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Microbadge

Introduction

Microbadges are another way (in addition to avatars and GeekBadges) that users can customize their Graphical User Representation on BoardGameGeek.

Microbadges are displayed in each user's profile. Also, a user may have up to five of that user's microbadges displayed under the user's avatar in Forums and GeekLists. In most cases, clicking a microbadge will display a list of users who have that badge.

For a visual list of all microbadges in the system, see Microbadges - all (this includes those that are still pending moderation or have been rejected but not deleted).


Microbadge ownership

Microbadges can be acquired in several ways. The most straightforward way to acquire a microbadge is to purchase one at a cost of 8 GeekGold.

Not all microbadges are available for purchase, however. Some are awarded free to those who participate in certain contests or surveys. Others are awarded by the system to users who contribute content to BoardGameGeek (for example, a user who writes 5 session reports gets a Copper Session Reporter microbadge). There are some special microbadges, such as those used to identify Admins and Geeks of the Week.

Occasionally, Microbadge Coupon Codes are distributed. A user who has been given a coupon code can redeem it for the microbadge of the user's choice, instead of paying GeekGold for it (a user may only redeem a coupon code for a microbadge which can be purchased).

System awarded badges are awarded once a day, by a script which runs at 9:00 CST, according to this forum post: Re: System Awarded Microbadges

Unlike an avatar, a microbadge cannot be changed after purchase. It can be deleted, but the GeekGold used to purchase it is not refunded.

Purchasing microbadges

There are several thousand microbadges available for purchase. They are listed primarily in two different places, with each listing serving a different purpose.

  • Complete Listing - Shows a detailed listing, in paged format. For each microbadge, it shows the number of owners and the person who created it. This listing can be filtered by microbadge creator.
  • Purchase Microbadges Form - Displays microbadges in an expandable listing by group and subgroup. The microbadges in this listing are grouped by subject matter. For each microbadge that the user does not own, a Buy button is displayed. The user can enter a search term to locate a microbadge by name.

Changing the display of microbadges under your avatar

You can edit your microbadges to arrange which of the 5 slots will display which of your microbadges. It is possible to own more than 5, but at most 5 can be displayed.

Use the Edit Microbadges link on your profile page to assign your microbadges to the 5 display slots.

Requesting microbadges

If you want a microbadge for a certain subject, but it isn't available yet, you can post a request in one these two spots...

For more directed discussions concerning RPG and Video Game microbadges there are two other threads you could also post a request...

Microbadges are designed by BoardGameGeek users and are posted on that thread for peer review before they are submitted for approval.


Reporting microbadge mistakes

If you find any of mistakes (categorization, spelling, grouping or any other type) in any microbadges, please report them at the Fixes and Clean-up for Existing Microbadges thread, so that the necessary corrections can be made.


Designing and submitting microbadges

Please note: this is a simple overview of the submission and design process; you should not submit microbadges without at least skimming the complete microbadge submission information available at the Microbadge Design and Submission wiki page.

You can design microbadges yourself, by following these steps:



1. Look at the thousands of existing microbadges to see if what you have in mind already has something very similar already available.

2. Use your favorite imaging software to create a 16 by 16 pixel image, preferably in PNG format and in most cases with a transparent background.

3. Upload the image to your personal gallery here on BGG/RPGG/VGG.

4. Submit your microbadge proposal for peer-review, by adding a new post to the Microbadge Submissions, Design, and Feedback thread (if the badge is RPG related use this thread instead, if the badge is video game related use this thread). When posting your badge proposal, include full badge info (mouseover, etc) and don't forget to use the original keyword when using the [imageid=123456 original] tag.

5. Wait for feedback from other microbadge designers. If the badge is deemed appropriate but needs improvements, go back to the 2nd step.

6. If feedback was positive, post your microbadge submission using the Create Microbadge form.

7. Wait for a geekmail specifying if the badge was approved or rejected. This geekmail is sent when the microbadge administrator approves/rejects the badge. In the meantime, to check the pending queue for microbadge submissions see Pending Microbadges.
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See Microbadge Design and Submission for further information.

Note: Party-political and partisan microbadges are not permitted.

Microbadge designer rewards

Microbadge designers are rewarded with 0.25 GeekGold for each sale of their microbadges.

Microbadge Design Award

The Microbadge Design Award is a microbadge that is - as the name of the award suggests - awarded for excellent microbadge design: mb
Unlike the system awarded badges (see below), this award is for excellent graphic design within the 16x16 pixel limit. To qualify, a designer must consistently create high quality microbadges and have at least five that are exceptionally good. 'Exceptionally good' microbadges are sharp and recognizable, but also have to be the result of a bit of a design challenge. A microbadge of a wooden cube is no big effort. Fitting a complex image in 16x16 pixels while keeping it perfectly recognizable is.

