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Frequently Asked Questions

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Many of you, whether you just joined or have been here for a while, have questions about the site and/or the card maker which are often asked multiple times.  Chances are that someone else has asked this question in the past, and an answer was given. 

Below are some of the common questions asked.  Use the table of contents below to find a specific one (CTRL+F / CMD+F if you need to).

A special thanks to Tinkerer for his help with this thread.





1A. Changing a topic title.

2A. How to gain Levels / user stars.

3A. How to change name / member title.

4A. How to give reps/likes

5A. Where to duel with custom cards.

6A. Where can I send my cards to be printed?

7A. Konami ripped off my ideas!

8A. What happened to the BBCodes?

9A. Old topics/old subsections?

Technical issues with YCM overall

1B. Cardmaker problems.
2B. When are you going to fix YCM?
3B. Get YCMaker over here!


1C. Commonly used terminology.


1A. Changing a topic title

If you wish to change your topic's name, then go into the Full Editor. You can access it by either clicking the "Full Edit" button on your opening post, or "Edit" to open the partial one and then Full Editor.

You can only do this with your own threads (unless you're staff and have access to other user's stuff). 


2A. How to gain Levels/user stars


You can read a more detailed description here, but the simple answer is: You must post in areas that have post count enabled to gain more.

Aside from Miscellaneous/Games and the OOC area in RPs, every other section on YCM is post count enabled. 

A quick guide to the ranking system here:

0 - 24 posts = Level 1

25 - 149 posts = Level 2

150 - 399 posts = Level 3

400 - 999 posts = Level 4

1000 - 4999 posts = Level 5

5000 - 9999 posts = Level 6

10000 and above = Level 7

As you get more posts, you'll get into higher groups which usually have more privileges (they are color-coded here for reference). Again, you may reference the linked thread above for more details, including how you attain these groups and associated privileges. 

Just don't spam your way up, or the staff will remove your posts / lower post count accordingly. 


3A. How to change your name

To do this, go to your Account Settings. Within the section marked "profile information", you should see a box for updating that.  Please note that you are only allotted 1 name change every so many days (most of you is once every 3 months, but as you get more posts here, this limit may lessen).  

(If you run into issues, you can always ask a staff member to change your name, but in doing so, this will reset your timer [meaning if you ran out of name changes for the period and get it changed, your cycle restarts])


4A. How do I give reps or likes? 

Reps or likes are a way of showing that you like a user's post. You may hear a lot of the older veterans call them "rep points" or the like due to how it was called back on MyBB.  

To give a member a like, you simply need to click the grey heart icon on the bottom-right of the posts. You can give one of several reactions, but all of them increase the person’s like count.

You can also choose to "unlike" a post if you decide clicking was an accident or whatnot. The recipient usually will get a notification that you liked their post. 


5A. Where to duel with custom cards? 

Nowadays, the easiest way to duel with custom cards would probably be Duelingbook.  However, you will have to manually re-make your cards on there since there is no formal connection between Duelingbook and YCM.


If you want to fight your creations against an AI, then you also have the option of EDOPro, however this option requires that you are somewhat adept in coding in Lua and handling SQL (.cdb) files. Also note that depending on your operating system, you may not be able to play properly due to later versions of the program either not being supported or certain innate bugs in the current version that require addressing.  


(This is a barebones tutorial and only valid for ARC-V stuff; Sakura was not able to add the VRAINS stuff at the time)


For the most part, you are usually better off using DuelingBook


6A. Where can I print out my cards and/or send them to Konami?

Yugioh Card Maker is not associated with Konami or its affiliates. Moreover, Konami will not accept fan designs for legality purposes unless they host a contest for them (but nowadays, those only happen in Japan, so TCG players, you get the short end of the stick). 

If you want to print them, you just have to print them at home. A note that a real Yugioh card is 2.375" (length) x 3.625" (width) [or multiply these dimensions by 2.54 for metric conversion]. You may be able to print 9 of these cards on a piece of paper, allowing for spacing, and then cut them out. If you want, you can either glue them onto old cards you don't want anymore or cut out index cards to the same size and glue them on.  

(Or if you want to commission proxies online for a more realistic feel, you can, but they are very expensive.) 

(NOTE: Fan made cards are ILLEGAL for official play, meaning you cannot use them in official competitions. In a casual setting, you may do so with the consent of all players involved.)


7A. Some of Konami's cards resemble stuff I've made here! I want to claim copyright infringement!

First and foremost, Konami owns the copyright to this game; we're only using it to design our own stuff. We don't own anything, even if some of the ideas for new summon mechanics and whatnot are fan-made.

This is a case of parallel design (or rather, we have to assume this is so). Basically, if a card comes up that resembles stuff you made, you have to assume it is coincidental. The staff members cannot track the IP addresses Konami uses, nor can we claim that your work was plagiarized. You actually have to PROVE they were looking at your works here, which is impossible and just claiming it was ripped off without proof won't go anywhere in court. 

tl;dr, if your stuff was apparently plagiarized, you have to assume it is parallel design / coincidental. You, as a player, don't have the copyright to this game.


8A. Where did my old threads go?  Where is X subforum?

Lots of YCM’s subsections have been merged.  While this has helped streamline things due to YCM’s lesser activity in recent years, it has caused some problems, especially regarding locating old threads.

The onsite search function does not seem to be working at all.  If you have an idea of the title of the old thread, your best bet is to try to use Google to find it.



1B. Problems with the card maker.

Since early 2016, we have known about many of the issues concerning the internal cardmaker. While we do have a new one that was crafted by another user (with some help), ours is still used in some capacity. 

Below are the known issues and their answers. For the most part, they come out from this thread (I'm moving it here to have it grouped with everything else). 

