It’s been a while since I did a post about my thrift store finds. This is partially due to the fact that I am so busy. But it’s mostly due to the fact that my new position does not allow me to frequent the stores as often as I would like. But I still make it out occasionally. And occasionally I find a gem. Here are my recent finds!
I found a shrink wrapped copy of Plunder for $2.99 recently. I’m a sucker for pirate themes so I bought this without hesitation.
I found out after the fact that they were giving out copies of this at Grand Con last year. That may be why there was a copy at the Goodwill on Plainfield and 3 Mile.
2. Risk: Revised Edition
I will typically buy any copy of Risk I find. While we will never play it on a Tuesday, Risk is familiar enough and gateway enough to serve a purpose. Risk is a good game to have listed on craigslist so as to attract more players to the Muskegon Area Gamers. The revised edition is particularly pretty with its headquarters and cities.
I’ve found a couple copies of this recently, both complete. I used one to attract a local to The Gaming Annex. The other sits on the shelf, awaiting orders.
3. Jurassic Park III Island Survival Game
I found a complete copy of Jurassic Park III Island Survival game. Because the game was based upon the worst iteration of an otherwise good franchise, I suspected boardgamegeek would rank this <5.5. I was pleasantly surprised to find it is rated 5.87.
This may not seem like a big difference but it does imply that gamers are, on average, giving this game decent ratings.
The components look pretty cool considering the era and publisher (2001 and Hasbro). I’ll have to consider what this game’s long term purpose will be at The Gaming Annex…
4. Mission Command: Air
I found a cheap ($2.49) copy of Mission Command: Air last week. The game is complete. And what a task it is to inventory this beast. Mission Command has a ton of tiny components like missile tokens.
Mission Command: Air is part of a Milton Bradley trilogy. They released Sea and Land as well. In fact, Milton Bradley simply rebranded their existing games from the 70’s “Screaming Eagles”, “Carrier Strike” and “Tank Battle”. I
have found all three of these games (in both iterations) at thrift stores in the past.
Just not this week 🙁
5. Stay Alive
I always wanted a copy of Milton Bradley’s Stay Alive. The Saturday morning commercials were captivating. And the game shelf my room boasted in 1977 did in fact have enough room for a copy.
But no copy was forthcoming.
Then I found a copy about a year ago. It was missing some marbles. I found a thrift copy of Chinese checks and repurposed the marbles to cobble together a complete game.
I’ve been supplying Bubba’s kids with games on and off for a few years now. Due to the scaling of Stay Alive, I thought this game would be ideal for their 4 player games. So I gave up my copy.
Last week I found another copy. And it was
complete! Thank God! I hate Chinese checkers so much I don’t think I could bring myself to buy another copy of it even if I was only going to cannibalize it.
Every time I think of Milton Bradley’s Stay Alive, the image to the left always comes to mind.