Frugal Gaming – 2017

Though I had a slip-up last year, my frugal gaming goals are back on track (largely because I zero out my totals at the beginning of each year).

For consistency reasons, I’ll continue to categorize each transaction into one of the following categories:

  • 40k – Essentially anything covering GW’s IP.  I don’t really play other games, but I’ve been known to purchase/trade/sell things like Necromunda, WHFB, etc.  This will all get lumped into that category.
  • WHFB – I broke this out last year, so will do so again this year.  We’ll see if it makes any difference–though I don’t think I’ll do much purchasing of this sort of stuff.
  • MTG – Magic the Gathering
  • BG – Board games & the like
  • COMP – Computer Games (to include iphone or other digital editions)
  • Other – The generic catch-all.


  • -$16.57 – (40k) 48x Daemonette Arms for Genestealer cult conversions
  • -$300 – (Other) Bought a bunch of Star Wars X-Wing stuff off Derek along with his misc. Age of Sigmar models (except the dwarves)
  • +$60 – (Other) Sold a large ship and two smaller ships to Brandon.  Like my earlier deal with Derek, I just took him at his word on what they’re worth.  Gotta put these up on ebay soon.
  • -$10 – (MTG) Bought another Berserk off face book
  • -$16.57 – (40k) Bought 28x arms for Slaaneshi demons to be used on my genestealer cultists as claws.
  • +$20 – (40k) Sold an older “Grim Reaper” model I was originally going to use as a Mortarian stand-in on the facebook oldhammer group.
  • -$5.07 – (40k) Bought 3x “59” sized drill bits for use pinning models with paperclips from the local hardware store
  • -$30.96 – (MTG) 4x packs of Chronicles from Ebay (had to spend those ebay bucks)
  • +$26.63 – (MTG) Ebay Bucks.  These were actually earned buying mostly 40k, I’m sure, but I used the bucks to redeem the Chronicles packs for future draft nights…
  • -$43.90 – (40k) 4x Black Primer & 4x Sealant for models.  Was originally going to get just one can, but it was on sale

Not my most stellar of months, but the bulk of spending is restricted to buying archive models from Derek–which are sure to pay off when I eventually sell them on ebay.  Of course, it’s now been three weeks and I keep forgetting to post them up for sale…

Starting cash: $0.00
Change in cash position: -$316.44
Remaining Balance:  -$316.44


  • -$30.95 – (MTG) Impulse by from TCG direct 4% off sale: 1x Oath of Gideon for 0.25 each, 1x Dubious Challenge for 0.2 each, 2x Call the Gatewatch for 0.29 each, 2x Call the Gatewatch for 0.3 each, 3x Oath of Gideon for 0.25 each, 4x Deploy the Gatewatch for 0.86 each, 4x Oath of Chandra for 0.17 each, 4x Oath of Jace for 0.38 each, 4x Oath of Liliana for 0.17 each, 4x Whisperwood Elemental for 0.45 each, 4x Den Protector for 0.65 each, 4x Forbidden Orchard for 2.2 each, 5x Empyrial Plate for 0.15 each, 12x Exotic Orchard for 0.19 each
  • -$23.71 – (MTG) TCGPlayer 8x Foil Heartless Summoning & 4x Diminishing Returns from TCGplayer
  • -$73.57 – (BG) Amazon order of a bunch of family style board games – Liguria, Chef Alfredo, Push a Monster, Coraxis and Co, Going Going Gone, & Banana Party
  • -$14.33 – (BG) Warhammer Conquest: Legions of Death expansion (Amazon was running a sale where I got -$8.63 off my order, so I bit the bullet)
  • -$43.09 (BG) Seafall – legacy game I’ve been toying with the idea of purchasing, but then Ebay gave me a $10 discount and I bit.
  • -$20.09 – (MTG) Ton of random crap from TCGPlayer, mainly 4x Shardless Agents & 1x Sinkhole, plus other cheap crap
  • -$14.97 – (BG) Anno 1503 board game

Starting cash: -$316.44
Change in cash position: -$205.74
Remaining Balance:  -$522.18


