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Subject: Dumpster Diving for games... rss

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Okay, the title is an exaggeration. I'm not actively involved in such an activity and I can't imagine it would ever be particularly fruitful!

But the other day I found a game on the side of the road with the trash ready for collection. It was sitting on top of the bins. The box lid was off, there were a few cards on the road, but I had a quick scan around to collect the ones I could see, popped them back in the box and went on my merry way. When I had a chance I checked the components list and it was complete as far as I could tell (the game doesn't list the numbers of all the chits but all the cards and minis needed for play were there and there were big handfuls of all the different kinds of chits).

The game was Last Night on Earth: Timber Peak.


I'm curious to see if others have ever picked up a game this way.

I'm not talking about getting a game from someone you know or have met who said "I'm getting rid of this, you can have it if you want".

I'm not talking about thrift store finds, or deceased estates.

I'm not talking about a game that someone has left behind at the end of a game night and has never returned for or a game that a stranger has left behind somewhere by accident.

I'm talking, straight up, someone has chucked this game out with the trash and you found it.

So.... anyone?

If so, what was it? What sort of condition? Did you play it? If you haven't had this happen, hypothetically, would you take it?
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I found a version of Labyrinth next to the dumpster at my former apartment complex. The game was missing a couple of tiles, but I ended up playing it a couple of times before cannibalizing it for the dice and player pieces.
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This has never happened to me, but I've been on the other end of it. I didn't dump something in the trash, but I purposely left a game in the hotel elevator lobby last year at GenCon 2015. I received a game as an unplanned throw-in from the Math Trade. It didn't look interesting to me, plus luggage space was a premium for the return flight, so I just left it on the table outside the elevators in the hotel.
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One time, when I was ten, my buddy and I found a Penthouse Forum magazine. Does that count for anything?

P.S. People under 30...there used to be these magazines that had naughty stories in them, and there used to be these other ones that had pictures of naked people in them. That is how you consumed pornography. Crazy, huh?
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Not quite on point, but. . .

When I lived in Madison, WI, for about 2 years the church I attended was in the same complex as ACD. We had permission to dumpster dive to find any games they were disposing of. Mainly damaged games and some promos I think. I was kind of sad when they moved into a new facility. Around 50 games in my collection came from the ACD dumpster.
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voodoochyl wrote:
One time, when I was ten, my buddy and I found a Penthouse Forum magazine. Does that count for anything?

P.S. People under 30...there used to be these magazines that had naughty stories in them, and there used to be these other ones that had pictures of naked people in them. That is how you consumed pornography. Crazy, huh?


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Daisy: Right, I'm going to the shops. D'you want anything?
Tim: Porn.
Daisy: Tim, I'm not going to buy you porn. You can get it from railway sidings like everybody else.
Tim: I can't, I'm an adult. I'm supposed to leave it there.
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My oldest son found a semi-unpunched copy of The Omega Virus (1992) with a bunch of empty boxes at the local public park.
He texted me the news asking if I wanted it.laugh
I didn't respond right away and my son couldn't carry the sizeable box home on his bike, so he stashed it in a nearby bush.
Good job, bud.

Unfortunately, the player tokens are missing, but an eBay purchase could be made to round out my copy.
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casualcasual wrote:
Okay, the title is an exaggeration. I'm not actively involved in such an activity and I can't imagine it would ever be particularly fruitful!

But the other day I found a game on the side of the road with the trash ready for collection. It was sitting on top of the bins. The box lid was off, there were a few cards on the road, but I had a quick scan around to collect the ones I could see, popped them back in the box and went on my merry way. When I had a chance I checked the components list and it was complete as far as I could tell (the game doesn't list the numbers of all the chits but all the cards and minis needed for play were there and there were big handfuls of all the different kinds of chits).

The game was Last Night on Earth: Timber Peak.


I'm curious to see if others have ever picked up a game this way.

I'm not talking about getting a game from someone you know or have met who said "I'm getting rid of this, you can have it if you want".

I'm not talking about thrift store finds, or deceased estates.

I'm not talking about a game that someone has left behind at the end of a game night and has never returned for or a game that a stranger has left behind somewhere by accident.

I'm talking, straight up, someone has chucked this game out with the trash and you found it.

So.... anyone?

If so, what was it? What sort of condition? Did you play it? If you haven't had this happen, hypothetically, would you take it?


I found a copy of Toss Across at the curb for garbage pickup. It didn't include the beanbags, but I brought it home anyway; the bags can be easily replaced.
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A few months ago I put about 15 board games outside on the curb, they were gone in less than 5 minutes.
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79strat wrote:
A few months ago I put about 15 board games outside on the curb, they were gone in less than 5 minutes.

I have a small stack that are 0 for 4 on math trades and are about to get the same treatment. My FLGS doesn't even want them for their game library.
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charlieturtle wrote:
Not quite on point, but. . .

