So, I’ve been looking for Planescape: Torment for a while now.
This is the Infinity Engine RPG that always seems to come up when people start talking about Really Good RPGs. It’s got enough of a Reputation that I’m willing to believe that it’s more than just hype backing it up.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to find for a reasonable price. Amazon and eBay sellers tend to ask on the order of $50… for the CDs only. Boxed copies go for $insane.
This might be excusable if it were a particularly hard to find game, perhaps from a boutique publisher, perhaps with a terribly low print run.
But, no. This game sold over 400,000 copies and got a budget-priced re-release. At any given time, there’s a good half-dozen copies up on eBay. It’s not a rare game.
It just happens to be one that people are willing to pay a premium for, or perhaps that people aren’t willing to sell for less than a premium price.
Either way, it wasn’t available in my price range.
Until… I was looking at my Amazon recommendations last week and I saw a “New and used available from $8.00”
…$8.00? Yes, please!
I really didn’t expect much at that price. Honestly, I figured my $8.00 + shipping was going to vanish into the ether, like the last time I bought anything off Amazon Marketplace, but I also figured that it was worth the risk.
It paid off, anyway, because the game arrived today.
Let’s hear it for dumb luck. 🙂