{"posts":[{"id":"1241","created_at":"2019-01-04 18:46:28","updated_at":"2019-01-09 18:20:47","published_at":"2019-01-09 00:00:00","author_id":"2143","last_editor_id":"2143","title":"2018: Looking Back","subtitle":"","tagline":"","page_slug":"articles\/2019\/puca\/jonathan_medina\/2018_looking_back","page_title":"2018: Looking Back","body":"

In January of 2018, we were on the brink of death. Usually, a sentence like that is a bit hyperbolic, but for PucaTrade it's true. As Mitch put it in an article at the time: \"PucaTrade no longer reliably generates enough revenue to support itself.\" Not only were these issues in the back end, but PucaTrade had also entered its worst economic state since the site's inception. <\/p>\n

It's 2019. We're still here and it's getting hard to keep PucaPoints in your account. What happened? <\/p>\n

\"Stunning<\/p>\n

The short answer to that is that you<\/strong> rose up as a community and decided that you wanted PucaTrade to exist. We're deeply grateful for that, and we thank you! It's because of you that I even get to write an article looking back over the last year. Let's start at the same place Mitch did in 2018: 

PucaTrade now generates enough revenue to reliably support itself. This has more to do with the fact that we've cut expenses than an increase in revenue. In this area, we're optimistic but still tentative and careful. We won't be in a comfortable spot until we see an increase in subscriptions and we don't expect to see that until we do more work on our tiered features—we understand that this is important and it's on our radar. Last year we focused on goals like democratization, community, and sustainability; this year we'll continue to focus on these, but also start asking questions about what it looks like to grow. Before we get ahead of ourselves, let's see how we did on last year's goals (these also were outlined in Mitch's article<\/a>).<\/p>\n

Democratize<\/span><\/h1>\n

\"We want the PucaTrade community to have more say in the direction of the site.\"<\/p>\n

This is something that we tried really hard to accomplish and I think we did a good job of this last year. We started the year by rolling back a wildly unpopular change (member dues) and terminated point sales. These are two policy things that you as our community wanted to remove. Beyond that, most of the development work that we did last year directly came from ideas that you helped shape in our early campfire chats (in Discord). We also considered feedback that we received in emails, through the blue question mark, and even stuff that was relayed through cases. <\/p>\n

Even though we made great steps towards this goal, there are two areas that I'd like to see improve in 2019. Number one: My communication to you about what we're doing. I realize communication got sparse as I started to get more hands-on with the behind-the-scenes stuff. Number two: Our speed of execution. 2018 was a year of learning. We had to learn how to function as a platform and as a team, as well as execute our goals. Things are improving in this area, but there's still plenty of room to go and improve. <\/p>\n

\"March<\/p>\n

Socialize<\/span><\/h1>\n

\"We want PucaTrade to be something that you're proud to share with your friends.\"<\/p>\n

We still have a long way to go on this one. One of the points that we'll be focusing on this year is to make our site friendlier to new or returning members. We want to eliminate the special information needed to be most successful on the site, so that when one of your friends comes to use PucaTrade they can do so with ease and have success. More on this in the weeks to come.<\/p>\n

Realize<\/span><\/h1>\n

\"We want PucaTrade to sustain itself.\"<\/p>\n

I talked a bit about this at the beginning of the article. From a financial point of view, PucaTrade is making some progress here. We hope that the ease of use improvements will help increase traffic and when combined with some new tiered features, we can see some growth in 2019. Financials aside, this year we learned that PucaTrade can sustain itself on an entirely different axis: The community's sheer force of will. We are a resilient bunch. Watching your tenacity as a community to overcome and not accept defeat was a joy in 2018. It's my hope that this year the PucaTeam can further empower you to build a community around this game that we all love. <\/p>\n

\"Congregate\"<\/p>\n

I think this is a good note to end our looking back article on. Stay tuned for a 2019 looking forward article, where I'll talk about the direction of PucaTrade moving into 2019. Thank you for reading. <\/p>\n\n\n\n
Jonathan Medina<\/strong> (@Medina_MTG<\/a>) is a casual Magic player and lover of people. He has a long history of writing for various Magic sites. He's currently the Director of PucaTrade, and a semi-regular writer at GatheringMagic.com<\/a>. You can find him on Twitter at @Medina_MTG<\/a><\/td>\n\"\"<\/td>\n<\/tr>\n<\/tbody>\n<\/table>","status":"PUBLISHED","isBlog":"1","big_image":"","template_id":"2","extra_id":"0","external_embed_code":"","featured_image1":"https:\/\/drjl681pbj9m1.cloudfront.net\/admin\/2019\/0\/240\/SCBfO2QmQJiVLEYzTX0H_laviniaRenegade_sm.jpg","featured_image2":"","external_link":null,"external_link_title":null,"external_link_description":null,"featured_image3":"https:\/\/pucatrade-static.s3.amazonaws.com\/uploads\/laviniaRenegade_sm.jpg","featured_image4":null,"featured_image5":null,"author_name":"Jonathan Medina","display_name":"Jonathan Medina","name_first":"Jonathan","name_last":"Medina","code":"US","has_image":"1","profile_image":"https:\/\/drjl681pbj9m1.cloudfront.net\/user\/2013\/11\/200\/user-image-2143.jpg","tags":[{"url":"puca","tag":"puca"}],"displayDate":"January 09, 2019","authorlink":"Jonathan Medina<\/a>"},{"id":"1240","created_at":"2018-12-20 23:34:08","updated_at":"2019-01-01 03:01:40","published_at":"2018-12-27 00:00:00","author_id":"2143","last_editor_id":"2143","title":"New Features are Live! ","subtitle":"","tagline":"I wanted to take a moment to highlight our new feature set which is now LIVE!","page_slug":"articles\/2018\/puca\/jonathan_medina\/development_update_december","page_title":"New Features are Live! ","body":"