Past winners of the award are:

Round
Awardees
Date
Round 1
mrbeankc, Munin, simonh
August, 2007
Round 2
Debate, TabbySunLion
March, 2008
Round 3
jgrundy
May, 2008
Round 4
garion
November, 2008
Round 5
rmidjord
August, 2010
Round 6
kevintlee
March, 2011
Round 7
Lajos
August, 2011
Round 8
indigopotter, spearjr, wildthayne
February, 2012
Round 9
drewdane, Bail Organa
September, 2012
Round 10
zorro_jv
March, 2013
Round 11
No award was given out
September, 2013
Round 12
Schwartzkopf, anomander64, crazylegs
March, 2014
Round 13
Kattvippa, Delinear
September, 2014
Round 14
Kaffedrake, entwife, Thorin2001
March, 2015

More information on the award can be found here.

Microbadgus Designum Ex Professo

Similar to the Microbadge Design Award, it is awarded for excellent microbadge design. This one is awarded specifically for microbadges in the RPGG realm and is awarded by an admin rather than a committee: mb

Finding out how many Microbadges you've designed and sold

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Misc -> Find Users
  • Click on 'Microbadge User Search'
  • Enter your UserID in the 'Filter By Creator' box and click 'Go'

Microbadge classification

Last updated: 2014/03/05

Because there are several thousand microbadges, they are classified in 'groups' and 'subgroups' on the 'buy microbadges' page. This is the current group-subgroup tree with a short description of its contents (if necessary):

