Math Trade Walkthrough/FAQ for newbies
This guide is meant to walk a newbie through their very first math trade. It's written in FAQ format because I've found that to be a better format for referencing when one needs a specific piece of information, or a particular aspect explained.
NOTE: Always read the rules for the math trade in which you are participating! If something in the rules contradicts the information in this list, the rules take precedence.
I've disabled public additions. I've just found in the past that when anyone can make additions, contradictory and inconsistent information shows up and muddies the waters. I plan to keep editing this list over time, but I really think it needs to stay consistent. If you have a suggestion for a change, please do post a comment, and if I agree that it will improve the list, I'll implement the change.
My thanks to aksosa for allowing me to list fake items in a math trade of his so I could get the screenshots.
What's a Math Trade?
How many games will I get for my games, and how can I make sure I'll get what I want?
How do I know when math trades are happening?
What terminology do I need to know?
What's a math trade, and how does it work? (Extended barrel and convention hall analogy edition)
How do I list my game?
How do I add Sweeteners and other extras?
How do I get into the OLWLG?
Why is the math trade not showing up in the OLWLG, or showing up as a no-ship math trade?
I submitted a game to the trade list; why isn't it showing up in the OLWLG?
How do I get geekmail notifications when the OLWLG is synced with the trade list, and when the results are posted?
How do I add an unusual item, like a gift certificate, a "Pick X" entry, or something that isn't a game, to the trade list?
How do I remove an item I submitted to the tradelist?
How do I add items to my wantlist?
How do I sync my BGG Collection with the OLWLG, and Why would I want to?
Why is only one item showing up in the OLWLG?
How do I remove something from my wantlist?
What is duplicate protection?
How do I use Duplicate Protection in the OLWLG?
How do I use manual Duplicate Protection in the OLWLG?
How do I make my wantlist in Step 4 of the OLWLG?
How do I sort the games I want in Step 4?
How do I tell the OLWLG that while I'm willing to trade Game A for either Game X or Game Y, I'd much prefer Game X?
What do the red and yellow boxes in Step 4 mean?
How do I submit my wantlist?
How do I know if I got any trades?
I got trades! What do I do now?
I got no trades. What do I do now?
How long do I wait for my shippers to send me trade proposals and my games?
I got a trade, but I don't want it! What do I do now?
What's the timing in a math trade? (When can I submit games/make a wantlist/use duplicate protection?)
How should I ship my games?
How Do I Handle the Finished Trades, Including Feedback?
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