Life since BGG, or a Tribute to the 'Geek
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It's been only 2 months since I joined the 'Geek.

2 months? *checks calendar* Yep, just 2 months and a couple days. But boy, has this changed a lot!

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1. Board Game: Green Thumb Cards [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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I stumbled upon BGG while googling some game or other. I had already come across it once or twice, but somehow I had never really checked it out.

The 'thumbing' system was totally new to me. It's such a nice and obvious system to show your appreciation for a thread or post, I wonder how come no other site I know of uses it as well. Of course, it's a big internet, so there may well be other sites who have it, but none that I know of.

Fast forward two months, and I've become a total thumb whore. I love my thumbs, and hand them out liberally whenever I feel a post was nice/interesting/funny/open-hearted/... enough.
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Another wonderful new thing: geeklists! This is probably my favorite feature of the site. Well, one of my favorite features.

As far as I'm concerned, they can be about games or anything else, as long as they're interesting to read. Luckily, many are.
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3. Board Game: Elfengold [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Hang on, this site actually has its own kind of money? That's little short of amazing! wow

Now I don't really care much about GG. That is, I wouldn't, if it weren't for...
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Microbadges... I love this idea and enjoy having a look at which ones every one has. I think it can tell a lot about someone's personality.

I'm currently debating which one to get next, having just crossed the 15GG threshold for the second time. Currently leaning towards 'I don't watch TV' or the 'game explainer' one. Or will it be 'Think green', or 'I like deep games'? Have to think carefully, it will be a while before I harvest another 15GG... Aaah, the sweet agony!
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5. Board Game: The 100 Games [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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One hundred games? Nay, thousands of games, some of which I knew and loved, others I knew the name of and little else, and many, many I had never heard of before. Even in the top 100.

I had no idea there even were that many games. And with BGG, it's become very easy to read up on games, find reviews, session reports, and strategy discussions.
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6. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:9318]
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All this has increased my desire to play! Luckily for me my wife also enjoys playing games a lot, so we've been playing a lot lately, and it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon.

I started to use the playing log, and have since joining BGG registered 158 plays. I'm sure that's not a lot for many hard-core gamers, but I sure think that's a lot!
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7. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:220]
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I also bought more games than usual, though not as much as some people on the 'geek.

This one was an excellent buy!

Other games I bought since joining: Notre Dame, Race for the Galaxy, Goa (the last two were actually gifts). Very reasonable! Oh, I have 'War of the Ring' ordered too. Can't wait!
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8. Board Game: The Battle of Tanga 1914 [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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Another thing I find amazing is how so many people own games they never played or sometimes even opened. How can you buy a game, and not even open the damn thing?

This is something I'd prefer not to emulate though. I don't buy a new game until I feel I've played the last game I bought enough to know it very well. Also, I don't like to buy multiple games at a time; somehow, doing this seems to diminish the excitement and satisfaction of buying and playing the games.
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9. Board Game: Maniac [Average Rating:4.92 Unranked]
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Yet another thing that still doesn't seize to amaze me is how many absolute game maniacs there are on the 'geek (and this I mean in the most positive way!). I thought I owned many games; turns out I'm a very modest game owner here. According to some people's definition, I'm not even a collector.

I can only chuckle at my own ignorance now.
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While I'm on the subject of numbers, the 'geek is great as a way to garner data for statistics. Even though I haven't done any myself, I always enjoy the statistics lists other people make.
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11. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1334]
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Since I played warhammer, clearly a war game, I thought I was a wargamer. Cute, ain't it meeple.

Seeing people who owned tons of hex and counter wargames, some of which take ages to play, caused me to realise that these people are the real wargamers.
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Speaking about long games, I thought 3-4 hours was long. Check out this geeklist.
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13. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Something that you may find unbelievable: I had no idea what a 'meeple' was before BGG (let alone a 'cameeple', a 'shreeple', you name it).
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14. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.80 Overall Rank:15120]
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Also, I had no idea there was such a game as Busen Memo. Is ignorance bliss, or?...
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15. Board Game: Revelation [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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Anyhow, BGG has been nothing short of a revelation to me. Thanks a lot to those who created it, maintain it, contribute to it, and generally all those who make it such a nice place.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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