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Skipee

Skipee logo.

Introduction

The goal of Skipee is to play all of the cards in your personal stock pile by building stacks of cards from 1 to 12. The first player (or team) to empty their stock piles wins the round. The faster you empty your stock piles, the more points you get! First player or team to cross 500 points wins the game.

Purchasing

To purchase any K.R. Engineering product, simply visit our virtual store in Second Life.

Click here to visit our store.

Some of our products can also be purchased through the web at the Second Life Marketplace.

Click here to browse our products on the Marketplace.

Bug Fixes & Upgrades

Owners of K.R. Engineering games are entitled to free upgrades to newer versions of the game. (See the ADMINISTRATION section in the documentation for your game) If a new update is available, then following the updating instructions for your game will result in it self-destructing, a new one of the most recent version being sent to you by the update server. This process is not automatic, you must tell the game to update itself.

If you are having problems with your game, please send email to support@karstenrutledge.com for product support. If the problem you are having has not previously been encountered, a new game version will be released with a fix as soon as possible.

DISCLAIMER: The appearance and feature set of games are subject to revision between versions as the capabilities of Second Life change over time. Please see the detailed ChangeLog for new versions before upgrading by visiting the K.R. Engineering Support Wiki at http://wiki.karstenrutledge.com/. By continuing with the update you are agreeing to accept any and all changes that have been imposed on the updated version of the game.

Bug Bounties

If you think you've found a bug in a K.R. Engineering game, you could earn a bounty by reporting it! Follow these steps to report the bug and you could earn an L$500 gift card good towards anything at K.R. Engineering! All of the criteria below must be met before you are awarded a bounty on your bug.

  1. The game with the bug must be a Gaming.SL compatible game (have the Gaming.SL logo present on the game itself).
    • If you find a bug in something other than a game, you can still report it. For example, if you find a bug in an accessory such as a scorekeeper or a prize server, you can report which game you were using it with when you encountered the bug, as long as the game you are using it with meets the above criteria.
  2. Verify that the bug exists on the latest version of the game. Click here to find the latest version numbers for all Gaming.SL games.
  3. Verify that the bug has not already been reported by another player. Click here to see bugs reported for all Gaming.SL games.
  4. Verify that the problem you are reporting is actually a bug. Not everything is a bug! It is at our discretion whether to award a bug bounty or not. There are some pretty common-sense things that will not earn you a bounty.
    • If you find a typo in the game documentation, website or the game itself, we would love to hear about it so we can correct it, but a typo is not a bug.
    • If the game behaves in a way that you think it should not, it is not necessarily a bug.
      • For example, a customer was once very cross with us because Spades progressed counter-clockwise around the table, instead of clockwise. This is not a bug, it is a design decision that you disagree with, and will not earn you a bounty.
      • Another example is that for a long time, Greedy Greedy did not allow four-of-a-kind plus two-of-a-kind (e.g. 222244) to count as three pairs when scoring. This was later added as an optional house rule, but it is not a bug, it was an intentional part of the scoring system.
      • Sometimes there are bugs that we are not able to fix because they are problems with Second Life as a whole, not with our products. One example of this is that older versions of our games sometimes display ??? in place of player names. This is a problem with Second Life giving our games bad information, not our games working incorrectly. We worked around this by reverting to old style names if we detect Second Life giving us bad information, but this is not a bug with our games.
    • Fundamentally, a bug is any feature that does not work as intended, rather than a feature that does not work as desired. You are always welcome to discuss how something works with us and offer suggestions for things like optional house rules, but there is no bounty for suggesting new functionality, only for reporting broken existing functionality. If you're not sure whether something is really a bug or not, feel free to report it anyway, and we'll follow up with you.
  5. Send an email to support@karstenrutledge.com or instant message to Karsten Rutledge about the bug. Do not send a notecard.
    • Obviously, you must tell us the game that has the bug.
    • You must also tell us how you found the bug, and what it does. If we are not able to reproduce the same bug with the same results on a table of the same version, then we can't fix the bug, and you won't get credit for it. You should tell us things like:
      • What options were enabled on your table?
      • What steps did you take to get the bug to happen (e.g. "I clicked roll, and then clicked the second dice, and then I played Sweet Home Alabama on my banjo for my pet rhesus monkey, and then I clicked roll again...")
      • What happened, versus what you expected to happen.
  6. If it turns out to be a new bug that we were previously unaware of, and we can reproduce it, then we will fix it and you will get a free L$500 gift card!
    • All of our games use common core components. For example, the script that connects the game to the Gaming.SL website is identical in all of our games. If a bug is found in this script, for example, then it is considered discovered for all games that share that identical script. You cannot report a bug as new by reporting the same bug for each game it effects, since it is the same bug and has the same effect for all of them.

How To Change Theme

To modify the theme of the table, owners may click on the Color button on the game table at any time and choose MODIFY.

To change the theme of the table (between post-modern or classical wooden, or other add-on themes), owners may click on the Color button and choose SWITCH.

Joining The Game

Game Tables

For games that are attached to a full-sized gaming table with seats around it, simply right-click on the table and choose Play from the menu.

Pocket Games

For games that are smaller and are not on a table and have no chairs, you can join the game by clicking on the Play button that is present on the game board.

Once you have joined a Pocket game, you can leave at any time by clicking the Play button again, and choosing Leave Game.

Players of a Pocket game may also choose Play at any time and select Sweep to instruct the game to scan for all players and remove any that are no longer in range of the game.

Owners of Pocket games will have additional menu options on the Play menu:

  • Sweep ON: Enable AutoSweep. The game will automatically scan for absent players and eject them from the game every couple of minutes. Absent means they are farther away from the game than the set sweep range.
  • Sweep OFF: Disable AutoSweep. Manual sweeping can still be done at any time by pressing the Sweep button.
  • Range: Set the desired Sweep range for the game. Players farther than this will not be allowed to join, and players who wander away after joining are subject to sweeping.

