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Posted on Nov 16th 2018 at 05:00:00 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Secret Santa, super mario bros., minecraft, fallout, legend of zelda

Hey now, everybody! Welcome to...

The 2018 NOT-So-Secret Santa Give-Away!
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This year I offer 13 humble items for your first-come, first-served consideration!

Just remember the rules:

-   Just one selection per person.

-   The first person to claim the item gets it. First come, first served.

How to make your claim:

-   Take note of the number of the item you desire, and...

-   Post that number in the Not-So-Secret-Santa blog's comments section.

All RF Generation members from anywhere in the world are welcome to take advantage. Just be aware that, that unless otherwise noted, all games being given away are NTSC U/C coded for use in machines for the North American market.

As for shipping costs: I'm covering it. Just note that I'll be mailing this stuff out using the cheapest shipping methods possible, so it might be a while before your claim gets to you. You'll receive a PM informing you of your successful claim, and either requesting your mailing address, or confirming the one I have on file.

And now, the swag:

1.) Sealed SUPER MARIO Dual-World Maze Game Happy Meal toy

2.) Sealed SUPER MARIO Koopa Shell Pinball Happy Meal toy

3.) Mario Roulette Block Happy Meal toy

4.) MarioKart fridge magnet

5.) Super Mario Super Koozy

6.) CAPCOM mini drawstring tote bag in black nylon

7.) Legend of Zelda Hylian Shield Luggage Tag

8.) Fallout 111 luggage tag

9.) Halo Wars 2 Master Chief helmet decal

10.) Minecraft Essential Handbook

11.) Minecraft Combat Handbook

12.) Minecraft Redstone Handbook

13.) SILENT SERVICE for the NES!

All right now, everybody get to it!


Posted on Nov 16th 2017 at 05:00:00 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Santa, Space invaders,Mass Effect,Splatoon,Bowser,Sonic

Hey now, everybody! Welcome to...

The 2017 NOT-So-Secret-Santa Give-Away!

 This year I offer 11 humble items for your first-come, first-served consideration! Just remember the rules:

-   Just one selection per person.

-   The first person to claim the item gets it. First come, first served.

How to make your claim:

-   Take note of the number of the item/lot you desire, and...

-   Post that number in the Not-So-Secret-Santa blog's comments section below.

All RF Generation members from anywhere in the world are welcome to take advantage. Just be aware that, that unless otherwise noted, all games being given away are NTSC U/C coded for use in machines for the North American market.

As for shipping costs: I'm covering it. Just note that I'll be mailing this stuff out using the cheapest shipping methods possible, so it might be a while before your claim gets to you. You'll receive a PM informing you of your successful claim, and either requesting your mailing address, or confirming the one I have on file.

And now, we open up Santa's sack (*SNICKER*) to reveal...

1)   3-IN-1 SUPER JOY BOX Adapter allows you to use your PS1, PS2, XBox, and Game Cube controllers on your PC via USB port! This device supports Windows 9X / ME / 2000 / XP systems.


3)   Light blue (heavy) Nintendo DS carry case

4)   SPLATOON Squid Plush

5)   Loot Crate SPACE INVADERS Mini Alien Vinyl Figure



7)   Nintendo 64 Bowser Bean Bag Plush

Cool   MARIO KART 8 DELUXE Rubiks Cube


9)   Official Nintendo GameCube-to-GBA Link Cable


10)   Donkey Kong 3DS XL Carry Case

11)   The Triumphant Return of the Lot of Mystery Games!

It's dibs-callin' time, guys; get to it!

Also, feel free to drop by the Official 2017 Not-So-Secret Santa thread:



Posted on Nov 16th 2016 at 05:00:00 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under santa, NSSS, Make RF Generation Great Again

Hey now, everybody! Welcome to...

The 2016 NOT-So-Secret-Santa Give-Away!

 This year I offer 10 humble items for your first-come, first-served consideration! Just remember the rules:

-   Just one selection per person.

