Recently, I happened upon a comment about a microbadge another user had. A Golden Camel. I didn't think anything of it and quickly kept scrolling.
A day or two later, I happened upon another Golden Camel whilst lurking in the shadier bits of BGG.
Hmmm. Another Golden Camel, huh? Colour me intrigued. I click on the microbadge and was taken to the home of the Golden Camel.
The Golden Camel is not a microbadge that is available for general purchase. It is an award. The description: "The exact purpose of the microbadge is unknown, even some of its owners don't know what it's for!"
Alright, then. It was time to put those years of my childhood reading Nancy Drew novels and dreaming of being a kick-ass International Spy to use! Finally!
Looked at all the users who own the microbadge. There are 18, dating all the way back to February 2008 with the most recent recipients being inducted into the Golden Camel Society, if you will, in September of 2012.
I tried snooping around on their profiles for something they all had in common...
My first guess was that the microbadge got its origins in the Chit-Chat forums because it seemed that all of the owners were active there at one point...But, this was quickly thrown out as I found at least one member who had not posted there, or, seemingly, in any thread connected to it.
One person claimed to know nothing of the Camel except that he/she received it one day and said that it may or may not have had anything to do with their winning sense of humour.
One person claimed to know nothing of the Camel except from whence it came...but was sworn to secrecy and could not divulge that information. They also went on to tell me that the Golden Camel is not the plateau of microbadges and that there are at least 2 microbadges that are even more desirable than even the most Golden of Camels.
Yet another person claimed that the Golden Camel is great and wonderful and they seemed to be suspicious of my poking around, so I did not push further for fear of my safety.
Those are the stories for 3 of those 7 replies. The other 4 proved to yield some clues and will, therefore, be mentioned in further detail below.
My first reply was from a mysterious fellow. He proved to be a very compliant witness and answered my questions willingly and in a friendly manner despite the heavy shroud of danger surrounding the subject matter.
What I learned from this first witness was invaluable and started my sleuthing off on the right foot. He told me, "Sure... The camel has a mind of its own. It chooses who to follow and why. The reason each person has it is different than any other's reason. None of us know why or who or where it will follow next."
So, this let me know that it was a good thing that I am easily distracted and didn't waste too much time looking for common things between owners.
I asked him if he knew the reason he had his Camel and he entrusted to me the information that he did in fact know why he had received such a coveted and mysterious token...and not only that, but that he also knew why one other person had theirs!
I emailed the 4 Admins who were owners of the camels.
One never wrote back.
One said it was all hype and meant nothing.
One misquoted fight club to me!
And one was very entertaining. While not giving away too much information, he did answer my questions. He also entertained me with funny threads about co-workers and family and told me not to look places where I would find funny pictures of himself. He also sent me on a quest for Geekgold to satisfy my craving for adventure.
There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone. Ripple in still water, when there is no pebble tossed, nor wind to blow.
To seek the sacred river Alph, to walk the caves of ice, to break my fast on honey dew and drink the milk of paradise... I had heard the whispered tales of immortality, the deepest mystery, from an ancient book I took a clue.
I now have the story behind the latest member of the Golden Camel Society... Here is the story... I'm quoting from the email Joe sent me because I'm in McDonald's using the internet because mine isn't working...
[REDACTED] thought you might be interested in this true story if you weren't already aware of it. I witnessed an event where the following user received his golden camel microbadge.
The event occurred just a few months ago on the LASH forum, where we identify spammers for admins to eliminate. The user, and LASH member, Hugh_G_Rection had his account accidently deleted by an admin eliminating spammers. Fortunately, his account was restored with apologies and a golden camel.
It was an interesting event to witness and added a new member to the Golden Camel elite.
Just thought I'd share that story due to your ongoing geek list.
Hope you get your Golden Camel soon!
Kind regards, Joe
The Camel was said to have been given to "Hugh G. Rection" by the one and only