  • Award (System awarded badges for contributions to BGG.)
  • BGG (Boardgamegeek-related badges such as File Uploader, Geeklister, and Reviewer.)
    • Avatars and Overtext
    • Bazaar and Lotteries
    • Chit Chat and Inside Jokes
    • Content Submission
    • Events
    • Forum Posting
    • GeekChat
    • GeekGold
    • Images
    • Lurking and Sock Puppets
    • Microbadge References
    • Online Status
    • Play By Forum and Forum Games
    • Ratings and Play Recordings
    • Special
    • Subcommunities, Leagues and Guilds
    • Thumbs
    • User and User Content Fandom
  • Board Game Related (All kinds of things that are related to board games and boardgaming.)
    • Artist
    • Awards
    • Colors (Player piece color preferences.)
    • Components (Dice, dice towers, paper money, wooden cubes, etc.)
    • Conventions
    • Designers
    • Eurogamer ('Eurogamer' microbadges: meeples and houses.)
    • Game Categories (Board game genres, such as Eurogames, Ameritrash, Civilization games, Heavy games, Party games, etc.)
    • Game Design
    • Gamer Types (Collector, AP Prone, Obsessive Component Organizer, etc.)
    • Longevity
    • Magazines and Books
    • Misc (Awards, PnP fan, weird stuff, etc.)
    • Publishers
    • Regional Regular Meetups
    • Retailers
    • Reviewers
    • Thrifters
    • Wargamer
    • Weird
  • Board Games (All board and card games. Sorted alphabetically in subgroups.)
    • Board Game Series
    • 0 - 9
    • A
    • to
    • Z
  • Computers And Technology
    • Computers
    • Gadgets
    • Image Software
    • Languages and Tools
    • Misc Software
    • Operating Systems
    • Web Browsers
  • Contest
  • Ideas
    • Philosophers
    • Religion
  • Interests (All kinds of interests and hobbies not covered by another group of microbadges.)
    • Animals
    • Cars etc. (Including other motor vehicles.)
    • Collector
    • Food etc. (Including drinks, diets and cigarettes.)
    • History
    • Hobbies
    • Misc (All kinds of interests that are not generally understood as 'hobbies'.)
    • Trains
  • Internet
    • Blogs
    • IM
    • Misc (Non-gaming-related websites.)
    • Podcasts
    • Web Comics
  • Literature and Arts (Literature, arts, pulp fiction novels, etc.)
    • Artists
    • Authors
    • Comedians
    • Creations
    • Genres (Genres of literature, art, movies, etc.)
    • Performers
    • Photographers
  • Misc (Everything that doesn't fit into another (sub-) group.)
    • Appearance
    • Awareness (Ribbons etc.)
    • Charities
    • Colleges (University (and other school) logos.)
    • Dates
    • Family (Children, etc.)
    • Festive Days
    • Language ('I speak ...')
    • Zodiac
  • Music
    • Artists (Bands and solo artists.)
    • Classical
    • Genres
    • Instruments
    • Jazz
  • Places (Including travel etc.)
    • Regions
    • Travel
    • US States
  • Pop Culture
    • Actors and Actresses
    • Cartoons
    • Comics (Exception: Web Comics are under 'Internet'.)
    • Movies
    • TV
  • Profession
    • Military
  • Role-Playing
    • 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars
    • 7th Sea
    • A Dirty World
    • A Penny for My Thoughts
    • Aces & Eights
    • Aftermath!
    • Agon
    • Alternity
    • Amber Diceless
    • Ars Magica
    • Blue Planet
    • Bounty Head Bebop
    • Breaking the Ice
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    • Bunnies & Burrows
    • Burning Empires
    • Call of Cthulhu
    • Champions
    • Contenders
    • Cyberpunk 2020
    • Cºntinuum
    • Dark Heresy
    • Das Schwarze Auge
    • Deadlands
    • Delta Green
    • Diaspora
    • Dirty Secrets
    • Doctor Who
    • Dogs in the Vineyard
    • Don't Rest Your Head
    • DragonQuest
    • Dresden Files
    • Dungeons & Dragons
    • Earthdawn
    • Eclipse Phase
    • Equipment
    • Everway
    • Exalted
    • Fallout
    • Fate
    • Fear Itself
    • Feng Shui
    • Fighting Fantasy
    • Fudge
    • Gamma World
    • Grimtooth's Traps
    • GURPS
    • Harnmaster
    • HERO System
    • Hollow Earth Expedition
    • Immortal
    • In a Wicked Age
    • In Nomine
    • Indie
    • Inspectres
    • Ironclaw
    • James Bond
    • King Arthur Pendragon
    • Kult
    • Lacuna RPG
    • Legend of the Five Rings
    • Lone Wolf
    • Marvel Super Heroes
    • Megatraveller
    • Middle-Earth Role Playing
    • Monastyr
    • Mouse Guard
    • Mutant City Blues
    • Mutants & Masterminds
    • Neuroshima
    • Obsidian Portal
    • Old World of Darkness
    • Paranoia
    • Pathfinder
    • Pendragon
    • Phoenix Command
    • Polaris
    • Primetime Adventures
    • Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game
    • Rolemaster
    • RuneQuest
    • Savage Worlds
    • Serenity
    • Shab-Al-Hiri Roach
    • Shadow of Yesterday
    • Shadowrun
    • Skyrealms of Jorune
    • Sorcerer
    • Space 1889
    • Spirit of the Century
    • Spycraft
    • Star Frontiers
    • Star Trek
    • Star Wars
    • Starblazer Adventures
    • The Burning Wheel
    • The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen
    • The Morrow Project
    • The Veggie Patch
    • Timemaster
    • Toon
    • Top Secret
    • TORG
    • Trail of Cthulhu
    • Traveller
    • Tribe 8
    • Trollbabe
    • True Dungeon
    • Tunnels & Trolls
    • Twilight 2000
    • Villains & Vigilantes
    • Warhammer 40k
    • Warhammer Fantasy
    • With Great Power
    • World of Darkness
    • Zombie Cinema
    • Freemarket RPG
    • Ratten!
    • RIFTS
  • Role-Playing (General)
    • Character Types
    • Equipment
    • Equipment - Modern
    • Live Action Role-Playing
    • Magazines
    • Mechanics
    • Other Sites
    • Podcasts
    • Publishers
    • Races
    • RPG Artists
    • Settings
    • Stances
    • Systems
  • RPGG
  • Science (In the broadest possible sense of the word, including history, philosophy, mathematics, politics, etc. Basically all kinds of purely intellectual / (semi-) scientific interests.)
    • People of Science
    • Space Exploration
  • Special
    • Tournament
  • Sports
  • Sports - Commercial and Spectator
    • AAL (Australia)
    • AFL (Australia)
    • Allsvenskan (Sweden)
    • CFL (Canada)
    • DFL (Germany)
    • ECH (England)
    • Eerste divisie (Netherlands)
    • EHC (Switzerland)
    • EK (Poland)
    • EL1 (England)
    • EPL (England)
    • Eredivisie (Netherlands)
    • ERL (England)
    • F1 (Worldwide)
    • FIBA (Worldwide)
    • FIFA - World Cup (Global)
    • Hockey Canada (Canada)
    • IRL (North America - Japan - Australia)
    • JSL1 (Japan)
    • KLeague (Korea)
    • Le Championnat (France)
    • Liga I (Romania)
    • Little League (Worldwide)
    • MLB (United States)
    • MLS (North America)
    • NASCAR (United States)
    • NBA (United States)
    • NCAA (United States)
    • NFL (United States)
    • NHL (North America)
    • NHRA (North America)
    • NPB (Japan)
    • NRL (Australia)
    • PDE (Spain)
    • PSL (Portugal)
    • RPL (Russia)
    • Rugby Union (International)
    • SDE (Spain)
    • Serie A (Brazil)
    • Serie A (Italy)
    • SFA (Scotland)
    • SFL (Scotland)
    • SLG (Greece)
    • SPL (Scotland)
    • Super 14 (International)
    • Test Cricket (International)
    • UFC (United States)
    • USA Hockey (United States)
    • WNBA (United States)
  • Test (for testing purposes)
  • Video Games
  • Weird (Find out for yourself.)
    • Chit Chat
    • Equations
    • Misc
    • Punctuation
    • Tavern
  • Zero Owners (badges with zero owners)
    • Misc
    • zzz (archive)

