It Came From the Carnage Math Trade -- a no-ship math trade for those attending Carnage the 13th
- Matt(Mattgo)United States
This math trade is for those attending the Carnage Gaming Convention in Fairlee, Vt., Nov. 5-7, 2010. For more information about Carnage, see http://www.carnagecon.com/
Key Dates & Times (EASTERN STANDARD TIME)
Open for posting games: Immediately until Wednesday, October 20 (9:00 p.m.)
Want list submission period: Wednesday, October 20 (9:01 p.m.) until Wednesday, October 27 (9:00 p.m.)
Results about an hour thereafter!
Game exchange: Saturday, November 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carnage
Important: The On-Line Want List Generator ( http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/OLWLG) will be required for this event. This is a great program that helps make math trades smooth and easy.
Deadline-Offers: Wednesday, October 20th, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT
Deadline-Wants: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT
Math trades are a great way to swap games you no longer play for games you’d love to add to your collection.
You can read all about math trades here ( http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/Math_Trades), but in short, instead of trading between two people, the computer orchestrates huge trades among many people. You give one of your unwanted games to somebody, and in exchange somebody else gives you a game that you did want.
Read the rules below and the wiki page above, post those games you want to trade away, and use the on-line want list generator ( http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/OLWLG) to tell the computer which of your games you’d be willing to give up for those games you want, and in a few days we’ll have a list of computer-generated game exchanges. On Saturday at Carnage, we’ll all get together and swap our games.
The more games you say you’d be willing to trade your game for, the better your chances of making a successful trade. You can be picky about what you’ll trade which game for, but that will cut down on your chances for a successful trade.
Even if you’ve participated in math trades before, please review the following guidelines. If you still have questions after reading the guidelines below and the wiki links pasted above, please feel free to send me a Geekmail.
Here’s how things work:
1. Gather together the games you no longer want and are willing to trade.
2. Let other folks know what you have to trade by listing these games in this Geeklist. Click the ‘Add Item’ link at the bottom of this section to add a game and choose the photo you’d like displayed with your game. The deadline for listing games to trade is Wednesday, October 20th, at 9 p.m.
3. You must accurately describe the condition of your game. Is it used, or new in shrink? Is it in great condition, or does it show a lot of play wear? And most importantly, is it complete? Please be accurate when listing your game and take the time to inventory ALL of the parts (unless the game is still in shrink wrap, in which case you can assume it’s complete). Your fellow traders will be depending on accurate descriptions to make their trades.
4. Use the On-Line Want List Generator ( http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/OLWLG) to mark which games you are interested in getting, and which of your games you would be willing to trade away to get those games.
5. Submit your want lists by clicking on the ‘Submit Your Lists Here!’ button during the want list submission period. You should receive a Geekmail confirming your list.
6. You can reconfigure your want list up until the end of the want list submission period, which for this math trade is Wednesday, October 27 at 9 p.m. Please double-check your want list submission -- if you make an error (agreeing to trade your Battlestar Galactica for Crocodile Pool Party, for instance), you’ll have to live with the trade.
7. Trade results should be available the night of October 27. You’ll see who will get the games you’re trading away and who will give you the games you are receiving in return. You can access the trade results through the OLWLG.
Remember that these trade results are binding -- you MUST trade the games you agreed to trade.
On the flip side, if you post games but don’t see anything you want to trade them for, you won’t be part of any trades. Simply posting games doesn’t obligate you to trade them, but if you tell the OLWLG that you’d be willing to trade your game for X, Y or Z games, and if the OLWLG finds a trade for you after the close of the want list submission period, then you are obligated to make that trade.
8. It is critical that you bring the games you successfully traded with you to Carnage. We’ll have an area for game exchange, and I’ll be around to help moderate. Game exchange runs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 6 -- if you successfully traded one or more games, you must bring your games to the game exchange and pick up the games you are receiving. The earlier you bring your games to the game exchange area, the sooner everyone will get their new games!
9. A final note -- if you’ve had a successful trade, please consider tipping JeffyJeff (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/JeffyJeff), the fellow behind the wonderful OLWLG, some Geekgold.
And here’s a few important tips and rules:
A. You can post as many games as you’d like. Your main item must be a game or game accessory. Remember to accurately describe the condition of each game you post.
B. You may consider adding ‘sweeteners’ to individual game offerings. Sweeteners are bonus games or other items that come with the posted game that are intended to attract more trade interest. Games, game accessories, DVDs and other media are all acceptable sweeteners. For example, you might offer the game Scotland Yard for trade, and then add the game No Thanks as a sweetener to make your trade more attractive.
To add a sweetener, simply use the coding [ G A M E I D = XXXX ] without spaces in the text of your game description. You can also add images by using the coding [ I M A G E I D = ZZZZ ] -- again, remove the spaces to make the coding work.
For example, the game ID for No Thanks is 12942, which I found by looking at the “ObjectID” tag near the top of the game’s page (you can also add a game using the 'Insert Geek Link' menu atop your post). To find the image ID number, move your mouse over the image you like to reveal its number (usually displayed at the bottom of the browser screen, but this may vary by browser).
So putting [ G A M E I D = 12942 ] together with [ I M A G E I D = 117996 ] without the spaces will produce the following:
Non-game entries (DVDs/CDs/etc) must be listed as "Outside the Scope of BGG" (game ID 23953), "Miscellaneous Game Accessory" (game ID 5985) or "Miscellaneous Game Merchandise" (game ID 22104).
Please don’t link to any games or items in your description that you don’t intend to trade.
C. Please keep an eye on the items you’re trading for comments and/or questions, and be sure to answer these as appropriate.
D. It’s important that you don’t delete an item once you’ve posted it. If the game is lost or damaged during the math trade, please edit your entry to note the problem and then submit a blank want list (i.e., you don’t accept anything in trade for this item).
E. Finally, cash, Geekgold and gift certificates are not allowed in this trade. My hope for this math trade is for participants to come away with new games. If other issues pop up, I’ll update these guidelines as necessary.
As math-trade moderator, I reserve the right to settle any conflicts as needed, but if we all use common sense and good manners, I know this will be a smooth, fun event with all participants walking away new games to try.
See you at Carnage!
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