Please note that I will only talk about the internal card maker in this site. Issues related to the Neo New one by Yemachu will not be covered.


The cardmaker's name and text render funny now. 

Known issue since October 2016

 Again, we don't know what caused this problem. It is likely that the downtime around the start of the month played a role in it, but that is not certain.


Pictures no longer upload properly and render as white space.

 (Known issue as of mid-November 2017)

We're aware of this issue, though at this time, we do not know WHEN it got started. Looking over where the images are being stored, it appears that it is no longer working / in use.

This error applies only towards uploaded pictures from your desktop. Getting the URL from images online still works (except for Pixiv and some other areas; you'll need to rehost the pics on Imgur or something). 

NOTE: This is connected to registered members, as the picture is uploaded to a folder correlated to your account. Guests can upload regularly.


Pendulums and Links aren't here!

(Issue since 2014 / 2017) 

Yes, we know that the cardmaker is stuck in eternal ZEXAL mode, and as such, this isn't a "bug". We need to have them added eventually, but that requires several major changes to the coding.

YCMaker is currently running a beta test with functional Pendulum/Link templates.  If you want to join the beta test, post your intent to join in this thread.


Bullet points and accented letters don't work in the cardmaker

 Similar to the above; this is not a "bug" (for the most part), but rather an issue with the fonts used in the cardmaker. The bullet points will work for Vanilla monsters, however will not do so in Effect Monsters when they are used. 

Accented letters work with the card name with lowercase only (Uppercase letters do not work), but not in the card text. Please note that long vowels are not supported in either form, and as such, will need to be substituted with circumflex vowels (contains " ^ " over letter) when needed. 

(We are aware of the fact that there exist cards that do have accented letters)


Miscellaneous things

 These are just workaround things to adapt to any changes made to the game post-ZEXAL.

Ability line for Ritual, Fusion, Synchro and Xyz Monsters: Just put the corresponding abilities like Toon, Spirit, etc inside the standard type box.

It will be out of order, but because the cardmaker is hard wired as-is, you have to just work around it.

Normal/Effect Monsters and ability line: Set it as the corresponding monster (Normal or Effect), then add / Tuner, / Spirit, / Normal, / Flip, etc as needed inside the general Type box. 

Posting cards in written form is also fine.



2B. Why aren't you fixing YCM? 

A lot of the changes that need fixing in terms of the cardmaker and any forum-related things manually require YCMaker (the guy who owns this site) to fix them. However, his appearances tend to be sporadic and he does not check in on YCM as often due to his job as a program developer for outside companies.


If you do find other technical issues with the site, such as another feature not working, bring it up to us to we can document the matter. Right now, the known issues are as following. 

Cardmaker problems

Internal warning system broken (hence why those of you who receive punishments get PM'd nowadays about this and when they expire; normally these would automatically wear off)

Hotmail does not receive emails from this site (since 2016)


3B. Why is the staff not getting on YCMaker's case on a repeated basis to fix the problems?

Compare this to receiving hundreds of spam emails and text messages on a daily basis (or those of you on Discord, getting frequently mentioned every 5-10 minutes or something). You would get annoyed at it, wouldn't you? 

If the staff were to engage in this, he'd add all our emails on a block list, ignore us completely or at worst, shut this place down. 

Remember that he owns this site and can do whatever he wants with it.


Please understand that you, as the member base, are not the only ones upset at YCMaker's lack of upkeep of this site. His lack of presence annoys all of us (staff included), but yelling at us/him to do something isn't likely to make him do anything any sooner and may instead result in you getting penalized for unruly behavior. 

Our (the staff’s) hands are tied as we have no real means in addressing these problems. So as long as YCMaker doesn't come around to fix things, certain errors will continue to remain for the site. 




1C. What are common terms used on this site?


Throughout this site, you'll see several terms floating around. A few notable ones are as follows.


Site/section stuff

YCM - This site's name abbreviated. You will rarely see members write out the full proper name for this site. (Also potential members, this is one of the answers for the security question)

CC - Custom Cards. (This is usually referencing the section as a whole; the subsections are usually referred to by their stated names, minus the "card" portion. 

TCG - the Trading Card game section beneath Custom Cards, and normally just refers to the Yugioh portion of it.


Bump - "bring up my post". This basically means pushing your thread up to the top of page 1. Each section has restrictions on how often you can do this (and are not the same), so check before you do this. 

Necrobump - "bumping up a dead thread". This is usually a month (30 days), however just like regular bumping, certain areas have different restrictions which may be more lenient or strict.

Report - This means reporting offending content so that the moderators may look at it and address them accordingly as needed. Usually this entails pushing the yellow Report button at the bottom right of posts, but may also consist of PMing a staff member directly. Either method works. 

Warning - What happens when you break a rule. These can usually range from verbal reminders to correct the issue up to potential warn points and bans (either temporary or permanent).

Please consult the overall site rules for further explanations on the types of punishments that may be levied on you if you amass a certain amount of warn points (WP). 


 This is subject to being updated, but at the moment, this addresses most of the common stuff that usually gets asked. Do feel free to ask about something that isn't here.

Most of this was ported from the 2018 FAQ thread here, but has been updated to be relevant with current issues. I have not included certain older questions from that FAQ because they have since been resolved and/or are uncommon questions nowadays. 


What happened to the BBCodes/I can’t do Spoilers anymore!

In updating the site to its current form, a lot of things like the old BBCodes simply do not work anymore.

As of right now, you can do spoiler text, but it is extremely limited in scope (i.e. you can’t title your spoilers, and you cannot make nested spoilers)

To make a spoiler, just write [ spoiler] *spoiler contents here* [ / spoiler] (but without the spaces).

It will appear like the following:


*spoiler contents here*


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