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Scott Alden
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Wow another year around the sun and BGG turns 17 today.

So much has happened in the past year. It's hard to remember everything, so I'll try to be brief. (Someday I'll learn to journal this stuff so I can post that, but for now I'm relying on my memory. If I forgot anyone or anything please post a comment to remind us! I don't want to leave anything out.)

2016 was quite the whirlwind for us!

At long last we also released our first round of the site redesign! Thank you to the hundreds of beta testers for testing every aspect of the new site - we received well over 500 bug reports(!) after just a week of testing. We couldn't have fixed all that stuff without y'all, so much thanks for that amazing effort. We are still continuing on the redesign in 2017, and plan to release more updates this year as well as fix the current problems with performance on legacy phones and hardware.

The BGG News Team and many members of Team Geek went to GAMA Trade Show after a 11 year hiatus. On top of our already packed schedule we went to Origins for the first time. We covered approximately 750 games on live video over the past year on BoardGameGeek TV!. You can catch all the HD goodness on our YouTube channel - each convention is broken into playlists. Thank you to all the publishers, designers, developers, artists, and other members of the community for visiting us in GTS, Origins, Gen Con, Spiel, TGM, Toy Fair(s), and other conventions to present their games for our video channel on YouTube and Twitch. We're committed again to providing even more coverage this year.

I would also like to thank the members of Team Geek! From the convention volunteers to the team that travels around the world covering games, to the Admin team members, and all of the people that have worn one of the 'Geek jerseys or volunteered in some capacity - I truly appreciate what you do.

GameNight! continues to produce high quality full game play-throughs with rules explanations. Thank to the GameNight crew (Lincoln, Nikki, Aaron, Dave, Rusty, Stephanie & Mark - and other special guest) for spending time working on the show. Nobody really realizes how much effort really goes into these things... Lincoln's editing makes it all look so easy . If you haven't already watched, please check out our GameNight! videos from the past years.

Thanks to Bradley for continuing to produce the Geek Weekly - our newsletter highlighting content posted in the prior week.

Thank you also to those that donated money to support our Extra Life and BGG.CON Auction charity events. We've raised over $15,000 for Big Brother Big Sisters and Children's Miracle Hospital Networks.

Once again I'd also like to thank all the members of this website. There's only so many different ways I can say thank you, but in the 17th year of running this website, I am still completely humbled by the generosity and patience that people in this community express. We've had our ups and downs but you've stuck with us, and again you blew away our annual fundraiser goal - thank you very much! If you see any of us at the conventions this year, please stop by and introduce yourself - we'd love to meet you.



Link to the first Metrogamers / BoardGameGeek announcement by the intrepid Neil Carr.

A brief history here:
The History of BoardGameGeek: 2000-2003 & The History of BoardGameGeek: 2004-2006
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Happy Birthday all!

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Congrats and thanks for all the help the site and community has provided!
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Congratz! Just one more left for legal age. Cheers
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Congrats guys.
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Huge congratulations and thanks for being there - my No.1 go-to site and the only one I look at every single day of my life.

Here's to many more...
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Well done and long may BGG continue and prosper!
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17!
That is a very very long time in cyberspace!

Congratulations!
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Congratulations! To the next 17 years! meeple
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A well earnt congratulations.

What a wonderful team effort!

I look forward to the next 17 years
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Darn, I was hoping to give the 17th thumb. This celebration is ruined for me. Ruined, I say! sauron
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Aldie wrote:
Wow another year around the sun and BGG turns 17 today.

Congratulations BGG with your 17th birthday. Within just one year this youngster is coming of age.

Thank you Aldie et all for starting this, working, improving, reworking and redesigning BGG and let all of us participating and enjoying the largest gamedatabase and gamecommunity in the world!

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THANK YOU, seventeen times and more!
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Congrats on your 17th year BGG!
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Boom! Happy birthday BGG!
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Congratulations. Now I feel even older. Do we get cake?
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Happy birthday, and thanks for all the good times I've had and continue to have around here!
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS !!

many happy :-) returns !
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Congratulations and Happy Birthday!
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Quite an accomplishment! Congratulations and happy birthday.
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Happy Birthday to the 'Geek!
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H A P P Y - B I R T H D A Y - G E E K !

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Happy Birthday!! I was late making the cake. Enjoy!
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Happy birthday!
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