When I lived in Madison, WI, for about 2 years the church I attended was in the same complex as ACD. We had permission to dumpster dive to find any games they were disposing of. Mainly damaged games and some promos I think. I was kind of sad when they moved into a new facility. Around 50 games in my collection came from the ACD dumpster.


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I found a complete copy of Dune in good condition on the curb, about 15 years ago.

It seemed cool so I kept it even though I wasn't into board games yet!
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MAJBrown22 wrote:
79strat wrote:
A few months ago I put about 15 board games outside on the curb, they were gone in less than 5 minutes.

I have a small stack that are 0 for 4 on math trades and are about to get the same treatment. My FLGS doesn't even want them for their game library.


Haha. It was like Yahtzee, Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, etc. Since I got into this hobby I never see myself playing any of those again.
 
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grasa_total wrote:
I found a complete copy of Dune in good condition on the curb, about 15 years ago.

It seemed cool so I kept it even though I wasn't into board games yet!


Wow nice find.
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charlieturtle wrote:
Not quite on point, but. . .

When I lived in Madison, WI, for about 2 years the church I attended was in the same complex as ACD. We had permission to dumpster dive to find any games they were disposing of. Mainly damaged games and some promos I think. I was kind of sad when they moved into a new facility. Around 50 games in my collection came from the ACD dumpster.


Nice story.

Excuse my ignorance but what is ACD?
 
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charlieturtle wrote:
Not quite on point, but. . .

When I lived in Madison, WI, for about 2 years the church I attended was in the same complex as ACD. We had permission to dumpster dive to find any games they were disposing of. Mainly damaged games and some promos I think. I was kind of sad when they moved into a new facility. Around 50 games in my collection came from the ACD dumpster.


Nice story.

Excuse my ignorance but what is ACD?


http://www.acdd.com/ - distribution company for board games (I assume).

+1 to the nice story!
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I was, at least a little bit, expecting that the OP made this thread as he found the two games I threw in the trash the day before yesterday.
Behind my game shelf wall, there is a small terrace (well not really, but the description fits), where the drain pipe was clogged.
Therefore, it seems like water came into the wall and created some mould, which affected the two games. Luckily, the mould was smart enough to start at the section of my game shelf where the unwanted/never played games are, so in attempt to save all the other good games, I threw the two affected games completly in the thrash. My Starcraft - Brood war box suffered the same fate, but only held sleeves and baggies.
I'm happy to say however, that this and my other rigorous methods have elminated all the mould and my landlord is already fixing the wall, so my good games are all safe and noone needs to check my trash for more!
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Spotted a copy of Kings in the Corner on top of a box of random items (tag sale leftovers?) on the side walk recently. Read the rules and decided to donate it to a local thrift. It was sold pretty quickly, so I was glad to have rescued it.
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I've picked up Car Wars and Gammarauders out of piles marked "Free" on people's lawns. Both banged up a lot but intact.
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Found a perfect condition Game of Things sitting on someone's trash pile once. Not the most exciting find, but it was nice to give to a friend.
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Not strictly a board game but one time I found an XBox (the first gaming console Microsoft tried, not this 360 or One crap) that someone had put out for the trash. Took it inside and found sure enough it had the red ring of death. Bring that I'm an IT person who was doing a lot of computer repair at the time, I replaced the faulty hard drive eith a new, bigger one and installed the xbox OS on it.

It was one of the fancy Halo limited edition ones too.
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Never found games, but I've dumpster dived for LEGO, toys, furniture and electronics.

I'd never put a game that wasn't destroyed in the trash though. Too many good organizations with thrift stores that could make a few bucks off them.

Plus it's a tax write-off...
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There was a game store in my area that was moving so instead of packing all their inventory they just threw a bunch of stuff in a dumpster. My friend who lived near the store found 2 base sets of Dreadball along with several team sets. There was also several Flames of War books and blister packs. He found a ton of terrain in there too as well as a few other games that I don't remember.
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casualcasual wrote:
Okay, the title is an exaggeration. I'm not actively involved in such an activity and I can't imagine it would ever be particularly fruitful!

No one would ever actually do that would they? Oh, yes, they would...



My friend, Bob, seen here dumpster diving at a local game store. He noticed someone had actually thrown away a couple of games boxes and investigated. And it turned out they were complete games. Not sure why anyone threw them away, but it was pretty funny.

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Sorry Bob, but this thread was tailor made for this photo!
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Back in college, I was taking out the trash and saw a few mass-market games in the bottom of the dumpster. It was Monopoly, Sorry, and the like, and all the box lids were off, so it wasn't worth diving in for. Each of the dorms had a small collection of board games in the lobby, and I assume these games came from there and were found to be missing pieces.
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