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Squad Leader: mint condition, unpunched, shrinkwrapped for $12.99.



Star Fleet Battles, $18.99. Traveler Starter Set, $9.99. Dungeons & Dragons Basic Set, $8.99.



Many more at the link, boardgames start at page 582.

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Thank you for that. That is fantastic.

I want to know what the Playmaster is from the first picture with Monopoly.
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I spent Christmases as a child at my grandparent's house in rural Oregon.

I would read, re-read and read yet again every page of the Sears, Wards and JC Penney Wishbooks - mapping out my list for Santa.

Sigh. I'd love a hard copy of one of these just for nostalgia. Something feels wrong looking at it online. soblue
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Monopoly Playmaster

I had one that I sold at Gen Con this year. Didn't try to play a game with it. Didn't play a game with it, but did randomly hit buttons and made it play some of its "music".
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I was about to type the same think but replace Oregon with oklahoma! I would wear that thing out. 1983 was about the first year I would have been able to read it.


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I spent Christmases as a child at my grandparent's house in rural Oregon.

I would read, re-read and read yet again every page of the Sears, Wards and JC Penney Wishbooks - mapping out my list for Santa.

Sigh. I'd love a hard copy of one of these just for nostalgia. Something feels wrong looking at it online. soblue
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Oh, Crossbows and Catapults! We played the heck out of that game as kids. Mostly at a friend's house, since they had more pieces than us. But it was a blast to play regardless.
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This would be a cool geeklist.
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This would be a cool geeklist.

Heh, yeah I thought about it, but there are just too many games in there and it's too much work. Seeking volunteers...whistle
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What is the game near the top with the lasso? It looks interesting.
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mutton javelin1 wrote:
What is the game near the top with the lasso? It looks interesting.

Frontier-6

I have no idea how it plays or what it is about other than what the box tells me:
Cattle Rustling
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Shoot Outs
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Oil - Gold - Power

Sounds like a good time!
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Civ for $15! I've got to finish that time machine.

Also, Star Frontiers! Pure sweetness!
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I got Space Opera from that wishbook for Christmas!

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RE: Star Trek: The Role Playing Game

1983 Sears Wishbook wrote:
Star Trek: The Role Playing Game lets you 'become' Dr. Spock, Capt. Kirk, or a Romulan Warrior.


I've always wanted to roleplay writing Baby and Child Care.
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Great find! I think this could actually help to enhance the BGG database...



This page from the 1972 Sears book for example lists Afro-American History Mystery I with a description and photo. The game doesn't currently have a photo on this site. The photo from the catalog could be added to BGG right? (Don't know about copyright etc...)

We could make this a project!

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Is it just me, or was that just a really cool time for games.
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Is it just me, or was that just a really cool time for games.

The thing that gets me is how SFB, Squad Leader and Space Opera RPG are presented right alongside Risk and Sorry, as if they were perfectly normal games that everyone might like. It was true, back then. How times have changed, eh?
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Civ for $15! I've got to finish that time machine.

Yeah, and Trivial Pursuit for $30. What gaul.
 
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jumbit wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
Is it just me, or was that just a really cool time for games.

The thing that gets me is how SFB, Squad Leader and Space Opera RPG are presented right alongside Risk and Sorry, as if they were perfectly normal games that everyone might like. It was true, back then. How times have changed, eh?


Those were the days when Squad Leader, RPGs and an whole aisle of similar games were sold in the mall toy stores. You know, the same aisle that sells video games now.
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Man I owned and loved Rubix Race when I was a kid.
 
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Ha! I have that copy of upwords on my shelf! So cool!
 
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Oh, Crossbows and Catapults! We played the heck out of that game as kids. Mostly at a friend's house, since they had more pieces than us. But it was a blast to play regardless.
Yep! Those little red and blue shields flying all over the damn place, busting through plastic walls!
 
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Weird feeling looking this over. Then I realized that these images are burned into my retinas.
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T Worthington wrote:
Those were the days when Squad Leader, RPGs and an whole aisle of similar games were sold in the mall toy stores. You know, the same aisle that sells video games now.

Plenty of those in the same 1983 catalog. There are 21 pages of video games vs. 9 pages of board games. What's changed, in my opinion, is the relentless advances in marketing and sales, which demand that shelf space not be given to successful products, but only to the top products period. A retail MBA's role is not to make a profit, it is to maximize profit.









Keep in mind this was the Last Great Christmas before the Great Videogame Crash of 1984. Viewing the lists of games on sale one can possibly fortell this disaster. Also notable is that many items for sale are cartridge storage cases, which indicates that consumers were stacking up on games.
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my brother and I had crossbows and catapults game, I remember playing it..
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Timewarp: 1983

Hey kids! Are you trying to convince the folks to get you Civilization, Squad Leader, or Wizards for Christmas? First, don't pick Wizards. Second, here, just show them this text from the catalog:

"Avalon Hill Games provide volumes of fun for the entire family."

That should work! Well, if that doesn't work, maybe the next line will? It's worth a shot!

"Contents store in boxes that make fine additions to your bookshelf."
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