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Scarlett_O and the Quest for the Golden Camel
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Recently, I happened upon a comment about a microbadge another user had. A Golden Camel. I didn't think anything of it and quickly kept scrolling.

A day or two later, I happened upon another Golden Camel whilst lurking in the shadier bits of BGG.

Hmmm. Another Golden Camel, huh? Colour me intrigued. I click on the microbadge and was taken to the home of the Golden Camel.

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The Golden Camel is not a microbadge that is available for general purchase. It is an award. The description: "The exact purpose of the microbadge is unknown, even some of its owners don't know what it's for!"

Alright, then. It was time to put those years of my childhood reading Nancy Drew novels and dreaming of being a kick-ass International Spy to use! Finally!

So... I got to work.
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So, what's the first thing I did?

Looked at all the users who own the microbadge. There are 18, dating all the way back to February 2008 with the most recent recipients being inducted into the Golden Camel Society, if you will, in September of 2012.

I tried snooping around on their profiles for something they all had in common...
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2. Board Game: Chit Chat [Average Rating:3.43 Unranked]
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My first guess was that the microbadge got its origins in the Chit-Chat forums because it seemed that all of the owners were active there at one point...But, this was quickly thrown out as I found at least one member who had not posted there, or, seemingly, in any thread connected to it.

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3. Board Game: Answer That! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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So, after years (okay, minutes...my attention span is not so much) of trying to find a commonality between the members... I gave up on that shit.

I decided that the best way to find out about something was to go straight to the source.

I Geekmailed 10 of the owners of the Golden Camel microbadge with the following question:

"Hi, I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the "Golden Camel?"
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Out of the 10 people that I contacted: 7 replied.

Most of those replies were vague and mysterious.

One person claimed to know nothing of the Camel except that he/she received it one day and said that it may or may not have had anything to do with their winning sense of humour.

One person claimed to know nothing of the Camel except from whence it came...but was sworn to secrecy and could not divulge that information. They also went on to tell me that the Golden Camel is not the plateau of microbadges and that there are at least 2 microbadges that are even more desirable than even the most Golden of Camels.

Yet another person claimed that the Golden Camel is great and wonderful and they seemed to be suspicious of my poking around, so I did not push further for fear of my safety.

Those are the stories for 3 of those 7 replies. The other 4 proved to yield some clues and will, therefore, be mentioned in further detail below.
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My first reply was from a mysterious fellow. He proved to be a very compliant witness and answered my questions willingly and in a friendly manner despite the heavy shroud of danger surrounding the subject matter.

What I learned from this first witness was invaluable and started my sleuthing off on the right foot. He told me, "Sure... The camel has a mind of its own. It chooses who to follow and why. The reason each person has it is different than any other's reason. None of us know why or who or where it will follow next."

So, this let me know that it was a good thing that I am easily distracted and didn't waste too much time looking for common things between owners.

I asked him if he knew the reason he had his Camel and he entrusted to me the information that he did in fact know why he had received such a coveted and mysterious token...and not only that, but that he also knew why one other person had theirs!

Hmmm...
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My next jackpot (of sorts) came in the form of a seemingly simple response that didn't give me any new information. Oh, how wrong that proved to be.

The reply from this person was that they were merely in the right place at the right time.

Hmm. I asked them (pushing my luck, probably, I should be more careful) where this mysterious place was. Was it chit-chat, I asked?

No, something even more dark, foul, and mysterious. Geek Chat. Dun Dun Dun...

Do I dare?
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I dare.

I moseyed on over to the GeekChat. I had been there a few times before, but had never seen anyone talking. So, I said as much.

Bingo!

As luck would have it, one of the owners of the Golden Camels was there! What luck!

I nonchalantly ask if anyone had ever heard of the Golden Camel.

I can't say much about what was said in that dark alleyway...er...chatroom, but I will say that I found out who got their microbadge with someone else I had spoken with.

I also found out that it was given to them by an Admin who happened to be in Geekchat with them.

Hmm... interesting. I hadn't geekmailed any of the owners of the Golden Camel who were Admins... did I dare?
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I dared.

I emailed the 4 Admins who were owners of the camels. whistle

One never wrote back.

One said it was all hype and meant nothing.

One misquoted fight club to me!

And one was very entertaining. While not giving away too much information, he did answer my questions. He also entertained me with funny threads about co-workers and family and told me not to look places where I would find funny pictures of himself. He also sent me on a quest for Geekgold to satisfy my craving for adventure.
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9. Board Game: How Much for the Camel? [Average Rating:5.25 Unranked]
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So, in the end (or is it?) I never acquired the elusive Golden Camel, nor did I learn much about it except that it is a very mysterious creature.

So, for now, good people, I will leave you with this song, take it as a warning...

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10. Board Game: Buy or Sell [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Okay...I doubt if anyone is still subscribed to this geeklist, but there has been another lead on the case...

In a recent Scavenger Hunt Geeklist one of the things you had to find was a user who had spent more than 1 million GG.

That user is
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BUT... if you go to his GG spent and received, it doesn't add up.

AND there is a mysterious transfer from boardgamegeek to him for the amount of "1e+06" and, that same day, a "purchase" for the same amount of "1e+06" with the description being the Golden Camel.

Was the Golden Camel sold for 1 million Geekgold!?

And, why would BGG give this user 1 million Geekgold?

And, how would he spend said geekgold on a microbadge that doesn't seem to be for sale?

Where is this bgg black market where you can buy Golden Camels for 1 million Geekgold.

And, just what the heck do you have to do to get 1 million Geekgold?


The world may never know.

BUT, I did send him an email asking about it, so... we'll see.
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Well, the Golden Camel strikes again.

Thanks to
Joe Norris
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I now have the story behind the latest member of the Golden Camel Society... Here is the story... I'm quoting from the email Joe sent me because I'm in McDonald's using the internet because mine isn't working...

Pone4games wrote:
[REDACTED] thought you might be interested in this true story if you weren't already aware of it. I witnessed an event where the following user received his golden camel microbadge.
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The event occurred just a few months ago on the LASH forum, where we identify spammers for admins to eliminate. The user, and LASH member, Hugh_G_Rection had his account accidently deleted by an admin eliminating spammers. Fortunately, his account was restored with apologies and a golden camel.

It was an interesting event to witness and added a new member to the Golden Camel elite.

Just thought I'd share that story due to your ongoing geek list.

Hope you get your Golden Camel soon!

Kind regards,
Joe


The Camel was said to have been given to "Hugh G. Rection" by the one and only
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12. Board Game: Look at the Schmuck on that Camel [Average Rating:4.40 Unranked]
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Well, well.

Things have been quiet on the Camel front as of late.

UNTIL... a few days ago. Someone who commented on this very list was inducted into the Golden Camel Society!

How was he chosen!? Could it have been the Golden Camel uberbadge he has been donning since this Geeklist first appeared?

Why was he chosen? Was it to taunt the rest of us Golden Camel-less people? Or maybe it was to fill us with hope that we too, may someday have our very own Golden Camel?

The world may never know.

Read his story, in his own words, here: [listitem=http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/144153/item/3235569#item32...][/listitem]
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