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Welcome to BoardGameGeek
What is BoardGameGeek?
BoardGameGeek is online board gaming resource and community. The site is updated on a real-time basis by its large and still growing user base, making the 'Geek the largest and most up-to-date place to get gaming information! There is no charge to become a registered member of BGG, although you are certainly encouraged to help improve the site by adding your own reviews and thoughts on games to the existing database!

There are reviews, articles, ratings, images, play-aids, and session reports from board game geeks across the world, as well as a live discussion forum. In addition - every day - nearly a hundred game trades pass through the hands of registered members, as well as transactions in the marketplace.

What kind of games are here?
You can see just a few of the large variety of games we have here on the Welcome tab.

Here you'll find many kinds of games, including many you've probably never seen in a store! We cover not only board games but also dice games, card games, tile-laying games, and games of dexterity. We have abstracts, economic games, dungeon crawls, city building, diplomacy and negotiation, trading, puzzle games, strategy games, party games, war games, and many more--we run the gamut from the light and whimsical Carcassonne to the serious and heavy empire-building of Twilight Imperium. Old familiar games like Monopoly exist in the database, as well, although you'll find almost all users prefer games showing the advancements that have been made in game play and component quality since Monopoly was first published.

This looks interesting, but where can I find these games?
Many of these games are available right here in our online Marketplace. Those games which are in print may also be available from your local independent game store--most will be happy to special order many of them. If you can't find the games there, you might also try one of the many online game retailers, often the only way to get imported games. Although you may never have seen or even heard of many of these games, you will find that they are surprisingly easy to obtain.

How can I find opponents for these games?
Try your friends or family--you have the makings of a great gaming group among people you already know! But there are also many ways to meet new people for playing these games. You might be lucky and have a game store that features board game nights, and you may even find the local nexus of board gamers in your community. Meeting up for game nights is an excellent way to try out many games. You might also find a local group in the Game Groups section of our Forum. Or, feel free to use our Forum to try to find people in your area--our members are always looking for new players, and generally enjoy introducing people to these games. BGG even facilitates finding individual gamers in your area by the Gamer Database link in the menu to the left!

Welcome to the board gaming community. Stay for a while.
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