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.
This video covers the three ways of adding cards to custom groups in Magpie. The video also covers adding cards to multiple groups when applicable. See more help on managing cards in 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:
You’ll be prompted to select the action, Split or Merge.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
- Verify on Pro or Storefront Account — Accessed on the Settings Page
- Provide your Store Front Information — Name, Location, Tax, etc
- Create a Stripe Account — Magpie uses Stripe for payment processing. Accounts are free.
- Input your Stripe Keys into Magpie — These keys are used for confirmation purposes and are available within your Stripe Account.
- Save your changes — and that’s it!
Search for a card by clicking on the icon resembling a magnifying glass located in the left hand corner of the page
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:
There are three ways to add cards to your inventory:
- Browsing by Set
- Within Groups
- 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
- After clicking the middle inventory button, you’ll see a form prompting you to identify whether you are buying or selling a card
- Adjust the quantity to add or remove by using the dropdown under “Quantity”
- Optionally change the default number desired to set a custom maximum inventory for a card
- 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:
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 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:
- Less than $0.50 — examples include $5.16, $1.04 and $8.48
- More than $0.50 — examples are $5.56, $1.74, and $8.98
Please see the image below for an example group.
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.
Groups are flexible and customizable, meant to map directly to you preference for organizing and monitoring cards.
- After logging into Magpie, click on the icon resembling a bullet point list located in the top, left-hand corner of the screen
- This will take you to your Personal Groups
- There are a number of pre-made groups available
- Or, you can click the green button labeled “Add a new Group” located near the top of the page
Group Setup, continued
- After clicking the “Add a new Group”, you will be on a page labeled “Create a Group”
- First, name your group.Examples maybe a display case, a binder or even a deck name
- Adjust the Price Range to enable Magpie’s automated ‘Suggested Group’ tool, which monitors a card’s price changes to suggest more appropriate groups
- If you do not want a maximum limit on a group, then select “No Maximum”.
- 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.