With every Steam Sale comes a new trading card element now. The much-awaited Summer Sale is no different. New for this Summer Sale is the summer adventure. Every time you spend $10 (£5.86) you’ll earn a trading card and every third time you vote for a community choice sale you’ll get another.

The aim is to collect, trade and buy ten cards to craft them into a badge. If you manage this you’ll get:

  • 1 in-game item (or 5 for the foil badge)
  • 1 emoticon
  • 1 profile background
  • a chance at a Team Token
  • 10 points (or 100 for the foil badge)

Points? Teams? I’ll explain soon, stay with me on this.

Badges have different point values, too.

  • Summer Adventure Badge – 10 points
  • Summer Adventure Foil Badge – 100 points
  • any other game badge – 1 point
  • any foil game badge – 10 points

Right, points and teams. When you start the Summer Adventure you’re put into a team, the team with the most points at the end of each day wins. Points mean prizes so:

“30 randomly selected members of the winning team who contributed points by crafting badges that day will win 3 games off their Wishlist.

Anyone who contributed points to that win will get 2 bonus Summer Sale trading cards. Everyone else who contributed points that day will get 1 bonus card.”

There’s no need to feel pressured into buying cards off the marketplace or anything, it’s just a little fun on the side and if you do decide to take part, don’t spend all your money on cards, there’s games to be had.

The Steam Summer Sale is on until June 30th. Good luck with the deals and happy crafting.

Remember: Games are at their cheapest when they’re Flash, Daily or Community deals.

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