-   The first person to claim the item gets it. First come, first served.

How to make your claim:

-   Take note of the number of the item/lot you desire, and...

-   Post that number in the Not-So-Secret-Santa blog's comments section.

All RF Generation members from anywhere in the world are welcome to take advantage. Just be aware that, unless otherwise noted, all games being given away are NTSC U/C coded for use in machines for the North American market.

-   As for shipping costs: I'm covering it. Just note that I'll be mailing this stuff out using the cheapest shipping methods possible, so it might be a while before your claim gets to you. You'll receive a PM informing you of your successful claim, and either requesting your mailing address, or confirming the one I have on file.

And now, the swag:

1.)   Super Mario DS/GBA system wraps set

2.)   Complete Sword/Link Kirby Plush

3.)   Sealed Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam papercraft figure set

4.)   Sealed Porta-Lock accessory for PSP

5.)   Ms. Pac-Man 2014 Awesome 80's Run participation medal

6.)   Official 007 GoldenEye strategy guide

7.)   Shadow the Hedgehog hockey mini LCD game

8.)   Radio Shack SPACE ALIEN mini tabletop game

9.)   Computer Games and Virtual Worlds: A new Frontier in Intellectual Property Law book

Aaaand now, the crown jewel in my stack of give-away goodies:

10.) Super-rare 1-of-1 The_8-Bit_Donald "Make RF Generation Great Again!" bobblehead!

It's dibs-callin' time, guys... get to it!


Posted on Apr 1st 2016 at 12:00:00 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Trump, Donald, 2016, election, pokemon, skylanders, wavebird, canada


The_8-Bit_Donald's 8-Point Plan to Make

GREAT Again!

Good morning, fellow RF Gentlemen! Thank you for attending my rally on this beautiful April day. I hope we'll have many more days like this ahead. There's no greater collecting site for video game enthusiasts anywhere on the internets, really! It's true! It really is. But there have been many signs of a decline in the last few years, which is why I'm campaigning to become this fine institution's illustrious leader. You see, I have a YUUUUGE plan, a GREAT plan-- really, it's great, it really is-- to put RF Generation back on the top of the vidya heap!  I have eight points that I will pursue when I claim my rightful fuhrerdom leadership:

Continue reading Making RF Generation GREAT Again!

Posted on Nov 29th 2015 at 12:43:54 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under goodwill, japan,halo,plug and play

Please disregard this blog entry, and check out Triple-M: The Blue Friday Bonanza instead.

My apologies ofr the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Posted on Nov 29th 2015 at 12:43:54 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under goodwill, japan,halo,plug,play

Zagnorch Productions

in (a very precarious) association with



After almost eight years of serious collecting, I was nearing a pretty impressive milestone: over 3000 unique pieces in my collection! And what better way to achieve such a lofty goal then by taking advantage of Goodwill of Silicon Valley chain's "Blue Friday" sale the day after Thanksgiving? Little did I know that it would become my longest thrift-crawl ever, clocking in at 13 hours, travelling 175 miles, and visiting 17 different stores, some of them twice. But would all this effort be enough to put me over the top? Let's find out...

- CIB Sam's Club-exclusive Intellivision Flashback plug-&-play console, $5.99 $4.79: includes a complete set of overlays exclusive to the Sam's Club release. Interestingly enough, the return slip was still taped to the box, with the reason why it was returned:

Whoever didn't like this most likely leads a sad and pathetic existence. And yet, I cannot bring myself to hate him, merely pity him.

ANYway, moving on...

- CIB Sam's Club-exclusive Sega Genesis Classic console, 12.99 $9.74: Includes an exclusive 12-Dino-Games-In-1 cartridge.

- Limited edition Mountain Dew XBox console, $29.99 $22.50: Devastator really dug this pickup for some reason.


He told me it could use some purple highlights, though.

On to the reading material:

- 6 game guides, $14.95 $10.45 for the lot

Now it's time for the games themselves, starting with my first-ever X-Bone pickup:

- CIB Halo 5 Guardians Limited Edition, $29.99 23.99: Not only is this complete, it's also practically brand-new.

