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Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut24 Feb 2017 3:54 p.m. PST

Goodwill Store find in Madera, California. Yes, 99 cents. And it seems complete!




One man's junk is another's treasure…

brucka24 Feb 2017 4:06 p.m. PST

Looks in excellent condition!

dBerczerk24 Feb 2017 4:28 p.m. PST

The Baron smiled down upon you.

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member24 Feb 2017 5:33 p.m. PST

wowww!!!! this is an incredible find. great condition and price.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2017 5:33 p.m. PST

Loved that game as a kid. A treasured Christmas gift one year.

cosmicbank Inactive Member24 Feb 2017 5:44 p.m. PST

I loved that game

TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP24 Feb 2017 6:19 p.m. PST

I loved that game. I have a copy around here somewhere- will have to dig it out again.

JLA10524 Feb 2017 6:22 p.m. PST

Wow – I loved that game! Too bad I sold my copy at a flea market…

Weasel24 Feb 2017 6:38 p.m. PST

Very cool, lucky find :)

MacrossMartin Inactive Member24 Feb 2017 6:44 p.m. PST

That IS a great find. And a delight to see it go to a good home. ;)

Sundance24 Feb 2017 7:28 p.m. PST

Found my first wargame at a Salvation Army the '65 edition of AH's Battle of the Bulge. It was missing one or two pieces, but I still have it. Richthofen's War was like my second wargame. Still have it also. I'm purchased or been given a couple more along the way that I passed on to others.

nvdoyle Inactive Member24 Feb 2017 8:37 p.m. PST

Speaking as a Goodwill shopper, awesome find!

Speaking as a Goodwill employee, and the one who keeps finding stuff like that in salvage, or out for $0.99 USD, gah! At least it didn't get tossed because Wares Production didn't know what they were looking at (oh, the stories I could tell…)

And doesn't your GW use the color coded tags?

(To my store manager's credit, she lets things like that slide because it's good for the shoppers, and thus the store.)

Oberlindes Sol LIC24 Feb 2017 11:30 p.m. PST

Score! That's a fun game.

Supercilius Maximus Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 Feb 2017 2:02 a.m. PST

Always disappointed that there's never a Snoopy in it (even just lying on his back on top of his kennel).

Still a great find, though.

Jeigheff Inactive Member25 Feb 2017 7:36 a.m. PST

I just might drop by Goodwill today!

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP25 Feb 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

OUTSTANDING!!!! My first Wargame, my favorite period! Got it in 1972 for Christmas, I was 15. Man, the memories… That is the game that got me hooked!

Terrement Inactive Member25 Feb 2017 3:19 p.m. PST


Great War Ace Inactive Member26 Feb 2017 6:29 a.m. PST

We built Triplane around that game: took the stats and 3Ded them, then modified from there beyond recognition. In Triplane, you can still see a vestige of Richthofen's War in the number of hits that various planes take, e.g. the Nieuport 17 takes 9, just like it does in Richthofen's War……….

deflatermouse27 Nov 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

Soooo….exactly where is this store?
Do they have a webpage….?

GGouveia05 Dec 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

Great find. One of my early fun games, one of my favourites.

Bumbydad10 Dec 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

Goodwill shopping can be incredibly frustrating. My best score was a mint copy of "Conquest of the Empire" (the original edition) for $.25 USD! My next-best was a shoebox filled with metal GW Space Marines and a metal Predator tank, all for $1. USD (I have to believe some kid was not at home when Mom decided to get rid of his stuff.) Unfortunately, these have been by far the exception; eight or nine times out of 10 there is nothing even remotely related to the hobby. It's possible someone got the goodies ahead of me, but more likely I just wasn't there at the right time. Still, I can't help but pay a visit…

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2017 9:27 p.m. PST

I still have mine. I am looking right at it on my bookshelf. It was and is a fun game. Hate to see it sold for such a cheap price.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2017 9:34 p.m. PST

The other thing I hate is that Goodwill put a sticker on it. A local game store bought at an estate sell a huge collection of games someone painstakingly cared for. Defiantly a collector and not a player.

The store put them on sale but they put price stickers on them, hurting their value. I ripped the store owner a new one. I was able to get the price down. Then I consulted with some paper conservators at the state history museum about removing them.

Grumble8710602 May 2018 4:33 p.m. PST

My most recent find was two weeks ago at Salvation Army thrift store: a wooden castle complete with drawbridge for USD$2.99. It's suitable for figures of approximately 54 mm.

Years ago, I found multiple cheap copies of Frank Chadwick's Borodino board game at Big Lots! (or its predecessor, Pic-n-Save, I can't remember what the store was called at the time). I got several, have given at least one of them away.

Grumble8710603 May 2018 10:06 a.m. PST

A local game store bought at an estate sell a huge collection of games someone painstakingly cared for.

I hope that wasn't Mikey Claggett's collection. I'd be sorry to hear he'd passed.

Grumble8710603 May 2018 10:18 a.m. PST

Speaking of estate sales, on my birthday sometime in the 1990's I wandered into one of the local hobby shops and found numerous 1/76 models and boxes of 20 mm figures for sale at prices around $2 USD-$3 each. I thought I'd entered a time warp.

Turns out they had bought a whole consignment at an estate sale and, even though they were a hobby shop, they just wanted to get rid of this stuff as quickly as possible. (They dealt in trains, dollhouses, radio control and large models 1/35 scale and up.)

Lucky me. Having cheap models on hand freed me up to try some conversions, such as remaking the Airfix Scammel tank transporter into the breakdown vehicle version.

(Lesney made one but in the wrong scale -- plus they cost a fortune nowadays. The only one I ever saw off-line was an old beat-up one at a non-hobby-related flea market, but the seller apparently knew he had a rare vintage vehicle on his hands and asked more than I was willing to pay.)

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