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Summary

Spades is a 4 player "trick taking" game. There are two teams of two, with partners sitting across from each other.

Cards are ranked from Ace (high) down to 2 (low).

Objective

The objective is to be the first team to reach 500 points.

Deal

A random player is chosen to be the dealer.

Each player is dealt a hand of 13 cards from a standard deck of 52 cards.

The player to the dealer's left goes first.

Bid

Starting with the start player and proceeding clockwise around the table, each player places a bid. They are bidding how many "tricks" they think they can take. Players may bid from 0 (nil) to 13 tricks.

Each team adds together the bids of each partner. This is the number of tricks the team must take as a whole to avoid receiving negative points.

A bid of 0 tricks is known as a "nil" bid. This player is saying that they will not take any tricks this hand. If they succeed in not taking any tricks, their team scores a bonus. If they take 1 or more tricks, they fail and their team will receive a penalty.

Play

The start player starts the trick by playing any card from their hand, except Spades. The other players then each play a card in clockwise order until all 4 players have played a card. Whichever player played the highest card with the same suit as the lead card, takes the cards. This is known as "winning a trick".

The trick winner starts the next trick.

Players must play a card with the same suit as the lead card. If they do not have a card with that suit, they may play any card (except on the first trick, in which you may not play Spades). The first time a Spade card is played is known as "breaking spades". From this point on players can lead Spades.

Normally the highest card with the same suit as the lead card wins the trick. However, if a Spade is played on the trick, then the highest Spade card will win the trick instead. This is known as "trumping" and the Spades are considered a "trump" suit.

TRAM

If it is guaranteed that your hand will win all remaining tricks, you will be presented with a TRAM button. This stands for "The Rest Are Mine". Clicking it will give you all the remaining tricks.

This is just a way to make the game move along a bit quicker. This option is only available if it is impossible for anyone else to take any tricks due to the cards you have in your hand (such as A, K, Q, J of spades).

Score

After each hand, scores are calculated for each team.

If a team took at least as many tricks as they bid, they will gain 10 points per trick bid. Every trick taken beyond their bid is worth 1 point.

If a team did not take enough tricks to meet their bid, they will lose 10 points per trick bid. This is known as being "set". For example, if a team's combined bid is '5' and at the end of a hand they only took 4 tricks between the two of them, then they will lose 50 points.

Additionaly, for every trick taken beyond what the team bid, that team will earn a "bag". Over the course of the game these bags accumulate. Every time a team accumulates 10 bags, that team will lose 100 points.

If a player bid "nil" and successfully does not take any tricks, then their team will gain 100 points.

If a player who bid "nil" fails and takes any tricks, then their team will lose 100 points.

Note that if a "nil" bidder fails and takes tricks, those tricks do NOT count towards the team goal. A "nil" bidder is on their own and so is their teammate in regards to making the bid.

Game End

The game ends when any team reaches 500 points or falls to -200 points. The team with the highest score wins!

Strategy

Bidding:

Playing:

History

Spades was invented in the the USA in the 1930s and became quite popular in the 1940s. Spades is a member of the Whist family of card games.

