Main Entry: scav·en·ger
Etymology: alteration of earlier scavager, from Anglo-French scawageour collector of scavage (duty collected from non-resident street merchants), from skawage scavage, from Middle French dialect (Flanders) escauver to inspect, from Middle Dutch scouwen; akin to Old English scēawian to look at — more at show
1chiefly British : a person employed to remove dirt and refuse from streets2: one that scavenges
: as a: a garbage collector b: a junk collector
c: a chemically active substance acting to make innocuous or remove an undesirable substance
3: an organism that typically feeds on refuse or carrion
So what is a Scavanger Gamer its a person who refuses to piss away their hard earned money on the hobbyknown as gaming when there are plenty of other options available. Types of Scanvanger Gamer one might see running around:The Internet Scrounger:
This intrepid type of Gamer Computerous Cheapus
looks for every free game on-line and will not pay a dollar ever to play them. Freeware games, free paper and pen rpg rules, browser based games or whatever. Its really keen when one can get an old ruleset only for example Marvel Super Heroes. Known for their creativity and independence they are happy using whatever rules they take a fancy to and making it fun.The Used Game Finder:
The seeker of the lost archives of gaming and the dusty tomes of used bookstores is the Usedus Gamus Finderus
this gamer will actually by games to take home, just used and at the lowest price possible. Hugging his find of a full set of DnD 1st Edition rules he loves playing games lost to ancient antiquity like from the 1980's and 1990's.
Card gamers that by used sets of cards or finds them laying around after being put into the garbage fall into this sort. And when some Gamer hurls dice across the room in anger they will pick them up since they are free, after asking. The Budget Gamer:
This sort of Gamer Scavanger Budgetus Gamus
will buy new but will buy games that are just cheap, if they get into a miniature game they will buy a small number of low cost figures for each game getting wise council of players getting singles. They might by CCG's but only older sets when they are discounted example a starter box, perhaps a year or so after the set came out. And if a gaming store is getting rid of cards or rules they are there to buy them if they will likely play the game at some point.
Now that we identified the types of Scavanger Gamers what is their Credo its simple and elegant as the major advocate of these strange breeds and do all three myself:
1. Gaming is fun so who cares what rules you use brand loyalty tends to cost money if DnD 4th costs $60 what is so evil playing a generic game printed off the internet in the same genre? Or why buy 4th when there are several earlier editions that with time and effort you could play much cheaper. If you need gaming rules there are so many options and many free, free is good.
2. CCG's tend to die if your going to invest money make sure its going to stay around and then buy used singles or singles, get advice on the game and have a playe help put together the cheapest deck you can that is playable. Magic and Yugioh are pretty solid bets right now.
3. Minature games are like CCG save the figures at least can double for table-top game figures if the game tanks, again buy some singles for each game that are a good team and your good to go as cheaply as possible.
4. Do not steal we are not thieves', if someone tosses those dice across the room pick them up and ask if he is really getting rid of them.
There you go my Credo.Scavanger Gamers the Few, the Proud, the Cheap!