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The program is written Java 5 and thus should run on any platform that has java installed excluding mobile devices. This comes pre installed with most Operating Systems such as Mac OSX. Windows, Linux and Solaris users who do not have java installed can get the latest run time environment from the sun web site. As at the time of writing the latest version is 6.03. Which is more than adequate for all the versions of spar applications. http://java.com/en/download/manual.jsp Mac users should check the apple update web site if the version of Java is pre 5. System Requirements

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Category Memory: PPC: Intel: Amd: Space: Internet Connection

Minimum 256MB 800MHz 2.0GHz 1.5GHz 10MB 1MB/s

Recommended 1.5GB + 1.5GHz + 3.0GHz + Athlon (2.1GHz) + 100MB + 3MB/S+

set Up
1. Download the program from the web site. For Mac osx users, mount the spar.dmg file and drag the spar app into your Applications folder. You must be logged in as an administrator or have ones password. 2. For windows users, download the game and put it anywhere on the C drive. Run the installer to install the application. Vista and Windows 7 users might require an administrator's permission to complete this. 3. Double click the game icon to start. 4. Remember to set your firewall to allow connection to the intranet.

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When you first get into the game you should see an interface like the one below. Actual cards may vary. This is the main user interface for the game and has been divided into sections below.

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Figure 1.0 Main User Interface

Info Panel The left side of the screen is known as the info panel and has been expanded below. It displays information about the current game. All the Labels have tool tips.

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Displays The current amount in the pot.

Displays The amount your opponent has in the pot.

This includes their username and the flag of their location as well.

Display the current Round Leader's userName

Display the next player to make a move's userName

Display the amount you have in the pot. This includes your username and the flag of your location.

Displays your Bank Balance.

Figure 2.0 Info Panel

Opponent's Panel The top half of the screen is known as the opponents panel. this has the opponents cards displayed face down and each time he plays a card it is moved to the far right of the screen. Above this is the system clock which returns the current time of your system.

Figure 3.0 Opponents Panel

User Panel The bottom part of the screen is called the user panel. This is where you will mainly interact with the game. The cards faced up are yours and when you move the mouse over them should have the background highlighted to yellow, and display the number of the card. A card is moved to the far right of the screen once its played.

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Figure 4.0 Users Hand

The buttons underneath your cards from right to left indicate the actions you can take. Place a Bet Hint Under Ten Under Card These are shortcuts to going through the main menu. These are explored later on in the File Menu. You can get more information by moving the cursor over them but they should be self-explanatory.

Figure 5.0 Users Buttons Panel

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This section describes how to quickly start the game. once you run the application you will be prompted to log in to the game server. You will be prompted to register if required.

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Figure 1.0 Log In Box

Waiting Room Once you are successfully logged into the server you will be welcomed to the waiting room where you can have a public conversation with every one. Also minimal information about you will be displayed such as your bank amount and the current number of players logged in.

Figure 2.0 Welcome Room

Game Once an opponent is found a new game will be started as displayed below. The bottom part is your area and the top part that of the opponents. The left side displays information about the current game.

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Figure 3.0 Started Game

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This section describes how to play the game. By default your cards will be displayed as described in About. Moving the mouse over the cards should have their backgrounds highlighted to yellow, and the cards numbered from 1 to 5.

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Figure 1.0 Highlighted card

Playing A Card To play a card just double click it and it will move to the lower right corner of the display and the hands are updated to reflect this.

Figure 1.1 Played card

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1. A suit must be followed if requested by the round leader. This could be ranked higher or lower at the player's discretion. During the course of the game, if a player is found to have a suit, which was requested by the round leader and was not played, the player looses the round and the round ends. This is known as the offside rule. A player can play any card if they do not have the requested suit. To beat a card, it has to be the same suit and have a higher rank than the played card. A player can trade all five cards for another set, if the highestranking card of all his or her cards is nine provided there are more cards in the deck. This is known as the under ten rule and must occur before the first round of play.

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A player can request to see the last card in the deck in the penultimate round, provided there are more cards in the deck. This can only occur once in a game by one player only. This is known as the under card rule. It is based on the assumption that similar cards stick together when shuffled.

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The looser of the game or the coin toss has the option to cut the deck before it's dealt out after it has been shuffled. This is known as the cut rule. A player cannot have more than five cards at any given time in the game. During the game if a dealer or the round leader's card is not matched they proceed to start the next round.

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Menu Bar

Spar Menu

The Spar menu has the following sub menu items the about, which displays about this game. The preference sub menu that displays the preference window and the quit menu item which quits the game.

About

Displays an about of the game. click on ok to close the window. It shows the current version of java your system is running.

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Menu Bar

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File Menu

The file menu item has the following sub menu items, the new game which starts a new game. the under Ten item, used to swap a hand. Under card used to display the last card in the deck.

New Game

The new game will discard the current ongoing game and start a new one based on the default settings. If the round counter is greater than one that is you and your opponent have played a card, you will be prompted if you want to leave, confirm to return to the waiting room. decline to continue playing the current game.

