one seems to play it, but everyone hoards their copy. Maybe now Decision games is going to re-release it some of the old copies will make the light of day at more reasonable prices.
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18. Board Game: Code 777 [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1008]
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Very hard to find deduction game. There are various editions, but none was produced in large quantities.
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19. Board Game: Discretion [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:6065]
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An original and gripping little game of real-estate investment and development. A little random for current tastes but still quite fun. Good luck finding it. A friend of mine bought a copy for $5 at an auction at one gaming convention, and when we conferred afterwards she agreed that if I had been in the room she would have bought it for $120. (Strangely, she didn't agree that therefore she owed me $115 for not showing up.)
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20. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1059]
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I searched for this great game after reading about it on one of the Geeklists. I got a used copy for relatively cheaply minus the storybook. Fortunately, some fellow gamers helped me out and copied the book for me at cost! (Thank you, thank you!)We have had a hilarious time playing Tales of the Arabian Nights. Now one of my favorites.
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21. Board Game: The Battle of the Little Big Horn [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:7809]
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Finally got a copy of this one in excellent condition. Simple mechanics,and great figures. A personal favorite in my collection.
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22. Board Game: Railroader [Average Rating:5.11 Overall Rank:9998]
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Another great Western Theme game that I've been trying to get since reading Kulkman's review (http://members.aol.com/kulkmann/rroader.htm) a while back. I finally got a near mint copy of this game and had a great time playing it the other night. It can be found in the UK, but be prepared to pay around $50 (or more with shipping) for a complete copy in excellent condition.
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23. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1004]
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The Fury of Dracula can fetch above $100.00 now on eBay. Unlike a lot of "collector's item" games, this one is actually a great game, even by today's standards.
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24. Board Game: Kampf um Rom [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
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Sadly, I never got around to actually ordering this when it was still available. On the surface it looks just like "my kind of game": My favorite theme (ancients), and nice components as well.

So if someone has a copy for sale, all I can say is "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope!"
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25. Board Game: DAK [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2171]
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On the wargame end, this is one of the big ones, interesting considering that it's only 5 years old. Copies go for $250+ these days on eBay (although it listed new at $89-ish, so that may not represent quite the percentage increase of, say, Elfenroads). I think the appeal is that it's a fundamentally clean, playable system, but one which gives you an incredible feel for the details of the operation, and DAK covers a campaign with a lot of drama and scope. Do people play it? Sure, there always seems to be one game going on at cons that have big games, so that makes it quite unusual for a wargame collectible. On the other hand, more than a few people I know sit on two copies which may artifically deflate supply.
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