Trading Card Games For Dummies (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 10, 2006 - Games - 342 pages
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Check out Magic: The Gathering, Heroclix, and more

Explore popular games like Legend of the Five Rings, build decks,and trade online

Whether you're already hooked on trading card games, want tounderstand what your kids are into, or are just curious to see whatall the fuss is about, you've come to the right place. Here's thescoop on the hottest games, secrets of successful collecting, tipsfor customizing your dream deck, and ways to make your hobbypay.

Discover how to
* Get started with the VS System, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, andothers
* Identify basic types of cards
* Buy and sell online -- wisely
* Play around with collectible miniatures
* Safely store and transport your collection

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Part I Playing a Game Like Nothing Youve Played Before
Part II Introducing the Big Six
Part III Shuffling through the Rest of the Decks
Part IV Diving Deeper into the Hobby
Part V The Part of Tens
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About the author (2006)

John Kaufeld has been running independent game stores since1998. He is an officer of the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA,, a national trade group for manufacturers, designers,distributors, and retailers of everything in the “adventuregames” product category. He currently works with GAMA as thePress Liaison for the Origins International Game Expo( John Kaufeld has also written numerousbooks in the For Dummies series.

Jeremy Smith is an associate editor at InQuestGamer magazine, one of the premier publications in the hobbygaming industry. He has written for the magazine since 1996 and hasbeen on its staff since 2001, when he moved from Rhode Island toNew York to take on the immense task of playing games for a living.His chief task of compiling and editing the magazine’s priceguide harkens back to his card-trading days at the University ofRochester in upstate New York, where he’d spend a weekendturning a handful of junk rares into a new car. Or something closeto that, anyway.
The writing part probably sprung out of his lifelong love forwords, starting back in Minnesota from age two, reading words offthe TV while watching The Electric Company. This continuedlater on when he represented Rhode Island at the National SpellingBee in 1987 and 1988 and then worked as an editor for theuniversity newspaper in Rochester.
Jeremy’s previous interests in playing Dungeons &Dragons and collecting sports cards (go Red Sox and Patriots!)during the ’80s and early ’90s led to his entry intothe trading card game arena, starting when he bought his firstpacks of Magic: The Gathering back in 1994 and told thedealer, “Hi! I’d like to pick up a newaddiction!” How prophetic, indeed.
In addition to his daily routine of charting card prices, buildingdecks, and occasionally getting some real work done at InQuestGamer, Jeremy also moonlights as a certified judge for Wizardsof the Coast’s sanctioned Magic tournament program.This has given him experience in everything from running atournament of more than 100 players by himself to training andmentoring new judges to making darned sure that the players allhave a good time and come back for more. It has also taken him toexciting places like Amsterdam, New Orleans, and Kansas City tojudge at major tournaments. Well, at least Kansas City had somegreat steaks.

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