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The History of BoardGameGeek / 5 Years on BGG - Part I

On July 25th 2004 I jumped into the world of BoardGameGeek and created a profile. Five years later, a lot has changed. A History of Me on BGG / A little History of BoardGameGeek.

To see more History of BoardGameGeek:

The History of BoardGameGeek: 2000-2003
The History of BoardGameGeek: 2004-2006
The History of BoardGameGeek: Top 10s
The History of BoardGameGeek: Statistics



2005



BoardGameGeek on January 1st - 0 users online...


BoardGameGeek on February 8


User profile - March 2005


User profile - July 2005

Although I registered in July 2004, I did not use BoardGameGeek that much. Some reading and lurking. In 2005 I really became more active. Started to respond to threads, add to GeekLists and even log games. My very first response was to this thread on February 19. Followed by gamegeek .... 2, real life .... nil .... and other existential dilemnas, in which I apparently uploaded some new games to BGG. Must be Ping Win or Viersprong.

At the end of 2005 I started to do more with the site and get more involved. Try and find wrong/double game entries for example. Or start my list of board game awards. First as a GeekList - later replaced by files.

In December I posted my first review for Nero. After that only 3 more reviews followed, for a few unknown Dutch games. Reviews are not my thing - it's hard to write a decent review, and in English too?

My first images were - of course - for some of the more obscure, Dutch games. But also a few popular ones were uploaded in 2005...








Playing Games

I started to log Games Played on January 11, 2005. As you can see by my monthly geeklist, I still love logging my plays. My Games-Played-Top-5-per-Quarter:

January-March

Saint Petersburg 16
Citadels 12
Coda 11
San Juan 11
The Settlers of Catan Card Game 10

April-June

Web of Power 14
Carcassonne 5
La Città 5
Saint Petersburg 4
Tigris & Euphrates 4

July-September

Puerto Rico 14
Chinatown 12
Ticket to Ride 12
Lord of the Rings 10
Attika 9

October-December

Chinatown 21
San Juan 15
Ticket to Ride 15
Taj Mahal 6
Ticket to Ride: Europe 6

BGG Totals for 2005:

Plays Users
Ticket to Ride 7101 1260
Magic: The Gathering 6777 234
Lost Cities 6446 864
Carcassonne 5557 1081
San Juan 5174 891
Puerto Rico 5020 1239
The Settlers of Catan 4697 1065
Saint Petersburg 3779 647
Memoir '44 3705 714
Ticket to Ride: Europe 3694 846


By Users:

Plays Users
Ticket to Ride 7101 1260
Puerto Rico 5020 1239
Carcassonne 5557 1081
The Settlers of Catan 4697 1065
Shadows over Camelot 3229 930
Power Grid 2911 900
San Juan 5174 891
Lost Cities 6446 864
Ticket to Ride: Europe 3694 846
Citadels 2529 807


Total Games Logged by Month:




New Features on BGG:


* January 10: Rating GeekLists

You can now rate GeekLists. Some first reactions:
“Boy, you're not kidding.”
“Now you’ve opened another can of worms. Stand back!!”
“Oh boy. Here we go again. I'll be back in 2 weeks after all the wailing and gnashing of teeth have run their course.”
“Sorry...what am I missing?”
But everything seems to be fine; not much discussion. This all ends some 6 months later with the Geek Recommendation System.

* January 27:

Aldie wrote:
- Marketplace tab added to front page.

- You can add a message to a geekgold gift, and it sends that to the recipient. The gold summary page on your profile now shows who the gift is from as well.

- QuickSearch on the journals

- Pirate and Zombie emoticons. (Thanks Kevin!)

* January 28: Über Geek Badges
* February 5:

Aldie wrote:
Wow I'm productive this morning!

- Advanced Search on collections (click the checkbox and enter the username)
- You can filter recent additions on your collection. Just click [Filter on my Collection]
- I read the rules to Boomtown and Das Zepter von Zavandor! (well that's not really a feature)

Enjoy! goldencamelgoldencamelgoldencamelcaravan

* February 9: Tagging GeekLists
* April 20: Game relationships
* April 29: GeekQuestions

After 1 day: Questions Asked: 537, Questions Answered: 16,350

Geosphere wrote:
MAKE POSTING A QUESTION COST 1 GG!!!

