This guide is primarily aimed at the individual who has decided to log, or store, information on the game they have played. A previous article details the many advantages, and the odd disadvantage of logging your game plays. Although there are several different methods that can be used, this article is concerned with how you can log plays using the BoardGameGeek.com website.
This guide is also be of use for a game group that wants to use this method to record the games they have played. In a separate article I explain why a game group should record and publicize the list of games that were played at their gaming sessions.
Requirements and terminology used in this article:
Game play logging – This involves of the storing of specific information concerning your playing of a board game. This information can included the following pieces of data: when, and where the game was played, who played the game, how many times it was played, what happened during the game, and who won. A separate article details why you may want to logging your game plays.
BGG means BoardGameGeek.com – A excellent website devote to all things board gaming.You will need to be a registered user on BoardGameGeek.com to log your game plays there.
Where to log your game plays
Logging a play on BGG
The Core data fields
The core data to be recorded is quite self explanatory. Basic information on when and where is
- When did you play ? – The date is shown in a year-month-day date format e.g. 2016-12-25. This makes it universal
- Qty – How many times did you play ? Use the < or > buttons to quickly adjust the quantity. There is separate field to record if the game was not finished.
- Where did you play ? – You can specify the location. Once a location has been inputed, you can easily chose it from the list of your existing locations.
- How long did you play ? – The total time spent playing the game/s.
- Was the game incomplete ? – Check the box if the game was not finished. This field can affect the win-lose statistics.
The Comment field
4 player – Me, Jim D, Glenn G, Larry
LAll arrested in Stage 5 or 6
No plots attempted
Lots of arrests, I got Larry out several times, only for the next card to be Gestapo Raid
6 player inc a cylon leader
Admiral Cain (shot by Cally) then back as Gaeta. (human)
cylon win at 8.2 jumps via 0 Morale.
New Zarek Rob
Starbuck Dodgy JohnUsing Cain House Rule – randomly pick destination from middle of deck.
We accidentally skipped Liz’s turn.
Peggy went boom before 1st jump.
Jump from distance 0-2
Jump from distance 2-4 resources are 6-4-8-9
I lost President title to NZ Rob, I knew he had an Arrest Order Quorum Card.
Adm Cain Liz refused to OPG (OncePerGame) at an opportune time, instead she went to AQ (Admirals Quarters to possibly throw someone in the brig)
Very cylony move Liz !
A discussion occurred, Starbuck DJ tried to talk Liz into NOT brigging him, inferring he was a cylon.
She went ahead, the SC (Skill Check) passed by 22. Starbuck DJ was executed.
He was human after all!
DJ back as Roslin
Pres NZ Rob brigged me via AO QC. (Arrest Order Quorum Card). He was other cylon.
Was soon out via Y6 (The Yellow 6 card Political Prowess), Gaeta David jumped early.
J6-8 and Basestar to freeze tracks.
Gaeta David = CAG (David now has the CAG title)
Gaeta David = Mutineer.
Nz Rob was cylony = Princess (Rob is almost definitely a cylon, and he has all three titles CAG, President and Admiral)
Roslin DJ used Administration to give Pres to Gaeta (from cylon Rob)
Gaeta brigged via MC (Mutiny Card)
I became CAG Adm Baltar.
Barely surviving. Jump early risking -3 pop and therefore the game.
Gaeta David rolled 6+2 = 8 we won via a die roll with a 50-50 chance !
1-4-1-3 (The resources were very low at the end)
Other ways to log the games played
The process of logging you game plays is supposed to be for your own benefit. The time taken to log the information is your time. Find your own balance of how much detail and how much time that takes.
Start logging, and see if it works for you.
If it becomes a bore, or it becomes a chore, stop logging !
Oh, by the way. As of the 6th of March 2017, I have logged 512 plays of BSG. My regular gaming friends/opponents know about my BSG obsession, they joke about it, they poke fun of me. Yet they still play BSG with me. That is a lot of plays of the same game, that is a lot of time spent playing the same game. For me Battlestar Galactica it is still a fun, intriguing, social, and challenging game. I will leave the reasons why for another (ongoing) article.