Howzabout a little international intrigue with these Japan-region finds:

- CIB Puzzle Bobble Pocket for PSP, $3.99 $2.99

- Sealed Tactics Ogre: Unmei no Wa for PSP, $5.99 $4.49

- Sealed Dragon's Crown for PS3, $5.99 $4.49

- Persona 2: Innocent Sin (no manual) for PS1, $5.99 $4.49

On to some of the more mundane game scores:

- CIB GUN for GameCube, $2.99 $2.09

- CIB TouchMaster for DS, $5.99 $3.89

- Pong-Asteroids-Yars' Revenge GBA cart, $3.59 $2.33

- CIB Lego Batman 2 for 3DS, $5.99 $3.89

- CIB Croc: Legend of the Gobbos (Greatest Hits) for PS1, $2.49 $1.99

By now you're probably wondering which game put my collection at 3000. Why, it's only one of the greatest pieces of electronic entertainment that's ever been pressed onto a digital disc! As you already know, obviously I'm talking about:

I'm sensing homicidal levels of jealousy from you.

And there you have it: a legendary thrift crawl that culminated in a very enviable milestone. Pretty cool, huh? But don't leave just yet, 'cuz now I'm gonna show off my gaming thrift-scores of the NON-video kind:

- CIB Excalibur King Maker III electronic chess set, $10.49 $7.87: This one's for you, Shaggy.

- CIB 10 Days in Asia, $3.49 $2.27

- CIB Dungeon! Fantasy Board game, $5.99 $4.19

- Sealed Sharper Image Perfect Pitch Tabletop Baseball, $7.99 $5.99

And now, the most awesomely awesome board game ever:

Who wouldn't want to "interact" with that hot tomato? (God, I'm so lonely)

So, who wants to go a few rounds with me? I'll even let you go first-- wait, where are you going? Get back here, you prudes! Ahhh, who needs ya! I'm sure I can find someone who's willing to play this--

Errr... on second thought...


Posted on Nov 16th 2015 at 06:00:00 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under secret santa, skylanders, mystery, plush

Welcome, fellow RF Gentlemen, to...

THE 2015


AAAAND that wraps it up for this year's edition of the Not-So-Secret-Santa giveaway. Hope to see y'all again this time next year!


Posted on Jan 3rd 2015 at 08:53:54 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Goodwill, 3ds, ps2, psp, chess





Greetings from Terra!

My adventure began when I saw this notice on the front door of the local Goodwill around mid-December:

Needless to say, my plans to just goof off and kick back on New Year's Day went right out the window. Instead, I embarked on one of my patented cross-county thrift runs. With over a dozen Goodwills within a half-hour drive from home, I figured I'd find more than a few things of interest.  When the first day of 2015 was in the books, I'd logged a twelve-hour trip, driven over a hundred miles, and filled eleven blue cases with some pretty awesome swag.

First stop: the Almaden/Foxworthy Goodwill. Although its asking prices for games and hardware are rarely reasonable, it does get in a few interesting things from time to time that I'm willing to pay a little extra for... these CIB Asia-region PSP games (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Rengou vs. Z.A.F.T. Portable, Tenchu 4, and Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G) that set me back $5.99 $4.43 each.

Then it was on to the Blossom Hill/Snell location. It hadn't had much of... well, anything since it was remodeled a few months back. Today, however, was a different story...

...a not-quite-CIB Piano Discovery System for PC for $19.99 $9.80. All I need is a connector cable... and DOS Box... and probably a few adapters... and I'll be all set to rockit with John Herbie Hancock! While this pickup isn't all that... miraculous... at least it doesn't need a foot pedal.


