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Five Common Misconceptions about BGG + New User advice
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1. Board Game: Game of Knowledge [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:9456]
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#5 These people know more than I do about games
That may be true in some cases, but certainly not in all cases. We were all new users once. If you like to have fun, and play a game now and then, then no one cares if you’ve played 100 games or just 1. In fact, new users are normally found asking questions about rules, or strategies, from others who play the same game. No one bites-- and you’ll find that people will respond to your questions far quicker than they do on some other websites.
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2. Board Game: Broken English [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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#4 I need to speak English well (or be able to write and spell in English)
Well, truthfully, in order to get the most out of BGG you are best served by being at least partly fluent in English. I will let you in on a little secret, however: Your broken English is WAY better than my Hungarian. Or my Japanese. Or my Russian... I have found that most people who say that they can only speak a bit of English, actually do it quite well.
Plus, almost every country in the world that has computer access to the internet (I may be overstating the influence of BGG here, but I don’t think so!) has a user here already whom you could easily locate, and they can tell you about their own places to meet, chat, and help other users who speak your language.
For example: Are you Polish? Then go to the Polish Users Forum-- there were 52 posts by users speaking Polish, the last time that I checked.

(edit: added an "m" to "who". I like to be grammatically correct as possible!!)
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3. Board Game: Obsession [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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#3 I have to love boardgames so much that I’m willing to talk about them all the time!
Wrong-o! BGG is so much more than boardgames. There are guilds of people who discuss common interests, that aren’t games, within the ranks of the users and there are some users who love to make other people laugh and so they just post comments to lists and threads. Chit Chat is a place on BGG devoted to the discussion of anything except games. Drop in; stay a while.
There are contests, competitions, ways to get yourself noticed and established as a regular contributor, and even more. You could even talk about the games that you love...
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4. Board Game: This Big! [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:8737]
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#2 I need to have a large game collection before people will take me seriously
Baloney! No one (well, almost no one) is going to go to your user profile page and count the number of games that you own and, even then, no one will make fun of you somewhere, or somehow, because of it. We are polite people. Accepting people. Very encouraging people. It’s how we roll.
For instance. many of us bad-mouth the game of Monolopy, but if you check out our game list, you’re more than likely going to find it there. You’re more like us than you think you are.
One thing is certain though: if you do hang out here long enough, you’re going to want to expand your current collection beyond Risk and Clue.
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5. Board Game: For Love or Money [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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#1 I have to pay to become a user, don’t I?
Nope! Unlike many websites, the local BGG fanbase helps to subsidize the cost of running the website, and there are hundreds of users who have never commited any money to the site. Just sign up, and you’ll get a “new user” designation, and then you can start participating in any forums or discussions that you’d like to.
They call users that come to websites (and not just BGG) but don’t participate in discussions there “Lurkers”, but I’ll bet you that 90% of us started out that way, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of. The thing is, you’ll probably get so addicted to the site that eventually you will want to pay a little something to support it. That’s what we’re counting on, in fact.
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6. Board Game: The New Era [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:422] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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How do I become a better geek?
If you’re here, then you’re already a geek. Embrace it. cool
To get better at it, learn from the masters.
It’s been said before, but there are numerous lists out there that should be required reading for new users. If you’re confused by the formatting conventions that you see in other people’s posts, for instance, then the #1 rule is to click on the “Quote” button in the bottom right corner of the item comment and see for yourself how they did it. You can always cancel the action, afterward, and even if you accidentally post something then you have the option of deleting it. No big deal!
Then scan through this geeklist: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/34918/tricks-of-the-ge...
How about this one? http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/96270/unofficial-faq
Or this one? http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/617264/floating-images

If you want to make interesting geeklists that people can look at and discuss, then check out anything written by the “old-timers” who have it down pat.
People like Darrin Williams: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/69719/the-ten-best-pla...
And wifwendell: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/55134/get-your-filthy-...
Both of them have numerous great lists, or even someone who picked a great topic and ran with it, like Drew1365: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/87443/sir-before-we-pl...
or Scarlett_O: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/151386/item/2448577#it...