Web Links

Pagat.com Spades Page

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Jul 8 2017
PinochleBot no longer gives meld bid twice
EuchreImproved bot strategy when defending against loner
Jun 18 2017
Twenty-NineAdded a ranking system
PinochleImproved bot strategy, including Jack leadback
Bug FixFixed bug in Twenty-Nine that caused bots to sometimes time out
EuchreImproved bot strategy
EuchreReduced time allowed to choose the up card or a suit from 20 seconds to 15 seconds
ImprovementPlayers at ranked games are now allowed 3 minutes to rejoin their games if they are disconnected
May 20 2017
PinochleAdded a ranking system
ImprovementElo K for ranking has been changed to 25 for all players
ImprovementAdded a browser 'notification' when your game starts. You can opt-out of notifications
PinochleImprove bot strategy, including Ace-on-Ace leadbacks
EuchreImprove bot strategy
Bug FixFixed a bug that let a player lead hearts when hearts were not broken and they had the Queen of Spades
Mar 19 2017
Gin RummyCards can be sorted left and right, by rank, using the new sort button
Gin RummyPicked cards go to the right of your hand so that they can be more easily moved on tablet devices
Bug FixFixed a rare bug that could cause a player to get stuck at a table
Jan 23 2017
ImprovementAn audio alert plays when it is your turn and you are timing out
Jan 9 2017
Gin RummyMove chat bubble to left so it does not overlap your cards
Gin RummyUse Interact.js for drag and drop in Chrome browsers on touchscreen devices only due to performance issues
Jan 7 2017
Gin RummyDrag and drop has been fixed for touchscreen devices
Gin RummyCards are fanned wider, and can be fanned narrower via the 'Fan Cards Wider' user setting
Bug FixThe F5 key can now be used for page reloads during a game
Dec 31 2016
Bug FixFixed bug in Twenty-Nine that caused game to break if '7th' card was played last
ImprovementSwitch to HTTPS
Nov 30 2016
Bug FixFixed bug that caused audio alerts to fail in Firefox
Bug FixFixed bug that caused Internet Explorer and Edge browsers to be unable to download hand history
Nov 27 2016
ImprovementA Messaging system can now be used by Registered players to contact those on their liked list
EuchreBots are more cautious in ordering the up card when their partner is the dealer
Bug FixFixed bug that caused Go Fish to break when double-clicking on a card
Oct 9 2016
EuchreMake bots more cautious in ordering up
EuchreBots no longer lead with the right bower if their team did not call trump
Bug FixIf 'Hide All Chats' is checked, do not hide chats required for gameplay
SpadesImprove bot strategy when defending and opposing nil
Aug 21 2016
Bug FixFixed bug that caused players to be taken to chat table when clicking 'Play Again' button
ImprovementPenalty for quitting ranked tables has been reduced to a 2-hour ban
ImprovementAdded landing page for each game
Aug 7 2016
Gin RummyDrag and drop has been fixed in Windows 10
Jul 24 2016
ImprovementShow notification when a network disconnection is detected
ImprovementClicking your nameplate, instead of avatar, brings up panels containing players' information
SpadesImprove bot strategy with nils
EuchreImprove bot strategy
PinochleImprove bot bidding strategy
ImprovementList of tables is wider to avoid wrapped lines
Jun 27 2016
ImprovementPause button is available at public tables; all players must click it for the game to pause
ImprovementList of tables is disabled while updating to avoid false clicks
Bug FixFixed bug that caused Double Deck Pinochle tables to sometimes freeze
PinochleFix bot bidding strategy so they don't give you a meld bid more than once
EuchreBots now use the 'next' strategy if possible
EuchreImprove bot choosing strategy
ImprovementRanked players are removed from the leaderboard if they have not played a ranked game in last 2 weeks
Jun 5 2016
Bug FixFixed bug that caused some players to be unable to get to a table
SpadesFixed bug that caused bots to set their partner's nil bid when partner played a Spade
HeartsHand history is now available for download and replay to registered users
May 30 2016
EuchreAdded a ranking system
May 1 2016
ImprovementCards are fanned wider in Twenty-Nine
ImprovementClicking a player's avatar brings up panels containing players' information
Bug FixLogging in is only allowed from the home page, now
ImprovementChat lobbies last 24 hours
Gin RummyFace cards are now ordered correctly when you replace a bot
SpadesImprove bot's trumping strategy
Apr 15 2016
Bug FixModify playspace so that West's chat bubble is not obscured
Bug FixOnly allow fanning of Classic and Anglo-American decks to avoid card resizing
Bug FixResize chat input so it is not obscured by chat bubble
Apr 10 2016
SpadesAdded a ranking system
ImprovementCards are fanned wider in Hearts, Pinochle, and Spades
ImprovementA setting was added to pile trick cards vertically, so they are more easily viewed
