Black Friday in Omaha
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If any area has better all-around Black Friday deals than Omaha, Nebraska, I'd like to hear about it. We've got some very generous local game shops here. Here, I present my Black Friday shopping adventures, completed this morning from 6:45-8:45. At each location, shopping was completed quickly and efficiently and the other shoppers were kind and considerate - because gamers are awesome like that! No gang fights here.
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1. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:262] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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Ground Zero Comics and Games has two locations in Omaha and neighboring Bellevue. Both locations are celebrating Black Friday with 50% off practically everything in the store - board games, toys, collectibles, apparel, etc. The only thing not discounted is, I believe, trading card games. This sale is going on all weekend. They probably have the third-best selection of board games in town.

I started my Black Friday at the Omaha location. I arrived at 6:45 and was the second person in the parking lot. A couple other cars pulled in a few minutes after me. I have no idea why more people don't know about this sale. Last year, when they did the same sale, I was the only person in the store and browsed alone and uninterrupted for half an hour before anyone else showed up. My best pick-up at the sale last year was Star Trek: Fleet Captains for $50. Anyway, by telepathic agreement, everyone in the parking lot agrees to stay in their cars since it's cold and windy and just wait for the neon "OPEN" sign to come on. No crazy lines forming here. The staff winds up opening the store ten minutes early and everyone in the parking lot saunters in. Everyone goes right for the board game display but there's no pushing or shoving.

This year, I started off the sale with Mansions of Madness. I wanted to pick up a copy of this at the GenCon auction this year but I never saw a copy go for anything less than $55. I'm glad I waited. I'm carrying my nice Mayfair bag from GenCon and Mansions of Madness wins the first spot in it. This will be a Christmas present to my wife and I from my three-year-old son, Luke Ender. He knows exactly what we like.
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2. Board Game: A Touch of Evil: The Coast [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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I like A Touch of Evil a lot. It's like a streamlined and less-complicated version of Arkham Horror. I'm excited to combine this expansion board with the base game board and engage in some supernatural explorations. This will be another Christmas present from my son.
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3. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:280]
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After seeing this at GenCon and reading the rave reviews of it afterwards, I've been wanting to acquire a copy of this game. It wasn't the first game in my bag but, fortunately, it wasn't the first game in any of the other shoppers' piles either. A couple of the other shoppers expressed regret they hadn't seen it right away when they saw I had it. This will be a Christmas present from my cat, Arwen.
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4. Board Game: Ascension: Deckbuilding Game [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:507] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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This will be a Christmas present for my best friend and his wife. I haven't had a chance to play this yet and look forward to trying it out with them. My shopping bag is filled up by this point, so I carry it in my free hand.
 
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5. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:53]
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Another Christmas present from my cat. Thanks, Arwen! The game store staff is letting the handful of shoppers make piles at the counter, so I get a pile going too.
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6. Board Game: The Stars Are Right [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2547]
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Since it's impossible to own too many Cthulhu games, I add this to the pile. Luke will make this a Christmas present from him too.
 
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7. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
 
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I was about to check out when I saw this behind the counter. Another Christmas present from my son. His name is Luke, after all, so it's only appropriate. Total shopping time at Ground Zero Omaha - 15 minutes. The staff provides me with a box for my games and even helps me out to my car with it. Now, off to Ground Zero Bellevue.
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8. Board Game: Star Trek: Fleet Captains – Romulan Empire [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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I arrive at Ground Zero Bellevue at 7:10. The two stores, despite being affiliated, tend to have a lot of different selections between them. I'm the only one there and their first costumer. No one else shows up while I'm at the store and I have the whole place to myself. The Romulans expansion for Star Trek Fleet Captains was what I was really hoping to find today. This was sitting on the counter and I snagged it right up. I'm very happy. This will be tough to wait to play until Christmas. I love the Romulans! The Romulans are my all-time favorite Star Trek alien race and they have the coolest ships. Luke will make this another Christmas present from him. He's very generous!
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9. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:245]
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My wife is a history major so I know she's going to get behind this game. The owner of this location, Dave, is an old acquaintance of mine. Twelve years ago, when I first moved to the Omaha area, I clobbered him in my first Star Wars CCG tournament with a cheesy numbers deck. While I shop, we catch up on how things are going. I don't get out to this location very often. Arwen the cat will make this a Christmas present to us from her.
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10. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:146] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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I was disappointed when one of the shoppers at the other location snagged this before I got to it. But this location has a copy too so it all works out. Since Arwen the cat is making all the fantasy games presents from her, she'll gift this one to us as well.
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11. Board Game: Talisman (Revised 4th Edition) [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1189]
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I sold my original 4th edition copy of Talisman at the GenCon live auction this year with the intention of picking up a copy of the revised edition when the opportunity presented itself. Looks like it just did! Another Christmas present from my cat.
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12. Board Game: Wonderland [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12669]
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As an English professor, one of my favorite topics of research is the adaptation of classic literature into other mediums. I'm a big fan of the Grimm Fairy Tales line of comics because I'm a big fan of breasts, er, I mean unique literary adaptations. Anyway, this board game is based on that property. I was planning on picking this up at my next stop, but when I saw it at Ground Zero Bellevue, I got it right away instead, which will save me a few dollars. This concluded my stop at Ground Zero: Bellevue. Total shopping time - 15 minutes. Next up - Krypton Comics in west Omaha.
 
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13. Board Game: Battue: The Walls of Tarsos [Average Rating:6.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.07 Unranked]
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It's a bit of a drive over to Krypton Comics. I arrive a few minutes before they open at 8:00. This is the sale everyone knows about in town: 40% off everything in the store with no exceptions whatsoever. There's a long line of a couple hundred people or so snaking out from the door.

Krypton's never had much of a board game selection. They primarily deal in trading card games and collectible miniatures games. Back in my younger days, I used to run various Decipher games tournaments here. I only pick up one game here this morning. Battue is one of my favorite area-control games and I've put off getting the expansion too long.

While I'm here, I get the Pod-racers set of Star Wars action figures for a Christmas present for my brother. I also stock up on discounted boards and sleeves for my comics and grab two 1600-count card boxes. I'm going to put all my Dominion cards in one of them. Total shopping time - 25 minutes. One stop left - Legend Comics and Coffee.
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14. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: Nazgul [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:11591]
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Legend Comics and Coffee is a comic book store like no other. Featuring high vaulted ceilings and dark wood furniture, the store is also part coffee shop and shares retail space with an unaffiliated upscale restaurant. It's a classy joint and my comic book store of choice. It's where I go every week to get my fix of comics. They run a rewards program where customers get $10 of in-store credit for every cumulative $100 they spend. I've been saving up all year to cash in my in-store credit today when board games are a respectable 25% off. Legend probably has the fourth-best selection of games and I've been eying this game ever since it came out. This marked my last game purchase of the morning. Total shopping time - 25 minutes (I also picked up a few weeks worth of comics).
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15. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:354]
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I was planning on also stopping at Colosseum Gaming, which has the second best selection of games in town and was running a respectable 25% off all board games throughout the day. But I found more than I was expecting and planning on at the other stores, so decided to skip that one. Now it's time to enjoy some turkey leftovers, set up the tree, and wrap all these games up.
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