Hello PucaTraders! <\/p>\n

I hope your holidays are going well! I wanted to take a moment to highlight our new feature set which is now LIVE! If you've been following along at home, then you know that this feature set has been available to Uncommon and Rare members for some time via Flux. Now all members have access to the features by simply using the site. Here's what changed:<\/p>\n

Promotions are<\/strong><\/span> FREE to Create<\/strong><\/span><\/h1>\n

This does not mean there are no fees associated with promotions, only that the fees will be charged when a trade is committed instead of when you create the promotion. This means that you will only pay a fee when someone sends you a card. It also means you can promote as many cards as you like without paying a single PucaPoint! For more information about how to promote click here<\/a>. <\/span><\/p>\n

One big change to the promotion feature is that you can now offer a dynamic percentage on a card. This means that your offer will rise and fall with the price of the card—this will help you keep your offers current with the market. Premium members can use this feature in conjunction with the \"Max Price\" feature to keep tighter control of their offers as well. <\/p>\n

Promotion Percentages are Easier to See<\/span><\/h1>\n

In addition to the above changes, we added some more tools to help with visibility of promotions and packages. This is to help members find the best value for their trade more quickly and efficiently. Here are some examples of the new percentages in action:<\/p>\n

Here you'll see the percentages in the Package View. Notice that there are percentages for the whole package and the individual promoted cards. 

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In this example, removing the other two cards from the package only improves the total package by 1%. This is the kind of information that can help you make informed decisions about trading. Below is a picture of the package with the other two cards removed (63% overall bonus). This overall package percentage is dynamic and will recalculate as you add and remove other cards. <\/p>\n

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Naturally, we've also added the bonus percent to the list view as well. You can see that below. <\/p>\n

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Known Issue<\/span><\/h1>\n

This feature rollout is a good foundation to build on, but there are still some things that we can do improve the code—you can see some of our ideas for that here<\/a> in the \"Version Two\" section. Beyond these planned improvements, there is one known issue with the current code that you should be aware of:<\/p>\n

Changing the condition of a card does not edit the package total or percentage<\/strong> — This issue occurs in the send trade screen. <\/p>\n

The development team will be working on these bugs and expanding the feature in 2019. For more details on this feature set, you can see a detailed list of the changes in the change log<\/a>. I'll be back with another article in 2019 until then, have a great end to 2018. <\/p>\n

Thank you for reading! <\/p>\n\n\n\n
Jonathan Medina<\/strong> (@Medina_MTG<\/a>) is a casual Magic player and lover of people. He has a long history of writing for various Magic sites. He's currently the Director of PucaTrade, and a semi-regular writer at GatheringMagic.com<\/a>. You can find him on Twitter at @Medina_MTG<\/a><\/td>\n\"\"<\/td>\n<\/tr>\n<\/tbody>\n<\/table>","status":"PUBLISHED","isBlog":"1","big_image":"https:\/\/pucatrade-static.s3.amazonaws.com\/uploads\/Ral_Artwork.jpg","template_id":"2","extra_id":"0","external_embed_code":"","featured_image1":"","featured_image2":"","external_link":null,"external_link_title":null,"external_link_description":null,"featured_image3":"https:\/\/pucatrade-static.s3.amazonaws.com\/uploads\/Ral_Artwork.jpg","featured_image4":null,"featured_image5":null,"author_name":"Jonathan Medina","display_name":"Jonathan Medina","name_first":"Jonathan","name_last":"Medina","code":"US","has_image":"1","profile_image":"https:\/\/drjl681pbj9m1.cloudfront.net\/user\/2013\/11\/200\/user-image-2143.jpg","tags":[{"url":"puca","tag":"puca"}],"displayDate":"December 27, 2018","authorlink":"Jonathan Medina<\/a>"},{"id":"1239","created_at":"2018-12-16 21:27:55","updated_at":"2018-12-18 15:50:29","published_at":"2018-12-17 00:00:00","author_id":"59064","last_editor_id":"2143","title":"This Month in Magic: You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too","subtitle":"","tagline":"Howdy folks! It's Joe again and we're here with yet another This Month in Magic! Whew, it has been a crazy month and there is a lot more going on in the world of Magic.","page_slug":"articles\/2018\/magic\/joseph_dyer\/tmim_dec_2018","page_title":"This Month in Magic: You Can't Have Your Cake and Eat it Too","body":"

Howdy folks! It's Joe again and we're here with yet another This Month in Magic! Whew, it has been a crazy month and there is a lot more going on in the world of Magic.<\/p>\n

Let's jump right into the thick of things, shall we?<\/p>\n

Esports! Esports! Esports!<\/strong><\/span><\/h1>\n