One Thing Catalog Games
Once you become a registered user of the Geek, you can start cataloguing your collection of games.
There are two main ways to approach this.
Firstly, you can start at your own Collection page, reached through the My Geek dropdown on the menu bar. At the top of the collection page is the option to Add A Game.
Clicking on that brings up a dialog box offering you a search field.
Entering some of the game name in the field will bring up options. Choose the correct option, check the 'mark owned' option, and hit Add. The item will be added to your collection and appear on your Collection page. More information can be added later by clicking on the various table columns to add version information, ratings, comments, etc (see below).
Alternately, you can search for the game or item entry using the search bar. At the bottom of every RPG and Item page is the User Information Module:
When you add a copy to your collection, you are presented with a dialog box to enter more information:
Whichever way you add it, the same information can be associated with your collection. The Private Info: field is a text box to keep information you want for yourself but don't want to be available publicly (that is, only you can view it). From this dialog box you can rate the game, add notes about the game, etc. Some items have multiple printings, different cover artwork, etc. These are known as versions and this Add To Collection dialog lets you specify which of the versions you actually own (just click on the versions field to select which version this is). If you own more than one version of an item (say, the Hardcover, Softcover and the PDF versions) you would need to add new items and select the appropriate versions.
You are allowed to mark any item in the database as owned. This makes sense - an item is a physical, tangible thing which you can acquire. You are also allowed to mark any RPG as "owned". This is a little more abstract - when you say you "own" an RPG you are saying that you have some (or all) of the books for it and have some vested interest in it. You may own a book like GURPS Aztecs to help you flesh out that world for your D&D campaign, but you wouldn't consider yourself to own GURPS. If you have the core books for GURPS and some source books and feel attached to it as a game you would play - then marking it as "owned" makes some sense. We may change the wording for "own" at the RPG level soon - but the concepts will remain. Please note, you do not need to mark an RPG as "owned" to rate it or comment on it.
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