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Can someone explain Steam trading cards to me please?

#1AzurexNightmarePosted 9/16/2013 9:05:00 AM
Does everyone get the same cards as they go through a game?

What are the cards for?

How are they unlocked?
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#2DerPancakePosted 9/16/2013 9:09:21 AM
Have you played Yu-gi-oh before?
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#3TES_NutPosted 9/16/2013 9:24:29 AM
DerPancake posted...
Have you played Yu-gi-oh before?


The trading card game conversation begins and ends with MtG. I remember when yu-gi-oh came out I was like "WTF is this ****?"
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#4Nineteen99Posted 9/16/2013 9:30:41 AM
TES_Nut posted...
DerPancake posted...
Have you played Yu-gi-oh before?


The trading card game conversation begins and ends with MtG. I remember when yu-gi-oh came out I was like "WTF is this ****?"


MtG is too simple for me. I love the convoluted rules and subtleties of YGO.
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#5Dukaduka1k82Posted 9/16/2013 9:31:21 AM
http://steamcommunity.com/tradingcards/faq

Google is very difficult to use.
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#6KillerTrufflePosted 9/16/2013 10:23:37 AM
The Steam trading cards are irrelevant to most people. No, you don't all get the same cards when you play. They're random. That's what makes people need to *trade* them.

Once you have a full set, you can craft a badge, which will affect your Steam level, which will affect emoticon sets in chat, backgrounds, maximum friends on friends list, etc. Most people really don't care about the trading cards tho.
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#7arleasPosted 9/16/2013 11:04:45 AM
The questions to ask yourself are:
1) Do you like leveling up something that doesn't really change that much with each level?
2) Do you need more than 250 or 300 friend slots?
3) Are you a sucker for badges?
4) do you often wish you could have a background of your favorite game for your steam profile?
5) Have you ever thought to yourself: "Boy I wish I could just type :alyx: in chat and have her face appear"?
6) are you willing to spend money or time trading cards between other like-minded people?

If so, then fear not! Trading cards are here to save the day!

For trading card enabled games you just play like normal and you'll get a certain amount of cards for FREE! (half the amount necessary to earn a badge)

So to get the rest, you'll have to bug your friends and annoy strangers with requests for cards that they have but YOU need (they don't need them, you're far more deserving!). Don't have any friends to bug or you're not sure how to approach strangers without getting blocked? Buy them on the steam market! For just pennies* you can buy cards to fill up the rest of your collection and earn that coveted** badge!



* actual price my vary by quite a bit
** not everyone covets them, but if you do, well... cool I guess.


Alternately you can sell them on the steam market for game funds towards your next purchase. Think of it as an "idiot tax" and you're the tax man!


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#8RhytenPosted 9/16/2013 11:45:03 AM
I got around 9 euros by selling the ones I could get, I still have a few also and only made 3 badges. The money you can get by selling virtual stuff you get for free is delicious to me :)
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#9IronSasquatchPosted 9/16/2013 11:50:40 AM
Nineteen99 posted...
MtG is too simple for me. I love the convoluted rules and subtleties of YGO.


...that's a joke, right? The comprehensive rules for MtG are literally 166 pages long in MS Word.
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