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     MSE Program FAQ
Why can't I install new templates/games/symbols onto my MSE?
  This is a problem with Windows XP Service Pack 3 and any version of Windows thereafter treating the Program Files as read-only. It can be fixed by moving the Magic Set Editor 2 folder to another location.

Where can I get new templates/games/symbols?
  Try here.

Why don't horizontal templates print properly?
  Read this.

Can I move my MSE set into MSE2?
  Yes. Just open the file like you would a MSE file. Then save the file.

I have a set symbol I created for MSE1, can I move it also into MSE2?
  Yes. Again, just open the 60x80 (the 20x80 ones won't carry over) bitmap file like you would a (.mse-symbol) symbol file. Then save the file.

Will rendering the card at 100% be small/big enough so it will fit a real card (if we do print it)? If not, what would you suggest be the right size?
  Printing at normal size should give the same size as real cards, but it may be off by a small amount. If you wanted it to fit exactly you would also have to calibrate your printer.

How I can put the card art onto the card?
  To put in art into the cards, double click the area where the art would go labeled "double click to load an image" and find the file you want to put in.

How do I get the set symbol, instead of the default box?
  You need to go to the set info window on MSE2 (hit the "Set Info" button or hit F6 anywhere in MSE2). There you will see the "Symbol" section. Double-click where it tells you to and it will open the Symbol Editor. Here you will be able to edit your own symbol or upload (like you normally would using "File" and "Open..." and all that) someone else's. You must hit the store button in order for the upload set symbol to take hold. Here is some symbols you can play around with: Custom Symbols.

How do I add guild watermarks or basic land mana symbols to a card?
  There is a box for the guild watermarks or basic land mana symbols, just below the text box. You should click somewhere on the colored border around the text box.

Can I use hybrid mana symbols, as from Ravnica?
  Yes. You can create hybrid mana symbols by typing C/D, where C and D are the color symbols you want to be as a hybrid. This only works for the colored mana symbols.

Can I use half mana symbols, as from Unhinged?
  Yes. You can create hybrid mana symbols by typing |C, where C is the color symbols you want halved. This only works for the colored mana symbols.

Can I use the single colored hybrids, as from Shadowmoor?
  Yes. You can create single colored hybrid mana symbols by typing X/C, where C is the colored mana symbol, and X is a number form 0-9. This doesn't work on all templates.

A mana symbol has appeared in the text where I don't want one. Can I somehow force it not to appear?
  Yes. You can type ]C[ to force MSE to not render the symbol. This works for all mana symbols.

I want a mana symbol to appear in the text, but it doesn't. Can I somehow force it to appear?
  Yes. You can type [C] to force MSE to render the symbol. This works for all mana symbols.

Can I remove the automatic reminder text for the standard abilities?
  Yes, there are two options for that. One, you can set the Automatic Reminder Text option in the Set Info tab to No or Only for Custom Keywords. Two, you can right-click on the keyword in the text box, and click on the Reminder Text option in the menu that pops up (you might have to try twice on occasion).

Does that second option also allow forcing reminder text for an ability, even when I have set Automatic Reminder Text to No or Only for Custom Keywords?
  Yes, it does.

How do I create and use a set symbol?
  In games that use set symbols, you should switch to the "Set info" tab after opening or creating a set for that game. You'll see a checker patterned box with the words "double click to edit symbol". Double click on the box to launch the set symbol editor. Do not change sets or close MSE at this point; the symbol editor will lose its connection to MSE and your set if you do so.

  Create a set symbol. This can be done by using the editor, or importing an image. To learn about importing an image, see Importing an Image as a Set Symbol. To learn about using the editor, see Using The Symbol Editor.

  After you have created a symbol, you can either save it as a symbol file for later use, or immediately use it on your set. If you wish to use it on your set click "Store", and then you may close the symbol editor. Be sure to save your changes in the set file.

  If you wish to save the symbol to use later or share, click "File -> Save as...", and go save the file where you want under the name you want.

     MSE Forum FAQ
How do I make symbols appear in my posts?
  The symbols auto-replace certain code, normally between two colons. See the list here. Additionally, we use BBCode to format your posts. To view what BBCodes can be used see here.

How do I put something in a spoiler tag?
  Spoilers can be created by enclosing the text in a [spoiler] tag. Everything inside the [spoiler][/spoiler] will be hidden.

