A few days before BoardGameGeek, currently the Internet’s only comprehensive source for information about board and card games, announced its first month with over 2,000,000 unique visitors, a new competitor with muscle announced that it is open for beta: James Mathe‘s BoardGameInfo.com.
BGI builds on the already existing and comprehensive framework used for James’ RPGhost network of sites, which already has a sizable database of board and card game information – of course, nowhere near as comprehensive as BGG’s just yet, but that’s what the beta period is for. They’re looking for help adding reviews, games, ratings, etc. BGI is also partnering with sites to add content. Update: James adds: RPG.NET is responsible for much of the existing reviews and data and will be our partner (they do RPGs).
BGI’s mission statement expresses its goals, seemingly specifically to distinguish itself from BGG, including:
Best of luck, James.
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“Antipathy to online discounters” is definitely not a positive for me. What’s the link to their mission statement? I can’t find it on their clean front page.
I updated the language. They write that they won’t run ads from online discounters (who discount more than 20%).
The mission statement: http://boardgameinfo.com/BGI_Mission.pdf
Another competitor you may like to take a look at is: http://101bestboardgames.com/
I spotted it a couple of days ago – there’s not a lot there at the moment but it is nice and clean – almost too clean, there needs more information and more comments / game reviews. Worth keeping an eye on.
It’ll be interesting to see how well this turns out. Boardgamegeek is definitely cluttered, but has tons of useful stuff.