Avatars for New Users (Spirit of Christmas)
David Fair
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It makes me sad when I see New BGG Users with no Avatars. In the spirit of Christmas, I thought i might do what i could to help some of them out...

If you are a BGG New User (and really, it doesn't have to be within the first 30 days, just not anyone whose been around a while) and you have not collected enough for an avatar, do the following:

1. Add a game to the list, any game
2. Tell us why you picked that game. Is it what brought you to BGG, is it a game you liked as a kid, etc.
3. Tell us how many GeekGold you need to get your avatar
4. Tell us what you will use as an avatar, and why.

If you are a BGG veteran, engage the new users in some conversation, tip them some geekgold. Get to know a new Geekbuddy.

And to everyone, have a wonderful holiday season.
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1. Board Game: Morels [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:603]
Michael Jacobs
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Hi...still in need of an avatar... Thanks for your kindness. Merry Christmas.

1. Morels

2. Adding this game because it has led to my wife and I spending quality time together in a fun hobby that she would normally stay away from.

3. I have 0 GG so far, so will need full amount.

4. Maximus from Gladiator movie... My favorite ever.
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2. Board Game: Dogfight [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:4265]
Adam Pfaff
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I have very fond memories of playing this game. This and Combat are probably the two games that really got me into board games. I chose Dogfight because I enjoyed it more.

Although I have been a member for nearly 10 months I have not been very active, and as such have 0 GG.

My avatar would either be a picture of the actual, or of a counter of, the USS Carondelet. I am interested in naval warfare, specifically form the Civil War on, and I chose this ship because it is where I am from.
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3. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:244] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Marta Kelly
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Ugh. This beastie. This is what pushed me from carefully dipping my toes in the water to jumping in head first. It's also the first game I've ever pimped and kickstarted my appreciation of modifying game pieces.

My then-soon-to-be boyfriend brought this to a meeting of our school's gaming club. Eventually we decided the game could use some modification after seeing this http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/714563/arkham-horror-casemod... and I made similar stamina, sanity, and clue tokens as well as bags to put them in.

3. I have 0gg, so I'll need the full amount.

4. I'll use the picture of one of the monsters from Amnesia: The Dark Descent that the Humble Indie Bundle used. I just really like the way it looks and I love that game (even though I haven't managed to play very far in it).
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4. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1837]
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ok, first some caveats, I joined just over 30 days ago (35 days, so am ok about not getting an Avatar) but have found BGG to have utterly rekindled my love of Board Games. Also the pic of Talisman is wrong, my version is the older green box one (but I cant seem to make that appear). And I wanted to thank the person who started the thread for being so thoughtful - Merry Christmas to you

Talisman was my first "proper" board game, bought brand new first edition when it came out about 30 years ago - lots of the printing is B&W, which makes it easy to spot the first expansion card set (again bought at release) which were colour. My mates and I played this regularly every night for years - it lead me into Apocalypse, Squad Leader, Call of Chthulhu and on from there. Dont recall why/when we stopped gaming

A few weeks ago my eldest daughter (now 7) found my big box of games in the attic while we were searching for Xmas lights - it must be 20 years since they were played in anger. She is now hooked on Talisman. And Ticket to Ride we bought 2 weeks ago. And Mister X we got from Amazon Germany yesterday . . . . so two very happy BGG converts

As to my actual Avatar, LittleSkink is my Avatar in a few other places too and I have a lovely graphic. Once I get enough GG I plan to use it - my first "little earner" is hopefully going to be an English review and setup guide for Mister X
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5. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:606]
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Forbidden Island was my first co-op game and one of the first I bought because of a BGG recommendation. I didn't know there were games where I don't have to be ganged up on. Don't get me wrong, I still love my PVP and beating everyone, but ending the night by working together with friends is nice. None of us get mad at each other but the game instead. Even though I love co-op games, I can still make them competitive. It's a gift!

I don't have any Geekgold. I'm not sure if I'm still a new user as more of a lurker, but it would be nice to have an avatar.

