Friday, July 28, 2006

Games Looking for a Good Home

In an effort to turn my game room into a fully-functional poker & gaming habitat, I'm trying to pare down my collection so that it no longer spills out of the closet. So the following games are for sale or trade cheap, with my bestest buddies at SABG getting the first shot. It's a *really* random list, so look through it all!

Babylon 5 Wars (Agents of Gaming; includes counters but not minis)
Battleground: Fantasy Warfare (Human, Orc, and Undead starter decks)
Fantasy Business
Filthy Rich
Gettysburg (AH 1977 edition, unpunched)
Harpoon ("Includes 136-page 1990-91 Data Annex!")
Lionheart (Parker Brothers)
Lord of the Rings CCG (Decipher; ~200 cards from initial release)
Lord of the Rings: The Search
Stadens Nyckel (English translations taped to cards)
Starfarers of Catan
Vikingatid (two corners torn in box lid, otherwise unpunched)


At 11:51 AM, July 28, 2006, Blogger Rick N said...

Dennis, I'd be interested in Tikal. What are you asking.

At 12:59 PM, July 28, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Battleground: Fantasy Warfare - So this wasn't a keeper?

Babylon 5 Wars by Agents of Gaming - Personal annecdote (i.e., please disregard if it gets boring): One of my friends from Notre Dame ROTC and the Air Force formed the Agents of Gaming company with Bruce Graw (aka Agent One) in Dayton, Ohio. They, and their minions, started out primarily as an ultra-hardcore Starfleet Battles playtest group, producing a huge number of ship and weapon variants, new races, player aids, many of which were eventually officially published.

The Agents of Gaming guys were so hardcore about SFB it was almost impossible to play with them, either because they were very arrogant and unforgiving of people who hadn't committed 200 pages of rules to memory or simply because they were so darn good. These guys could have hour-long discussions of hellbore tactics versus expanding sphere generators.

Anyway, Agents of Gaming eventually ran the official SFB game, Starfleet Warlord and published the Babylon 5 game. I moved away about then and lost touch, but about 2 years later they went under. Bruce Graw has an interesting website online showing his subsequent cross-country bike ride.

At 2:40 PM, July 28, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Ben, ditto on Battlegrounds comment.

At 4:28 PM, July 28, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

I'd be interested in Vikingatid ... my swedish is rusty, but I assume you have English rules. Shoot me an email (I don't have your address) or we can talk next time I'm at DL (which won't be Monday).

At 6:29 PM, July 28, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

What do you want for Lionhart, Family Business, and Starfarers of Catan?

At 6:31 PM, July 28, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

You can PM me on BGG btw if that's more preferable.

(re: insertcleverthing)

At 9:56 AM, July 29, 2006, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

As far as prices, these aren't set in stone, but I was kind of thinking along the lines of roughly half their initial value. Thus of all the games asked about:

Lionheart, Fantasy Business, Battleground (all 3 decks combined), Babylon 5 Wars: $10 each
Tikal, Starfarers, Vikingatid: $20 each

Vikingatid is reduced due to box damage. Also Simon, note that it is *Fantasy* Business, not Family Business.

I felt really ripped off by Babylon 5 Wars, largely because one of the hallmarks of the show is the completely inertial motion of the ships, and there's not a shred of that in the game. What is in the game is enough die rolling and damage box checking to make a Battletech player blush. Not a great sales pitch, I know. But maybe it's just me, as I know others who liked it in upstate NY (where I lived when I bought it).

I had two main problems with Battleground. One, its selling point is that it is miniatures gaming without the hassle of painting...but I *like* the painting aspect, and the game lost a lot for me with just 2D pictures. Two, it's a little more complicated and much longer (due to buckets of dice) than my current favorite minis game, De Bellis Antiquitatis. It does have one very nice mechanic -- orders stay with the units, and you can only change a couple per turn, so you have to plan ahead. So people who fit the I-want-to-play-minis-but-not-craft-them demographic might enjoy it.

Vikingatid has English rules on the Geek that I can print out. Aldie includes it on his "Holy Grails of Collecting" Geeklist, which makes me hesitate to let it go. But only for a moment; it's been sitting on a shelf with Stadens Nyckel since I brought them home from Stockholm in 1999, and has never approached the table because of its Civilization-like length. I love the game-end mechanic, however -- the game ends when everyone's Vikings have been converted to Christianity.

At 10:13 AM, July 29, 2006, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

By the way, I purchased Gettysburg and Harpoon for a combined $4 from a friend and a thrift store, respectively, so I'm willing to let them go for a soda if someone would enjoy having them.

At 12:41 PM, July 29, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

I'll take Vikingatid, then. I'm tempted by Stadens Nyckel, but I owned Svea Rike (same company, I believe) and wasn't impressed.

At 1:01 PM, July 29, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

I'll take Lionheart.

Oh and I also felt Battlegrounds didn't impress much beyond the nifty field general mechanic as well. -Don't know much about the other games to comment.

At 8:43 PM, July 30, 2006, Blogger Rick N said...

Dennis, I'll take Tikal off your hands.


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