Favourite Used Purchases
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Most of us here like the feeling of ripping the shrink off the latest hotness. Lifting that lid and breathing in the intoxicating smell of newness. I partake in this indulgence far too often. To make matters worse the used market is equally addictive.

I present to you some of my favourite purchases of used games (though it turns out not all were used). These aren't necessarily thrifting bargains, or hotness gaming on the cheap. These are games which I have sought out or stumbled upon that help to make my collection as diverse as a meeting of the United Nations.

Feel free to add your own favourite used games that aren't the latest hotness.
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1. Board Game: 1825 Unit 1 [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:3792] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
James To My Friends
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Eindhoven
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All three 1825 units came up on eBay as separate lots from the same seller. Urgh! This was going to get expensive. In the end, as most oniomaniacs will tell you, I just thought "darn it, it's only money" and took the plunge. Of course, once the first one is won, then you have to really make sure of the other two. €200 euro later all three were mine, and not a hint of buyers remorse. So far have managed to play Unit 2 only, but am keen to get all three to the table in one go.
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2. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:881]
James To My Friends
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Very recent purchase. I'm fair to middling on Cosmic Encounter. Never going to beg to play it. However, I recognise its classic status, so when I saw the Eon version base game on eBay it called to me. What's worse is that the Eon version, though undoubtedly inferior to the recent FF version awoke the repressed hipster in me, so I had to get it in all its 1978 glory. In the end I got it for €20. Nice, for an 'authentic' part of gaming history. The parcel arrived, opened it up. Expansions 1 to 5 also included. Result! Check the eBay listing, no mention of expansions, but there they were in the photographs. Nice!
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3. Board Game: Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:7941]
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Got this one from eBay during a Tresham frenzy, and bought it for around €40, having never played it. Turns out this is one of my favourite games of all time. It oozes innovation out of every pore. If there are any Merchants & Marauders fans out there I beg you to try this game, it is the pirate game you really want. It has exploration, exploitation, piracy and PvP, plus possibly the best rule ever in a game. If you cheat and don't get caught then the person with the lowest amount of money wins - Official. 
 
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4. Board Game: Fast Food Franchise [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4393]
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Onto my TimJim phase. FFF can be talked of in grail-game terms and it's easy to see why. Monopoly done right with some seriously good thematic mechanisms. Very yummy indeed. EBay is just too convenient.
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5. Board Game: Time Agent [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:4262]
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Picked this shrink-wrapped bundle of originality up for roughly €10 euro at a real auction. Decided this was the game for me, this was the one I was willing to throw all my budget at. Turns out I was the only one that wanted it.
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6. Board Game: Age of Exploration [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:7346]
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Same story as Time Agent, but without the shrink-wrap. Bought this, having never played it. Turns out this is a superb push-your-luck experience game. You can really get into the story you create as you explore the new world and then sink to the bottom of the ocean before the known world can hear of your bravery.
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7. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:747]
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eBay bargain £1 + p&p so would class this as a genuine thrift find, and very lucky indeed. Really like it, even though I seem to be the world champion at getting my head sniped clean off my body.
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8. Board Game: Keytown [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:7249]
James To My Friends
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Another grail-game candidate. Another blind buy because In Breese We Trust. Another winning game (well average game anyway). Another bargain. Nope this time it was the going rate. C'est la vie.
 
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9. Board Game: Riddle of the Ring [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:6220]
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Played this one a couple of times. It's my favourite Middle Earth game, not that I've played that many. It has everything, fun, adventure, a badly drawn map, crazy card play, and roll and move. Finally found the ICE version on eBay and decided to get my precious. Price was a reasonable €48 including p&p. Now I'm really in the mood to get this one played again.
 
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10. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1744]
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Best. Race Game. Ever. Ridiculously cheap on eBay. This one got the thumbs up from me.
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11. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2501]
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Played this SdJ winning Dixit-esque clay modeling game at a friends place. At over 20 years old though it's in much need of new clay. Picked this up at a Con for €9. Suspect the seller was laughing behind my back as they pocketed the money, but this one is the very definition of fun.
 
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12. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1666]
James To My Friends
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Another SdJ winner. Picked this one up at a Con in deepest darkest Germany. This time I was laughing as I hastily handed over the €4.50 asking price.
 
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13. Board Game: Liberté [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:781]
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Purchased via a friend from some guy in Belgium. Again my evil hipster side emerged as I shunned the Valley Games remake and held in my Martin Wallace fanboyness until I found the Warfrog version. 
 
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14. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2203]
James To My Friends
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This beauty came my way for free. When I opened the box I saw why. It was not complete. The largely empty box mocked me with the small number of tiles lying provocatively in their carboard tomb. At least there were sone rules, maybe I could scavenge somethings together to make it playable. Wait a minute. These tiles are all there is supposed to be. The game is complete! So, it turns out years before someone put a simple card game called 7 Wonders into a large box so they could double the selling price there was El Caballero.
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15. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:556]
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Another real auction. This time with an author signed first edition. Be still my bearded, pompous alter ego for the recent reprint is available for just €10. Nope. It turns out I was willingly to blow my budget on this one. Luckily everyone else bailed when my mighty €22 bid was tabled. Oh Lordy, I'm getting a haddock.
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16. Board Game: Funkenschlag [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:1389]
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By now I shouldn't need to mention the words 'first edition'. I think you can assume that to be the case. Won it in a real auction for somewhere around the €50 mark. Got it played too. Someone broke a first edition crayon, but that wasn't the worst part. Will stick to Power Grid from now on.
 
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17. Board Game: Divine Right [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:2700]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Love these stories. I made a whole list of my finds as well, but many of them are not going to be considered so spectacular given the enormous numbers of reprints that have been produced in the past several years. My personal favorite find:

I played Divine Right way back as a kid with my friend from school, and loved it. When the kid was due to move far away, he said I could have the game. Awesome! Except, as kids do, when he see how much I wanted it he decided to keep it for himself. Determined to get it, I saved and saved and sent my money to Wisconsin and waited. Two months later, I got the mail from TSR at our Swiss home that DR was sold out, and it was gone for good. And so the quest continued. Ten years later, I found myself at Crazy Egor's in Rochester, New York. Peeping out from a pile of games I saw the corner of the black box. Pulling it gingerly out, I winced at the $100 price, and reluctantly put it back. Three years later, I was at Armchair Books, a place I visited every second week. While casually gandering, I stopped short. There stood a copy between The Awful Green Things and some crappy RPG. My hands were sweaty as I steeled myself for the price tag. $13.95. I don't remember much after that.

Other big finds were an unpunched Magic Realm at a street sale in Den Haag, the Netherlands (where the Hell did that come from??), la Foi et la Glave on the mega clearance shelf in Barcelona, La Revolution Francaise for a pittance at Essen, the original Titan from a coworker who only played games like Carcassonne (where did she even get it?), a donation of Wohrom from a really awesome fellow in France, Up Front and Magic Realm for €20 each in a purchase from a guy in South Africa, and lots and lots of trades. I love the hunt! And now I think of it, probably 40-50% of my collection was previously enjoyed.
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