Game Play

Important: To play Skipee, you must be wearing the Skipee HUD. To get a HUD, press the 'HUD' button on the table. You will be given an object called Skipee Game HUD. Find this under your Objects folder and wear it.

Players may leave during a game and return to their seats, but seats that were not occupied at the start of the game cannot be filled after the game has started.

If the game is being played in TEAM / PARTNER mode and a player leaves, the game will continue to function in TEAM mode until the end of the current round. If the missing team player has not returned by the time a new round starts, the game will revert to playing in SOLO mode. Team members will keep the score they earned while in TEAM mode and begin to earn points separately for the rest of the game.

Suits

There are four "suits" of cards in Skipee, denoted by different colors of cards. The suits DO NOT MATTER in Skipee, they are never used for any reason. An orange 4 is identical to a blue 4, or a green 4, or a pink 4.

Setup

Once all players who wish to play have been seated then any sitting player may press the START button to begin the game. If the game thinks that team play is an option it will present the choice of playing with teams or continuing solo. To play in teams, there must be 4, 6 or 8 players. Teams cannot be played with an odd number of players.

If 1-4 players are playing, each player will be automatically dealt a personal stock pile of 30 cards at the start of the game. If there are more than 4 players, each player will be dealt a personal stock pile of 20 cards. This stock pile is represented by the largest card in front of the seated player. The objective of the game is to play all of the cards in your stock pile. If you are playing in teams, then you must play all the cards in both your own stock pile AND your partner's stock pile to win. Only the top most card of your stock pile is visible at any time.

If there are 1-4 players playing, a standard Skipee deck of 162 cards will be used (equivalent to 3 standard playing card decks of 54 cards including jokers). If there are 5-6 players playing then the game will use 216 cards (4 decks). If there are 7 or 8 players playing, a 5th deck will be added to the game for a total of 270 cards. If the optional "Extra Deck" feature is enabled by the game owner, then 54 more cards (1 extra deck) will be added to all games regardless of number of players, making 216 (1-4 players), 270 (5-6 players), and 324 (7-8 players) card decks.

Any cards not dealt to players' stock piles are put aside to be used as the draw deck. The draw deck has no visible representation on the table.

The player with the highest showing stock pile card is the first to play.

Using the HUD

The Skipee HUD is a little different from how the card HUDs work on other K.R. Engineering games. On the Skipee HUD, as soon as you select a card it is played, rather than having to click a 'Play this card' button. If you change your mind about playing that particular card, that's okay, just click it again to deselect it. This will automatically cancel your play on the table.

WARNING: If you have a card selected on your HUD, and decide you want to play a card from one of the discard stacks on the table instead then you should deselect the HUD card first, otherwise you will discard the selected card instead!

If you've chosen to play a card from a stack on the table and decide you would rather play a card from your HUD, that is fine! Just select a card on your HUD and the stack selection that you made on the table will be automatically canceled in favor of playing from your hand.

When you have a card selected on your HUD, it is not automatically removed from your hand. Selecting it is only the first step! Next you need to touch where on the table you wish to place this card, either in a discard pile or onto a building stack.

Using Stacks

Every player has 5 stacks of cards on the table in front of them. The large stack is your stock pile, which you must play out to win the game. The other 4 smaller stacks are discard stacks.

To play a card from either your stock pile or any of your discard stacks, simply touch them on the table. They will fade out slightly to indicate that they are currently chosen for play. If you decide to play a different stack, you can simply touch a new stack and the selection will change. You do not need to deselect the original stack.

WARNING: If you have a card selected in your Skipee HUD, then touching a discard stack will DISCARD your selected card, rather than select the discard pile to play from. If you do not wish to discard (ending your turn), always make sure you have no cards selected in your HUD before touching a discard stack. Since you cannot ever add cards to the stock pile, this is not true of the stock pile. Clicking on the stock pile will always select the stock pile even if you have a card selected in your HUD.

Taking Your Turn

At the start of every turn you will automatically draw cards from the draw deck until you have 5 cards in your hand. Your objective is to play out your entire stock pile onto one of the four shared stacks in the center of the table. These are known as the 'building stacks.'

While it is your turn, you may do any of the following actions:

  • Play a card from your hand (using your HUD) onto any of the building stacks.
  • Play the top card from your stock pile (or your partner's stock pile) onto any of the building stacks.
  • Play the top card from one of your four discard piles (or your partner's discard piles) onto any of the building stacks.
  • Discard a card from your hand onto one of your four discard piles, thus ENDING YOUR TURN.

In most cases, it is best to play from your stock pile first, before playing from your hand or discard pile.

Playing a card onto a building stack does not end your turn. In fact, you may continue adding cards to the building stacks for as long as you like. If you can no longer play on a building stack, you must end your turn by discarding a card onto one of your discard piles.

If you play all 5 of the cards in your hand onto a building stack, you will automatically draw 5 more to continue playing.

Building stacks must be played in order from 1 to 12. When a building stack reaches 12, it is removed from table and a new stack can be built in its place. Building stacks must be started with a 1. When the draw deck runs out, any completed building stacks that have been removed from the table are reshuffled and placed back into the draw pile.

Skipee cards (cards with no numerical value) are wild cards that can be played in place of any number. They can be used to start a new building stack, or used for any number after.

If for any reason you are unable to play on your turn AND you have no cards in your hand to discard, you can press the PASS button on the table to end your turn. This should only happen if the draw deck is completely exhausted.

Discarding

Discarding a card onto one of your four discard piles will end your turn. Make sure you have no other plays you want to make before discarding.

Unlike the Building Stacks in the center of the table, your discard piles do not have to be in any order. How you choose to organize your four discard piles is entirely up to you. You may want to make a discard pile entirely of 9s, so that they're never covering up anything else. You may want to make your discard piles always be in descending order, so you can play them one after another. You may want to make a discard pile consisting only of prime numbers. It's your call.

