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Yeah, yeah, I know...this was actually a request from my dad. Yesterday he asked me if I still had our copy of Life from my childhood to give to a friend's child. I, having *just* thrown the game away a week ago (it was in no condition to give to a child anyway), said "No, but I'm sure I can find you one at a thrift store tomorrow!"
And I did.
I almost didn't pick this one up, though...the cover was slightly worn, and someone had spilled something on the box. (Hard to see it on the box, as it's quite translucent, but it's there.) Figured I'd buy it anyway, since I was already buying a Chicago Blackhawks jersey (who the hell donates a hockey jersey within a week of that team winning the Stanley Cup?) and couldn't guarantee there'd be another Life at either of the other thrift stores I was hitting up.
...which, of course, was a big mistake, because what thrift store DOESN'T have The Game of Life?
Beloit Goodwill, $2.99
This one's in much better shaped...played, but the box looks almost new. So now my dad has a copy of Life to give to Katie, and I have a copy rotting in the basement to replace the one that's spent the last twenty years rotting in the same basement.
Okay, I have no idea what's supposed to be in here, but there's a chit-load of chits, some terrain sheets, a couple manuals/player aid cards, an instruction booklet for a Micronauts Mega City, and a sheet for a Romulan Dreadnought/Destroyer, which I'm assuming is supposed to go with...
Again, a ship-load of chits, but most of these have been conveniently bagged. The only ones loose on the bottom of the box either fell out of a bag/case that had been knocked open, or actually belong to the Battle System above.
One split corner, a couple more taped together, and an unholy mess in the box that I am *not* looking forward to counting.
Another thrifting milestone today...first time I walked home, feeling like I'd actually scored a 'big haul'. Even if it's just a bunch of stuff with more nostalgia value than cash value, I got a Blackhawks jersey out of it?
EDIT: Okay, here's the carnage; we're missing:
1 black ship 1 green ship 1 infantry 1 city 2 long roads 1 short road 3 silver coins 2 gold coins 3 black/green tokens 2 red/orange tokens 1 yellow/blue token
With one broken cavalry and seven broken catapults (one of which appears to be an extra).
I picked up this Ravensburger with my 7-year-old daughter in mind. Both she and her mom love Ravensberger games in general, and this one is for 5 - 12-year-olds. Unfortunately it's missing the rules!$2.99 at Value Village.
Update: Ravenburger emailed me a pdf of the rules! Thanks RB!
Educational Insights version, in great shape, with the pieces bagged. I'm happy, b/c I prefer the tiles in this version and because I've been trying to pick up a copy for someone at work, and the previous Mattel copy I picked up was missing a couple of pieces in each color -- I was waiting for another copy or replacements.
I know, I know. Nobody thinks this edition is all that "special." Still, this copy is complete and looks unplayed, despite some box wear and a split corner. The clear, shiny gems are in what look to be the original zips, and the score pad is pristine.