What do you and your geekbuddies have in common? Other than games - duh!
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I recently increased my pool of geekbuddies for my "Correlation 0.5+ on 70+ games" geekbuddy group, in the hopes of improving the preliminary "feedback" I can get on interesting games. I did that using Mikko's excellent correlation coefficient tool, which meant I saw only usernames. Once I got back to BGG, and started checking the results, I got some real surprises as I started to see these users' avatars. This got me wondering what other surprising similarities there might be - and should I find them surprising at all?

Whatever the reason someone is your geekbuddy, I'd be interested to see what you found to be a surprising similarity between the two of you.
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1. Board Game: Lost: The Game [Average Rating:3.74 Overall Rank:15262]
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The first one I noticed was hibikir. As soon as I thought about his username, I wondered half-jokingly whether it was hibikir, as in Ryoga Hibiki from Ranma½. Seeing that P-Chan was his avatar was like a splash of cold water in my face.

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When Ryoga is splashed with cold water, he becomes a little black pig, thanks to an ancient Chinese curse.
 
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2. Board Game: Claymania [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:11717]
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The next day, I noticed that H-Alga has Klaymen from The Neverhood as his avatar. I rather like The Neverhood! OK, now I have to check all the others' avatars....
 
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ScottBecker has Badtz-Maru as his avatar. I get a kick out of Sanrio stuff - enough so that I recognize and know the name of Badtz-Maru, anyway.
 
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I have found that having very diverse tastes in games doesn't lend itself to generating a GeekBuddy list that is in any way meaningful in helping me decide what my next game purchase should be. It also doesn't serve me very well in keeping track of Geeks I find interesting, witty or informative since they tend to show up on a regular basis anyway so why keep a list of them? So long ago I decided to use my GeekBuddy list for an entirely different purpose. I use it to keep track of BGG users who are in the greater Denver/Front Range area of Colorado. If anyone asks me if I know of anyone in the area to play games with I can just direct them to my GeekBuddy list. So if you are in the area you are not on my list because I like what you play or say but because there is a good chance that I, or someone who sees my list, might be sitting at the same table with a game between us!
 
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5. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
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All my geekbuddies are people I know in real life. All of them work in the computer business. Also, of other gamer friends in real life who aren't on BoardGameGeek, or I just haven't added them as geekbuddies, lots are also in the computer business.

Not too surprising. If you

a) live in Silicon Valley
b) are smart enough to enjoy strategy games
c) are wealthy enough to afford a board game habit
d) attend a board game group that meets at the Yahoo! headquarters

chances are good you're in the computer business.
 
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