CLOSED -- Refugee Aid Charity Auction (#2)
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About a year and a half ago, I held my first game auction to raise funds for refugee relief. (See here: Charity Auction) We had some generous bids, and it was a great success overall. It's time to dust off some more games and put them to good use in a second charity auction.

As before, the proceeds will be donated to a charity that is on the front lines of providing actual relief (such as food, clothing, and shelter) to refugee families in need. Last time, we donated to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

This time, we will be helping out Lifting Hands International. (http://www.liftinghandsinternational.org/) LHI is a fantastic, politics-free charity that is all about helping real people whose lives have been turned upside-down by war. We have a good family friend who lives in Europe and works closely with this charity. (In fact, she took the photos in the galleries on the LHI website.) We are confident that LHI is a very worthy organization to support.

I hope you will be generous and help me raise money for a great cause.

The rules and guidelines for this auction are as follows:

1. Starting Bids/BINs: All games will have a starting bid of either $10 or $25 with no further reserve.

Because the purpose of this auction is to raise money for charity, any single game can be bought immediately for the "buy it now" (BIN) value of $100. Yes, that number is purposefully high to encourage active bidding on all but the most hard-to-get games here. As a thank you for your generosity with a BIN, I will cover the shipping (US only) on any BIN purchases along with any other games won in bidding. This could be a good deal for a couple of the out-of-print titles, but a generous BIN even on a less-expensive game means more money going to this good cause.

2. Ending: The auction will conclude at 6:00 pm BGG Standard Time (i.e. CDT) on Monday July 17, 2017. That's 4:00 pm for those on the US West Coast and 7:00 pm for those in the Eastern US. EDIT FOR CLARITY:
BIDS WITH A TIME STAMP OF 6:00 PM ARE VALID. BIDS WITH A TIME STAMP OF 6:01 PM OR LATER ARE NOT VALID.


3. Bidding/Sniping: Bids should be made by posting a comment under the desired game with the amount of the bid (e.g., "$10" or "BIN"). Until the final hour of this auction, bidding must be in (at least) $1 increments. Because the purpose of this auction is to raise money for charity, sniping is encouraged, with this special rule: within the last hour of the auction, any new bids must be at least $5 greater than the prior bid to count. Particularly generous sniping is especially encouraged.

4. Shipping: To keep things simple, for buyers in the United States only, I will charge a flat charge of either $10 for one game, or $15 total for two or more games, regardless of actual shipping cost (which will likely be higher in most cases). As noted above, I will pay shipping for any BIN purchases in the US. I am willing to ship internationally, but I am afraid that will need to be at actual cost (whether or not purchase is by successful bid or BIN). Shipping will be from zip code 92688. We will pack up the games very carefully.

5. Payments: All transactions will be done via Paypal and through the BGG marketplace so BGG will get its 3% commission. I am willing do local pickup (in the central/southern Orange County, CA area), in which case I can accept cash. Payments must be received within 72 hours, and we will ship out as promptly as we can.

6. Donation: This is the most important part. After receiving the payments, I will donate the entire bid amount (not including the shipping charges), plus any additional donations from our family, to the Lifting Hands International charity. I will pay both the BGG commission and the Paypal fees out of my own pocket. In lieu of a cash donation, we may decide to purchase goods directly for shipping to and distribution at the refugee camps. See the LHI website for details on this option (http://www.liftinghandsinternational.org/take-action).

7. Reporting Back: I will report back through an update or comment on this Geeklist after making the donation. (Last time I posted a screen shot of the donation confirmation from UNHCR.)

8. Game condition: These games are in gently used, but very good to excellent condition. There also are a couple of new items in here, as noted below. There may be some shelf-wear or very minor cosmetic issues. Our home is smoke-free, but we do have a cat in the house.

Here are the games:

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1. Board Game: Mansions of Madness: Second Edition [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:22] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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Starting bid $25.

Only played once (in which we realized it's not really our type of game), so it's in great shape.

This one is temporarily out-of-print, so now's your chance! I think this one is BIN-worthy.
 
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2. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1108]
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Another BIN-worthy, out-of-print title. I never made it past the tutorial, but you may have better luck. A lot of people really love this game, which is considered one of the top solitaire games out there. Includes some plano-style organizational boxes for the bits.
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3. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey with The Pilgrims' Chronicles [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Out-of-print title. It's like Clue, but fun. We recently dusted this off and played it again, and it is a great deduction game.
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4. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:344]
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Out-of-print title. This is a lovely, well-designed worker placement game that is well worth your bid. My copy is the 2nd Edition Kickstarter version (with worker miniatures and included expansion cards) from Indie Boards & Cards.
 
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5. Board Game: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:3]
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Oh, man. I wanted to love this. Really amazing game design, but it's just too long for us. Only played once or twice.
 
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6. Board Game: Power Grid Deluxe: Europe/North America [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:155]
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Only played once or twice. We also will throw in the Power Grid: Northern Europe/United Kingdom & Ireland map expansion, which is still in shrink. The expansion map really is designed for "non-deluxe" Power Grid, but I think you could figure out how to make it work with the deluxe components.
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7. Board Game: Rattus [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:767]
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A very fun game...about the Black Plague. Really.

This game appears to be out-of-print and quickly disappearing in the wild.
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8. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:154]
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A classic Feld point salad game. We really do like this game a lot, but it just hasn't hit the table often, so we're willing to let it go to a good home.
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9. Board Game: Helios [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1343]
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A beautiful and under-appreciated gem of a game.
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10. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:206] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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This is a great adventure game. Best enjoyed with a side of cheese.
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11. Board Game: Small World Underground [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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Also includes the Small World: Tunnels expansion to link the board in this set with the original Small World map.
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12. Board Game: Carcassonne: Star Wars [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1468]
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We call this one "Starcassonne." My 10 year old is going to be upset that I'm selling this one.
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13. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:570]
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Not to be confused with Through the Ages above, this one is a fun dice-chucker.
 
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14. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Compilation [Average Rating:5.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.34 Unranked]
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This is a package item with multiple small-box card games. This package counts as a single item for shipping purposes.

Included are:
- Frank's Zoo (it deceptively looks like a kids' game, but it's not)
- Hanabi (it won the SdJ award!)
- Munchkin "Loot Letter" (re-skin of Love Letter) (still-in-shrink)
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15. Board Game: Principato [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:2876]
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This is the only leftover from the last auction. C'mon, give it a good new home!
 
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