(Leave a comment below if you can suggest anyone else!)

The same goes for blog writing (domcrap): http://www.boardgamegeek.com/blog/308/north-star-games
Game reviews (like Tom Vasel, or eekamouse): http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/65519/drive-thru-revie...
Pretty much everything that appears on the front page of the site.

Find someone who you enjoy reading, and stalk them for a while. See where they go by clicking on the black downward facing triangle beside the flag and the envelope icon above their user name, and then click on “subscribe”, halfway down that list. Also, click on their “Contributions” tab on their profile page and then on whatever list or comment that you want to see of theirs.
Then go ahead and do what they do. Don’t know how? Ask someone in the New Users Questions forum: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/forum/59/boardgamegeek/new-user...

There is no such thing as a dumb question. Seriously. What is simple to me may not be obvious to you. But I’d be glad to help you.
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7. Board Game: Show Off! [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
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How do I get an avatar, microbadges, and geekgold?
You need to earn it, usually, but there are dozens of generous souls about here who will gift you geekgold if you happen to post something in the right place. A really well thought out geeklist can be worth hundreds in geekgold tips alone. The very best way to get geekgold is to make a physical payment of cash to BGG, for which you then become a patron (for the year, for a US$15--or more--payment). You will receive 1 geekgold for every $1 spent and everyone will now know that you are a supporter. Win-win!

The reason that you will want geekgold is so that you can buy microbadges, and an avatar, probably.
You have to design your own avatar and then, after you pay geekgold for permission to upload it, you’ve got it for life. And you can change it anytime that you want to, once you’ve “paid” for that first one, at no extra charge.
As for the microbadges, they are a way to personalize your profile so that people can get a better sense of who you are away from boardgames. There are hundreds of badges available, in a wide variety of genres. Truly, there is something there for everyone.
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8. Board Game: Rate it! [Average Rating:5.96 Unranked]
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An excellent suggestion from the comments below:

toddbarker wrote:
I think you should have included something about the way games are rated, when I first joined I thought that you rated a game based on how good you thought it was / what was wrong with it / how it was vs other games in the same category but the fine print behind game ratings says you should rate games based on how much you want to play them.

Oh those game ratings and rankings!
So contentious! They mean so much to some people, and so little to others.

I believe that it all has to do with your personality. If you play games to always win, always get one-up on an opponent, and you hate to lose, then my guess is that you also want to see your personal favorite game ranked in the #1 spot.
How could the rest of the people here not see that it is clearly the most superior game, to any challenger?

If you don't take games as seriously as that-- and really, most of us do play to win, or why play at all, right?-- then you will understand why your personal favorite game isn't ranked at #1, but you'll also try to convert non-believers, or recommend the game to other people as much as possible. If it ever gets there, great!

If you play games for the social experience; if you win or lose it doesn't really matter-- the play is the thing-- then you probably don't care that your personal favorite game isn't ranked at the top.

So, as the quoted section at the beginning tells us, the rankings are what you make of them.
You can have a tiny influence on the game rankings; here's how:

1) When you get a new game (or want to record one of your current ones), type it into the search field or make your way to the page with the particular game entry another way.
2) Scroll down to the very bottom of the page, or click on the "user info" link in the game header (the last item there).
3) Click on "Add a copy to your collection". The only difference between this option and the next one, "Record information", is that the "Own" box is ticked for you, already. You can add a copy by clicking on "Own" on the other option, as well.
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You can also use "Record Information" to add a game to your wishlist, or to record information about the game that you may have played that belonged to someone else, though.

