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Thrift Find of the Week for 2016
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This list highlights only the best of the best. Think your find measures up? Think your thrift find has what it takes to go the distance? Well stay tuned and subscribe to this list and see. Of course there is monetary incentive for the winner of each week, in the form of GeekGold. All of this is brought to you by your friendly evil secret cabal.




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who, without his effort this list would not exist. In honor of his service, he has been appropriately rewarded with the Secret Cabal retirement plan. I promise it didn't hurt, much.

The criteria for a winning find include (but are not limited to): the coolness of the find; how rarely it's thrifted; game rank; game cost; production value; general rarity; and whatever other whacked-out reasons the Secret Cabal decides to use. Feel free to add your comments, commendations, condemnations, et cetera -- although we hasten to add that our decisions are infallible.

One last thing, there will be a grand FOTW winner at the end of the year. That winner will be chosen by the Secret Cabal, but your comments and thumbs could influence the outcome. A much larger Geek Gold purse will be up for grabs.

Be sure to check out the 2015 list here: Thrift Find of the Week for 2015
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1. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:228]
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January 1st to 10th

There were many awesome finds to start the new year. Paths of Glory the fourth item listed was hard to beat, then there was Bob Pony's (former king) Ferry Command, a rare HABA known as Drops & Co made an appearance this week, Sherlock Holmes (who almost revealed who we are before we corrupted him) is always a cabal favorite and Dread Fleet & Fortune and Glory round out the short list of awesomeness this week. But the Golden Geek Gold goes to a rare Descartes version of Dune found by:

Shawn Springgay
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for only $3.99 at Goodwill.

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2. Board Game: Battlefleet Gothic [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1872]
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January 11 to 17

The battle between a Euro and Ameritrash is what it came down to this week. Ameritrash won out this week. Still the Aladdin's Dragons from the Gamehalla find gave it a close run. Finds like Gulo Gulo, Acquire Big Box, Paperback and Battletech 3rd edition all were impressive finds. But Battlefleet Gothic found by

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for only $5.99 was impressive enough to take home the Gold.

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3. Board Game: Doge [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2755]
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January 18 to 24

What a week. You know its going to be brutal when Queens Gambit, Age of Reason and a Tide of Iron don't win. We had appearances by Rail Baron, Ruhrschifffahrt (I think that's how you spell it), Oraklos (a Splotter!), Patchwork, Wasabi!, El Grande and Portal all wowed. The huge wargaming haul by xeonrf deserves special mention as well. But the winner of this chicken dinner goes to Joe:

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For only 2.12 pounds from his Gamehalla found!

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4. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.03 Unranked]
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January 25th to 31st

This week started out with a bang with Man of War and its expansion and closed with Dreadfleet. Some of the goodness in between included a bakelite backgammon set, a rare Dark World expansion an Advanced Heroquest, Witch's Brew, a Trefoil (Spanish Main) Descent and Robo Rally. But it was the twin finds of Civilization and Advanced Civilization each for $1.80 that won the day. They were found by:

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5. Board Game: Advanced Heroquest: Terror in the Dark [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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February 1st to 7th

Old verses the Cult of New with lots of vintage finds including King Oil, Lords of the Sierra Madre, Blood Bowl verses Camel Up, Dungeon Lords and Command & Colors. Gulo Gulo made another showing but this battle came down to our winner and Through the Desert. He was denied last week but this week, with his find of Advanced Heroquest and the rare expansion Terror in the Dark both for just a fiver:

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takes home the gold.

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6. Board Game: Starfarers of Catan [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:886]
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February 8th to 14th

What a week incredible finds on so many pages. We started off on page one with the War on Terror and hits kept coming with Gulo Gulo, Dune (Descartes (which won in a previous week (but not this week))), a big box of Alhambra, Antike, Descent, Pillars of the Earth, Heroquest and three expansions, Paperback, Mighty Empires, Winner's Circle, a German copy of Through the Desert, Spyrium, and even a copy of North Star's Evolution, and on and on it went. Fortunately the Cabal can make difficult decisions (the Cabal preferred Coca Classic to New Coke for example). This week boiled down to two favorites. 1830 verses Starfarers of Catan with the nod and the gold going to the Starfarers found by:

Mike Wuerthele
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Springfield
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for $5.60

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7. Board Game: Netrunner: Proteus [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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February 15th to 21st

