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Power 9 Pro: Goodbye and Thank you

Dear Gamers,

I’m not much for drawing things out, so here’s the short of it:

Power 9 Pro will no longer produce the Dragon’s Eggs.

The decision was not reached easily, and I recognize that a number of people will be disappointed to hear this news. We are contacted daily by individual players, stores looking to stock the Dragon’s Eggs and distributors all over the world.

The short of it is, I cannot scale the business profitably. I have sought to make partnerships that could solve this problem, but alas, I was not able to finalize anything that would solve the issue of scale.

I extend a massive thank you to everyone involved with the Dragon’s Eggs, especially Adria Mooney and Archawir Istanbulian. You both were immensely helpful, and without both of you there certainly would never have been a Dragon’s Egg.

Second, a sincere thank you to each of the gamers who purchased the Dragon’s Eggs over the years. Each of you were also instrumental in the success of the Dragon’s Eggs — I always loved receiving emails from you about how much you loved your Dragon’s Egg. Those memories will always be a trophy I can carry with me. More than that, I know that your word-of-mouth praise is what made it possible for me to continue making the Dragon’s Eggs for nearly five years, despite the headwinds we all experience as entrepreneurs. There are few words to express how much I appreciate your support and enthusiasm.

Thanks again for your support.

Happy gaming,

James DiPadua

Managing Cards in Multiple Groups

Multiple Group Tools and Setup

There are two main tools for Multiple Groups—Split and Merge. To access these tools, select the Gear located in-line with each card. It looks like this:

gear-group-options

You’ll be prompted to select the action, Split or Merge.

Split

After selecting ‘Split’ from the presented options, you’ll see a new form appear that prompts you for information on how you want to split the cards.

split-group-example

Merge

Use the Merge option to combine two or more groups of cards into one single group. With Merging, you’ll be prompted to select the group of cards to merge from as well as the group to merge into. This means that you can merge two groups into a new third group–for example, if you have cards in two different decks and you’re going to put them all into a trade binder.

group-merge

For the sake of clarity, you can also just add cards to a new group without splitting or merging. To do that you click the “add a new group” button and then start adding inventory with the plus buttons located there. As with earlier versions of Magpie, you can also just move cards from one group to another using the dropdown.

Setting Default Prices

Magpie allows you to set default prices for buying and selling cards, as well as differentiating between cash and store credit. All default pricing is accessed on your Settings page (see image below).

Use the slider for each setting to determine the difference between market price and your sell price.

For example, if you prefer to offer players 70% of market value for cards in store credit and 50% for cash, then you’d set the slider to the 70-mark for “Buy Price – Store Credit” and to the 50-mark for “Buy Price – Cash.”
example of default price settings

Sharing Groups

To share a group, your group must be public. You can make a group public when creating the group or when updating a groups settings. If your group says “Private”, then click on the gear to edit your group’s status.

toggle-private-public

Group Status Private

Once your group is public, you can share your group with either a direct link (good for websites, Facebook, Twitter, etc) or with a QR code, which is scannable by all conventional smart phones.

Direct Link

Important: Both the link and QR code are unique to your account. If you change a group from Public to Private, players will no longer be able to access that group even if they have the link or QR code.

Configuring Storefront

The Storefront settings are only applicable to Pro and Storefront accounts.

In addition to the setup steps below, we recommend reviewing this Storefront Configuration Tutorial.

Configuring Storefront Continued

  1. Verify on Pro or Storefront Account — Accessed on the Settings Page
  2. Provide your Store Front Information — Name, Location, Tax, etc
  3. Create a Stripe Account — Magpie uses Stripe for payment processing. Accounts are free.
  4. Input your Stripe Keys into Magpie — These keys are used for confirmation purposes and are available within your Stripe Account.
  5. Save your changes — and that’s it!

Searching for cards

Search for a card by clicking on the icon resembling a magnifying glass located in the left hand corner of the page
Search Icon

Search results will indicate if you are tracking a card under the “Current Group” column. You can easily add (or remove) a card to a group directly from the search results by using the dropdown as well as the inventory button.
Note that the set name is located under the card names.

Here is an example of search results:
Search Results

Managing Cards — Adding and Removing Cards

There are three ways to add cards to your inventory:

  1. Browsing by Set
  2. Within Groups
  3. From Search Results

Please note that Pro and Storefront account users can also have inventory updated through their Storefront pages.

Quick Add and Remove

Magpie allows you to add or remove inventory by clicking the plus and minus icons (respectively). You can also access a detailed inventory modifier by clicking the middle button. Note that this middle icon also displays your current inventory for each card.

Note: You cannot add inventory to a card without first adding the card to a group.

Detailed Add and Remove

  1. After clicking the middle inventory button, you’ll see a form prompting you to identify whether you are buying or selling a card
  2. Adjust the quantity to add or remove by using the dropdown under “Quantity”
  3. Optionally change the default number desired to set a custom maximum inventory for a card
  4. Click “Save” to finalize your inventory adjustments

 

Adding Cards to Groups

You can add inventory to card from search results, by browsing a set, or from within a group itself.

Use the drop down (example below) to add a card to a specific group or move a card from one group to another.

Bulk Group Modification

To track all cards within a set or even a specific rarity, use the bulk modifier available on the Magic Sets page by clicking on the gear available on each set:

Advanced Group Settings – Custom Pricing

You can make additional price customizations when creating or editing your group. To access these settings, select “Enable Custom Pricing”. The following sections “Smart Pricing” and “Minimum Pricing” will outline these settings in further detail.

Smart Pricing

Smart Pricing is designed for stores and card dealers to create more “friendly” prices for cards.

Smart Pricing allows you to automatically change prices from “$4.16″ to $4.45″ without direct intervention by you.

