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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?


Do 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 customers who prefer to mail or fax their payment instead of using a credit card online or using PayPal.  Details and links are in the registration section.

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Why 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.

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How do I install what I downloaded? 
All MeggieSoft Games downloads are installation files.  Run the exe file you downloaded to effect the installation.  

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What 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.

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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. 

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Why am I "Me" and the computer is "You" on the scoresheet? 
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 later.

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Where might I find a copy of a game that MeggieSoft Games does not offer? 
We recommend that you search the card games area of the ZDNet website.
Click here to go there now.

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Why 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.

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My 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.

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There are too many "bells & whistles" in the latest versions.  How can I get one of the older versions?
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 the mid-1990s.  

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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 how frequently.

 
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.

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