This weeks find may have escaped your eye since it came late in the week but nothing escape's the Cabal's vast global information network (Yes we saw what you did last Saturday (and all we can say is really? that?)). This was a smaller week that started with a Darkhorse and a whole series of GIPF games, we tried to escape from Colditz twice and the Cash N Guns really helped (where were the lawyers?). Manhattan showed up as did a couple of nice Risks (40th and Star Wars) and of course we must mention Battletech Introductory Set. But the runaway winner was the copy of Netrunner Proteus that was found by:

Tim Cunningham
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Seattle
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8. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:59]
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February 22nd to 28th

Another smaller week to round out February, but not small on finds. The Cabal could have phoned it in by picking the very first find on the first page (Pax Romana) but that's not how they roll. Find #153, the cribbage canoe deserves special mention for its awesomeness check it out on page 7. Rounding out the list of awesomeness include Blood Bowl, Runebound, Le Fantome de l'Opera, Heroquest and Pitchcar Mini. The Cabal also wanted to mention the Creature that Ate Sheboygan just because they like to say Sheboygan, Sheboygan. The winner this week though has his own story to tell with T.I.M.E. Stories found by:

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for $4.99

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9. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1688]
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February 29 to March 6

Another week of impressive finds, we started the week with Heroscape Underdark (the only base set this humble servant has yet to thrift (The Secret Cabal does not thrift, the game manufacturers know automatically to set aside some of their stock for the Cabal, this stock mysteriously disappears and reappears at the Cabal's fortress))and we ended the week with a rare Robogear. Winner's Circle Ubango, King Oil, Harpoon, Big Box Acquire, Civilization and Napoleon's Last Battles all had the nod of the Cabal. However this weeks battle came down to a Tom Wham game with an expansion verses Circus Maximus. In the end The Cabal blessed

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find of Circus Maximus. I guess the Cabal really likes gladiator movies.

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10. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:719]
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March 7th to March 13th

The week started out with everyone Kung Fu Fighting and ended with. We saw a bunch of newer awesome games like Midgard, Lost Legends, Mysterium, Cuba, Agents of Smersh, Penny Press and We the People. The rare Gamemaster Broadsides and Boarding Parties showed up to this party. Classics like Heroquest Advanced, King Oil and Harpoon 4. A Big Box Carc was briefly considered as a winner but the Cabal doesn't have the warm fuzzies for this game. This week's winner goes to the dual find of Ambush and Ambush Purple Heart from:

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Minnetrista
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for only $2.99 each. Check out the find here:

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11. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:558]
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March 14th to March 20th

A smaller week of finds was this one. Pitch Car Mini and Agricola wowed. A rare Dragonmaster was also made its way to near the top. Ambush Move Out showed up this week. Gamehala continues to impress and there were a bunch of games in that lot this week that could have won, including an impressive find: God's Playground. But after all that consideration the Cabal decided to phone it in and go with the second find on the list, San Marco. It was found by:

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for three bucks - New in Shrink!

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12. Board Game: Fire [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:10085]
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March 21st to March 27th

Of all the weeks currently reviewed, this week by far was the most impressive with every page having a potential winner. But this week's choice went to a personal favorite. More on that later. This week had started out with a bang - a big box Acquire and closed with Blood Bowl. Potential winners also included Die Macher (#1), Through the Desert, Mare Nostrum, Bus (Splotter), not one but two Fireball Islands, Civilization, Ra and the Priest of Ra and International Oilman. In a normal week Fireball Island would have taken home the gold, but because there were two of them (both incomplete) they cancel each other's awesomeness out. Instead the Cabal went with a game from one of their favorite defunct (at least on this planet) manufacturers and our very own mouthpiece:

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Theta find of FIRE for $10 at Bookmans.

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13. Board Game: Tumblin-Dice [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:620]
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March 28th to April 3rd

Another week of finds and just more plan awesomeness. This weeks awesomeness included Vinci, C.V., Sherlock Holmes, and The Games of Middle Earth. A bunch of train games chugged their way into the Cabal's pump organs: Dampfross, Silverton and Iron Dragon. But this weeks battle for supremacy came down to Compounded (it speaks to our inner geek) and Tumblin Dice (size matters). And it was Tumblin Dice that takes home the gold this week. Found by

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14. Board Game: Gumshoe [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:5090]
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April 4th to April 10th

Another week and another batch of great finds. We had Star Wars Epic Duels, Railways of the World, C&O and B&O, Codenames, Robo Rally, Toledo (holy!) and a bunch of Fortune & Glory expansions. But the battle came down to the three way slug fest between Gumshoe, 1960 Making of the President and Aladdin's Dragons. The Cabal crowns Captain Cheetah's find of Gumshoe the winner of this weeks find.