  • +269.88 – (Other) Sold the rest of the Star Wars X-Wing models on ebay.  Total final value was $364.50 and I lost almost a third of that to Ebay, Paypal and USPS.  Egads!
  • -$92.50 – (40k) Triumvirate of the Primarch & Empyric Storm Cards from theWarstore
  • -$116.51 – (MTG) 29 packs of Fifth Edition for an upcoming draft
  • -$35.94 – (MTG) 6 more packs of Fifth Edition (only one more to go!)
  • -$6.44 – (40k) Block of 36 red dice for wound counters — I always seem to run out
  • -$153.48 – (MTG) 30 packs of Weatherlight for an upcoming draft
  • -$48.45 – (BG) Spinderella, Orcs Orcs Orcs, London Markets, & Dragon Valley from Amazon.  I’m not sure if I should count these as 3/4 of them are really for my kids, but it’s inspiring them to get into board games, so why not?
  • -$11.99 – (BG) Ultra Tiny Epic Kingdoms from ebay
  • -$40.98 – (40k) 2x sets of Vanguard Veterans from Ebay.  Originally $27 per set, but ebay had a flash sale.
  • -$50 – (MTG) 4x starter decks of 5th edition for an upcoming sealed deck
  • -$25 – (Other) Ran out of points for esnipe and had to refill.

The month started out so promising, but even with selling $270 in stuff (net), I still wound up $300 in the hole).  The good news is that more than $300 of the total costs were for draft nights, and most of that is reimbursable, so this month is actually kind of a break-even for me–despite what the numbers appear to say.  I expect we’ll have a draft in April, and we’ll see some of those costs reimbursed at that time.

Otherwise, I bought a fair number of board games, and some 40k stuff.  I should learn that the best way to buy 40k is now through ebay–especially when they have sales.  It’ll take time, but I’m guessing I can eventually figure that out…

Starting cash: -$522.18
Change in cash position: -$311.41
Remaining Balance:  -$833.59


  • -$52.24 – (BG) Clearly, with my addiction to buying magic cards waning, board games have filled that void.  Purchased Paris Connection, Provincia Romana, High Tide, and an expansion to Orcs Orcs Orcs (called Reinforcements?)  from Amazon
  • -$29.65 – (MTG) 4x packs of Visions for upcoming “chaos drafts”
  • -$30 – (MTG) 4x Packs of Modern Masters 2017 for upcoming chaos drafts
  • -$7.50 – (MTG) 1x Pack of Modern Masters 2017 & one pack of Origins, throw in from above.
  • -$28.87 – (BG) Castelli, Sail Away, & Friday – board games from Amazon.  Can’t seem to pass up on a board game for under $10.  How bad can they be?!?
  • -$22.94 – (MTG) 4x Packs of Onslaught for upcoming Chaos Drafts
  • +$14.10 – (Misc) Ebay bucks refund
  • -$70 – (Misc) Paid for custom logos for the blog
  • +$175 – (MTG) Held a magic draft night: 5th edition
  • -$19.10 – (BG) Warhammer Quest: Adventure Card Game from Amazon
  • -$18.08 – (40k) Jeweler’s saw from Amazon (to work on my Imperial Knights)
  • -$37.54 – (BG) Greed, Smugglers, & Kingdom Builder games from Amazon


Starting cash:  -$833.59
Change in cash position: -$126.82
Remaining Balance:  -$960.41


  • -$500 – (40k) Picked up a few armies from Codi locally
  • -$.98 – (40k) Beads for titan ankles
  • -$8.80 – (BG) Spooky castle on Amazon–again, for my kids
  • -$15.01 – (BG) Dominion: Intrigue on Amazon.  I rarely play the base game and almost never play any expansions (I still have one unopened), but apparently if you put it at a big enough discount, I’ll buy just about anything.
  • -$12.86 – (BG) Kingdom Builder: Nomads expansion from Amazon on sale
  • -$6.28 – (40k) Two more cans of primer
  • -$126.68 – (MTG) 35 packs of Nemesis for a future draft night
  • -$13.20 – (BG) Armageddon Board Game from Amazon
  • -$12.35 – (BG) Escape Zombie City from Amazon
  • -$12.94 – (BG) Regnum Angelica from Amazon


Starting cash:  -$833.59
Change in cash position: -$709.1
Remaining Balance:  -$1542.69