System awarded microbadges

Some microbadges are auto-awarded for a certain number of contributions to the site. Note that the badge probably won't show up immediately; don't panic, it will within a day. Here's a summary of those microbadges and their requirements:

  • Game Reviews
    • mb Copper - 5 Reviews
    • mb Silver - 50 Reviews
    • mb Gold - 100 Reviews
  • Session Reports
    • mb Copper - 5 Sessions
    • mb Silver - 50 Sessions
    • mb Gold - 100 Sessions
  • GeekLists (with at least 5 thumbs up per list)
    • mb Copper - 5 GeekLists
    • mb Silver - 25 GeekLists
    • mb Gold - 50 GeekLists
  • Images (with at least 3 thumbs up per image)
    • mb Copper - 10 Images
    • mb Silver - 30 Images
    • mb Gold - 100 Images
  • File Uploader (with at least 2 thumbs up per file)
    • mb Copper - 5 files
    • mb Silver - 25 files
    • mb Gold - 50 files
  • Microbadge Designer (with at least 4 sales per badge)
    • mb Copper - 5 microbadges
    • mb Silver - 10 microbadges
    • mb Gold - 50 microbadges
    • mb Platinum - 100 microbadges
    • mb Herculean - 200 microbadges
    • mb Ultimate - 400 microbadges
  • Boardgame Uploader (combined Boardgame, Boardgameexpansion, Boardgamefamily, plus 0.25 * Versions)
    • mb - Copper - 25 Entries
    • mb - Silver - 75 Entries
    • mb - Gold - 150 Entries
  • RPG Uploader (combined RPGs, RPG Items, Periodicals, Issues, Series, Settings
  • plus fractional Versions of RPG Items/Issues (x 0.25) and Issue Articles (x 0.1)
    • mb Copper - 10 Entries
    • mb Silver - 25 Entries
    • mb Gold - 50 Entries
    • mb Platinum - 100 Entries
    • mb Herculean - 200 Entries
    • mb Ultimate - 500 Entries (and an entry into the RPG Geek Hall of Fame)
    • mb Unobtanium - 10,000 Entries
  • Videogame Uploader (combined Franchises, Series, Videogames plus fractional Versions)
    • mb Copper - 10 Entries
    • mb Silver - 100 Entries
    • mb Gold - 250 Entries
    • mb Platinum - 500 Entries
    • mb Herculean - 750 Entries
    • mb Ultimate - 1000 Entries
  • Article Uploader (All articles, currently rpggeek.com only)
    • mb Copper - 100 Entries
    • mb Silver - 250 Entries
    • mb Gold - 500 Entries
    • mb Platinum - 1000 Entries
    • mb Herculean - 2000 Entries
    • mb Ultimate - 3000 Entries
  • BGG Regular/Veteran
    • mb - Geek Regular - 1000 posts (Note: spamming is a violation of the Terms of Service)
    • mb - 5 Year Geek Veteran - 5 years membership and login

These have been uploaded into the system, but as yet it has not been determined how they will be awarded:

  • GeekVideo uploader
    • mb - Copper
    • mb - Silver
    • mb - Gold

As of April 2014 the distribution of Collector Microbadges has been automated

  • Boardgame Collector
    • mb - Copper - 100 boardgames + expansions in collection
    • mb - Silver - 250 boardgames + expansions in collection
    • mb - Golden - 500 boardgames + expansions in collection
  • RPG Collector
    • mb - Copper - 100 RPG items in collection
    • mb - Silver - 250 RPG items in collection
    • mb - Golden - 500 RPG items in collection
  • Videogame Collector
    • mb - Copper - 100 videogames in collection
    • mb - Silver - 250 videogames in collection
    • mb - Golden - 500 videogames in collection

