This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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Put in what you consider a bargain, tell us how much you paid and the place you got it from. Bargains can be thrift store finds or any second-hand purchases or discounted boardgames bought new. Don't forget to add your encounters with the Thrift Store Irritant Squad and any other embellishments in order to make it even more interesting.
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$.90 Complete. Lovely wood and leather edition. Includes, wood board, leather bag for marbles, and sheet of paper for seperating wood and leather bits which says "Warning: Do not place leather pieces directly on wooden board or all hell will break lose." Said sheet of paper was unhelpfully placed on top of the leather pieces, which were directly on top of the wooden board. Wooden board now has a slight red stain on it, from the leather marble bag. Can I complain about a game I got for $.90? I can and will.
$12, Red White and Blue. Missing one ball, which is better than I first thought when I opened it - the balls are stored in a compartment on the bottom of the main console, and I originally thought I hadn't gotten any.
This is more than I would have liked to pay for this game, but I needed to find out for myself if this works and this was my chance without dropping too much money on it. I played around with it for a little bit and still don't know if it is really reading my brainwaves, but the floating ball amuses my son so we will get our money out of it one way or the other.
First DI was a bust. ALMOST decided to skip one DI I frequent because their game supply has been weak lately but It was only 3 blocks from the freeway exit so I stopped....was also a bust, WAIT!!! Heroquest? MINE!
I still have my childhood copy that has seen more quests by heroes than the whole Marvel and DC universes combined, so this might end up on an auction site. At first glance it looks complete. Will inventory later.
$2 at DI
EDIT: Inventoried it and it looks like it is short 2 skeletons, 1 mummy, 1 treasure chest and 1 open door.....not bad
Short version before you thumb : Incomplete/lots of spare parts for Battlelore / Not a complete game !
OMGWTH/FBBQ moment yesterday when I spotted this box on the otherwise barren shelves of a local VV. Did not have much time to inventory in store so after a quick glance to check it did not contain just the insert I quickly moved to the cash register where I dutifully paid the required 5 bucks.
Unfortunately when I did take the time to inventory I noticed it is missing quite a lot of figurines and some of them looked like they had been chewed by a dog/toddler.
So I have a complete set of dice*, tiles, tokens, cards / everything cardboard/paper including a pristine board and as for as plastic is concerned I only got around 60-80 miniatures (including the lore cups) with a bias towards cavalry/dwarves as far as I can tell. I have a few banners but I doubt they match the included miniatures.
Ultimately I threw away the box (too much damage, splits and signs of water damage to be worth it) as well as a few plastic bits that had been chewed to death (including the spider ) plus a chewed die* and stored everything else in a spare cardboard box to be eventually used for Battlelore-related projects.
Disappointing in the end but quite a lot of spares for the price as well as an extra board, which is always nice !
And today during lunch hour I hopped to the same VV hoping to find a case of shrinked Heroquest but unfortunately no such thing on the shelves at the time so I had to make do with a well hidden 4$ copy of San Marco lost in a sea of otherwise unremarkable games.
The box shows a bit of wear but it is solid and the game is in perfect shape and complete save for the Doge wooden pawn which is missing but easily proxy-ed. The last time I thrifted this game I gave it away unplayed in FrankenFletch's thrifting for you geeklist. After I build a replacement for the doge we'll see if I can play this copy a few times before selling/giving it away. Or maybe keep it if it is really good but I have so little space to store game now I almost hope I won't like it !
Stopped back by the spartanburg GW hoping to find more games from that Rail Baron and vintage games dump. A few more vintage games were out, but nothing that caught my eye other than this Showdown Yahtzee.
Oh, and my daughter was with me and wanted this Funkeys USB toy. Little green guy with 3 eyes and big teeth smiling at you through unopened container. 50 cents.
Found a hammered copy with split corners and missing the Electronic R2-D2 Randomizer and the pie pieces. It did have all four sculpted pewter tokens, the game board and game cards though I haven't inventoried these yet. The good news is I only paid $1.99 at Texas Thrift.