I'd get an avatar of one of the other hobbies I really enjoy: a Transformer, a comic book character, or a video game character. Not sure which one though.
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6. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:15]
Marco B
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Hello everyone!

In the spirit of the season, I feel that it's only fair that I confess that I've been a lurker on this site for about 10 years. I know...pretty awful eh?

I chose Puerto Rico since this was the game that introduced me to the hobby. It had such an impact on me that I dreamt about shipping small hexagonal barrels of indigo and sugar that evening. I woke up in a cold sweat the next morning cause I had to throw some indigo overboard... c'mon... I was being chased by pirates. Every game I've played since then has been a quest to recreate that same feeling.

I would need the full amount for an avatar.

I know that I don't deserve one, but if I had the opportunity to select an avatar, it would be a Venetian lion for a couple of reasons:

- It's the symbol of the city of Venice, where my family immigrated from
- It's the symbol of St Mark (San Marco)... for whom I'm named after
- It's symbolizes strength, wisdom and peace...which is what I strive to achieve in my life.

Thank you very much for your generosity David. You've converted this lurking Scrooge into a new member of the BGG family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!
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7. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:74]
Michael Nanthachack
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Hello! I've always enjoyed board games, but didn't know that many existed outside of what you could get at the big chain stores. So of course my big ones were Monopoly and Risk.

Pandemic was the first board game I bought outside of these classics. It and Arkham Horror introduced me to cooperative board gaming, something I never knew existed but am sure glad I found out about. Also, I have to say, Wil Wheaton and his TableTop series on YouTube are awesome for introducing Pandemic and a slew of other fun looking board games.

Since I'm pretty new here, and still getting used to all the ins and outs of BGG (through lurking), I've yet to gain any GeekGold, so I'd need the full amount. My avatar will be one I made for my moniker of LunarKnite that I use for nearly all my online activities.


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8. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15689] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
Ben Middleton
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Hi David, Folks,

1. Killer Bunnies
2. One of the first games I started to 'collect'. Whether played simply or with all the expansion additional rules, it's a great fun and lighthearted game where the playing is more important than who wins at the end. A regular addition to introducing friends new and old to games other than the usual fare...
3. I have no geekgold at the moment so any donations towards the 30 required would be gratefully received!
4. I think it will have to be a pic of one of our four cats, Mayhem, as he has a habit of always wanting to be involved in whatever is going on... I can see him giving the Great Old Ones in Arkham Horror a run for their money tomorrow

I'll take a new picture to serve as an Avatar but here is a pic of him 'helping' with the ironing... he is like the 'ghost at the table' always present in some form or another.



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Happy Christmas everyone!
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9. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:979]
Darwin & Trella Bromley
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1. Add a game to the list, any game -
Empire Buidler

2. Tell us why you picked that game. Is it what brought you to BGG, is it a game you liked as a kid, etc.
This is the game that cause me to meet my husband many many years ago at a tournament so it holds a fond place in my heart. This is actually a shared account with my husband so that we have a single account to put all of our games on. He has a separate account but I haven't used BGG much in the past. I'm looking to learn more about the new boardgames out there instead of always playing my old favorites.

3. Tell us how many GeekGold you need to get your avatar
We need 5 more GG.

4. Tell us what you will use as an avatar, and why.
I will probably use a train of some sort as an avatar since we both love train games.

I'm pretty new to the site and still trying to find my way around to get the information that I'm actually looking for. For instance it took a while to figure out why the Geek Rating and the Average ratings for a game were different. IN the past all I did was look up a game so that I could get a description of it when I needed to submit an event for a tournament. Now I'm actually looking to learn more about new games out there that I might enjoy. I like resource managment mid-weight games. Not a fan of war games but I like stuff like Advanced Civ, Empire Builder, Rail Baron, 7 Wonders, Airlines, Puerto Rico, etc.
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10. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1105]
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Backgammon is the first game I got truly obsessed with, and the only game I have ever really studied.

I don't have any geek gold.

If I get enough I will use a photo of one of my cats and me surfing the net.
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