Crisp New Games for your Dirty, Dirty Plasma.
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On a very bizarre side note. I once wondered if the US still pays money for blood donations. We don't in Canada. I commented to my wife that I should have made some donations when on business in the US and was wondering how many games I might be able to buy per donation. She replied... Spoken like a true addict!


While the standard pay-out per donation in my area is $20, you probably couldn't afford much on a single donation. After some research, I decided to apply my findings to what I could purchase solely on the basis of Dirty* Plasma Donation.

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How often can I give?
Apheresis (platelet) donors can donate more frequently, as much as twice in one week up to 24 times per year, because the platelet and plasma components are replaced in the body more quickly than red cells. [At $20 a pop, and donating as often as recommended is possible = $480 in 3 months PER year.]


Does [...] pay donors for giving blood?

FDA regulations do not permit compensation for blood that is used for transfusion purposes as studies have shown that volunteer donors provide a safer blood supply. [If my interpretation is correct, paid blood donations aren't directly saving lives in emergency situations, but rather used for research.]

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Reviews for my local, paying blood centers reveal the horrors of unprofessional, unfriendly, vulgar employees. While the facility may be sterilized, the attending doners were not. If you intend to use this GeekList as a serious life-strategy, at least make a "preview" visit to your local center, and use your better judgement. My personal view is that I'll continue donating to Red Cross, and just put aside $20 from my paychecks.
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Year 1, Week 2, Donation 3
Change left: $15.05

The donation process for plasma is longer than for whole blood, as the red platelets [and other unnecessary bits] are separated and returned to your system.
 
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You're going to need some more change in a few months. Start begging now.
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Year 1, Week 4, Donation: 8
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Donors may be deferred from donating due to a low iron (hematocrit) level. Eating foods high in iron (e.g. red meat, dark green vegetables, raisins) or taking a multivitamin with iron may help increase iron levels. Focus on your red bits, as they probably have the highest concentration.
 
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Year 1, Week 6, Donation: 11
Change Left: $3.10

Components pre-sorted and ready to donate.
 
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Year 1, Week 7, Donation: 14
Change Left: $13.10

Prior to modern medical advancements, transfusions were performed by simply pouring the donation onto the soon-to-be corpse patient.
 
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Year 1, Week 9, Donation: 17
Change Left: $8.15

Another drop in the bucket.
 
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Year 1, Week 10, Donation: 20
Change Left: $13.20

Locate your highest quality donation center, today!
 
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Year 1, Week 12, Donation: 23
Change Left: $15.25

Nothing new from a publisher, priced from BGG sales.
 
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$39.95

Year 1, Week 12, Donation: 24
Scrounge Up: $4.70

Your last donation for the year just won't cut it, but it comes close enough that you can break the rules here. Check the couch, check the car, check someone else's pockets. Get some change and get your game!

You now have 9 months to enjoy your 9 new games. You've probably made enough friends at your donation center, by now...
 
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Year 2, Week 1, Donations: 2
Change Left $5.05

It's a new year, and you can start your Race for the Drainage again!
 
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Year 2, Week: 4, Donation: 7
Change: $5.05

A minor blood clot?
 
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Year 2, Week: 5, Donation: 9
Change: $0.05
 
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Year 2, Week: 6, Donation: 12
Change: $10.10

White blood cells, just doing their job.
 
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Year 2, Week: 8, Donation: 15
Change: $5.15

Like little soldiers in your veins.
 
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Year 2, Week: 9, Donation: 17
Change: $4.15

Red, returning to the system.
 
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16. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Year 2, Week: 10, Donation: 20
Change: $14.20

A whole blood donation. Totally unsorted. Quick and in a bag.
 
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17. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:157]
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$50.00

Year 2, Week: 11, Donation: 22
Change: $4.20

The Red Elephant, where I usually donate...
 
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18. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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At the end of Year 2, you'll have $44.20 towards the purchase of this Out-of-Print game. You can save up for another year, or you could just get a job, you lazy, woozy bum.
 
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