Just remember that you can only ever play the top-most card in a discard pile, so if you bury a card that you need later then you will be unable to access it until you play all of the cards on top of it first.

TEAM TIP: When playing in Teams, you have a combined 8 discard piles rather than 4 each. Try not to waste these by duplicating piles. For example, if your partner has a discard pile of all 4s, don't start your own 4s pile, just discard onto theirs. When discarding, it is a good strategy to discard cards from your hand that you think your partner may need to use. For example, if you see that they have an 11 on their stock pile that they want to play, it may be helpful to make sure a 10 is available on one of the team discard piles. They can play from your discard pile, but they can't play from your hand, so you can make your hand cards available to them by discarding them onto empty discard piles.

Winning the Round

When you (or your partner) play all of the cards in your stock pile(s), then the round is over! You automatically get 25 points for winning the round PLUS an additional 5 points for every card your opponents still have in their stock piles. This means that the faster you can empty your stock pile, the more points you will get for the round since your opponents will not have had as much time to empty their own stock piles.

Winning the Game

The game is won when a player (or team) reaches 500 points. The game can optionally be played to 200 or 800 points for a shorter or longer game play time. A 25 point game is also an option, making the entire game last for only a single round.

Player Experience

Introduction

At K.R. Engineering, we believe that playing games in Second Life is about more than just the game. It is about socializing and enjoying the game the way you like it. To that end, our game tables incorporate features that go beyond game mechanics. Once you are seated at one of our game tables, a number of options become available to customize your experience.

Animations

Players may press the POSE button on the table top to change the current sitting animation for their avatar. This includes animations for:

  • Couples, allowing one person to sit in the lap of an adjacent player
  • Dom/sub (or master/slave) poses where one person can kneel beside the chair of an adjacent player instead of being seated
  • and a variety of singles poses.

Not all poses may be available for all games, depending on the theme that the table is currently using.

Camera View

Players may press the POSE button on the table top and select the CAMERA option from the menu to change their camera view between Birdseye, First-Person, Third-Person and Disabled. When on Disabled, the game does not override the default Second Life camera. On the other three camera options, players may also use the same menu to adjust their zoom level, bringing the camera closer to the table, or farther away as desired.

Gaming.SL Integration

Gaming.SL is a new broadened gaming experience for players in Second Life. Gaming.SL provides a web-based connection to participating games for the purpose of storing persistent leaderboards that are searchable by region, parcel, winner, and many other options. The leaderboards can be viewed either through objects in Second Life, such as the included Scorekeepers and Gamekeepers, or by visiting the Gaming.SL website at http://Gaming.SL.

Gaming.SL also provides ongoing recurring Jackpots where players can win cash prizes just for playing, no purchase necessary! Visit the website at http://Gaming.SL to see the current jackpot standings, and who you need to defeat to win a prize. Prizes are based on ranking on a leaderboard that is erased during each jackpot period. Players must play during each period to be eligible to win during that period.

Gaming.SL includes support for Achievements in participating games, where-in you can unlock trophies by performing miraculous or mundane feats of gameplay. Achievements are awarded automatically and announced in Second Life when they are unlocked.

Many more features are coming to Gaming.SL, visit the website to stay up to date on the latest.

Players can access information about the game and their own achievements and scores on Gaming.SL by either visiting the website or by clicking the Gaming.SL logo on the table.

See the Gaming.SL page for more details.

Administration

To access the game's administrative menu, simply click and hold your mouse button down on the table for 2 seconds, a menu will pop up on your screen displaying current settings and providing options to change them. (In slow simulators, this may take slighter longer than 2 seconds, just hold the mouse button down until you see a menu.) You can access this menu by clicking on any part of the table that is not a game element (buttons, dice, etc). You can click on the chairs or the shadow as well.

Some elements of the administration menu are accessible only by the owner of the game, while others can be accessed by anyone who is considered an administrative user, either explicitly added or implicitly through the Group Admin feature.

Owner-Only Options

  • Rem Admin: Select this option to remove a game administrator. You will be prompted to say their name.
  • Add Admin: Select this option to add a new administrative user to the game, allowing them to force resets and change game options on the table (not the admin menu, only options on the board). You will be prompted for their name. They must be within 50m of the game for this to work.
  • Admins: Select this option to see a list of current administrative users on this table.
  • Update: Select this option to make the game check for available updates and automatically upgrade if available.
  • Branding: Access the table Branding menu.
  • Phantom: Turn the table phantom (non-physical) so that you can not collide with it. (default mode)
  • Physical: Turn the table physical so that avatars will collide with it.
  • G.Admin On: Off by default, this enables the Group Admin feature. When on, all members of the table's group are considered administrative users, whether they've been explicitly added as an administrative user or not.
  • G.Admin Off: Disables the Group Admin feature.
  • Cards: Access the card customization menu. See the 'CUSTOM CARDS' section below for more information.
  • Indicators: Access the indicator menu, to customize the color of the turn indicators.

Administrative User Options

  • Timeout: Select this button to change the number of minutes the table waits for something to happen before timing out and resetting.
  • Quiet: Enable quiet mode, reducing the amount of chatter that the game will send to local chat.
  • Chatty: Disable quiet mode.
  • G.Play On: Off by default, this enables the Group Play feature. When enabled, only members of the same group may play on the table. The group of a game is the group you had active when you first rezzed it. You can change the table's group by editing it and clicking "Set.." next to Group on the General tab of the editor. Group members must have their group tag active in order to be recognized as group members by the table.
  • G.Play Off: Turn off the Group Play feature.
  • Prizes: Access the internal prize server menu. See Prizes section below.
  • Win 25: Single round game. 25 points required to win.
  • Win 200: Shorter game. 200 points required to win.
  • Win 500: Standard game length. 500 points required to win.
  • Win 800: Long game. 800 points required to win.
  • Play Left: Game play passes to your left (clockwise) around the table.
  • Play Right: Game play passes to your right (counter-clockwise) around the table.
  • Text On: Enable hover text for player scores.
  • Text Off: Disable hover text for player scores.
  • Sound High: Set sound effect volume to 100%.
  • Sound Low: Set sound effect volume to 50%.
  • Sound Off: Set sound effect volume to 0%.
  • Extra On: Enable Extra Deck to add an additional 54 cards to the playing deck for all games.
  • Extra Off: Disable Extra Deck.

