This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Picked this up at the Value Village for $2.99. Popped it open to see *ahem* how many chits etc. were missing. It turns out that the game has never been played. All the counters were unpunched, all the components present and accounted for. Everything smothered in ludicrous gravy. Terrific score!
"Come on! Come on! Come and get it, baby! Come on! I don't got all day! Come on! Come on! Come on you bastard! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? "
Sad news for Seattle area model builders and model train buffs: American Eagles in Lake City is closing (first week of April). They'd been around for 40 years and now, due to declining interest in the hobby, have to close their doors. Along with the models and train stuff, there is a decent selection of games and role playing goodies. I didn't have too much money, so I was vey limited on what to get, but I got a couple of goodies (forgot to mention that eveything in the store is 30 to 40% off.) couldn't believe they had a copy of this. Still sealed for $20. Sweet!
1. I like Football 2. My son likes football and I'm trying to lure him into games. 3. You don't have this game. (Just kidding. But this is one of those games that probably appeals to me much more than anyone reading this post).
The game looks interesting and is in remarkable shape for a 34 year old game. I may have to pimp up the 24 Franchises that come with the game.
$1.99 at Savers in Layton. Almost didn't see it. sitting there. Picked it up out of curiosity, noticed all the German writing on the box, saw that the pieces were all made of wood (naturally ) and figured it was a no-brainer.
Turns out it isn't really much of a game, more of a puzzle really. But my two-year-old loves it. All my kids think it's pretty cool actually.
Remember what I said about having to pick up any bookshelf game. Well...
Avalon Hill - The game of Shakespeare. Great condition. I've never seen this one at thrift before, but doesn't exactly look like a winner from it's rating.
50 cents, Salvation Army.
Now none of these things were super great finds.. but the game section was right by the door to the back room, and I snuck a peek of something that I think was my Find of the Week. But that find is for another list...
Was amazed when I found Zombies the Widescreen Edition. I've been looking at this game since I got into gaming years ago but my wife was never that keen on it. I was actually looking at EBay for this one yesterday (and almost clicked on one before I figured out it was incomplete).
Glad I held off since this was 1.99 at GW.
Inventoried and complete.
Now I can finally use the Zombies 3 expansion I picked up at a thrift store about 5 years ago
$1.50 at Deseret Industries in Layton. Once I had picked up the 5-6 player expansion for the original game, followed by this, I figured they must have come from the same donor, and that donor probably donated the original as well. I scoured the game shelves for a good ten minutes in hopes of finding that tell-tale orange-red box, but with no luck. Finally I gave up and decided to see exactly how many parts were left in the two boxes I had foudn so I could decided whether or not they were worth the trouble of purchasing.
I opened the 5-6 player expansion first, and my suspicion about both boxes being from the same owner was confirmed as soon as I realized that the baggies contained bits for the original game, as well bits for Cities and Knights.
Then another realization gradually formed itself in my mind: the bits in the box were neither the correct colors, nor the correct quantities for the 5-6 player expansion. They were the colors for the original game- all four of them. Could it be that the donors had stored all the parts for the original game in the two expansions boxes and left them that way when they made their donation? This thought raced through my mind as I quickly set the 5-6 player expansion down (in a secure location, of course) and began removing the tape from Cities and Knights.
As soon as I had the tape off and the box opened the first thing I noticed was all those hexes. "Cities and Knights doesn't come with hexes, does it?", I asked myself silently. It had been so long since I had played the game I couldn't convince myself whether I was remembering correctly or not. I didn't want to get my hopes up. As I stood there inventorying the pieces my memory became more clear, and it wasn't long before I had confirmed that I had indeed found complete copies of Settlers of Catan, Settlers of Catan 5-6 Player Expansion, and Cities and Knights of Catan.
Total price: $2.50.
I'll be giving all three games to my sister-in-law, who loves the game and who would probably spend a lot more time gaming with me and my wife if she didn't live an hour-and-a-half away and wasn't married to a full-time graduate student.
This sat there for several weeks before I bought it. I noticed it there and thought it might be an opportunity to add a new game to the database. A quick check revealed that there was nothing in here under the name of "The Game of INDIA". Lot's of Indiana Jones stuff, but nothing called INDIA. So after a few weeks of seeing it in there I figured, why not? and took the plunge.
Turns out it's just Parcheesi, with slightly altered rules to allow for two dice instead of one. Maybe if I had ever actually played parcheesi I would have recognized it from the picture of the board on the box. But I haven't, so I didn't.
Oh well, I still got some GG for uploading the pictures (yes, that photo to the left is one that I uploaded), and the bits will work quite nicely in a little project I've been working on.