After spending some time on twitter yesterday evening I noticed there is a lot of disdain for SOTMK among the Disney fan community. I’m really hoping this isn’t going to develop into a Duffy The Bear level of hatred.
Part of the reason I started this blog was to provide news, tips & hints to anyone out there who is seeking information about the game as well as to those currently playing in hopes they enjoy it as much as I do. However the main reason I started blogging is to share information on what to look out for so that you don’t get discouraged or end up hating it before you even give it a chance. I know some people dislike the game because they say it ruins the atmosphere of the park and destroys the ambiance. Yes, I agree with that to a certain extent. Some of the portals are intrusive and yes they can be too loud. I also think that the MSEP Tribute To America finale is a tad over the top, the Spaceship Earth changes stink, the Yeti is an atrocity, and of course Duffy is awful but there’s nothing I can do about it. Those things are here to stay.
Every time I go play SOTMK I see a lot of the same people, and a large percentage of them are very nice harmless folks. On the other side of the coin you’ll get the fanatics. Yes some of them carry binders, backpacks, card boxes, etc. Then again some of those nice people are carrying those accessories around too. You have to protect your cards some how! I don’t think its fair to be calling people weirdos & freaks just because they enjoy collecting the cards. I don’t make fun of your pin lanyard, vinylmation collection, your obsession with the Carousel of Progress, and countless instagram photos of the Citrus Swirl. (all things I enjoy by the way!) Disney Parks are a place people come to nerd out and escape reality, if you’re not into it that’s fine, I can respect that. However I do believe there is cause for attention when people are going overboard, and by that I am referring to those who are taking advantage of first timers playing the game.
I can understand how people aren’t aware of the varying degrees of rarity within the spell cards. That knowledge isn’t made available to them when they start. I think if Disney just gave a brief explanation regarding the “value” of the cards at the time of distribution that would help a great deal. My guess is the recent post on the Disney Parks Blog was explaining that to guests in a round about way. Maybe they figure if the announcement comes from the mouse directly it’s official. Even though with a simple web search that information is widely available.
The bottom line is this game is getting such a bad rap is due to the aggressive nature in which some of the regulars and sadly even CM’s display. It’s being compared to the pin traders that used to congregate at Epcot and DTD. Which to my knowledge neither of those locations are being used for trading due to the removal of the tables. While I do agree that there should be a location to trade both pins and spell cards. I do not agree with the behaviors and trading practices of some these people. I understand every person has a different level of morality, and no one is perfect. I am just asking that you have some humanity and show respect for those around you. When you live here I guess it’s easy to forget that you’re at Walt Disney World. But that’s just it, you’re at WALT DISNEY WORLD! This is a place that people have saved up and waited their whole lives just to visit. Is it that difficult to have some class while you’re there.
If you’re new to the game and someone asks you to trade the best advice I can give is to stay informed. Search the net, there are plenty of blogs, forums, etc. That have loads of info on this game as well as anything else Disney. As I’ve said before and a commenter has recently posted it’s always wise to follow this model when trading.
- Star for Star
- Moon for Moon
- Planet for Planet
Now I’d be lying if I said I didn’t expect this to happen with the spell cards. When Disney is basically giving away free collectibles it was only a matter of time until people showed their true colors. What bothers me is seeing people with a ton of extras that don’t plan on unloading while they’re in the park. If that’s the case don’t walk around with them just leave them at home or in your car. By showing off your massive collection and sporting a terrible attitude because you’re being unreasonable or unwilling to trade. It makes you look ignorant, its that simple. I don’t understand the point of walking around looking like a hobo with all of your “treasures”. If you just can’t help yourself and are going to bring your stash, why not try giving away some cards, you’d be surprised how just one random act of kindness you can turn someone’s day around.
Otherwise the continued behavior of those whom are out to swindle and deceive are going to brandish SOTMK with a Duffy-esque status. Thus people will continue to bash this game to the ground, and it will become the next thing at Walt Disney World people love to hate.