Is it a key economic indicator that these pickup threads are moving to quarterly instalments?
Readers will be shocked to discover my pickups to be tabletop games! 😉
One of the more veteran members of the game group I used to attend held an auction on Board Game Geek through January. I believe he usually cleared a few games out each year but this was a particularly large one because, tragically, his wife had recently lost a long battle with breast cancer and the proceeds were to provide the core for a donation to the McGrath Foundation to fund a nurse in her name. A couple of other guys from the group also provided some games and ultimately he raised well over $4000 (I’m afraid my contribution was quite modest).
The auction concluded at the end of January but I didn’t arrange receipt of them until the beginning of March.
An economic boardgame set in Lancashire during the industrial revolution. The game has been rebooted recently and is now called Brass: Lancashire, as it has been given a sibling game called Brass: Birmingham. Not my standard type of game, and it looks and sounds like something from The IT Crowd’s Moss’ Game Board vodcast - “Textile Merchant: Norfolk Edition”. I have played it - it was one of the first games I played at the Inner West Games group, and though I was unable to confirm it, this has a good likelihood to be the actual copy I played then.
PLAGUE: The Card Game
Also played once at the group with the guy supplying it to the auction, it’s not the copy I played, as this one was shrink wrapped. It’s a cheerful little trick-taking card game (like Euchre, 500, Bridge) but incorporating penalty point (Plague) cards (like Hearts, Black Maria, Rickety Kate) with a Black Death theme. It has 3 suits (red, green & blue) and each suit always trumps another suit in a Rock, Paper, Scissors style:
Red trumps Green trumps Blue trumps Red
Rock trumps Scissors trumps Paper trumps Rock.
I like the artwork - a grim sort of Tarot style.
The last acquisition is a tool rather than a game but I got it specifically for my games. It’s a craft/scrapbooking device - a corner cutting punch for rounding off sharp right-angled corners.
When a game publisher hits some budget limits, one of the first things they do to cut corners is to not cut corners - on cards! They may even print the cards in sheets that are just perforated and need separating. Rounded corners on cards can make a world of difference to shuffling and avoids card-marking damage to the sharp corners. $10 spent at Lincraft is allowing me to transform a bunch of my cheaper games.
I now wait for John to blow this thread up with all the acquisitions alluded to in podcast 35 (likewise Marc & Matt with their physical video game purchases).
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
See it & the rest here: