Confessions of a Boardgame Thrifter
Brent Wolgemuth
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In the TV show Friends, Phoebe would stand outside the Café with her guitar, its case open on the ground, looking to collect donations as she sang “Smelly Cat”. Alas I don’t have a local café, only a FLGS. I have no guitar, but only this game of Acquire I thrifted. I have laid out the box lid on the ground. I can’t sing, so I can only hope to garner some geekgold in my box by telling you stories. The stories I tell are actually confessions…confessions of a Boardgame Thrifter.

So sit back, relax, find a seat on a nearby bench as I spin tales of my dementia as a Thrifter. If you feel compassion for my plight or you are a fellow thrifter that can relate, throw a little geekgold in my box. I promise not to use it on spirits, but would definitely use it towards my avatar

All the following I have done or do when I thrift for better or worse. Feel free to add your confessions too. They say confession is good for the soul.
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1. Board Game: Lunch Money [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:13151] [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
Board Game: Lunch Money
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“Yes the Force is strong with one!” I have to go out over lunch during the week just to see what might have appeared. I just know that something good will be there. If I don’t go someone else will get the game I want!!! I go and it was the same stuff I just saw a couple of days ago. Better go again just in case…
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2. Board Game: Organized Crime [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:14536]
Board Game: Organized Crime
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I have compassion for games. If I walk into a thrift store and see games screaming in pain because they have been ripped apart by little kids or are being smashed, then I must help them. So it may be a crime, but I organize the game rack so that things look nice again. But my motive is selfish. I want them to put more games out. The gal who stocks the games loves me.
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3. Board Game: Stare! [Average Rating:4.99 Overall Rank:19270]
Board Game: Stare!
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I stare at the games and keep looking and looking knowing that the game I want will appear there if I look hard enough. Scanning, scanning, nothing. Can’t be. Look again, there has to be something I’m missing. Where is it? Let me stare some more.
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4. Board Game: Comeback [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:15508]
Board Game: Comeback
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Having stared for a good while, the only alternative is to walk away. So I do walk away only to have the games call to me and so I comeback again and stare. This stare / comeback routine may be repeated several times during one visit…
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5. Board Game: Spy [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:16141]
Board Game: Spy
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I have watched someone pick up a game and put it in their cart just as I arrived at the game rack and then deliberately tailed them through the store to see if the game they picked up, they might consider returning to the game rack. Maybe they won’t want it. I almost considered asking the guy if he wanted it even though he had it in his cart. I kept a safe distance so as to not arouse suspicion.
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6. Board Game: The Adhesives Family Game [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
Board Game: The Adhesives Family Game
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I have torn the Scotch tape carefully off of games, so that I can see what is inside. I hate buying a game that is incomplete. If I am going to spend 25 cents for Loopin’ Louie, he better have all his parts. Sometimes I am careful and leave the tape partially on so I can re-seal it. But I can’t do more damage then the un-attended kids that are running around in the store do.
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7. Board Game: Check [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
Board Game: Check
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It is imperative that I check inventory right there in the store. Scotland Yard, 124 counters; I have to see if they are all there. Just found the card game Split today. I had to make sure all 104 cards were there. My one exception to this might be war games. Trying to count 40 billion punched chits can tax even the finest mental faculties, let alone trying to find a flat spot to set the box down and not lose the chits you are trying to count.
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8. Board Game: Go Away Monster! [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3586]
Board Game: Go Away Monster!
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Every taking of game inventory has to have the little kid that wanders by asking what you’re doing. “Backoff Weasel Boy!!!”, I am not counting these game pieces to have you destroy some other part of the game while I am not watching. I know, I know be nice. Have I told you what kids can do to game racks?
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9. Board Game: What's Missing? [Average Rating:5.19 Unranked]
Board Game: What's Missing?
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After doing inventory on a game and finding pieces missing, I have to look behind the game rack and around it on the floor to see if I can find the missing pieces. I have yet to have success with this. If I am not careful, I may go back into the Staring / Comeback routine again.
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10. Board Game: Name Dropper [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
Board Game: Name Dropper
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I am on a first name basis with the game rack stocker. Got to be friendly you know. Got to stay on good terms with the hand that feeds you.
 
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11. Board Game: Terrain Game [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Terrain Game
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You know you are totally addicted to boardgame thrifting when you go to Google Maps and type in the town where you will be staying on vacation and “Thrift Stores” to see if there are any close by. We must have a plan of attack. My wife even suggests that I check now before we go. How do you like that? But secretly, I think she is using my addiction to be able to shop for more clothes.
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12. Board Game: eBay Electronic Talking Auction Game [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7291]
Board Game: eBay Electronic Talking Auction Game
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Yes, I use thrifting to get games so that I can sell them on Ebay to buy games I really want. This is not easy because you have to know what games are worth. But thanks to BGG and Ebay, I am quickly learning which games to buy and which games to let alone.
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13. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:721]
Board Game: Can't Stop
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Admit that it is no longer under your control, and it will keep on going FOREVER!
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14. Board Game: Careers [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:5663]
Board Game: Careers
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For a brief fleeting moment I have considered taking a part-time job at the local Salvation Army, so I could be in charge of the games and toys section. By doing this I could make sure that all the best games, like Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Tribond and Scrabble would make to the the game rack...bwahahaha.arrrh

Ultimately, I would make no money at this job, because all the money that I would earn would go to buy all the games that pass through my grubby hands that I would deem not to be worthy of the game rack (Survive, Dark Tower, etc).
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