News

The Times They Are a’Changin’

As you may know, technology is changing rapidly, and so is the world of gaming. This means that, unfortunately, trying times are ahead in which our beloved Java games won't be supported at all anymore. It is clear to us that as of now, Playforia can not be updated to meet all the new technical requirements. However, even though our company’s focus has shifted towards mobile gaming, we’ll still continue supporting Playforia for as long as we can. Our roots lie in Playforia and its games have become a product of great nostalgia to us.

Playforia and, more importantly, YOU, our community, have played a significant role in Namida's history. This service was built and made alive due to your feedback, opinions and enthusiasm, adding great value to the learning process to develop new ideas.

To reward you, our loyal community, we’ll be launching a line of special nostalgia products that you’ll be able to enjoy for free soon.

We are grateful for your love and passion and this is why we’ll be keeping Playforia alive for you, our fans, as long as technically possible. We do not know how long this will be, but no matter what happens, we’ll all be there, standing tall on top of our accomplishments, and face the future proudly, together.

With Best Regards,

The Playforia Team

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Frequently asked questions

Basic Information

1. Code of Conduct

Playforia requires these rules to be followed. Note that if you do any of the below, Playforia may suspend your account without further notice. Remember that people of all ages and backgrounds use our site. In short, don't be jerk and you are always welcome to Playforia.

The following is forbidden in our service:

  • Inappropriate content, such as images, texts, links and nicknames
  • Attacks, comments or opinions about others that slander, threaten, insult, harm or harass another person
  • Spam, commercial advertising or spreading commercial information
  • Religious preaching and evangelizing
  • Flooding, i.e. sending several messages within a short time
  • Unnecessary SHOUTING, i.e. writing with Caps Lock on
  • Publishing personal details and contact information of others
  • Selling, trading and donating accounts
  • Creating assisting tools or cheat software
  • Using disposable email addresses to register accounts with
  • Using or attempting to use another user's password or user information
  • Coin scams
  • Scam and cheating accusation
  • Criticism of site personnel, moderators
  • Exploiting any bugs that may appear in the services
  • Advocating piracy, hacking and spreading of malware or files containing viruses
  • Modifying the site or services
  • All illegal acts and behaviour
2. What can I do if someone is harrassing me?

Playforia is a public service with a tight community consisting of many different people and anyone is welcome to join. Being part of the community makes you responsible for the atmosphere too. A fun, positive attitude makes all the difference!

If anyone is unpleasant to you, do not engage. Instead make use of the following options:

Ignore the selected users

If you someone bothers you in the chat, you can ignore them as follows;

  • Click a nickname in the player list
  • Check the check box labeled "Ignore" at the bottom of the window
  • You will no longer receive chat messages from the ignored player

Bad word filter

Easily control what kind of language is displayed to you in the chat. If the filter is enabled, most bad words will be replaced with "#%"#!!1" symbols in the chat area. To enable this feature;

  • Go to your profile settings
  • Under the heading "Options", mark "Enable bad word filter"
  • Click "Save" in order to save your settings

The bad word filter is automatically enabled for anyone of age 14 or younger.

Block users from your profile

If someone is unpleasant in your profile pages, you can block this person as follows;

  • In your guestbook, gallery or blog, go to the message of the person you wish to block
  • Click the small downward arrow on the right, next to "Add reply"
  • Select "Block user", you will be asked for confirmation
  • The person you've blocked is no longer able to post in your profile or contact you by private message, and any messages written by the person will be removed from your profile and inbox

Unblocking people can be done in your profile settings

Everyone is able to prevent bullying by using the options above.

Only in cases of ongoing repetitive harrassment that is particularly outrageous, you can send a report about the situation to our Customer Support - make sure to select the appropriate topic in the form.

3. What are moderators?

Moderators are volunteers on Playforia who monitor the forum and chat rooms in order to keep conversations within acceptable limits. They have the ability to remove or alter messages.

If you believe you have what it takes to be a fair and righteous moderator, please fill out the application form. Only chosen applicants will be contacted personally by private message from the Playforia staff.

