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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Thrift Treasure: Teaching Concepts Games

Thrift Treasure: Teaching Concepts Games

We seem to run across a number of educational games when we shop at thrift. It isn’t uncommon to try to use a board game as both entertainment and an educational tool. Over the years there have been a number of companies that speciali ...
Thrift Treasure: Battling Tops Game

Thrift Treasure: Battling Tops Game

More than seven years ago I began writing a weekly column here on SahmReviews dedicated to games and puzzles we’ve found at thrift. What began as an inexpensive way to add to our collection turned into one of the most popular features ...
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 ...