THE MADNESS MUST STOP!

chaddyboy_2000 wrote:
Aldie, you're such a dick! I'll never get any work done.

MisterCranky wrote:
I have got to unleash serious props for Aldie on this one. GeekQuestions was an inspired addition to the menu here.


* May 3: Game Forums
* May 13: Tip Jars
* July 13: Gamer Finder

“...oh, this is nice...very cool...but thanks god it's only for the US...!!!...I don't want strangers coming knocking on my door in the middle of the night wanting their Magic Realm fix...!!!”

* July 19: GG Auctions
* July 25: Geek Recommendation System
* August 15: Game Weight
* August 30: National Flags
* September 6: User Profile: Top 10s
* October 19:

Aldie wrote:
I've updated the code for the personal message system here at BGG and it's now called GeekMail.

- Messages now contain user avatars in the body.

- Clicking on the » will expand the message dynamically using an AJAX system that is similar to Google's GMail.

- Click on the « will hide the message.

As always, please let me know of any problems.


* November 3: BGG.CON
* November 30: Golden Thumbs



BGG Top 10


January 2005

1. Puerto Rico
2. Euphrat & Tigris
3. War of the Ring
4. Princes of Florence, The
5. El Grande
6. Power Grid
7. Memoir '44
8. Macher, die
9. Wallenstein
10. Settlers of Catan, The


July 2005

1. Puerto Rico
2. Euphrat & Tigris
3. Princes of Florence, The
4. Power Grid
5. El Grande
6. Wallenstein
7. Macher, die
8. Paths of Glory
9. War of the Ring
10. Europe Engulfed


November 2005

1. Puerto Rico
2. Caylus
3. Euphrat & Tigris
4. Power Grid
5. Princes of Florence, The
6. El Grande
7. Macher, die
8. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage
9. Wallenstein
10. Game of Thrones, A: A Clash of Kings Expansion


Start of the BGG Top 100 Analysis by

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2005 GeekLists:

First GeekList of 2005!

Nürnberg 2005 Canonical List
Essen 2005 Canonical List

My Four Years at Avalon Hill by Alan R. Moon
A Brief History of Hasbro -or- How the Suits Ate the World by Gialmere
Geeks Gone Wild >> How To P**s Off Your Favorite Gamer by ynnen (but I guess the >> gave that away)
Always alone... the definitive list of single player games by cad614
Creepy Pictures on the Geek by robartin
You know you're a Game Geek when.... by cull
The Geeks guide to creating/finding player aides and other custom game components. by alkaiser
Intelligence Report on Subject #M33P135: The Meeples. by Legomancer
2005 Geek Madness Tounament by Sky Knight X

BGG 2005 : The Year in Review

Top 10 Games that have been GeekListed


1. Puerto Rico 1455
2. Settlers of Catan, The 1384
3. Carcassonne 1154
4. Euphrat & Tigris 1034
5. Ticket to Ride 1034
6. Citadels 760
7. El Grande 750
8. Power Grid 729
9. Acquire 718
10. Bohnanza 711
--. Busen Memo 294


In 2005 I started making GeekLists as well. My first was this one in March, asking for advice. Geekquestions inspired Colors! BGG's Most Popular Color 2005 and 2005 started the Your Most Played Game (and more) - series. I did not start this, but Lukas Litzsinger did - in July 2005 with this GeekList. When they stopped appearing, I took over in October. So credit where credit is due: Rukasu started it all.

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News


GeekGold for Katrina Relief

Aldie wrote:
Due to the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, BoardGameGeek is selling GeekGold to help support the Red Cross in their efforts to provide aid and relief to the victims of the storm.

We're selling 1 GeekGold for $1.00 USD and we'll donate the proceeds to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief Fund.

