Mar
It's July (already)! This year is flying by at an alarming rate..

Anyway, let's post and talk about our gaming pickups for the month.

I haven't been getting much recently as I've been a little distracted. However, I did grab a refurbished monitor chassis for my dedicated Mortal Kombat cab.

As some people might recall, the monitor in this cab started to lose the picture and display grey lines, so it was time to either do a repair or get something to replace the chassis. After a bit of procrastination (just a few months here and there) where the most I did was remove the old chassis. I finally came to the decision of getting a refurbished chassis instead of trying to repair my current one. In the end, you have to make a decision on the value of your own time...

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So here's the old (right) and the new (left). The new one actually looks dirtier than the old one, but what matters is how well it works...

I've popped it in the cab and had to fiddle with the screen adjustments (which took about an hour) until I got a picture that looked ok. But the good news is, it works great! Once I've had a bit more time to adjust the picture to looking perfect I'll post an update.
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Hwaygo
Oh man.. its been so hectic we forgot about pickup threads haha. I've got a whole heap to show off.. Hopefully I'll get a chance this weekend to take some pictures and put them up!
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Mar
About 3 hours of fiddling with adjustment knobs (I'm not exaggerating that length of time by the way...) and the picture looks awesome!

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Another pickup - the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, and I also threw in some wireless 'Sony' PS3 controllers. Both the controllers and a charging dock for about $35... I thought that was a bargain I couldn't refuse.

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Mar
Grabbed a few things in the past week. Nothing exceptional, but at such a reasonable price that it's hard not to grab them and add to the 'stacks'.

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A Pac-Man cushion for $4... Who could resist!
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bakersnarkMDW
That’s Pac-Man? When did he steal Sonic’s shoes? And gloves, & wash them with the shoes? (& grow arms & legs for that matter) - not that I’m any sort of Pac-Man expert, is that some N64 version?

Oh, and baseball games?!...

[Also, aren’t you missing a (literal) pickup from about a week ago, of which I may have a pic? 😉]
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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Mar
Ahh, I forgot to mention that!

Where else would you find an N64 - in the rubbish at the side of the road! For once the price tag matched the offering.

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Thanks Mark for the photography, and company.
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Hwaygo

Haven't done this for a while and so I have a HEAP to share!

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Reunited this sonic 2 cart with a case and manual. All in great condition! Probably didn't save any money on this deal but its fun to reunite loose stuff.
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Need to get a better copy of Outlander, but I couldn't resist it.
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Trying to decide if I should mod this xbox. Its sooo much easier these days with Soft mods, but I feel like it takes away from the fun of collecting games for the system.
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Something else I said I could never buy again. A loose cart! But I've wanted choplifter for a while and I couldn't resist this one at $5.
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Still yet to play marble madness. I feel like I am becoming more of a collector and less of a player. Simply dont have time to get to all the stuff I buy...
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This got me worried at first because the title music is average and I thought to myself "please don't tell me there is a whole new soundtrack". But when I started the game I was greeted with remixes of the classic Outrun sound track which i was really happy about! Have to play some more but its been fun so far!
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At the moment Sonic mania is pretty much the reason I haven't got to anything else. This is the game Sega should have made (at any point between 1995 and 2016). Obviously the passion of the fans was what this franchise needed.
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Alien Trilogy is another classic from my Teen's. Its like Doom, but Alien themed.

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Also an impending house inspection forced me to clean up. In turn I've setup an 8/16 bit area with the extra CRT terry gave me. Pretty happy with how its turned out. I just feel like I need a NES to complete this set.
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I also have a bit of a backlog dating back to the end of last month (in fact there’s a related item several months old [& there’s even a video game!]). Might present them in parts.

DON’T PANIC!
Well... panic a bit (in fact it’s all about panic)

Back in Feb I picked up a Mah Jong set from the local op-shop to fill a collection gap (as mentioned in an earlier thread). On the same visit I also found Castle Panic for the princely sum of $1.

It’s a cooperative tower defense (literally) game where the players use their attack cards to keep the relentless waves of Goblins, Orcs & Trolls from destroying their castle at the centre of the board, consisting of 6 walls and 6 towers. It’s nice and simple and quick to play (about an hour), accessible to non-gamers but with enough interest for the serious player.
A great little overview by the designer above and here he presents a very clear rules exposition.

