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Thrift Treasure: Bendomino Game

Thrift Treasure: Bendomino Game

Like most of you, we own more than one copy of the classic game of Dominos. That doesn’t stop us from buying more at thrift when the game adds a new twist. Over the years we’ve found quite a few variations of the theme. Doublecr ...
Thrift Treasure: Kuba Abstract Game

Thrift Treasure: Kuba Abstract Game

I almost set a record this week when purchasing this copy of Kuba at a Half Price Books in Cedar Rapids. Previously, the most I had spent on a game at thrift was $6.99 for a like-new copy of Dominion. I usually refuse to pay more than $5 fo ...
Mandala Stones Abstract Game Overview

Mandala Stones Abstract Game Overview

What makes for a good abstract game? I consider myself somewhat of an expert on the subject since I have been playing abstract games since I was incredibly young. And I’m not talking about just chess and checkers. If it’s been p ...
Thrift Treasure: Octiles Abstract Game

Thrift Treasure: Octiles Abstract Game

Because abstract games are my favorite, I feel like I hit the proverbial jackpot this week at our local Goodwill. Tucked among the myriad of Scene It and Trivial Pursuit games was a drab, plain brown game box. It was odd to see how little w ...
Santorini: New York Board Game Overview

Santorini: New York Board Game Overview

It’s been a little over three years since we presented one of our favorite abstract-game-turned-hobby-game, Santorini. To refresh your memory, the original game of Santorini was self-published in the early 2000’s by the creator. ...
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: 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 ...
Thrift Treasure: Orient 3-D Chinese Checkers Game

Thrift Treasure: Orient 3-D Chinese Checkers Game

Whenever we shop at thrift for games, a common title we see is Chinese Checkers. It was a favorite of mine when I was younger. Like most of you, the marbles were eventually lost and it became a three player game instead of four, five or six ...
Thrift Treasure: Shake Up Board Game

Thrift Treasure: Shake Up Board Game

It’s been a very long time since we’ve found a game by Jax at thrift that we didn’t already own. We’re huge fans of the original Sequence game and have since invested in both Sequence Dice and Kazink, a Sequence-like ...