Friday, September 25, 2015

Schematics and Resources galore: Smugglers' Den not just for Smuggling Anymore

People have been asking for a set of cards involving vehicles for a long time. But what we finally got was well beyond what we'd seen anyone predict (not that we'd seen it all, though, I'm sure). Tommy, Michael, and Rhett discuss the schematics and resources that hit the app this week, and what long-term effects of having defined-count inserts with a constant demand might mean. Here's the reddit post that Tommy quotes from in the podcast:

 - Resources & Schematics Megathread

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Friday, September 18, 2015

High-speed Smuggling Tip, First Sig Card, ESB Illustrated Set

We're a couple of weeks into this brave new post Force Friday world, and while we're still happy overall, we do wonder aloud about sets that haven't gotten updates about their rewards, and specifically when those deadlines are...we trust the award cards will come in due time, but how's about a heads up on when the sets need to be complete?

Also, we discuss this tip that makes "coloring up" base cards in the Smuggler's Den a breeze:

Workaround for Shredding In Bulk - from maxreebok on reddit

Unfortunately for Android users, we discovered after recording that this glitch that allows for speedy smuggling is iOS only.

We also talk about SWCT's first signature card, and what exactly Billy Dee Williams may have been doing while he "signed" the 440 blank inserts that were swapped in the Smuggler's Den.

Finally, we discuss the ESB Illustrated in-depth. It's an expansive set with options for traders of all ages and budgets.

Enjoy, and keep sending us feedback on Twitter: @CT_Illuminerdy

Friday, September 11, 2015

The New Attitude at SWCT and Force Friday Recap

As we finished recording last week, it was the beginning of the end for a lot of things in SWCT. At
first it just seemed like the end of sets and updates on awards that were so overdue for closure "#NeverForget" was being used non-ironically in the community. But the bigger story seems to be the change in tone overall that we've seen since from Topps. New sets have total counts and award info upfront. Transmissions even address what's known to still need addressing. The app had a huge update and by the end of the weekend had another update to address bugs. We may not have gotten any credits for the sets we completed, but here at CTI we're unanimous in preferring this new level of communication over the previous effort.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Sets, Old Sets, and Force Friday preview

We've never been shy about claiming our huge amount of influence on the timing and direction of Topps choices. But imagine our surprise when they cater to our whims even as we're recording! Such was the case today, when we went over in detail the sets that remained outstanding, and even before we could wrap the episode, award cards began appearing in the app, and as you read this, checklists and award deadlines have been posted. I don't think there's really much else to say besides, "You're welcome." We discuss other new sets that have launched, including the (mostly initial) head-scratching surrounding the I Am set, and look forward to the Force Friday weekend. Enjoy everyone!

Things mentioned in this episode:

- Unresolved sets/awards post on Reddit
- Another way to look at pack odds post on
- @SWCT_Info fan-run Twitter account for the most reliable notifications of new announcements