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Found a Lord Of The Rings in Oxfam this morning for £2.99. Looks complete, need to take inventory of it. also saw a Cluedo and Monoploy from 198x or similar, but not too fussed about them.
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This weeks Doctor Who Adventures magazine comes with 17! free plastic Daleks the perfect size for 28-30mm (40k etc) gaming. They're a bit cheap looking but I reckon they'll paint up really well, and at less than 13p each (the mag is £2.20 - be warned though! It contains a large picture of James Corden) a bit of a bargain. I have 68 :) Heresy [www.heresyminiatures.com] do nice unofficial ecclestone/tennant/smith-esque doctors... now all I need is the bits for a davross conversion :)
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Two mainstream bargains here and almost tailor-made for lord cookie. :)

I saw these in HMV Metrocentre today but they should presumably be available in most of the stores. I picked up Boggle Flash for £12 instead of it's normal £25-£30. It's the classic wordsearch game but uses five cubes which display a letter each. You slide them around to form words. The cubes know when you have a valid word and keep score and time you as well. There are three variants and it all works very nicely. Even my wife approves of this one.

Next one I didn't buy but the new Trivial Pursuit: Bet you know was down to £10 from £40. It's taken the betting idea from Wits and Wagers and tweaked the rules to shorten the game and generally speed things up. It looks like an interesting shake up for the series and for £10 you can't go wrong.

The new Doctor Who game was only £7.50 as well but as Michael will tell you that is still a rip-off.
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You fellows have had me hunting for second-hand bargains - in vain, as it happens. I saw a Lord of the Rings but it was going for a damned sight more than Moosegrinder saw his for, and it looked like it had been used as either a step-stool, a toilet, or both.

I did see something called 'Knightmare' in a toy shop, but it didn't appear to be associated with the TV show, and I can't find mention of it online. It's possible it was just a toy and not a game at all. I didn't really have a good look at it.

Do all toy and game shops have a Games Workshop component to them these days? Both toy/game shops in Tavistock were loaded with Games Workshop stuff but had very little else. It was all Citadel Miniatures, Airfix kits and boxes of Mastermind.
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[quote name='jonnyalpha' timestamp='1296858717' post='7682149']
I saw these in HMV Metrocentre today but they should presumably be available in most of the stores. I picked up Boggle Flash for £12 instead of it's normal £25-£30. It's the classic wordsearch game but uses five cubes which display a letter each. You slide them around to form words. The cubes know when you have a valid word and keep score and time you as well. There are three variants and it all works very nicely. Even my wife approves of this one.
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Argos were doing Boggle Flash a while back for £15, my wife picked one up then - it's a good laugh but I don't play it much as I'm embarrassingly bad at it!
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Heading off to the local charity shops shortly, fingers crossed for something more exciting than jigsaws and monopoly with missing bits.
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[quote name='strawdonkey' timestamp='1296903574' post='7682576']
Argos were doing Boggle Flash a while back for £15, my wife picked one up then - it's a good laugh but I don't play it much as I'm embarrassingly bad at it!
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I always think I'm doing ok but then the cubes inform me that I may have scored 10 but the possible max score was 33. Oh, not so good then. :ph34r:
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[quote name='Campfire_Burning' timestamp='1296859297' post='7682167']
You fellows have had me hunting for second-hand bargains - in vain, as it happens. I saw a Lord of the Rings but it was going for a damned sight more than Moosegrinder saw his for, and it looked like it had been used as either a step-stool, a toilet, or both.

I did see something called 'Knightmare' in a toy shop, but it didn't appear to be associated with the TV show, and I can't find mention of it online. It's possible it was just a toy and not a game at all. I didn't really have a good look at it.

Do all toy and game shops have a Games Workshop component to them these days? Both toy/game shops in Tavistock were loaded with Games Workshop stuff but had very little else. It was all Citadel Miniatures, Airfix kits and boxes of Mastermind.
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There is an official Knightmare board game...
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Not strictly a board game (or especially appropriate to the proper board game types around these parts), but I spotted a mint Screwball Scramble in a local cherridy shop this morning. I was hella tempted at £2 as I used to absolutely adore that game as a kid, but despite the overwhelming wave of nostalgia that shook me to my very soul....I resisted.
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Oh well, as anticipated, a whole bunch of crap. I'm sure michael recommended picking up anything by Ravenburger at one point, but I thought I might get some funny looks buying [url="http://www.toys-world.co.uk/toys_catalogue/games/8/cover.jpg"]this.[/url]
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Seeing as you said Michael recommends Ravensburger I went and picked up that Explore Europe and Haunted Wood from BHF
[url="http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2484/journey-through-europe"]Journey Through Europe (Explore Europe over here)[/url]
[url="http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2367/haunted-wood"]Haunted Wood[/url]

Both in the mid 4/10 but what do you want for £3.50?
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Nope, it's kind of a decent rule - I always pick up Ravensburger games (but leave the jigsaws and toys there). Ravensburger produce great little games, especially for kids - wooden bits and nice artwork - that do pretty well for trading and selling on eBay.

Hence, never leave a Ravensburger behind. Also (as an addendum) always grab a HABA!
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Glad I wasn't going mental! Thought you had posted that at some point.


[quote name='Cochise' timestamp='1296913266' post='7682789']
Not strictly a board game (or especially appropriate to the proper board game types around these parts), but I spotted a mint Screwball Scramble in a local cherridy shop this morning. I was hella tempted at £2 as I used to absolutely adore that game as a kid, but despite the overwhelming wave of nostalgia that shook me to my very soul....I resisted.
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Meant to post that I would have really struggled not to purchase that. Loved it too :D
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I had Journey through Europe as a kid and enjoyed many a hour playing it, often by myself i think! Looking at those pics of it on BGG has reminded me of other games I had as a kid: Scotland Yard, Stratego, an old copy of Totopoly and [url="http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1202/the-sorcerers-cave"]The Sorcerer's Cave[/url]. An early dungeon crawler that i got for Xmas when i was 9 or 10. I imagine they've been thrown out by now though and became a bargain for someone else :facepalm:
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Scored a copy of Munchkin in a charity shop for £2.50 on Saturday. Not played it yet.
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I got an Italian version of Michigan : Report From Hell for £25, off somewhere online. Its going for around £40 on amazon used, so I guess its a bargain. Should of kept it in the packaging really, but whatever, I wanted to play it, and experience its craziness / crappiness. It excelled on both aspects
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You predict RIGHT.

Adeptus Titanicus and Advanced HeroQuest.

Complete.

Much of it still unpunched or on sprues.

£8 the pair.
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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?!
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