Introducing a Revamped Custom Cards Page!

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Posted on July 20, 2020, 4:01 a.m. by Femme_Fatale

Previously this page had been known as "community cards". The terminology, and page itself, had been long since outdated. Even the upload custom set wasn't working properly, ever since MSE 2.0 (Magic Set Editor) came out.

Now these things are working, and it's known as Custom Cards, to be in line with what is used everywhere else. The location to access it is still the same, it's in the "Cards" button on your header, and it's behind a grey button labelled as "View Custom Cards" at the top of the page underneath the page title.

Accessing this page will greet you with an image list of custom cards other users have created, with page buttons at the bottom to navigate to later entries. Above the list of images are three header buttons; Cards, Users and Sets. Cards is what you see now, Users will show you a list of the most recently active users plus small icons of what they've created. Sets will show you a list of the most recent uploaded sets from MSE, though these may be more themed collections or project files than actual sets, like custom cards for EDH.

The custom card panel shows by order of recency, all the creations every user has done, with the ability to do a search of all the cards with the advanced search function. Clicking on an individual custom card will go to that card's page, where you can see the image in higher resolution (if that image exists), and read the text info the user added. You can also comment on that custom card's page, if you feel like you want to give feedback or suggestions on it. The Download button downloads the image for you, and the Add to Deck button brings up a pop-up for you to add the card to your selected deck, at any quantity, in whatever board you choose. Finally it shows how to tag that custom card in comments.

Clicking on a user panel will bring you to a list of users that have made posts, ordered by recency, with a small list of some of the submissions they've made. You can see all the user's submissions by clicking the blue "See All" button in the bottom right hand corner for each user's individual section, and be brought to a page similar to the card's panel.

Clicking on a set name on the set's page will bring you to a page that lists all the cards for that set, where you can click on each individual card.


Now onto the actual adding of custom cards!

At the top of the Custom Card's page there are two buttons, in blue an "Add Custom Card" button and in orange an "Upload MSE File" button. Let's look at the Add Custom Card button.

Upon clicking that button you are greeted with a lot of text boxes. They are laid out like a magic card would be, as indicative of the Acidic Slime sample card image on the right. (Note if you are in mobile mode this doesn't apply, and instead they are all stacked on top of one another, with the sample card being at the bottom of the page.)

There are some things to keep in mind however, that isn't mentioned in the notifier box in the bottom right underneath the sample card image.

When uploading your own image, please try and crop out the black border! (If present.) Tappedout's card image overlay preview is much harder to read when cards have the full black border on them, so cropping them out makes things much easier to read for everyone.

The checkbox next to the image uploader is actually tappedout's auto-templater. Sort of like how MSE templates cards for you as you type text like creature and colour tappedout does the same. Clicking this option means that any image you upload will be formatted as artwork inside the card frame. Presently this does give sagas, levelers or planeswalkers their own templates.

For the rules text, if you try and put in a symbol that does not exist, that symbol will just disappear. Note that the symbols accepted by {} is not the full list of symbols that exist in our markdown syntax. Presently snow, energy, planeswalker and saga symbols are not accepted.

The attribution is where you post links to where you found the artwork or custom card itself. Note that bing, google and pinterest are NOT sources. A good source is the original posting of the artwork itself, like Artstation.


After creation

When you have successfully created the custom card on tappedout, you will be redirected to the card card's newly created page, and you'll notice something new. A blue edit button! This will let you edit all the properties of the card you have submitted, even creating new images or auto-generating an image for an old custom card you may have submitted in the past.

From here, you'll notice that your folder menu now has a new dropdown saying custom cards and when clicked will show your newly created custom card. You can then put this card into a deck or cube that has the "Custom" hub. Just simply typing out it's name into the text edit will work.

If you happen to create a duplicate either from someone else using the same name (like a Pokemon for example) or if you posted a duplicate of a card you already posted, don't fret, duplicate names get numbers added to the end of their url, just like how decks are treated if they have duplicate names. This way old cards don't get erased by accident. However, you will not be able to add that card in to decks and cubes, so best to keep names unique when possible so other users can use them (like just adding a number to the end of the card name), until this can get fixed.

Note that if you try and sort your deck by rarity and the custom card doesn't have one listed it will disappear entirely unless that card was uploaded through an MSE set file, in which it will be just be marked as Unknown.


Other Features Planned

  • The ability to draft custom sets in some form or way, either through an individual button or just to be able to mass add all the cards in that set to a cube.
  • Have artist the artist field of MSE sets to translate into attribution as "Artist: NAME".
  • Updating the auto-created template to look more professional, either in making it unique or look more like a magic card. Also for it to accept other types of templates, like double faced cards, sagas, planeswalkers, tokens and levelers.
  • Having the "Image Missing" template auto update to the data entered into the submission.
  • Auto-crop the black border out of uploaded MSE images.
  • Have other symbols be accepted by the {} symbol syntax in the custom card submission. Possibly still accept
    [[symbol:U]] as an alternative to {} to show symbol images in the rules text.
    

Bugs and minor things

  • Custom cards without rarity that weren't uploaded through an MSE set file can disappear when sorting by rarity on the deck page.
  • Let duplicate card names of custom cards be able to be entered in decks and cubes.

Concluding

If you notice any other bugs or want to make a feature suggestion please do mention them below!

IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT upload a custom card that already exists as a real card! There are other places to go to inform the site if there's something missing or if you don't know how to access a specific printing.

sergiodelrio says... #2

Hi Femme, thanks for the update!

Do you happen to know if MSE has been discontinued? I tried to find recent stuff like energy or some frames, but their site looks dated/abandoned. Am I looking in the wrong place? Just asking because you specifically mention it here.

July 20, 2020 4:43 a.m.

Femme_Fatale says... #3

July 20, 2020 5:07 a.m.

sergiodelrio says... #4

Thank you very much!

July 20, 2020 5:28 a.m.

Femme_Fatale says... #5

I'll make a detailed post on how to be updated and stay updated with MSE 2.0 in a bit, 2XM just started previews so I'll be focusing on that.

July 20, 2020 5:56 p.m.

Femme_Fatale says... #6

In the meantime, we have updates!

  • You can now apply a rarity to custom cards.
  • You can now see everything a user has created with the "See All" button on each user's section in the user tab.
  • There is now an advanced card search filter!
July 20, 2020 6:01 p.m.

Zeu says... #7

I had a custom set that was uploaded before this update called "Rakoa". I can still access it through my inventory, but can't find the set no matter what I try searching in the new Custom Cards sections searched (any of the 3 tabs).

July 20, 2020 8:04 p.m.

Coward_Token says... #8

Thanks FF

July 21, 2020 12:39 a.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #9

Nevermind, I'm dumb and figured it out :p

July 21, 2020 2:46 a.m. Edited.

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