CoolStuffInc is Making My New Year Very Happy ( or, How I Spent my X-mas Bonus): A Tale of Gluttony and Desperation
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Welcome to my first geek list. I have been lurking here for over 5 years now and I really enjoy the geeklists so I thought this would be a good subject for one.

I have been shopping at CSI since 2008. I used to shop at Boulder Games (remember them??) but about the time they went out of business, I started to spend more money at CSI. At the time CSI didn't seem too be as well known as other O.L.G.S. (ThoughtHammer, Funagain, Boulder Games etc.) but with free shipping at $100, CSI's reward level bonuses, 25-35% off of retail and they're steadily increasing war game inventory; they quickly became my go-to O.L.G.S. One thing I really like about CSI is they list the number of copies they have in stock so it is much easier for me to plan out my purchases to minimize missing out on games when they go out-of-print. I try to limit myself to one order per month but sometimes their sales really challenge that threshold. I always order over $100 to get the free shipping

In the past, I either didn't have the money or didn't see much that I wanted during their year-end blow out sale. That all changed last year. I was shocked and amazed at how many games they put on sale. I could have easily spent $500 or more so this year I prepared myself a little better. I started my X-mas shopping in September to insure I had more expendable cash and I got a nice X-mas bonus so I was prepared for it this year. As you will see, I might have set a record for number of games shipped in one week!!!


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1. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:606]
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It all started on Dec. 20. I knew CSI was putting a different board game on sale every day leading up to X-mas so I was checking nightly to see what they would be. When I saw this for $42 I put an order together cause I figured it wouldn't last long at that price. I like space games and have been collecting FFG board games so it was on my wishlist.
 
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2. Board Game: Napoleon's War: The 100 Days [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:3931]
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I have been wanting to pick this up for a couple of years now but it always got beat out by other games I wanted more. CSI only had one copy left so I thought now was the time to get it. I picked up Nexus/FFG's game on the Napoleonic Wars ( whose title escapes me) but it is out of print so I am reluctant to punch and play it. This will be a great substitute.
 
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3. Board Game: Roundhammer 1943 [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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I added this to push the order over $100 for the free shipping. I have the base game so it was on my wishlist. Again. only one copy left. It's published in Europe so who knows how long till CSI get's another copy.
Ordered 12-20 expected delivery Jan. 02 thru 07
 
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4. Board Game: Battle Beyond Space [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4483]
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I knew the big blow-out sale would begin at midnight e.s.t. on X-mas night. I live in San Francisco so I checked around 9:15 p.s.t. Sure enough, there is a truckload of games for sale. Not as good as last year but more than I can afford. This was on my wishlist so in my cart it goes.
 
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5. Board Game: Battles of Westeros: House Baratheon Army Expansion [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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I have the base game and one other expansion. My strategy was to get the games with the most discount, This was an additional $10 off or 50% off retail. Also, I figured to add everything from my wishlist that was on sale to my cart and ween it at checkout.
 
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6. Board Game: Blood & Sand [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:11667]
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I have Desert War 1940 and Medwar Sicily which use the same system. No CRT, buckets of dice and a deck of cards, whats not to love!!! The completist in me required that I purchase this game.
 
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7. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:93]
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I am not a Warhammer 40K fan but this has been getting very good reviews and it was on my wishlist. Another FFG title to add to my collection
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8. Board Game: Leviathans [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:3493]
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I'm not a miniatures gamer but I am a sucker for Starter sets. I own a few different starter sets for systems I'll never play but this was too hard to pass up. The only game I bought that wasn't on sale but they only had 6 copies left and I was afraid it might sell out before I could afford another order. I read here on the 'geek that it might be a while before it was re-printed. I hate that feeling of missing out on a game and waiting for a re-print ( I'm looking at you Dust and you too Goa)
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9. Board Game: Leviathans: British Fleet Box [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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This and....
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10. Board Game: Leviathans: French Fleet Box [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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... this had an additional $10 off each so in the cart they go. They were so reasonably priced that it was another reason to get the Starter set (item 8 above), completist that I am. Not sure why this sold out but not the British Fleet.
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11. Board Game: Medina de Rioseco [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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I have all the other Eagles of the Empire games which uses the same
system so, of course, I had to get this.
 
