Steam Trading Cards are a contemporary, virtual interpretation of yesteryear’s Pokemons, footie stickers, or, if your memory stretches back as far as mine, Pogs. Ah, yes, the days of roaming the playground with steely determination and unwavering conviction as you struck up deals at will, swapping five doublers at a time for that ever-elusive card or disk or shiny that completed your collection. It was business education in action.
Growing your Steam Trading Cards assemblage demands similar levels of perseverance, dedication and...eh? Idle Master, what’s that then?
Loads of our best PC games have Steam Trading Card collections. Check 'em out.
Idle Master is an open source application - a “labor of love...so everyone can get the most from Steam Trading Cards” - that allows you to continue collecting cards even if you decide to pop off to the loo or the pub or the local newsagent to inquire about the possibilty of a Pog revival.
“Do you have a lot of games in your Steam library that have card drops available, but not enough time to play them all?” asks Idle Master’s About page. “How great would it be to run a program before bed and wake up to an inventory full of Trading Cards? That's what Idle Master does.”
In essence, the app tricks Steam into thinking you’re still sat in front of your PC plodding along in any given game when you’re actually. In the meantime it scours your library waiting for each game to drop cards, before skipping to the next. Is it cheating? I suppose it might be, but just look at all those lovely cards you've accrued while your mate was busting a gut actually playing games. Sucker.
I’d have been the king of the playground if something like this'd been around in the late 90s.