Click here for more payment details:
www.boardgamegeek.com/disasterfundraiser.php



Update:
If someone wants to make a sizable donation and wants to deduct it from their taxes, you should donate directly to a charity. Send me a copy of the receipt and I'll gift you the geekgold


Update 2: We've hit 10k... awesome. I also just added a graph so you can see the buildup.
www.boardgamegeek.com/katrinagraph.php

Update 3: In addition to the GeekGold you also get a red cross icon on your profile.

Update 4: The red crosses have been removed due to a number of issues. I'll come up with something else ASAP.

Update 5: The fundraiser will end on Friday 9/9/2005.


10,000th GeekList!

Aldie wrote:


Derk in Essen

Aldie wrote:
Just got some really bad news from Derk in Essen.

While helping a disabled man in a wheelchair get off a train, Derk accidentally left his backpack on said train.

His entire personal stash of electronics along with our digital recorder holding a memory card with 12 hours of audio was lost.

sobluesobluesobluesobluesobluesobluesobluesobluesoblue


Nintendog

Aldie wrote:
So I have a new pet...

A Nintendog named Zelda... she's a Shih Tzu

Looks pretty close to the dog I had when I grew up... brown marking instead of black, but close enough.

I've already taught her to sit, lay down, and wag her tail.

She's not too good with the ball yet... kinda likes to chew on it rather than fetch it.


Derk's Cat Suit



Aldie wrote:
Dead sexay!



2005 User Stats:


January Stats

2005-01: 2949 registered users, total = 46533
2004-12: 2950 registered, total users = 43584
2004-11: 2338 registered, total users = 40634

February Stats

Aldie wrote:
Looks like February was a big month.



Month Users Total
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2005-02 3059 registered users 49591
2005-01 2949 registered users 46532
2004-12 2949 registered users 43583
2004-11 2338 registered users 40634
2004-10 1902 registered users 38296
2004-09 1995 registered users 36394


July Stats

Unique Visitors: 402632
Number of Visits: 920177
Number of Pages: 23391242

2.28 Visits/Visitor
25.42 Pages/Visitor

2995 Newly Registered Users - 63899 Total Users

August Stats

Unique Visitors: 444,905
Number of Visits: 999,936
Pages Served: 26,003,358

Newly Registered Users: 3150
Total Registered Users: 67037

Articles Posted: 33896
Images Uploaded: 3171
Files Uploaded: 502

September Stats

2,831 newly registered users (69865 total)
36,080 New Articles
3,596 New Images
369 New Files
462,313 unique visitors
1,006,897 visits
22,886,649 pages served
0 adult beverages spilled

October Stats

516,165 Unique Visitors
1,135,133 Visits (based on 1 hour of inactivity)
26,390,743 Pages Served
79,661,955 Hits

35183 Articles Posted
4018 Images Uploaded
523 Files Uploaded

3140 newly registered users (73001 total)

Top 10 Search Phrases
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boardgamegeek 1.7%
settlers of catan 0.8%
heroscape 0.5%
board game geek 0.4%
board games 0.4%
carcassonne 0.4%
batman games 0.3%
mad gab 0.3%
axis and allies 0.3%
guillotine 0.2%

Browser Stats
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MS Internet Explorer 67.6%
Firefox 21.8%
Safari 3.1%
Mozilla 2.4%
Opera 1.9%
Netscape 1.6%
Other 0.8%

Google Hits
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1,744,488 + 1,099,218

November Stats

Unique Visitors: 538,498
Visits: 1,175,631
Pages Served: 26,250,251

Busiest Day: November 29th - 45,853 Visits - 920,136 pages served

33,193 Messages Posted
3,985 Images Uploaded
461 Files Uploaded

3,581 Newly Registered Users / 76,580 Total Registered Users

2005 Stats

5,029,900 Unique Visitors
11,304,965 Visits/Visitor
276,849,393 Pages Viewed

780,759,642 Hits
7442.48 GB Bandwidth (doesn't include files)