Under Ten

This allows you the user to trade in your cards for another set if it compiles with the under ten rule. It can only be used once per hand and it has to be used before the first round of play. If there are more cards in the deck then your hands will be replaced by another set. Otherwise a message box will inform you

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if there are no more cards in the deck or if you cannot use the feature because its not the first round of play or it has already been used.

Under Card

The under card is used to displays the last card in the deck. The idea being that when cards are shuffled similar suits stick together, thus the opponents last card is of the same suit. This can only be used once in the game and only in the penultimate round of play. If its clicked at any other time besides this, an error message is displayed to the user to inform him that its not the pen ultimate round. Also for situations where there are no more cards in the deck the error message displays the appropriate message. The card is then displayed between the opponents played card and the users played cards.

Place a Bet To place a bet, click on the place a bet button. This brings up a pop up box to input an amount. The amount must be greater than the minimum bet set for the game. Which at default is 50. It must also be within your budget and must match your opponents bet. Else it will be rejected. Also you cannot put in anything besides the amount, for example the pound sign, else it will be rejected. Once a bet is placed it cannot be taken back and thus if you are unsure you can just cancel it. Once the bet is accepted your bet and bank labels will be updated to reflect the changes and the button on the user display will be grayed out until the next hand. In situations where the auto match bet is checked in the game preference, the button will be grayed out for the whole time this feature is on, and enabled when the inverse occurs.

Hint

The hint suggests a card to play based on the current situation. For example it will cycle through your hand and if you are not the round leader suggest the first card you have which is of the same suit as the opponent, to play. In a situation where you are the round leader, or you do not have a suit to match that of the opponent you are given the hint of playing any card you want.

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Menu Bar

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View Menu

The View menu has the Waiting room, Chat room and the game log which displays how u have been playing the game so far. These are further elaborated below.

Waiting Room

This is where you are brought once you log into the game or in between games. it displays your bank amount and the currently logged in players as well. The black bottom half is a public chat room where everyone can send messages to . once you join a game. this window will be pushed to the background to display the main game. This also happens when you or an opponent quits a game.

Game Log

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The game log opens a new display box, which displays information about the current game, for the hands played at each turn and who the round leader is. It also shows who won the particular game if the game is over. This is updated for each hand that is played. Click ok when you have finished to close the display box.

Chat Window

This windows allows you and your opponent to send message to each other. messages exchanged in this medium are not secure and please be courteous towards your opponent.

Minimize & Full Screen The view menu item contains the following items maximize and minimize, by default the game is in minimum mode, this is the actual size of the game and purposely chosen to allow for displays on smaller screens such as 600 * 800 sizes. When the maximum button is click the game fills up the whole screen. That is it runs in full screen mode and the maximum item grayed out. Once you click the minimize button it is them resized back to the original size and the maximum size item enabled again. This can also be used when the game is resized in any way to bring it back to its normal size. For Mac osx users you can still use apple + H to hide the game and bring it back to front.

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Help Menu

The help menu has the following items, display help which displays help in using the game, check for updates which connects to the internet and checks for updates of the game and online help which takes you to the online help web site.

Spar Help

This opens up a mini browser with two panels. The left side pane contains the links of the topics to seek help on and the right pane displays the help information to the user. To exit the help display, click on the quit button or close the window.

Check For Updates

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That will check the server for an updated version of the spar client that you are using. if you have the latest version then the message box above will be displayed .As at the time of writing the latest version was 1.3.

Visit Web site This opens up your default browser and tries to connect to the online help web site. On a successful connection the page will be opened in your browser. In cases where you do not have an Internet connection or its down including the server being down as well, an appropriate error message will be displayed to the user.

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Quick links Logged Out Account Locked Already Logged In Needs Activation Need To Register Login Box Freezes Lost Internet Connection Out Of Funds All Else Fails

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Logged Out
You may have reached the maximum log in attempts . close the application and try again after 20 minutes. if problem still persists drop as an email.

Account Locked
you have entered the wrong password too many times. You might also be out of funds or have had a complaint against your user name. either way contact us .

Already Logged In
You must still be logged in from another location such as via the website. if you are sure you are not, send as an email urgently if you think your account has been compromised.

Needs Activation
You need to activate your account. check you emails and use the link in the email to activate the account.

Need To Register
You need to register to use version 1.3

LogIN Box Freezes


There was a problem connecting to the server. Close the application and start again. If problem persists for more than three times without an error message contact us.

Lost Internet Connection


If you are in the middle of the game, the state will be saved giving you thirty seconds to try and reconnect . if not the game will just end and you will be required to log in again.

Out Of Funds
Send an email to supports@blak-solutions.co.uk with the subject set as "out of funds" for an account reset ..

If All Else Fails


If your problem is still not solved please send as an email detailing what you were doing before it happened and how it happened. supports@blaksolutions.co.uk

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Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Function New Game Quit Game Chat Under Ten Under Card Game Log Maximize Minimnize View Hint Waiting Room Mac Osx +N +Q +R +J +U +L +F +M +Y +W Other Ctrl + N Ctrl + Q Ctrl + R Ctrl + J Ctrl + U Ctrl + L Ctrl + F Ctrl + M Ctrl + Y Ctrl + W

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