So Greg J. Schloesser found Talisman in the trash...
Ellis Hugh
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The great thrift store find stories. They elude me. All I ever find are grimy ceramic knick-knacks and '70's era nautical wall clocks. I'm inclined to believe the great thrift store finds are just bunk, or perhaps I'm just envious and bitter. Yes, over many years I've braved the moth balled air and despair of these dens of refuse from time to time. For all of you lucky thriftees, with utmost sarcasm, here are some of my all time gems...
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1. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1754]
Ellis Hugh
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So the great Greg J. Schloesser finds a complete 2nd edition in the trash. Boo-yah! I too found Talisman 2nd edition apparently abandoned… No board or cards or mini’s or dice, Oh no. Instead I get a couple of wads of tissue, stray bits of wrapping paper, and 3 dirty resin clowns. You know the kind, with the pants that stick out so you can plant rosemary or some such in their unmentionables. Do not begrudge the sad violated clowns their frowns.
 
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2. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:547]
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I had been on the look out for this one for a while. I stumble on it at a friend’s husband’s grandparent’s yard sale. Something like $3 or so. That's probably a steal just for the box, but I peek inside anyway. Good Lord and Butter!!! I think the board was still there, couldn’t really be sure, but everything else had been replaced with about a dozen pairs of skid-marked tightie whities and a fossilized bag of salt-water taffy. I purchased it anyway then subtly crammed it into the old folk’s garbage when they weren't looking to save a little embarrassment. I’m trying to take it to the grave, but after all, no good deed will go unpunished.
 
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3. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1435]
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A rare find in Austin Texas…

Curse you Roger S. Donaldson family and your soul crushing Donaldson-Family-Opoly with Make-Your-Own-Opoly on your foul color printer and Dell family truckster Pentium 4! The blasphemy that Colditz should be sacrificed for such sacrilege has sometimes convinced me that maybe some of us will not die and go to hell, we are already there.
 
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4. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3077]
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The greatest find yet. I was actually looking for antique furniture at the Great White Elephant Caboose Anitques or Whatever... holy smokes is that Conquest of the Empire? Complete, pristine, magnificent. The box was on display near the front because the dear merchant had his prize in the back, perhaps for specially requested viewings only. Conquest of the Empire, set up in all it's awe, hundreds of pieces at war on a glorious full color map of the ancient Fertile Crescent... completely shellacked with 2 ton epoxy on a piece of treated plywood, framed and ready for hanging in your family game room. Surely to the envy of all your friends.
 
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5. Board Game: Squatter [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:11767]
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I share your frustration with the apparent luck of other geeks. Especially since the stuff they find was never imported into Australia in the first place. However I did pick up a copy of Squatter at a thrift store for $A4. It was in excellent quality, except that most of the sheeples were gone, which makes it unplayable. Now I need another copy just for the sheep.
 
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6. Board Game: Rum Rebellion [Average Rating:4.39 Unranked]
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Found this at a thrift store on the same trip that I found Squatter. All it was missing was the rules and some of the pieces and some of the barrels of rum, rendering it fairly useless. Luckily while on Easter holidays I found another copy which was much better condition, so now we can play. However it looks like quite a dull game.
 
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