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Board Game Geek’s End-of-Year Support Drive

Board Game Geek’s End-of-Year Support Drive

For a handy resource like BoardGameGeek to stay available, free of charge, somebody somewhere still’s got to pay for upkeep. Those voluminous databases aren’t going to host themselves, after all. The site’s having one last support drive to raise funds for 2016, and it’s got an appropriately RPG-esque flavor.

Donors can earn microbadges and a 2016-exclusive Patron Badge depending on their contributions. There’s a whole hierarchy of ranks for these microbadges, in fact; starting with the familiar medal sequence of copper, silver and gold, then leveling up to character classifications like “Herculean” and “Ultimate.” The initial benefits are bragging rights, of course. Contributors get to show off their badges all throughout the site, as if they had an ever-present collection of digital flair bedazzling their jackets. And the drive’s organizers are keen to stress the exclusivity of these rewards. Miss this chance to get the 2016 Patron Badge, now, and that’s it. The shiny thing simply won’t be available after New Year’s.

Past the badges, higher donations earn grant members the option of customizing the ads they see whilst perusing the site. And the most interesting reward is naturally the most gamefied. Individual contributions are dandy, but a fundraiser is of course a group effort, so BGG has unveiled “GeekGold” to incentive supporters to get their friends involved. Each new pledge throws a geek cent into the pot, and if the headcount matches or exceeds last’s year total, every member’s cache of GeekGold will get a holiday bonus that’ll keep multiplying depending on the final tally.

BGG is keen to stress that contributions aren’t mandatory, and that members can still support the site in ways that don’t have to involve money. Still, if you’ve gotten any use from this database, or from its RPGGeek and VideoGameGeek sister sites, then this season of giving would be an capital time to support those who support this gaming community so handily.

Which microbadge looks most handsome to you? Get to gabbing in the talkback.

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