BTW it wasn't until I was home that I discovered that it bore another price tag neither I nor the cashier had noticed:

You know what they say: never attempt to correct an error in your favor. Anyhoo, also found at the same location, setting me back $4.99 $3.72:

The adventure continued at the Capitol/Silver Creek store, where I found this for $4.99 $3.72:

And then I hit the one-oh-one and headed south to the Mecca of Garlic. There was nothing of note at the Gilroy Goodwill, but the Salvation Army store across town was a slightly different story:

An original-release CIB Ratchet Deadlocked for $3.50 to replace my Greatest Hits copy, and...

...a CIB Saitek Kasparov Cougar chess computer for $19.99.

I then drove a few miles up the road and hit the outlet mall, where I found...

...a CIB pair  New Balance 510 trail-walker shoes to replace my well-worn 605s. And what better way to break in a pair of trail-walker shoes than to hit the local hiking trails for a couple hours?

Always insist on 100% natural lens flare! J.J. Abrams eat your heart out!

With some daylight to spare, I headed northward, eventually making it to the Cupertino store, where I grabbed:

Then it was the Mountain View Goodwill's turn, which yielded...

I gave the Empire Strikes Back mini lunchbox tin to someone I knew would get a kick out of it:

Oah! Appreciative of this gift I am! Very much thank you! Mmm-hmm-hmm, yes!

Up next was Sunnyvale, the original hometown of Atari, and the first Goodwill store I ever set foot in. This particular stop only yielded...

...a CIB copy of Descent Freespace: Silent Threat for just $1.24? Now we're talkin'. But wait, what's this disclaimer on the package?

Aw, maaaan... it's just an expansion? Well, that totally blows. Eon knows how many long hours I'll have to spend to find the main game that goes with--

Oh wait, there it is; just had to flip the box over is all. Okay, never mind.

The final stop of the day would be the Palo Alto Goodwill. Located in "the birthplace of Silicon Valley," this store has yielded many of my greatest vidya scores over the last few years. This is where I found my first Miracle Piano, my Atari 2600 Jr., my first near-CIB Dreamcast, and countless games and portable consoles. Its constant supply of the good stuff, friendly and helpful staff, and close proximity to my workplace has kept me coming back on a very regular basis. Culminating my New Year's thrifting odyssey here seemed to make all the sense in the world. And yet... it could very well have been the worst time to have come. For one thing, the place had been open for business all day, and the sun had set two hours earlier. If there had been anything there at the start of the day that I would have been interested in, surely it would have long since been sold and out the door? Undaunted, I ventured inside.

A bad omen appeared right away: the electronics showcase couldn't be unlocked because someone had misplaced the key. Inside that case, mocking me in deafening silence, was a CIB copy of Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. Oh, the horror. What kind of loving God would allow this to happen, I lamented. Adding insult to injury, one of the clerks said he was sure he saw a copy of Twilight Princess for Game Cube somewhere in there. That's when I realized that there is no God.

Theological dilemmas notwithstanding, I looked around the place, hoping to find something worthy of purchase. After several minutes of fruitless searching, I conceded defeat, and headed for the exit. I was just about to open the door when I took a quick look at the front-end display case... and caught a glimpse of something. My curiosity piqued, I took a closer look, and grinned from ear to ear when I realized that I'd discovered...

...a loose limited-edition Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS with Pokemon X card? Aw hellz yeah! Now I know what you're asking yourself right now... and here's the answer:

($11.19 after discount)

If that isn't the greatest capper ever to an amazing thrift crawl, then I don't know what is. And if the first day of 2015 is any indication, it's gonna be

The BEST YEAR EVAR!!!11one1one1!!!1one!1!!!!

I can hardly wait to see what I'll bump into next. And I bet you can hardly wait, either. Worry not, for I'll keep you in he loop.

Until next time...


Posted on Nov 17th 2014 at 05:00:00 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under secret santa, skylanders, mystery, pc, plush


And that's it for this year's Not-So-Secret Santa! Thanks for participating, and have yourselves a wonderful holiday season!


Posted on Nov 7th 2014 at 01:23:45 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Nintendo Power, Goodwill, Savers, PS2, Mario


As many of you already know, the week started on a pretty low note for me.

