Rindis' Game Trade 2010
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I was talking to Mark (my regular FtF opponent) recently, and realized that despite trying to cut back, my game purchases are probably substantially up for this year.

So, I'm going to start keeping track of just what I am spending on games each year. Keeping track of the money will probably scare me into making actual cuts.

Yeah, I cracked myself up with that one too.
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1. RPG Item: AC1012: Poor Wizard's Almanac III & Book of Facts [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3257]
RPG Item: AC1012: Poor Wizard's Almanac III & Book of Facts
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1/?/2010
Bought: ?

I've always liked the world of Mystara, and was impressed by the second Almanac, which I picked up almost at random some years ago. This one is also good, though it represents the conversion of the world from Basic/Expert to AD&D2, which was not a comfortable move.
 
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2. Board Game: Doomed Battalions: ASL Module 11 [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked]
Board Game: Doomed Battalions: ASL Module 11
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1/?/2010
Bought:~$65

Preordered 3rd Edition.

This had been on preorder forever, and seemed like it could be in imminent release for much of that time, so I had endeavored to keep money available for it.

It's a good package. The triple helping of scenarios alone is worth quite a bit, and the maps and overlays are good to have.
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3. Board Game: ASL: Journal – Issue Eight [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
Board Game: ASL: Journal – Issue Eight
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3/3/2010
Bought: $20.25

Preordered.

A new ASL Journal? Must have. Not that I don't already have enough scenarios, but—there's never enough scenarios.

As it turns out, an especially good purchase, the articles are usually good, but are especially so this time.
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4. Board Game: Stalin's War [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:4572]
Board Game: Stalin's War
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4/8/10
Bought: $47.18

Preordered.

Hmm. A CDG with hexes? East front? Where do I sign?

The firestorm about the game being broken against a single carefully-calculated German strategy has managed to damp my enthusiasm. However, my single game as the Germans shows there's a long path to actually understanding the game.
 
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5. Board Game: ASL: Journal – Issue Two [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked]
Board Game: ASL: Journal – Issue Two
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6/3/2010
Bought: $42.75

Preordered. The map and counters included with it really drive up the price.
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6. RPG Item: GURPS Basic Set: Characters (Fourth Edition) [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:248]
RPG Item: GURPS Basic Set: Characters (Fourth Edition)
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7/11/10
Bought: $48
GURPS Basic Set: Characters (Fourth Edition)
GURPS Fantasy (Third Edition)
GURPS Traveller: Interstellar Wars

Busy Bee is a Canadian retailer that also offers what I assume are overstock items on eBay and through a web store. The prices are good, but the shipping from Canada is a bit steep, so it's best to get a package deal. In this case, I got three books for $10 each, but the shipping was an extra $21 (Mark got GURPS WWII for $5, and paid $3 of the shipping).

The experience was good through eBay, but I didn't get any replies back to messages about a possible second purchase through the on-line store, which has shipping weights that make no sense. soblue
 
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7. RPG Item: GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns (Fourth Edition) [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:234]
RPG Item: GURPS Basic Set: Campaigns (Fourth Edition)
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8/6/10
Bought: $23.07

Bought from Amazon.

Reading through the Characters book, I found it was pretty solid. I still had some small reservations, but the answers (one way or another) would be in Campaigns. Also, if I was going to run anything with 4e, I was going to need it.
 
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8. RPG Item: GURPS Space Atlas [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:7950]
RPG Item: GURPS Space Atlas
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8/17/10
Sold: $1

I got this way back when, and considered it okay. I had a GURPS Space setting I was putting together, and I used this for the main explored sector away from Earth. The one adventure I ran in that setting actually took place on one of the worlds here, though I forget which one.

Anyway, I consider it kind of weak, and if I restart that setting, I'll toss this part. So—sold to Mark.
 
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9. RPG Item: PC2: Top Ballista [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4475]
RPG Item: PC2: Top Ballista
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9/24/2010
Bought: $21.40

PC2: Top Ballista
HWR2: Kingdom of Nithia
HWA1: Hollow World: Nightwail
HWA3: Hollow World: Nightstorm

There was recently an auction of a bunch of Mystara stuff here on RPGG. I was quite thankful to stay out of the bidding for the copy of the Dungeons & Dragons Rules Cyclopedia, which went up pretty far. If I really had money, I would have gone after a couple of Gazeteers, and more of the Creature Crucible line. As it was, I was able to get the top two with no counter bids. Since the two HWAs had no bids, I offered to take those as well at a lower price.
 
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RPG Item: HârnMaster
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10/18/10
Bought: $25

RPGNow is an on-line RPG store dealing only with PDFs and electronic files (one of... three that I know of). They offered a fantastic deal of about $700 worth of product for $25. All proceeds to go to Doctors Without Borders for disaster relief in Pakistan. I decided it was too worthwhile a deal to pass up.

I've still only looked at a handful of the products, some of which are of no interest to me, but the star attractions are:

Exalted Rulebook
HârnMaster
Starblazer Adventures
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11. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:142]
Board Game: Paths of Glory
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10/21/2010
Bought: $126.41

Paths of Glory
Here I Stand

Preordered.

GMT makes so many good games that when they reprint five of their better titles at once, it's going to be hard not to want any of them.

Paths of Glory, of course, I've been hearing great things about ever since I started really paying attention to the 'geek, and with how much I've liked Pursuit of Glory, it was a 'must get'. I've also heard great things about Here I Stand, and since our group currently maxes out at 6, it was another obvious purchase.

I could really have wished for better timing. The last couple months have been economically difficult.
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12. Board Game: Federation & Empire [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:5345]
Board Game: Federation & Empire
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11/10/2010
Bought: $20

The 2010 edition of F&E came out this February, but I had not managed to find the money and time to update my copy to it.

Well, ADB is trying out offering materials for sale on PDF. One such is the F&E 2010 rulebook, available through e23. I want to also get copy of each of the new countersheets, but at least now I have all the real updates.
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13. Video Game: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:815] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Video Game: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
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12/7/2010
Bought: ~$80

The price is actually an average of a regular copy and Collector's Edition. I don't care about in-game pet or anything, but the WoW soundtracks are generally great, so me and Smudge (the other in-house WoW player) split two copies, one of each. She gets the in-game extras, we both get the swag in the box.
 
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14. Board Game: Barbarossa: Crimea [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:5158]
Board Game: Barbarossa: Crimea
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12/27/10
Bought: $65.54

Preordered.

I've been looking at OCS and EFS for years. I still need to pick up an OCS game, but Crimea looks like a good place to try out EFS, especially as I have room for it's single map.

So far, it looks really good. I hope it doesn't take too long to do more than look.
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15. Board Game: Sum-Up [Average Rating:4.83 Unranked]
Board Game: Sum-Up
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Total for the year: $582

Not quite as bad as I feared, looking at some of the prices piling up in the list. Still, I expect 2011 to show a dip in purchasing.

2010 releases that I wanted and didn't get (roughly in order of desire):
Wilderness War
ASL Action Pack #6: A Decade of War
Normandy '44
Commands & Colors: Napoleonics
Washington's War
Out of the Attic: Issue #2
GURPS Low-Tech (Second Edition)
WO Bonus Pack: ASL Scenario Bonus Pack for Winter Offensive 2010
GURPS Low-Tech Companion 1: Philosophers and Kings
GURPS Low-Tech Companion 2: Weapons and Warriors

I should also mention that I would like to get a few spare parts for F&E 2010. I figure a copy of the two new sheets should help take care of some shortage of carrier and escort counters in my set. I also want to get a couple copies of the new 'bases sheet'.
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