everyone! Today marks the one-year anniversary of the creation of the
Official AIB Trading Card Support Group. I can't say which day testing
on the TCG actually began, but the official release was marked on
September 27, 2010.
I'm glad that the project was taken so
well by the community. There was originally a lot of bad energy floating
around the idea when I presented it. Many members and staff believed
that the TCG wouldn't take root in the AIB community very well and that
the idea was just one more unnecessary addition to the site to keep
members from playing Brawl itself.
However, the TCG has
flourished even better than I originally imagined that it could. It has
been used as a means of entertainment for many of you, a means of
rewarding participants in various parts of the site including the
Ladder, Contests and various other events over the past year. It also
unintentionally became somewhat of a deterrent for users who tended to
break the rules more often than necessary.
Overall it's been a
good year. I'm happy to have created something that provided a measure
of novelty for everyone of AIB and I'm proud that I've provided the site
with something that could potentially outlast me as a member and still
bring the community together. It's been tough keeping everything up to
date as much as possible and work with members in order to manage the
system and I'm thankful for those of you who have put time and effort
into it and have enjoyed it as much as I have.
I'd like to thank the following people:
Without him, none of this would be possible. He did an amazing job of
applying it to the site so that everyone could have access to the
system. He's done more than I ever expected, and then some, to keep this
thing fresh and user friendly. I'm thankful that he even considered my
idea and I'm glad to have been allowed to do the things that I've done
- Midnite: He's done a large number of tasks
with helping me manage the system, create new cards and take snapshots.
He's had some great ideas that lead to new card designs, and he's helped
a ton with users and problems that arose early on in the initial
creation of the support group.
- Hazeo, ASF1ink and Dramakidd:
These three did quite a bit of work creating icons, emblems and full
card templates for me. Without them, none of the new card designs you
see today would even be slightly possible. Sadly, Hazeo and ASF have
pretty much left the designer group. I haven't heard much of them lately
and I hope they're doing good.
- Volke Aeno, Sumer and Foodies:
These three have provided me with TONS of snapshots in the past and I
really would like to say thank you to them. Their work has given us way
more than I could have dreamed to work with as far as unique card images
and themes. I really do appreciate all the time you must have put into
taking so many shots.
There are many of you who have
contributed to the TCG in one way or another. I've been sent hundreds of
ideas, suggestions, and the occasional snapshot or ten. Xyless
allowed me to use his derpy images for the vending machine cards. Chookie
, and others have worked with templates or various smaller images we wanted to put on the cards. NinoskaFlores
helped in the design room, and there are many of you who I can't name
due to sheer mass that have contributed various smaller tasks. I'd like
to thank you all.
Now, to celebrate this year's TCG Anniversary I've created a new category on your MyCards page.
new Keepsakes category is an expansion on the original TCG idea where
members will be able to collect various items that aren't directly TCG
related but still are worth the collectable.
Many of you have
suggested in the past that the TCG get a category where we create
Moderator trading cards and cards that relate to the various aspects of
the site. Until now, I've had a hard time with this. Trying to create
trading cards and templates with new designs on them that only relate to
the site is much harder than you'd think, but last night I had a great
idea and so I've planned another approach to remedy this.
new Keepsakes category will allow members to collect other small tokens
about the site that aren't trading cards. These objects will include
Booster Pack wrappers, posters, dolls and an endless possibility of new
example, when you buy a booster pack, you will have a 1 in 10 chance
that the pack's "wrapper" will still be in tact enough to collect them.
Full Wrappers can be recycled for a few points back. Trashed wrappers
will be recycled for only 1 point. Then in the future I might make a
forge for them .
Other items, such as Posters and different
Smash memorabilia that aren't necessarily trading cards, will be
collected through different means other than just buying booster packs.
As of right now, these items aren't added to the TCG yet and the means
of collecting them hasn't been put into work yet, but in time they will
Thanks again everyone! I'm glad that this year has been as good as it has, and I hope to keep it going.