Daylight burglaries aren't exactly a laugh-a-minute.

But things improved immensely today when I got off work and embarked on what I call a "hot-hand" thrift crawl, where almost every stop yielded at least a little something, and a couple stops a LOT something. Read on and you'll see what I mean.

The day started off small as I dropped by the Goodwill near work:

Although they lacked manuals, I found Mario Kart Wii and New SMB Wii for $3.99 each.

Then came the deluge as I hit the Mountain View Rasputin's:

This haul consisted mainly of $1.95 CIB PS2 games, including:

- Conflict: Global Terror
- Dark Cloud
- Dr. Muto
- Kessen II
- Romance of the Three Kingdoms VIII
- Samurai Warriors XTreme Legends
- Star Wars Bounty Hunter
- Terminator Dawn of Fate
- Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land

I also found a few $1.95 CIB PSP games:

- Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
- Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Let's not overlook the $1.95 CIB 360 & GameCube games:

- Wario Ware, Inc.
- Donkey Konga
- Kameo: Elements of Power
- Gun (sealed)

Finally, some miscellaneous stuff I snapped up for $0.50 a pop:

- CIB Age of Mythology Bonus Edition for PC
- Riven for PC
- Official XBox Magazine #45 demo
- CIB Kiss Pinball for PS1

Next up was the Mountain View Goodwill, where I found a morsel of number-crunching goodness:

While this $4.99 Texas Instruments BA-II Plus business calculator was a nice find, there were no gaming goodies of note at this stop. Good thing it was a different story at the Parkmoor Savers in San Jose:

For a little over seven smackers, I walked out with fifteen Nintendo Power back issues-- and I mean WAY back, between issues 16 and 41-- as well as Mario Mania, Top Secret Passwords and a Ninja Gaiden II player's guide.

Next up was the Almaden Expressway Savers, which yielded all you see here:

The Super Mario 2 cart, CIB Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, and CIB Supreme Commander were $2.99 $2.39 each with savings coupon, and the Nintendo Power Mario Collector's Special set me back $1.99 $1.59.

Funny thing about the Dragon Quarter pick-up: a few minutes before I saw it, I was thinking about SirPsycho's recent acquisition of the same game, and how it looked like a promising title. It's a happy coincidence that's happened a couple times before in my thrift hunts, and has almost led me to believe I have some odd power of clairvoyance. But it's not that I possess odd powers; I'm just plain odd.

A few miles up the expressway, and I arrived at the Almaden Goodwill. Sadly, this particular store has some of the most ridiculous asking prices for console games and hardware I'v ever seen. $9.99 for a loose Ecco the Dolphin Genesis cart with a half-ripped-off label? Thanks, but no thanks (and tell the pricer to stop hitting the pipe). Fortunately, I'm always finding other interesting things here for far more reasonable prices... this CIB Tomy Atomic Pinball game for $5.99. And, ummm, you might wanna cut back on the heavy breathing there, SingleBanana; you're kinda creeping everybody out with that. Someone's in need of a cold shower.

After checking out another Goodwill that didn't have diddley, I ended today's run at the Bernal Goodwill, where I found:

- Metal Gear Saga Vol. 2 / MGS4 bonus DVD, $3.79

- CIB PlayStation Official UK Magazine demo disc 25, $3.99

- Sealed Dungeon Keeper for PC, $3.59

Needless to say, I'm feeling a little better now.

Until next time...


Posted on Sep 7th 2014 at 03:48:18 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under nintendo ds, battery, transplant, miracle piano

It seemed too good to be true: I'd just picked up a nice bright-red "heavy" DS for just $4.00 at the local Savers thrift...

...only to find out it was too good to be true:

It was a tragedy no one should have to face, and one I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Forcing its way through the lead-dense wall of grief and sadness, however, was opportunity: I had another heavy DS that, while otherwise fully functional, lacked a battery and cover. It was a recipient in desperate need of a donor... which had just dropped into my hands. In my possession was the means of turning tragedy into triumph.
I had to perform a transplant operation, stat.