4. What competitions are going on and how can I participate?

You can participate in any competition if you have a Playforia account. There are different events to compete in, such as gaming competitions, but also avatar and blog competitions!

Official competitions

You can compete at all times in (click links for more information);

Other official competitions organised by Playforia are always announced in the news.

Unofficial competitions

Competitions organised by members of our community can often be found in the forum.

Of course, you can organise your own competition too. Go ahead and make your announcement in the forum!

5. Contact with the Customer Support

We only answers messages during office hours, not during weekends or holidays.

The feedback and/or support messages send to our Customer Support are answered by email, so a valid return (email) address is required. Always choose the most accurate subject for your message and provide a detailed description. If a feature does not work, provide a step by step description of what happens when you try function. It is not required to send a question or comment more than once.

We always answer messages about payments as quickly as possible. Please check if your spam filter has not moved our answer.

6. I can't find the answer/solution I am looking for, what now?

Make sure to read the news on latest updates. Common issues that affect the services from our side will be reported over there.

Make sure you've thoroughly gone through all solutions to the most common issues provided in this F.A.Q. and the latest updates. You can also ask your fellow Playforia members for more help on the forum.

If you have tried all of the above but still haven’t found the answer or solution you were looking for, you can contact the Customer Support.

Account

1. What is so great about a Playforia account and how do I get one?

Playing games and making friends is a whole lot of fun. Here's 10 good reasons to create your own FREE Playforia account;

  1. Creating an account is completely FREE!
  2. You'll have your very own unique nickname to be recognised by
  3. You'll get your own profile that people can visit
  4. You can create your own avatar and customise it to your looks and likes
  5. Your game scores and statistics will be saved, and you can get into the toplists
  6. You can participate in competitions and collect medals
  7. You'll get access to many extra game features/levels/modes
  8. You can easily keep track of your friends (and make many new ones)
  9. You can join Playforia clans or even create your own
  10. You'll get access to read and write on the forum and much much more!


Creating an account is easy and quick, click here and simply follow the instructions!


Help with creating an account

Step 1: Pick a gender

  • Pick a male or female gender. Make sure you pick the right one. Once your account is created, you can not change this.

Step 2: Pick an avatar

  • Pick one of the default avatar to give yourself a face. You'll be able to customise your avatar to your own looks and likes once your account is created.

Step 3: Add account info

  • When choosing your unique Playforia nickname at "What should we call you?", make sure you're absolutely certain about it. Once your account is created, you can not change the nickname again.

  • Pick a password that is unique and only you can remember.

  • Enter a valid e-mail address. After finishing the registration, you will receive an e-mail with a personal confirmation code you will need in order to activate your account, so be sure about the address you enter! You can sign up for only one Playforia user account per e-mail address. (If you do not have an e-mail address, you can get one from a free e-mail provider, such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Walla etc.)

  • Select your birth year

  • Click "Save My Avatar"


Step 4: Confirm your account

  • An e-mail with your personal activation link will be send to your e-mail address, that you can use to confirm your account.

    If you don't get the email, make sure your spam filter doesn't block the message. The confirmation email might take a few minutes to arrive, so please be patient!

  • Click the activation link in the e-mail and you're done!

    If the link doesn't work, your e-mail program might have cut the link into parts. In such case, copy paste the link to the address bar and make sure there are no spaces in it. Load the page and you're done!


Stay active

Do note that if you don't use your Playforia account for six months or longer, it will be removed from the database. The nickname will then be available again for anyone to create an account with.

2. I have created an account, but I have not received the confirmation e-mail, now what?

Check your spam folder and settings

If you haven't received the confirmation email, make sure your spam filter doesn't block the message.

Send a new confirmation message

If you wish to send a new confirmation message, proceed as follows;

  • Make sure you are logged in
  • Click here, to go to the e-mail confirmation page
  • Enter your new email address to the text field and click "Send"
  • Playforia will send a new confirmation e-mail with an activation link to the new address you've given


Note! You can't use an email address that is already used for another account in Playforia.

