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Liz Burton
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Yesterday, my husband and I had a 5-hour flight from D.C. to Phoenix. Five hours is a pretty long time, so as usual, we brought a game to play. (Sidenote: He was in the middle seat and I had an aisle seat.)

We played four games of Jambo in the first couple hours. In the middle of our games, the woman in the aisle seat across from me started asking about the game: What it was called, if it was fun, where she could buy it. I told her it was called "Jambo" and tried to explain what it was like (to little avail--she hadn't heard of Settlers of Catan, either). After we'd talked about it, I pulled out an index card and wrote:

Game: JAMBO

For more information, go to www.boardgamegeek.com (it's like IMDB or Wikipedia, but for board games)


Who knows if she'll look into it, but I passed along the info.

After our games of Jambo, I dug into my rolling carry-on luggage and pulled out the CCG box that contained Dominion(and Dominion: Intrigue).

Played three great games of Dominion, and then packed up and waited for landing. After the plane landed, while we were all waiting to get off the plane, a woman behind us started asking about the game we had been playing. It wasn't clear whether she'd seen Jambo or Dominion, so I told her about both (she'd even heard of Dominion!), and then she asked where she could buy it. We had to disembark soon after, so as my husband and I were walking up the jetway, I wrote just the following on another index card:

Jambo
Dominion
www.boardgamegeek.com


I handed it to her as we entered the airport. She thanked us, and then we were on our way home!

Good night for gaming, and a great night for passing along info on a couple of my favorite games. I think I need to start printing business cards with BGG's website on them, and leave a blank space to write in the name of the game!
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We carry Treehouse when we travel, and it inevitably draws questions. Referring people to BGG is par for the course.

Great idea comparing it to the IMDB!
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GREAT!
Next time you go on a plane, how about bringing HEROSCAPE, and spreading the love...
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jtspecial wrote:
GREAT!
Next time you go on a plane, how about bringing HEROSCAPE, and spreading the love...


I have seriously considered this idea--I mean, just a few 7- and 3- hex pieces, a couple of pre-drafted 250 pt armies, 8 or 10 dice to share...you could probably fit that on 2 tray tables.
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tommynomad wrote:
Great idea comparing it to the IMDB!


I saw that idea somewhere else on BGG...if I could remember where, I'd credit the person. Excellent analogy.
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Great job!

Spreading the BGG virus is something I try to do often, but having a business card is a wonderful idea.

Last night was my monthly game night at our local library. I've pulled many people into the fold. I counted over 60 people last night. Many of whom have gone on to buy games like Dominion and Jambo!

Part of my obsession is to carry a business card with the library game night info and my e-mail address. Including the BGG URL and some blank lines on the back is a fantastic idea and I will be printing a new set today!

Thank you.




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I wish I had more gamer friends to do this with (my wife doesn't game), but I really think that whether we play wargames, Euros, "Ameritrash" (I hate that name), or whatever, we could all do the boardgame hobby a service by playing in public more.
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manutd03 wrote:
tommynomad wrote:
Great idea comparing it to the IMDB!


I saw that idea somewhere else on BGG...if I could remember where, I'd credit the person. Excellent analogy.


I used to compare it with IMDB, until I discovered that 99% of the people I talked with didn't know what IMDB was! So now I say, do you know IMDB? - Yes - Well it's like that, but for games. - No - Well it's a huge online collection of games.
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
manutd03 wrote:
tommynomad wrote:
Great idea comparing it to the IMDB!


I saw that idea somewhere else on BGG...if I could remember where, I'd credit the person. Excellent analogy.


I used to compare it with IMDB, until I discovered that 99% of the people I talked with didn't know what IMDB was! So now I say, do you know IMDB? - Yes - Well it's like that, but for games. - No - Well it's a huge online collection of games.


That was why I wrote "Wikipedia" after "IMDB"--I thought, "If she doesn't know what IMDB is, this will only add to her confusion."
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Flying coach,..Phah ! When I take a plane, I only take business class so we can play Arkham Horror.

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Not to be Captain Bringdown but I suspect that any game-neophyte hitting this site for the first time based on a recommendation is more likely to flee in terror at the sheer tidal wave of links and images and info than to start digging around to find out what this "board game" thing is all about.

Don't get me wrong, this is one of my favorite sites to visit but as far as usability and clarity go, this site is the 1970s Avalon Hill rules-book of web sites.

Maybe BGG needs a "gateway" version to ease people into the hobby...

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IMDB, but with usable forums.
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I completely agree.
This idea has been brought up before, but I suspect the pain-to-gain ratio for the BGG builders is too high. But having the data so readily open... perhaps there is a talented Web developer out there with some extra time?!

kakupacal wrote:
Not to be Captain Bringdown but I suspect that any game-neophyte hitting this site for the first time based on a recommendation is more likely to flee in terror at the sheer tidal wave of links and images and info than to start digging around to find out what this "board game" thing is all about.

Don't get me wrong, this is one of my favorite sites to visit but as far as usability and clarity go, this site is the 1970s Avalon Hill rules-book of web sites.

Maybe BGG needs a "gateway" version to ease people into the hobby...

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