You should definitely check out
BoardGameArena (aka BGA)
Why, you ask?
Supported games (as of October 2012, each month there is a new game introduced. Even cooler, soon authors of the BGA will allow other member of community to design their own games with BGA Studio!):
4. Race for the Galaxy
5. Can't ...
IMO the best server for lower level games.
It as an active English speaking community
Ranking system is relatively meaningful, even in the lower ranks
Many features in the client, such as game reviews
Online casinos use an 'infinite shoe', which would preclude any card counting, as they effectively draw random cards with a fixed probability. This means it's possible (though very very very unlikely) for all the players at the table to draw the same card (e.g. everyone gets an eight of hearts).
This is done both for ease of the game developer (fixed ...
IANAL (I am not a lawyer): this does not constitute legal advice. (Side note: Is it even necessary, i.e. do lawyers actually say this on the internet? Doesn't everyone assume that any advice you receive over the internet is suspect, and you should consult a professional?)
Paul Edward Nowak has a great thread on the geek related to many of the common ...
A Train Station allows its owner to use one, and only one, of the
routes belonging to another player, into (or out of) that city to help
him connect the cities on his Destination Tickets.
As per the instructions (emphasis mine), a station can only be used on a single route into or out of the city on which it's placed. Even if the route from Riga to ...
Yes, you can reveal a reaction drawn by Secret Chamber. For example, the following scenario is perfectly valid (according to BGG's Dominion FAQ)
Reveal Secret Chamber.
Draw two cards (one Moat), replace two cards.
Reveal Moat to deflect attack.
Reveal Secret Chamber again.
Draw two cards, replace two cards (put Moat back on deck)
VASSAL was made for precisely this: it's a game engine/website where you can build games, and then play the games you built online. There are a wide variety of existing games already built for VASSAL, but Muggins is not one of them.
This will not be simple: you're going to need to learn how to program the game using VASSAL's editor. It'll take time and ...
If you have an account on BoardGameGeek, then you can record "plays" of a game against that account. You can include details about other players, whether the game was stopped before the end, how long the game took, where the game was played, and who won.
Here are some:
Richard Pavlicek's site on bridge which has puzzles, articles explaining concepts, bidding systems, calculators etc. A very good free resource.
The now discontinued deal of the week by Fred Gitelman which is an over the shoulder type of software. Free.
Bridge Master and software by other world class players: http://bbi.bridgebase.com/cgi-bin/...
The GoShrine is a good alternative to other servers:
No download/install needed
No Java/Flash requirement
Play in the browser simply
Levels similar to those on kgs
Possibility to play bots as well
It's where I play when I use my Android tablet.
One disadvantage is there are too few players online at all time.
And of course you can review the ...
online-go.com is an excellent server if you're interested in turn-based go. The best thing about the site is the tournament system. There are five annual tournaments with multiple rounds in each category - even games, handicap games, and 9x9. Some tournaments require you to win your group to advance, and some allow all players to advance, and then be ...
There doesn't exist anything that fulfills all your requirements, but there are several good options that comes close. One of the reasons are licencing, if anything outside the SRD are to be legally included. What you are looking for is called a Virtual Tabletop (VTT) environment, there are the top three that comes closest:
Is a website
Is free, ...
Vassal is pretty low bandwidth - as you correctly guess, the graphics are all part of the pre-downloaded game files, so in play it only sends information about which pieces you moved and where to. It's on the same order as using a text chat app, and pretty favourable compared to a web page.
Obviously you'll need to download and update the actual game files ...
Some Go servers allow computers to "log in" and play just like regular users. On KGS, for example, they are marked with a computer icon, and there is a setting in the "automatch" for finding games with bots. More details are available here: http://www.gokgs.com/help/faq/bots.html
One of the most popular Korean servers and well known in the West for its large player base. It was difficult to sign up to Tygem years ago, but they recently introduced an English client and website, solving this issue.
Players range from super weak to super strong (several top pros play on Tygem). Their style tends to be ...
I used to hit problems with the intro and needed to block the music file they use (it's not a part of the flash file for some weird reason), but it works well for what it does.
The answer might have been no by the time you asked, but now it is yes: Check out You Say First!
I tried my best with the UI design, but any help there is welcome. Bugreports and feature requests can be submitted on https://github.com/nomeata/you-say-first.
You should definitely keep track of CardForest.
It is designed specifically for card games and it will let your create your version of 'Muggins' by simply specifying the rules in an online code editor.
(Disclaimer: I'm the founder)
(working hard to launch by June, 2014)
Check out Cosumi, it plays around 8kyu in my opinion. After the page loads just click on the HTML5 button, don't get scared by the Japanese symbols..
If you browse their page a bit you can even find different modes regarding sizes or rules (for example one color go).
It's actually quite rare. I've never encountered any other company doing so for free or even reduced cost on their own dime, save for the "instructional" modes. I've heard there are a couple others doing so, but I've not encountered them.
Several 3rd party developers have made money by paid subscriptions to their sites and hosting lots of games under ...
Brettspielwelt hosts Carcassonne and Settlers (as well as a number of other games) which you can play against other people, and Catan.com hosts Settlers, again against other people.
For playing against the computer, or other people, JCloisterZone is a great, free, downloadable clone of Carcassonne.
No, using Vassal on a netbook is not a good idea. The standard resolution on most netbooks is 1024x600. While this isn't a bad thing for reading most websites, consuming video, etc. it doesn't work particularly well with the high resolution game boards in Vassal. The problems you will face will differ from module to module, but some of them will be pretty ...
Here is what the US Government Copyright Office has to say about the matter:
Quoting the first paragraph from the above:
"Copyright does not protect the idea for a game, its name or title, or the method or methods for playing it. Nor does copyright protect any idea, system, method, device, or trademark material ...