Tournaments

New K.R. Engineering games now support single and multi-table tournaments, managed through the new Tournaments button in the administration menu.

Starting A New Tournament

To start a new tournament, simply select the START option from the tournament submenu. You will be prompted for a unique ID for this tournament. Once an ID has been used, it can never be re-used again for a future tournament. If you plan to have regular tournaments, you should consider delineating them such as "kre01" and "kre02" and so on. The Tournament ID must be between 5 and 50 characters and must be alpha-numeric (only letters and numbers).

After entering the ID for the new tournament, you will be prompted for a password. This password will be required to join any additional tables to the tournament. The password must be between 5 and 50 characters in length.

After entering the password, you will be prompted for a title for your tournament. Unlike the ID, the Title does not have to be unique and can be the same as a previous tournament if you wish. The title must be between 5 and 50 characters in length.

The rules for the tournament will be sent to the server automatically based on the current rule settings of the game. Future tables joining this tournament will be forced to have the same ruleset.

After entering the appropriate information, the server will attempt to create a new tournament for you. As long as you have followed the guidelines regarding uniqueness, character length and soforth, this should be successful. If not, the table will respond with an error message. If the tournament is successfully created, the table you started it on will be automatically joined to the tournament as the first game. When a game joins a tournament, it will reset automatically, evicting any current players.

Joining An Existing Tournament

If there is already a tournament that is ongoing, you may join extra tables to it for a multi-table tournament. To do so, simply select the JOIN option from the tournament submenu.

You will be prompted for the unique ID of the tournament you wish to join. If you are not sure what the ID is, you can find out by going to the tournaments page on http://Gaming.SL/.

After entering the ID of the tournament you wish to join, you will be prompted for the tournament's password. If you do not know the tournament's password, you will not be able to join your table to it. The tournament password is set by the tournament host, who is listed on the Gaming.SL tournaments page as well.

If you've entered the correct ID and password for a tournament, your table will be joined to it by the server if the tournament is not full or finished already.

Upon joining the tournament, your game will automatically take on the same ruleset as the game that started the tournament. This ruleset includes adjusting the options for any game variants that the game supports.

Leaving A Tournament

Leaving a tournament should only be done if you wish to withdraw a table completely form the tournament. The table will leave the tournament automatically after it is finished. Manually forcing a withdraw will erase all standings for this table from the tournament.

To leave a tournament prematurely, simply select the LEAVE option from the tournament submenu. If the table was the only table in the tournament, the entire tournament will be deleted and removed from the website.

Addon Themes

New K.R. Engineering games now support addon themes. Addon themes do not require updating the table, you merely buy the new theme and then install it into your game and you can instantly switch between the builtin two themes (Classic and Postmodern) and the new themes you have purchased.

Compatibility

Addon theme support requires a recent version of your table that supports Gaming.SL. If you do not see a Gaming.SL logo on your game, then buying an addon theme will not work for you.

Usability

Addon themes only have to be purchased once to work with all compatible tables. If you have two or more Gaming.SL enabled tables from K.R. Engineering that both support addons, then you only have to buy a theme once and it will install onto both tables.

Installation

After purchasing an addon theme from the K.R. Engineering store, you can install it onto any compatible table by touching the Gaming.SL logo and selecting the "G.SL Sync" button.

  • The table will do this automatically once every 12 hours if you do not do it manually, so if it has been a long time since you purchase the theme this may have already happened.
  • The table will inform you that it has installed new themes after syncing (if it has not already installed them).
  • Now simply access your theme menu (usually the "Color" or "Appearance" buttons on the table top) and select "Switch" to switch to the newly installed theme.
  • After switching, access the theme menu again and choose "Modify" to edit the customization options available for your new theme. Most new themes will include multiple color and texture options. Some themes may also include particles or other effects.

Branding

Would you like to have your own logo or picture on the game table? If so, click and hold your mouse button down on the black octagon in the center of the game table for 2 seconds. The ADMINISTRATION menu will pop up, choose Branding to change the centerboard texture to any texture or snapshot that you have full permissions on. Simply click 'Custom' on the menu and follow the instructions in chat, or choose one of the built-in centerboard textures.

The Branding menu also allows you to turn shiny off/on, full bright (lit in the dark) off/on or tint your textures using a selection of preset colors.

Warning: Do not use textures that have alpha layers, or it will conflict with the game elements (dice, buttons, cards, etc) on the game table surface.

Prizes

As of September 1st, 2014, it is a violation of the Second Life Terms of Service for this game to have betting or buy-in options. The Internal Prize Server menu now consists only of the option to enable/disable the External API and links to the Linden Lab policy and FAQ. For more information, please read the Skill Gaming page. The menu itself was left in to spread awareness of the policy change. This game no longer requires debit permissions from its owner, nor does it have the option to pay money to the winner of the game under any circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Skipee

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Do you offer upgrades on my version of Skipee?

  • Yes, upgrades are available for ALL versions.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png How do I get my table upgraded?

  • Click and hold your mouse button on part of the table for 3 seconds until a menu appears, click 'Update.'
    • If you don't see the "Update" button, try pressing the <<< button until you see it. The admin menu has multiple pages.
    • Your table will disappear (delete itself) and you will receive a new table. Delivery of new table may take up to 5 minutes.

General

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Will you bring your games over to InWorldz/other OpenSim-based grids?

