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[EAST] PAX East Trading Cards 2012 (You can mail your cards again)

PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
edited September 2012 in PAX Archive
Update Post PAX
Thanks to everyone who took part in this. I had a fantastic time meeting all of you and collecting so many cards!

As with previous years, if you missed a meetup but would like to fill out your collection, send me a PM and I'll give you my address. After people have mailed me their cards I will post the list of cards I have and mail out packages to anyone who would like some more cards.

Update 3/31/2012
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We will be having meetups on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year at 6:30 PM* in the Westin lobby. This is the hotel adjoined to the convention center.

Technically the Sunday meetup happens when the Omegathon and closing ceremonies are finished.

For anyone on twitter, use #paxcards to find people people who are also trading.

See you all at PAX!

What is this?

PAX East Trading cards are one of the many great keepsakes and events of PAX. Similar to buttoneering, they serve as a memento, creative outlet, and ice-breaker. Basically everyone who wishes to participate designs their own cards, then trades them with other PAXers during the convention. More than 80 people participated last year, so it’s a great way to meet people.

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What if I don't have photoshop or skills of an artist?

Here is all we need from you! You can post here and someone will send you a PM and sort out the details.
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List of volunteers:
itzerokewl
Magpie Maydin
slamonella
browncoatbeth
malicious nerd
Peasant Dave

How do I get involved?
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How will I find people to trade with?

Last year people were able to find other "card sharks" by simply placing a card in their badge holder. The forum badge holders are large enough to fix your forum card, your PAX badge and your trading card. We will also be having a meetup each day during PAX.

A printable checklist will be provided about a week before PAX.

You can also watch twitter for people using the #paxcards tag!


Can I help with anything?

- Create "badges" for community events. If you would like a badge that is not listed above, you can create it yourself and I will add it to the template. All of the badges are 100 x 100 pixel .PNG with transparency. If you have an image you would like turned into a badge but lack the tools, send me a PM.

- Volunteer to help create trading cards for people who lack the tools.


What is the deadline?

If you get your order out by March 20th you'll be fine. If you wait longer than that, you may need to rush the order depending on where you live.


I have another question!

Ask whatever you like in the thread! Someone should be able to answer your question relatively quickly.

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  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    edited November 2011
    Last year's theme was reminiscent to the 1990's comic book hero trading cards. I'm open to anything this year, one of the things that has been mentioned is a Magic: The Gathering theme. I'm hoping I can mock something up in the next few weeks, but if anyone else can get to it before me, feel free!

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  • CloudwalkerCloudwalker Registered User
    I loved this so much last year. My trading card collection is proudly displayed on one of my bookcases. Definitely in again this time.

    Given that I've been playing a LOT of M:TG recently, I think a Magic theme could be pretty cool. We'd need to come up with a bunch of PAX-themed keywords and abilities I guess. Or make planeswalker cards for ourselves. Unfortunately I have the graphic design instincts of the average rock, so I'm going to be pretty useless on that front.

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  • gigabraingigabrain Some guy...yknow Registered User regular
    I'm definitely interested in doing this for PAX this year.

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  • HeleorHeleor SeattleRegistered User regular
    A magic theme would be awesome - would Wizards frown upon that though? Pokemon TCG would be awesome too!

  • LokialeLokiale Registered User
    I want to help! \o/ I'd love to participate this year. MtG is a cool format because you would get flavor text but if people wanted something simpler the pokemon tcg card format is pretty neat too. (gaming types instead of elements: card, table, vidya etc) Either way both of those formats would need a back of the card image and it might look pretty cool if we all have the same card back. (makes it all part of one set)

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  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    Heleor wrote:
    A magic theme would be awesome - would Wizards frown upon that though? Pokemon TCG would be awesome too!

    As far as I know WOTC doesn't chase after people who make custom cards, and these would be more of an homage than anything. I'm thinking extended art front with a traditional back.

  • King of MarsKing of Mars Registered User regular
    Board just ate my post...? o_O

    Anyway, I'm in again. Is this where we request what number we want, or are you doing that after the design is finalized? Also, I'm not too sure about the M:TG format, because one side would be the same on all cards. It could work, though.

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  • HeleorHeleor SeattleRegistered User regular
    Ooh, perhaps we can actually get some sort of game we can play with them? ;-)

  • PeasantDavePeasantDave Jersey ShoreRegistered User regular
    edited November 2011
    Board just ate my post...? o_O

    Anyway, I'm in again. Is this where we request what number we want, or are you doing that after the design is finalized? Also, I'm not too sure about the M:TG format, because one side would be the same on all cards. It could work, though.

    Number distribution will be after the template is finalized.

    I picture it as the traditional M:TG card on the back, and an extended art front, so we would use both sides.

    Front:
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    Back:
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  • itzerokewlitzerokewl Registered User regular
    Still not 100% sure if I'm going to make it to PAX East this year or not, but I do still want to help with card creation! I think a MT:G theme could be cool. Do we want the backs to be exactly like the normal magic cards or should we do something that incorporates the PAX East logo?

  • ThemiscyraThemiscyra Registered User regular
    I am totally in for trading cards this year!

    Not sure about the M:tG theme though...I can see how an update could be good, but I like the current design well enough, and honestly, I kinda like the dorky superhero trading card-esque feel of it. Even if we change it to something more fantastic, I'd rather have full-blown stats. Maybe something a bit like a D&D miniatures card...small picture and statblock on one side, large illustration with fantasy border on the other. I dunno.

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  • tvethiopiatvethiopia Registered User regular
    i'm in again! i really like the magic card look, but i'll be in regardless of what's chosen.

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  • KoalaBro2KoalaBro2 Registered User regular
    I'll be in, I enjoyed this last year, goofy as it was. I would also suggest trying to do meet-ups every day so that there's less of a mad scramble at the last minute. They don't have to be long, but just a couple minutes at an appointed time/place seems like it'd be productive.

    As far as design, I like that we're changing it (which is funny, if you follow the coin design, you know I'm the biggest voice of conservatism). Cards usually look different from year to year. Now, what might be cool would be to still keep the superhero theme, but make it look like a new edition. These can even vary quite dramatically, see these two examples of different editions:
    http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Cards/Non-Sports/1992/Marvel_Masterpieces/97/Venom
    http://www.collectorsquest.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/x-men_card_1.jpg

    What's nice about a trading card theme is that having both the front and the back personalized actually makes sense. I'd be concerned that double-sided "MtG" themed cards wouldn't really feel like MtG cards. If we go with a MtG theme, we might want to seriously consider a uniform back, even though it does mean less space to personalize.

  • xenardxenard Registered User regular
    I would love to be included in this please.

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  • ChronoHawkChronoHawk Registered User
    I'll probably end up doing this again... Then again I still have the 200+ cards from LAST year...

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  • feitocomfrutafeitocomfruta Denver, Colorado, USARegistered User regular
    Same here, I still have a ton from last year.

  • BaconSandwichBaconSandwich Registered User regular
    I didn't do it last year, no way I'm keeping away this time. I know everyone wants my face for their very own.

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  • KailKail Registered User
    You can count me in!

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  • kropotkinkropotkin Mr London UKRegistered User regular
    I plan to take part in this escapade this year. So much so that everyone who gets a forum badge will also get my trading card :)

    I support the idea of a MtG themed card for many reasons. The first is that every PAX swag bag that is handed out has a 30 card MtG deck in it that can be used in conjunction with the trading card we create, negating the need to collect a certain number before they can be played with. The second is that if offers the opportunity to go a tad weird with the cards to the point where they become stupidly overpowered or just plain dumb. Such as 'As soon as you play this card, all of your summoned creatures in play have +10 to their defences and attacks and all of your lands can be used as any type for summoning. Effect is persistent and cannot be countered'. Finally it affords us the chance to use the forum crest on the back of the badge and thus increase its prominence and use. My card will be created this week and linked here for you to see. Feedback would be appreciated.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    kropotkin wrote:
    I plan to take part in this escapade this year. So much so that everyone who gets a forum badge will also get my trading card :)

    I support the idea of a MtG themed card for many reasons. The first is that every PAX swag bag that is handed out has a 30 card MtG deck in it that can be used in conjunction with the trading card we create, negating the need to collect a certain number before they can be played with. The second is that if offers the opportunity to go a tad weird with the cards to the point where they become stupidly overpowered or just plain dumb. Such as 'As soon as you play this card, all of your summoned creatures in play have +10 to their defences and attacks and all of your lands can be used as any type for summoning. Effect is persistent and cannot be countered'. Finally it affords us the chance to use the forum crest on the back of the badge and thus increase its prominence and use. My card will be created this week and linked here for you to see. Feedback would be appreciated.

    One point this brings up is "are we trying to make these cards some sort of actionable item?" In the past they have just been collectibles. While I think the M:tG theme could be good, I'm not sure we should be trying to make them "playable" cards. This could complicate the design process significantly for some people.

    In addition, unless you're trying to submit an artwork example for the template, I wouldn't worry about creating individual cards yet (since no template has been decided upon in this brainstorming thread).

  • KorvasKorvas Registered User regular
    One of the great events I wasn't able to take part in last year, this year I definitely want a card! lol

  • KhadourKhadour Dinosaur Cupcake Boston, MARegistered User regular
    Even though I have a horrible track record of actually trading/handing the things out, I'm in again :)

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  • ukiyo eukiyo e Registered User regular
    What if they were character cards for a game like Betrayal at House on the Hill, or Chez Geek? You wouldn't necessarily need the complete set in order to utilize them.

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  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    I regret not participating in this last year and I look forward to do my homework well in advance this time around.

    Making these actionable would create a level of complication that may be hard to manage, besides how would you either agree or control what people will put down? At best we could ask that if people really want to do that, then it would need to be akin to the Unhinged series.

    I'm a whore for MTG so of course I love the idea, however I would also like to see some level of contact info and affiliation can be displayed somewhere like what we had last year. I suggest that the back be used for this all the while keeping an MTG flavor.

  • KyussKyuss Registered User regular
    I'm down.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    I'll be honest. I'm not a big fan of the pseudo MtG card idea. I've seen those done to death all over the internet, and I think it lacks the uniqueness that our previous templates have had. Using the MtG template doesn't really say PAX community, it says "another MtG-style card".

  • IzzieIzzie BostonRegistered User regular
    I really like the MtG idea; it doesn't have to be an exact replica. The templates can be stylized to be more unique, but I don't see anything wrong with it being inspired by Magic.

    My 2 copper anyways.
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  • Doc RogersDoc Rogers Registered User
    I will definitely participate in this. Can't wait to see what templates you guys come up with. This is a great networking tool I think.

  • JimmyWildJimmyWild Registered User regular

    I'm in on this. I love the idea of cards. I could go for MTG card style, but i would prefer more like a baseball card. Put an 'action' shot on the front with some silly stats on the back. Maybe list the conventions attendended on the back. (much like the one that PeasantDave posted from last year)

  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    I'll be honest. I'm not a big fan of the pseudo MtG card idea. I've seen those done to death all over the internet, and I think it lacks the uniqueness that our previous templates have had. Using the MtG template doesn't really say PAX community, it says "another MtG-style card".

    Another thing to consider is all those people who have left over cards from last year. I'm sure some would appreciate being able to use them.

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    I still have leftover cards from 2010 because they sent me 300 instead of the 100 I ordered. That was nice and all, but I rather would have paid less for the 100 then get stuck with sooo many extra cards.

  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    I still have leftover cards from 2010 because they sent me 300 instead of the 100 I ordered. That was nice and all, but I rather would have paid less for the 100 then get stuck with sooo many extra cards.

    And I don't think you're the only one stuck with several extras. I remember two other persons begging me to take them late on Saturday on last PAX East.

  • tvethiopiatvethiopia Registered User regular
    the printing company (jakprints?) seems to make a habit of sending a lot more than you asked for. I still have a ton from last year, but I intend to do a new card for 2012 and maybe bring both for distribution.

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  • LTAcostaLTAcosta Registered User regular
    I'll be in again. I'll bring new cards along with the million extras from last year

  • CreamsteakCreamsteak Registered User regular
    The gamers vs. evil template seems really easy and the "rules" content is very loose. The main problem there is to make them fully actionable you would need more than one card (9, or 9 +1 randomizer). I still think that sounds awesome.

  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Super Moderator, Moderator mod
    I am still against making this a game, since the object of trading cards is first and foremost for trading.

  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    The more I think about this, the more I lean away from M:tG. It *is* a cool thing, but the two major problems with it seem difficult to overcome in my mind. Those being the following:
    1) the likelihood of a push to make actionable (playable) cards
    2) the idea has been used in many places (*could* be mitigated with some pretty unique design work, but then is it really that close to M:tG?)

    My idea ramble is behind the spoiler, since it's not really that coherent, just an out loud brainstorm.
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  • HeleorHeleor SeattleRegistered User regular
    Moe Fwacky wrote:
    I am still against making this a game, since the object of trading cards is first and foremost for trading.

    Trading and collecting shouldn't prevent making the cards actually useful for a game, should it?

  • peetsnackpeetsnack Registered User regular
    Also, I don't think reputable businesses would print our 'fake' M:tG cards. At least, I wouldn't if I were them.

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