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I've been looking through possible trades for matches, but some of the games I have to trade - and some I want - are larger and heavier. I'm not sure I want to pay for shipping on either side. All things equal, I'd rather trade with someone who will attend BGG.con, since we can do the exchange in person. (Obviously this works best for the other person if they'll drive as I will, but maybe they're flying Southwest or have airline status and thus free bags.)

I wish there was a way to identify those who will attend BGG Con so I can tell when looking through trade lists.

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My thoughts:
Option 1) Create a microbadge for "Planning to attend BGG Con This Year". People who plan to attend can buy and wear this microbadge, and if I see it I'll know to favor them for heavy game trades. Plus I'll know they'll be at BGG con and could schedule games, etc! =p Win for all!

The only problem with option 1 is that it requires people to actively come up with 8 geek gold (something some of us don't have right now), plus remember to set it as one of their visible microbadges.

Option 2) Give people a microbadge when they register for BGG Con. Incorporate it into the registration process, including an option for people to display it right away, and then more people will do so.

This is better from a user's standpoint but puts work on the BGG staff. It also won't work until next year since lots of people are already registered.

Option 3) Give people who register for BGG Con some other way to indicate such on their avatar, besides a microbadge. This is even more work for BGG staff, with little reward.

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Of the three, option 1 is the easiest to start, but hardest to spread. Someone with a bit of artistic talent just needs to make the microbadge. Any other ideas or options?
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Is there something wrong with the annual BGG.con math trade? Seems that covers several of these bases, and gives you much larger options of stuff to trade and stuff to trade for.
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Re: A Way to Identify People Who Will Attend 2012 BGG.con? in the kitchen?
'moi' could IDENTIFY them A-L-L by the 2 "elegant expedients" of these having never been within MY 'kitchen'!; and, NOR: have their GAMES! shake
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GROGnads wrote:
'moi' could IDENTIFY them A-L-L by the 2 "elegant expedients" of these having never been within MY 'kitchen'!; and, NOR: have their GAMES! shake


WHAT??? Nevermind...here, have another !!!
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Is there something wrong with the annual BGG.con math trade? Seems that covers several of these bases, and gives you much larger options of stuff to trade and stuff to trade for.


Lots and lots and lots and lots of people don't math trade. I'll participate again, sure, but if I see someone with whom I have a direct trade, and I see they'll be at BGG.con, it would make it easier to propose a no-ship direct trade. I could also see someone talking about a given game, and see the tag, and propose meeting up to play it then, too.
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There's also the annual pre-con flea market geeklists where people post stuff for sale (granted, that's not trading per se), but there's no reason you couldn't post in those lists saying you're looking for trades or even set up a pre-BGG.Con trading list that's not math trade focused.
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skelebone wrote:
Is there something wrong with the annual BGG.con math trade? Seems that covers several of these bases, and gives you much larger options of stuff to trade and stuff to trade for.


Nothing wrong with the math trade. Is there something wrong with a direct trade?
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There's also the annual pre-con flea market geeklists where people post stuff for sale (granted, that's not trading per se), but there's no reason you couldn't post in those lists saying you're looking for trades or even set up a pre-BGG.Con trading list that's not math trade focused.


Sure.

I guess most people are missing the point, though. The point is that all of your counter-suggestions require other people - you know the people with whom I could have a direct trade or with whom I might want to get together at BGG.con to play a game - to actively do something (more than list items for trade/want to play, which I assume they've already done).

Plenty of people are not that active of BGG, won't participate in the math trade, won't list items in the flea market nor read the flea market request list, and yet they would positively respond to good trade requests if sent to them.
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Digren wrote:
I've been looking through possible trades for matches, but some of the games I have to trade - and some I want - are larger and heavier. I'm not sure I want to pay for shipping on either side. All things equal, I'd rather trade with someone who will attend BGG.con, since we can do the exchange in person. (Obviously this works best for the other person if they'll drive as I will, but maybe they're flying Southwest or have airline status and thus free bags.)