There is a full selection of microbadges for posting in our site forums (note, these do not include Geeklist, Guild or Image comments):

  • Poster Level Badges (for each domain: BGG, RPGG, VGG)
    • mbmbmb - Level 01 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (100-249 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 02 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (250-499 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 03 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (500-749 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 04 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (750-999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 05 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (1000-1499 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 06 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (1500-1999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 07 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (2000-2499 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 08 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (2500-2999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 09 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (3000-3499 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 10 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (3500-3999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 11 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (4000-4499 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 12 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (4500-4999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 13 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (5000-5499 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 14 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (5500-5999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 15 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (6000-6499 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 16 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (6500-6999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 17 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (7000-7999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 18 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (8000-8999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 19 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (9000-9999 posts)
    • mbmbmb - Level 20 BGG/RPGG/VGG Poster (10000+ posts)

Some additional special microbadges:

  • Golden Meeple mb - Awarded as a microbadge for earning 10,000 combined thumbs (effective as of February 2009 - prior to this it was awarded manually and exclusively to one dozen users for unknown reasons)
  • Golden Camel mb - Another mysterious microbadge that has only been awarded to a handful of users.
  • Geek Of The Week mb - Awarded to a user spotlighted as "Geek of the Week" (GotW) by the previous GotW.
  • RPG Geek Of The Week mbmbmb - Awarded to a user who has been spotlighted at www.rpggeek.com for one week. The recipient may choose any one of the three microbadges shown.
  • Video Game Geek Of The Week mb - Awarded to a user who has been spotlighted at www.videogamegeek.com for one week.
  • Werewolf Of The Week mb - Awarded to a user who has been spotlighted in the Werewolf Forum for one week.
  • Love Spreader Of The Week mb - Awarded weekly to a user spotlighted as "Love Spreader of the Week" based on their "outstanding acts of love, gentleness, respect, and otherwise positive traits."
  • Geek Admin mb - To signify the Geek Administrators.
  • RPGGeek Admin mb - To signify RPGGeek Administrators.
  • Chit Chatter of the Day mb - Awarded to a user who has been spotlighted in the Chit Chat Forum for a day.
  • I was here for BGG's Tenth Anniversary! mb - Awarded to every user who logged in within 30 days after BGG's tenth anniversary (January 22nd 2010).
  • I was trololol'ed in 2010 mb - Awarded to every victim of the BGG April Fool's joke on April 1st 2010.

Several other secret society microbadges also exist.


Microbadges types

Special contributor microbadges

These microbadges cannot be purchased, but are awarded to represent special effort on behalf of or involvement in the Geek community:

  • mb Adminion
  • mb RPGGeek Hero
  • mb VGG Project R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Contributor
  • mb VGG Czar for Project R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
  • mb Golden Geek Voter
  • mb BGG Beta Tester

BGG membership and participation microbadges

These microbadges cannot be purchased, but are awarded as a result of geeks involved in worthwhile team activities outside the Geek websites.

  • mb FoldIt Team Geekdo members (at least one science point achieved in the Science Videogame FoldIt)
  • mb Team KiVa contributor (at least one loan)
  • mb Team KiVa contributor, version 2 (at least one loan)
  • mb F@h (Folding At Home) Team Geekdo members (completion of at least one Work Unit)
  • mb F@h 50K points (Copper)
  • mb F@h 200K points (Silver)
  • mb F@h 1M points (Gold)
  • mb F@h 10M points (Platinum)
  • mb F@h 100M points (Wonderflonium)
  • mb F@h 1B points (Melangium)

Secret Santa microbadges

  • mb 2006 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2007 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2008 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2008 Wargames Secret Santa Participant
  • mb AU/NZ Secret Santa 2008 participant
  • mb 2009 Wargames Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2009 RPG Geek Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2009 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2010 RPG Geek Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2010 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2010 WW Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2011 RPG Geek Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2011 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2011 WW Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2012 RPG Geek Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2012 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2013 RPG Geek Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2013 Secret Santa participant
  • mb 2014 Secret Santa participant

Special microbadges

The microbadges in the 'Special' group cannot be purchased, but are usually awarded for participating in contests or other events. Here's a summary of these Special microbadges:

How to make a microbadge image and link in a forum or geeklist comment

Use the format code [microbadge=#] will cause the image of the given microbadge to appear in the post, with a link to its page and hovering description when mousing over the image.


Microbadge randomizer

There is a Microbadge randomizer by Bail Organa available here.


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