Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why run a bot?

So you like playing Magic Online but simply can not afford to put hard earned dollars into this game? Maybe you play at your local card store and like the diversity of casual decks online, but can not afford to play with both physical cards and virtual cards. Maybe the global economic situation has affected you and you are unable to play limited events but want to keep current in Magic. Then maybe you should consider running a bot part-time.
Yes, it's time to think outside the box a little and consider all the advantages (and disadvantages) of running your own, personal Magic Online bot. It is not as difficult or as expensive as you would think.

If you scour the landscape and see what bots are out there, you find an overwhelming situation and wonder if these bots aren't designed for card shops and gaming centers seeking to supplement their income during the quieter times of the week, like Monday morning. Excessive charges, dedicated computers and of course, the actual inventory of cards as well all contribute to steep startup costs and drive away many.

Fortunately, MTGO Library has a method of payment that suits this type of player quite well: pay per transaction. Yes, at first seeing the 2.5 or 3.5% transaction charge seems like a lot. It can be overwhelming. But when you do the math, even at 3.5%, that amounts to one (1) ticket every 28 tickets worth of transactions. (One ticket for every 40 tickets worth of transactions at 2.5%) That doesn't sound too bad, does it?

So dispose of that old “I can't run a bot” type of thinking and next time, I'll show you the specifics of how you too can run a successful part-time bot.