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12. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:619]
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Another FFG title on my wishlist. Since I have never read any of the Dune novels, I don't care that it is re-themed for the T.I. universe and it has some very cool looking plastic bits!
 
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13. Board Game: The Battle of Lepanto [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:11123]
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I let my subscription lapse so I missed out on a few issues. I like naval games and this is an interesting topic. A good opportunity at a great price to add it to the collection.

This completed my X-mas night order. I held enough money back to do another order 'cause I knew that as games sold out, others would be added. I didn't want to miss out on any great deals so I passed on the other Westeros expansions, the Cadwallon exp., some of the Arkham Horror exp.'s, and I missed seeing the Risk: Starcraft edition till after I placed the order or I woulda got that instead of House Baratheon (item#5 above.) Still a respectable haul. I was thinking that it wouldn't ship till after New Years so if I ordered more, it would be shipped together (that happened last year). Day after X-mas I received shipping update...
Order placed 12-25 expected delivery Jan 02 thru 07
 
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14. Board Game: The Habit of Victory [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:5263]
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So I checked CSI's sale page the next night, 12-26, and didn't see anything to pressing. City of Horror and the Risk game I missed so I waited till the following night and checked again. They had this for an additional $15 off so I figured I would not see it that cheap again. No offense to O.S.G. but their games are expensive compared to GMT and MMP.
 
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I have been eye-balling this but it hadn't reached "burning desire" level that other games did so I hadn't got it yet. It was only $30 bucks and helped push the order just into the free shipping range. An interesting topic that is under-represented in war games.
 
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16. Board Game: Risk: Halo Legendary Edition [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:6271]
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I missed out on Risk: Warcraft the other night so I got this to make up for it. At first, I thought that it was the same game, but realized later on that it was a different Risk title. Both games were on my wishlist so it wasn't a big deal. Overall I'm really happy with the mix of war games and non-war games I ordered and I feel that I chose the games with the best discounts. I missed out on City of Horror and all the rest of the Arkham Horror and Westeros exp.'s as they were all sold out by now but weren't as deeply discounted.
Order placed 12-27 expected delivery Jan. 05 thru 10
 
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17. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:1565] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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I had missed out on this during it's original print run then AGAIN when it got re-printed. I'm a big Combat Commander fan and I own a lot of ASL and ATS and LnL ( even CoH) so I wasn't feeling a real need to own this till I started reading some reviews. Looks to be exactly the WWII light tactical game I'm looking for. I went ahead and pre-ordered this and some other goodies a few months ago. Apparently the Gamer Gods blessed them (me) with a copy because when I completed the order above and it re-directed me to my account history page, I noticed this got shipped on 12-27. They don't have any copies for sale so I don't know why they are able to fulfill this order but they claim it's on it's way.
 
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18. Board Game: Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:2616]
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This was the real reason for the pre-order. CSI only had 3 copies left and I didn't want to miss out on owning one. I wasn't sure if they would get any more copies so I pulled the trigger. I am a big fan of CDGs.
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19. Board Game: Marlborough's Battles: Ramillies and Malplaquet [Average Rating:5.84 Unranked]
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I had let my subscription lapse last year so I was behind in my S&T collection. CSI only had 2 or 3 copies left so I added this. The 1700's is my favorite era!!
 
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20. Board Game: Black Prince: Crecy & Navarette [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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Again CSI only had 2 or 3 copies left. I didn't need it for the free shipping but didn't want to miss out. So much easier for me to purchase from CSI that hunt them down elsewhere!!!
Order placer 10-02 expected delivery Jan. 04 thru 09
 
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