I apologize for the delay in updating the blog. I assure you there has been plenty of movement in the local gaming scene. I just haven’t been able to blog about it all. I thought I would share my latest thrift store rescues. I’ll be posting a “Hits & Flops” and game review really soon. Stay tuned.
Thrift Store finds: March 2017
1. Stop Thief
Stop Thief was one of those games that I always wanted when I was a kid. This vintage Parker Brothers’ game came in a large black box with a futuristic computery font.
The players take the roles of detectives who are competing to land the most prestigious collars. The game takes place on a game board that looks like a city. The roofs of the buildings are removed from the artwork so you can see the movement grids. Players are searching these buildings for a thief that is invisible to them. To capture this thief, they will rely on the police scanner.
The police scanner was the gimmick that made this game so cool in 1979. The scanner looked like Merlin but served only one function: to the police clues as to where the thief was at. The scanner would make noises like breaking glass or slamming door. Using these hints, the players narrow down where the thief is at. When the thief is apprehended, the detective making the collar gets a bounty. The first to $2,500 is the winner.
I found a copy of Stop Thief for $1.99 last month. I was stoked because this was a minor Grail of mine. But it was missing a few of the cards. I made a few eBay purchases to remedy this. Now I have a complete copy of Stop Thief.
On a related note: Stop Thief is slated for a facelift. I’ll be taking a look at the new version in a blog post soon.
2. Prize Property
I’ve written about Prize Property here and here. It’s a classic game that showed how ahead of its time Milton Bradley really was. I found Prize Property on the same day, albeit a different store, as Stop Thief.
I already have a copy of Prize Property. But this new acquisition is actually in better condition than my eBay purchase from a year or two ago. Now I have a cooler version and can trade away the other one.
If you are in need of classic Milton Bradley, let me know.
3. Power Barons
I remember when I first heard of Power Barons. It was during the commercial break of a Transformer’s episode. This was in the weeks leading up to Christmas 1986. The game looked amazing!
The game quickly shot up the Santa list, eventually landing on “Must Have”. I was stoked when I opened the box and saw the components. The game came with four “power barons”, each with a back story. These are elaborate plastic busts not entirely dissimilar to Milton Bradley’s Conspiracy. Plus there was a good pound of other plastic components. I must have spent about an hour removing the pieces from the sprues.
The game play was not on par with how cool the components were. I cannibalized the game for its pieces and used them for Risk or other games. This is not to say the game lacks nostalgia value. I found a copy at the same Goodwill where I found Prize Property. I couldn’t help but pick up the game. To my amazement, it was complete and in great condition.
4. Blokus 3D
There are some games that I find at thrift stores that I buy simply to give them to another local gamer. One of those games is Blokus. I figure if someone is interested in a game like Blokus, they may be interested in the types of games we play.
Blokus is a decently rated game that offers a good amount of strategy. It’s been published several times by several different companies. And Blokus can often be found at thrift stores if you hunt long enough.
But I found a copy of the more elusive Blokus 3D! This is based on the older game Rumis. You have 3D tetris like pieces that you fit together. The game is faithful to its Blokus namesake: you fit pieces together to outwit your opponents without touching your own pieces.
I’ve added this game to The Gaming Annex’s library if anyone would like to borrow it.
A couple times a year I will fine Atmosfear at a thrift store. I usually pick it up because of nostalgia. This is the type of game that I give away on craigslist so as to meet local gamers–try to get them to come in the door of The Gaming Annex.
I found a copy last month. As such, there is a copy available to any local gamer who reads our blog.
6. Enchanted forest
People often talk about “gateway” games–games they use to bridge the gap between non-gamers and gamers. If there was a publisher that embodied this genre, it would be Ravensburger. Their games are softer designer board games like A-Maze-Ing Labyrinth. If you’re looking for such games, head to your local thrift stores and grab any Ravensburger games they might have.
I found Enchanted Forest recently. It’s a good family game, really geared toward children more than adults. The components include rugged plastic trees. Also, the wooden meeples will acclimate gamers to designer games.
7. Other notable finds
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