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United States
Durham
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15. Board Game: Blue & Gray II [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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April 11th to April 17th

Another week of fine finds with a batch of rare Battlelore expansion (1st edition), Blood Bowl, a bakelite Backgammon, Formula De, Cross of Iron and even a dour looking German guy known as Caylus. But the Cabal realized that we had overlooked a large segment of Cabal followers, we are of course referring to Gronards. And thus this week we anoint JDEnd find of an old SPI game called Blue & Gray II.

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Diablo
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He found this and seven others for $2 each. Check it out here:

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16. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2204]
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April 18th to April 24th

Some weeks are hard, some are easy. This week was easy. None the less there were impressive finds. They include Renegade Legion Centurion, Sheriff of Nottingham, Robot on the Line (this could have been a contender), Battle of Shiloh, Navegador (another contender), and Heroquest and expansions. However when this find appeared, the rest faded. This we applaud:

Jason Speicher
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Potomac Falls
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for his find of Dark Tower for $1. Let us know if you got it to work! Check out the find here:

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17. Board Game: Broadsides and Boarding Parties [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4483]
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April 25th to May 1st

Another week of a bunch of finds that could be winners, case in point: Source of Nile (twice), Wykersham, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Heartland Hauling Co, Zooloretto & expansions, Dampfross, War on Terror, Fury of Dracula, Dust, Odin's Ravens (twice), Chaos in the Old World (the old ones must be appeased but not this week), Nexus Ops and Civilization (twice). Had Chris Dr's Haunted House had been close to complete, it would have won but the this winner had to be congratulated as he completed his Gamemaster's series with this weeks winner of Broadsides and Boarding Parties. The winner is:

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Madison
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18. Board Game: Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:132] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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May 2nd to May 8th

This weeks best of the best include Tailsman, King Oil, Rome, Bioshock, Codenames, Starfarers of Catan (a former winner), Ticket to Ride Marklin, Nexus Ops, Tumblin Dice (another former winner), Survive, K2, Republic Rome and Tigris & Euphrates. Special Mention to North Stars' Evolution find. The Cabal likes to go out of their way to mention North Star and Domcrap because he has gone out his way to support our Thrifting Community with his offer of free Bobcats for life. This week's winner was

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for his find of not only Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game but also the expansions of Dark City and Fantastic Four. For these legendary finds (Ok mostly Fantastic Four), The Cabal salutes you. Check out his $27 find here:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/208373/item/4619811#i...

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19. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:935]
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May 9th to 15th

I will be back filling several weeks until this list is caught up. In the meantime since it is easy for me to move forward with the current list, we will also run about a week behind the current thrift find lists.

This week treated us to more of the Gamhalla finds, we had ameritrash (Heroquest) and a War of the Ring. A rare Panzer Grenadier expansion made an appearance. The Cabal also had to point out a Revolt on Antares. They have a special place in their pump organ for this since it reminds them fondly of their misspent youth or their first planetary conquest. Not sure which. The award this week though goes to Chris:

Chris McMahon
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Eau Claire
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for Age of Renaissance at $6.99 at Goodwill. He chose wisely.
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20. Board Game: IceTowers [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:4598]
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May 15th to May 21st

What are interesting week with abstracts, euros, and trash all contenders. Goa started the week out with other noteworthy finds including Heroquest Advanced, Octopus Garden (it would have won if it were the kickstarter version), old school Star Force, Leviathans and the expansions, lots of rail games including Martian Rails and Rail Baron, Blood Bowls (there were two (at least)), a butter box Venture almost melted the Cabal's pump organ, Through the Desert, Stone Age, Voc (the only Splotter this humble Cabal servant has ever thrifted, plus several others whose names the Cabal cannot read on their scratch paper. But this week's gold goes to

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for his find of Icetowers for only $2.99 Check out the story here:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/208872/item/4639350#i...
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21. Board Game: 1870: Railroading across the Trans Mississippi from 1870 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:1301] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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May 23rd to May 29th

