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

ZAGNORCH PRODUCTIONS INC., LLC

PRESENTS


2015

A NEW YEAR'S THRIFTING ODYSSEY


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...




...like 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.

Grin


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...


...'Late



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

SEVEN-DAY SCORE CARD:
HARDCORE HANDHELD HARDWARE HAVOC AND THE GREAT RETRO GAMBLE

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...



Hawt.


-   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!


Byee



Posted on Jun 28th 2012 at 08:04:40 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Tuesday, Sega, PSP, PS2, May, Nintendo Power, thrift store

Hey now!

Yikes... I've been working on this off and on for almost a month now. What can I say: the demands of work and other high-priority things kinda slow down the whole blog-writing process.

In any case, I'll now reveal to you my Tuesday finds from May, which was fairly weak right up to the final Tuesday... and then the floodgates opened somethin' fierce.


May 1: I hit a couple places after work and came away with:

-   Super NES console $5.00

-   Namco Museum 50th Anniversary (Greatest Hits) PS2 $2.99

-   Super Mario Ball (AKA Japanese Mario Pinball Land) $1.99

-   Super Donkey Kong 2 (AKA Japanese Donkey Kong Country 2) $1.99


Weird thing about the Japanese GBA games: I bought 'em at a place that usually premium-prices imports and rare second-hand games. I was so sure they'd be priced above what I'd be willing to pay, I almost didn't bother to ask the clerk to pull 'em outta the display case. For the first time in a blue moon, going against my better instincts actually paid off...


May 8: I found no games or hardware, just a lotta reading material.

-   Fourteen Nintendo Power, GamePro, and EGM back issues, $0.29 each

-   Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 strategy guide, $1.99



May 15:

-   TMNT: Mutant Melee (Xbox) $3.19

-   Nintendo 64 12-cartridge cabinet $2.60


I'm actually using the N64 cabinet to store my loose SNES carts in; apparently they were designed to hold either type.


May 22:

-   Official PlayStation Magazine back issue $0.29

-   Prima Conker: Live & Reloaded strategy guide $2.00

-   BradyGames GTA:  San Andreas strategy guide $2.00



May 29: Now, THIS is more like it:

-      Four Nintendo Power back issues $0.29 each

-      Six Official Xbox Magazine game demo discs with sleeves, $1.99 $0.99 each

-      Joytron Strap Touchpen for DS, $0.79

-      Pokemon Battle Revolution Nintendo Power strategy guide $1.50



-      Populous  (SNES) $1.99

-      Namco Museum Remix (Wii) $5.95

-      Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness (GC) $0.95

-      Guitar Hero (PS2) $3.99 $0.99

-      Guitar Hero II (PS2) $3.99 $0.99

-      A trio of CIB Master System games for $2.99 $2.09 each:
       -   Choplifter
       -   Alien Syndrome
       -   Missile Defense 3D


-      A pair of CIB PSP games for $1.95 each:
       -   Crush
       -   Crisis Core: Final Fantasy




The biggest pick-up of the day, however, was:

- Blaze Twin Shock Home Arcade 2-player controller for PlayStation (and PS2), $11.99.



Finally, then there was this $1.99 grab:


(Don't tell You-Know-Who about this one)



The TL;DR Sidebar

May's biggest non-gaming Tuesday score: I found a boxed Nerf Vortex Praxis disc-shooter for just $5.99.


Like this, only the box wasn't in as good a condition.

I'm pretty sure someone messed up on the pricing at the Goodwill where I picked this up. Now, that is some crack-smoking pricing I can actually get behind! Speaking of which...


May's biggest crack-smoking moment almost went to the Gilroy Goodwill, which was asking $19.99 for a standard-ish GameCube controller. That's right, just the controller; I asked about it, and they confirmed it.
 
But the Morgan Hill Goodwill claimed victory when I discovered a sealed pack of three Game Boy Advance 3-cartridge cases like these...


...for $19.99.

Yes, you read that price correctly.

$19.90-freakin'-9.

For plain ol' plastic cases.

Without any games in 'em.

Needless to say, they're really hittin' the pipe down in Morgan Hill...


'Late



Posted on Jun 15th 2011 at 07:00:00 AM by (Zagnorch)
Posted under Summer, mario, ratchet, sonic, tecmo, bowl, challenge, wii, fit, psp, ds

Greetings from Terra...

Between trying to make my temp job permanent, shaping up, sprucing up the Zagnorch Ponderosa, and getting the ol' lemon running properly, I figured I wouldn't be able to get in on the RF Generation summer gaming challenge for lack of time to devote to it.

But then I realized I have a ton of games I'm either part-way through or this close to completing, and I figured I could take care of 'em in my sparse spare time. I know it's something of a cop-out, and a lazy way to go. But, given the situation, it's the best I can do.

And away we go:



Super Mario 64 DS: 134 stars down, 16 to go.


StarFox Command (DS): I'm stuck on that level where you use the stylus to clear away part of the cloud cover to reveal where the enemy is hiding.


Bomberman DS: I've yet to get past the boss on Level 8.


The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES): It's been so long since I last played this, I've forgotten where I left off...


Tecmo Super Bowl (SNES): All I want to do is get the 49ers to win a Super Bowl on three-year mode. My last three-year deal saw me lose two consecutive NFC championships before getting waxed in the Super Bowl in season three...

...by the Buffalo Bills.

THE FREAKING BILLS!!!  WHAT THE #3LL, MAN!!!


CrossworDS: I've been chipping away at this one for the last couple years. While it also includes word search and anagrams, I'm focused on finishing just the crossword puzzles.


Sonic Rush (DS): Forget about the d@mn fourth chaos emerald-- it's the fershlugginer seventh one I'm having a #3lluva a time grabbing...


Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (GBA): I still haven't gotten past that level where I hafta let Yoshi plunge to his death to save my own sorry @$$. I've killed enough Yoshis and Marios on this level to fill a virtual Grand Canyon. O, the soul-crushing guilt...


Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (PSP): I've been neglecting my PSP lately, so I figure I should finish up Size Matters before it sics child protective services on me.


Wii Fit Plus: Actually, I haven't started this one yet. Never the less, I figure I'd give it a go to supplement my efforts to shape up this summer. I'm not so sure there's a way to properly beat or finish it, though. I suppose I can consider it "beaten" when I make my goal weight.


And there you have it. For the most part, I'm aiming to complete a buncha fruity handheld platformer-adventure titles I've been procrastinating on, with nary an uber-hardcore title in the lot.

G0d, I am such a chick...

'Late


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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