  • Short answer: Not for the foreseeable future, no.
  • Longer multi-part answer:
    • Most money made in Second Life comes from volume sales, it's the reason you can buy a shirt for L$200, which is the equivalent of $0.80 USD. They're called micro-transactions because despite the big numbers we throw around in Second Life (ooh, "thousands"), they're really, really tiny amounts. My games range between L$295 and L$1995, that's about $1.18 to $8.00 USD, or what you'd expect to pay for a good phone/tablet app on iPhone or Android these days. This works because like Android/iPhone app developers, Second Life developers hope to sell not merely hundreds, but thousands of copies of whatever they make, otherwise it simply is not worthwhile. This means to make developing worthwhile, you need to have a large market to sell to, because if you're lucky, 1 in 100 people will buy your product. If there's 1000 people, you might sell 10. If there's 10,000 people, you might sell 100, if there's 100,000 people, maybe you'll break the 1000 barrier. It's simple economics. Not everyone is interested in everything, so not everyone is going to buy your product. The biggest problem with InWorldz (and other even smaller grids) is that it is VERY, VERY SMALL. As of this writing, there are 2000x fewer people connected to it than Second Life. That means you can roughly expect to sell 2000x fewer of your product on InWorldz than Second Life. In order for that to be worthwhile, you'd have to sell it for 2000x the cost, but nobody would buy it for 2000x the cost. That would make Greedy Greedy $16,000 USD on InWorldz. If it were as simple as picking up my games, walking over to InWorldz and rezzing them, I might consider it, but there is a considerable time and resource investment into bringing a product like my games over to another grid, and all indications say "You will never make that money back." It's simply more worthwhile for me to develop new products for Second Life than to port old ones to a nearly empty grid.
    • Some people might argue that this is a chicken and egg problem, or more succinctly, "if you build it, they will come." InWorldz is small because of lack of content, but it has a lack of content because it is small, it's a vicious cycle! That may be true, but unfortunately doesn't change economics. I've logged into InWorldz periodically over the last few years (my name is Karsten Rutledge there also) and what I see is not a world suffering from lack of content, it's a world suffering from a poor business plan. InWorldz looks like Second Life from 4 years ago, and performs even worse. The ONLY reason anybody at all is on InWorldz is because they offered super cheap regions compared to Second Life, and then on top of that, offered 45,000 prims per region instead of 15,000. Sounds too good to be true! That's because it is.
      • Second Life regions aren't limited to 15,000 prims out of spite, they're limited that way in an effort to offer both resources and performance at a balance. This doesn't always work because people who use the regions don't understand region performance is a finite resource, but you know what works even less? Tripling the load on the regions. This doesn't just triple the load on the regions, it also triples the load on all of the viewers trying to look at that region. Instead of having to download 15,000 prims from the internet, your computer now has to download 45,000 prims from the internet, and your computer has to render those 45,000 prims on your screen. Sounds good on paper, in practice, people who run Second Life slowly run InWorldz EVEN SLOWER, if they can run it at all.
      • This 'super cheap gimmicky regions' philosophy has led to one readily foreseeable and obvious result: It's a wasteland. While I'm writing this, there are enough people connected to have 1 person for every 6 sims. Vast expanses of land with nobody in them.
      • OpenSim is a remarkable effort, but it never was up to the performance of Second Life and probably never will be. I've been standing in a nearly empty InWorldz sim just waiting for a single airplane to fully rez, and half an hour later, it still hasn't, it's just a distorted cluster of half-rezzed sculpts. This happens in every region I go to. InWorldz simply can't deliver what it promises.
    • (Update) I'm told InWorldz has Mesh now, at least in beta. Which just further illustrates that InWorldz is just treading water to keep up with Second Life, it's not offering anything new or innovative. Second Life has had mesh for years, and InWorldz is just now getting around to catching up.
    • Scripting support lags behind. For something like skins, this hardly matters, but if Second Life adds a new LSL function and InWorldz doesn't, your scripted content probably doesn't work on InWorldz anymore.
    • If you think 'copybotting' is a problem in Second Life, wait until you see OpenSims. The 'open' being the key part. Once you upload your content to an OpenSim grid, it's now "in the wild" so to speak. The one last bastion of security in Second Life is that scripts are still not accessible to copybots. If you're a skin designer, your skin is no more at risk on an OpenSim than it is in Second Life, to see a skin or other texture your computer has to download it (although new server-side avatar baking is making this much harder, thankfully, something else I believe InWorldz/OpenSim doesn't do, meaning your skins are now less safe in OpenSim than Second Life), so you are essentially passing out copies to anyone who even sees an avatar wearing your skin, much less buying it. You only see the EFFECTS of scripts though, not the scripts themselves. Therefore porting scripted content to an OpenSim grid carries a huge additional risk, because now you are making your scripts available to a much wider group of people, namely whoever has administrative access to that OpenSim grid.
    • All in all, I believe competition for Second Life is healthy and good, but InWorldz and other OpenSim grids aren't competition, they're poorly made ripoffs trying to lure people in with cheap gimmicks, and that's probably all they will ever be. If one of them manages to achieve any significant market size or, shockingly, innovates on Virtual Worlds somehow, I'll probably be keenly interested. Until then, it's not worth the time or effort.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png I (or someone else) does not appear on scorekeepers or gamekeepers, or on the Gaming.SL website!

  • This is because you (or they) specifically requested NOT to appear on scoreboards. You did this by touching the Gaming.SL logo on a game table and selecting the 'Opt Out' button. See the Gaming.SL page for more details about this. You can fix this by touching the Gaming.SL logo on a game table, and pressing the 'Opt Out' button AGAIN.
  • On newer game tables, this button is marked as "Opt Out|In" and spawns a warning dialog box asking ARE YOU SURE you want to do this. On older tables, it will simply tell you in local chat what it is you have done after you click on it.
  • NOTE: Opting out also prevents you from earning achievements and participating in grid-wide jackpots.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Are you going to convert your games into mesh?

