One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Well, really, often one man’s trash is another man’s trash. But occasionally, out in the wilds of thrift stores, we can find the holy grail. Which brings us to today’s question: What is your greatest gaming find? (Alternatively, what game is a “find” that most other gamers don’t know about?) Answer in the comments!
I haven’t had much luck at thrift stores with regard to games. (I did once find a first edition copy of 1984 at a library book sale for fifty cents. But I digress…) I did find Ulcers there, a game that isn’t very good but has a fantastic theme. I’ve tinkered with it over the years, and my wife, sister, and I enjoy playing it.
As for an undervalued game, Midgard takes the prize for me. When I saw it for $7.99 on Tanga, I thought it must be bad; why else would a $40-$50 game be so cheap on a deal site? But my brother-in-law loaned it to me, and I’ve really come to value this game of Vikings dying gloriously. Is it the best game out there? No, but it’s certainly worthy of more attention than it’s gotten.
I do spend a lot of time, when I visit thrift stores or Half-Priced Books, looking at the game section. You just never know when you might discover something someone gave away who didn’t know what they had. Unfortunately, the core group of gamers that plays the good stuff is too thrifty to give their goodies away, thanks to BGG trades, so I really haven’t discovered anything good. I’ve seen a few games that look quite horrific, or ridiculously insane – or yet another entry in a long line of collectible Star Trek board games. I actually own a couple of those because my family members nab them for me for some reason. And I’m not exactly sure how an “INTERACTIVE VCR GAME” could possibly play differently each time.
Also unfortunately, I’m not super great at finding undiscovered treasures. Pretty much for the most part I find games because other people have pointed them out, and I get a lot of ideas from @FarmerLenny. Awkward. If there’s one game I own that hasn’t been talked about all that much, it’s Olympos. That game is awesome.