So I prepped the patients, and readied the specialized and highly sensitive surgical tools.

Before I could make the first incision, however, a most difficult step had to be made: taking the donor off life support.

The reassurances from the family that "this is what she would have wanted" did little to blunt my feelings of guilt, or lessen the emotional impact of pulling the plug. Fortunately, the battery and cover will maintain viability until they are fully incorporated into the recipient... if the procedure is performed quickly enough. There is no time to lose...

The moment of truth had arrived. I drew a deep breath. "All right," I stated with a mix of resignation and conviction, "let's do this."

Fair warning: the following sequence of images is quite graphic and disturbing. They're not for the squeamish or faint of heart. Better escort the kids out of the room before you scroll down any further. On second thought, go ahead and force 'em to watch; emotional trauma builds character.

The power I wield from literally holding another's life in my hand is downright overwhelming in its intensity. It's quite intoxicating, and not a little frightening. So this is what it's like to play God...

All right, let's close 'er up.

And now we'll see if the patient pulled through.



I couldn't help but shed a tear of joy for the life I'd saved. But this joy was a sweetness turned bitter by the sacrifice of one so that another may live. It was a profound and traumatic experience, one that showed me that nothing should betaken for granted in this life. My world would never be the same, ever again.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to sell this baby to the highest online bidder. Tongue

BTW as I was putting this blog together, I thought to myself, I sure hope Duke.Togo won't experience any traumatic flashbacks while reading this. Wink

Speakin' of The Dukester, it's time for a bonus feature! Take a gander at what I discovered the other day at the Santa Clara Goodwill:

That's right, kids: yet another boxed NES Miracle Piano. I opened 'er up to see if it contained the ever-elusive foot pedal that our esteemed CollectorCaster extraordinaire has been longing for.

Oh, the suspense...


D'oh! Looks like I struck out yet again. Sorry if I got'cher hopes up there, Dukey. But fret not: considering how frequently I'm encountering Miracle Pianos at the thrifts, it's merely a matter of time...


Posted on Jun 15th 2014 at 01:02:17 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under nupoile, texas instruments, hewlett packard, nerf, optimus, anniversary, odyssey

Hey now,

It was nine years ago today that a certain someone signed up for RF Generation. You might know him from his signature avatar, which is one of the most exploitable avas on this site. And I should know, 'cuz I exploit it every chance I get:

The new Bil-O-Meter.

I decided to celebrate this anniversary by "Nuping out." What is Nuping out, you ask? Well, allow me to provide an example:

And here's one I'm sure the man of the hour would really appreciate:

And now it's your turn! Show your appreciation for Nupoile's nine-year RF Gen Odyssey by taking your own Nupe-Out pic and posting it here:


Catch y'all on the boards...


Posted on May 29th 2014 at 06:28:29 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under silpheed, calculator, sinclair, odyssey

Hey now, my fellow esteemed RF Gentlemen. It's been an eventful couple weeks, rife with amazing scores and near-crippling illness. But since none of you care about the latter, I'll just focus on the former as...

Zagnorch Productions

in association with



Week of 11 May to 24 May 2014

Sun 5/11: Found myself a PC classic, a complete Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger for $5.99. I also discovered Sony's less-than-stellar attempt to ape Super Smash Bros., a complete PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale for the PS3, for $1.99.

Mon 5/12 through Thu 5/15: This sparse stretch of scores commenced with the discovery of a sealed Balance of the Planet, a self-published PC title from the early 90s, on special for $2.60. I also found a fuchsia GBA for $4.99, a complete Dark Cloud for $4.99, and a loose Altered Beast LCD watch game for $1.99.

Fri 5/16: Grabbed a nice chunk of reading material today, including ten back issues of Nintendo Power, two EGMs, and a GamePro, all for $3.50.

