Now that you're a member of the Ladder, you're probably
wondering how to play games over the Internet. Well,
you've come to the right place! There are basically two
components needed to play games over the Internet. The
first is finding where players are meeting to play games
for your Ladder. The second is setting up the game.
The first step is finding where the members of your Ladder
meet to compete. Members usually gather in a designated
chat room. Where are these chat rooms? This varies from
game-to-game and Ladder-to-Ladder. It can range from web
sites to gaming services to other methods. The most popular
location of chat rooms for Internet games is via a gaming
service. At the bottom of the page you will find a listing
of some popular gaming services. A link to the exact
location of the chat room used to play Ladder matches and/or
Tournaments for your Ladder is usually located on the Ladder's
main page or in the 'Rules' section.
Once you have found the appropriate chat room for your
Ladder, you would then enter the chat room and ask if
anyone would like to play a Case's Ladder match. You will
see others doing the same. When someone accepts your
challenge, you are halfway there!
PLAYING THE GAME
you've found opponents to compete against, the next step is setting up
the game. Again, this will vary from game-to-game, and is dependant
upon which method of Internet-support the game provides.
Some games can be played only on third-party gaming services.
A gaming service is a web site where people go to play games
over the Internet. Generally, you will need to download some
additional software and register a username in order to play
a game at a gaming service. It is best to use the exact login
name you have signed up for on Case's Ladder. The next step is
to choose your game in the gaming service interface. You will
then be taken to a chat room where people are meeting for that
game (see above). Once you have found someone to play a match
against, you will either start a game or join a game. If you
start a game, then you usually control the game options/settings
and someone will join your game. When the match is over, the
loser will report the loss to the Ladder.
Many games have Internet-play and chat rooms built directly
into the game itself. In this case, when you start the game
there is usually an option to connect to a chat room. This chat
room is usually hosted by the company that developed the game.
In this scenario one person will generally host the game and
others will join it. Usually the person hosting will start the
game. When the match is over, the loser will report the loss to
Basically, Direct IP games work by directly connecting to another
computer over the Internet. An IP address is a unique set of
numbers assigned to you when you connect to the Internet. It will
look something like the following: 188.8.131.52. To find your IP
address using Windows, click 'Start', 'Run', and type "cmd" in the
textbox. From the command prompt, type "ipconfig" and then press
the 'Enter' key on your keyboard. When you are in the chat room,
determine who will be the host of the game and write down that
person's IP address. You will then launch the game you are playing,
and look for the 'Multiplayer' or 'Internet' option, or something
similar. If you are hosting the game, you will have to wait for the
other players to join you. If you are joining the game, you will
need to enter the hosting player's IP address. When the match is
over, the loser will report the loss to the Ladder.
The following is a listing of popular gaming services where you can
meet people to compete against in games over the Internet.
Yahoo! Games is a collection
of free, Java-based games on the Web. Some of the games are
multi-player games and can be played with anyone connected to the
Internet, while other games are single player. All games require
only a Java-enabled browser and a Yahoo! ID.
Pogo.com is a gaming service
that is powered by Electronic Arts. The gaming service features
dozens of free games, including basic card games and myriad
board, casino, puzzle, and word games.