What was your favorite thrift store find of 2010?
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Time for bragging again. We can't all be King of the Thrifters, but everybody has found something they're excited about. What did you find in 2010 that was your biggest score?

My previous "Annual thrift store find" lists:

Favorite find of 2009
Favorite find of 2008
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1. Board Game: Make 'n' Break Extreme [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:9141]
Board Game: Make 'n' Break Extreme
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2010 was a pretty dry year for me, thrift-wise. Partially because I'm getting pickier, partially because I have less thrifting time, and partially because stuff seems to be getting harder to find. A couple stores around here decided they're just not going to sell games any more to top it off.

Despite all that, I was able to get Make n' Break Extreme, the sequel to the very fun Make n' Break (pick it up if you see it -- really) for I think $2.99. If I had to recount my favorite NON-game find, it would have been the Black Adder Collection on DVD.
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2. Board Game: Fireball Island [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:3000]
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Found this complete for 7.99 at a Value Village this year. I've had a bunch of great finds this year but a lot of them haven't been played. Unfortunately.

At least this one was played and brings back memories from my childhood
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3. Board Game: Mosby's Raiders: Guerilla Warfare in the Civil War [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:4333]
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I found this a few months ago at the GW outlet. Amazingly, it was complete and all parts in the box. Of all my finds last year, this has gotten more plays than anything else... sadly, that's only been about 6 games.

Looking back through the year was fun. I keep saying it's been a poor year but I had a good half dozen contenders for this list to prove me wrong. Honorable mentions go to the following:
Elfenland
Saint Petersburg
Doubloon Dippity
If Wishes Were Fishes!
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4. Board Game: Zooloretto [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:736] [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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Madison Heights
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Not the most amazing find, but since no one found anything awesome like Jati

Actually, considering that I only started thrifting in October of last year I feel like I did pretty well.
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5. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:277]
Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis!
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I think I'll have to go with this one, found complete for $1.99 at Savers, with HeroQuest found at the same time. Not much could top that.
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6. Board Game: Tikal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:256]
Board Game: Tikal
I was rather happy to find Tikal, even if I had to make a couple of the wooden pieces to complete it. We have managed to get a wider variety of people to play it than expected. My 2nd favorite find was Twixt, mostly for bringing back memories from my youth.
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7. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:264]
Board Game: Acquire
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Ogden
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Found a complete copy of the 1999 Big box all in pretty decent shape ($4 at Goodwill). I really can't think of a whole lot more of note that I found this year (edit: just remembered an in shrink copy of 10 Days in Europe for a distant 2nd place) so this easily takes the cake.
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8. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:244] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Board Game: Small World
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Tough call as to my "favorite" find. I was pretty jazzed to find the Omega Virus, Clans, Dungeon Twister, and a Samurai Swords. Verflixit was pretty wow, and so was a Risk 40th Anniversary edition. Getting El Caballero from the used section of the FLGS, which turned out to be unpunched was pretty awesome as well. But, an unplayed Small World, for only $2.18 was probably my favorite find, being all "cult of the newish" and all...
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9. Board Game: Space Crusade [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1233]
Board Game: Space Crusade
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Got some decent finds in 2010: the Pillars of the Earth, Himalaya, Carc, 3x Loopin' Louies, 2x Ubongo, 2x Escape from Atlantis.

This is one of the finds that I'm most excited about, although it smells a bit mouldy zombie (and it's not even my kind of game).

Got five(!) boxes of Space Crusade (Finnish version from 1990) for 10 euros. Sadly I could only scramble together one copy with servicable cardboard parts, as most boxes had been ruined by water damages (in a fire 10-15 years ago). But I got four or five whole sets of all the plastic stuff (figures and weapons, bases, pegs etc.), cards and dice!
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10. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:303] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Well, 2010 was my inaugural year for thrifting and I made some fine finds, including: Fortress America, various Axis & Allies games, Acquire, Cartagena, and Breakout: Normandy.

But I felt best about Civilization. It was $2.99, in lovely condition, and was the highest ranked game I found in 2010.
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11. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:988]
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Not actually my find but my mother's. On a flea market she bought me 3 games for I think € 8. Two of them were not much but this gem was there as well. Complete!
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12. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1886]
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Well, 2010, finally I thrifted a game that I saw every week on the lists. In february I found a near-ludicrous (bits in shrink) copy of the bookshelf edition for €2.20. Huzzah!

Other games worthy of the title:
Orient Express (1987 Spiel des Jahres Winner)
Dune (noooo not that Dune, but still cool)
Before the Wind (not a thrift but a great bargain find)
Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 (again a great bargain find)
Typo (very cheap thrift find, excellent wordgame)
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13. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:77]
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I picked up a fair few gooduns this year but I'll plump for BSG for £3 as my best as it has got the most plays since thrifting.

Other notable mentions:
Caylus for £3
Ambush! for £1.99
Kremlin for £1.50
Talisman (Third Edition) for £2
Combat Commander: Pacific for £4

I hope 2011 lives up to these gems. Good luck to all in their thrifting endeavours.



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14. Board Game: Aladdin: The Magic Carpet Game [Average Rating:4.95 Unranked]
Board Game: Aladdin: The Magic Carpet Game
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Actually this is one of my least-thumbed entries for last years thrift finds, but also a game with one amazing idea (and execution) and one that my kids request a lot. Will write a review soon, since it's really worth getting for few bucks.

