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This is the main Board Game Geek (BGG) Glossary (aka Glossary) which defines terms used with the BGG website's software and BGG's. For other definitions see also:

A

Account

Admin

Adminion

Avg. Rating

Adv. Search

Option on front page to goto a dialogue which allows you to do an advanced search for a game.

Article

Article Uploader

artist

B

Bazaar

BBG

n. A common error made when referring to this website BoardGameGeek - should be BGG.

BGG

n. A short form used when referring to the website BoardGameGeek. The short URL for BoardGameGeek is bgg.cc.

BGG Patron

n. See patron.

blog

bookmark

C

collection

comment

D

designer

E

F

FAQ

abbreviation for "Frequently Asked Questions."

Favorite GeekList

File Uploader

flag


(1) You can "flag" user supplied content (2) country flag

forum formatting

G

gallery

gameID

n. The number used on the Geek websites to represent a game. This number is constant and is used when creating Geeklists and in Forums to link back to the games. The GameId can be found at the upper right part of each Game entry.

"game uploader

BGG, RPG, or videogame

GBG

n. A common error made when referring to this website by those thinking it is Game Board Geek - should be BGG for BoardGameGeek.

geek

n. A person that tends to have keen interest in certain pursuits (typically computers, science fiction, fantasy, etc.), almost to the point of distraction. Some may lack certain social graces because of an inability or unwillingness to separate fantasy from reality. Nowadays, to style one's self a geek is a mark of pride. (See also nerd)

GeekAuction

geekBadge

n. area on Graphical User Representation just above avatar. Costs 50gg.
All about GeekBadges

GeekBuddy

GeekBuddies are a mechanism provided by BGG to help people keep track of other users for various reasons.
See All about a GeekBuddy

GeekChat

GeekCoin

GeekCoins are small, metal coins, each with its own tracking number, that are passed between Geeks around the world.
See All about GeekCoins

GeekCoins

GeekGold

n. Funny money used on BGG.
All about GeekGold....

GeekList

n. List of games created by Geek Users assocaited with some named theme.
All about Geeklists...

GeekList Uploader

GeekMod

n. Site function whereby moderators approve various submissions.
All about GeekMod...

GeekRating

GeekQuestion

GeekStore

You can opt out permanently from receiving occasional geekmails offering GeekStore wares:
https://boardgamegeek.com/newsletter/optout/geekstore

Geek of the Week

n. A reward for valuable BGG members. Details see Geek_of_the_Week

GG

n. Abbreviation of GeekGold.

gifted

gifting

golden camel

golden meeple

golden thumb

n. A reward granted to a contributor to BGG based on the total number of recommendations that their contributions have garnered (100 thumbs-up=1 golden thumb). Golden Thumbs are shown in the "Contributions By xxx" section of each user's "My Geek" page. More information on thumbs.

GotW

n. Acronym of Geek_of_the_Week.

graphical user representation

n. the set of icons used by the Geek to represent a user. All about the Graphical User Representation

guild

GUR

n. See graphical user representation )

H

Hide a User

Hidden User


n. A users whom content contributions you have chosen to hide from view. On the Geek there is a zero-tolerance policy against naming any user whose content you have hidden. E-mail an admin for all problem resolution. It is absolutely forbidden to engage in a flame war in public posts/comments.

hot

hover text

I

Image Uploader

J

K

L

login

logout

M

marketplace

menu bar

menu choice

meeples

n. "Meeples" is a term that describes anthropomorphic playing pieces (image) in games, originally used to describe those used in Carcassonne. It is now more broadly used to refer to nearly any pawn or figure in a game. It is believed that the term was first used by Alison Hansel as an ad-hoc abbreviation for "my people". See the Intelligence Report for a detailed description of this species.

microbadge

n. Small icons in user look. All about Microbadges...

multiplayer game

n. A game with 3 or more players. Used in this sense mainly because there are fundamental differences between 2 player games and games that use 3 or more (diplomatic elements, choosing whom to attack or interfere with, kingmaking, ganging up on the leader, etc.) and is less cumbersome than "3 or more player games"

N

O

OLGS

n. Abbreviation for "On-Line Game Store".

OOP

adj. Acronym of out of print.

OOS

adj. Wargame term. Abbreviation for 'Out of Supply'. The state of a unit that cannot track supply to a friendly supply source and thus will run out of fuel, ammo and food.

OP

n. Abbreviation for "Original Post", or "Original Poster" i.e. the first post of a thread.

adj. Short for 'Overpowered'. Used to describe a unit, faction, class, spell, ability or anything else in a game that has power significantly in excess of the cost/downside of using it.

OverText

n. A short text message that appears whenever a user hovers their mouse over an avatar or badge (there is separate text for each). Overtext costs 100 GeekGold per type (avatar or badge), and you can change your OverText at any time.

P

password

patron

n. Support who has donated at least $15 to the Geek. All about BGG Patrons

patron's badge

n. Special icon in User's Graphical Representation which signifies that the Geek user is a patron. All about BGG Patrons

person

podcast

Poster Level

PnP

n. Print & Play. Print & Play games or expansions are files that contain artwork (boards/cards/etc.) and rules that are made available on the Internet. Anyone who wishes to may download them, print them out and play them.

publisher

PvP

Player versus Player.

Q

QuickBar

n. a function that provides set of 100 customizable web links for registered Geek Users.
All about the QuickBar...

QuickLink

n. one of the 100 customizable web links for registered Geek Users. There are 10 QuickLinks on a QuickPage.
All about the QuickBar...

QuickPage

n. one of the 10 pages in the QuickBar. There are 10 QuickPages on the QuickBar.

All about the QuickBar...

R

rating

se also geek rating, Avg. rating

RGB

n. Abbreviation for Rec.Games.Board, a Usenet newsgroup which has discussions about all types of board gaming. It can be very useful for researching information about games and for getting answers to rules questions.

S

SBW

n. Abbreviation of Spiel By Web, a website to play games by email with a graphical interface. (http://www.spielbyweb.com)

Secret Santa

session report

subscription

T

tag

n. a Geek User entered word which has been attached to a game. Tags are used since you can sort and select games using tags. See Tags.

tag cloud

thread

thumb

tumbing

trade

U

ÜberGeekBadge

n. area on Graphical User Representation just above avatar. Upgrade from GeekBadge for 50gg.
All about ÜberGeekBadges

User

UserName

V

W

wiki

n. A wiki is a type of website that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change some available content. For more information about the BoardGameGeek wiki go to About the BoardGameGeek Wiki.

wiki formatting

WYSIWYG formatting

WIP

n. Abbreviation of Work In Progress

wantlist

n. A wantlist is the list of games which you have checked as Want in Trade or Want to buy in the Item section of the User Information for a particular game. To find items on your Wantlist which are being sold on the Marketplace in the Bazaar see: yadayada

wishlist

n. A wishlist is the list of games which you have checked Wishlish and selected on the five options in the associated dropdown in the Item section of the User Information for a particular game. To find items on your Wishlist which are being traded on the Trades page in the Bazaar see: yadayada

X

Y

Z

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