Sat 5/17: My CIB PC game streak continued with the acquisition of Disney's Stunt Island at the local Savers for just $0.49. Then I hit the Goodwill down the street and picked up the following CIB DS titles for $9.99 each:

-   Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
-   Diddy Kong Racing
-   Tetris DS
-   Yoshi's Island DS
-   Animal Crossing Wild World
-   Space Invaders Revolution

Sun 5/18 and Mon 5/19: My last stretch of thrift scores before the failure of my health commenced with a Prima Star Wars Battlefront strategy guide for $2.99. Then there was the cache of CIB PS1 titles-- PaRappa the Rapper, Tempest X3, and the Greatest Hits release of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night-- for $2.49 each.

Also uncovered: CIB copies of Serious Sam, Cold Fear, and Super Monkey Ball adventure for $3.49 a pop. Oh yes, there was also the GameShark v2.0 Video Game Enhancer unit for N64 for $4.99, and a small Sonic plush for $0.99.

But the most interesting score from this two-day stretch was the Super Mario World LCD watch game-- which sports a headphone jack-- for $2.99.

Tues 5/20 through Fri 5/23: Absolutely no action at all as I recuperated from my first cold in over two years. And boy, was it a big one, just devastating in its intensity. Just how bad was it? So much so, that I resorted to using something I absolutely cannot stand:

So I rested and occupied myself with non-strenuous endeavors... which I might discuss at further length one day.

Sat 5/24: I rebounded with a little lunch-break score at my fave Goodwill, which included Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World and StarFox 64 for $4.99 each.

Rounding out this two-week stretch of scores was a little "care package" from the wilds of Spudville, USA:

This box was the culmination of a trade between myself and RF Gen's very own 413th Technical Entity. He had an extra CIB copy of Silpheed for Sega-CD that I coveted, and I had an extra complete loose Dreamcast he was interested in.

So we agreed on a trade, and I dragged my feet for several months until I got off my ass and contacted him again, asking if he was still interested in the deal.

Being the extremely patient and fine, upstanding citizen he is, Mr. 413 was still game (so to speak). So I shipped my end of the trade off to the guy...

...and I waited patiently for my end of the deal to arrive. Little did I know he was gonna clean out his garage and send it to me.

Just layer after layer after layer of (mostly) neat stuff. The man's generosity knows no bounds. The archaeological dig continued, my guilt level increasing with each new discovery. If I was getting all this in exchange for a lousy Dreamcast, imagine what I could have gotten in exchange for a real system. You know, like a Nokia N-Gage or a Virtual Boy.

Speaking of Virtual Boy: Mr. 413's first gesture of kindness towards me was a battery pack for the VB system. He also hooked me up with a Silent Service cart a few months back to go with my box and manual.

The most surprising portion of this care package: a Timex Sinclair 1000 computer unit with box, manual, AC cord...

...and a rain check.

Oh yeah, I also got these in the deal:

Gotta remember to throw the guy a couple PS3 bumper stickers and letter openers to show my thanks.

Non-Vidya Bonus Bonanza: The usual suspects abound here, including:

-   Three TI BA-II Plus calculators, $2.49, $2.99, & $3.49
-   TI BA-35 $2.49
-   TI BA-35 Solar $5.39
-   Sporty's E6B Flight Computer Calculator $3.99
-   TI BA-20 (Miller Pride), $2.49

Aaaaaand that's about it for now.

Catch y'all next week...


Posted on May 21st 2014 at 10:17:49 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Cold, Apologies, VapoRub

Greetings all,

I regret to inform you that the blog I was going to post this week-- "a tribute to one of the greatest masterpieces in cinematic history, and some of the video games it inspired"-- has been postponed due to illness. I picked up a really bad chest cold a few days ago, and am presently riding it out. It's the first cold I've had in over two years, so its severity is no surprise for someone who usually gets two a year. It's so bad, I've resorted to using something I absolutely despise: Vicks VapoRub. So you know it's serious business.

Anyway, I'd like to convey my most profuse apologies, and I hope to get the tribute blog up some time in the next couple weeks when I'm no longer under the weather. Thank you for your understanding.