  • -$40.98 – (BG) Assault of the Giants from Amazon
  • -$13.27 –  (BG) Kingdom Builder: Nomads Expansion from Amazon
  • -$12.99 – (BG) Doodlequest game for the kids from Amazon
  • -$18.75 – (BG) New York Slice – pizza game for the kids from Amazon
  • +$200 (WHFB) Sold a bunch of Chaos Warriors to Niles locally
  • -$11.99 (BG) Magic the Gathering: Arena of the Planeswalkers (base game) from Amazon.  Good deal for a game I hardly play, but it fleshes out two copies of everything they’ve released to date.
  • -$14.24 (BG) One Deck Dungeon on Amazon
  • -$50 (40k) The marines out of the new starter set plus a deck of the new objective cards
  • -$22.66 – (BG) Survive: Escape from Atlantis from Amazon

Starting cash:  -$1542.69
Change in cash position: $15.12
Remaining Balance:  -$1527.57


  • -$45.86 – (MTG) Bunch of Modern Masters 2017 Singles
  • -$9.97 – (BG) Star Wars Risk on Amazon
  • -$8.00 – (BG) Barrage Battle on Amazon
  • -$100 – (40k) Purchased 39 khorne berserkers, 12 terminators, and two other misc models from Jeremy.  All painted.
  • +$40 – (40k) Sold a land raider locally
  • -$21.29 – (40k) Knight Titan Transfers and arms
  • -$28.61 – (40k) Extra bits to complete 3x Tyrannocytes
  • -$35.10 – (40k) 73″ of green stuff from ebay
  • +$60 – (WHFB) Sold a Hellpit Abomination & a Warplightning Cannon to Ryan (local)

Starting cash:  -$1527.57
Change in cash position: -$148.83
Remaining Balance:  -$1676.40


  • -$14.99 – (BG) Abaddon board game from Amazon
  • -$11.83 – (BG) World Monuments from Amazon — hoping this will be a learning game for my kids
  • +$80 – (40k) Sold a bunch of Skitarii/Ad Mech I just picked up in a trade to Derek
  • +$175 – (MTG) MTG Weatherlight Draft rake
  • -$15 – (40k) Traded a dreadknight and $15 for a broodlord and a squad of magnetized tyrant guard
  • +$25 – (MTG) Derek paid late for draft night.

Starting cash:  -$1676.40
Change in cash position: -$
Remaining Balance:  -$


  • -$10 – (MTG) 4x Storm Seeker off Twitter
  • -$40.70 – (MTG) set of three MTG promos from Hascon: Grimlock, Dinobot Leader, Nerf War, & Sword of Dungeons & Dragons
  • -$100.65 – (MTG) 4x Metalworkers & some misc Beta cards
  • -$65.65 – (MTG) 3x Unlimited Vesuvan Doppelgangers (LP)
  • -$18.41 – (MTG) 1x Unlmited Vesuvan Doppelganger (LP)

Starting cash:  
Change in cash position: -$
Remaining Balance:  -$


  • -$45.51 – (Other) 5 Years of domain registration from Godaddy
  • -$9.99 – (BG) Camel Up Expansion from Amazon
  • -$17.99 – (BG) Sheriff of Nottingham, Merry Men expansion from Cool Stuff Inc in Orlando
  • -$46.23 – (BG) Scythe the Board game from Amazon
  • -$75 – (MTG) Conspiracy 2: Take the Crown box for upcoming draft

Starting cash:  
Change in cash position: -$
Remaining Balance:  -$


  • -$5.49 – (40k) Replacement base for Tyranid Drop Pod
  • -$300 – (40k) Bought Mitch’s extra armies

Starting cash:  
Change in cash position: -$
Remaining Balance:  -$


  • +$63 – (MTG) MTG Draft Night: Conspiracy 2
  • +$260 – (40k) Sold a bunch of Dark Angels Bikes to Colt (local)
  • -$124.75 – (MTG) Box of iconic Masters on Ebay (used coupon) for upcoming draft night
  • -$12.06 – (BG) Kingdom Builder: Marshlands from Amazon
  • +$230 – (40k) Gifted various amounts for Xmas ear-marked for 40k

Starting cash:  
Change in cash position: -$
Remaining Balance:  -$

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