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The Greatest Geeks - Wordsmiths of BGG:
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I thought I'd make a Geeklist to pay tribute and bring attention to those BGG members who take the time to comment prodigiously on games in their collections. In thinking about what part of BGG is the absolute core of the site I thought I'd highlight those that put the most effort into writing summaries and comments about the games they play inside their collections here on BGG.

What would be a good criteria for choosing the elite members of this Geeklist? I chose word count as a simple and easily defined method.

Simply put... I thought anyone who takes the time to write comments on many wide ranging games in the BGG database has something interesting to say and is worth highlighting (or else they simply have no life)... either way they belong on this list as they are valuable resources for their wide range of viewpoints on the huge variety of games that they play. What better people to have for geekbuddies or just to to print out their epic commentaries and tape to the toilet door for reading material while sitting on the throne.

According to Wikipedia:

Classification - Typical word count
Epic At least 75,000-100,000 (or 200,000) words
Novel At least 50,000 (or 60,000) words
Novella At least 17,500 (or less than 50,000) words


So... using this as a base I came up with a minimum word count filter to celebrate the most prodigiously proficient in propagating piles of prose among us...

BGG Uber Epic authors 200,000+ words
BGG Epic authors 100,000-200,000 words
BGG Novel authors 50,000-100,000 words
BGG Novella authors 17,500-50,000 words

As a big help I used the following list of users helpfully provided by Joe Grundy:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/282878

I then did a lot of screen scraping and cutting and pasting to find out who on BGG has the largest library of games that they have rated and commented on.

I used this simple online Java app to help figure out the word counts:

http://javascript.internet.com/forms/word-count.html

I simply cut and pasted the entire comments section for all games that were both rated AND commented on by various users to find out who were some of the wordiest of the bunch here on BGG. Some are well known and others are a little more "under the radar" but I found all had some interesting comments and it was interesting going through and reading what many had to say about various games. Hopefully this proves to be useful for others here as well.

A few weeks has gone by since I first started doing this list so of course the data is not totally up to date but this is a great start in highlighting those that make some of the biggest contributions to the site in terms of their comments on games in their collections.

If anyone knows of other users that may qualify in the 17,500+ words range of comments please let me know and I will add them to this geeklist.

So without further delay... the master wordsmiths on BGG:
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76. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:661]
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frogmind

Wordcount: 24904
Game comments: 268

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Insightful with frequently updated commentaries. An interesting read.
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77. Board Game: The Civil War [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:574]
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rajungamer

Wordcount: 24731
Game comments: 508

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78. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:189]
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Unitoch

Wordcount: 24422
Game comments: 311

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Great incisive comments right down the line from games he loves to games he hates.
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79. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:131]
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rynelf

Wordcount: 24366
Game comments: 540

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80. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:254]
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Luke the Flaming

Wordcount: 23912
Game comments: 812

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81. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:64]
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curtc

Wordcount: 23538
Game comments: 441

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82. Board Game: Euchre [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:991]
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Zalasta

Wordcount: 23461
Game comments: 229

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83. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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kystas

Wordcount: 23427
Game comments: 510

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84. Board Game: Evo [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:511]
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chaddyboy_2000

Wordcount: 23343
Game comments: 642

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85. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:147]
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Thommy8

Wordcount: 23086
Game comments: 329

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86. Board Game: Amun-Re [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:172]
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BeyondMonopoly

Wordcount: 22868
Game comments: 1034

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Over 1000 concise commentaries.
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87. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:531]
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jens_hoppe

Wordcount: 22766
Game comments: 374

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Now for something a little Danish... Jens has some good commentary on close to 400 games (Just don't ask him to play Set if you ever meet him).
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88. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:39]
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Kevin_Whitmore

Wordcount: 22705
Game comments: 620

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89. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:54]
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squash

Wordcount: 22565
Game comments: 147

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90. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:34]
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cloudboy

Wordcount: 22462
Game comments: 318

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91. Board Game: Divine Right [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1718]
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mi_de

Wordcount: 22208
Game comments:564

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92. Board Game: Totaler Krieg! [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:1552]
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sdiberar

Wordcount: 21888
Game comments: 488

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93. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:289]
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hedden

Wordcount: 21496
Game comments: 132

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Great in depth commentaries and I like the way hedden has given his initial rating for each game as we get an insight into how his opinion has changed over time. Good reading.
 
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94. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:145]
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rickkeuler

Wordcount: 21420
Game comments: 354

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95. Board Game: StreetSoccer [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1151]
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RPardoe

Wordcount: 21401
Game comments: 329

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96. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:11]
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Koert

Wordcount: 21113
Game comments: 520

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97. Board Game: Big Boggle [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1122]
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Red Dragon

Wordcount: 20901
Game comments: 281

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98. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1203]
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Audacon

Wordcount: 20845
Game comments: 297

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99. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:609]
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Zambo

Wordcount: 20767
Game comments: 478

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100. Board Game: The Settlers of Zarahemla [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1681]
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heccubus

Wordcount: 20676
Game comments: 523

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