Ruthie Payzant woke up early on a cold Sunday morning for one thing and one thing only —Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game.
“It’s out-of-print, so that one is going to have some competition for bidding,” said Payzant, who plays board games at least once a week.
She was one of dozens who woke up for The Board Room Cafe’s first Board Game Auction Day last weekend.
Starting at 10 a.m., board game enthusiasts were welcome to come to the Barrington Street café to bid on a huge selection of games.
There was a silent auction for the majority of games, as well as a live auction — complete with bidding paddles — for a group of selected games.
Kris Moulton, the café’s owner, has always wanted to organize a board game auction.
During regular days, The Board Room Cafe has over 400 games for people to choose from, anyone can grab a beer or coffee and play them in-house for $5 cover.
“I had heard of a similar auction being done at a games store in California,” he said. “I always liked the idea.”
“It’s a fun thing for our customers to be able to bring in old games and get new ones.”
In the week leading up to auction, people were asked to bring in games they wanted to auction off and to set a minimum selling price for the game.
Moulton said the auction is beneficial for both his customers and his business.
He plans on making the auction an annual event.
“We give gift certificates instead of money to the sellers of the items, so it sort of cycles through. They get new games and we get to sell the new games,” said Moulton.
The games ranged in price and size. The bright, graphic boxes of games lined tables set up around the perimeter of the café with individual bidding sheets in front of each game.
Bids for most games started between $1 and $15.
Some were simple card games such as Scrabble Slam, where players have four cards and the goal is to change the word in front of you as quickly as possible using the letter on the cards the player holds.
Other more obscure and intriguing games like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus had multiple pieces and parts.
This game is geared towards children and the goal is simple: avoid the pigeon chasing a bus by moving the bus around the board.
Moulton estimated as many as 300 games were up for auction.
“There are a couple big ticket items that people brought in, a couple valuable ones,” said Moulton.
One of those big-ticket items in the silent auction had Zack Delaney contemplating his bid.
It was Eclipse, a game that puts players in control of a vast interstellar civilization, and they compete with rivals through nine rounds; whoever has the most victory points at the end is the winner.
”The minimum bid is $120. That’s a lot of money. But it’s the collection of it, plus the expansion packs,” said Delaney.
“The actual value of which online I think is like a couple hundred bucks. It’s still a pretty good deal.”
In the end Eclipse and its expansion packs didn’t sway Delaney, but he was interested in another game.
“Flashpoint Fire Rescue. It’s a cooperative game where everyone plays as a firefighter,” said Delaney.
“Basically you rush into a burning building and get as many people out alive as possible, and if you rescue a certain number everyone wins.”
“The idea is that everyone wins or everyone loses, which I think is kind of neat.”
Paddles shot up as people taking part in the live auction bid for larger games such as Iron Sky: The Board Game and Gears of War: The Board Game.
After the live auction the silent auction’s bids were finalized and those who were triumphant in their bidding claimed their games.
Delaney was outbid on Flashpoint.
Payzant, on the other hand, was victorious, taking the Buffy the Vampire Slayer game home for 35 well-spent dollars.