The meanings behind microbadges
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What do your microbadges mean to you?

Why have you chosen to display the ones you have? How often do you change them, and why?
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1. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:161]
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I am currently displaying a Xia: Legends of a Drift System badge because Cody Miller has done such an amazing job of getting me excited about a game that doesn't yet exist, and keeping me excited for 9 months (so far)...

I buy microbadges that show what kind of person I am, and I display them according to whatever I'm excited about at the moment. I probably change them about every month or two. But even as I'm doing it, it feels like a largely narcissistic exercise because I seriously doubt that anyone pays any attention, especially to the ones I don't display.
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2. RPG Item: Player's Options: Humans [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I wear my microbadges to look good and impress people. More narcissism I suppose.

I change them when I feel the need. Each one has its own purpose, or it was free.

My current favorite is mb, which I created to represent some of the fun and interesting interaction on the Geek domains.
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3. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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I like to display based on the games I enjoy the most - and more importantly, that may not be the ones others enjoy the most.

I mean, If i play a game of Dominion I'm not going to go get a dominion microbadge and put it on.


Currently I have:

mb Coal Baron - This game I enjoyed do to its unique theme and interesting game play. I'm also really bad at it. So it reminds me that I want to keep playing, and try, one day, to win the game!

mb The Manhattan Project - Kind of similar, I like the theme and there is a lot going on in this game. It also is sciency so its cool to have a microbadge that can reflect the game and reflect what you are interested in in real life as well (Science stuff!)

mb I play with blue! - This is just a nice badge to put in the center and make things even out. Shows that I play with blue and a play more themed games - not RPG or miniatures but not chess or checkers either.

mb Pandemic: 1st Edition - Obviously Pandemic is a popular enough game but I got this badge to show that I play the 1st edition (IE: The one thats not compatible with the new expansions)

mb Daytona 500 - The last one I display is for the Daytona 500 game. Its been out of print for years but I have a couple of copies that come out to the gaming table all the time, not so much the past few months but its probably got the most plays for me registered on the site. Most plays and not so popular = badge worthy!


I definitely agree as well, that I don't think people care/look at a microbadge that you aren't displaying. So maybe it helps to rotate them around a bit? Not that it will make a huge difference, I almost think its more for the user who owns them then for the other users.
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4. Board Game: Loser [Average Rating:4.33 Unranked]
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My microbadges reflect my record with game contests so far.

(With the notable exception of this one. Thank you zarathud!)
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5. Board Game: Self-Concept Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I like to change my microbadges up every so often.

Today, I am me.

(I do make sure that my badges mostly identify me, so with the *possible* (but improbable) exception of the Loser badge, all of these are 100% representations of stuff I would agree with)
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6. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:507]
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My primary and first two where for the most part practical... I wanted LINKS from my profile here, to my Twitter profile, and my WordPress blog, which these provided.

My other two are game-related and describe my usual two meta-game roles in the hobby, convincing people to play games, and then explaining said games.

The center of the five is the center of my life.
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7. Board Game: Star Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:447]
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I have been a fan of Star Wars since I was very young. The first one I saw in the theatre was return of the Jedi. SPOILERS When Vader dies at the end I cried and my mother says I prayed for him that night. I don't obsess about it too much but I think it is fun.

My middle badge is Opeth. They are my favorite band. I heard their second album in college and something about the guitar work hit me in a way that no other music had before. I have traveled the country to see them, been to 15 shows and at one point met the entire band. Last summer my wife and I got to be in the front row of their show and it was the best musical experience I have had.

Their music is extremely broad. I guarantee they have something for everyone, but most would also find something they don't like. I sit in a spot that enjoys it all.
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8. Board Game: 25 Random Things About Me [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
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I've yet to hit 25, and they're pretty much random. Love playing games with my kids, really enjoy Illuminati and BSG, enjoy piddling around with designing my own game(s), hope Larry doesn't choke on a zebra, and have entered a (small) variety of contests. More madness than method, I suppose.
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9. Board Game: Pandemic: In the Lab [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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I display a Pandemic badge with pride as I won a Facebook contest to be the Field Director in this expansion.

