Everything you never even knew you wanted to know about Geekchat but were for some reason afraid to ask anyway.
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No, I don't know why you were afraid to ask even though you didn't know it existed. It was an existential, nameless dread I suppose.

R.I.P. Geekchat
On May 12, 2020, Geekchat finally went away. The new BGG chat is on Discord. More features, but it will never be the same.

The final moments of geekchat:

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1. Video Game: The Room [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1012]
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First off, the geek has a chat room!

And despite my choice of geeklist entry, it isn't very mysterious at all.

Up at the top of the geek go to Community > Geekchat and you will be transported to the magical land of the chat room!

Edit 2019-08-08: The site has changed and now you get to geekchat from Community rather than from Misc.
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2. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:840]
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Beware: each domain has its own chat room!

Be careful though! Each geekdo domain (BGG, RPGG, VGG) has its own chat room. If you click Misc > Geekchat from RPGG, you get to a completely different chat room than if you clicked from BGG.

USE THE BGG CHATROOM.

I mean, you CAN use another if you want, but as far as I know they almost never get used. We all hang out in the BGG room.
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3. Board Game: Unspeakable Words [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3215]
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Now chat!
From there its pretty simple. Type stuff and hopefully the people there type back.
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4. RPG Item: Cartoon Action Hour [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:6351]
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You can express yourself with actions and emoticons

Any of the geek emoticons work in chat.

You can also take "actions" by putting a / in front of your text.

So if I type:
/explains geekchat.

The chat will display:
StormKnight explains geekchat.

(Perhaps not precisely in that shade of green).
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5. RPG Item: Usual Suspects [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Who will you find?

We've got a small group of regulars that hang out a lot. But we welcome new people as well.

Most of the regulars are from the US or Canada, but there are chatters from several other countries as well; Germany, Belgium, Israel, and probably more.
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6. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:125]
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When are people there?

The best time to come in is usually mid to late afternoon (US time zones) on weekdays, and sometimes again later in the evening.
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7. Board Game: Pictomania [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:689]
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A Picture is worth 1,000 words - sometimes
You can post images just like you would in a forum post. However, please please avoid posting large images or videos - these can really mess up the chat window and ruin the fun.

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8. RPG Item: Top Secret/S.I. [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1571]
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You can be secretive

If you want to sneaky and secretive, you can send a private message to a chatter by clicking the + next to their name.

This lasts for the next message you send.

Be very careful you clicked the right person! It will be very embarrassing when you send "Psst, I'm Merlin, you can trust me" to Mordred by mistake.
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9. Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:860]
Board Game: Two Rooms and a Boom
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You can make new rooms!
Create your own sub-chat room by clicking on Create Room.

When you create a new room and enter it, you leave the lobby; you can't be in two rooms at once.

Anyone else can join your room.

If everyone leaves the room, it vanishes.

There's not usually a need to create a sub-room, but it can be handy for a chat that's not interesting to most of the chatters, or for playing a play-by-chat game.
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10. Video Game: The Legend of Zelda [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:89] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Why stop in?
Because you can chat with people about games!

Or about stuff other than games - that happens a lot to.
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11. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:329]
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For help and advice
If the regulars are in, a lot of them know the geek pretty well. If you need help with a geek feature, odds are we can help.

If you stop in at a busy time, you've also got decent odds of being able to get quick answers about popular games.
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12. Board Game: BoardGameGeek: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:17530]
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To share your enthusiasm about your new game
Or your old game. Or about the game you just backed on KS. Whatever - we love talking about all of them!
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13. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:923] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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You can play games...but its not the best place for that
We have had people play games like Werewolf, The Resistance, Codenames and RPGs, but unfortunately the chat lacks any real features for it. We don't even have dice rolls in chat.
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14. Board Game: Emperor's New Clothes [Average Rating:3.82 Overall Rank:19202]
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It is NOT the greatest place to come get people to back your new-going-to-revolutionize-gaming-super-chess-variant on KS
We seem to get these every few weeks. Someone is very excited about their totally revolutionary game that's going to utterly upend boardgaming and wants people to come buy it/back it. I am sorry. We will helpfully steer you in the direction of how to get advertising on BGG, and to the game designers forum, but there really isn't enough of audience to be much help, and we aren't likely to be all the excited to it.

Geekchat is much like a few buddies sitting around a coffee table or a bar, who are happy to have other people pull up a chair and join them. Pulling up a chair and trying to sell them stuff is in somewhat poor taste.

Now, if you wanted to plug your latest geeklist, hey, we all do that.
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There's no prize for quickest chat visit
For some reason, we have people pop into chat and then immediately vanish without ever saying a word. I really hope we aren't THAT scary!

So just for the record...

* You are NOT intruding on a private conversation.
* We will happily change topics if there's something you'd rather discuss.
* We never, ever trap new chatters and force them to play games with us. Never. I promise.
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So overall, geekchat is a friendly but minimally used little corner of BGG. To continue on my analogy from above, its kind of like the bar from Cheers and the coffee shop from Friends (whichever suits the generation you watched sitcoms in), but with a lot more meeples and wizards and cylons.
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