On The Shelf: The Official xxxHolic Guide

15 08 2011

One of the joys of living in the Philippines is we are the black hole of English-language books. Or rather, this is where books go to die. Being one of the biggest consumers of English books in the world, we get our share of the brand-new stuff – but the real prize, especially for people with tight budgets – is the remaindered stuff. You know, the extra stock that never get sold by publishers, either through overprinting or whatever.

So our second-hand bookstores take it all in and sell them at bargain basement prices. Booksale Philippines is arguably the largest chain of second-hand bookstores in the country and they carry a very wide selection of books – of course, the fact that they circulate their books through branches means that what you saw in one branch last month may end up somewhere in the Visayas next week.

Anyway, with the manga mania abroad, it’s understandable that quite a few manga books end up on their shelves. This one though is a find. Costing $13 before shipping on Amazon, the Official xxxHolic Guide costs a cheap 180 Philippine pesos – that $4 – without shipping. There’s several copies in several Booksales in Metro Manila, all of them still shrink wrapped or at least in good condition. Check them out for several more bargains.


On The Shelf: Small World

30 06 2011

The rise and fall of civilizations may sound like a deep topic, but with only a couple of rules, that’s exactly what Small World simulates on its aptly-named board.

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On The Shelf: Android

26 06 2011

Been slacking off with the blogging for awhile – mostly because work is a pain in the ass right now, but hopefully I’ll get things normalized back here with this post.

Anyway, here’s another one for those who played Clue when they were young, but want to take it to another level. Android is the future of murder.

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On The Shelf: Twilight Struggle

3 06 2011

“Now the trumpet summons us again, not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are – but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle…”
– John F. Kennedy

The Cold War’s long behind us, yet it still resonates in global culture. Comprising near half-a-century, it seems like it would be impossible to simulate into a board game. However, it’s been done and done well. Let me introduce Twilight Struggle!

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On The Shelf: Nightfall

26 05 2011

Sometimes you just want some rip-and-tear fun, for that there’s Nightfall!

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On The Shelf: Power Struggle

25 05 2011

Here’s a new feature on Nerdsamurai. One of the biggest difficulties in hobby gaming here in the Philippines is that we have to import a whole lot of stuff. Some of the retail outlets pick up the slack and Gaming Library is fast becoming a wonderful resource for buying games. However, new games can be a touch expensive.

One of the simpler ways to lighten the price load of games is to buy second-hand stuff. Well, that’s what the Off The Shelf feature on Nerdsamurai is about. Prospective sellers of hobby games send me their stuff and I make posts about them and provide contact info for the parties involved. Plus, I’m doing it for free. Expect a daily Off The Shelf post from me, so you can see what’s available out there before shelling out the big bucks.

For our inaugural post, here’s Power Struggle!

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