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Mark Halsey
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Hey guys. Love this site. I spend way too much time on it since it was recommended to me. Each day I explore more and more and find myself lurking and contributing to the forums.

I have a question about the "My Geek" function. Why do people record plays? I'm just not sure what that means.

Is it as simple as, "I played Lords of Waterdeep. Check."

Just curious.
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Review A
This game is shyt, (has no plays). Conclusion, does not know what they are talking about.
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This game is shyt, (has 1 or 2 plays). Conclusion, may not know what they are talking about.
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This game is shyt, (has many plays). Conclusion, may know what they are talking about.
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I only do it so I remember what games I have played. After a few months of monthly game meets where I get introduced to about 3-4 games each time, it's nice to have some kind of record to jog my memory when I'm trying to recall that one game with the space craft that was quite good...
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Normally what I'd put in in the descriptions are who I played with, scores, locations and some notes of how I felt about the game and whether it's my (or others) first time playing it.

The reason? Among many reasons, I like to keep track of how many new/unique games that I've played at the end of the year. Also, I often see how many time (normally how many plays I've got) I've spent gaming every month.
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To explain further. It is as simple or complex as you want it to be. You can record much more than just a play although that is all I do. I like to keep track and it lets me know which games are being avoided to play them again.

Plus I think it is fun. I can look back and say man I have played that game over 100 times it was well worth the money I spent.

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Personal tracking of "Hey, we haven't played that in a long time."
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Recorded plays feed into individual statistics, such as BGG Extended Stats:
http://friendless.servegame.org/dynamic/index.html
A few of these stats track things like how long it has been since I last played a game, which could be useful if I'm deciding whether to keep the game or not.

They also feed into site-wide statistics, such as games played by most users. http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/162084/bgg-top-50-most...
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i think some people just like recording a game and how it played out. perhaps there was a great couple turns of play, or perhaps its a means to collect thoughts for better strategies.

Also, I think there are some external sites that will scrape the recorded plays and game collection information and give you a rundown on which games in your collection are getting lots of plays and which games are losing the love.

Note: recording events is not limited to just board gaming. I know cavers who write up every trip they did, craftspeople who photograph all completed projects, bibliophiles who write down the title of every book they've read, and scrapbooking is all about recording any life event.
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slatersteven wrote:

Review C
This game is shyt, (has many plays). Conclusion, may know what they are talking about.


May also be slightly masochistic.
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Why record plays?
In addition, some games have various scenarios (Mice & Mystics, Descent, et al.) Recording plays and also leaving a note of what scenario you completed or where you left off in the comments section is handy as well.

With the tremendous amounts of replay value some games now have you can also keep track of which ancients you beat in Arkham Horror, which Lord you played with in Lords of Waterdeep etc. Tracking games can be pretty much anything you want it to be so have fun with it!
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I never record plays.

Bookkeeping is for work.
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TWrecks wrote:
Is it as simple as, "I played Lords of Waterdeep. Check."


Mine are a "bit" more whistle :

Gears of War: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/42776?userid=166107

Middle-Earth Quest: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/31563?userid=166107

Price of Freedom: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/14701?userid=166107

Talisman: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/27627?userid=166107
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Dam the Man wrote:
TWrecks wrote:
Is it as simple as, "I played Lords of Waterdeep. Check."


Mine are a "bit" more :whistle: :

Gears of War: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/42776?userid=166107

Middle-Earth Quest: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/31563?userid=166107

Price of Freedom: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/14701?userid=166107

Talisman: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/27627?userid=166107
When I saw Price of Freedom I thought you mean that crappy old RPG from the 80's.
 
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I only started recording my plays just under 2 years ago and I'm kicking myself that I didn't start to do that earlier

Reasons :

1) What was the name of that game again we played x months ago ? We play a lot of games we don't own ourselves so it's no use checking my collection.