ImprovementMove chat bubble so that it does not obscure cards in Pinochle, Hearts, and Spades
ImprovementMove chat button closer to player in Pinochle, Hearts, and Spades
ImprovementAdd an audible alert when your tournament notification arrives
ImprovementSelected suit image is larger in games where the trump suit is chosen
PinochleImprove bidding strategy for bots
Mar 5 2016
HeartsPlayers at ranked games can now rejoin their games, for a limited time, if they are disconnected
HeartsNo-pass phase starts more quickly
Pinochle'Power Pinochle' hand history is now available for download and replay to registered users
Twenty-NineAdded the 'Double/Redouble' option
ImprovementAudio alerts now make use of the SoundJS library, which works on more devices
Gin RummyPlayers can now view the size of the stock pile
Jan 31 2016
ImprovementNew Chat Lobbies can be used to talk to others or post messages outside of games
EuchreFixed message shown to dealer when STD rule does not apply
PinochleImprove bidding strategy for bots
PinochleFixed bug that caused bot to stall out
Dec 8 2015
EuchreAdd new Option to play without 'Stick the Dealer' rule
HeartsShooting adds points to defenders if doing so puts (or keeps) shooter in first place, otherwise points are deducted
EuchreImproved robot strategy
PinochleImprove bidding strategy for bots
ImprovementAdd Welcome banner
Nov 17 2015
HeartsFix bug that caused too many points to be deducted from Elo ratings of losing players
Bug FixThe 'list of tables' has been fixed... again!
Nov 15 2015
PinochleImproved robot strategy
Bug FixThe 'list of tables' now updates every few seconds correctly
Nov 11 2015
ImprovementRegistered players may chat together after a game is finished
PinochleTRAM has been added when it is possible
SpadesHand history is now available for download and replay to registered users
EuchreImproved robot strategy
ImprovementThe timeout at private tables can be increased to 5 minutes
HeartsElo ratings now reward first place finishers only
Bug FixFix performance issue in 'list of tables'
Oct 18 2015
Bug FixFixed a bug that caused some players to be unable to get to an existing ranked table
Oct 12 2015
PinochleBidder Out option is now the default in Double Deck Pinochle
Bug FixList of tables showed some players as ranked when they were not
ImprovementTournament administration panel now has extra information
Oct 6 2015
Bug FixBots may not be invited to a ranked table until the game has started
Bug FixFixed another server side memory leak
Oct 3 2015
HeartsBots may replace humans at ranked tables after the game starts
Oct 2 2015
HeartsAdded a ranking system
Sep 17 2015
ImprovementEuchre hand history is now available for download and replay to registered users
ImprovementButtons in Game Over scroll now show the game name
ImprovementRegistered players can create a new table by clicking on the game name in 'list of tables'
SpadesImproved robot strategy
Bug FixFixed server side memory leak
Sep 3 2015
HeartsImproved robot strategy
ImprovementPlayers may fan cards more compactly in Hearts and Spades
ImprovementPlayers may exclude specific games from list of tables
Aug 20 2015
Bug FixTable listings now display all tables with open seats, again
Aug 18 2015
Bug FixFixed performance problem with Pinochle in Internet Explorer
ImprovementRegistered players may now store 4 extra private table names
PinochleCards are now sorted in standard way, with Aces at the left and weaker cards to the right
PinochleRobots only play an Ace on partner's Ace if they have remaining Ace or have no choice
PinochleIncreased the size of mini-cards, and removed rows with 0 melds, in Meld View
PinochleWhen 'Show Meld' button is clicked, now the total trump-less meld score is shown in addition to individual components
PinochleRegistered players can email themselves the previous hand in Power Pinochle format
Aug 6 2015
New GameNEW GAME!!! Added the game: Double Deck Pinochle
HeartsDecreased the duration of some actions, such as passing cards and shooting the moon display
Jul 28 2015
Bug FixFix issue in hide chats feature that caused server to hang
Jun 16 2015
ImprovementPlayers can now hide all chats using the 'Hide All Chats' Setting under their username
ImprovementPlayers can now hide chats from individual players at their table
Twenty-NineIf a single player is disliked by 3 other players in 29, then they are booted
Gin RummyFace cards are ordered by rank, by default
May 19 2015
Bug FixTime elapsed in Table Info was faulty and has been repaired
Bug FixFixed a bug which caused the player name tooltip to persist in Firefox
Bug FixFixed a bug which caused duplicate 'news!' link to appear sometimes
ImprovementAdd Hearts strategy page
Apr 27 2015
ImprovementTable Listings now display player names
ImprovementGive new users a quick way to choose between playing with bots or with other people
ImprovementIncreased timeouts in 3-5-8
