This is the traditional weekly thrift and bargain finds list.
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"Tankslag", the Dutch edition of Tank Battle. '€0.50 only, because it misses the rules' said the lady (well, she didn't speak English to me actually).
And indeed, it misses the rules (available online), but also a beige canon and a flag. The later two could be replaced with generic components at the beginning of the game.
So, I'm quite happy to have found one of my childhood grails in such a good knick. Boy, I had come across it twice before, but both times the game was in such a bad shape that I passed. Broken tanks, canons and cruched buildings, you get the idea. But not here, all bits are in perfect shape. Excellent! Finally I have a copy of the game I coveted so much but never got. *wipes tear away*
"Top Secret", the Dutch edition of this Parker/Hasbro game. Complete and as new. Strangely enough they wanted just €0.50, while it still sells full price at the regular shops.
The price was low, but I doubt they knew about the ratings here on BGG... it doesn't look promising. My initial impression is 'Clue' without a clue. *snigger* Board and movement is the same but there's no crime to solve. It revolves around collecting a set of cards and getting away. (Theme: Covert operation. Entering an enemy base collecting data, getting access to a secret airplane and flying away with it.) Basically it is a non-linear racing game with interaction, targeted at boys age 8-14.
Maybe I'll try to sell it. I'll have to check the market to see what it fetches.
Possabilities Store, Chula Vista. $1.99. Missing one sword, one battle marker and some of the screens. Considering that the box had huge splits (bottom and top) and that the components were loose it's a surprise only one of the markers was lost.
Sure, I'll miss the sword, but I can make the screens.
and this Word Grab(not in database.) 1.99 East County DAV. I figured something would be worth it, but most none of it was. Othello I thought was the magnetic edition, and it was only the travel case. The Marbles set was woefully incomplete. The Penguin March & Match game had the pawns, but half the cards were missing, and the Word Grab ended up being cheap cardboard letters.
One early Brushfire Theme Deck starter set with extra cards. Starter sets are always good, if they are complete. Well, the cards outside were fine, and we got some we did not have before, but the starter set contained nothing but Japanese cards not related to the starter set.
Now that my stats collection duties are pretty much done (pending verification from Okie), it's time for me to catch up on some of my thrift postings. And what better way to get things going than with "Go"? It's the Hansen set with a wood board that is very nice. Plastic stones, though, and they come in bags. One of these days I'm going to find a set with nicer stones and wooden bowls.
To the Sal! Show me a sign and I'll buy. 50% off toys, oh joy, oh joy! Just the sign I was looking for!
Er..."for which I was looking"... Sorry Grammar Police....
The only thing of interest on this day is Keesdrow (wordseek spelled backward. Clever, innit?) And it's a wonderful little bit of goodness. Why? Look at the box -- it has WOOD! 64 Wood Tiles! w00t!!
So even if the game is 'sucks out loud bad' I can do something with the bits. It's a win, win situation!
Turns out, it's not a bad activity for the 'learning to spell' crowd. I've taken this out with the kids, looking for words in the mix. Of course, they were most interested in finding their names, for which I needed to do some impromptu reorganizing. But it was fun. I'll give this a try or two more before making a decision to repurpose the bits.
Yeah, it's a horrible game. "Game" may be a stretch in describing this, and it is certainly a charitable description for this no-thought-required luckfest. But (and there's ALWAYS a but) look what's inside.
No, not the rubber mouse that someone threw in there. The bit of plastic.
No, not either die, though those are pretty neat too. I mean the actual rhino.
Hey, Dean, do you think you can take a nice picture of this?
I'm not sure, Dean. It's going to be tough. Translucent plastic can be a real pain in the anterior quarters. But for a dollar, I'm willing to try.
Snap. Sucks. Snap. Meh. Snap. Sucks.
Snap. Not bad. Snap. Sucks. Snap. Good. Snap. Horrible.
Hey! Not bad at all! I'm glad I didn't have to pay for processing any of this -- it would have been a fortune! But I'm glad I finally got a good shot of this. It was even harder to photograph than I had anticipated.
A Ruby Rhino piece mixed in with a supposed game. $1 at St Vincent de Paul.