Why it's called a math trade is lost to history, but here's what happens:
To start, add your trade-away items to the geeklist:
There are links and tips in the geeklist and associated discussion thread to help people who have never done this before.
Get a free ticket here:
In 2017 we had 160 participants, over 2700 games listed, and over 700 trades. I had to fill three suitcases with games to bring home - so good thing Southwest lets you check bags for free!
This is something you can do before Gen Con that makes Gen Con even more fun.
I'll add this in as VERY IMPORTANT for people wanting to try this Math Trade.
Please check out Duplicate Protection, a way of ensuring you don't get multiples of the same game during the results. The program as mentioned above finds the most trades you ask it to, however many trades you offer, but can't read your mind, just the checkboxes.
Duplicate Protection'll be part of the steps but some skip it. And so one person offered games to 5 others for their Vanished Planet and got all of them to their dismay. Duplicate Protection would have helped.
Duplicate Protection allows you to specify that all desired copies of a game you want are considered one 'game' by you. The program will find a trade for any one of those games in that pool if it can, and not try to trade for the rest.
Carry on and happy trading!
post above has bad link for the geeklist. try this: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/299491
I won't be able to attend Gen Con 2022 due to work, so I won't be able to participate in the MATH trade this year.
That said, I wanted to let people new to this cool event know that it's a great way to trade board games (and perhaps other gaming-tangent stuff). I've participated in the past and have enjoyed it, and as posted above, felt good about the trades.
If there's still time (at the time you read this), and you're even a little interested, give it a try! Also, you don't need to trade a bunch of titles. If you're flying in (as I do when I attend), I've just traded for a few items and it went relatively smoothly.
I should be there for 2023! Looking forward to it already.
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