|(Image by: OOP Games & Hobby)|
A few days before Christmas I ventured up to the Angel of the Winds Arena for the 13th Boardgame & Miniature Swap Meet hosted by OOP Games & Hobby.
The venue was nice, large enough to accommodate all the vendors and easy to get to once off I-5.
Since I left 30 minutes later than I planned, I rushed off without my cameras, so I don't have any "man on the street" pictures to post.
My usual quest at these affairs is purchasing items I don't have to cut-out, paste together or paint.
For the most part I was successful in this endeavor.
One vendor, I'm afraid I didn't get his name, was selling off spare items from the several Warhammer 40K Rogue Trader Kill Team Starter Set.
For a mere $10, I obtained the rulebook...
...the supplement guides...
...the double-sided, mounted playing board...
Okay, that's one item I have to punch out and trim, but there's less than 50 counters, unlike many boardgames which contain hundreds of them. Even over a thousand if you consider monster games.
I've never been good at haggling. But when I asked another vendor about these near-future, pre-painted figurs, he said it was $25...
...But then added prices could be negotiable.
When I offered him $20, he accepted. Upon my return I conducted
So I got another deal.
The most expensive item I bought turned out to be this WH40K-ish looking dice tray made by Carrie Emmerich, artist and proprietor of Omnibusy.
She also runs a Tumblr blog called Iris of Ether. The dice tray cost me $30. But as we concluded my purchase, some of the furniture figures on her display table caught my eye.
Specifically, these wine/beer casks:
Carrie originally wasn't planning on sell them, but offered them to me for $5 each.
Unlike previous swap meets there were a number of non-gaming vendors, specifically artists and authors.
While I spent some time chatting with these folks, along with other game vendors, I didn't spend any more of my money.
I always feel rather bad when I don't help out small/at-home business owners. My late mom was an artist and attended art & craft shows throughout her life. Plus I'm a wannabe writer myself. So I know how hard it can be to make a profit at various shows, conferences and conventions.
However, I couldn't bring myself to buy anything else I was interested in, or something I have no room for, like this:
|(Image found on eBay, not from the vendor I spoke with)|
Here's a list of the game vendors, artists and authors I talked with and picked up business cards from before departing:
Authors 4 Authors Publishing
Moon Dragon Games
Ford 3D Printing
This has been the second swap meet I managed to attend. The last one two years ago, which I didn't even get a chance to write about. What keeps me away is my rotating work shift.
Hopefully it won't be another two years before I can attend the next one.
Happy New Year everyone!