Things that got stolen that the thieves won't appreciate
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My car got stolen from my driveway on Saturday night. The keys were in my wife's car (for a random boring reason) and her car got broken into (and ransacked of things that I care much less about that the items in this geeklist). The thieves figured out the keys were to my car and took it.

This is a list of things that will mean far less to the thieves than me.

Like a lot of you, I had a tub of games in my trunk. It seems like bad luck that all the games are OOP or are editions that aren't available retail, but it's because I chose games for the tub that other people in my game groups wouldn't have themselves.
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My car.

A 2010 Ford Fusion. The first new car I've ever bought and I loved it. Got an awesome deal on it since I bought it in the midst of the auto industry bailout (which Ford didn't participate in, but they were still giving good deals).

I had to work to find a car that was both a manual AND had cruise control. Also, I wanted it to be QUIET (my last car was a Civic that whined like Fran Drescher). Did the thieves WANT a manual transimission? Do they appreciate how quiet it is????
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Dungeon Roll, the Mimic box (pictured).

This was the first Kickstarter I ever helped back so I was surprised when I found out this: many backers are ludicrously demanding about how the kickstarter should be run (the art, the rules, the shape of the box, etc.).

So I made a joke on the message board early on: I suggested that one of the stretch goals should be that the box should be a mimic so that it could organize itself on my shelf. I even changed my avatar to the old D&D Monster Manual illustration.

Lo and behold a Mimic box DID become a stretch goal only available to backers. This special design was surely planned by TMG before I made my comment...but I didn't know about it and it WAS announced AFTER I made my comment so it kind of looked like they were meeting my demand.

http://tinyurl.com/mimic-comment

So I'm sad it got stolen although I know I could track down another Mimic version on Ebay.
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Out of print and expensive to find. One of my favorite games.

What was neat about my particular copy had to do with the fact that it had been sliding around my trunk for at least a year. This had scuffed up the box significantly and it made the box illustration of a scuffed up leather bag look supercool!

I had recently gotten one of my game group friends into it and he found a lone copy at our local FLGS just a couple weeks ago...so I'm not finding it there but at least there's a copy in my group.
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The original Hasbro version with the clear neon figures. Is it worth tracking and buying the original? Sad.
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Also out of print and one of my favorite games. We named the water-dude "Pedro". Adios, Pedro.
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My favorite three player game. I had added nice glass beads to track what buildings had been built. Hard to find I assume. Sad.
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Prescription sunglasses.

Weirdly Roy Orbison-style retro Converse design that I bought five years ago and are surely not made anymore. It was amazing I hadn't lost them before now, but it still sucks: I'm sure they are worthless to the thieves unless one of them is particularly myopic.
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Brand new 32" inch TV.

It was meant as a surprise Christmas present for my wife (to fit above the fridge in "her" kitchen...she hadn't even asked for it) so I had it sent to my office. But somehow I got it into my head that it might get stolen at my office last weekend (guess I need to tune my Spidey Senses) so I put it in my trunk on Friday and then I failed to take it to the house that night or on Saturday.

It was my first ever Cyber Monday deal I've ever bought so depending on how the insurance plays out, I might make a profit on it. But the Christmas surprise was ruined.

The TV was in theory the most expensive item stolen (besides the car) but I am much sadder about the games. This can only be appreciated by you all, hence the list. I know these are "First World Gamegeek Problems" and I'll get over it but I needed to vent so thanks for reading!
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Stolen out of my trunk along with a stroller. Weird, I know.
As for this game, Good luck to thieves, I hope they are masochistic enough to like it.
ironically, though, before i knew it was gone, i promised it to someone in a pay it forward thread. Had to find a replacement item. Oh, well.
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My friend's house was broken into a few tears ago and they stole the controller for the TV, but they didn't take the TV....
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About 16 years ago when I was training to become a histopathologist one of the volumes of my Oxford Textbook of Pathology was stolen from my car after it was broken into. I had highlighted much of the book while studying and needed it for upcoming exams.

It was an expensive book and I doubt the thieves got much use out of it. I could not replace it as no shop would sell me only one volume of a two volume set.
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When I was burgled, they took my laptop. Problem is, it was made from parts salvaged from about 6 laptops declared scrap at work. It would only actually power up if you picked it up by one corner before pressing the power button... The original X-COM: UFO Defense was one of only about 4 games it would play - otherwise I only used it for email.

