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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126. Board Game: Lord of the Rings added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-01 07:18:52
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130. Board Game: Lock 'N Load: Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-04 02:56:03
131. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-01 07:32:50
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142. Board Game: Hare & Tortoise added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-01 07:31:49
143. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-01 07:35:03
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145. Board Game: Java added by nexttothemoon on 2008-04-27 17:54:37
146. Board Game: Merchant of Venus added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-01 07:29:54
147. Board Game: A Victory Lost added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-02 15:43:40
148. Board Game: Battle Line added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-02 07:26:05
149. Board Game: Entdecker: Exploring New Horizons added by nexttothemoon on 2008-04-27 17:56:57
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151. Board Game: ZÈRTZ added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-02 08:09:06
152. Board Game: Mhing added by nexttothemoon on 2008-03-01 07:34:33
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