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During our first family visit to New York several years ago, Scott decided to take the girls to see a Broadway performance while I was attending a conference. At the recommendation of the ticket salesperson, Scott opted for Matilda by Roald Dahl which was perfect since that’s one of Kennedy’s favorite authors. In hindsight, he wishes he had gone ahead and grabbed tickets for Hamilton since it later became such a worldwide phenomenon. At the time, you could still get tickets without jumping through hoops. Now, not so much. A lot has changed since the release of Hamilton and the biggest...

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When we’re shopping for games at thrift, there is one brand we will never buy. If it is from the Cranium series, we have learned to always pass on it no matter how complete or new it looks. The majority of their games include some type of playdough that is either missing or completely dried out and unusable. Not something we want to deal with. When we first heard of ThinkFun‘s new Thinking Putty Puzzle game, we immediately were concerned about how long the components would last since it also included six different colors of dough. I was immediately corrected...

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As a part of our Thrift Treasure series, we have covered a number of games that belong to the same family. We’ve lost count of how many versions of UNO and Scrabble we’ve uncovered. And it’s a good thing we’re not fans of trivia games, otherwise we’d be forever writing about Scene It or Trivial Pursuit. There’s one more modern game that has spawned a number of variations that we’d love to own every one of – Blokus. The regular version is not hard to find used as it has enjoyed wide success for quite some time. We were elated...

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One of the more “interesting” things about growing up with the last name of Brady was how we were constantly compared to the popular TV show, The Brady Bunch. At various times of life I was called Greg, Peter or Bobby, probably depending upon my age at the time. It didn’t help that I (along with thousands of others) had a crush on Marcia. At one point in my adult life I had the opportunity to meet my TV-brother at a baby convention in Los Angeles. I wasn’t sure if I wanted my photo taken with him or punch him...

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As we sat at a restaurant with Kennedy for lunch a couple weeks ago, she was telling us about a project she had to do for history class. Despite being an end-of-the-year assignment during a very stressful final couple weeks, she was extremely excited about it. The project involved her and a partner listing ten artists or bands who were instrumental (see what I did there?) in shaping the music of the 1980’s. Kennedy had told us they were concerned when they first received the project details, explaining that she didn’t think she knew much from that time period. Then...

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I stand corrected. For quite some time I had the misguided notion that all deck-building games were the same. At least that had been my experience. Every time we played one, the rules were the same. Draw cards from your deck, spend them to upgrade (or sometimes attack other players, as in Hero Realms), discard them and draw your new hand to prepare for the next turn. No matter the theme, this is the way nearly every single deck-building game I’ve played has operated. Maybe there would be a small twist on what you were buying or how you interacted...

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As you may have noticed from details about my visit to the headquarters of Pixar, Netflix, Nintendo, Dr. Pepper Snapple and Domino’s, walking inside the ropes at a PGA tournament and being on the sets of TV shows, I find it fascinating to go behind-the-scenes to see how things work. While some people expect it to be like the Wizard of Oz and feel deflated by the results, I find it exhilarating to see how unique things are as well as their normalcy. Many things are unique to each industry and that’s the really cool part. But business is business....

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Last week we shared our enthusiasm by telling you about some of the top games making their debut for sale at Origins Game Fair. We had so many suggestions that we had to separate it into two articles about Origins debuts! As much as I love being the first on the block to play a new game, experience a new restaurant or test new technology, there’s something satisfying about having something unique that others cannot. One way to do that is by picking up promos which are usually exclusive to an event.  In this case, Origins Game Fair! Publishers at...

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Last week I mentioned how we were excited to find a couple games at our Goodwill that had interesting components. Split has cards that have a unique design on them – a half card version of the main card shown! Because of the low price, we took a gamble on them just to learn about the games. Our reaction to Split was that it was an interesting take on Rummy, but the card design was not instrumental to the game play. This week we’re taking a look at the other game we bought on the same day – Doublecross by...

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Our adventures in finding games at thrift stores doesn’t solely happen at home. You never know what you’ll find at a Goodwill Outlet so we cannot resist visiting one of those during summer travels. Whether visiting Grammy in Alabama, a trip to a convention or a quick outing to Chicago, chances are we’ll pop into some local thrift outlet to see if we can find any hidden treasures. The girls are always along for the ride but aren’t always as excited as we are… until they find a game that they’ve been wanting to get. Then they’re all in. A...

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