Posted 19 February 2011 - 02:41 PM
So here's the story:
I was on the High Street to go to the Post Office, sending out a bunch of stuff. As I tend to do on a Saturday, I popped into the charity shops on my route. Most of the time there's the usual combination of Monopoly sets and Trivial Pursuit, but sitting on the shelf in the British Heart Foundation shop was a copy of Advanced HeroQuest. I had this when I was a kid but some time during the many house moves we made as a family, it got lost. Today it rejoined my collection and it's amazing. Most of the tokens are unpunched and half the figures are still on sprues. The box needs a little TLC, but I really don't care. This one is staying in the collection.
What's really odd is I was only writing about Advanced HeroQuest yesterday while working on a review of the D&D Wrath of Ashardalon game. Cosmic ordering? Beautiful coincidence? Who knows - but it's sitting on a shelf in my home now.
I then got to chatting with the mad old lady who was in charge today and she said they had a stack of games out the back if I wanted to look? Of course I did! Most of it was along the lines of Monopoly and such stuff, but there was a set of some of the old MB arcade conversions in minty fresh condition (Zaxxon, Defender, Beserk and Frogger, if I recall) and Soccerama (which I remember playing at my grandmother's house when I was a kid).
Oh, and a copy of Adeptus Titanicus. I picked it up, felt pretty solid.
"I'll charge you the same for that if you want it."
Nice one, thought I. I'd not actually heard of it before, but why not go for a gamble? I recognised Jervis' name on the front and who doesn't love giant robots?
Got it home and it's in better condition than the Advanced HeroQuest. Entirely complete, tokens mostly unpunched, polystyrene buildings look ludicrously lovely.
Now what the hell do I do with it?!