What has BGG ever done for me!!!
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Amidst the complaints, arguments and suggested site fixes, sometimes it's nice to have some positive BGG experience too,
So to answer my question, BGG has been of great benefit to me in the time I've been a member, since june 2004.

Most of this is kinda obvious, some of it maybe not as much, but might give someone (or new users) an insight into some aspect they'd been missing, I've tried to keep things Chronological to give an idea how my BGG use has evolved over time.

I've left the list open for other users to add any other ways in which they use the geek.
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1. Board Game: Escape from Atlantis [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1861]
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I'm pretty sure i found the geek while searching for a rulebook for this game, which was a charity shop purchase, I found the rulebook, and consequently found so much more...
 
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2. Board Game: Who Stole Ed's Pants? [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:8685]
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Before finding the geek game purchases were mostly spontaneous and humourous titles, cool artwork or components or cheap prices were common reasons for picking games up, Many of these games recieved one or two plays and got relegated to a cupboard somewhere. After finding the geek I was able to research games. While not agreeing with most of the rankings (we're all unique), there is a whole wealth of information available from whats in the box, how long or complex a game is, why people love it, and why people hate it.

My purchases started to become much more informed, and I'm getting much more bang for my gaming buck.
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3. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2871]
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this was another charity store pickup, sans rulebook. Again the geek saved the day, and as well as the rules there were some expanded rules too!!
 
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4. Board Game: Hordes of the Things [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:3130]
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As well as allowing me to research games I'm interested in, the geek has also made me aware of games I didn't know existed but now enjoy. Geeklists with specific themes, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Miniatures, No of players etc. are great ways of zoning in on areas of personal interest, honing in on the gems, or simply the ones that seem to fit your playstyle, budget or timeslot.
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5. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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This was my first game purchased based on BGG research, it came after getting my first regular job post graduation, and had been the first time in a while I'd been able to go out and choose a game, having an informed choice meant I was not left dissapointed by my purchase.
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6. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:698]
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I've also found BGG an invaluable source for play aids, some games run so much smoother with a little extra reference, particularly when expanded across multiple rulebooks, in such cases I always turn to the geek!
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7. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1629]
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The geek is also an excellent source of humour, between some geeklists, some images, the old BGG front page comic and various threads and posts there are many many laugh out loud moments to be had on the geek.
 
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As well as researching new games, the geek is a huge help in prioritising expansions, i don't think i'll ever have a complete heroscape, but I know I'm able to get the best of the bunch thanks to the geek.
 
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9. Board Game: Island Of D [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:7736]
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The information on print and play games is second to none on the geek, even the thriftiest of people can build up a substantial game collection based on these alone. I've not taken advantage of many of these, but Island of D is one I did print out and enjoy playing.
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10. Board Game: Duel of Ages Set 1: Worldspanner [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1735]
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I can directly attribute the discovery of my now favorite game to the Geek. This was on the half price game sale table at an FLGS, one of my friends picked up the box and said "you should get this" It looked interesting, but I wasn't sure just yet. After checking the geek it seemed like this could be my type of game, so i picked up the base set, after one play I knew it was a keeper, and immediately picked up the other 4 expansions they had on sale. I now own the full set and i know i'll be able to enjoy this one to the end of my days.
 
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11. Board Game: Time Flies [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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In my current job from time to time i work in a support role, which consists largely of waiting for something to go wrong. The geek has been an excellent way of whiling away a few hours here and there. (Guess what I'm doing now....)
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12. Board Game: Mind Your Manners [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Whilst whiling away time, I often end up posting to various places, and I've always kind of enjoyed a bit of healthy debate. One of the best ways to get into a debate is start a converstion with someone who you don't agree with, which I have done on a few occasions. Overall I'm very impressed at the way these debates usually remain mostly civilised without resorting to slagging matches, we all know there have been exceptions but on the whole the geek remains a much healther atmosphere than many other internet forums
 
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13. Board Game: Aliens [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:1765]
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As well as the print and play stuff, the geek is also an excellent resource for information on out of print games, even to the level of being able to re-create the game from scratch. I've had a bunch of 10mm aliens miniatures for a while because they looked cool, but was never quite sure when or how I'd get round to using them. Thanks to BGG i now know.
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14. Board Game: Friends [Average Rating:4.03 Overall Rank:14965]
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Through the geek I've also been contacted by gamers in the area, and as a result been able to meet new people, and play new games. Recently played my first game of Dune with some gamers who joined my local club after contacting me on BGG.
 
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Between hot deals, and geeklists like this i've also been able to pick up some great bargains, thanks to the geek. In the past couple of weeks I managed to pick up beowulf, heroscape snipers & vipers, minotaur lords and a copy of colossal arena for a friend (I already had it, based on BGG research)
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16. Board Game: Members Only [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3508]
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To close a big thanks to the many and varied members of the geek who make all of this possible.
 
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17. Board Game: It's Alive! [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2610]
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About a year and a half ago I decided to publish a game I had designed: Border Reivers. BGG gave me a chance to research the market, get excellent feedback about artwork and design and led to about half the sales. Since then I've started a small company hand-making games for the hobby market, and without BGG it just wouldn't be possible. A huge chunk of my sales come through BGG.

An awesome resource, well worth the supporter's fee and the cut Aldie gets when we sell games here. thumbsup
 
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