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Eric Burden
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Do any of you buy older OOP games that might be rather worn(but cheaper) but have all or almost all the pieces simply to use them as back up pieces in case you have lost parts from your original copy?

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In general, the price of OOP games is too high for that to be practical. At least, it is for the games that I would play that much to need back-ups.
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Nope - I make new pieces myself
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I've picked up incomplete copies at low prices sometimes but more frequently have purchased a lot of games (like an auction lot) and found them to be incomplete, have extra pieces, have the wrong pieces, etc. And/or purchased darn near any wargame off eBay that was listed as "complete" - I avoid the ones listed as "looks complete".

So I just keep a sorted stash of miscellaneous parts for games and every now and then dig for something I find has gone missing.

For a long time I've wondered why some kind soul hasn't created a "Missing Parts Bank" or at least a "Missing Counter Bank" which would take up MUCH less space. BGG's spare parts list is as close as there is to such a thing but you're at the mercy of someone reading your Want/Need post.

BGG has been helpful in finding replacements but if you can find high resolution scans that have been done well it's very easy to make single-sided counters other than finding cardboard or chipboard the right thickness to match the old counters. Double-sided counters are more of a challenge but not impossible.

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I've bought games for specific parts before.

My old Panzerblitz had miscut German Art. units that were annoying, so I bought a copy to replace them.


I bought a copy of Squad Leader just for the 4th ed rulebook.


I have a spare copy of the original Proud Monster.
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When I buy wargames at thrift stores, I expect parts to be missing. Usually if I buy the game twice, I'll have one complete game.

Pete (usually gives away the remnants to people seeking parts on BGG)
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I sometimes buy a second new copy just to have unpunched countersheets.

Once, I bought a new copy of "The Legend Begins" because I had lost one counter. The only time I ever lost a counter....so far as I know, anywaydevil
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Quote:
Do any of you buy older OOP games that might be rather worn(but cheaper) but have all or almost all the pieces simply to use them as back up pieces in case you have lost parts from your original copy?



In short yes.

The more produced a game is with multiple components, and the more I like the game, the more likely it is I will feel the urge to have backup. And with extra pieces you have flexibility.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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There are websites like http://www.skybluepink.com that have board game bits.
 
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I have an old second hand copy of Civilization that we've used for years. It's serviceable but the boats had been chopped up, presumably so they fitted the spaces better. The cards are pretty worn too. A while ago I saw a mint unused copy of the game going cheap (cards still wrapped even), so I bought it to replace the old game. Guess what: we still use the old copy and the new one remains unpunched as the 'back up'.
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I'm attempting to do this for the Decision Games version of Empires of the Middle Ages, but only because the counter mix is not sufficient to play the game comfortably. I'm basically looking to cannibalize one game to have a reasonable counter mix for the other.
 
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GeoffreyB wrote:
There are websites like http://www.skybluepink.com that have board game bits.
Don't see any wargame bits
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Mark J.
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I scan all my games to PDF so in the unlikely event I lose something I have a backup I can print off.
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YES. Especially for Empires in Arms and The Civil War, two great games first published in 1983.
 
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