Saturday, June 19, 2021

How do you start games with scores at zero?

I just got an email from someone who asked me "How do you start games with scores at zero?".

When I responded, my email got "bounced" because their Outlook email was configured incorrectly. This happens more times than I can tell you!

So here's my response, in case you are out there listening:

It's pretty easy to do this! Click on the Options button, and make sure that "Exclude Games in Progress" is checked. You will only join new games once that is done.

I have a blog post about this feature, if you want to read about it:
That includes screenshots with information about how to set your Options for the game.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions. And make sure your Outlook account is configured correctly, otherwise you won't be getting responses from me or anyone else!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

networking issues

Hey everyone,

Some people have written emails to let me know they're having connection issues with the site.

Thank you for letting me know, and I'm sorry, but there's nothing I can do about it in the short term. There are definitely some networking problems, and my hosting service is working to resolve them. Just wanted to let you all know that I'm aware of the situation. Let's hope the tech people can get the problems fixed soon.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Your emails!

Hi everyone,

I appreciate all the nice people who play cards at World of Card Games! I'm kind of busy with other work these days, and so I can't do much work on the site, I'm sorry to say. It still makes me happy to see how many people enjoy the site, even though it hasn't changed very much in the last couple of years.

I want to bring something up. Sometimes, a person writes to me with a question. I almost always respond to player emails!

However, sometimes when I respond, the email "bounces". That is, my response is returned as unsent. Sometimes, this happens because the person sending me the email has an Outlook account that has not been configured correctly. Sometimes, it happens because an Internet Service Provider has decided that my email is spam and won't allow me to get through.

I don't spam people. I only contact players at the site if they first contact me.

I just want to let people know that if they don't hear a response from me, it could be because I was unable to respond for technical reasons.

I'm bringing this up here because someone recently wrote me an email, and when I responded, the email bounced.

I'm going to post their question here, and my response, on the off chance that this person might read it here.

The person wrote:

I regularly get put into games and find myself down 70,80,90 points in a 100 point game.  It would an improvement if I could choose not to get auto inserted into games that are almost over.

Well, I could not agree more with this stranger from the Internet. Here was my response:

What you're looking for already exists. Please choose the "Exclude Games in Progress" Option, explained in this blog post:

It still surprises me that people do not realize this Option is available. When you first arrive at the site, you are given the Option to avoid games in progress. You can change your Option at that time, or any later time. If you're not aware of that, please follow the link above to learn about that Option and some other Options that you might find useful.

Thanks and be nice out there, life is too short!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021


The site will be down for a couple of hours due to a hardware issue at the server starting in about 35 minutes. Sorry for the interruption in games! Hopefully, the work will be done quickly. It is supposed to take up to 2 hours.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Double Deck Pinochle

Here's a screenshot of Double Deck Pinochle at World of Card Games. I hope people are having fun with that game!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

modified Elo ratings in Hearts

The Elo ratings for non-team games have been modified slightly. Previously, the formula computed the Elo rating as if each person were in a match against the other three people in the game. The new version of your Elo rating treats the game as a single match. This means that your Elo rating will change somewhat less with each ranked game that you play from now on. It also means that players will no longer sometimes win a few Elo points, even when losing the game, which was a point of confusion for many people. So I think the new method is an improvement. I hope you agree! Thanks to the player who suggested this modification, and was so helpful during the implementation of it!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Server issue

There's been a problem at the server that required it to be rebooted.

Usually, the site can issue an alert in advance of this happening. Unfortunately, this time, that was not possible.

I'm very sorry for the unexpected interruption in your games! The site was down for about 45 minutes starting at 4:45 AM Eastern USA time. But it is now back up again. Thank you for your patience!