  • Yes, I am working on it. Unfortunately because of the limitations that Linden Lab placed on mesh in Second Life (namely that you can't change a mesh shape with a script like you can sculpt and regular prims), I can't use the existing theme system to build mesh tables. So instead, I'm going to be rebuilding all my stuff from scratch to use a completely different theme system, which also requires building the web server code that runs outside of Second Life. It is a big project, but I am moving towards that goal because I can't stand to build with sculpts anymore.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png I saw a game table I want to buy, but it looks different from the ones in the store. Where is the other one?

  • Our tables come with 2 basic themes or "skins" they can use. A wooden classic octagon table and a post-modern futuristic shiny table. Newer tables also can have new themes added on to them after purchase by visiting the theme showcase in our store. New themes are released regularly and cover a wide range of styles and genres. After buying the table, you can change which theme is in use at any time.
    • For newer games, that is games that show the Gaming.SL logo on the table top, this can be done by accessing the Color/Appearance menu on the table and choosing the Switch option.
    • For older games, this can be done by pressing the New Style or Old Style buttons in the game's Admin Menu.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png My game has been updating for a long time, it says to contact you if it persists, what do I do?

  • This happens to very old games when the Second Life network is losing packets under a heavy load. Send the game to Karsten Rutledge in a folder with your name on the folder.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Where can I find/do you have a table with multiple games on one table?

  • No. I would like to do something like this, but it isn't practical in SL for many reasons, including prim limits, scripting issues, security issues and permission issues.

Troubleshooting

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png How do I get rid of the annoying info box that pops up when I mouse over your table?

  • This is actually something your viewer is doing. The table cannot produce this info box and also cannot get rid of it. You can disable it in your viewer's preferences (usually labeled as "Hover Tips"), but it will disable it for all objects, not just the table. In most viewers, you can toggle this feature on or off by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+T on your keyboard.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png I think my table is broken, it wants me to pay to play, but the Pay... window is completely blank!

  • This a bug in some very old versions of a modular script that really old tables used that will cause it to blank the pay dialog if the table is picked up and rezzed again. You should really update your table.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Why do I only see candles on the table?

  • On very, very old versions of the game tables you could touch the base of the table (the flat round part at the bottom) to 'hide' the game. You probably touched it by accident. Just touch it again to bring the game back. Or better yet, update it, because your table was around to see the Pharaohs.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png I lost the instructions card that came with my game, can I get a replacement?

  • The instructions notecard is the same card you get by pressing the HELP button on the game. Simply click it for a new card.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Some of the buttons on my game don't work, what do I do?

  • Often this is because someone's invisible attachment is covering the button, such as shields and other things. To check, open the View menu and turn on 'Highlight Transparent.'

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png My game doesn't work at all, NONE of the buttons work, what do I do?

  • First verify that you are not in a no-scripts zone.
  • Next, you should verify that the table is not obstructed. Often this issue arises because there is an invisible prim over the table, frequently from nearby foliage. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard and this will activate "Highlight Transparent" mode on your viewer. Any prims that have alpha (transparent) will be turned red. Make sure there are no red prims covering the table that you are accidentally clicking on instead of the actual table. Press Ctrl+Alt+T again to turn off the highlighting.
  • If you're not in a no-scripts zone, then right-click on your game and choose 'Open', if there is nothing in the contents then you must have removed all the scripts from it, apparently without realizing it. There is no way to fix this, the game will have to be replaced. Send it to Karsten Rutledge in a folder with your name on it.
  • If there are scripts inside the game when you open it, the problem may be that the scripts got deactivated, possibly by the estate tools. You may have a jerk for a sim administrator. The game will have to be replaced if this is the case. Send it to Karsten Rutledge in a folder with your name on it.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png My game paid the winner twice (or more times), and now I lost money, what do I do?

  • As of September 1st, 2014, gambling on K.R. Engineering tables is against the Second Life Terms of Service. You should update your table to a compliant version immediately.
  • More than likely, this means you have more than one Prize Server rezzed in the same region (sim). One server works for every game in the same sim, unless you tell the prize server to only listen to a single table. See the Prize Server page for more info.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png My game is running very slowly, what is wrong with it?

  • The speed of objects in Second Life is based on the speed of the simulator they are rezzed in. If the simulator is running very slowly, which happens when it is overloaded, then everything in the sim will also run slowly. Void/Homestead/Openspace sims are always going to be much slower than full simulators even if they are relatively empty.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png My game got deeded to a group, and now I can't do anything with it, what do I do?

  • Presumably, since the table got deeded to the group that means you are either a group officer or a group owner. As such, you can simply set the table for sale for 0L and buy it back from the group. To do this:
    1. Right-click on the table and choose 'Edit...'
    2. If you have not used the building interface before, you may need to click the 'More' button to expand the window.
    3. Go to the 'General' tab on the left of the window and check "For Sale."
    4. Be sure to set the price next to this to 0.
    5. Below the For Sale box it should say 'Original', 'Copy' and 'Contents', make sure that Original is the button that is marked.
    6. Now right-click on the table again and choose 'Buy.' The table will still remain rezzed, but you should now be the owner again.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Your game has texture fighting problems on the table, can you fix this?

  • Unfortunately, no. If you are seeing texture fighting (usually the black backboard and the wooden game table surface are most commonly noticeable), then you are probably at a really high altitude, such as greater than 1000 meters up. This happens because of rounding errors (such as 1.06 getting rounded to 1.0, loss of precision) in the math that the Second Life viewer does when calculating where to display each part of the game. The math gets less and less accurate the higher up you go. Before a couple years ago, we were limited to building up to 768m high for that reason, they only recently raised the cap to 4096m, but the problem is still there. For some things it doesn't matter, like nobody cares if their couch cushions aren't quite where they should be, but in the case of the games, the black backboard and the wooden table surface are both parallel and fairly close together, so the rounding error shows up on it in a big way. At that altitude, Second Life thinks that prims that were separated by a small amount are no longer separated at all, and draws them in the exact same position even though they are not. The only solution is to use the table at a lower altitude, generally less than 1000 meters, although your mileage may vary depending on your graphics settings. You can see this for yourself if you move the table down to lower altitudes. At ground level you will see the table most correctly, but the flickering will stop well before then. The only way I could "fix" this issue is by separating all the game elements much farther away from the table surface, but this would cause the game to look strange at normal altitudes instead of looking strange at high altitudes, a trade-off that's not really practical or desirable.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Whenever I brand my table, some or all of the dice disappear, what am I doing wrong?