ImprovementSimplify tournament administration to handle single matches
ImprovementIncrease timeouts in tournaments to 1 minute
ImprovementTime elapsed during game is found in the Table Info
Apr 12 2015
ImprovementPlayer count in each game panel is less obscured
Bug FixFixed a bug in Twenty-Nine that made it sometimes appear as if tricks were going to the wrong player
ImprovementAdd tournament administration and direct access to tournaments using a red T icon
Mar 21 2015
New AvatarAdded 7 new Avatars!
Bug FixSun and moon now show up when shooting in Hearts even for smaller screen sizes
ImprovementAdd clickable URLs to enter tournaments
Mar 5 2015
Bug FixFixed a bug that could cause a player to get stuck in a game when they should have been kicked because they missed too many turns
Bug FixCards in Gin Rummy are resorted upon entering a game in progress, if needed
ImprovementNew 'absolute' win statistic counts 1 winner per game, and counts a game as a loss if you quit
Bug Fix'Exclude New Users' option is no longer applied to private tables
Feb 13 2015
Twenty-NineAdded the option 'Allow Seventh Card' for choice of trump suit
Bug FixFixed a bug which sometimes caused cards to not appear when a player joined a game in progress
ImprovementAn audio alert plays when a paused game restarts
ImprovementAdded an option to avoid games that are in progress
ImprovementTable Listings now display how long a game has been going on
ImprovementIt is now possible to use the 'replace robots' link when a player has left a game
Jan 21 2015
New GameNEW GAME!!! Added the game: 3-5-8 (also known as Sergeant Major)
Dec 14 2014
ImprovementFive redeals are now allowed in Spades
Dec 5 2014
EuchreRobots now lead with trump suit cards when going alone
ImprovementPlay/Pause buttons are a bit larger
Bug FixFixed a Hearts bug which made it appear as if an incoming player received extra points
Bug FixFixed a bug which stopped the game panels from appearing on the main page
Bug FixFixed a bug which stopped table listings from appearing correctly
Nov 19 2014
SpadesImproved robot strategy for covering a nil bid in Spades
ImprovementYour chat bubble has been moved further right to avoid obscuring your cards
Bug FixFixed a bug that incorrectly disabled the Accept button in Twenty-Nine
Bug FixFixed a Gin Rummy bug that forbade a player from knocking when they should have been able to
Nov 8 2014
ImprovementPlay/Pause buttons are available at private tables
ImprovementTime limit is increased to 40 seconds at private tables
Twenty-NineTime limit to play a card is increased to 20 seconds
Bug FixFixed a bug that incorrectly allowed a player to knock in Gin Rummy
HeartsFixed a bug that allowed leading with a card other than 2 of Clubs
EuchreImproved robot strategy
Oct 27 2014
ImprovementAdded 'Like Player' button, a yellow star, to help track your favorite players
ImprovementTable listings are now available to show tables with empty seats
Bug FixFixed a bug that sometimes disallowed knocking in Gin Rummy
Bug FixExclude New Users table option has been fixed
Oct 5 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug that caused Gin Rummy robots to time out
HeartsImproved robot strategy against attempts to shoot
Sep 28 2014
New GameNEW GAME!!! Added the game: Gin Rummy
Aug 2 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug that sometimes caused avatars to vanish
Jul 17 2014
SpadesMade more improvements to robot strategy in Spades
EuchreRobots who go alone will now play trump when possible
Jul 3 2014
EuchreImproved robot strategy in picking the lead card
Jun 16 2014
ImprovementMade improvements to robot bid and play strategy in Spades
Jun 12 2014
Bug FixFixed bugs in Twenty-Nine that caused bids not to be visible
May 9 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug that caused some Hearts games to freeze
ImprovementThe login and register boxes no longer close when the page is resized
Apr 20 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug that caused some games to freeze
Apr 19 2014
EuchreRobots no longer overtrump their partner if they are the last to play and their partner will take the trick
Apr 14 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug in Hearts that made hearts selectable before they were broken, leading to 'out of sync' error
Bug FixFixed a bug where clicking on Hearts or Spades game sometimes resulted in a blank table
SpadesChanged confusing wording of 'No Bag Penalty' options
Apr 11 2014
ImprovementRe-added the link to invite all robots at once. When clicked, game starts with robots, who will be replaced by humans when possible
Apr 8 2014
New AvatarAdded 6 new Avatars, including 1 for Easter!
SpadesThere are now three 'No Bag Penalty' options: 'No', 'Yes', and 'Either'
Apr 6 2014
OtherMoved to new server
Apr 5 2014
Bug FixSpades players with 'No Bag Penalty' option checked will not be seated with those who did not check this option
