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–  Frequently Asked Questions  –

Welcome to the FAQ for Card Vault. While we've done our best to ensure that Card Vault is intuitive to use, there are various questions that come up with relative frequency. As the name implies, this FAQ contains a list of the most commonly asked questions about the product, along with a (hopefully) adequate answer. The purpose of the FAQ is to answer general questions about the product, its future, licensing, etc. If you are encountering a problem with Card Vault, then it is probably addressed in either the Important Bugs or Solutions to Common Problems section, so please refer to those sections if the topic is not covered below. If you have questions that are not covered on this website, or if the information provided is not sufficient to answer your particular question, please contact technical support for further assistance.


I want to run Card Vault on a second computer. How do I do this?


We realize that many users have more than one computer, so we strive to be reasonable in the licensing for Card Vault. When you purchase a Card Vault license, you are actually allocated TWO separate licenses. Your primary license is the one you most likely have already installed. Once the primary license is installed, you can obtain a FREE secondary license by visiting the license administration website at www.lonewolfdevel.com. If you wish to run Card Vault on three or more computers, you will need to purchase a second license.


I'm a big fan of game XYZ. Will you be supporting it soon?


Our first priority for Card Vault is to create data files for all of the major games that are actively being produced. Our second priority is games that have recently gone out of print but for which there is a large base of active players. We are currently a two-person company, so we unfortunately can't get everything done as fast as we would like. :-)

If your favorite game doesn't fit either of the above two criteria, or if you simply don't want to wait for us to write the files, you have the option of writing the data files yourself (see the Authoring Kit for details). If you choose this option, please let us know once the files are written so that we can make sure your data files are made available to others who play that game.


Can I create my own data files for game XYZ? If so, how?


Card Vault data files can be written by virtually anyone. The file format is XML, which is an international standard and very similar to HTML (i.e. it's a formatted text file). Complete details on how to create or edit data files are provided within the Authoring Kit (details available elsewhere on this site).


I need to re-assign my license but Card Vault says I have to wait.


As stipulated in the license agreement, each license can be re-assigned to a new computer once every 90 days. Card Vault will think you have switched computers if you re-install or upgrade the computer. If you find yourself forced to wait, you have two alternatives:

  1. Every now and then, something will occur that you just never planned for. To accommodate situations like this, we will often allow users ONE exception to be made to the standard rules. To request an exception, contact technical support.
  2. If you'd prefer not using your one exception (or if you have already used it), you can use your secondary license to get running right away. Of course, this assumes that you have not yet used your secondary license to run Card Vault on a separate computer. To request your secondary license, go to the License Administration website and select the appropriate option. Your secondary license will be issued automatically.


How do I license Card Vault without an internet connection?


Beginning with V1.2, Card Vault allows users to license the product without a direct internet connection. You will need access to a computer that has an internet connection, but the computer you run Card Vault on does not have to have the connection. Here's how it works...

  1. First, make sure you have the latest version of Card Vault.
  2. Purchase a license online. When your purchase a license, you will be issued a license number.
  3. Within Card Vault, go to the "License" menu and select the "Manual License Install" option.
  4. Complete the wizard appropriately. Once you are finished, a file is created on your computer that you must then take to a computer that does have an internet connection. This file easily fits on a diskette.
  5. On a computer with an internet connection, launch the web browser and go to www.lonewolfdevel.com.
  6. Select the option entitled "Install a Product License Manually".
  7. Specify the file generated by Card Vault in Step #4 and upload that file to the server. The server will then generate the proper file to unlock Card Vault.
  8. Download the file presented by the server and copy it onto a diskette. This is the keyfile you need to unlock Card Vault.
  9. Back on your original computer, copy the keyfile into the folder where Card Vault is installed ("c:\cardvault" by default).
  10. Launch Card Vault. It should now be fully licensed and operational.


What do to the card quality ratings within Card Vault mean?


The two main sources of card pricing information are Scrye magazine and InQuest Gamer magazine. Unfortunately, they do not use the same terminology for their card quality ratings. Therefore Card vault uses its own terminology, based upon that of the magazines, but carefully avoiding duplicate or triplicate uses of the word mint.

The equivalent ratings are as shown, and the definitions of each rating are given below.

Card Vault  InQuest   Scrye
MintGem MintMint
ExcellentNM/MintNear Mint

Mint: Perfect in every way. No marks, discolorations, print imperfections, or flaws. Card image perfectly centered within the frame.

Excellent: Probably unplayed, or played only in sleeves. No appreciable wear. Maybe minor nicks or marks on edges, or uneven borders around card image.

Fine: Played, but not heavily. Minor defects such as corner crease, stress line that causes a color imperfection, printing glitch causing a color mark, and no more than 1/16" wear along one or two edges of the card. Might have a minor crease visible at close range, but is not marked such that it can be identified from the back.

Good: Definitely played with multiple defects. Wear marks on three or four sides of both faces, color fade, flaking, etc. May also be a much higher-grade card marred with an identifying feature such as a crease or a bubble caused by a water droplet.

Poor: About the only positive thing you can say about this category is that there is no lower end! Well, okay, maybe burned up to ashes could define the lower end of this.