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Trading games on BoardGameGeek on a Math trade

From: Sterling B.
Sent on: Sunday, January 1, 2012 10:56 AM
*Please do not blindly reply to this.* _I sent it to a very wide 
audience. I put them all in BCC, so hopefully replies will not spam the 

Dear: Boulder Games Singles, Broomfield Gamers, Boulder Gamers, Longmont 
Gamers, etc.

Since people have asked about Math trades I thought I would let people 
know about a way to learn about them.

There is a method of trading games on­m that works 
out quite well. It is called *Math Trades*. There is a _Mock Math Trade 
going on this month_. In this trade, you can try out all the tools, list 
games, etc, but nothing will trade. It is to get you familiar with the 
tools without risk.

_Math Trade works basically like this_:
I want to trade away games A, B, and C.  I put them on a virtual table. 
Then I look at all the games on the table. "I" say:

  * I will give A away if I get X or Y
  * I will give B away if I get X, Y, or Z.
  * I will give C away for nothing.

Everyone else does the same. Then at a set time, a computer comes up 
with trades, something like:

  * You send B to Sally. Sally sends R to Sam, Sam sends T to Tracy,
    Tracy sends Y to you. (You just got Y for B)
  * A did not trade
  * C did not trade.

The safe part of the trade is that even though you put C on the table, 
if you said you will not trade it for anything, it will never trade, and 
you will not lose it.

*What is the downside?* Well, the trade piles can get huge. There are 
trade piles of over 1500 games. Fortunately, there is an online tool 
that helps you with it. It is described in the lists below. The easy way 
to do it is: Get a trade tool login. On a trade get the listing of games 
there. Look through games you like and choose one you want. I recommend 
just putting one or two games up for trade for your first trade.

*Anyway, the relevant links are at:*

_Trade Geeklist:_ http://boardgameg...­

Announcement list (later subscribe to this): 

Give it a shot. Ask me any questions if you like,

Sterling (Solamar on BGG)

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