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Subject: The 49th Edition of Blott's TGIF Poll rss

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Man, this limited access to BGG is absolutely killing me, but I still wanted to make time for a poll, so here we go...

If you want updates on when new polls are posted, or want to look at the results of prior polls, I have set up a subscription thread here = http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/328439

Poll: The 49th TGIF Poll
How often do you purchase boardgames from stores or websites that don't specialize in games?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Always
0.0% 0
Frequently
3.4% 8
Occasionally
27.7% 65
Rarely
57.0% 134
Never
11.9% 28
Voters 235
If you had to guess, what percent of your game collection was not aquired from an online or brick-and-mortar game store?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
0%
2.5% 6
1% - 10%
43.2% 102
11% - 20%
19.9% 47
21% - 30%
11.4% 27
31% - 40%
7.2% 17
41% - 50%
2.5% 6
51% - 60%
1.7% 4
61% - 70%
5.1% 12
71% - 80%
4.7% 11
81% - 90%
1.7% 4
91% - 100%
2.1% 5
Voters 236
This poll is now closed.   237 answers
Poll created by Blott
Closes: Thu Jun 11, 2009 6:00 am

Question #3 - If you have one, what is the best game you have purchased from a website or store that doesn't specialize in games?

Any discussion is encouraged.
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Oops, I didn't mean to allow multiple answers on that second question.
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Best game purchased from a store that doesn't specialize in games would have to be Wits & Wagers or Snorta!. I got them both at Target. They are both party games which I don't mind playing (which is saying something).
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A couple at Walmart. Some at Target. A few via Amazon.com.
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Probably Sorry Sliders from Meijer when they had their $10 special. I think I went to 5 different Meijers to find 4 copies to give away as gifts...
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I found an educational card game called Krill at a science stuff shop in Canada. No a game store, they sell microscopes, rock samples, t-shirts, bugs in resin, and the like. A while back I got rid of it; I thought I'd played it out. A friend then asked for it to play again. So, I went online and finally found a copy of it at some science shop in Arizona.
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Oasis from Amazon may be the only game I haven't ordered from a "conventional" source.
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Anytime I don't want to spend enough to get free shipping, I always look at Amazon, because I have the Amazon Prime. Sometimes I can find a good deal there. Best find: I bought Goa for $35 from Amazon when it was OOP (this was last January).
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I've bought a couple from Amazon, Target, Tuesday Morning and WalMart and I've picked up a fair number from Barnes and Noble during their clearances. The best game I've picked up like this? I would have to go with Liar's Dice (Perudo).

Edit: I hadn't thought about thrift stores and Half-Price Books. I have gotten some there, but I am not sure that this changes my best game.

Edit (again!): I also forgot about buying games when I was younger. In the 1970s, I was able to get all manner of games at the Base Exchange, Avalon Hill games at Toys 'R' Us, Avalon Hill and SPI games at the local drug store and 3M games in department stores like the Denver and May D&F. Considering these additional sources, I would have to say that the best game I have from a non-game store is Acquire, which was bought at either the BX or a department store (its been close to forty years - forgive my memory being fuzzy!).
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Pillars of the Earth from Barnes & Noble, Le Havre from Amazon, or a bunch of my thrifted games that we have been having fun with (Sequence, for example).
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Blott wrote:
Question #3 - If you have one, what is the best game you have purchased from a website or store that doesn't specialize in games?


My copy of Sjoelen was mostly purchased at Home Depot... my Dad & I built it.

If that doesn't count... Mahjong from Value Village.
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Are you counting thrift stores? Because I owe almost half my collection to them.
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I buy a number of games every year from German Amazon. They are quick, have a lot of things in stock, and low shipping fees. My wife studies german and orders student material from them at least thrice a year, and I usually add a game or two each time.
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Like Håkan, I use amazon.de regularly. They have a wide range of mainstream euros, and fixed €6 shipping to the UK. I've bought one or two games from amazom.co.uk, but their range is much, much, smaller.

I bought Funkenschlag: EnBW direct from a German electricity company.
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I got Bananagrams from a science-flavored toy store in Mendocino (kind of like a Discovery Channel store, but independently owned). They did have a handful of games, but it was mostly dedicated to do-it-yourself building and science kits.

I got Upwords from a thrift shop in Mammoth Lakes, CA, but I haven't played it (though I think I will like it when and if I ever get around to it).
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I bought my copy of Puerto Rico from a German shopping mall called Karstadt - they carry all sorts of items, most of them clothing.
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I picked up Cathedral in a camping shop in New Zealand and lugged it all the way home to Ireland. It is the lovely wooden version.
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Sorry! Sliders from Target... a few from amazon.de (before the pound took a dive against the euro!) Oh and Catan from a bookstore one Christmas... that started the whole thing
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The Pillars of the Earth came from Forbidden Planet. They are a speciality store but games are not that speciality, although they do have a small selection.
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DaveD wrote:
The Pillars of the Earth came from Forbidden Planet. They are a speciality store but games are not that speciality, although they do have a small selection.
Likewise I think my brother got Railways of the World for me from Forbidden Planet... and a few games have come from Travelling Man too
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Settlers of Catan, from eBay.
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All of the Haba games I've bought have come from either Amazon (.de) or a b&m toy shop near where I work.

It used to be quite common for video game shops to also sell boardgames and RPGs. I bought a bunch of 3W games from one of them at 75% off when they got out of the market (like they all did eventually).

I bought two copies of a counter based wargame I had no real intention of playing for £1 each at a department store in Newry. They had clearly decided this game wasn't going to move along side all the copies of Trivial Pursuit and Hungry Hungry Hippoes. Incidentally I also bought 4 packs of Alpha MtG cards at that place.

I got a used copy of Battletech (with extras in the box) at a half price book store in Seattle.

I've bought multiple games secondhand from individuals and new from the publisher but I didn't really include them as either game or non-game sources.
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Best game I got from a not-game-specific website?

War of the Ring. Got it new for $20 on eBay.
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Louis XIV off of Ebay - I don't remember the price!

RattleSnake at my local Barnes & Noble for $7.00 (50% off) after Christmas last year.

The Powerpuff Girls: Saving the World Before Bedtime - Thrift Store.

Freight Train and many others at Amazon.

I've also acquired some via BGG trades and/or charity auctions.

I only recently started purchasing from online stores and have once visited a brick & mortar store (where I made some purchases)


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Starfarers of Catan and Bananagrams from Barnes & Noble. The first one I got just because I had a gift certificate and I saw it was in their online store.
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