World of Card Games was unavailable for about 30 minutes this morning while some updates were applied. Here's a summary of the changes.
1) The "Kick Player" button is gone. No more kicking! In its place is the "Dislike Player" icon, a round red button with a white "x" in it. If you hover your mouse over this button, you will see the label "Dislike Player" appear (see screenshots below).
Clicking on this button will put the associated player on your "disliked players" list. My blog post about how to kick players tells you how to edit this list.
Once you have "disliked" a player, you will not be seated with them again. But other than that, they will not be affected.
2) There are five new avatars!
3) The robot strategy for Hearts has been modified (hopefully for the better). Changing the robot strategy is a "work in progress" - I'll be making small changes over time, with the goal of improving it overall.
4) Finally, there was a bug in Hearts that has been fixed. Normally, when shooting the Moon, 26 points should be added to all other players' scores. If this would cause the game to end with the shooter losing, only then should points be subtracted from the shooter's score. But there were some cases where points were deducted from the shooter's score even if the game was in no danger of ending. This led to some very long games! The bug has been fixed, and I am grateful to the person who pointed this problem out to me.
Here's wishing everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving!