Tricks of the Geek
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You know, I've spent a lot of time here on the Geek, but it seems like I'm always learning something new. So the idea of this geeklist is to share those little tricks that it took you awhile to figure out, so that others can learn from your experience.




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26. Board Game: National Gallery Artist's Card Game [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
JessA
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Southwestern
Michigan
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It's seems that quite a few people don't know this.

You have YOUR OWN PERSONAL GALLERY!!

Yes, that's right, folks, you can upload pictures galore in your very own gallery.

Go to your profile page.

At the top there are tabs that say:
Games GeekStuff Interests Contributions Stats Blog Gallery Guilds

Click on the Gallery Tab. There you are. It's yours all yours.

Next,
1. Upload photo.
2. ????????????
3. Profit!!
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27. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Thumbs up are tallied by the little green number under the user info as are tips accrued for that item.
Clicking the green thumb number or yellow tip number will tell you which users thumbed and / or tipped that item.

But there is a way you can see the full avatars and microbadges of those that have thumbed (not sure about tips) an item.

Here's an example with one of my images:

/geekrecommend.php?action=whorecommends&itemid=160098&itemtype=image

Just copy and paste that in directly after the ".com" in your address bar.
If you want to do this with your own images just put in your image number where the 160098 is

Not sure if you can do this with anything other than images.

EDIT: here's a direct link to that- http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekrecommend.php?action=whorec...
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28. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:96]
Kris Verbeeck
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My trick is if I see something in a post and I want to be able to do that myself. I hit the quote button. That way you see how the other poster did it.
You just go back after you have figured it out and you can try yourself by using the preview button.

In case that you can't quote (something you see in the user profile and want to do) Just take a look at the source of the page. (CTRL+U on my PC)

It is also handy to use tags. That way you be able to find a bunch of related stuff quick I used to do this for languagelevels a lot. But you could make tags yourself. PNP (print and play) is a nice tag.

And if you are not able to figure something out. You could allways ask in the the how to BGG forum. You are bound to get an answer in less than half an hour.
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29. Board Game: Cheater [Average Rating:4.06 Overall Rank:11072]
Mike Bazynski
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If you want your GL on the front page longer, add and immedietaly delete an extra item... devildevildevil
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30. Board Game: Frontline [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Tony Ackroyd
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E Sussex
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If you want to customise your Front Page then its easy (but I always forget how, so no doubt others do too):
Go to "My Geek", then "Account" and "Customise Front Page". Then you can add, remove and move the different BGG page elements. Who knows - you may discover something you didn't know was there!
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31. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1558]
Ben Lott
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Working on a geeklist over time
I know that many people have some confusion about this. When creating a geeklist everytime you save the header or an item, BGG is storing the entire list. So you can leave and then come back later to finish the list before anyone has seen it.

If you do so, you will find the unpublished list under "My Geeklists". It won't go out to the BGG public until you click on the "Submit List" link.
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32. Board Game: I Don't Know, What Do You Want To Play? [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:4227]
Adam Kunsemiller
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Indianapolis
IN
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If you haven't looked into this you should. It's a handy app that uses your username to make printable cards of the games you have. The cards have a picture of the game, a high level summary, and suggested players and weight. The idea is to have a card for every game you own, and to use the cards as a sort of quick metagame to decide what game you want to play. The cards also serve as a cool way of showing someone what games you have, as it's easier to flip through cards and look at the descriptions then to pull out every box and check out the back!

The tool has been going through some bouts of instability lately, but it's definitely worth monitoring and checking out in the future when all the kinks are worked out.

http://www.superpowernosissies.com/games/idkwdywtp/
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33. Board Game: M.I.G. (Mobile Intelligence Games) [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:9321]
Kris Verbeeck
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MiniBGG for mobile

Gives you condensed data for games. Very handy if you wanto know more about a game when you are in a thriftshop or at a convention.

There is also an interesting compare fuction on it.
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34. Board Game: Santa's Special Delivery Game [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Ben Lott
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If you participate in the BGG Secret Santa program, you can send anonymous geekmails to your target by using this account:

Secret Santa
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Quebec
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Ho ho ho, Jolly Santa here from the great white north wishing you a Merry Christmas
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Ho ho ho! It tickles when you poke me like that. Don't make me put you on the naughty list!
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The username is Santa
The Password is password
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35. Board Game: Horse Trader [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Pete Hall
United States
Graham
Washington
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This is something I recently discovered after trying to find someone to trade a game with me. Go to "My Geek" and click on "Trades." This will bring you to a page where you can click on "Direct matches" or "Custom search."

Clicking on "Custom search" brings up a page for selecting a specific trade and searching for a match of your choice.

But the one I like is this: Clicking on "Direct matches" brings up a chart which lists the trades you have and matches them with the trades you want from another user. Gives you the users name and what they have for trade that is on your want list.

Great stuff here!
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36. Board Game: Always in Motion [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Ben Lott
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Michigan
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Stopping animated pictures
Are you easily annoyed by animated avatars, animated gifs, or even animated emoticons? To stop those animations dead in their tracks just hit the Esc key on your keyboard.

Here, give it a test run:

shake blush cry surprise

Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
Washington
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"Come on! Come on! Come and get it, baby! Come on! I don't got all day! Come on! Come on! Come on you bastard! Come on, you too! Oh, you want some of this? "
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37. Board Game: Fast Mail [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Ben Lott
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Michigan
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Sending Geekmail to multiple users

Many people don't seem to realize that it is quite simple to send a geekmail to multiple participants in one easy step. Simply put commas between the usernames of the people you want to send it to =

To: Blott, TheMole

It will send a copy of the same geekmail to all the recipients in your "To" box.
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Erik Leppo
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Baltimore
Maryland
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JeffyJeff's amazing tool for composing your want lists for math trades.
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Maryland
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This one has information about how to use the BGG Widget in your profile. That is put images of your Hot Ten or most recently played games into your profile.
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This is a great tool for sorting your games collection by best number of players. It takes your games owned and combines it with the "best" and "recommended" data.

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41. Board Game: Badge of Honor [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Paolo Robino
Italy
Dueville
Vicenza
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Quoting microbadges
Nothing easier: just lookup for the microbadge number, then type:

[ microbadge=XXXX ]

Leave out the spaces, and substitute XXXX with the microbadge number.

Example: mb
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43. Board Game: Verbositi [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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See user comments about a game
I was surprised to find out that some people don't know about this, when I posted about it once. So here it is for anyone who doesn't know. It's kind of hidden but I think it's just about the most useful feature on BGG.

On each individual game page, way down at the bottom in the Statistics secion, there is a label Num Ratings. Next to this is a number that is hyperlinked. Click on this number to see everyone's comments about a game. It's the only way I know of to access this feature.

[Update: With the new site design, this is now at the very top of the game pages. Click the "xx ratings" link.]
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44. Board Game: How To Build a Nucleotide [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Dr. Urza, PhD of Dungeon Crawl
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How did he do that??

Anytime you see a post, Geekmail, etc. with some nifty formatting and are asking yourself the above question, just hit the quote button! All the code necessary to duplicate the post can be found inside the quote tags, for your future reference.
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45. Board Game: Busy Little Bees [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Games Played Statistics
Many Geeks log their games played. I find this a very useful tool, to find new games that are worth checking out, or to get a quick list of games to recommend to other people. You can filter to show, for example, only what people have played in the last month.

I can never remember how to find this through the menus on BGG, so I put the page in my QuickBar:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/bygame?sortby=distinctuse...

It appears you currently find this through the menus by going to Menus > Stats > Games Played (By Game)

Caveat - be sure to sort by the Unique Users column, otherwise you get to see things like the game Block Off played by 2 people, for a total of 10000001 plays.