2) It's like a picture album - on occasion I like to browse through it and recall a particular game or gamenight
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That's what I still call the game in question, plus, the full title The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865 is just too much of a keyboard-full to type in.
 
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TWrecks wrote:

I have a question about the "My Geek" function. Why do people record plays? I'm just not sure what that means.

Is it as simple as, "I played Lords of Waterdeep. Check."

You can click on it to see what it does without messing anything up. You have to click save to make changes.

It allows you to enter a record that you've played a game. So it will show that you've played the game one time on such-and-such a date. You can click on "More" to enter in the location, quantity (if you played more than once) and notes. You can click on "add players" to enter a list of players and what the scores were, etc.

It shows up on your profile, so you can look at a history of what games you've played and/or a total by game. There is also a site you can use to view some additional statistics, for example: http://friendless.servegame.org/dynamic/result/Thunkd

I log plays because I find it interesting to look back on how often I play a game, what my win ratio is, etc. It's also useful to settle arguments about "We just played this!" and "I always lose!". I can also look back in the history by date and look at the games played and scores and that is enough for me to recall most of the evening, something I could rarely do without those promts.
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slaybalj wrote:
i think some people just like recording a game and how it played out. perhaps there was a great couple turns of play, or perhaps its a means to collect thoughts for better strategies.

Also, I think there are some external sites that will scrape the recorded plays and game collection information and give you a rundown on which games in your collection are getting lots of plays and which games are losing the love.

Note: recording events is not limited to just board gaming. I know cavers who write up every trip they did, craftspeople who photograph all completed projects, bibliophiles who write down the title of every book they've read, and scrapbooking is all about recording any life event.


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For the New to You, Most Played, and GCL Geeklists.
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I started recording for a few reasons. First, I'm a geek and I like the stats. And second, I record for the collective. With many people recording stats, I want to do my part in building stats.

Use the site as you want. I enjoy how flexible it has been over the years for a hobby I love.

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I track date and where I play. If it's my game group, that has it's own mark. Home is noted, friends houses, conventions, etc.

In the comments section, I like putting in the scores or who won or even a short note on the game. Since I am on the Geek every day, I just jot down what played and scores from the night before and add the next day. I know I have missed some but for the most part, when I went all in on recording, I think I got 98%+ of my games recorded.
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I was doing it for a little while and it was pretty fun to look back at "what we played last Christmas" for example.

But I was too lazy to keep it up.
 
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My reason is simple: my gaming group could check who and when won a game ir order to claim victories!
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slatersteven wrote:
One reason

Review A
This game is shyt, (has no plays). Conclusion, does not know what they are talking about.
Review B
This game is shyt, (has 1 or 2 plays). Conclusion, may not know what they are talking about.
Review C
This game is shyt, (has many plays). Conclusion, may know what they are talking about.


In this example, I would not trust the validity of the review. If the game was so bad, why do they keep playing it?
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I record plays because it's easy to do with the BGG app on my phone, and because it's interesting to look back and fun to answer questions.

When my wife insists that she's never won Glory to Rome, I pop out my phone and, oh look, she's won four out of the 11 games we've played. When my buddy wonders which of us is actually best at Village, I can smugly show him that I've won 5 of our 6 head-to-heads. Once I even used recorded plays to figure out a weird charge on our credit card bill.
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Why not give it a go as an experiment?

I tried that some years back. It was a pain-in-the-a$$ for me. I didn't even record every play because I forgot many. I've seen my 'played games' list here and it wasn't an accurate depiction of the games I played over that period. In the end it was merely work so I quickly gave it up.

I can't imagine finishing a game and having to rush off and get onto BGG to log my play, or trying to remember to do it later. Games are fun! Bookkeeping to log their plays was not fun for me. "Hold on, I have to go log my play of this game of Zombie Dice - yes, again!"
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Geosphere wrote:
I never record plays.

Bookkeeping is for work.


I always do. Stats are fun!
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