  • This happens whenever you use a texture that has an alpha layer (transparency) on the backboard. The dice are partially transparent, so you end up with the well-known issue of "texture fighting" on your board, where the viewer isn't sure whether to display the dice on top or the backboard on top. Even if your texture does not have any visible areas that are transparent, it can still have an alpha layer. If you are the original creator of the texture, try uploading it again without an alpha layer. The easiest way to do this is to save it as a .jpg (Jpeg) or a .bmp (Bitmap) file before upload. .png (Portable Network Graphics) will also work, as long as you know how to save it specifically as a 24-bit .png file (minus the 8-bit alpha layer that a 32-bit .png file has).

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Since I upgraded my table, I can't choose specific seats to sit at anymore, why?

  • You still can, actually. Newer tables have a new theme system that allows them to have cushions on the seats, but the cushions are not part of the seats, so if you try to sit on the cushions it is no different than trying to sit on the table itself. In these cases, Second Life will simply seat you at the next available seat in order. To choose a specific seat, try right-clicking on the chair back instead of the chair seat and choosing Play. Some themes may drastically alter the shape of the chairs, but you can always still choose a specific seat by right-clicking the correct prim.

Modifying

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Will you create a custom game for me/my business?

  • At this time we do not offer custom games. The tables have the ability to change their centerboard texture if you wish to brand them for your establishment or replace with a picture, etc.
  • Additionally, newer game tables have the ability to add entire new themes to them. We do not do custom themes, but we do take suggestions for future themes you would like to see available as options.
  • Perhaps most importantly, adding any amount of customization to a game, be it aesthetic or functional changes, automatically terminates the update path for that game. The updater will not be able to send you newer versions of your specifically customized game in the future, thus cutting you off from bug fixes and new features.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png This game is a lot of prims, will you tweak it for me to be less prims?

  • This falls under custom games also, and likewise, no. I do my best to create games with as few prims as possible. If I could reasonably reduce the prim count further I would have already done it.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Can I buy a copyable version of your games?

  • No, sorry, I do not sell copyable games.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Can I buy a modifiable version of your games?

  • Likewise, no, I do not sell modifiable games. The reason is because any game that is modifiable opens it up to potential abuse by the owner of the table, including manipulating the outcome of the game by inserting extra scripts into the game contents. This is bad both for my business and for anyone who owns one or more of my games. If even the possibility of a game table being rigged exists, then it damages the credibility of every one of my games in Second Life. If a dispute arises, I can say "No, the game tables can not be rigged by unscrupulous hosts." because it is true. I need that deniability and so does every honest game host on the grid. It is important that people trust the outcome of a game to be fair and based only on legitimate game actions.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Can I put your games into a temp-rezzing system?

  • No, for two reasons. A temp-rezzer works by deleting and re-rezzing the object every 1 to 2 minutes. On top of being incredibly hard on the simulator (causes a LOT of lag), this means that everyone playing the game would be evicted and the game 'reset' every 1 to 2 minutes. Makes for a very unplayable game. The other reason is that the games are no-copy/transfer, and they would have to be copy/no-transfer for this to be doable.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Can your games be put into a rezzing system of any kind?

  • No. Again, the games would have to be copy/no-transfer for this to work.

Money

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Can I gamble on this game?

  • No, you cannot. Gambling is currently a violation of the Second Life terms of service. Please see the Skill Gaming page for more information.
  • If you have an older game, it may have the option to gamble on it, but you absolutely should not. You should, in fact, update your table immediately, as you can get in trouble for having a game with payout options, even if you don't use them. See the Skill Gaming page for more information.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png I only want to play the game with my friends, we don't want to have to pay it, can I do that?

  • Yes, in fact, this is the only way you can play it. It is a violation of the Second Life terms of service to play a game that has betting options on it, even if you don't use those options. See the Skill Gaming page for more information.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Why is my game asking to take money from me? Is it trying to steal my money? I don't understand!

  • If your game is doing this, you should update it immediately! Please see the Skill Gaming page for more information.
  • If you have an old table, debit permissions are needed for the Pay-to-Play feature to work correctly. This is because Pay-to-Play is basically a vendor, a vendor that sells a service (playing the game) rather than a product. All games in Second Life that can be bet on work this way, because it is the only option. Objects can not hold money, so money paid to a game goes to its owner instead. In order for the game to pay back to the winner, it must have permission to take the money out of the owner's account. You can safely deny this if you are feeling particularly paranoid about it. It will not break the game, it will only prevent the Pay-to-Play feature from working, which is not an issue if you intend the game to be free-to-play anyway. If you accept the debit permissions, it will never pay out more money than was taken in during a game, so you cannot lose money by enabling it.

Purchases & Replacements

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png My object got returned, and now it is gone, it never came back! Can I get a replacement?

