It appears that Husker Du was the gold medalist this year. Rebound was played a couple of times, and some Monopoly game (which I think became the Express version) hasn't been played yet. But mostly, they were probably stinkers.
Ooh Decisions, Decisions....This year was a good thrift year for me. There were 3 finds that stand above all others for me.
#3 Acquire, in the blue bookshelf edition with the plastic tiles. #2 Loopin' Louie...Wow, this was a surprise hit with all of my family and friends. I had seen this mentioned on the geek, but didn't see the appeal, until we played it.
#1 Would have to be Superplexus...Technically Outside the Scope of BGG, a rolling ball puzzle (think a three dimensional version of Labyrinth). My wife and I had been looking had been looking for this, after a friend showed us one, for years. Overly expensive on Ebay, I found my Superplexus this year a block from my house, at a yard sale for 50 cents.
My recent find of Space Hulk (which was also a FOTW) tops the list, but also rans include two Samurai Swords, Fortress America, If Fishes were Wishes, Bohnanza, a couple of Settlers of Catan and a Cities and Knights that was unplayed (and I later regifted to a friend who lacked it). And I can't not mention Loopin' Louie which I found on Dec 24th and gifted to my two nephews who played my copy anytime they were at my home.
Before I knew of the thrifting guild, I had one "find" that is still a bit unbelievable. A few years ago a member of a gameslist I am on was cleaning out some games and asked if anyone wanted some older Knizia games, and that the one with the best response would get the games. Now, I had a goodly amount of Reiner's games already and quite a few of them signed, plus, I've actually had Reiner at my home for BBQ prior to the 2003 KublaCon. Having stated so, the owner of the games said I was the one and we arranged for pickup at a local gamenight. I arrived and he showed me the games.
Diabolo Catena Complica Prisma Pyramido
I was really taken aback, I had not see nor even heard of these games at the time. When I asked how much, he told me there was no price, he was just looking for them to have a good home. I insisted he take something, but he said no again. I was dumbfounded.
I take them to game conventions and I make sure they are available for play during KniziaThon at KublaCon. People think I'm nuts to do so, but as they didn't cost me anything, even if I lost them, I would still have had the pleasure of playing them...
This past KublaCon (May 2009) Reiner was once again in attendance, and I had him sign the inside cover of Pyramido. I sent an email to the person who had given me the games to let him know they were still in use and that I had Reiner sign Pyramido. He was quite pleased to know they were indeed in a good home...
While not the best or the first game I found this year. It was very early in my travels. Alot of firsts for me.
First game worth over 50 bucks First in shrink find First game I ever traded
I felt so acomplished when I pulled this outta that thrift store for 5 bucks. I called a few friends to brag. I was felling really great. But then it sat on a shelf for a long time. Till just before Thanksgiving I was feelign the itch for new games, but didn't the the cash. So this game went out in a trade (with some cash) and netted me Cash and Guns, Yakuza, Agricola, Z-Deck and Shazamm!
Okay, I looked through all my posts for the year, and while I had some decent finds, it wasn't a great year for games. Probably the two games I was most excited to find were Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition) and a nicer copy of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game. But thinking back, I suspect that what excited me most this year (barring Pyrex, which is ALWAYS exciting), was a nice hardback copy of Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August with the dj. I'd been hoping to thrift a copy of the book for years, and this is a great copy, even if it is BOMC. Here's a dj similar to mine, except that mine was a BOMC edition dated 1962, the original year of publication, instead of a 25th-anniversary Pulitzer edition.
I think I'll say Jungle Speed: The Extreme Expansion because it was such an utterly unusual find. Still in shrink wrap. I have no idea how it would have arrived waiting to be bought at the Value Village.
So of course, I got the base game for Christmas and once I play it a few more times, I'll add the extension cards.
I was pleased to find a number of 3M games this year, including Acquire and Bazaar at a store while out of town on a business trip. I also found Scotland Yard, Amazing Labyrinth, and Can't Stop at various yard sales and other thrifting opportunities.
My best find, however, has to be Boggle Deluxe over Thanksgiving. After this $3 find sold for nearly $60 on eBay, I sold the $3 copy I thrifted last year for another $60.
Believe it or not, but yeah...Cribbage. A brand new set I thrifted for $3.
That might sound crazy, but I've come to realize most of the thrift worthy stuff I find I end up selling to get something I want (usually Euros). I'd never played Cribbage before and was with a friend when I found it and she taught me to play when we left the store. I played a dozen times that first week, at least. I love this game and its one that I keep in my car.
I was also surprised to find out how many of my friends like it as well.
I found some good stuff like Rail Barons and Big Boggle that I sold for decent coin, but favorite thrift find 2009 has to be Cribbage.
I guess it has to be this one. In all these years I had only once spotted another copy, which I didn't buy because it was missing a lot of pieces. This complete copy was missing only a single Atlantean, I bought it 21st March for €3. (Q: why is this rated so much lower than 'Survive!'?)
Another great find, based on value for money, was Advanced Civilization. It would be my #1 find if I owned the base game.
Other notable acquisitions: - Aladdin's Dragons, free from Richard Breese at Essen2009. (Many thanks!) - Tycoon, a Wolfgang Kramer game, my fav. designer. - That's Life!, another Kramer. - Can't Stop, I constantly saw these on the thrift lists but it was never to be mine... until last year.
I haven't thrifted as much as the year before. So 2009 was a less good year on the thrifty front.