Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Old King is Dead! Long Live the King!

Recent weeks have seen me plundering the remains of my Magic the Gathering collection. I sold the vast majority of it a few years ago (by vast majority, I'm referring to value, not quantity) and I've been picking the bones via both Ebay for cash, and CoolStuffInc for store credit. The cash will be largely used to toss a few pebbles into the well of debt I have, while the store credit will be used to bolster my growing board game library. At this particular moment, some of my cards are finding their way to their new owners, some of my new board games are trucking their way to Michigan and various electronic funds are sitting in stasis and waiting to be freed.

So long Magic, hello board games! My first large batch of store credit to be spent on toys will yield the following:


Jimbob, BC and I played a demo for this at Gen Con this year. It's essentially Yahtzee meets Settlers of Catan. You roll dice to see which resources you get that turn, and you spend those resources to build roads, settlements , cities and knights. Each of these are worth a certain number of points, and the player with the most points after X rounds wins. It's simple, cheap and portable.


I don't know a whole heck of a lot about this game. It's very highly rated at Boardgamegeek. It's an area control game. I like the look of the board and components (that matters to me.) The game comes with the 2 expansions bundled in the box. "El Grande" is Spanish for "The Grande."


Who hasn't dreamed of running a power company, purchasing power plants and trying to provide electricity to as many cities as possible? It's every little boy's dream come true! Seriously, the universally great reviews are enough for me to take a chance on this one.


Another highly ranked game. It involves attracting artists, bakers, lawyers, traders and other specialists to your city in a competition to make your city the most awesome. I think. It reminded me a bit of some aspects of Civilization.


Currently the top rated game on BGG. The new hotness, finally took the #1 ranking from Puerto Rico after many years. This means that lots of people love it and lots of people hate it. It's about raising a family on a farm. Supposedly there are many ways to play, several different strategies and many paths towards victory. We shall see.

Ticket to Ride:

Played this on Xbox Live and loved it. Gotta have the board game version.


An add-on to the original game, this is (as I understand it) essentially an extra map designed with 2-3 players in mind. Sounds like a winner.


A card game for 2-7 players. Each turn you draw a different role card which gives you different options and abilities. Good price, well received. We'll try it.


This was kind of an impulse choice. It's got team play (survivors vs zombies) and it looks fun. Kind of like a much simpler, much lighter Arkham Horror. I think the people I play with would like this. We'll see.

This was Phase One of trading cards for games. The second and final phase will begin as soon as my cards arrive in Florida. As an aside, most of these pictures came from Board Game Geek and were taken by people who are not me.

3 Comments:

Blogger Betty Dingus said...

I've been a BGGeek a long time, and have yet to play El Grande or Power Grid, somehow. I know they're top rated, so 'll have to look up your comments on them (I'm reading your blog in backwards order and don't think I"ve seen your take on them yet.) I also need to play Agricola -- it's played every game night but I'm afraid to slow things down being a (slow) newbie.

November 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Betty Dingus said...

Oh, I meant to ask how one goes about plundering the big boxes of Magic cards under my 14-year-old's bed? Is there a value chart or do you just trust the store you're selling them to?

November 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Mr_Nuts said...

El Grande is great for 4 or 5. Not so great for 2 or 3. I was impressed with the design of Power Grid, but did not really enjoy it. I sold it to a local gamer for $30.

My wife and I absolutely love Agricola, and it scales well once you get past the learning curve.

As for selling Magic cards, I've always used CoolStuffInc. They seem to have fair prices and offer an additional 15% if you take store credit. Their board game prices are excellent and they offer free shipping when you spend $100 or more.

When in doubt, I always look up cards on Ebay to see what the going rate is. Sorting and selling the cards is a bit of work, but worth it.

November 5, 2009 at 1:12 PM  

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