Good luck to them - I got this one with the insurance
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So while I don't usually jump into others posts like this. But I wanted to share a story that really upset myself and my group of friends. My friend Lord Drakewater has been a long time Battletech/Mechwarrior fan. He has begun making his own custom Mech minis and had a huge collection going. Then someone broke into his shed and not only made off with a lot of construction equipment. They took his entire set a custom Mechs as well.

We talked to all the different game stores and the mechs never showed up. But it upset him more about those because of the time and effort he put into them of course.

P.S. A few weeks ago someone tried breaking into his shed, AGAIN!
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Un-game related, but still on topic; I once went to a job interview to work at a UPS loading dock on the night crew as I went to school. I left the interview and found that my '83 Cammaro had been broken into. The thieves stole my stereo, CDs, subwoofer, all of my drafting equipment for school, and a Bible...
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This happened about 15 years ago:

A fellow gamer had tons of ASL stuff - all modules. Everything was stolen from the truck when moving.

A sad day for the junkie when opening the boxes, just cardboard counters, nothing to sell. Probably dumped on a parking lot and gone with the wind next day.
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Back when I was in college, my parents home got robbed. The thieves took a lot of their stuff, but they also got two items of mine.

They took my replica Schloss Erbach Arming sword (http://armor.com/sword082.html)
There is no way they appreciated that as much as I did. I was really upset.

Fortunately they also took my baseball card collection (not worth the cardboard it was printed on), but my mom and the insurance adjuster had no clue that they were worthless. The adjuster offered $300 for the collection, my mom accepted and passed that along to me with the money for the sword and I ended up buying an even better sword to replace the stolen one

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When I was about 10 years old (which is by now more than 20 years ago ...) I didn't have any concept of a "cruel world" at all.
I was wrong:

I used to have a deck of cards. It has been a German deck (with leaves, bells, hearts and acorns as suits).
They've been a gift from my granddad.
One day I had to go to a different classroom for a lesson and I left my cards under the desk, thinking of nothing bad.
When I returned right after that lesson, they were gone.
Of course I've been sad.
To make things worse, the next day they have been back: each and every single of them ripped apart.

While I was crying for justice, the only thing my teacher asked me: "So, what do you expect me to do? I cannot help you."
(It took me a couple of years to find out, schools do have a plan where they can tell which class is in which room during a certain period of time, so finding the culprit ought to have been pretty easy actually. Just one of the many reasons, I still hate teachers down to the core.)

I surely hope, "your" thieves won't do the same to your treasures.



All the best wishes and kind regards,
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The mother of a friend of mine was a drug rep. While she was out making calls, her car was broken into, and a large number of pharmaceutical samples were stolen. That's not uncommon - drug samples of all kinds are stolen by people who will pop, snort, or shoot just about anything in the hopes that maybe it will get them high.

My friend's mom was a rep for Colace.

Colace is a stool softener.

Karma can be a real b***h sometimes
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I have had only minor things stolen from me: small amounts of money, and a couple of relatively small things. But it still annoys me enormously.

I remember when I was a student, I bought a washing machine. They delivered it when I was away, and left it in the hallway (it might have been there for hours, and nobody stole it -- far too heavy, probably). But I lived on the fourth floor, and there was no elevator. So I asked a couple of friends to help me carry it up. And, as friends go, I promised them some beers when we had finished. So we dragged it up the stairs and when we were at the top, I went into the hallway and opened the door to my apartment. Then I went back to the entry of the hallway, we lifted the washing machine, and started moving it the final stretch. From the corner of my eye I saw a guy quickly slinking away from my apartment -- but I wasn't completely sure, as he wouldn't have had more than 10 seconds time to do something. He could have gone as far as the kitchen, and that was it. But when we had placed the washing machine in its intended spot, I found that all my beers were gone. And as it was 3 o'clock at night, I couldn't even get new ones for my friends.

Another time, when I was moving, I was dragging boxes to a van. There were four people helping me, so most of the time there was someone near the van. But when I arrived at my new place, I found that one of the boxes with DVDs I had was opened, and about 4 DVDs were gone. Clearly someone had just opened the box, grabbed the top 4 DVDs, and made off with them. Random DVDs. Unfortunately for me, one of them was an out-of-print Criterion Collection edition of one of my favorite movies. Region 1, so the culprit probably couldn't play it anyway. I have replaced the movie in the meantime, but there were so many great extra's on it. That's 15 years ago and I still miss that DVD.

I know, it's just stuff. Small stuff, even. But the easiness with which some people just take someone else's property simply amazes me.
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