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BoardGameGeek Tutorials

  • Navigating the Geek

    We know that boardgamegeek is the place to be if you're into board games, but it can also be a bit tricky to navigate at times.  So we've specifically made an effort to ease that transition wherever possible.

  • We're Here to Help

    You'll find below all sorts of instructions on various things you can do on the geek, hopefully you'll find them helpful and relevant, and if you need a bit more, just give is a shout, we'll be happy to walk you through things personally!

  • Request a Topic

    If you don't see anything on what you're looking for, just let us know what you're having trouble with. We'll be happy to put together a new tutorial just for you, and add it to the library below. 

Click on the assorted tabs to the left to find what you're looking for. If you have any questions on anything you see, just hit us up with the contact us at the bottom of the page. If you don't see a topic covered that you'd like to know more about, just let us know and we'll be happy to put together a walkthrough!

Step 1

Step1

Start by heading over to the boardgamegeek website. In the upper left (pictured), there will be a Register button you can click.

Step 2

Fill out the required fields as pictured above, and hit submit when done.

Step 3

If done correctly, you should see the above image, and now it's time to head over to your email.

Step 4

Simply click on the link that you get in the email.

Step 5

And congratulations! You are now an official boardgamegeek!

Step 1

Start by typing into the search box the name of any game you either have for trade, or want to get.

Step 2

Upon hitting enter, you should see a list of any games that match the description you typed. Click on the one you were trying to find.

Step 3

You should now see something similar to the above, simply scroll to the very bottom of the page.

Step 4

At the very bottom of the page, you'll see a button that you can click called "Record Information". Click that to expand your visible options.

Step 5

You'll now see a variety of options available to you, the most relevant of which are the checkboxes for Own, For Trade, and Want in Trade. If you want the game, select the Want in Trade checkbox, but if you have it for trade, mark the For Trade box.  If trading it and the condition or version of the game need additional notes, you can mark the version by clicking on the version section, and make condition notes by clicking the Trade Condition section. Repeat this for as many games as you have/want, and you're good to go!

Step 1

Hover over My Geek, and click on the the section marked Trades.

Step 2

Clicking on Direct Matches will show you a listing of absolutely any possible match between yourself and other traders. Clicking on Custom Search will allow you to choose specific match criteria.

Step 3

If you click Custom Search, you will now see the screen above where you can customize what you want to look for (far left), what you currently want to offer (second from left), which states you want to look in (second from right), and what countries (far right). For all four sections, not selecting anything will search for all, and if you want to select multiples, just hold down control as you click.

Step 4

Above was a custom search done for wanting Ticket to Ride, offering Battlelore, in any states but only in the USA. A direct search would look the same, just with more results visible. 

Step 5

At this point you now have two options, you can start a conversation with someone by clicking on the mail icon to the left, or go straight to a trade proposal by clicking Propose on the right. 

Step 6a

If you click on the mail icon, it will take you to a message box for that user, where you can enter a subject (something related to the trade), a message (also something related to the trade), and then hit Send, or Preview if you want to see the message first, and Save Draft to save for later. 

Step 6b

If you clicked Propose, it would take you straight to a screen that shows all the overlap between yourself and that user. Titles highlighted in green are things that each of you have designated as wanting, and everything else are extras (while you are able to propose titles that someone didn't say they wanted, most users are unlikely to randomly want a title they didn't ask for, so be careful before spamming someone with such offers). Make sure your shipping address is correct, and include a note if you want. Then hit preview.

Step 7

You'll now see the offer you are about to make, which gives you one last chance to go back and revise if this wasn't what you intended. Otherwise, go ahead and hit submit offer. 

Step 8

If you did everything correctly, you'll now see this message, and you'll also get a geekmail with the trade offer you just made. Congratulations! You just made your first trade offer!

Step 1

Hover over My Geek, and click on the the section marked Trades.

Step 2

Click on Propose Trades and the above box will appear, you can then type in the name of the user you want to trade with and click Submit. Then skip to step 6.

Step 3

Alternatively, change the search box criteria to Users, then type the desired user in the search box. This method can be more helpful if you're not 100% certain of the correct username.

Step 4

When you find the correct user,  click on his username (in blue text).

Step 5

Once on the users page, navigate down to the middle right, then click on Propose a Trade With This User.

Step 6

You will now see a screen that shows all the overlap between yourself and that user. Titles highlighted in green are things that each of you have designated as wanting, and everything else are extras (while you are able to propose titles that someone didn't say they wanted, most users are unlikely to randomly want a title they didn't ask for, so be careful before spamming someone with such offers). Make sure your shipping address is correct, and include a note if you want. Then hit preview.

Step 7

You'll now see the offer you are about to make, which gives you one last chance to go back and revise if this wasn't what you intended. Otherwise, go ahead and hit submit offer. 

Step 8

If you did everything correctly, you'll now see this message, and you'll also get a geekmail with the trade offer you just made. Congratulations! You just made your first trade offer!

Step 1

Type the name of the game you want into the search box and hit go.

Step 2

Upon hitting enter, you should see a list of any games that match the description you typed. Click on the one you were trying to find.

Step 3

You should now see something similar to the above, simply scroll to the bottom third of the page.

Step 4

Where it says Users Trading in the Statistics section, click on Find Trade Matches.

Step 5

You should now see the possible trade matches for the game you where searching for. 

Step 6

At this point you now have two options, you can start a conversation with someone by clicking on the mail icon to the left, or go straight to a trade proposal by clicking Propose on the right. 

Step 7a

If you click on the mail icon, it will take you to a message box for that user, where you can enter a subject (something related to the trade), a message (also something related to the trade), and then hit Send, or Preview if you want to see the message first, and Save Draft to save for later. 

Step 7b

If you clicked Propose, it would take you straight to a screen that shows all the overlap between yourself and that user. Titles highlighted in green are things that each of you have designated as wanting, and everything else are extras (while you are able to propose titles that someone didn't say they wanted, most users are unlikely to randomly want a title they didn't ask for, so be careful before spamming someone with such offers). Make sure your shipping address is correct, and include a note if you want. Then hit preview.

Step 8

You'll now see the offer you are about to make, which gives you one last chance to go back and revise if this wasn't what you intended. Otherwise, go ahead and hit submit offer. 

Step 9

If you did everything correctly, you'll now see this message, and you'll also get a geekmail with the trade offer you just made. Congratulations! You just made your first trade offer!

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