Or for a more casual play through, here’s Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop:


When I picked up Castle Panic I became aware of a later iteration which seemed intriguing. At the end of  June the sale shelf at Good Games Epping produced a copy of Star Trek Panic. ($35)
Based on the Original Series, instead of a castle to defend it is a rather impressive centrepiece model of the Enterprise being attacked by Klingons, Romulans and Tholians.
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It’s a great expansion on the elegant core of Castle Panic. The added layers of complexity each come with added interest. The trade off is a slightly longer game which pushes it out of my light category of up-to-an-hour play to around 90min. In CP the aim is simply to kill all the baddies before your last tower goes down, but STP sends you on missions taken from the show - the baddies are in infinite supply until you complete 5 missions, then you clear the ships on the board and warp out of there. In CP the monsters have to run in to things to destroy them and the walls & towers fall at one hit. The shields and hull sections in STP can take 2 hits each but the aliens are shooting as soon as they arrive!
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Players get to be an Enterprise crew member with a particular power and you can manoeuvre the Enterprise (it actually stays in the centre of the board but enemy ships and mission objectives move relatively closer).
Marco Arnaudo likes it and explains why here:
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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See it & the rest here:
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Mar
Out Run 2 is meant to be pretty good actually, from what I recall. I've never played it though myself. And yeah, I need to pick up Sonic Mania. I was going to while in Brisbane but A: I forgot because it was mental and 2: I didn't have the room to put it in my bags anyway...

Good to see some board game pickups!
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Some pickup catchup:

A couple of oddities for me, a tabletop game bought for full price and a modern video game!

The tabletop game is also an RPG. I’ve mentioned elsewhere that I have a crap-load of the excellent and versatile RPG system from Steve Jackson Games GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System). You can see said crap-load in my RPG collection here:
https://rpggeek.com/collection/user/BakerSnark?own=1&subtype=rpgitem&ff=1

One thing it wasn’t so good at was to quickly jump in to an old D&D-style dungeon bash. This is corrected by Dungeon Fantasy Roleplaying: Powered by GURPS
An all-in-one-box kit to get a bunch of classic fantasy characters quickly slaying evil and looting dungeons and possibly springboarding the players into the broader possibilities of GURPS proper. Here’s some dude unboxing, explaining and saying mostly nice things about Dungeon Fantasy.


Chatter on forums suggest this product suffered from time and cost overruns so, despite being a good product it will probably only have limited availability so I’m glad i got it when i did.


Got the video game some time back but haven’t played it yet. I'll let the box speak for itself. (That's Sublevel Zero Redux under the EB sale sticker).
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Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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See it & the rest here:
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Mar
Careful Mark, you might turn into a video game collector (again)!
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If that collecting topic ever gets to the podcast, I’ll again explain why most of my collections don’t make me a “Collector”.

More pickup catchup:

Got a few little quick cheap games from Good Games at the very end of June (EOFY sale) and start of July (because many prices didn’t go back up).

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($9.60)
It’s a small dice rolling game (Yahtzee-type mechanism yet again) from the same company who did The Hobbit card game  - same small box (I’ve got both in the Hobbit box for easy carry).
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Up to four play a hobbit each, marking your progress (& that of the pursuing Nazgul) towards Mount Doom on a little square paper map.
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On the face of it it looks like just a side-by-side race on your own little map, but it does allow for interaction by dropping Nazguls on your ‘opponents’ (the other hobbits!). It’s very portable and can be played with some different coloured regular 6 sided dice. I have played this with some non-gamers with very positive reactions.
Rules:
https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/7c/d8/7cd8d2fe-ce21-4252-bab7-b23ccb38dfa6/ltr17_rules_insert_eng.pdf

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Second is a single deck (54 cards) train game called Isle of Trains ($7.20)
Build and upgrade trains and buildings to complete the delivery contracts on the 6 double-sided cards that form the Isle.
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Social deduction game set in Alien/Aliens situation (not licensed). Social deduction games are often set as a detective find the murderer situation, and are usually quick and simple but benefit from a larger player count than some other games - eg 5+.
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I’m not usually a social deduction guy, but if someone wants that type of game, this looks like a very good option.
Rules:
http://wizkids.com/posters/repository/wizkids/Burke%27s%20Gambit_Rulebook.pdf

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A fast & furious cards & dice game - roll and grab (simultaneously from the table centre) dice to be used as resources to run the weapons you have been dealt from a deck of cards for your combat robot.
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(I’m going to be deemed a dice collector with all the specialised dice I’m accumulating).
The dice are placed on the body locations of your robot (think Frankenstein in Monster Bash) although all locations are treated the same except the head (which provides a special action). 
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Here’s a written review which explains the game:
http://www.sahmreviews.com/2017/06/wizkids-dicebot-megafun.html

It has an advanced option where you get dealt a card with a special power which you activate by collecting and spending Kill points.
Rulebook
https://videogamegeek.com/file/download/w3sg78xtsa/Dicebot_Megafun_-_RulebookOnline.pdf

For those who like video game references, this is one of the super weapons from Dicebot Megafun!
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Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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See it & the rest here:
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