It was a week of thriters pushing their luck. The Cabal could tell this by the sheer number of Can't Stops found. The Cabal doesn't recall such a week before. Gamehalla continues to impress since Joe found enough Coffin box games to be buried in. We started the week with The Adventurers (Horus) and found along the way: Winner's Circle, Vollandamf, Tikal, Acquire Big Box, Mystery of the Abbey, Sheriff of Nottingham, Carc Big Box 2, Terror in Meeple City, Tyros and ended with Thurn & Taxis. It was Istanbul's week to win with not one but two finds, which turned out to be the problem. They cancelled each other out. So it came down to a race between Bisikle and 1870. This time the diesels won. Congratulations to our former King:

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San Jose
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for his find of 1870 for $4.00 Check out the find and all his others (looks like he went back to the magical flea market) here:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/209122/item/4650912#i...
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22. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:698]
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May 30th to June 5th


What a week, the quality of thrift is off the chart. Fortunately the Cabal can handle such weeks. Just a little slice of the awesomeness included: Castles of Burgandy, Ubongo, Euphoria, Survive, Tamsk, Iron Dragon (a former FOTW winner), Through the Desert, Gulo Gulo (another FOTW winner), Vinci, Letters from Whitehal, a sealed Buffy, Kaosball & expansions (in a normal week this might have won), Zombivide, Silent Death, Sherlock Holmes and expansion (another contender in a normal week) and even a Dungeon from 1975. Wow. But let's face it, the Cabal could have phoned it in after the second page with Warbanner's Warhammer finds: Here is a shot from the action:



So the gold goes to:

J Weintraub
United States
Commack
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for his hhuugggeeee Warhammer haul including Warhammer Quest and two very rare expansion Lair of the Orc Lord and Catacombs of Terror. For this and all the others you found, The Cabal grants you entry into Gamehalla, where your name will be talked about in hushed tones and a glass raised you around the fire of burning Ungames.

Check it out here: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/209431/item/4654941#i...

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23. Board Game: Little Big Horn: Custer's Last Stand [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
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June 6th through June 12th

Another week of tough choices for the Cabal. Plenty of action including finds like Strato Matic Baseball, Tikal, Modern Art, Winner's Circle, Pandemic the Cure, Dvonn, Civilization, Warhammer 40K, Great War at Sea, another Butterbox, several Bisikles, a 221b with just about all the expansions you could get, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective and Barnstormer. But this week cam down to the battle of the hauls, a massive Heroscape Haul and a massive Wargame haul. This time the nod and the gold goes to:

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for his massive 43 45 war game haul represented here by Little Big Horn. Hopefully it won't be his last stand! Check it out here:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/209753/item/4677641#i...
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24. Board Game: Advanced Space Crusade [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:5037]
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June 13th through 20th


Happy Longest Day of the Year to those in the Northern Hemisphere. To those in the Southern, enjoy the long black cold night. It was a huggggeee week for finds. I don't think I have had a longer list of potentials. Here is some of the best: Ore et Labora, Small World, Sorcerers Cave (twice), Mystic Woods, Qwirkle Big Box, Codenames, Ascension with a bunch of expansions, Union Pacific, Nexus Ops, Cash N Guns, Castles of that Mad Guy, Spyfall, 1955, Dune (its been awhile since we saw one of these), Tumblin Dice Medium & Jr, Roll through the Ages, Acquire Big Box, Stone Age, Merchant of Venus (another rare rare find these days), Hamsterrolle and History of the World. But this week it came down to Age of Renaissance verses Advanced Space Crusade with the gold going to
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Buckeye
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for his find of Advanced Space Crusade for $3.99 The streets might be paved with games up in the Northwest but the Valley of Sun has seen quite a share of rare ones.Check it out here:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/210027/item/4684892#i...
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25. Board Game: Guards! Guards! A Discworld Boardgame [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:15278]
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June 20th to June 26th


Another week of intense thrift finds rolled across our computers this past week. This week started and ended with large bangs: Mississippi Queen, Sherlock Holmes, History of the World (twice), Blood Bowl, Iron Dragon, Primordial Soup, Evolution, Heroes of Normandie, Blue Moon City, Age of Steam and ended with Blood Rage. But this week's winner goes to everyones favorite bridemaid, who is usually the first to populate the list with his finds, and is now the bride:

Jason Strong
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Sammamish
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for his find of Guards Guards! Even though he thought Blood Rage was a better find, the Cabal disagrees, and we are infallible. ninja Guards Guards was found for $6.99 at Value Village. Check it out here:

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/210279/item/4694062#i...

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