3. How do I change my password?

Here's how to change your password;

  • Go to your profile
  • Click "Settings" in the menu on the right top
  • Scroll down to the subheading "Change your password" on the left bottom
  • Enter your current/old password to the field at "Your current password"
  • Enter your new password and confirm it by writing it again
  • Click the button with "Change password" and your password is set to the new one

4. I have forgotten my nickname or password, what do I do?

No panic! If you can't remember your nickname you may also enter your email address as your nickname when logging in.

If you can't remember your password, proceed as follows;

  • Click here to go to the password retrieval page
  • Enter the email address you have used to create and confirm your Playforia account
  • Click "Retrieve password"


You'll receive an email with your password straight away!

5. How do I change my e-mail address?

a. Unconfirmed account

If your account is unconfirmed, you can not change it in your profile settings. You can, however, change it as follows;

  • Make sure you are logged in
  • Click here, to go to the e-mail confirmation page
  • Enter your new email address to the text field and click "Send"
  • Playforia will send a new confirmation e-mail with an activation link to the new address you've given


Note! Your account status will remain unconfirmed until you click the activation link in the e-mail sent to you by Playforia. You can't change your email address to one that is already used for another account in Playforia.

b. Confirmed account

If your account has been confirmed, you are able to change your email address in your profile settings;

  • Make sure you're logged in
  • Go to your profile and select "Settings"
  • Enter your new e-mail address in the box with "Personal information" on the left top and click "Save"
  • A confirmation e-mail will be send to your new address with an activation link
  • You have to confirm your new email address by clicking the activation link we send you

  • Additionally, a notification will be send to your old email address about the change, giving you the option to revert the new email address and to reset the account password (this is to prevent account hijacking)


Note! You can't change your email address to one that is already used for another account in Playforia.

6. Can I change my nickname?

Unfortunately you can't change your nickname, so be sure what nickname you choose before creating your account.

If you wish to use a different nickname, the only choice you have is to delete your current account and create a new one.

7. I got problems logging in, what do I do?

Login error

Some users might encounter login problems due to updates on the site. The site will display an error (invalid password/nickname) when attempting to log in.

Fortunately this problem is easily fixed; clear your browser's cache and erase the site's cookies! Click here for instructions »

Banned account

If you have violated the rules somehow, it may also be that your account has been banned. When this happens, the duration of the ban and the reason will be displayed to you when attempting to log in. When this is the case, you have no choice but to wait until the ban is expired. Once your back, make sure to behave appropriately so this will not happen again.

Disabled/deleted account

If you have violated the rules, it may also happen that your account gets to be disabled. In such case, you have no other choice but to create a new account and make sure to behave appropriately so this will not happen again.

Deletion due to idleness

If you don't use your account for six months, it will be removed from the services. The nickname will then be released again for anyone to create an account with. In such case, you have no other choice but to create a new account.

Do note that Playforia has the right to ban, disable and even totally remove accounts without prior notice. Decisions made in such cases are final and can not be corresponded about.

8. How do I delete my account?

If you wish to delete your Playforia account, we'll be very sad to see you leave and hope you'll return to us again one day!

Here's how to delete your account;

  • Go to your profile and select "Settings"
  • Scroll down until you see a subheading titled "Remove your account"
  • Click the button with "Remove your account"
  • Confirm account removal by checking the appropriate checkbox and entering your password in the form field
  • Click "Remove my account"


Note! By deleting your Playforia account, you will also remove your profile, avatars, gaming statistics and other data associated with your account.

Once your account has been deleted, it can not be undone. The nickname will instantly be made available for anyone to create a new account with.

Deletion due to idleness

If you don't use your account for six months, it will be removed from the services. The nickname will then be released again for anyone to create an account with. In such case, you have no other choice but to create a new account.

Do note that Playforia has the right to ban, disable and even totally remove accounts without prior notice. Decisions made in such cases are final and can not be corresponded about.

