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The ultimate in gaming auctions is of course an auction of games. In spite of the presence of noted heavyweight designer Martin Wallace, the mechanics themselves are simple: Gather together 50 or 60 gamers of varying size and shape, have several large tables piled high with their unwanted goodies and get bidding! Yes, last Saturday saw yet another incarnation of the world famous annual Manchester boardgames auction (see http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/279211).

This year there were 499 lots, some of multiple games, with total sales of over £4000. Those on offer are a mixture of wargames and Eurogames, with a smattering of car-boot sale and charity shop booty. Prices ranged from £72 down to 50p - I must confess that the latter was for one of my offerings, an incomplete copy of The Willow Game; in my defence it has been to the auction more times than I have, and is traditionally bought by a different person each year 'to have a look at'. I offloaded 15 games that I was unlikely to play again, thus incontrovertibly making some space on the shelves for new, or at least different, boxes.

In my case I walked off with 6 new games, and made a profit of £16.25 to boot, so all in all a successful day - or maybe you think differently!

This is my first geeklist, so be gentle! Any comments on whether I have got a bargain or not will be considered and used in evidence against me.
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1. Board Game: Fowl Play! [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:5924]
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I hadn't played this offering from Richard Breese, but I had vaguely heard good things of it, and at £5 surely this is worth having? The pieces look nice, and as my son pointed out, it looks quite like Hick Hack in Gacklewack, which we enjoy, so it looks promising.

This copy was actually unplayed, with cards still in their wrapper.

Bargain rating: 8/10
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2. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:487]
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Another Breese effort, again one I had heard of but not played. Still, a very nearly new copy for just £7 sounded too good to miss, especially in the heat of an auction battle. Possibly a bit heavyweight to come out too often, but worth a try. And if it fails the test, there's always next year's auction.

Bargain rating: 7/10
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3. Board Game: Galactic Destiny [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:7716]
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I have a certain weakness, one of many, for large boxes with space themes so I was instantly attracted to this game. Somehow I still have the feeling that size and value are related. In all the excitement I got slightly carried away and bid £13 for this. Reading the reviews it may prove to be too long for my normal gaming group and may have to be disposed of next year. In the meantime I'm sure it will make an interesting read, though that will have to wait until I have retrieved it - it was too large to carry home on my bike and had to be left in the tender care of another gaming friend. This is the only game I slightly regret getting.

Bargain rating: 3/10
 
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4. Board Game: Key Harvest [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1310]
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Yet another from the Breese stable. This one is still in its shrinkwrap, and being a recent release has to be the best deal I got. The review in Counter magazine gives it the thumbs up so my instincts are right on this one I hope. £10 spent here.

Bargain rating: 9/10
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5. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:253]
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There were two copies of this game being eyed eagerly by various parties, including a friend with kids of similar ages to my own, who was determined to get it for them. He duly got the first one, after some brisk bidding, for £26 which at least established a benchmark. Needless to say, I managed to get the second copy at a slightly higher price (£28) but given that this is only just over half the shop price, it seems like good value, especially as quite a few of the components were still in their original wrappings. I suspect it will keep it's value if we don't like it. I was pleased to get this as it was on my wishlist.

Bargain rating: 7/10
 
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6. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:391]
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There were a couple of copies of this too, and I snagged the second of these in a frenzied bidding war against another friend - £4 for a mint copy seems reasonable enough, and again it was on my wishlist. At least he can play it at my house!

Bargain rating: 6/10
 
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