TTR for $7.50 was my most-thumbed entry last year, but that's so cliche...
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15. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:520]
Board Game: Cuba
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Waconia
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Not much else to say, really. Found a couple HeroQuest but those were just trade bait. This one I actually play and enjoy.
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16. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1375]
Board Game: Niagara
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Very hard to pick just one, but I would have to go with Niagara, which was found in complete, contents-in-shrink condition, and may have been the first time it was found recorded at a thrift store. Sadly, I have only played this game once since finding.

Others?
The Ark of the Covenant Played three times - a neat Carc variant.Cosmic Encounter The 2000 version that plays up to 4 with the chunky ships.
Qwirkle Has become one of my wifes favourites.
Catan New 4th edition to eventually replace my worn out 3rd edition.
Bazaar Contents in shrink!
And last but certainly not least, Go Away Monster! which was my son's first game.







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17. Board Game: Bisikle [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3785]
Board Game: Bisikle
This was a really tough decision for me because I had several favorite finds for several different reasons. I really rank them all as the same level of "favorite."

I picked Bisikle just because it was something I was interested in trying out, and the one I was most shocked to find at a thrift store.

My others:
HeroQuest - Found an in-shrink copy in January for $2.99, sold it that same month on eBay for $140, then used that sale to justify spending about $200 on new games.
Dragonmaster - Found a nice, complete copy of this for $.50 that I was able to give away to PMBoos.
Australia - A game that became a quick hit with my local game group.
Magic Realm - Very good condition copy that I'm hoping will help fund some more new game purchases in the future.
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18. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:853]
Board Game: Ikusa
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During a ten day stretch that included the week of Gencon I made several amazing finds. My first find was a copy of Broadsides and Boarding Parties, then several days later I found a complete copy of Dark Tower. After a quiet weekend, the Monday before leaving for Gencon I found a 3M copy of Acquire. But my favorite find occurred at Gencon. On Friday, I found I needed a break so I grabbed some lunch and found a spot to sit in the auction room (next to Richard Borg.) I told myself that I would only bid on a copy of Samuriai/Shogun. As I finished my lunch, a large blue tub was up next. The auctioneer stated that inside the blue tub was three copies of Shogun minus the boxes. I was shocked but was ready to bid. I was even more shocked when I won the bid for $30.00. But wait it gets better..... inside the tub was enough miniatures for 10 copies of Shogun!

The very next week, one of my staff found a fourth copy of Shogun for me that included the box for $4.98. To spread the good will I gave away a copy minus the box in the secret Santa program.
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19. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3709]
Board Game: Blood Royale
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Well looking back 2010 was a very low year for me thrifting wise. I found this just before GenCon and am glad I didn't auction it. I have not played it yet but I am planning on using it with my miniatures to play out diplomacy aspects of a campaign.

In general this year is off to a very slow start as well as I am also finding less at the thrift stores I frequent and more and more are really paring down their game sections. That and it appears there are more people in this area thrifting for toys and games lately.

I am looking forward to the weather breaking so I can go further out try some new locations.
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20. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:198]
Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President
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I think my biggest score was 1960. I discovered this at Goodwill in near mint condition. Missing was the debate board and Wisconsin token. After contacting
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21. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:867]
Board Game: The Lord of the Rings
This, Tikal and Dschunke, each for € 1. No shrink, but otherwise in perfect condition.

(I'm fairly new to thrifting...)
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22. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes: West End Adventures [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:6960] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
Board Game: Sherlock Holmes: West End Adventures
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Looking back, 2010 was not as bad a year as it seemed, especially the second half. I was much pickier, but I found some nice stuff. Still, I think this was my favorite, just for the sake of coolness and rarity. And because I fished it out of a GW outlet bin just before closing and bought it for $1.59 -- after the clerk had told me that I was kind of late and there wasn't anything interesting left. Not only that, I found it while fractaloon was out of town -- and I never find anything when he's out of town despite my belief that cutting down on the competition should increase the selection.
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23. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:303] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Very tough decision but I would have to say nothing beats the thrill of finding an unpunched Civilization for 99 cents.

Honorable mentions include: Risk: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition,Mutant Chronicles: Siege of the Citadel, numerous Heroscape finds, and a big Carcassonne haul.
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24. Board Game: Strato Chess [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:15153]
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I found this in November for only $3.38 at Goodwill. I'm a big fan of chess variants, but I didn't have a 3D chessboard. I believe this is the most beautiful of them all, so even though all I got was the board assembly (no box, rules, or chess pieces), I really consider this my favorite find of 2010.

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Fire and Ice, September, $3.99 from a local thrift
Planetaire, October, FREE from a generous BBGer!
Series: 3M Paper Games Series, 6 different (out of 8), December, $16 including shipping, from the eBays
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25. Board Game: Simon [Average Rating:4.27 Overall Rank:19825]
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I found a few good things last year, one or two Epic Duels, Mississippi Queen, a second Warhammer Quest set (partial-missing the cards) and the expansions (all for $20).

But I'd have to say this is probably my favorite. I always wanted as a kid but never got. I've seen multiple, beat up crap copies in my several years thrifting. But this one had the beat up box and unit in great shape!

Love bringing it to a party. Everyone wants to play.

The WQ package was a close second.
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