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Welcome to the Matrix.
This site, cardgames.io, and all the games here are developed by me, Einar Egilsson. I'm not claiming I invented these games, they are all classic card games that everyone knows, I just made these particular versions of them. (I have to write that, otherwise I get endless emails with subjects like YOU DID NOT INVENT EUCHRE!!!!)
It started with me creating a game as a hobby. My first attempt was a non-animated version of Idiot that was
really really bad not great. It's still available at the rather unfortunate url http://einaregilsson.com/idiot/. After that I made a Facebook version of Idiot with all the bells and whistles, Facebook Like-buttons, invite-your-friends, high score pages, multiplayer etc. But as it turned out that took a lot of work and most people just wanted a quick game during a break at work, and didn't really care about all the fancy features I'd spent so much time working on. So all my games after that were just single-player, and I have no plans to make more multiplayer games.
I slowly added more card games, Hearts, Crazy Eights and others, then started doing solitaire games, and recently I've been branching out into other classic games like Minesweeper, Yahtzee and Sudoku.
The site slowly got more popular and when I moved back to Iceland from Denmark in 2014 I decided to try doing this as my full-time job. As of this writing (December 2015) I've been doing this full-time for a year and a half, and things are going great, so I plan on doing this as long as I can :)
Q: Why won't you add multiplayer/rule-variations/replayable-games/any-other-feature? It would make the game much better.
A: I get a lot of requests from people that just want one tiny little feature added to a game. What they don't realize is that if I start implementing all the suggestions I get then the games will no longer be simple. The number one praise I get is that the interface is simple and uncluttered and it's easy to play. That's very much deliberate. There is no login, no loading screens, as few options as possible. I want to keep it as simple as possible, and that means each game only has one set of rules, you can't choose variations, I try to add as few controls as possible to the screen etc. So, don't feel bad if you make a suggestion and I deny it, I deny 99% of all suggestions.
Q: Why can't I see my statistics on another computer?
A: This goes back to simplicity again. I don't want people to have to login to the site. I don't want to keep passwords in a database and be responsible for them. Your statistics are stored in your browser, I don't store them anywhere. That means that as soon as you switch browsers you won't see the same statistics.
Q: Do the computer players cheat? Are the games fixed?
A: No. In all the games the cards are dealt randomly at the start, and the computer players make their decisions based only on knowledge of their own hands, and knowledge of what has been played. Basically they use the same information as a human player would have available to them.
Q: But really, they are cheating, aren't they?
Q: I saw an offensive ad. Can you remove it?
A: If you see an ad that is offensive to you then please contact me about it and I'll try my best to block it. Due to the way advertising works I can't always immediately find the ads to block them, but if you send a screenshot of it, or you remember any text on it or a url then there's a much higher chance that I can find it and block it.
This is version 2011 of CardGames.io.