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What is BoardGameGeek?
BoardGameGeek is an online resource and community that aims to be the definitive source for board game and card game content. The site is updated on a real-time basis by its large and still growing user base — more than two million registered users! — making the Geek the largest and most up-to-date place to get gaming information! You can become a registered member of BGG for free, although we welcome your contributions to the site in the form of ratings, reviews, and thoughts on games to the existing database!
BGG features reviews, ratings, images, play-aids, translations, and session reports from board game geeks around the world, as well as live discussion forums. In addition, every day nearly a hundred game trades pass through the hands of registered members, as well as transactions in the Geek Market. If you are new to the site and are wondering where to begin, you might start with the Guide to BoardGameGeek.
What kind of games are here?
Here you'll find many types of board games, including thousands you've probably never seen in a store! We cover not only board games but also dice games, card games, tile-laying games, and games of dexterity. We have abstracts, economic games, dungeon crawls, city building, diplomacy and negotiation, trading, puzzle games, strategy games, party games, war games, and many more. We run the gamut from the light and whimsical Carcassonne to the serious and heavy empire-building of Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition. Well-known games like Monopoly exist in the database as well, although you'll find almost all users prefer modern games that exhibit advancements in game play and component quality since Monopoly was first published.
For game suggestions, especially if you are buying a game for someone else, check out our 2019 Board Game Gift Guide.
This looks interesting, but where can I find these games?
Many of these games are sold by other BGG users here in our Geek Market. Games that are in print may also be available from your local independent game store, which should be happy to special order titles for you. If you can't find the games there, you might try an online game retailer, which is often the only way to obtain imported games. Although you may never have seen or even heard of many of these games, you will find that they are surprisingly easy to obtain.
How can I find opponents for these games?
Start by reaching out to your friends or family — you have the makings of a great gaming group among people you already know! But there are also many ways to meet new people for playing these games. You might be lucky and have a game store that features board game nights, and you may even find the local nexus of board gamers in your community. Meeting up for game nights is an excellent way to try out many games. You might also find a local group in the Game Groups section of our Forum, or use our Forum to try to find people in your area. Our members are always looking for new players, and generally enjoy introducing people to these games. BoardGameGeek even facilitates finding individual gamers in your area by the Gamer Database.
Why should I register?
To fully use many of the site's features, you'll need a username. BGG registration is free. To add any content to the site, you must register. After you register you can:
Will you protect my privacy?
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