Jackasses? You let a whole column get stalled and strafed on account of a couple of jackasses? What the hell's the matter with you?
I have been on BGG a long time and find it to be a fantastic gaming resource. Unlike this side, I actually track my collection over there and use it as a rules reference. I have long followed the Wargames forum over there, too, which can be a trove of interesting historical items.
I've been cyberstalking Geekbuddy-following HiveGod for years. He posted up on the QOTD five years ago, and I followed him over and posted. I like the community over here, and so I stuck around and throw in my $0.05 on a regular basis.
This is a good place to talk games, and I've gotten involved in running the occasional contest*, which is great fun.
*Monday Monday MONDAY will be the start of the 24 Hour RPG Supplement Contest. BE THERE!
As I started getting back into the RPG hobby in 2010, I kept finding RPGG through google searches on different games. Also, I was reading Gnome Stew around the same time and Martin Ralya had written an article about how useful it was to log your collection and plays. I lurked for six months or so and finally started getting sucked in...
It was probably a year later that I noticed there was a BGG as well.
What’s the difference between a poorly dressed man on a tricycle and a well-dressed man on a bicycle?
(I wrote a long answer and there is no TL;DR)
I made my return back to D&D around 2001, but I did not go online for any support until around 2004. After visiting a few D&D sites, I spent most of my time on ENWORLD. It was a nice site with good folks, but I did feel that it was a little too focused on mix/maxing and optimizing play.
Around 2009, I started getting into the board game hobby. I eventually settled on Dice Tower for my primary source of reviews and news. However, I found that if I wanted more information about board games in general, Google led me to BGG, which I found to be immensely valuable. I lurked without an account for years, then I decided to get an account in 2013 because I wanted to access some files, but it would be three more years before I decided to post anything.
I noticed the RPGG almost as soon as I came to BGG, but I already had my website that catered to my favorite RPG. Eventually, I did wonder over to RPGG to take a look at what it offered. I like a lot of thing on the BGG side that I had expected to see in the RPGG side. My impression was that it was not the same, but that it was a good thing.
I stayed because the users on RPGG were much more supportive, welcoming, engaging, and knowledgeable about the RPG hobby than anywhere else. Sure, some users had their favorite system, but the engagements I saw did not focus on any one specific system (unless it was the subject) or how to optimize character builds, or "win the game". Instead, the discussions were about role playing, enjoying the game for what it was, and enjoying playing a role. Or designing a game, campaign, world, etc that allowed players to enjoy role playing.
If it wasn't for BBG though, I do not know if I would have found RPGG. And if it wasn't for the awesome people on RPGG, I wouldn't have stayed.
A friend of mine kept sending me links to games on BGG, so sometimes I would use it as a resource. Happened to be looking at things one day when I noticed the 2017 new player initiative for pbf. I had played by forum on another forum and I was interested in trying it here because there were so many more types of games. The other site only played D&D which I like, but I wanted to try more. After that I was addicted and I am always around.
Whoever the five of you are who nominated me for Citizen Recognition I am truly touched
I used to come to read some reviews. But then I played a PbF and stuck around. Again, like many it seems, I rarely go over to BGG (where I used to visit regularly (but not post so much)).
A big part of that is changing tastes, I don't want to play board games with strangers any more, but I love playing RPGs with my friends. So my hobby has 'shifted' and what I think about has shifted too.
I was on BGG since 2010, only moderately active though; apparently, in 2011/12 I began lurking on PbF games here, and in 2012 joined my first Dungeon World foray. Don't spend so much time on BGG anymore, nor on the other RPG online sites where I used to hang.
N.K.Jemisin's "The Fifth Season" is awesome and fantastic.
I was distantly aware of BGG since reading a detailed article full of suggestions for US folks visiting SPIEL, Essen. It's the sort of craziness that's sticks in my mind, and I don't mean that disparagingly. Crazy is alright.
Probably not long after I became aware of RPGG. I think I was looking for information on a game, and come up with rpg.net and rpggeek.com, I guess? I think there is some hiatus between when I created my account and actually using it to do anything here (submitting a weblink, to be specific - though I can't remember what entry it was for).
Then I got sucked into adding stuff to the database.
I think I came across the site by somehow discovering a supplement I'd published was in the database. Then started adding my collection to the database. Then started adding items I had that were missing from the database. And went from there (essentially lurking for a while).
Because I am an awesome Crab with style, charm and class, oh!
He sent out an email to our gaming group, asking questions about our play styles and favourite themes for board games, wrote a geeklist on Jungian Archetypes for Gamers and sent me the link so I could read what he'd said about me. I poked around a bit after that, chatted with my husband who was also on the Geek about what exactly the point was, and my involvement escalated from there.
I stick around because of the people, PbFs, reviews, the holiday exchanges, and the competitions.
I came across the site when I was campaigning for a spot as an ENnies judge. I stay because of the people, the Chains of Generosity and I like being able to catalog my RPG collection (still way behind on that). I also like the database and being able to find games I never would have heard about otherwise. "Random RPG Item" and I have gotten to know each other well.
I'm not a very active participant outside of the CoG and holiday exchange anymore but I still consider this my home on the 'net.