We all know that Steam can be
hair-rippingly frustrating wonky sometimes. And we also know Stainless Games’ Duels of the Planeswalkers series has had its fair share of bugs, crashes, and general problems.
So it should come of little surprise that many users of the latest digital incarnation of Magic: the Gathering have had their profile wiped, effectively erasing all their campaign and card unlock progress. In fact, I’m pretty sure it happened to our own writer, Binerexis.
Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The bad news is that if you’ve already lost your data, you’re proper fucked. The good news is that if you haven’t yet had your cards/decks/happiness wiped, you can prevent it. One of our readers, Dylan, wrote in with some info he found on the Steam forums:
Love your channel and long time viewer. But enough sycophancy. Let me regale my story of woe and terror.
So I was excited when the game game out, unlocked all my decks, trimmed them down, play tested and changed some more and got a few good win streaks under my belt while learning to hate goblins.
Same as most people. Then I get home y’day after a hard slog at work, open a beer and set myself to play some duels and concentrate on a full control version of OB.
Everything is gone. All my unlocks, ally my avatars etc.
Now after I dried my tears I searched the forums to see if there was a fix. I was elated to find out there was… The details are in this thread http://forums.steampowered.
com/forums/showthread.php?t=. Basically your local machine stores your local profile. This holds things like how many cards youve unlocked etc. 2832104&page=2
I thought maybe you might be able to educate other duelists as you and daisho seem to be the cornerstone of the dotp community. I also thought it might be useful to have a file on hand for other poor souls who this might happen to.
Anyway, love your videos,
Gee, thanks Dylan! And to think I always assumed bad things about people named Dylan, ever since that one incident in Fresno.
Anyway, Dylan and the rest of the Steam posters eventually discovered you can’t really import other peoples’ files, but you can preemptively back up your own. In the discussion, Bademeister explains where to find the file you need to duplicate right now:
your hd & dir where you have steam installed”\Steam\userdata\”yourSteamprofilenumber” \97330\remote\”yourSteamprofilenumber”.profile
for example my profile file is located at e:\steam\userdata\345722345\97330\remote\345722345.profile
Hopefully this terrible fate won’t befall any of you, though it is possible to avoid. It seems that logging into Steam and/or DOTP on multiple computers is what wipes your data, overriding your profile that’s full of unlocks with one that’s tabula rasa. While this may not be comforting for players who regularly use multiple PCs, the fact that there’s a workaround should be of some use.
Thanks Dylan for the heads up… and good luck to all the duelists out there!