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So what is the life-changing effect of finding the website boardgamegeek.com? In what ways would you be different, and in what ways would your life be different if you'd never found boardgamegeek.com? Hard to imagine perhaps, but consider the implications of you never having discovered this website, all it offers, and what it's led you to buy and do and read and type - just what differences would we notice in a boardgamegeek-less life of yours? Go on, fess up, and props to Aldie and co!
 
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My life would be the same...If you don't find BGG, BGG will find you. ninja
 
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I'd be hanging out on some street corner drinking wine from a bottle in a paper bag, hoping for someone to come by and drop a few miniatures in my tattered hat.
 
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I would have a lot more Risk varients under my belt.....
 
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Re: How would you be different if you'd not found boardgameg
I would have 20,000 more dollars in my banks account...
 
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Re: How would you be different if you'd not found boardgameg
My board game collection would be a hell of a lot smaller, and I'd have spent that money on something else entirely.

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Um...I'd actually have closet space?

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To answer seriously, it is possible I would be out of gaming in a non-electric sense altogether had it not been for BGG.

Right before I found BGG, we had grown tired of CCGs. (Contrary to popular belief, it is possible for people to realize what a money pit they are--it isn't a case of BGG "groupthink". See my geeklist at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1018724 for details.)


We were just looking for other stuff to play. I had purchased some of the Star Wars board games when the movies were out--Epic Duels and Clash of the Lightsabers. Of course, looking for more stuff to play I'd go to TRU and Wal-Mart and find just total drek, so I thought, "surely there must be more of these types of games out there."


Googling for Star Wars games found Queen's Gambit, and trying to find a copy of Queen's Gambit led me here.


Otherwise, I'd probably have bit the bullet on a few cool-looking but ultimately crappy games and just given up on non-electronic gaming completely.
 
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My board game collection would be a hell of a lot smaller, and I'd have spent that money on something else entirely.


My thoughts exactly.
 
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I'd probably be about £3000 richer...

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I'd be Prime Minister by now, or would have found a cure for cancer or something.

BGG has destroyed the chances of humanity.
 
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Re: How would you be different if you'd not found boardgameg
solove wrote:
I'd probably be about £3000 richer...

James


I would be $(€3000x1.3213) richer.
 
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I probably would have bought Rocketville.

 
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Mease19 wrote:
I would have a lot more Risk varients under my belt.....

That was exactly my thoughts when I saw this thread. We used to spend countless hours playing Risk growing up and in college. If not for BGG, there's a good chance I too would be playing this and its countless incarnations!
 
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What a scary thought.. but yes I would be a lot richer too.

And severely lacking from a social aspect shake
 
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My board game collection would be a hell of a lot smaller, and I'd have spent that money on something else entirely.


Lather, rinse, repeat.
 
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Well... I presume the question is not how life would be different if BGG didn't exist, right? Because I do think that the site is a significant catalyst in the recent growth of the hobby.

Considering that, I know my collection would not have been as big - I had about 20 games before I found BGG, like Settlers, Guillotine, Great Khan Game (!), Risk etc - and I certainly not have become such an avid boardgamer. That means that I would not have more or less deserted competitive bridge and the majority of my role playing game time.

The impacts of boardgaming as a serious hobby for me have been subtle but significant. It has given us many opportunities to interact with people we would not have met before. We now have a great and safe "in" to meeting parents of other kids in our children's class - actually making it a little less awkward the first time around, and in most cases later making it a great option for an evening when, as is typical for parents of young kids, we can't all leave our houses.

Surprisingly enough, the hobby is also beginning to establish itself (still in a very minor way) as a business tool of sorts - I have now taken to calling it "geekgolf". I've introduced Lost Cities to a number of business contacts, and have found a surprising number of other such contacts who already are "into" the hobby. It's almost like a secret society that is unexpectedly prevalent.

It has allowed me to bring my wife into my geeky ways - I had dragged her into RPG's, but that has never caught on as much as boardgames, where she is as competitive as they come. It has also allowed me to share a geeky passion with my kids from a very early age, hopefully making it likely that they end up adopting the hobby themselves and finding it to be a neat outlet for some of their creative energy as they grow up.

And it allows me to do things like have "BIG G33K" on my license plate and have people who know me - personally or from business - chuckle instead of think I'm just weird

And BGG has facilitated all of the above, and quite a bit more. So I am quite thankful for it. Yes, all of this might have happened otherwise, as I was already on the path of playing and enjoying boardgames, but this way I got to acquire this bug at a much earlier age where I will derive a lot more enjoyment out of it throughout my life.
 
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Without BGG, I wouldn't have started playing Euros and my family would have left me.
 
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I would still be buying CCG, CMG, CSG, TCG, RPG's and still not playing them.
 
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LOL....

 
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Yeah, no kidding.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
I'd be hanging out on some street corner drinking wine from a bottle in a paper bag, hoping for someone to come by and drop a few miniatures in my tattered hat.


The question was how your life would be different.

**Disclaimer: THAT WAS A JOKE!!!! I am in no way implying that Paul actually sits at a street corner drinking wine from a paper cup. Of course, I have never met him, so I have no way to verify that he doesn't. But that's not the point. Perhaps someone who is a close personal friend or acquaintance of Paul can inform everyone as to the status of his corner-sitting and paper-cup-wine drinking, just to make sure that no one drops in on this thread and gets an incorrect impression of Paul's personal character. We can't be too careful these days.**

 
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zombie Well, without BGG, my job would be even MORE tedious! zombie
 
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I'd get my gaming info primarily from rec.games.board, and rec.games.board would probably be busier than what it is today.

 
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Like others have mentioned, I would also have many Risk variants and I would also have purchased Rocketville.

Before BGG, I had a few games: three variants of Monopoly, Disney Trivia, Lord of the Rings, Pirate's Cove, and Runebound. I think I would have discovered a few interesting games but not like I did here. I would not have nearly as many games as I have now. I would have been sucked into the collectible minis games.

I would not have met some really interesting people and I would not have discovered interesting educational games for my children.

Through BGG, my husband and I have found new and interesting ways to spend time together.
 
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Matchstickman wrote:
Where's the 'report a concern about an unfunny joke' button when you need it...


Hmmm...are you making a personal attack on my sense of humor (or lack thereof- I beat you to it)?
 
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