I wish there was a way to identify those who will attend BGG Con so I can tell when looking through trade lists.

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My thoughts:
Option 1) Create a microbadge for "Planning to attend BGG Con This Year". People who plan to attend can buy and wear this microbadge, and if I see it I'll know to favor them for heavy game trades. Plus I'll know they'll be at BGG con and could schedule games, etc! =p Win for all!

The only problem with option 1 is that it requires people to actively come up with 8 geek gold (something some of us don't have right now), plus remember to set it as one of their visible microbadges.

Option 2) Give people a microbadge when they register for BGG Con. Incorporate it into the registration process, including an option for people to display it right away, and then more people will do so.

This is better from a user's standpoint but puts work on the BGG staff. It also won't work until next year since lots of people are already registered.

Option 3) Give people who register for BGG Con some other way to indicate such on their avatar, besides a microbadge. This is even more work for BGG staff, with little reward.

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Of the three, option 1 is the easiest to start, but hardest to spread. Someone with a bit of artistic talent just needs to make the microbadge. Any other ideas or options?


I like the idea. I'd love to be able to identify BSG PBF players that are going to b there.
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Start a thread. Will the real BGGCon Attendees Please Stand Up? Please Stand Up?
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ejcarter wrote:
Start a thread. Will the real BGGCon Attendees Please Stand Up? Please Stand Up?


Agreed. Though I still think a microbadge is a good idea.
 
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There already is a microbadge,  BGG.CON attendee The problem is that you need people to buy it, and wear it.

I'm wearing mine, now you need to get others to follow.
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UnknownParkerBrother wrote:
There already is a microbadge,  BGG.CON attendee The problem is that you need people to buy it, and wear it.


The other problem with that is it's not specific to the 2012 BGG.CON. Folks who attended in past years, but not as fortunate this year will need to supress their desire to wear it.

It would be cool to have a unique badge for each year; similar to the Secret Santa.
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mildthrill wrote:
"UnknownParkerBrother"]There already is a microbadge, mb[/microbadge wrote:
The problem is that you need people to buy it, and wear it.


The other problem with that is it's not specific to the 2012 BGG.CON. Folks who attended in past years, but not as fortunate this year will need to supress their desire to wear it.

It would be cool to have a unique badge for each year; similar to the Secret Santa.


I thought about that, and actually don't think it should be unique each year. Rather, I just want one like the linked badge, except with mouse over text that reads "I plan to attend BGG Con this year!"

With that you show it years you plan to attend (at least in the months leading up to the con) and don't in other years. Simple, if the registration process A) gives it out for free to registrants, and B) makes it easy to set it as slot 5. With those so most have it and use it, I think it would work well.
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Digren wrote:
Plenty of people are not that active of BGG, won't participate in the math trade, won't list items in the flea market nor read the flea market request list, and yet they would positively respond to good trade requests if sent to them.


Are they likely to read this thread? It would seem not.
 
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Digren wrote:
Plenty of people are not that active of BGG, won't participate in the math trade, won't list items in the flea market nor read the flea market request list, and yet they would positively respond to good trade requests if sent to them.


Are they likely to read this thread? It would seem not.


Nope, alas. Hence getting them to flag their avatars really needs to be done during BGG Con registration, not in any after-registration campaign.
 
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I've thought about this too. If there were some way to flag con attendees when I run the trade manager, that'd be great. I'm not holding my breath though.
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Well, I'm not a trader, so I'm not your target audience, but I randomize my MBs daily, and I'd be unlikely to change that for someone else's convenience. Also, people often do creative things with their MBs, or display some that they have an emotional attachment too. The issues not quite as simple as having a microbadge available; people have to have a reason to wear it instead of what they usually wear.
 
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Well, I'm not a trader, so I'm not your target audience, but I randomize my MBs daily, and I'd be unlikely to change that for someone else's convenience. Also, people often do creative things with their MBs, or display some that they have an emotional attachment too. The issues not quite as simple as having a microbadge available; people have to have a reason to wear it instead of what they usually wear.


Aye, hence option 3) from the original list.
 
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