I haven’t done a thrift store report in some time. And not because I’ve been avoiding thrift stores either. The past several weeks leading up to Christmas have been particularly fruitful. I’ll get the good stuff in a minute. First I’d like to remind everyone that The Gaming Annex has a presence at Timeless Treasures (1447 W. Sherman Blvd). This “presence” is kind of a mini “Gaming Annex II” where I make these games (and other games) available to the public. Our presence isn’t huge (less than 50 games). But it will continue to grow. As always, if you want any of these games, just ask. Some are at The Gaming Annex and some are at Timeless Treasures. And now for the list…
Thrift Store Finds January 2018
Sheriff of Nottingham
Sheriff of Nottingham is a family bluffing and deal making game. The goal is to accumulate the most wealth. You will have to be a savvy sheriff and a savvy bluffer to win this game. Each player will get a turn as the sheriff. As the sheriff of Nottingham, you will get to decide which players will be allowed free passage and which players will have their luggage searched and seized.
Players are free to bribe the sheriff so he will allow you free passage. The sheriff is allowed to look at search the luggage of one player. If he finds illegal items, you must pay a penalty. Otherwise, the sheriff just wasted his time.
I found a copy at the Goodwill on Harvey Street. I often post pictures of my conquests on our Facebook page. Darrin, part of our extended group, came over and grabbed this game before I could even inventory it. It turned out to be complete save for the bag. Darrin was happy to get a copy of this game–reason enough to go on living.
Camel Up is a great family game of betting and speculation. It centers around a camel race in Egypt near the turn of the century. Players do not control a specific camel; instead they make bets about which camels they think will win.Then try to make that outcome a reality.
Camel Up won the Spiel des Jahres in 2014. And deservedly so. It’s a solid entry. Camel Up can almost fire Long Shot, another racing/betting/speculation game. Camel Up has better components, a bit friendly theme and more player agency than Long Shot.
I found a complete copy at the Goodwill in Rockford. Like Sheriff of Nottingham, I didn’t have it long before Jonathan pleaded with me to let him have it.
Game Wright is trying to make crossover games. They want to continue to make cute family/children’s games while also making good strategy games. Sushi Go is the par excellent example of this.
Sushi Go (and Sushi Go Party) is like a dumbed down version of 7 Wonders. It’s a drafting game but with simpler scoring than 7 Wonders. You play a few rounds. Add up your points. Then call it a day.
Sushi Go Party is like a cross between 7 Wonders and Dominion. You play 7 Wonders (an all drafting game) but you can select which decks to use (like in Dominion). Sushi Go Party is definitely the way to go if you are looking for a family version of 7 Wonder.
I found a complete copy recently. The tin was still in pristine condition. And the cards do not appear to be played. I still have it at The Annex for any members who need a copy.
Have you ever wanted to own a resort? Have you ever wanted to own one in a medieval fantasy setting? Well, you’re in luck. Floodgate Games published Epic Resort in 2014.
Epic Resort is a worker placement and deck building game. These two mechanics do not often overlap. But if they did overlap, I could see how they might do so in a monster laden tourist trap like Epic Resort.
Players will attract tourists to their resorts. Players will also try to attract heroes who can stave off monsters. You will have a deck of workers. You will use these workers to build attractions and to attract more tourists.
I stumbled across a complete copy recently. This is currently at The Annex also 🙂
A collection of Munchkin games
Munchkin is the perfect example of the type of game I like to find when thrifting. I don’t care for the game per se. But there is no denying it’s appeal to the general public. If I can find a cheap copy, I will usually re-thrift it to some local person who will have to make their first visit to The Gaming Annex in order to pick it up.
I found a collection of 4 Munchkin games: Nightmare before Christmas, Axe Cop, Adventure Time and Zombies. All complete and in good condition. These are available at Timeless Treasures.
Risk, Risk and more Risk
Risk, like Munchkin, is a game I will typically pick up at a thrift store. I have so many different copies, I can usually cobble pieces together to complete any incomplete specimen.
Risk is a mainstay at thrift stores. If you don’t found a copy at a thrift store, you didn’t try hard enough. Of course, finding special copies of Risk requires more dedication; but your standard run-of-the-mill copies are everywhere.
I found an incomplete copy of Risk & Castle Risk recently. Luckily, I have spare pieces to complete it. It is now available at Timeless Treasures. I also found several copies of normal Risk.
I also found a copy of Risk: Lord of the Rings edition–with the One Ring. Primo!
Other Notable Finds