Mar 30 2014
SpadesAdded the option 'No Bag Penalty'
Mar 28 2014
New GameNEW GAME!!! Added the game: Twenty-Nine (29)
Mar 19 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug in Hearts which blocked players from seeing whose turn it was
Mar 17 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug that caused the Hearts game to freeze
Mar 16 2014
EuchreRobots now guard high trump cards
Bug FixFixed a rarely occurring bug that caused a CPU spike
Mar 8 2014
Bug FixFixed a bug that sometimes caused it to appear that a trick was taken by the wrong player in Spades, Euchre, and Hearts
Mar 2 2014
New AvatarAdded 5 new Avatars, including 1 for St Patrick's Day!
Feb 7 2014
EuchreRobots no longer lead with a low trump card when opponent goes alone
Jan 29 2014
New AvatarAdded 3 new Avatars for Valentine's Day!
Jan 25 2014
ImprovementAdded a new table option: Experienced users of the site may now avoid playing with newer users
Jan 13 2014
ImprovementAdded a link to invite all robots at once. When clicked, game starts with robots, who will be replaced by humans when possible
ImprovementIf table options are set to 'private table' with table name 'none', the game starts immediately with robots
Jan 6 2014
EuchreRobots now lead with high trump cards when going alone
Bug FixFixed a bug where clicking on Hearts game sometimes resulted in a blank table
Dec 22 2013
SpadesThe first few times a computer forces your card to be played, a nil bid will be taken into account
ImprovementPrivate table input under Options settings is now selected when displayed
New AvatarAdded 5 new Avatars!
Bug FixAfter clicking Play Again in the Game Over scroll, table info was not always displayed correctly; this has been fixed
Dec 10 2013
EuchreRobots will sometimes 'go alone'
ImprovementOptions settings are now shown in a larger panel
New AvatarAdded 7 new seasonal Avatars!
Nov 26 2013
Bug FixDue to bug reports, the custom cursor has been turned off by default for all browsers except Chrome
Nov 24 2013
ImprovementThe 'leave table' link has been moved away from 'chat log' link to avoid accidentally leaving the table
ImprovementStop chatlog from scrolling upon update, provided you are 'holding' the scrollbar
Bug FixFixed the problem that zooming at 75% or less in Chrome caused a blank screen upon reload
Nov 14 2013
Improvement'Kick Player' button has been replaced with a 'Dislike Player' button
New AvatarAdded 5 new Avatars, including one for Thanksgiving!
ImprovementModify robot strategy when leading a trick in Hearts
Bug FixFixed a bug in Hearts that caused points to be deducted from the score of someone shooting the Moon, when they should have been added to other players' scores
Oct 29 2013
ImprovementTwo new sounds indicating a player left or sat down at the table
Oct 27 2013
ImprovementGong sounds when the game starts
Oct 22 2013
New AvatarAdded 9 new Avatars!
EuchreRobots lead with the right bower when possible
ImprovementResync warning message displays when the cards are reset due to differences between server and browser
Oct 15 2013
Bug FixFixed memory leak caused by animations
Bug FixProfanity filter now works on the scoreboard text
Oct 1 2013
New FeatureAdded the 'Kick Player' button
Sep 3 2013
New FeatureAdded the 'Bots' option
New AvatarAdded 5 new Avatars!
EuchreFixed a bug where a player was skipped on the turn after 'Go Alone' was used
Aug 4 2013
New FeatureAdded a 'Game Info' link at the bottom left corner of each card game that can be toggled to show current total number of game players
New FeatureIn a card game, the lower left links take precedence when resizing the screen, so 'Leave Table' is readily available
EuchreImproved robot gameplay so that trump cards are not needlessly discarded
Jul 28 2013
Bug FixFixed 'synchronization' bug which sometimes caused cards to vanish when refreshing browser
Jul 24 2013
New FeatureAdded a profanity filter option for chat
EuchreFixed a bug in scoring when going alone
New AvatarAdded 8 new Avatars!
Jul 09 2013
Bug FixChange support email address
Jul 08 2013
Bug FixFixed a bug where chat stopped working after first game
Bug FixFixed 'synchronization' bugs relating to being forced to play when taking too long
May 20 2013
EuchreFixed a bug where when someone went alone, after the first trick the game would deal a second hand of cards
May 17 2013
Bug FixFixed multiple 'synchronization' bugs that caused very odd things to happen (cards going to the wrong people, duplicate cards, unequal hands, etc)
EuchreFixed a bug where you could not choose 'Go Alone' if you were in the second phase of considering where you needed to pick a suit
SpadesAdded an extra tip to the 'Help' section for euchre
HeartsWhen someone shoots, their name now correctly fits in the name plate
ImprovementDecreased how long players have to take their turns. This should cause the games to move along at a bit faster pace