I am a University of Utah alumni for both grad and undergrad work.

I have a wonderful wife that loves games as much as I do.

My two other favorite games are Mage Knight and Sentinels of the Multiverse

I rarely change them. It would take a dethroning of my favorite games (or my wife leaving me) to do so.
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10. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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My first microbadge is for my current favorite game, Netrunner. I'm not what you'd call a serious tournament player, but I love how much variety and enjoyment I've gotten out of my casual plays.

My second microbadge is for my most sanity-saving hobby. Seriously, a week without it and I start to slip into depression mode. Fun fact: I've had BGG users (not many, but some) make fun of me for my second microbadge.

My third microbadge is one I change fairly frequently; it's usually whatever BGG contest I'm currently most excited about.

My fourth microbadge is for the greatest movie series of all time. I picked the Rebel Alliance badge because I got really sick of all the Sith-centric books in the EU (I started reading all the novels in in-universe chronological order).

My fifth microbadge is my profession. More of a calling for me, actually. I spent so many years of my life working crap jobs for low pay and high stress. Once I found my calling, I realized just how good life can be.
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11. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:267]
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This is my favorite game. Has nothing to be with my microbadges though.

My first microbadge is a link to my games played. I try to be quite thorough with those.. even if we just play a game at a con I try to get the username for bgg if an opponent has one.

The second is advertising I will wear whatever shirt you pay me to wear. I will be your walking billboard.

The third one is a link to the games I am currently selling. I don't ever have a lot for sale but there is usually something interesting there.

The fourth is one signifying the size of my collection of games. I wish they would make higher ones. 500 games just isn't a significant number to me anymore. I need one for 1500 as a goal.

And the last one is self explanatory really... I find crazy women. All the time. So far it's been working out pretty good for me.

I rarely if ever change the microbadges anymore. I always seem to buy more.. but never change them.. .haha.
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12. Video Game: Micro Machines [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1386]
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I like to collect microbadges. The five displayed are the tip of the iceberg.

The reason I picked the five I display is they fit with my avatar, ubergeekbadge and my overtexts.

The five I display start far away, move in close than move farther out again.

We start with the sun, as it is the source of all energy and life in our solar system. Then moving to the Earth, which is a remarkable planet, the only one in the universe we know of that is capable of sustaining life. Then we see the sky which has captured human imagination for the span of our existence. And looking upward and outward is at the heart of the theme of my profile. Then we move to the moon which was one of the first great achievements of space exploration, and then we see the astronaut which represents human endeavor to move beyond the apparent physical limits.
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13. Board Game: The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12797]
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I don't change my badges too often. They typically are things about myself that I want to share. The first two are related to my obsession with PC gaming. The last two are two of my favorite TV shows. And just like
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Christ is at the center of my life and has been the center of my microbadges since I can remember.
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14. Board Game: Monty Python's Really Silly Board Game [Average Rating:4.25 Unranked]
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I have been exparrot (or more commonly now parrot) since I came to university.
It is the name I use online and both my microbadge and my avatar represent this. It never changes.


Occassionally I will add seasonal microbadges such as the remembrance day poppy or the I supported Jack Vasel auction microbadges that kind of thing. But I like the simplicity of the single microbadge
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I love the microbadges here.

Generally I display the badges that show my currewnt state of mind or interests, as such I have changed them daily. I'll also try and include badges for games I'm playing that week or activities I may be involved with.

As for interests, I pretty much always have a Doctor Who microbadge displayed, I love the show, and always try to have at least one RPG related badge showing.
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16. Board Game: Moods [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:6793]
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I absolutely love microbadges.
Therefore I love and admire the microbadgicians.
Usually I like to display them according to my mood and I change them regularly.
Also I regularly request badges, and when they become real, I feel like it´s my birthday and I got an awesome present (haha - still have to buy them though...)

These are my requests so far:

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mb Third place "Best microbadge of the month" May 2013

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mb "Best microbadge of the month" Feb. 2014

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It would be great if I had the skills to create microbadges myself, but this will never happen.
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