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Do you accept online registrations?
Why am I not receiving the 30-day evaluation period?
How do I install what I downloaded?
What does 32-bit mean?
Why don't the MeggieSoft Games follow the rules I am used to?
Why am I "Me" and the computer is "You" on the scoresheet?
Where might I find a copy of a game that MeggieSoft Games does not offer?
Why does the game always start at the same point?
My preferences seem to be messed up. Can I reset them?
There are too many "bells & whistles" in the
latest versions. How can I get one of the older versions?
Why am I never able to "Find-A-Partner" online?
you accept online registrations?
Yes! All registrations must be ordered online through
Register Now -- MeggieSoft Games no longer handles mail orders
directly. Register Now provides offline payment options for
prefer to mail or fax their payment instead of using a credit
card online or using PayPal. Details and links are in the registration
am I not receiving the 30-day evaluation period?
The 30-day evaluation period for each game starts when you first run
that game. If you had previously installed and evaluated the
game at some time in the past, the evaluation period is considered to
have started from the original date. However, this restriction
is usually removed after a period of several months in order to permit
you to re-evaluate with a full 30 days trial period if it is some time
since you first evaluated the product.
How do I install what I
All MeggieSoft Games downloads are installation files.
Run the exe file you downloaded to effect the installation.
does 32-bit mean?
Windows 3.x was a 16-bit operating system. All later
versions of Windows (95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP) are 32-bit operating
systems. MeggieSoft Games used to provide both 16-bit and 32-bit
versions of its products to support Windows 3.x users. This
dual-system support was discontinued in 2001 and all current versions
are for 32-bit operating systems.
Why don't the
MeggieSoft Games follow the rules I am used to?
Each of the games follows documented rules according
to Hoyle's Rules of Games, the Encyclopędia Britannica
and other sources. We provide numerous alternative rule
options in each game - including some specific regional
rules - which cover almost all known common variations.
If you believe your rule is a relatively common one and
would like to see it included, please eMail us.
Why am I
"Me" and the computer is "You" on the
Because the scoresheet faces the human player, so the
human player is scoring as "Me". However, due to
popular demand, the ability to switch these headings (or to use the
player and opponent skill level names as the headings) was introduced
to the Preferences panel (Screen section) in versions 9.4.
Player/Skill level naming became the default for versions 14.3 and
Where might I
find a copy of a game that MeggieSoft Games does not
We recommend that you search the card games area of
the ZDNet website. Click here to go there now.
does the game always start at the same point?
When you run a game, it
recovers its starting point (game and round) from the saved
scoreboard. If you exit the game and elect not to save the
scoreboard, the next run of the game will start at the same game and
round as the last run. Therefore, unless you want to
forget the current session, always respond "Yes" to save
scoreboard. This is equivalent to saving changes to
an edited file in a word processor or image editor, for example.
You may choose to select the AutoStart/Restore option from the
Automatic section of the Preferences. When selected, the precise
state of the current round is saved and recovered for the next
run. In other words, you will start the next session from
exactly the point where you left off.
Note that AutoRestore became the default for versions 14.3 and later.
preferences seem to be messed up. Can I reset them?
Yes. This capability
may be found in the Admin menu. Also, there is a
"QuickSet" panel in the preferences settings (versions 14.3 and
later) which enables similar groups of preferences (audio, visual,
etc.) to be selected/deselected in one operation.
are too many "bells & whistles" in the latest versions. How can I get one of the older
You don't need to; nor
would you probably want to because it would no longer be supported and
may contain bugs that have subsequently been fixed.
However, MeggieSoft Games has always been sensitive to the fact that
not all users will enjoy each new enhancement and improvement, and
therefore each new bell or whistle is deselectable whenever
possible. If you go to the QuickSet Preferences panel of the
latest versions you will find that you may deselect everything with
one click - and achieve the look and feel of the games as they were in
Why am I never able to "Find-A-Partner" online?
The online "Find-A-Partner" forum
is a courtesy service provided by MeggieSoft Games. The degree to
which it is used depends upon the number of people who use it and
Note that if someone is waiting
as a host, the next person to access the forum will almost
invariably pair up with the person waiting, in which case the forum
is empty until someone else waits as a host. This may occur with a
few minutes or several hours.
Note also that the large majority
of online players pair up by private arrangement using the Direct
Host/Guest connection method. Therefore they never appear in the
online "Find-A-Partner" forum.