ImprovementPlayers who miss too many turns in a row are now booted from the table earlier than they were before
Bug FixFixed a bug where registered players were not being matched with Registered Only tables
May 13 2013
HeartsWhen shooting the Moon or Sun, if adding points to your opponents would cause one of them to take 1st place instead of you, points will be subtracted from your score instead of being added to your opponents
ImprovementPlayers who miss too many turns in a row are now booted from the table a bit earlier than they were before
ImprovementAdded some web links to the 'Help' for each game for more information on each game
Bug FixFixed several bugs behind the scenes
May 11 2013
New FeatureEach individual game now shows how many players are playing that game
ImprovementImproved the speed of the custom cursor when moving it around the screen
ImprovementThe custom cursor is now disabled by default for Internet Explorer 9 or earlier users
Bug FixFixed a bug where the game selectors on the home page would run into the footer bar at the bottom right
Bug FixFixed several bugs behind the scenes that could cause the web server to stop responding
May 10 2013
New GameNEW GAME!!! Added the game: Euchre
ImprovementAdded Game Specific option descriptions to the Help for Hearts. Also added a new FAQ question
Bug FixThe 'Zoom' warning no longer appears incorrectly on later versions of Chrome
Apr 03 2013
New FeatureIf a game has a dealer (Spades and the upcoming Euchre), that person now gets a 'Dealer' chip to denote they are the dealer
Bug FixFixed a bug where in a multiplayer game if a player missed their turn, the game would freeze!
Bug FixFixed a bug that caused chat in chat bubbles to sometimes go outside the chat bubble
Bug FixFixed a bug with the Spades tutorial that showed double suit symbols in the chat bubbles
Mar 30 2013
New FeatureAdded an FAQ which can be found in the bottom right corner
Bug FixFixed a few bugs behind the scenes that should improve game stability
Mar 27 2013
New FeatureAll games now have full rules and strategy available! Click the new 'help' link in the bottom left corner!
ImprovementThe font has been changed to be more legible
ImprovementImproved the Tutorials of all the games to be a bit clearer
Bug FixThe social buttons (Facebook, G+ and Twitter) now will never appear above anything else
Bug FixFixed multiple bugs behind the scenes relating to game stability
Mar 24 2013
New RobotsRobots now have new and different avatars
ImprovementA 'Leave Table' link is now always visible at bottom left corner and you can leave any game at any time
SpadesFixed a bug where the robots would sometimes try to make an invalid move on the first trick (played a spade)
ImprovementThe message box in the bottom right corner of the table now is a bit larger
ImprovementPlayers that miss multiple turns in a row have their turn time limit shortened sooner than before
ImprovementPlayers that miss too many turns in a row are now booted from the table a bit earlier than before
ImprovementThe tutorial chat bubbles should color suit symbols in their correct color
ImprovementiPad users should have a slightly more iPad friendly experience
Mar 23 2013
ImprovementAdded descriptive tooltips to the hand score and game score to explain what they are. Also separated them a bit from each other
ImprovementThe menus now disappear after selecting an item, this makes it easier to see your change and is less confusing
Bug FixFixed an issue where hitting 'Play Again' would sometimes cause the table layout to become messed up
Bug FixFixed multiple bugs behind the scenes to make everything a bit more stable
HeartsFixed a bug where if a user leaves after a TRAM, the new user would see the pre-TRAM cards in addition to the next rounds cards
HeartsFixed a bug relating to being forced to pass cards when taking too long to select some
Mar 21 2013
New FeatureAdded pie charts for the 'Most Played Games' in the statistics window
New FeatureAdded Win/Loss ratio bar in the statistics window
Mar 20 2013
New FeatureYou can now view individual game statistics in the statistics window
Mar 19 2013
New FeatureAdded statistics! View them by clicking the 'stats' link next to your username at the top.
Mar 16 2013
New FeatureYou can now click on your Username to show your user account page
New FeatureAdded a Change Password form to the user account page (registered users only)
OtherRemoved the settings menu and moved these settings to the user account page
New FeatureIf you miss too many turns in a row, you will be removed from the table
ImprovementThe number of players online now shows up right away (before it took up to 30 seconds to show)
Bug FixFixed a bug where private tables without names were matching each other
Mar 13 2013
OtherAdded a privacy and cookie policy link to the about box.
Mar 6 2013
Bug FixI have fixed many bugs that caused the games or robots to become unstable and stop working. More bugs remain and I am working on them.
