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Anyone remember Boulder Games? I had forgotten about them until today. Jim was an interesting person to say the least. Anyone remember the little bags of candy that used to ship with every order? With the emergence of fine online game sellers such as Cool Stuff and Miniature Market it is easy to forget some of these defunct companies. Happy memories indeed!
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Not sure I got candy, but there were always little extras included. I remember getting a finger spinner, some move/fire markers, and various promo items. Jim even gave me a couple $5 credits when I recommended Boulder on the rec.games.board newsgroup. I think he sent out paper catalogs before the web.

I ran my own online store for a while back then, but Jim was better at it.
 
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Anyone remember Boulder Games? I had forgotten about them until today. Jim was an interesting person to say the least. Anyone remember the little bags of candy that used to ship with every order? With the emergence of fine online game sellers such as Cool Stuff and Miniature Market it is easy to forget some of these defunct companies. Happy memories indeed!


Three cheers to Boulder Games.

They drained several accounts of mine during their final few weeks. The hours plowing through those lists.

I just remember thinking 2200 items, that's only 44 pages. Then that number kept dropping as they sold off items.

Always got candy in my boxes.

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I ordered many games from him. My favorite was when Mayfair forced everybody to a max 10% discount (or something like that) and he figured a way to get Mayfair games from somewhere else and offer them for 20-30% off anyway.
 
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I believe he went to go live in a tree house or something to do with the outdoors

any case you forgot some other fallen staples of my board game shopping... gamefest, thoughthammer, and boards & bits (though you may have seen tom's post that he got his inventory back and is selling it off but not restocking so kind of going out of business again... with out the sale prices). seems like only one still around today from when I 1st got into the hobby is funagain....
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Anyone remember Boulder Games? I had forgotten about them until today. Jim was an interesting person to say the least. Anyone remember the little bags of candy that used to ship with every order? With the emergence of fine online game sellers such as Cool Stuff and Miniature Market it is easy to forget some of these defunct companies. Happy memories indeed!
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Funagain and finegames are the only two that come to mind from my 20yrs in the hobby that are still around.
 
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Most of my early purchases were from both boulder games and thoughthammer...was bummed to see both go
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What about Deniath?!
 
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Boulder was my go-to for wargames. I think that he went off to do pottery. I admired his independent spirit.

I got a lot of obscure stuff from him. When he was closing out I got a copy of "Rocket Flight" by Phil Eklund from him. Even then folks knew that Phil was still tinkering with it, and wanted to turn it into something else. I also picked up Frischfleisch, Friese's game about cannibalism on an island.

I don't remember receiving anything other than pieces of candy in my Boulder orders. I always appreciated those.

I remember getting a lot of Chessex dice from Thoughthammer - Blunt Minds Swung with Great Force.
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I not only remember Boulder Games, I remember past remembrances: Re: What are the 3 best online game retailers you have used?
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I wrote a few of the reviews at the boulder site. Liked his broad selection and service. Missed it when he stopped.
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Besides wargames, Boulder also was a good source of harder to find Euros. I remember picking up stuff I had read about in Bergs Review of Games that I couldn't find anywhere else .

The other thing remarkable about him was that he sent invoices along with the orders - i.e. you paid AFTER you received the order. That didn't last long, but still remarkable in this day and age someone would have that degree of trust.

He also had an online newsletter with game reviews and some editorial content about the industry which was unusual back then, and I think predated BGG.
 
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