Caveat - this is obviously not a random survey. Only the Geekiest Geeks log their plays, I presume. Thanks for doing it, though, all you who do. So take it with that in mind - it basically shows the favorite games of the kind of people who would take the time to log plays (perhps no more Geeky than people who post in a 'BGG tips' geeklist :-)
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46. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2601]
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If you have ever had to add something from a game or category with a huge number of pages of pics its almost impossible to find the one you want. To add misc game accessory and have the picture show a crown royal bag try a Google search on google images in a seperate windpow and copy the image number..


http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&q=site%3Aboardgamegeek.co...

site:boardgamegeek.com crown.royal

the part in bold limits the search to only BGG. the second part will show any combination of the words "crown" and "royal" with the period acting as a universal spacer. This will hit on:

crown.royal
crown_royal
crown-royal
crown,royal

The second hit for me showed the pic I wanted.

Here is a search for dice tower pics

http://www.google.ca/images?um=1&hl=en&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=s...



These advanced search options work great say if you are looking for open indexes of MP3's on the net

intitle:"index.of" (mp3|mp4) Lady.Gaga -html -htm -php -cf -jsp -asp

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47. Board Game: Link [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Keila
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How to link a non-geek picture with a link?

How to do this:



1. First you need a URL you want to link to. Like http://icanhascheezburger.com. Then use the feature here on Geek by adding [ url ] at the beginning and [ /url ] to the end, but without spaces.
This should then do this: http://icanhascheezburger.com. They both seem the same, because Geek automatically link all url posted on forums.

2. You then need a picture you want to use for linking. Like this one:


You can do that by searching a picture, coping its location (http://files.octavarius.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/lolca...) and adding [ IMG ] at the beginning and [ /IMG ] to the end, again, without spaces.

3. To link with picture, you need to know how to do this: LOLCats.
This is done by adding [url= yoursitehere.com ]Text that show as a link[ /url ]. Again, wihtout spaces.

4. To get the final solution, you need to replace the text part (LOLCats in my example) with a [ IMG ]You Chosen Picture[ /IMG] link. And then it is done.

Why do I might need this?

You can use this to add your FaceBook sign on forums or your profile page:



or whatever...
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48. Board Game: Coloretto [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:375]
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I first noticed these on one of the PBF threads and been using them ever since... for yellow, green, red, and blue font, you can use these style tags instead to get color in. I've found them much easier to work with than the square brackets and "COLOR" keywords (click QuickQuote to actually see the tags).....

EDIT: That's right... GL item vs GL comment. See a quotable comment below, or....
use this as a template, but remove all spaces on both sides of the curly braces. Substitute 'b' for blue, 'g' for green, and 'y' for yellow
r { SAMPLE TEXT } r

OR

"r|y|g|b" + "left/open curly brace" + "Text to be color-coded" + "right/close curly brace" + "matching r|y|g|b character"

RED
Rebel Diplomacy

GREEN
Feline Uplift Race

YELLOW (although some end up doing it the hard way like this instead since this one is much easier to see and read.)
Alien Orb expansion
Alien Orb expansion

BLUE
Made Up NOVELTY World.
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49. Board Game: BANG! The Bullet! [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.01 Unranked]
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Poole
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Courtesy of Aldie, how to put a bullet in a post:

& bull ; without the spaces

turns into:

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50. Board Game: Crystal Formation [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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When you're multi-formatting a string of text, for some cases, the order does matter for how you nest the tags. For example......

Red Alert with standard black underline
vs.
Red Alert with unstandard red underline
vs.
Black Alert with unstandard red underline
vs.
Finally, black on black
Click the first comment below to quickquote the formatting.



NOTE: the "r { text here } r" introduced later in this geeklist (item #48 IIRC) will NOT allow this style of formatting! You'll need to use the square braces again, such as [ color=red ] text here [ /color ]
Link to that GL item.....
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/34918/item/1743881#ite...
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