New Power Up! for 2019

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 10-Jan-19 | 9 comments

Get Fun Bonuses While Supporting BoardGaming.com!

What is a Power Up?

You purchase a Power Up using Gems, and it will last for a set number of days. During that time you will gain many site benefits like access to your detailed game play stats and bonus XP and BG Gold for everything you do on the site.

To see the full list of benefits, visit the Power Up page >

When logged in, you can hover the mouse over your powered up and glowing avatar to see your Power Up status:

How to purchase a Power Up

1. Purchase Gems: Gem Market >
2. Use the Gems to purchase a Power Up: Power Up Market >

By Gamers, For Gamers
At its core, BoardGaming.com is a site created by board game enthusiasts, made for board game enthusiasts. The site launched in 2011 and we would love to see it continue for years to come.

Why does BoardGaming.com need your support?
To keep the site running (hosting costs, mostly), the minimum yearly expenses are roughly $3,000. That doesn’t count labor, which the developers and volunteers put in for free. In our efforts to keep the site alive and ad-free, the primary source of income is through users purchasing Gems to use for BG Gold and Power Ups.

What else would you like the Power Up to do?
If you have ideas for what you’d like the Power Up to enable for you on BG, let us know by commenting below. Some of the current bonuses are a bit arbitrary. We’re open to the idea of increasing them if it makes sense to do so. Should the XP bonus be 5%, 20%, 50%? Should the Gold bonus be 10%, 30%, 100%? We’d like to hear what would make the Power Up enticing (but without breaking the “Game“).

Comments (9)

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Advanced Grader
Gamer - Level 6

@Jon So that game shelf you added is awesome. It’s something I would not have known to ask for and I love it!

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Platinum Supporter
Thunderstone Fan
I play blue

Tiana, I was thinking of specific games to make explorable. For the sake of helping us figure out which games are currently explorable by all users, I’ve added a game shelf at the bottom of the Exploring Games page to show which games are currently explorable. There should be a check mark below the games that you’ve already explored (a convenient way to spot the ones you’ve missed).

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Advanced Grader
Gamer - Level 6

Yes, the most recent explorables were monthly which seems a good time frame. I always like using suggestions about explorables. Do you mean suggestions for a category of explorables or suggestions for specific games to make explorable?

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Platinum Supporter
Thunderstone Fan
I play blue

I would like to see a monthly Explorable Favorites, and maybe instead of being too formal about what games are selected, we use the suggestions via the comments on those posts as ideas for the next set (since you can see which avatars are currently powered up).

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Advanced Grader
Gamer - Level 6

I like the idea of featuring reviews by the Powered up players. I also had an idea about bringing back the explorable favorites and the favorites could be chosen from powered up players. Thoughts?

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Platinum Supporter
Thunderstone Fan
I play blue

What do you think about the idea of featuring the reviews of Powered Up users? We may be able to figure out a way to order the list of reviews so that Powered Up users are listed first (e.g. ORDER BY powered, most_recent).

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Norway
Book Lover
I play blue
Paladin

Done my supporting. Sweet!! Good luck, guys. Can`t wait to see what other plans you have for this site!

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Platinum Supporter
Thunderstone Fan
I play blue

We are working on an idea where we’d make all past Explorable Favorites available to Powered Up users. Currently, I think that’s like 450+ different games. Most of the high-level users have already explored most of these, so we are working on updates to the Explorer quests so that we can begin adding more explorable games (i.e. more Explorer quests available to high-level users).

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I play purple
Explorer - Level 6
Vanguard
Chief Inspector

I like the bonuses where they are for now! We don’t want to get too greedy. Although, the more we buy the bigger the bonus might be nice!

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