Quick post today. Pax Unplugged was awesome! Here are some of cool games I picked up.
First off some promos and freebies I picked up.
I also won a copy of Pick the Lock, a little card game.
One of the coolest items is Zendo, signed by Andrew Looney. This game has been on my want list for a long time and they finally reprinted it.
Garbage Day is a fun, unique card game.
Finally I can’t leave a convention without a mystery bag/ box and this time around I got Battle Yahtzee Deadpool which intrigued me in the past and Are You the Traitor (not really a fan of social deduction games).
I am definitely going to Pax Unplugged next year and I can easily see it being my favorite convention.
I was recently introduced to the world of thrifting and the thrift stores in New York City. It is (in my opinion) the closest you can get in the modern world to digging for treasure. I really do enjoy the thrill of the hunt and reading other people’s thrift store hauls on reddit. So it about time to share some awesome board games I found in thrift stores.
My best find has to be Ingenius for less than $5 after discounts. It is pretty much brand new. I don’t usually like abstract strategy games but Ingenius is quickly becoming one of my favorite games in my collection. It is a tile laying game and how you place your tile each turn will score points in one or two of six colors. What is clever or dare I say ingenius about this game is you only score the points of your worst performing color. So you can’t go all in in just one or two colors. I highly recommend this game.
I got Rush Hour Deluxe Edition for $4. The box is a little banged up and it is missing two cards but everything else is there. This is a puzzle where you have to get you car out of a traffic jam. I got through the easy scenarios but I am having some problems solving even the intermediate puzzles. Rush Hour is probably the most well known game of the Thinkfun puzzle line and I also recommend Roller Coaster Challenge if you ever come across it.
Finally I got this party game, Emoji Cards for $3. I actually came back for it because I was surprised Tom Vasal of the Dice Tower gave a positive review for the game. It doesn’t look like much but it is Charades meets the game, Concept. I am also brainstorming a variant for this game. It is still in the testing phase but as a little teaser it can be best described as a reverse Codenames.
What have been some of your best thrift shop finds? In the past, I have also gotten Carcassonne for $5, Ascension for $5, Qwirkle for $1, Stonehenge with the expansion for $10 and Tsuro for $5 at a used bookstore but unfortunately they don’t sell games anymore.
I went to the new Target in Herald Square and I found these superhero collector box repacks. I haven’t seen these before and there is only one way to find out what is in it. The box is a bit bigger than the usual repacks. It costs $9.99 and it has 12 superhero items with over $30 in value. You can also win a graded comic book signed by Stan Lee.
Here are the items I got in my superhero collector box repack.
Marvel Captain America Heroclix
Marvel Age of Ultron Dice Masters
DC War of Light Dice Masters
Marvel Civil War Dice Masters
Suicide Squad Original Minis
DC Comics Original Minis
Marvel Hubsnaps x2
Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Dog Tags
Suicide Squad Dog Tags
Batman vs Superman Magnetic Metal Card
Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Magnets
This is really a random assortment of packs. At first glance, only the Heroclix and Dice Masters packs interest me and the Hubsnaps packs intrigue me. Anyways, here are my pulls.
The original minis are not the best quality collectible figurines I have seen. Also I don’t get what hubsnaps are all about. They just look like metal coins. The magnetic metal card was very cheaply made. Finally does anyone collect dog tags? I have zero interest in them but I am quickly getting way too many of them lying around the room.
And here are the good stuff. I don’t really need a Ant- Man figure but this is my first one of him in my Heroclix collection (I think). You never know when you need to build an Avengers team. As for the Dice Masters stuff, I don’t really play anymore but I will never say no to more dice in case I do play again!
All in all, not bad for $10. I have done a lot worst with repacks but with that being said I don’t feel like I need to get another superhero collector box in the future. There is just too much stuff I have no idea what to do with.
This year, I can’t say New York Comic Con was a lot less crowded but I can say it was noticeably less crowded which is a good thing. Anyways, I went in looking for good deals for board games and I have a huge stack of games sitting right next to me.
I love mystery boxes and a booth was selling one with board games and card games. I couldn’t resist.
I got Evil Genius Deathray along with an expansion and a tiny card game called Save the Cupcake in it. Evil Genius Deathray does not look like a good game. It feels like a bad Munchkin and I hate Munchkin. Save the Cupcake on the hand looks like a good quick 2 player card game. It is actually quite fun and interestingly enough it hasn’t had a retail release yet.
You know how I said I couldn’t resist a good mystery box well… I bought another one on the last day of comic con. This one was a Carl Chudyk themed box. It had Innovation, Innovation: Artifacts of History expansion and Red 7. I don’t know much about these games but at first glance they both have elements of Fluxx. These games have a good rating on Board Game Geek so I am interested in trying these out.
I got this push your luck dice game, Dancing Dice for $3 and Le Boomb for free. It was bundled with Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate (with promos) and Tuchulcha which my brother bought. Dancing Dice is high on my to try list. I like push your luck, Yahtzee like dice games and this seems like a nice twist to the usual formula. Le Boomb is barely a game but it could be an interesting way to determine who goes first in a game. Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate is the new hotness in the board gaming world. It is a D&D reskinning of Betrayal at the House on the Hill, one of my favorite games. Finally Tuchulcha has really, really boring box. Looked it up and it is a fancy Parcheesi like game. Not really my thing.
Finally I got this copy of Tak, signed by Pat Rothfuss. This is probably the coolest item I got in New York Comic Con this year. Tak is 2 player abstract game that is quick to teach and a lifetime to master. I usually avoid abstract games but I played this game a couple of times and I loved it. Throw Pat Rothfuss (my favorite author at the moment) in the mix and it was a no brainer.
I also bought a bunch of comics but wow that is a lot of games!
I have been trying to save money for New York Comic Con and Pax Unplugged. But I saw a single pack of Funko’s Disney Moana Mystery Minis for sale and I just could not resist a good deal.
And I pulled one of the coconut pirate guys. Moana, by the way, is probably my second favorite Disney movie at the moment. (Wreck It Ralph is still my favorite). Moana was just incredible. The music, the top notch animation and the fun characters (Moana, Maui, Tamatoa, even the ocean) are all part of the package. It also introduced a vast world, ripe for adventure. I can’t wait for the inevitable sequel and I can’t recommend checking out this movie enough if you haven’t already.
Today I got a Barnes & Noble exclusive mystery box! I got for 75% off (only $7.50) and it has pop dolls, pocket pop keychains and random mystery minis. So in my box, I got…
Killer Croc Pop! Heroes (A Barnes & Noble Exclusive)
Oscar the Grouch Pop! Sesame Street
Hulk Avengers Pocket Pop! Keychain
Olaf Pokemon Pop! Keychain
Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Mystery Minis Box
Wow that was a lot better than I was expecting. I don’t really collect pop dolls but I love the Oscar the Grouch one.
I hate those baseball card puzzles that require you to collect 9 (sometimes more) cards because I just know I will never finish them and it kind of bothers me… Here is a puzzle of Ichiro from 2012 Panini Triple Play that is only 1/3 finished.
And here is a leg from an Ichiro puzzle from 2008 Topps Opening Day. This puzzle has 28 pieces!!!