Posted on May 15th 2014 at 02:01:24 PM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under ds, psp, atari, 2600, jr., 3ds, korea


Week of 4 May to 10 May 2014

No big blustery fanfare this week; let's just get right down to it.

Sunday 4 May & Monday 5 May: I started the week with a meal-break run to my workplace Goodwill, which yielded a crimson DS Lite with charger along with Mario Kart 8, Pokemon SoulSilver, New Super Mario Bros., Nintendogs Lab & Friends, Lego Star Wars, and Lego Batman, for $19.99 all told.

More handheld hardware fell into my... um, hands the following day as I hit the local Savers and grabbed a loose PSP with Lumines UMD for $19.99, along with a Mattel Hockey handheld for $2.99. Also found was a CIB Metroid Prime 3 for $2.99.

But if you think the first two days had impressive handheld hardware scores, just you wait...

Tuesday 6 May:: This was the day for $1.99 CIB PC game pickups, as I grabbed Giants: Citizen Kabuto, KKND X-Treme, and a sealed LucasArts Archives release of Star Wars Force Commander. The latter pickup was especially odd, seeing as how I just got the original version at the same Savers the week before...

I also discovered a sealed Wheel of Fortune TV Games plug-and-play dealie for $3.99. Then there were the four books for $10: strats for Mass Effect 3, Halo Wars, and a limited-edition Final Fantasy XII, along with The Making of DOOM 3.

Wednesday 7 May & Thursday 8 May: After taking a breather on Wednesday, I resumed the hunt and discovered a Special Edition copy of Perfect Dark Zero for $3.95, CIB Borderlands 2 for $1.99, CIB Thunder Strike: Operation Phoenix for $3.99, and a Sega Genesis Super Pad for $4.99.

Friday 9 May:  A lunch break trip to my fave Goodwill yielded a black 3DS with charger for $69.99, and a Korean Onyx DS Lite for $13.49. Also included with each handheld was a flash drive card and Micro SD card.

Saturday 10 May: It was back to my fave Goodwill, where I took a big risk on this grab that I teased on Small Scores a few days ago:

At a penny under $70 and non-returnable, it's the biggest thrifting gamble I've made this year.

And now, the full reveal...

...a compact junior-sized Atari 2600 with three joysticks, AV cord, and twelve game carts.

While I felt the asking price was fairly high, I'd just gotten my state tax refund check the day before, and I figured why not treat myself. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that all twelve games in the bundle were not in my collection previously, not even Centipede, Dig Dug, or Ms. Pac-Man. I coulda sworn I had Pole Position, but after checking my collection page before updating it... um, nope. So if nothing else, at least I significantly expanded my personal library of 2600 carts.

Now you probably noticed that this bundle of retro madness was held together with packing tape... which kinda sucked. The tape was so sticky that my initial attempts to remove it from the paper labels on the console and cartridge end labels didn't go over too well:

So I decided to quit before I did more damage, grabbed an X-Acto blade, and carefully cut around the edges of the labels that got taped.

BTW does anybody know if the plastic covering the rainbow part of the console is lamination, or just a protective plastic film to be removed by the user? 'Cuz I've got some major bubbling action goin' on, and it's not very attractive:

And now the million-dollar question minus $999,930.01: does it actually work?
You'll find out soon enough... evilhappy

NON-VIDYA BONANZA: It's the usual suspects again; I just hope Mr. Nupoile can practice some self-control this week...


-   TI-82, TI-83, and TI-83 Plus graphing calculators, $9.00 for all
-   HDMI cable, $2.99
-   Electronic talking pokedex thingy, $2.49

Well, that's about it for now. But before I go, please note that there will be no Seven-Day Score Card blog next week. Instead, a tribute to one of the greatest masterpieces in cinematic history-- and some of the video games it inspired-- will be presented. Be sure to check it out, and I'll see you again in two weeks with a double-sized episode of Seven Fourteen-Day Score Card, only on the RFG Network!


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