There are two options for Smart Pricing:

  1. Less than $0.50 — examples include $5.16, $1.04 and $8.48
  2. More than $0.50 — examples are $5.56, $1.74, and $8.98

Please see the image below for an example group.

Minimum Prices

Also designed primarily for store and card dealer use, Minimum Prices allow you to set minimum price floors for card prices by rarity. For example, you can set a default minimum of $0.05 for commons, $0.20 for uncommons and then different values again for Mythics and Rares.
Smart Pricing Setup

How do I setup a group?

Groups are flexible and customizable, meant to map directly to you preference for organizing and monitoring cards.

Group Setup

  1. After logging into Magpie, click on the icon resembling a bullet point list located in the top, left-hand corner of the screen

    Personal Groups Icon

  2. This will take you to your Personal Groups
  3. There are a number of pre-made groups available
  4. Or, you can click the green button labeled “Add a new Group” located near the top of the pageAdd New Group

Group Setup, continued

  1. After clicking the “Add a new Group”, you will be on a page labeled “Create a Group”
  2. First, name your group.Examples maybe a display case, a binder or even a deck name
  3. Adjust the Price Range to enable Magpie’s automated ‘Suggested Group’ tool, which monitors a card’s price changes to suggest more appropriate groups
  4. If you do not want a maximum limit on a group, then select “No Maximum”.
  5. Adjust the Price Change Margin to control when you would like to be notified of price changes for all cards within a group.For example, if you put Cascade Bluffs int a group with a 10% change margin and Cascade Bluffs changes by more than 10%, then it will be included in your email reports.Create New Group

Magpie Now Supports Multiple Groups

One of our guiding principles at Magpie is to listen to our customers about what they need most and then go build it. A big request has been to allow cards to be in multiple groups at one time.

Multiple Groups? What is that?

Multiple Groups means you can now split your inventory across multiple groups, rather than a card only being allowed to be in one group at any given time.

For stores, this means you can have a private back stock of cards and a public display case of cards. This has been a big request from stores because owners and managers tell us they only like to keep a maximum of 4 of each card in the display case and keep the rest in an overstock in the back. Some of our other customers are also using alternate online selling platforms and want to better track what they have for sale in the store versus what is available online. Multiple Groups will also be an excellent way to help keep track of what you have in the store and what you have at Grand Prix.

For players, this is a better representation of how we players keep our cards in different places. That is, at times we may have three of one card in our deck and another in our trade binder. If we have five or six of one card, maybe we have one in our Commander deck, four in a Modern deck and still one again in our trade binder. Multiple Groups makes that easy and intuitive to represent in Magpie.

Multiple Group Tools and Setup

There are two main tools for Multiple Groups—Split and Merge. To access these tools, select the Gear located in-line with each card. It looks like this:

gear-group-options

You’ll be prompted to select the action, Split or Merge.

Split

After selecting ‘Split’ from the presented options, you’ll see a new form appear that prompts you for information on how you want to split the cards.

split-group-example

Merge

Use the Merge option to combine two or more groups of cards into one single group. With Merging, you’ll be prompted to select the group of cards to merge from as well as the group to merge into. This means that you can merge two groups into a new third group–for example, if you have cards in two different decks and you’re going to put them all into a trade binder.

group-merge

For the sake of clarity, you can also just add cards to a new group without splitting or merging. To do that you click the “add a new group” button and then start adding inventory with the plus buttons located there. As with earlier versions of Magpie, you can also just move cards from one group to another using the dropdown.

Interface Update

To accommodate the every growing amount of information available in Magpie, we’re introducing a small shift in the layout of the pages. Rather than showing everything in a single line, we’re now going to group relevant information together to help make card information more immediately grok-able.

Set and Search Result Views

Viewing cards from either a Search or by Browse by Set will show the same view.

Here’s an example of Theros depicting Elspeth and Thoughtseize. Notice that the Elspeth are split across two different groups (Private Collection and R/W Weenie). I know how many Elsepth are in each group (1 and 4, respectively), how many I have in total (5) and how many more I want (0).

new-layout-theros-set

Group Views

Because cards can now be in multiple groups, we wanted to make that information super accessible. When viewing a group, you’ll see how many of each card is in that group. If the same card is also in a different group, then we’ll also present that group name as “label” and list the inventory of that card in that group. You can quickly access the group by simply clicking on the label.

new-group-layout-example

We’re very excited about the applications for Multiple Group support as it positions us well for integrating with third party platforms as well as giving players a better experience, more closely aligned with how players’ cards are distributed throughout their collections.

Up Next

We don’t spend a lot of time looking in the rear-view mirror, so we’re already eying the next big improvement to Magpie.

We’re going to spend the next couple of weeks addressing some smaller tweaks, an overhaul to our plans and pricing and expanding our reporting. If you have any ideas on what you’d like to see us do next, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

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Dragon’s Egg Reviewed As Best Bag for Magic Cards

We’ve long said that the Dragon’s Egg is the best bag for protecting your Magic cards (and other CCGs).

But it means a lot more when it comes from others.

Below is a recent review by Tolarian Community College who compares the Dragon’s Egg to the UltraPro Gaming Case (“D”) and Remove From Game’s Gaming Pack (“C-”).

It’s no surprise to us that the Dragon’s Egg is the only MTG bag to get an A.

Tolarian cites the following benefits of the Dragon’s Egg:

  • True Protection
  • Water Resistant
  • Durable Exterior
  • Tough, Nearly Indestructible Inner Shell
  • Compact Size
  • Holds tokens, dice, cell phone
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty

Here’s the full-review:

If you liked Tolarian’s product reviews, I suggest checking out his channel where he reviews a number of gaming products.