TCG Newbie Guide

Online Trading Card Games are similar to the trading cards you knew as a child. Rather than playing in person and collecting cards from packs at the store, you collect everything online. The goal is to collect all of the cards you like, also know as mastering a deck. Online TCGs are free to play, a lot of fun, and very addictive! Interested in joining? Check out the rest of this section before moving on to the join form!

Trade Posts

Before you join, you need a place to store your stuff, also known as a trade post. To make life easier for you and for your fellow TCG members, you should separate your cards -- at least into groups of keeping and trading. You are also required to keep a detailed card log, showing how you got every card. The final thing you need on your site is a way to contact you, either a form or an email link, so you can trade.

While members can certainly choose to manually run their trade posts (which Cami used to do on her own trade post), most people choose to use scripts such as EasyTCG FM or Marfisa's TCG Manager. How you choose to run your trade post is not nearly as important as actually having one and making sure to update it.

Those who choose to host their trade posts on sites such as DreamWidth or LiveJournal should make sure that anonymous commenting is enabled - at least for the posts where people are meant to actually offer trades and/or gifts.

When using eTCG, make sure that "puzzle" is checked when adding a new collecting deck so that the decks you are collecting will be correctly displayed.

Miscellaneous

If the TCG you are interested in joining has any special items, you'll want to have a section for that as well.

For example, someone joining Spotlight! would most likely want a section where they'd keep their purchased boosts - permanent or temporary. They'd also need a way to keep track of their idol points as they are not tracked on-site.