Date - Unique visitors- Number of visits - Pages - Hits - Bandwidth
Jan 2005 166372 388738 10086275 26256748 345.67 GB
Feb 2005 373371 821405 20962656 56377485 633.44 GB
Mar 2005 396622 924842 22595339 60513373 831.26 GB
Apr 2005 348023 847995 22645569 56445413 487.14 GB
May 2005 373636 896591 24300451 62912725 477.77 GB
Jun 2005 378128 892592 25443859 66048949 649.97 GB
Jul 2005 402632 920177 23391242 64638495 918.17 GB
Aug 2005 444905 999936 26003358 70814837 558.88 GB
Sep 2005 462313 1006897 22886649 69461451 531.91 GB
Oct 2005 516165 1135133 26390743 79661955 584.16 GB
Nov 2005 538498 1175631 26250251 81585420 651.27 GB
Dec 2005 629235 1295028 25893001 86042791 772.86 GB

Top Search Phrases
boardgamegeek 1.8 %
warhammer 1.5 %
settlers of catan 1 %
board games 0.6 %
board game geek 0.6 %
heroscape 0.5 %
carcassonne 0.5 %
axis and allies 0.4 %
mad gab 0.3 %
catan 0.3 %

Content
370172 Articles Posted
40155 Images Uploaded
5251 Files Uploaded

Date - Articles - Images - Files
2005-01 7422 2973 589
2005-02 8875 3886 386
2005-03 75874 3792 429
2005-04 19741 2623 463
2005-05 24434 3324 496
2005-06 28087 3274 469
2005-07 33051 2687 371
2005-08 33365 3164 474
2005-09 35850 3334 331
2005-10 34893 3791 463
2005-11 33061 3970 450
2005-12 35519 3337 330

37,605 Users Registered in 2005

2005-01 2948 registered users
2005-02 3058 registered users
2005-03 3383 registered users
2005-04 2618 registered users
2005-05 2486 registered users
2005-06 2828 registered users
2005-07 2994 registered users
2005-08 3150 registered users
2005-09 2830 registered users
2005-10 3139 registered users
2005-11 3581 registered users
2005-12 4589 registered users



2005 Game Stats:


Top 10 Most Rated Games
[in December]

1. Settlers of Catan, The 5786
2. Carcassonne 5377
3. Puerto Rico 4998
4. Ticket to Ride 3312
5. Euphrat & Tigris 3194
6. Bohnanza 3090
7. Citadels 3083
8. Risk 3079
9. Lost Cities 3027
10. Acquire 2562


Top 10 Most Owned Games
[in December]

1. Settlers of Catan, The 6005
2. Carcassonne 5639
3. Puerto Rico 5106
4. Bohnanza 3457
5. Euphrat & Tigris 3356
6. Citadels 3318
7. Lost Cities 3262
8. Ticket to Ride 3154
9. Risk 3143
10. Acquire 2782


Top 10 Most Wanted Games
[in December]

1. El Grande 410
2. Euphrat & Tigris 395
3. Ra 348
4. Power Grid 344
5. Wallenstein 316
6. Puerto Rico 311
7. Goa 295
8. Princes of Florence, The 286
9. Memoir '44 281
10. Samurai 270



2005 Other:


Jingles! The BGG Pony.

BSW for Beginners by ekted
Facts About Caylus by MWChapel
Word Association Game by Squeegamer (is it that old?! - on page 1195 today)
Largest BGG Collections by MWChapel / mkgray
Industry Sources by nventit
Why Wargames Are Fiddly: A Case History by wargamer55

Descent: A Choose Your Own Review Adventure Game - Review by panzer-attack
Bonaparte at Marengo - Review by JasonMatthews
So you've decided to buy Heroscape. A primer. - Review by Yib-Yab

The Last Word







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Re: The History of BoardGameGeek / 5 Years on BGG - Part II
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My first images were - of course - for some of the more obscure, Dutch games. But also a few popular ones were uploaded in 2005...


An understatement. I think more people have had more fun with that picture than any other on the site, possibly even including ones with oiled breasts.
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Thanks for the revisiting the catsuit. Oi.
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Re: The History of BoardGameGeek / 5 Years on BGG - Part II
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Thanks for the revisiting the catsuit. Oi.


The Highlight of 2005, I can't leave that out!
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An understatement. I think more people have had more fun with that picture than any other on the site, possibly even including ones with oiled breasts.


Fun with BGG Pictures! Great list!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/16360
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Part III: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/4037863
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