How do I post a card render on the forum?
  First you will need to export the card image from the MSE program. Then upload it to your own thread via the attachments dropdown, or to a third party site (e.g. Imageshack, Photobucket, etc).

  To post it on the forum just take the direct URL of the image and enclose it in [img] tags. For example...


  ... Becomes...


Why can't I delete my own comment?
  That's a bug on the website's side. If you edit the comment to ask for it to be deleted (e.g. "Delete this"), a moderator will delete it for you.

Why can't I edit my own comment?
  If another member has replied to your comment (by clicking the reply button), then you'll lose the edit function on that post. If you need that comment edited, message a moderator and ask them kindly, with a link to the comment.

Why don't the comment permalinks work?
  Another bug on the website's side. A comment's permalink will not remember what page the comment was on. To fix this add ?page=N before #comment= in the link, where N is the original number for the page of that thread (normally 1 less than the actual page number).

What do I do if I see unauthorized use of my art on the site/in a set?
  Contact a site administrator and the art will be removed. You must confirm via other methods that you are indeed the artist.

     Featured Set Submission FAQ
How do I submit a completed set?
  Click "Submit" on the left sidebar and read the requirements and follow the submission instructions.

Can I submit a set for a game other than Magic: The Gathering?
  Yes! We encourage players of all games to use our program and take pride in their work.

How big does my set have to be to be accepted?
  60 cards is the minimum, to allow for things like Duel Decks and Essential Collections for VS System. However, if the set is intended to function like a normal Magic: The Gathering expansion, you may be required to provide a size closer to an actual set simply because people trying to draft or play constructed with them can get frustrated by repetition and a lack of options. Intent for play must always fit the size. Again, transforming a very small set into a pair of Duel Decks is an option, and will make it easier for you as the creator to playtest it.

What about sets that use new colors, card types, etc.?
  Don't be afraid to try new things! We're always happy to have reasons to showcase the templates and symbols people here have made. Just make sure it all works within the rules of the game (or, rather, that new rules added to the game can be reasonably done).

Is there a problem if my set and another set use the same names for different mechanics, or the same art for different cards?
  Nobody is required to work around another person's set. Nobody has a copyright on keywords or world settings here so there is no ban on using something that is exists elsewhere on the site. If you want to make a mechanic called "supercharge" that copies spells and somebody already made a set with a "supercharge" that generates counters, go right ahead.

Is there a requirement for even color distribution or specific rarity distribution?
  There is no requirement for color distribution, although it should follow a balanced distribution barring any special situations. As for rarity, because each game handles it differently the only requirement is for there to be more commons than uncommons. All balancing should be addressed when showcasing your set in the forums here.

Is art necessary?
  At least 50% of the cards in your set need to have art (basic lands don't count), as well as the four cards you choose to have displayed on your page. You may stretch and distort the art to fit the card if you must, but only for the ones not being displayed on your page (it can still be enlarged or reduced using the same proportions). Don't forget artist credit, and don't use art that the artist has explicitly said not to use (deviantart users frequently will put an image in the description to let you know).

Is a set symbol required?
  There must always be a set symbol. It doesn't have to be fantastic (in fact we encourage a basic look); people just need to be able to differentiate it from other sets. The basic square that appears whenever you make a new set doesn't count.

Are there any requirements for the copyright lines on the cards?
  Copyright should always be ™ & © XXXX-XXXX [company name]. If it's something like a Magic: The Gathering Un-set and you want to put a word at the end on each card, that's fine. You may not use © [your name]. Some templates, like the Magic New Extra template, have an additional space for properly crediting the creator of the card (this part is optional).

What will a non-Magic: The Gathering set look like in the listing?
  Formatting for all pages will look similar to the ones for Magic, but feel free to ask the Submission Managers as they're very open to making changes to fit other games.

Is it possible to update a set once it's posted?
  In most cases no, as each set should be a finished product. You may only do so if there is art missing that you want to have added or if it's something that doesn't change the names or functionality of the cards. If you have something new for the set page, the Submission Managers will be happy to add it.

What do I do if I have a problem with the Submission Manager's decisions, or if I think their judgments are unreasonable?
  You may appeal to the other administrators to convince them of your point (please do not ask program developers). They are not obligated to and they cannot flat-out override the Submission Manager's decisions without majority consensus. You reserve the right to retract your submission or have your set taken down at any time.