Log Plays Faster with SPLU
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Welcome. If you love to log plays, you've come to the right place. Here's a tutorial-esque thing for Dazeysan's Splendiferous Play-Logging Utility 5.7.1, last updated November 2019.

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1. RPG Item: Gadget Guide: Installations [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
RPG Item: Gadget Guide: Installations
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You can install SPLU in about 15 seconds. Just copy and paste this text into a browser bookmark.

Note: You used to be allowed to run SPLU from the Quickbar, but BGG disallowed this in September 2019.

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Here is a quick tutorial/overview that shows what you do with SPLU.
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It's a pain to log plays under BGG's current system.




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With SPLU, you can say goodbye to infinite scroll and hello to one cute little compact window. Even if you haven't set it up yet, logging using SPLU is a lot faster than the official way.

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4. Board Game: Going Places [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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But say that you do feel like setting it up. Might as well enter places where you frequently game.

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And add some people who loom large in your frequently logged games. Your own name would be an appropriate beginning...

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See at the end of the video how all the names got turned into buttons?
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Now you can click those buttons instead of typing the same stuff over and over. Here's the exact same play as above.

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Duplicate

Say you have a few friends come over and play Thebes. That's all well and good. But it's not like they all go home after one game! Chances are they stay and play several more games. To log that the traditional way, you had to enter their names again for each new play. Now you have a Submit & Duplicate button. You can submit the first play and keep the players around on your screen so you can quickly log the next game you played with the same group.

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8. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion
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Expansions!

You can easily log expansions right alongside the base game.

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9. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:52]
Board Game: 7 Wonders
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Expansions of Expansions

You can also use the Family tab to log expansions-of-expansions, such as Stevie and Wil from the Leaders expansion of 7 Wonders.

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View/Edit/Search Your Logged Plays
You can use the play-history drawer
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to quickly view, edit, and search/filter your logged plays. Tack on as many filters as you like. Here's me searching for all recent games I've played at my FLGS and then narrowing it down by filtering for a friend's name.

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And if you have a friend who's been logging plays longer than you have, you can have SPLU bring up their plays instead and submit any plays you were involved in as your own.
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How to Create a Group

Here's how you make a group.

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It can have as many people in it as you like and the people can be repeated in as many groups as you like.
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What You Can Do with Groups

Having groups pre-made means that if you and your 11 friends regularly play Werewolf, logging that play can be as simple as this:

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Organize your Peeps

If you have a lot of saved names, you may want to organize them. This can be done with the Player Filters feature. (Shhh...this is a secret feature. It's turned off so that new users can have a nice, simple interface. Go into the Settings
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and check "Enable Filters" to turn it on.)


To make a filter, click the Edit Players
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button and then go like this:

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You can make as many player filters as you please and each user can be in as many filters as needed.

Don't have a Filters tab? That's because you have to go into the Settings
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and check "Enable Filters" to turn it on.)
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Keep Your Window Compact

If you have tons of names saved and they're starting to make your SPLU window too large, you can use the Player Filters feature (above) to organize your names. Once your names are in filters, then you can hide names by default in the settings by unchecking "Saved Player Names":

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Then you can choose the filter with the names you're looking for...

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And only those names will show up. Much more compact.
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15. Board Game: Start Player Express [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:8405]
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Set a Default Player

If clicking a name to log your plays is too much work, you can now set a default player in the Settings.

This default player (like...maybe...you?) will always show up when you open SPLU.

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The default player can also be a group. This is good if you're always logging plays with the same person, like a spouse or a cell-mate.
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If you don't record players, you can choose a setting to have the default player be -none-

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16. Board Game: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Game [Average Rating:3.33 Overall Rank:19491]
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Favorite Scenarios
The Favorite Scenario
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feature lets you save not just a favorite game or location or group of players, but all of those things in one. For example, let's say I and a group of my buddies from the radio world get together at my place and play Camel Cup, as we often do. In fact, we do this so often that by now we all have our established colors, and we always play with the Supercup expansion that Bill bought us. Frankly, I'm getting tired of logging this same information every week. So what I do is set up as though I am going to log a play of Camel Cup, without entering any scores or checking any win boxes:

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Now, instead of logging this, I go open up the Favorites Drawer by clicking on the
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Go to Favorites button:
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...and the pink drawer pops open.
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Here I click on the
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Favorite Scenarios button:
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Which is going to save everything I've entered. It asks me to name this scenario, defaulting to the name of the game I've selected.
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But I play Camel Cup with other people in other situations, too, so instead of accepting that name, I'm going to give it a unique name:
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Now when I click Save, I get feedback that my scenario was successfully saved. Now the next time I click on that particular scenario, everything I entered before will pop up, and all I have to do is enter scores.
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(The player-icon overlaying the cover art indicates that this particular scenario has at least one saved player, the location icon indicates it contains a location, and the star indicates that the scenario contains at least one expansion for the game.)

Note that you don't have to include player colors, or any players at all. You could just use the Favorite Scenarios button to save a copy of Dominion with all the expansions you typically use pre-selected so you don't have to go hunt for them them and check the boxes every time. The Favorite Scenarios button is to be used for any situation where you're saving any amount of data more than just the game title itself.
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Board Game: The Setting Sun
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Settings

And there's a big fat Settings menu where you can tweak all kinds of things. For instance, if you never use the Ratings or Start Position fields, you can get rid of them.

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