Feb 26 2013
New FeaturePrivate Tables can now have names. This allows you and your friends to play on the same table together
HeartsFixed a bug. Now the Queen of Spades can now be led even when hearts are not yet broken.
HeartsAdded the option 'Allow First Turn Hearts'
HeartsFixed a bug where the Robots would not dump the Queen of Spades or Heart cards until after someone else broke Hearts
Feb 25 2013
New GameNEW GAME!!! Added the game: Spades
Feb 14 2013
ImprovementThe site should load much faster now, especially when using Chrome
Feb 07 2013
ImprovementThe cursor is now MUCH faster when moving it around the screen
ImprovementThe login and register boxes can now be closed by pressing escape
Jan 25 2013
ImprovementIf you leave a solo game (just you and robots) you now have 1 hour to return instead of 10 seconds
Jan 24 2013
ImprovementChanging wallpapers now happens twice as fast
Dec 28 2012
Bug FixFixed a bug where you would get just a black screen when visiting the site
Bug FixThe Invite a Robot chat tips now appear in the correct places and they now accept clicks themselves
Dec 27 2012
ImprovementThe wallpaper menu now has larger preview sizes for several wallpapers
ImprovementPressing escape will now correctly close open menus, about boxes, chat logs and table info
Dec 26 2012
New DeckAdded the new 'Ninaste' deck!
New DeckAdded the new 'Azzedar-san' deck!
ImprovementThe register and login forms now give live feedback about any errors while filling out the form
ImprovementThe current game name now appears as a watermark in the center of the table until the game starts. It can also now be found in the Table Info
Bug FixThe Chat Log now correctly shows the usernames of players who left the table
Bug FixThe Chat button and bottom right messages no longer sometimes appear underneath the footer bars
Bug FixThe scroll bars now correctly respond to clicking in the track to jump around
Nov 1 2012
New FeatureYou can now turn on a card Drop Shadow effect in the Options menu. This may cause slower performance
New FeatureThe Custom Cursor can now be turned off in the Options menu
New FeatureYou can now turn Hardware Acceleration on in the Options menu. This may cause slower performance
Oct 24 2012
New DeckAdded the new 'Torres' deck!
Aug 17 2012
ImprovementAbout box now closes when you press Escape or click outside the about box
ImprovementThe social buttons from Facebook, Google and Twitter are now hidden when playing a game
Aug 16 2012
New FeatureAdded Facebook Like button, Google +1 button and Twitter tweet button
Aug 15 2012
New WallpaperAdded over 50 new wallpapers!
Aug 13 2012
ImprovementYou can now leave a table that is underway, so long as that table is a solo game
ImprovementChat Bubbles stay on screen longer depending on how long the chat message is
ImprovementThe scroll bars in the menu are now a bit more visible
ImprovementThe active player pulsating pulsation now stands out more
Bug FixButtons are now sized large enough so that the text in them is readable
Bug FixSafari 5.1 now correctly rotates cards
Bug FixFirefox now correctly shows the Game Over scroll
Bug FixFixed some minor layout issues on the Game Over scroll
Bug FixThe about box is now smaller so it shows up correctly in smaller browser windows
Aug 3 2012
HeartsWhen someone shoots the Moon or Sun, there is a nice pretty screen that is displayed to notify players of the accomplishment
Aug 2 2012
HeartsA TRAM button is now available when you are guaranteed to take all remaining tricks
HeartsFixed some assorted bugs with robot players making incorrect decisions
New FeatureThere is now a 'Table Info' link at the bottom left corner that shows the current table options
ImprovementIf you get disconnected for some reason, it will automatically try and reconnect
OtherHelpful tooltips for actions now stop showing up after you have performed the action twice (instead of just once)
Aug 1 2012
New FeatureThere are now 'Forgot?' links on the sign in form in case you forget your user name or password
Jul 26 2012
ImprovementAnimations are now much more smooth thanks to hardware acceleration being used now
Jul 25 2012
ImprovementCards in your hand are now larger
OtherCards now rotate both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions, whichever is the shortest path to it's destination angle
Jul 24 2012
ImprovementCards in your hand are now fanned out in an arc, like many do in real life
Jul 23 2012
HeartsThe robot players are better at keeping spades for protection when they have the Queen of Spades. They also now correctly dump their Queen of Spades when given the chance
HeartsFixed that prevented hearts from being led even though the Queen of Spades had been played
OtherThe pacing of Go Fish game messages has been sped up
Jul 21 2012
ImprovementThe Game Over screen looks much nicer now with new scroll graphic and a better layout
