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Found at Savers on the east side of Madison WI for $2.99. It's complete. I have another copy I thrifted on an earlier run to Milwaukee, but the cards in that one are chewed up in a bad way. Now I have one functional game, plus parts!
At GW on the east side of Madison WI, I nabbed this for $2.99. I previously thrifted a NIS copy, and have added expansions, but never got around to playing the game. Now I can move the NIS one onward, and play this complete copy with my expansions! No remorse after cutting shrink-wrap.
At the same GW, I found my first copy of any of the 10 Days series. $1.99, and complete. I have been on the lookout for any of these for years. Now I cross one off my lookout list! Is mini-grail a term of art we use? If not, maybe I just coined it?
Also, since I got the first listings this week approximately one hour into the week in my time zone, it reminds me of The Quiet Earth. At least the middle third of that movie.
I thrifted the 1996 version of this game a while back. A couple of days ago I found the Barnes and Noble 2006 edition for $2, with updated cards, so it isn't so dated. Now we have two sets of card with which to play the game, and enough variety to play interesting variants. My wife has already played this one and yes, there is a good amount of fun and laughter in the box!
Found at a yard sale for fifty cents. Used twice. Complete. It's in perfect nick, and my 21 year old daughter tested the DVD out and everything works great. I will likely sell this on to fund future purchases.
They call me Troll; Gnawer of the Moon, Giant of Gale-blasts, Curse of the Rain-Hall, Companion of the Sibyl, Nightroaming Hellion, Swallower of the Loaf of Heaven. What is a Troll but that?
$2.99 at GW (complete; cards still in shrink).
I already have a copy of this, but I figured I could always trade it or give it away as a present.
And while I was there at GW, I also picked up a few non-game items:
Imaginext Megazord ($1.99)
This thing is HUGE!!! So for just two bucks, I figured I could just decorate my game room with it or perhaps use it for a birthday/Christmas present for this one little Power Ranger fan I know.
Remote Control BB-8 ($4.99)
I didn't really like the Force Awakens, but five bucks isn't bad for a droid (even if it is blatantly obvious that he is merely "R2-D2, but cuter"). I need to start finding things from Rogue One (the first good Star Wars movie since Return of the Jedi), like a remote-controlled K-2SO (now there's a droid).
$3.60 SA Complete and like new I even snatched it out of the hands of a tape monkey (well not really a monkey, not even close and well not snatched either just politely requested the box before the tape was about to be applied.
I saw a Craigslist listing for a garage sale out on the edge of my suburb. All kinds of geek stuff including old Avalon Hill games and this appeared in one of the pictures. So I got myself up early and got out there at 8am when it opened. The listing said no early arrivals but there were already 3-4 people going over the stuff. I looked around but no SPQR.
I asked the home owner if it had already been sold and he seemed surprised that I knew about it. I don't think he realized it was in the picture and he wasn't intending to sell it. Since he had a buyer right there though he went inside to grab his stack of "CMT stuff". He came back with this and:
Getting them home I found that SPQR was unpunched and the C3i's still had all their inserts. The only thing missing were the extra counters for Pyrrhic Victory, which aren't needed to play as you can use the original counters from SPQR.
At that same garage sale I went through the Avalon Hill games and found a copy of this, unpunched, and about a dozen old S&T's, Command, and General wargaming magazines that looked interesting. He wanted $6 for the stack.
Good thing I grabbed what I did though, at the same time a couple was there and literally bought every other wargaming game and magazine they had that I didn't get my hands on. At one point they took a box out from under me as I was looking at it (and the box next to it). Luckily there was nothing in it I wanted.
Found at the goodwill. I just glanced at the box and then purchased it. When I took it home in order to inventory and assemble the game the rules were in gibberish. Turns out the rules are in Greek and Hungarian. So...I have no idea how to play this game. $4.99
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Although I have thrifted Carcassonne 30 times, this is the first time that I've seen the Carcassonne: 10 Year Special Edition in the wild. Well, it was an auto-grab, of course. Complete and $2.99 at VV.