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Issue Number 135
May 2014
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Yahoo! Parlor Games Dilemma

Nobody though the Yahoo! was serious when they announced their plans to drop the Parlor Games at the end of March; the nightmare started as planned, and the Eliters Family started the fight to deal with this crisis.

April 1, 2014

We discovered that Yahoo! kept their UK Servers alive; so we used the Yahoo! UK Server to replace the old Server Room Links in all Leagues, and now it is working until further notice. 

In the mean time; and in case there is any problems; leagues may use the Alternate Rooms; mainly Pogo Rooms. In case the Game is Club Pogo restricted; like Gin or Canasta, we will place other Links as Alternate Links mainly GameDesire. 
We are also investigating other Play Sites options in case this Yahoo situation deteriorates further.
April 2, 2014
We have added a GameColony Banner on all Pages Menus as a first step to offer Alternative Play Site to Yahoo! 
GameColony is offering these Multi-player Games: 
  • Backgammon 
  • Canasta 
  • Cribbage 
  • Dominoes 
  • Gin Rummy 
  • Spades 
Please visit the GameColony site using the GameColony Banner; and Register your Eliters ID at GameColony; then check the Game; and if any of the present Yahoo or Pogo Leagues; in the above listed games; wishes to have GameColony Rooms as the Alternate Room; please let me know. 
The GameColony Canasta Room is now an Alternate Room for CANAY. 
Players will need to Register their UserName (Eliters ID) in GameColony using the GameColony Banner before entering the Room. 
If the Eliters ID is not available in GameColony; Players may use the nearest ID to their Eliters ID and state that on the Tourney EM. 
April 4, 2014
Yahoo! insisted in alienating their loyal Players; they dropped the UK Servers; we had to change the Default Room in Yahoo! Leagues as follows: 
  • Backgammon Room moved to Pogo 
  • Canasta Room moved to GameColony 
  • Cribbage Room moved to GameColony 
  • Dominoes Room moved to Pogo 
  • Euchre Room moved to Pogo 
  • Gin Room moved to GameDesire 
  • Hearts Room moved to Pogo 
  • Pinochle Room moved to GameDesire 
  • Spades Room moved to Pogo

We started investigating many Gaming Sites as possible replacement for the Default Yahoo! Rooms. 

Although some of these Sites have better graphics but we have some important problems that we need to resolve before adopting such Sites; this includes for example:
  • The Games covered in each Site.
  • The availability of the IDs in these Sites.
  • The ability to Register in these Sites; for example in game.com you have to have a US or Canada Address to be able to Register.

April 8, 2014

After the successful testing of the Safe Harbor Games Site; Eliters Rooms were created at Safe Harbor in 6 Games:

  • Backgammon
  • Canasta
  • Cribbage
  • Euchre
  • Hearts
  • Spades

Safe Harbor Rooms proved to be perfect and sometime better than Yahoo! Rooms.

April 9, 2014

PINOY is now using the Play OK Site as Default Play Room; the Room Link on the Tourney Pages are now directing to this New Room. We kindly ask PINOY Players to register at Play OK and post their Play OK ID at Add Play IDs.

GINY is using the GameDesire Vegas Room as a Default Room.

DOY  is using the GameColony Main Hall Room as a Default Room.

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