Avatars

1. How do I create my own avatar?

If you create a Playforia account, you automatically own an avatar that can be edited to your unique looks and likes by opening the Avatar Shop:

  • Log in using your nickname and password
  • Go to your profile
  • Click "Edit your avatar" above your avatar
  • The Avatar Shop will open


a. Pick a category to edit:

  • Select the tab "Body & Face", "Clothes" or "Apparel"
  • Browse the different categories by using the arrows on the left and right and click the category you wish to edit


b. Check out the different items:

  • Browse the items of a category by using the arrows on the left and right
  • You can also set the item display to show only your own items, or to display the cheapest/most expensive/newest items first by using the dropdown menu
  • You can easily see which items you've already bought due to the green V icon on the item
  • Items you'd have to pay for are marked in blue and display their price (in Playforia coins)
  • On the right top you can see the amount of Playforia coins you own


c. Decide what to wear:

  • You can try out each item available (by clicking on it) before deciding you want to wear or purchase it
  • If you click an item, you get to see a preview, the description of the item and, depending on the item, you can add your own custom settings to the item, such as colours and sizes
  • If you already own the item, you can click "Keep changes" in order to keep it on or "cancel" to cancel the change, you may also have the option to "purchase new" in order to buy a different version of the item or browse between the different versions of the same item you own
  • If you have to pay for the item, you can click "Buy item" in order to purchase and keep it on or "cancel" to cancel the change
  • Browse the different categories and continue editing to your looks and likes


d. Save your avatar:

  • Do not forget to save your avatar before surfing to other pages!
  • Click the “Save Your Avatar” button to save your newly designed avatar. If you skip this, your changes will not be saved
  • You can close the Avatar Shop by clicking the x icon on the top right
  • After saving, it may sometimes take a while for the system to update your new look in your passphotos, although usually, this takes only a few seconds
  • Your avatar passphoto will be displayed in the community feed, for everyone to enjoy!


Get Inspired

Use your imagination, you can be anything or anyone you wish to be! Select the "Collections" tab to browse through our special collections based on different themes. Select the "News" tab to read all about the latest collections and other Avatar related news. Also keep an eye on what your friends are wearing!

Additionally, nifty tips and smart ideas from your fellow Playforiaers about the building of avatars may be found at the Forum or, you could share your own. Have fun!

2. How do I add a new avatar without removing my old one?

  • Go to your profile
  • Click "create new avatar" icon below your avatar (the icon looks as displayed on the left)
  • The Avatar Shop will open a new avatar you can adjust to your own looks and likes
  • Do not forget to save your new avatar before surfing to other pages! Click the "Save Avatar" button to save your newly designed avatar. If you skip this, your changes will not be saved.

3. How do I set one of my avatars to default?

Note! You can only set a avatars to default if you've created more than one.

  • Go to your profile
  • Point the mouse cursor to the avatar passphoto in the list below your main avatar
  • Click "Set as default avatar"

4. How do I remove one of my avatars?

Note! You can only remove avatars if you've created more than one.

  • Go to your profile
  • Point the mouse cursor to any avatar passphoto below your default avatar
  • Click "Delete this avatar"

5. Where do I find the items I've purchased in the Avatar Shop?

If your avatar is not already wearing the items you've purchased, you can find your personal items in your wardrobe in the Avatar Shop;

  • Open the avatar shop by editing one of your avatars or by creating a new one
  • Open the category your item belongs to, then use the display dropdown menu and select "only your own items" or "cheapest ones first"
  • Your items are easily recognisable by the green V mark on top of the icon


If the item was given to you as a gift, make sure you first open the gift! Click here for more info »

6. How come my avatar is not correct/visible in the games/forum?

After saving, it may take a few while for the database to get updated, however, this usually only takes a couple of seconds.

Sometimes it helps to empty your browser's cache and cookies and reloading the page. Click here for more instructions »

Some people might have the problem that their avatar isn't properly displayed in the games or toplists. The avatar is then either displayed as a white and bald character, or, the picture is missing completely. Most of the time, this can be solved as follows:

  • Create and save a new character and set it as default
  • Save the old character again and set it as default.
  • Throw the new character away (if you do not wish to keep it)


However, in some cases this doesn't solve the issue. This issue is being investigated at this very moment. It is still unknown how long it will take to be solved completely. Meanwhile, we're very sorry for the inconvenience.

Clans

1. What is a clan?

A clan is basically a team of Playforia gamers. You can, for example, battle other clans or organise a tournament with your fellow clan members.

Clans also have their very own clan page and a guestbook to communicate in.

If you have your own Playforia account, you can create/join up to a maximum of 3 clans.

Click here to browse the current clans on Playforia »

2. Clan Star Score

Clans also take part in the Star League. The most succesful clans are displayed at the top of the clan list.

The clan star score is calculated by summing up the star points of the clan champions.

The clan champions of each clan are the top ten members of a clan who have collected the highest amount of star points. You too can be part of this elite supergroup! Become a member of a clan and collect as much medals and star points as you can!

3. How do I sign up for clan membership?

If you have your own Playforia account, you can apply to become a member of a clan as follows;

  • Go to "Community" and click "Clans"
  • Open the page of the clan you wish to join by clicking the clan in the list, or, doing a search on the clan's name
  • Click "Join this clan" on the left top of your clan page
  • Your application will be pending for the clan admin to review and if the clan admin approves, your membership will start
  • If you wish to revoke your application you can click "Withdraw application"

Do note that if you're already a member of 3 clans, you sign up to become a member of another clan.

4. How do I sign out of a clan?

Here's how to sign out of a clan;

  • Go to "Community" and click "Clans"
  • Open the page of the clan you wish to leave by clicking the clan in the list on the right bottom, titled "Your clans"
  • Click "Leave clan" on the left top of your clan page

5. How do I create a new clan?

If you got your own Playforia account, you can easily start your own clan;

  • Go to "Community" and then to the "Clans" page
  • Click the "Create new clan" button on the right
  • Fill out the form and press "Create clan"

Do note that if you're already a member of 3 clans, you can not create a new clan.

6. How do I recruit/dismiss aspiring members?

You can only recruit or dismiss aspiring members of your clan, if you have created the clan;

  • Go to "Community" and click "Clans"
  • Open your clan's page by clicking your clan in the list on the right bottom marked with "Your clans"
  • Click "review applicants" on the left top of your clan page
  • Below the list of clan members, a list of applicants is displayed (if there are any)
  • Click "Dismiss" or "Confirm" to dismiss or confirm the application

7. How do I remove a clan member?

You can only remove clan members if you've created the clan;

  • Go to "Community" and click "Clans"
  • Open your clan's page by clicking your clan in the list on the right bottom marked with "Your clans"
  • Click "review applicants" on the left top of your clan page
  • A list of clan members is displayed
  • Click "drop" to remove someone from the clan

8. How do I edit/remove my clan?

You can only edit/remove your clan if you've created the clan;

  • Go to "Community" and click "Clans"
  • Open your clan's page by clicking your clan in the list on the right bottom, marked with "Your clans"
  • Click "Edit clan settings" on the left top of your clan page
  • You can edit your clan name and description here, or choose to hide/display your clan from/to the public and save your settings by filling in your password and click "Save Settings"
  • You can remove your clan by filling in your password at the bottom and click "Delete clan"

Coins And Chips

1. What are coins and how do I get them?

Coins are the virtual currency on Playforia. Use them to get extra gaming features or to get decorations for your profile and avatar.

The amount of coins you own are displayed in your personal box on the right top of the page after you've logged in.

Buying Coins

You can buy coins from the shop as follows;

  • Select your country and payment method
  • Click the package you wish to buy
  • Follow the instructions to finish the purchase


Free Coins

You can earn free coins by executing special activities in Playforia, fe.;

  • create and confirm a Playforia account
  • create your first new avatar
  • win the coin awarding game of the Best of the Day competition
  • log in and get a free coin every day!


