Steam Trading Cards

Discussion in 'Game Talk' started by Matthew Armstrong, Mar 13, 2017.

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  1. Roncallica

    Roncallica New Member

    I sell some cards in order to buy some cheap games (with steam cards aviable). After that i sell the cards from th e cheap games and use the money in order to create a badge of the games i love.
     
  2. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    Huh, very interesting... I did not know that. That is pretty cool! Really makes me want to get higher Steam levels now, lol, but the amount of time/money involved is that which I do not have :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
     
  3. Roncallica

    Roncallica New Member

    Half or more? I can't find the real %.

    have a nice day :wink_:
     
  4. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Make sure to not go overboard with this. This doesnt mean you will make back all the money you invest into the steam level. Its just a small percentage back to just help people not get demotivated to keep leveling up.
     
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  5. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    Oh for sure. I don't have the financial capability to do this anyway, lol.
    I did create a badge today though (bought the last 2 cards I needed with some spare market pennies :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: ) and got a nice 90% off coupon for a random game too!
     
  6. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    You can also do a few tricks to this method. Try to craft badges during the steam sales, so you get steam sale cards which sell for a little more than the cards that drop for the game. Also you get a steam wallpaper and emoticon which are also worth more since they are never craftable after the sale.
     
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  7. haloboi

    haloboi Active Member

    Depends on the card set. Newer sets can get you a couple bucks. older sets are basically free and will get you badges/xp.
     
  8. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Well just a secret but Paladins basically had the highest value cards cause not a lot of people buy the pack since most people play it for free. So basically a free to play game had very high value cards cause they dont drop without spending 10 dollars on the game.
     
  9. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    Hmm, that is true too... I should've thought of that before.
    Rackem fackem stead-trading-cards-system! I blames YOU (@0V3R_K1LL ) for no mentioning of it sooner, sir!
    JK

    I did do that during the winter sale and got, I believe, a level 3 or 4 badge. Maybe it was 5 actually... Not 100% sure though. Kinda a cool thing, but kinda hate some of it too, lol
     
  10. mrsun87

    mrsun87 Active Member

    I kept them all and didn't even sell or do anything. I just kept playing and lately I haven't been buying games at steam but rather at stores for 20% discount.
     
  11. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Hhhhhhh. I actually found out about this before the last steam sale through a friend. Apparently this was a huge thing when cards were only dropped for making badges.
     
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  12. Sim3Gamer

    Sim3Gamer Well-Known Member

    I bring my steam account to level 66 to make my profile a lot more fancy and add more "friends". At all it was totally worth it because it looks nice to have a big number standing on the main page :3

    But if you just want to play games it´s a lot more useful to sell them ^^
     
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  13. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    Totally makes sense! I mostly just care about the games to be honest, but I am also a bit of a collector and a completionist...
    Well, that's understandable. In a lot of ways, I the whole system is a bit dumb and could definitely be improved, but 1. Steam won't do such a thing and 2. It's probably best where it sits currently.

    I just don't like a couple things about Steam levels and that the trading cards are so difficult to get. You should be allowed as many friends as you want, tbh, and I think that you should be able to get more than just a few cards for actually playing the game and for achievements and such. I know that cards are limited by time because of people/programs that cheat the time spent playing games, but it still sucks.
     
  14. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Cards arent given out on the basis of time played. If a game has 6 cards to make a set, steam gives out 3 cards to every person who owns the game. The system is pretty good to be honest because you can get other cards by trading with people. And no, you cant cheat the system to get more cards. It doesnt work like that.
     
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  15. From the games I have seen, there is a different tax depending on the cost, but half of the percentage goes to the developers. You see this when checking out and it says something like:

    1.00
    +0.01% Steam
    +0.01% Developers
    1.02

    I would imagine developers can choose whether they want to tax cards, but I do not know this for sure.
     
  16. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    I meant that you have to play the game for a certain length of time to get all the card drops. There are programs out there that artificially up the play time for each game so that you get the card drops. Then you do your trades and such, without ever needing to actually play the game yourself.
    I just think there should be other ways to get cards. A lot of people with trade offers only accept 2 cards for 1, if not 3 or more.
     
  17. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    Well thats just economics. When you need 1 card they wont do a 1 for 1 trade cause its something you need whereas they get something of lesser value to you so they ask for 2 cards for 1. And yeah there are programs to farm cards but if Steam implemented an achievement based system there are programs for that too. Steam Achievement Manager gives you all the achievements of any game so even that wont work. This way, people who want to play the game the legit way will do so, while those who farm cards will do that. Just think of people with 2000+ games. Do you really think they would play all of them for atleast 2 hours (which is the minimum drop time for a card) just to get an 8 cent card.
     
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  18. DragoNate

    DragoNate Active Member

    No maybe not, but to most people it's the games that matter and the cards are something extra and (maybe) fun for them. Or they just sell them for the pennies they get. But if there were other ways to get them, I bet more people would be interested in the whole card system. Like, if there was at least a possibility of getting 1 of every card in a set to make the badge. If they end up getting a triple card, well they can either sell it or trade them for the 2 they need. If they need only 1 card, or get all of em, then great!
    I just think it might be more incentive for the general Steam user who doesn't care about all that and just plays games.
     
  19. 0V3R_K1LL

    0V3R_K1LL Well-Known Member VANGUARD

    You are correct but you have to realize steam is a platform much like insider. Where its not just about gaming, they wanted more out of the platform so they introduced a sort of social game where levelling up is like showing how much you have played or invested time into steam and its games. But then people do what people do and this turned into a market place for people to pay their way towards a higher level. I know its a bad system in that regard but any other system still has the same flaw that people who need to craft 5 badges will need all of their cards and if they cant get them they will trade/buy the cards which in turn still changes this social game into a market place.
     
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  20. If regular Steam cards were more like CSGO cards in that they had in-game benefits or aesthetic changes this could motivate players to be more active in the Steam market and community.
     
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