Jul 20 2012
ImprovementCards now move more smoothly from one spot to the next
Jul 16 2012
New FeatureIn solo games, you no longer have a turn time limit (thus, the Pause button has been removed)
ImprovementThe menu bar is now always visible and the style is a lot less cluttered
ImprovementGreatly improved performance when moving the cursor around the screen and using the menus
OtherYou are now disconnected if you are idle for over 12 hours.
Bug FixFixed a problem where unselectable cards in some decks appeared selectable
Jul 1 2012
New FeatureYou can now 'Pause' the game if you are playing by yourself
Jun 29 2012
New FeatureUser names can now include unicode characters like Renée
Jun 28 2012
Bug FixFixed the cursor when mousing over unselectable cards to not be a pointer
Bug FixFixed links in the About box being unclickable
Jun 25 2012
New AvatarAdded over 100 new Avatars!
Jun 22 2012
New FeatureAdded the about box, including the change history
Bug FixFixed the Wallpaper menu so it shows a scroll bar when needed
Jun 21 2012
New WallpaperAdded over 40 new wallpapers!
Bug FixFixed the position of the Chat Button to correctly be in the far bottom left corner
Bug FixFixed a bug that when re-connecting you were sometimes kicked from your active game
Jun 20 2012
New FeatureAdded a 'chat log' link at bottom left corner
New FeatureIf you miss turns, you will have less time for your future turns. Returns to normal once you take a turn again.
HeartsIncreased play card turn duration to 25 seconds (was 20)
HeartsIncreased pass/choose turn duration to 35 seconds (was 30)
Go FishDecreased turn duration to 20 seconds (was 30)
Go FishAdded instructional messages if it's your first time playing
OtherIncreased Chat Bubble display duration to 5 seconds (was 3)
OtherThe turn hourglass now appears when 15 seconds remain (was 10)
OtherChanging wallpapers now has a fade in animation
Jun 17 2012
OtherAdded a Zoom warning if the browser's Zoom level is not set to 100%
Jun 14 2012
New GameNEW GAME!!! Added the game: Hearts
May 30 2012
New FeatureTooltips have been added to various places, such as the 'Click to Play' tooltip on the main game selector screen
Apr 26 2012
New FeatureAdded a 'private' table option
Apr 23 2012
New GameOur first game is available! Added the game: Go Fish
Feb 26 2012
New FeatureAvatar support added!
Dec 15 2011
First EntryWorld of Card Games first started being developed on this day!
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How do I start a game?
On the main screen, simply click on any of the big pictures to play the game denoted by that picture.
How do I play against the computer?
At a table, click the little grey robot next to any empty seat to invite a computer player.
How can I play by myself?
Click on the 'Options' button and check the "[X] Private Table" option. This will ensure no other players join your table.
How can I play with friends?
Come up with a name for your table and tell your friends. Now you and your friends should click on the 'Options' button and check "[X] Private Table". Then click (change) next to the Name: and enter your table name. You and your friends will all be seated on the same private table.
How can I forbid robots at my table?
Click on the 'Options' button and set the "Bots" option to "No". You will be seated at a table where robots cannot be invited. Be aware that it may take longer for the table to fill up with this setting; it will usually be faster when "Either" is chosen.
How can I turn off this custom cursor? It's moving slow.
Click on your username at the top right. Then uncheck the "[ ] Custom Cursor" option.
Why should I register?
Registering allows you to pick your own username. All your settings and statistics are tied to this account and thus you can play from different computers. Additionally registered users are never deleted and their stats are never cleared.
How do I chat?
Click on the Chat button in the lower left corner, and a small text area will open up. Start typing, and see your words appear in the text area. Hit the Enter key, and your words appear on the screen.
Someone is being rude, what can I do?
There is a red ⓧ icon below and left of the player. Clicking this icon records the fact that you dislike this player, and you will not be seated with them again. If the player is abusive, it is probably best to "dislike" them in this way and then abandon the table.
I "disliked" someone accidentally, what can I do?
Click on your user name in the upper right corner, and you will see a "Manage Dislikes" area with a list of any disliked players. Click on the "remove" link to undo the dislike, so you will be able to play with this person once again.
I have another question...
E-mail me your question at marya@worldofcardgames.com I personally respond to every e-mail I get.
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