4) Fill in as much, or as little, information as you'd like to about your game. There is a drop-box there for Ranking. It will read N/A until you decide to change that.
5)If you do click on N/A, a pop-up box titled "Edit Rating" comes up. There is also a small blue "information" icon just to the right.
Note, as you hover the mouse over this icon, that it is titled, "Here is a list of recommended ratings" (emphasis mine). It is not the "official" rating system, or a "mandatory" rating system, it is just a recommended one.
If you don't like the recommended rating system, then ignore it.

Maybe you believe that there is no game that is worthy of a "10" (or a "1", for that matter).
Maybe you can't decide between ranking your game a 7 or an 8. Why not give the game a 7.5? Or a 7.2? Or a 7.75? Go ahead and do that!

The only thing is, you should try to be consistent, so your ratings make sense to you. Forget about anyone else. You.
The truth is that when your ranking is pooled with everyone else who ranked the game, you won't even see a blip in the number ranking on the main games page. Unless only a few people (say, six people) have all ranked the game a 2 and you give it a 9. That would (in theory) bump the ranking from a 2 to 3.

Don't worry what anyone else thinks about your ratings. This is your BGG page, not theirs!

Several users have edited their main profile page to explain their own personal ranking system to anyone who drops in for a look. This is an excellent suggestion for those who don't like, or want to use, the recommended ranking sytem provided.

Which leads me to the next new list item...
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9. Board Game: Post the Most [Average Rating:5.67 Unranked]
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How do you get the most from your BGG experience?

This obviously varies from person to person, but the more places on the site that you explore, the better you will understand why this site has such a devoted fanbase.

Take your own profile page, for instance. Open up a new page/tab on your browser and open up the BGG website there, as well. Go ahead. I'll wait.

Now, on that new page, get to your profile page. How does it look? A name and a microbadge or two, along with your registration & basic info along with a geekmail address? Or have you edited it to tell us more about yourself?
If your profile is plain and straightforward, click on mine:
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There, you will find an example of what it is possible to do on your BGG profile page.

But let's say you want to remain anonymous, more or less; that's perfectly fine by me.
But do me a favor, and look at the right hand side of my profile screen. On my Collection summary, you will see that I own (at time of writing!) 95 games/ expansions. Looking down that table a little way, you will also see that I have "Commented" on 104 games. Click on the (blue) number 104 to see them.

You can see that I have recorded information, including ranking, "games played", and a short comment about each item there.
This is how I get the most out of BGG. I love to have a database of info to go back to.

Maybe though, that's not your thing. Why would you want to fill in any of the fields?
OK, that's no issue. You're you and I'm me.
Try clicking on the tab at the top of (above) my profile, labelled "Interests".

Many users on BGG do not fill in this information, but I decided to.
And, I can truthfully tell you, that only a few days after doing this, I received a message from a stranger telling me that they also loved beer, and that I should have a "Belgian Beer lover" microbadge. They also gave me 15 geekgold (the cost of a microbadge at that time-- they are cheaper now!) in order to buy one!
We ended up becoming "geekbuddies", which is a cool little feature that a new user might not know about.
I've also received geekmail from other similar-minded people, praising my list there. So I've made some online friends in the years that I've been here.
I've received a birthday card from a user in Russia, and chatted with dozens (hundreds!) of people who are both like me or completely different from me. And all types in between.

So if you give people a chance to know you a bit better, they will reach out to you. Or you can do the reaching, if that's more your style.

It's so obvious, but I'll conclude by saying:

You get more out of BGG than what you put into it!
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10. Board Game: Size Matters [Average Rating:4.93 Unranked]
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The Ratings Don't Matter

This is the advice I give out the most to someone getting into the hobby, and by proxy, into BGG. The above entry talks about the ratings and how much care and effort is put into ensuring this or that game is #1 or not #1.


Know this: Any game in the Top 500 is pretty awesome. Too many times I have seen folks trade/sell games they liked to get Caylus or Arkham Horror (equitable!) or some other dog because it was ranked highly. Don't do this.
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