  • Your object is probably not actually lost, just hidden! This is a feature of Second Life. When more than one object gets returned from a parcel at the same time, then Second Life does not send them back to your inventory as individual objects. Instead, it will bundle them all together into a single package. This package/bundle will appear in your Lost and Found folder as one inventory item, even if there are 5, 10 or 100 objects actually inside of it. The bundle/package will only show the name of the FIRST item in the bundle while it is in your inventory. To see what else is inside this bundle you will have to rez it. We recommend finding a sandbox to do this in to be sure that there are enough prims available for whatever happens to be inside the bundle. Some additional things to look out for:
    • Because bundles only show the name of the FIRST item in the bundle and nothing else, this means that the inventory search bar at the top of your inventory window will not help you, as it cannot search inside of bundles.
    • Bundles should have a different icon next to them than single objects do. This is often represented as a stack of smaller boxes, rather than a single large box.
    • If you can't find your missing objects, you should try clearing your inventory cache in your viewer preferences. This is usually under the "Network & Files" or "Network & Cache" tabs in most viewers. Look for the "Clear Inventory Cache" button, not the standard "Clear Cache" button as that only clears texture caches. You will have to close and restart Second Life after clearing your inventory cache.
    • Returned objects NEVER go back to their creator, they only go back to their OWNER. This is a false rumor. Second Life simply does not work that way, nor has it ever.
    • As a general rule, you should never return anything that you want to keep. Return is for taking out the trash, it's like a bulldozer clearing a lot for new construction. It is not a tool of finesse, and is known to eat objects. Always remember to properly TAKE things that you care about, and only RETURN if you have other copies of the object or don't care if you lose it.
  • If following the above advice does not allow you to find your missing object, you can contact us to ask for a replacement. In most cases we will be able to provide a replacement as long as your table was purchased from us originally. If you bought your object used from a third-party reseller, we may have no record of it.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png I found someone reselling your products, is that allowed?

  • I do not have a reseller program at this time. However, many of my products are transferable and this allows anyone to resell that game to someone else, much as you would at a garage sale or flea market. Unfortunately, often times these tables are counterfeit and I cannot guarantee the same level of support on a used table as I can on a new table. You automatically assume some risk when purchasing used. For example, if there is a failed delivery, it will be up to you to resolve it with the used reseller, I won't be able to help you since it wasn't purchased from me. Likewise, old tables that are purchased used may not be able to be updated to newer versions. There's also the possibility it is a straight up scam, and you will receive nothing for your money. I cannot guarantee the legitimacy of "used" products that are sold by a third party, as I have no affiliation with them. Buyer beware.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png Can I get a discount if I buy a lot of something?

  • Possibly. There is a bulk vendor for games in the store that will give you a discount if you buy through that vendor rather than the individual vendors. For other products, you will have to contact me.
    • I'm just kidding, I don't have any other products.

Wiki FAQ Q Icon.png I bought something and everything is in the folder except for the actual product!

  • This can actually never happen, but there are many common reasons it might APPEAR to be that way! Here some of the most common reasons:
    1. If this is a newer version of a game you previously owned and updated, you may be looking in an old folder or box from your previous table, make sure that you don't have multiple folders/boxes and verify that you are looking in the most recent one.
    2. If you are using the search bar at the top of your inventory window, you will need to search by the product's name, not our company name. For example if you purchased Greedy Greedy, try searching for Greedy, do not search for K.R. Engineering because the object name is "Greedy Greedy Table vx.xx", there's no "K.R. Engineering" in the name of the game table like there is in the name of other things in the folder.
    3. Do not use the "Recent" tab on your inventory window. The ways of the Recent tab are mysterious and shadowy, it does not always show you everything that's been added to your inventory recently. Look for the folder in your normal Inventory tab.
    4. You may have gotten the item and then subsequently misplaced it unknowingly. This is a "feature" of Second Life. It occurs whenever you attempt to rez a folder full of objects all at once in some Second Life Viewers, by dragging the folder out of your inventory instead of individual items. When this happens, Second Life interprets this as "put this folder of stuff INSIDE whatever I dropped it on." In this case, you have everything except the game/product because it is transfer-only, and everything else in the folder is copyable. Your game/product is inside whatever prim you dropped it on, probably your floor or rug, for example.
      • This can also occur if you press the CTRL button on your keyboard when dragging and dropping just the table by itself.
      • There may be other ways to do this that are not listed here, depending on the viewer you are using, but the end result is the same.
      • Also keep in mind, it is inside the PRIM you dropped it on, not the OBJECT you dropped it on, even if you dropped it on a prim that is in a linked object. You will probably have to enable "Edit Linked Parts" in your build window to look in individual prims, rather than whole objects.
      • It is possible you put the game/product inside an object that you don't own, for example if it is a group owned object or if you have modify rights on someone else's objects (such as your significant other). If this is the case, you don't own it anymore as ownership is transferred to the person who owns the object it is inside of. You may have to ask them to retrieve it for you and return it to you.
      • If you are unable to locate the item, or are unsure how to look for it, please let us know and we will be happy to help you look for it. If we also can't find it then we can usually replace the lost table.

Changelog

  • Version 1.0 [February 2016]:
    • Initial release.
  • Version 1.01 [February 2016]:
    • Changed administration menu so that "Group Play" cannot be enabled on store demo.
    • Fixed a bug in soft resets (players are not unseated) that occur when RESET is pressed during a game,.
  • Version 1.02 [February 2016]:
    • Added a high contrast "Contrast" card deck using dark colors for vision impaired users.
    • Added counters above each building stack to indicate how many cards are stacked.
    • Added counters next to each player's stock pile to show how many cards they have left.
  • Version 1.03 [February 2016]:
    • Fixed the new building stack counters not resetting properly between rounds.
  • Version 1.04 [March 2016]:
    • Instead of +2 decks for 7-8 players, game now uses +1 for 5-6 players and another +1 for 7-8 players.
    • Added an "Extra Deck" option to admin menu. This adds an additional 54 cards (1 deck) to the game no matter the number of players playing.
  • Version 1.05 [March 2016]:
    • Added Gaming.SL Tournament support.
    • Slightly adjusted position of cards on table.
  • Version 1.06 [August 2016]:
    • Updated card decks to include an underline below 6 and 9 to make them more easily distinguishable around the table.
  • Version 1.07 [December 2016]:
    • Game can now be started with only one player. I don't know why, some of you wanted this.
    • Added in missing floating table text at the end of the game.