Adventures in Ebay sniping
Adam Alleman
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Let me start by saying, sorry if I've ever sniped you. After winning a game on the big bidding site today I started to think about all the games I have won and not won on Ebay. My list is still not to long as I only started buying games this year. Please feel free to add anything you bought on ebay, if it has a good story.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Adam Alleman
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The reason for the list. Limited edition with the first two big expansions and the river. When I saw this on Ebay I was pretty fired up. It was pretty clear I would be able to get this. I have a feeling that nobody including the seller knew this was a limited edition. The box was mostly hidden in the photo and the description only said that it had not been played much. I will have to trade away my base copy, but that only means one thing... more games! I had not yet bought T&B or I&C, so this should work great.
 
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2. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:492] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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At this point my most played ebay purchase. Maybe because I only need to have 1 person to agree to play or maybe because it is a great game. Either way when I got it in the mail, I was surprised to see that it was unpunched. It was described as "used".
 
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3. Board Game: Guatemala Café [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3147]
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This one was from the same seller as the Jambo purchase. I did not get it, because I was... sniped. Argh, I was hoping to combine shipping and this was the one I really wanted. At that point I had no idea how much I would like Jambo. I still haven't picked this up.
 
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4. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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I got this with a big load of 3M games. I will only list one other here, since it has its own story. I have still yet to play Acquire, I think I have as much fun buying games as I do playing them. This is only a problem because I don't have enough time to play them all. I should say I am fired up to play this, just too fired up about everything else I have.
 
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5. Board Game: Feudal [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3726]
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Another game included in the 3M haul. I probably shouldn't have gotten all these games, but for what I have seen Acquire going for, I'm glad I did. Feudal never hit my table. I traded it for Aquädukt.
 
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6. Board Game: Wizard's Quest [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2936]
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I got this as an early purchase and still had no idea about what types of games I wanted. This is how I found out about trading on BGG. I traded this for the Carcassone that will soon be up for trade.
 
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7. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2282]
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This was in the same purchase as Wizard's Quest. It will probably never hit my table. Maybe when the kids get older, although I have so many other games I will steer them to, I doubt it. I have good memories of this as a kid, but they're not very strong, maybe that's why I bought his lot.
 
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8. Board Game: Quest [Average Rating:5.08 Overall Rank:14459]
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This was the third in the lot. I suspect this will not hit the table until my kids are a little older. This was the last ebay purchase I made that I regretted.
 
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9. Board Game: Merchants of Amsterdam [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1486]
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This one has yet to hit the table. It is not from a lack of trying, I bring it to game nights quite a bit. It just seems to get passed over. Another note on this is it was listed as used, yet was unpunched. It did have a small scratch/hole on the box, then again I won't be playing with the box.
 
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10. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1076]
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Played this twice. I assume I did not like this, for the same reason I don't like Mr. Jack. Deduction games just don't do it for me. Beautiful board great cards and well designed game, just didn't grab me. I put this on the trade block and it morphed into Power Grid.
 
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11. Board Game: Fruit Spy [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6102]
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Played this twice, didn't grab me. I got an offer to trade this for The Yeti Slalom. To date this is the only trade that someone has offered me. I am very happy about this, because the kids really like to throw snowballs and someday they will both be out there on a board. Now they can play a game about it.
 
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12. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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I really like this one, despite the fact it has only hit the table a couple of times.
 
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13. Board Game: Alhambra: The Vizier's Favor [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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This was part of the lot it came with. I still have yet to play with all the parts of this, but it looks great.
 
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14. Board Game: The Gardens of the Alhambra [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2933]
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This came in the same lot as the other two Alhambra games. After reading the rules for this, it looked like it would not appeal to me. I traded it, for Medici vs Strozzi but not after mining it for GG.
 
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15. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:330]
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This one looks interesting, but a little long. It's on the trade list. This came in the same box as the three Alhambra games, different lot though. I love that combined shipping.
 
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16. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
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This was the last game that came in the box. A big box BTW. That box could be it's own list. Anyway, I traded this for Babell. I like my 2 player games.
 
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17. Board Game: Streetcar [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1948]
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Opps almost forgot about this one. I guess that's because it hasn't hit the table. It was really cheap on ebay, mainly because it doesn't have a box. I never realized how much that would bother me. My wife said she was going to get me a nice size box that paper comes in from her work. I am still waiting. Maybe I will decorate it, but I'm not that crafty or good with computer programs.
 
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18. Board Game: Payoff Machine [Average Rating:5.24 Unranked]
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After watching Bobby4th play this at THE GATHERING, I started checking out ebay for this. I found one, and guess who was bidding on it too? Yep - Bobby. I outbid/sniped it for $0.25 more than he. Which is to say something like $1.25
 
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19. Board Game: Giganten [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1493]
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This is another one, I don't know how I forgot. I guess I was in a bit of a hurry today when I was putting the list together. Anyway, I got this one from Germany and the shipping was more than the game. I bought this mainly for my neighbor. He is trying to design an economic game and the mechanic in this game looked right for what he is trying to do. He still hasn't played it with me. (The things you do for some people). It looks great and not like anything else I have. I know this one was sniped, I waited for the last 30 seconds, and swooped in. BTW there was one for sale here in the states that sold, including shipping, for a couple bucks more. So I think I did alright with this.
 
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