Yearly Archives: 2021

Thrift Treasure: Ipswich Word Game

Thrift Treasure: Ipswich Word Game

After a long drought, it seems we’ve been finding a lot of Scrabble-like games at thrift. Two weeks ago it was Akumulate, a polyomino-based tile game which used numbers instead of letters. Last week we were playing Plext. It was uniqu ...
Thrift Treasure: Plext Word Game

Thrift Treasure: Plext Word Game

Along with trivia games, we rarely pick up word games at thrift any more. Like the former, word games are difficult to play with opponents from different generations as the older players will almost always have a more diverse vocabulary. Th ...
Thrift Treasure: Akumulate Board Game

Thrift Treasure: Akumulate Board Game

There has never been a lack of games that try to expand on the crossword-style of games made popular by Scrabble. Some use unique letter tiles. Showdown Poker uses dice with the various card suits and numbers. Sumoku capitalizes on the popu ...
Folded Wishes Abstract Strategy Game Overview

Folded Wishes Abstract Strategy Game Overview

One of the interesting things about the game industry is that a vast majority of games are designed by individuals who aren’t employees of the company that initially publishes the game. In some cases, the product will later be republi ...
Thrift Treasure: End of the Line Board Game

Thrift Treasure: End of the Line Board Game

When I’m looking for games at thrift, one of the things I consider is the attractiveness of the board. Many of them are works of art in themselves. If you’ve ever seen some of the detailed Game of the Goose boards from centuries ...
Thrift Treasure: Chinese Revolution Board Game

Thrift Treasure: Chinese Revolution Board Game

Sometimes while game shopping at thrift, we get a bit of déjà vu. Back in January we had picked up a copy of Orient 3-D Chinese Checkers at our local Goodwill. We’ve all probably played the regular version of Chinese Checkers at some ...
Thrift Treasure: Stick Six Board Game

Thrift Treasure: Stick Six Board Game

A cool thing about looking at board games from the past is you can tell their age by when new technology was incorporated. The first board games from the 15th century were created on thin paper. Printing presses allowed for mass production ...
The Accidental Duke: An Uncommon Gentleman Novel

The Accidental Duke: An Uncommon Gentleman Novel

Have you ever noticed that we don’t cover many books here on our website? It isn’t that we don’t read because Scott constantly has a couple books that he’s reading. As for me, books make me sleepy so I have to be rea ...
Thrift Treasure: Discover Iowa Game

Thrift Treasure: Discover Iowa Game

Maybe I wasn’t very accurate when I said we didn’t normally purchase educational games when shopping at thrift. I thought last week’s finds of Space Hop and Circulation would be the last lesson-themed games I would pu ...
Whozit? Cooperative Guessing Game Overview

Whozit? Cooperative Guessing Game Overview

As the girls get busier and busier and Madison prepares to graduate and head off to college, Scott and I are realizing that our plans for playing games at home will dramatically change. We can still gather together with friends on weekends ...