Recently, there has been much speculation and misinformation spread about Trading Cards in these forums. We’d like to clear up some of this confusion and explain exactly what happened.
As you all know, trading card drops currently happen via two methods. For paid games, purchasing the game will grant a certain amount of free drops. This amount is determined by taking the total amount of cards in a game’s set and dividing it in half. For free games, you get approximately one drop per $9.00 spent in the game’s store. This model works well for most free games as they have costly in game content, however that is not the case in No More Room in Hell. We have no micro-transactions, and you can’t buy a free game. That leaves us with no mechanism to drop cards.
Some of you have also noticed that some people got 4 free drops. These 4 drops were only distributed to beta testers who activated a beta code. This was an unintended side effect of our steam beta testing program. In addition, all users who craft a badge, or activated a beta code are eligible to receive booster packs. These packs are dropped when another user crafts the badge.
When Valve develops a method for dropping cards in completely 100% free games, we will be eligible to have card dropping turned back on. If anyone has any suggestions for ways to do this, simply post them in the comments below.