Learn to be a Math Trader Mock Math Trade - A Geeklist to walk you through BGG's first mock math trade
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I've gotten some feedback that people are still a bit confused about exactly how to participate in this mock math trade. I thought this Geeklist guide might help you.
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1. Board Game: Math Magic [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked]
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First things first, What's a Math Trade?

Math Trades Wiki page

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Math Trades for Dummies

Basically, a Math trade is like a 3-team trade in professional sports. Read that Wiki page. It will tell you all you need to know, but if you have questions, post them here and we'll answer them for you.
 
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Almost every Math Trade is announced in this thread. You should subscribe to it so you get Math Trade announcements.

You can find the announcement for the mock math trade here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/7756306#7756306
 
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You'll see that each entry has some info:

The time offer submissions open:
The time offer submissions close:
The time want list submissions close:
The time results are posted:

The first 2 pertain to you listing games you want to trade. Item 3 pertains to you submitting the list of games you want in trade for the offers you made. Step 4 is the moderator of the math trade posting the results.
 
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4. Board Game: Spooky Scary Math Games [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Every Math Trade has at least 2 components: A Geeklist to submit your offerings and a Discussion Thread. Sometimes a Math Trade will have an additional Geeklist where people can put requests, but this one (and none of the ones I run) doesn't have one.

Here's your links:

Geeklist: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/73490/learn-to-be-a-ma...
Discussion Thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/718058/learn-to-be-a-mat...
 
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5. Board Game: Monster Truck Math [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Your first step, should you wish to participate in any math trade, is go to the Geeklist or the Discussion Thread and

READ THE RULES

I can't emphasize this enough. Read the rules. If you have questions, ask in the Discussion Thread.

In real math trades, there are a few rules to be concerned with:

1. Shipping rules - Some trades have stipulations on shipping. Generally you must specify your shipping info in each post. For example, "I'll pay all shipping but ship only to the US" or "I'll pay the first $10 anywhere in the world". KNOW THIS RULE! It will save you a lot of time and aggravation.

2. Item description - Always describe your item completely and accurately. Some trades have stipulations on how you list game components. Be sure you understand.

3. Items allowed - Most trades allow non-boardgame items such as video games, DVDs, books, or GeekGold.
 
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6. Board Game: Math Dice [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:13441]
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The next step is for you to go to the Geeklist and add your games!

For each entry, be sure to specify your shipping as mentioned above!

Entries can have a "sweetener". This can be anything you want to add to increase the value of your lot. If I'm trading a fairly low value game, let's say Rivals of Catan, then I may want to add a game to the package to increase it's value. You list sweeteners by using the Geeklink option. If you don't use that, the OLWLG (talked about later) won't pick up your sweetener. You can add as many as you like but keep in mind that anything in that Geeklist entry will be traded as one "lot".
 
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7. Board Game: Chocolate Chip Math [Average Rating:3.50 Unranked]
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Once the submission period to add offerings closes, the submission period to create Want Lists opens up. To create your Want Lists, you're going to almost always use the OnLine Want List Generator (OLWLG). This incredible piece of software was created by this guy:
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On-Line Want List Generator - Hopefully Making Math Trades a Little Bit Easier
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I've written an entirely seperate Geeklist (http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/30011/how-to-use-the-olwlg) which will guide you on how to use the OLWLG.

This list (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/32005/jeffy-jeffs-olwl...) dives deeper into the OLWLG and fills in some gaps on Duplicate Protection.
 
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8. Board Game: 1-10, maths! [Average Rating:5.80 Unranked]
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The last thing that happens is the Math Trade moderator (me in this case) runs all the received Want Lists through a program called Trade Maximizer. This automatically figures out the trades and creates the output files that are posted to the OLWLG. Big thanks to

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The moderator posts that the math trade is complete and provides the link to the results. If this were a real math trade, you'd communicate with the folks you're trading with and arrange the trades. Since this is a mock trade, there's no shipping going on.
 
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9. Board Game: Lucky Puppy Math [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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We've got some folks who have offered to be Math Trade Mentors:

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If you have questions, please post them here or feel free to Geekmail one of these folks.
 
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This geeklist might be helpful too.
 
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