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 Trading Card Game Tips from fans


February 2006


Subject: Ten ways to rip n00bz off! - drwerewolf217

Hello, Pojogoers, I am Dr. Werewolf with my first top ten list ever (but not my first tip!). My friend recently lost his deck at a tournament (he is experienced, though), and, he is horribly discouraged, and has to rebuild his deck that he spent YEARS on from scratch.

Now, before I start my real list, and continue my rant, I would like to say that this list is a misnomer (look it up, dingleberry). It will NOT teach you ways to rip newbs off, and you are sick to actually open something up to find ways to rip off less privileged players than you. Before I continue with my rant and list, however, I would like to deviate for a few minutes below:

If you opened this list, you are one of three types of people:

The type who is furious at me for typing this out, and was going to send me an angry email to me for typing something as horrible as this. Good for you!
The newb (not n00b) who is reading this so that he can arm himself with knowledge so that he does not get ripped off.
The predator who “eats n00bz for supper and crunches their bones for lunch.” You, sir (or ma’am, as the case may be) deserve to jump in a lake with dumbbells tied to your ankles.

Now to continue with my rant:

Everyone, even you, was a newb (or n00b) once. Think back to your first tournament, walking in with the E-Hero or Dark Magician deck, and getting defeated over and over. You could easily have quit the game, disgusted, but no, you pressed on. Now, by cheating people new to the game, you reduce their chances of bouncing back and saying “I will keep trying.” Without people to teach the game, it will fall into a state of disrepair, with no new people introducing ideas to the game. The Yu-Gi-Oh community will die. So the next time you want to go up to a newb, flash your Flame Wingman in his face, and get oodles of cards for that one card, don’t. The game will be all the better for it.

Now for my list for ways that newbs can cover themselves from being jipped, ripped off, stolen from, or simply trade:

10. Watch your cards. My friend (the one above) attended my state’s local regionals (he didn’t do very well, but that isn’t the point), and came back without his deck that he had been working for years on. Watching your cards is crucial, especially in a crowded area or when you are distracted in any way. To avoid incidents, put the cards in your pocket.

9. Know the prices of your cards and cards you want. Sites like www.ideal808.com are great. Avoid www.collectorscache.com, because it tends to inflate prices, since it is based off of a card store.

8. Organize your cards. It’s like people say: first impressions are very important. Instead of putting your trading cards in a plastic baggy labeled “Junk Pile,” invest some money in a binder and sleeves. It makes you look more sophisticated, and less new.

7. Only trade doubles. In other words, only trade cards that you have two or more of. In fact, if you have a binder, put all your cards of the same name into one sleeve, and play a little mind game of your own. People won’t see the second card, and will, without you asking (or maybe a shocked facial expression or two), offer more cards, thinking you only have one.

6. Keep in touch. Know the cards people are looking for, and look to acquire them. Nothing complicated to this one, folks.

5. Be pleasant. The difference between a newb and a n00b is the attitude. A newb is the eager player new to the game, while the n00b is the arrogant person, thinking he is the best, and saying everyone who beats him cheats. Nobody likes to rip off a nice guy (or see a nice guy get ripped off), but if the person is just plain stupidly mean, people will laugh at him while he gets jipped.

4. Stick with friends. Believe it or not, there is safety in numbers. Animals stay in herds or pods or prides because that way, if some unknown danger approaches them, they know that they outnumber it. Stick with your friends at any tournament, and if you don’t recognize anyone, start shooting the breeze with people. This only works if you are good at number 5.

3. Stay away from suspicious people. By “suspicious,” I don’t mean the kid with the hood and sunglasses. I mean the kid whose collection seems to be growing miraculously. He’ll sit down to watch a trade, and after he gets up, he’ll have another deck or so with him. Report him to the head honcho, or, if you don’t want to be a snitch, STAY AWAY!

2. Take extra care of your cards. At this point you may be wondering “Why would a thief care how much care I take of my cards. In fact, the more care I take, the more he will want to steal them!” The trick here is to pay too much attention to them. At random times during trades, exclaim “Where’s my deck!” And look around wildly for it, after you have located it, move it elsewhere, and continue on with your deal. If done regularly, thieves will be not attempt to take your deck, for fear of being caught.

1. The single most important thing you can do to make sure nothing bad happens to your decks is to use everything you brought to the tournament. In the middle of a match? Use your binder as an armrest to keep you comfortable and to make sure that no one steals it. Caught up in a heated trading debate, with both your binder and the other person’s binder open? Keep your deck in your pocket and hold on to it with one hand. Wear any bags you brought to the tournament at all times, or keep them in your lap. If everything you brought to the tournament is being used, nobody would be crazy enough to try and steal something while you were using it.

Well, readers, that’s all for me. Enjoy the rest of 2007 for it is going by fast, and enjoy those tournaments!

Questions? Comments? Angry messages of destruction? The new email addy is drwerewolf217@aim.com!

~Dr. Werewolf


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