For many, playing Spades against real people is much more fun than playing against the computer. However, playing against real players do come with some drawbacks. For instance, some people just can’t behave nicely in a player chat. On the other hand, there are plenty of delightful players out there that will brighten your day. Many friendships have started out and blossomed in the Spades chat.
Recommendations for the Spades chat
- Do not go on long rants about how bad the cards you get are and how the system is rigged and how life is unfair. We all get bad cards now and then. The interesting thing about Spades is that it isn’t a game of chance, it is a game of skill. Even with seemingly bad cards, you can score points. So, instead of being a Debby Downer in the Spades chat, work on improving your game.
- Avoid picking a chat name / user name that is offensive and crude.
- If you play pair Spades online with strangers as your partners, the quality of your partners will vary. It’s just the way it is. We were all beginners at some point. Don’t be mean to your partner. If you want to find a Spades-partner that is suitable for you, check the rating. Most places that offer Spades will have a rating system. Try to find a partner that have roughly the same rating as you. Widely differing ratings can indicate widely different skill levels, and it might be hard for such partners to enjoy each other.
- Even if you know your partner and knows that he can handle some though language, try to refrain from communicating this way in the open chat where other players are present. You and your partner might have habit of “though love” between you, but you may create an uncomfortable environment for other Spades players that doesn’t know you well and aren’t familiar with your banter-style.
- Don’t hesitate to clarify and apologize. Misinterpretations are rife in player chats, because we have to rely on text and emoticons only. There is no body language, no tone of speech, and so on. If you think you may have offended someone, apologize even though you didn’t mean to offend. Also, remember that things such as irony and sarcasm can be difficult to use properly in a chat. It is better to err on the side of clarity.Tip! The abbreviation “sp” means “sorry partner”. Sometimes something as small as two little letters will make a world of difference when you have slipped up and want to convey to your partner that it was just a mistake, you didn’t meant to do it.
- We are all here to have fun and play Spades. Avoid engaging in debates, especially regarding hot topics that tend to get people all rallied up. There are special forums available online where you can discuss religion, politics, oppression, sex, drugs, aliens, bigfoot, etc. There is no need to do it in the Spades chat.
- Be safe. If you want to meet up with someone that you have gotten to know in a Spades chat, make sure you meet in a public place, such as a café or museum. This is true even if you have had plenty of contact outside the Spades chat through email, texting, etc.