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Level Tier System

At BENCHED, there is a "tiered" system - with three tiers of 5 levels. Each tier has it's own set of rewards - consisting of both cards and trophies. There is also a level 16...which can actually be pretty difficult to reach. However, once you reach that level, you can no longer level-up. In return, though, you can claim a decently-sized reward for every 500 cards that you collect once you actually reach that level.

TIER 1 (THIRD STRING)
Player Level Card Count Rewards
Level 1 001-100 2 choice cards, 3 regular cards + 25 medals, 1 trophy
Level 2 101-200 2 choice cards, 3 regular cards + 25 medals, 1 trophy
Level 3 201-300 2 choice cards, 3 regular cards + 25 medals, 1 trophy
Level 4 301-400 2 choice cards, 3 regular cards + 25 medals, 1 trophy
Level 5 401-500 2 choice cards, 3 regular cards + 25 medals, 1 trophy
TIER 2 (SECOND STRING)
Player Level Card Count Rewards
Level 6 501-700 2 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 40 medals, 1 trophies
Level 7 701-900 2 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 40 medals, 1 trophies
Level 8 901-1100 2 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 40 medals, 1 trophies
Level 9 1101-1300 2 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 40 medals, 1 trophies
Level 10 1301-1500 2 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 40 medals, 1 trophies
TIER 3 (FIRST STRING)
Player Level Card Count Rewards
Level 11 1501-1800 3 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 60 medals, 2 trophies
Level 12 1801-2100 3 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 60 medals, 2 trophies
Level 13 2101-2400 3 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 60 medals, 2 trophies
Level 14 2401-2700 3 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 60 medals, 2 trophies
Level 15 2701-3000 3 choice cards, 5 regular cards + 60 medals, 2 trophies
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Player Level Card Count Rewards
Level 16 3001+4 choice cards, 6 random cards, 75 trophies, 3 medals + custom level badge

Claiming Rewards

When you are ready to claim your level-up rewards, or MVP royalties, you will need to either create a thread or reply to your existing thread within the "Levels" sub-forum. Once you have been rewarded, you are more than welcome to update your trade post to reflect your new level even if the site has not yet been updated.

However, it is recommended that you wait for the site to be updated when you first reach level 31. This is because of the custom level badge. Unless Cami is the one posting your reward, it is unlikely that your custom badge has been uploaded. Of course, you are welcome to make the process faster by cropping it for us (200x100, please). Each member's name will be featured on this special badge, which is why we do not allow donations for level 31 badges.

Saving Level Badges

With the original total being 30 levels (before Cami decided to change it), easyTCG users might have found it a bit tedious to manually save/download all the badges in a badgeset that they like. Here's a quick guide to do it in just a few clicks! (Manually saving will work better in the long run for those who manually update their sites. Under this guide, there will be a tutorial that will show you how to update the level badge with nothing more than an additional field.)
  1. First, you'll need to download and install a bulk image downloader. My personal recommendation (Windows-only) is Bulk Image Downloader. You can grab the extensions if you wish, but they're not necessary - but they'll speed up the process. Mac and Linux users may user JDownloader or any other program that can download images in bulk; Windows may also use this program but the tutorial only applies to BID at the moment.
  2. Once you've got your bulk image downloader installed, you'll want to actually start up the program. You'll get a screen that looks like this.
  3. Navigate to the badge set that you want on Benched (or any TCG) and grab the URL from the address bar. Paste this link into the BID field that says "URL of image/video gallery page" and then press enter. This will load all the badges into the big white space you saw earlier like in this screen.
  4. Depending on how the TCG's layout is coded, the number of links shown will either be the number of level badges shown on the page - or the number of badges added onto other existing images. For Benched, this number will always be above the number of badges shown because there are multople images shown on the sidebar. Make sure to remove everything that is not a level badge before proceeding. This usually implies removing everything that doesn't have "level##" in its filename.
  5. Click on the little folder icon by the field that says "Download to folder" and select the folder where you will be saving your level badges. This should be a folder within the same directory where you store your Benched images.
  6. Now, click on the button that says "Download Files Now (F9)" when you hover over it. It should look like this.
  7. Wait for all of the images to be downloaded. You'll want to watch the little bar that said "Total links: ##" as it will update as images get downloaded as shown here. If a file doesn't get downloaded due to an error, it'll remain in the window. (If this happens with a few files, try downloading them again with the program as well as manually saving them before contacting me. With so many files, sometimes things mess up.)
  8. OPTIONAL: If you have a program that can rename files in bulk, feel free to rename your level badges. There are tutorials that will give you instruction on this elsewhere - but feel free to ask if you need help with this.

Quickly Update Level Badges

First, you'll want to decide if you want to show how many total cards that you need in order to level up - or even just how many left that you need in order to level up. The reason for this is that it'll affect how you code your trade post. (This is meant to be used in tandem with the "Saving Level Badges" guide shown above.)

I did not create this tutorial off the top of my head. The concept for it was provided by Dite. I just wrote it out for my members.


Now, in your settings for the TCG, create an additional field called "level" and populate it according this guide. Replace the "##" with your current level number including the preceding zero (if needed) and the "###" with the card count/worth required to level up.
  • No Indicator for Next Level: ##
  • With Indicator for Next Level: ## | ###
This next step only applies for those using the "next level" indicator - so skip it if you chose not to do so. Remember how I said to decide if you want to show the total cards needed or just the remainining number of cards that you need? This is where that comes into play. Regardless of the method, though, you'll need to add this code to your trade post.
<?php
$level 
get_additional('Benched''level');
$level explode(" | "$level);
?>
If you choose strictly to show the total cards needed, you can stop here until we get to the part where we echo the card counts and level badges. If you choose to show many cards left until you can level-up, you'll need an extra bit of code. Instead of just what's written above, you'll want this (feel free to just copy the last line before the closing tag if you already have the previous code in your trade post).
<?php
$level 
get_additional('Benched''level');
$level explode(" | "$level);
$nxtcount $level[1] - cardcount('Benched''worth');
?>
To show the level badge with no next level indicator, you'll want this code:
<img src="images/tcg/benched/level/<?php echo get_additional('Benched','level'); ?>.png">
To show the level badge with a next level indicator, you'll want this code:
<img src="images/tcg/benched/level/<?php echo $level[0]; ?>.png">
Obviously, you'd have to change "images/tcg/benched/level/" to link to the folder where you have uploaded your level badges.

Moving on, those without the next level indicator are already done. For those with a next level indicator, there's just one more step. Those of you showing the total cards needed will be using this code where they'd show their card count:
<?php echo cardcount('Benched','worth'); ?> / <?php echo $level[1]; ?>
Those of you that want to show off the number of remaining cards needed will be using this code in the place where they'd like to display the number of cards (remaining that are still needed to level up. It will be a negative number once the number of cards in possession exceeeds the total amount of cards that are needed. At this point, you already have your actual card count shown somewhere.
<?php echo $nxtcount?>
And now you're done! Seriously, you're done - this & saving the level badges are just about the lengthiest thing when it comes to showing off your level when using easyTCG. Why? Because after this, you just have to update your additional field!

For those of you using Marfisa's TCG Manager, that tutorial is currently non-existent. I've never actually used the script so I have no idea how to go about it right now. Once I actually get my hands on it, though, I'll probably be releasing mods through my personal resource site (one of which will hopefully perform what I've got here).