This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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0.90 also at GW. I like the 16 little animeeples and wooden dice you get in this version. With a couple of these, now, I'm thinking these would make good food tokens for Stone Age. The abstracted sculpts remind me of cave paintings anyway. I might paint them earthier colors, if I decide to do this. The elephant and tiger figures are definite favorites.
Also grabbed several sealed boxes of Zvezda and Red Box miniatures for $2 a box (normally $10-15) for 48 figures, at the IPMS national hobby show. http://www.ipmsusa2009.org/ Last day, sometimes you can clean up on the stuff that didn't sell. Whee!
Zvezda has also developed a game rule set to compliment their line of historical miniatures. Each box comes with the game stats for the figures included. The detail on these figures is nicer than most 25mm scale figures I've seen. All the ones I bought were ancients or fantasy. He didn't seem to have any of the medival or asian figures. The fantasy minis are all based on Lord of the rings, but are not licensed, however the boxed set of "heroes" clearly includes Gandalf the Gray, hobbits, Gimli, Legolas, etc. The orc, elf, undead, and dwarf army boxes are more generic, but well sculpted for the scale.
In total I found
2 boxes of WAR ELEPHANTS 2 boxes of siege equipment 2 boxes of Persian Chariots and cavalry 8 other assorted boxes of greek, roman, macedonian, and persian units. (48 figs per box) 5 boxes of the Fantasy figs. (40+ figs per box)
Can't Stop was $2.00 at the Kingston Goodwill store. I think it's missing one white token. The board is in pristine shape, though. Probably a gift to whichever friends don't have this yet, if I can find a replacement token.
The companion book to one of my favourite educational programs, "The Day the Universe Changed", by James Burke. I was overjoyed to find this as there has been an empty space on my shelf for this book, next to my copy of "Connections".
$5.99 at the Kingston Value Village and worth every penny.
But I did find this game at the Ajax, ON Value Village too. A matching videocassette was taped to the front of it. I hope that means the inside is complete - I'll check tonight. If it is, there's my eBay value right there. I hope to make back a bit more than the $7.99 I paid.
Any profit will go towards either a Dremel tool (for all my craft projects - still haven't made those miniature gold-filled treasure chests yet!) or a PMP (need to watch movies so I can put off those damned projects!)
Japanese version FREE! My friend from Japan knows I love games, and somewhere down the road I guess I'd mentioned Louie...probably among others. He tracked down a copy and blew me away with it when we met at the show www.ipmsusa2009.org Hope no one minds me posting a "gift", but this was a rare one that you actually wanted, without having to buy it yourself so someone else can give it to you. Any other families like that out there?
This was a totally unexpected bombshell. He wouldn't even let me pay him for it. I'd given him a hard to find electronic original Star Trek Phaser a few years ago, I knew he'd like. The karmic boomerang has swung back to me, it appears.
I love the box art on this set. There's just something so over the top and outrageous about the Japanese when they're feeling wacky. While I think Chickens are great and hilarious, I think pig stealing is even better! Thanks Scott!
Shoulda passed this by...but it was my last day of possible thrifting. I'm just filling up my dear parent's house with games I probably will never play. And currently I don't NEED Ebay income to defray my thrifting habit.
Still...have heard good things on this list, and for .50 at Salvation Army...I just couldn't pass it up.
My one and only find was the edition pictured (2003) with the redcoats charging. The game is mint and complete. $2.99 at GW.
Thrift Store Non-Irritant Squad Story:
I pop into GW to see what they have and notice another person heading for the game rack. A stealth thrifter no doubt. I jump ahead of him and quickly scoop up Risk while he grabs Jumanji. I smile haughtily knowing I got the better game. Then I notice to my horror that the game box top comes right off. Oh no, I think, someone has opened it and stolen the contents. Well since I have already siezed the game, I peek inside and everything looks there. I grab it, pay and head home. At home I notice finally that this game never had any tape on it. I mean come on this is Goodwill. They're not happy until every board game has its minimum of 3 yards of packing tape on the box. And come to think of it now, the price was low for them as well. Was it a new employee? If so he won't last long with those issues. Pricing reasonably and no tape, destroying the box. No doubt a promising career soon to be cut short.
Found a copy of this at a local thrift store for $1.49. The label said that the cards were all there and it was taped shut so I took a chance. Sadly, one of the cards is slightly bent and someone who has issues with colors used a permanent marker to put a mark on every single yellow card.