If you’ve been following this blog for a while now then you know that I shop for games at thrift stores. And you also know that I post my finds here. I didn’t think I would have a post for you this month because I didn’t hit the stores in so long. But I decided to go for a jaunt today. Wow! Here are my finds for the past month, many were from today!
1. All the King’s Men
I seem to recall seeing copies of All the King’s Men around when I was a kid. It was published in 1979 by Parker Brothers, probably the widest circulated edition. I never got close enough to a copy to ever inspect it.
I found a copy in mid-December at the Goodwill in Whitehall. It’s a chess like game both in mechanics and in visual flair.
I like chess better. But for $2 how could I pass it up?
2. Star Wars VHS Game
Normally I pass on VHS and DVD games. But this one was STAR WARS!
And it had all the pieces. There is a cool 3-D board that you move your R2-D2 around.
3. Settlers of Catan the card game plus an expansion
I found a copy of the Settlers of Catan card game for $1.99 at a Goodwill.
The next day I found the expansion at a different thrift store for $1.99.
Now I’m into this game for $4 and I don’t even play Catan.
By the way: if any of you want this copy, let me know.
4. Risk & Castle Risk
I got a copy of Risk for my 11th birthday. I fell in love with it and the hobby of board gaming soon thereafter.
When I saw “Risk & Castle Risk” in the Witmark catalog for $10.99 in 1985, I pleaded with Santa to bring me a copy. Alas, it was not meant to be. Yet.
Fast forward thirty years: I’m at the Goodwill on Harvey Street today. I see Risk on the shelf as I approach the game aisle. Then I see it’s actually “Risk & Castle Risk”. I nearly knocked over three old ladies, two toddlers and an invalid lunging for it.
I inventoried the game a few minutes ago. It’s complete!
5. Screaming Eagles
Milton Bradley bought advertising in the after-school time slots when I would watch Voltron and the Transformers. One of those ads was for Screaming Eagles. The game looked okay but the ad campaign turned me off completely. Which is weird because a 15 year old who played board games and watched Voltron was probably the ideal demographic for that ad.
I found a copy in Jenison today for $1. It is missing one red die and one black die. These are special 6-siders so I will have to peruse BGG for the components.
6. Squad Leader
It was 1989 when I found a copy of the rules for Avalon Hill’s Advanced Squad Leader on sale for $10 at House of Hobbies. House of Hobbies tailors to the model railroaders. But in 1989 they had a modest game selection. The games would sit idle for months. Then they would move them to their clearance area. Then I would strike.
I found a complete (and largely unpunched) copy of Squad Leader today for $1! The box has some shelf wear but it’s still a gem!