You can use these free coins to pay for everything in the services except for:

  • playing games for coins (such as Pool, Yatzy etc)
  • buying chips
  • buying gifts
  • publishing Super Minigolf courses


The limitation on the free coins will be lifted right away after your first coin purchase in the shop.

2. I have ordered coins but have not received them, what do I do?

If you have ordered coins but didn't receive your order, please contact our Customer Support.

Make sure to select the right topics and fill in the form as detailed as possible. You can be asked to send a copy of your phone bill/bank statement that displays the payment.

3. How many coins can I win in a Best of the Day competition?

Check out the Best of the Day competition page to see which game is today's coin awarding game and how many coins you can earn by getting into the top 3.

You can only participate in the BoD competition of the Playforia country you've registered your account in. The size of the prizes varies from country to country, they are based on the toughness of the competition (the quality and quantity of the gamers) in each country.

4. What are chips and how do I get them?

Chips can be bought for just a few Playforia coins and are here to make our games, such as Bingo and card games, more exciting. If you're a good player, you can easily win more chips!

Buying chips

  • Log into Playforia
  • Make sure you've got some coins to spend
  • Go to the chip shop
  • Select the package of your choice click the "Get this" button to confirm the purchase

You can also choose to buy your gaming chips from inside some of the games.

Purchase limitation

You can only buy chips if you've purchased coins at least once. Chips can not be refunded with coins or money.

Friends And Gifts

1. How do I make/remove friends?

Making friends

If you have your own Playforia account, you can become friends with anyone.

Personalise your profile as much as you can, in order for your visitors to get to know you better. Go and play games and chat with the people in the chatrooms and forums. Be nice to everyone you meet and find if you have anything in common.

If you meet people you'd like to be friends with;

  • Visit their profile and click "Add friend" at the right top of the page in the menu
  • A request for friendship will be send and pending for approval

If the other person accepts the friendship, he/she is added to your friend list. You can have a maximum of 2000 friends.

Keeping track on your friends

You can easily keep track on what your friends are doing, check if they're online, see what games they're playing and what medals they've earned (and more).

The "What's happening right now" box in your profile (if it's set to display, and not hidden) tells you all about it.

Accepting/dismissing friendships

If someone wants to be your friend, you'll automatically receive a notification. You can then either choose to accept or dismiss the request. You can do this in the friend menu by clicking the friend icon in your personal box on the right top of the page, or by going to your profile friends page.

Removing friends

If you want to remove someone from your friend list;

  • Go to your profile and select "Friends" from the dropdown menu on the left top
  • An overview of all your friends (and aspiring friends) will be displayed
  • Click the trash bin icon on the right of the person you wish to remove, you will be asked for confirmation
  • In this menu you're also able to accept and/or dismiss friendship requests

2. How do I buy a gift for my friend?

You can easily buy Avatar Shop items and other products as a gift for anyone in Playforia;

  • Visit the profile of the friend you want to give a gift to
  • Click "Gift Shop" on the right top of the page
  • Pick the product you want to give away
  • Select your gift wrapping
  • Add a personal message
  • Click "Give a gift!"

Your friend will get a notification when your gift is received.

Use only after opening

The item can only be taken in use once the gift has been opened. Before this, it's not available in the settings.

When you receive a gift you automatically get a notification. You can open your gift as follows;

  • Go to your profile
  • Click "Gifts" from the menu on the top right
  • Click the unopened gift (written in bold, preceding with an envelope icon)
  • Drag the lid off the gift box
  • The item and the message from the sender will be displayed
  • You can now start using the item


No gifts for free coins

Unfortunately, if you only own free coins, it's not possible to buy gifts for others. However, after your first coin purchase in the shop, the limitation of these free coins will be lifted, so the free coins can be used to pay for anything throughout the services.

3. Where can I find the Star League gifts I've won?

When you climb higher in the Star League, you also win special Star League items, such as profile box themes and backgrounds, gadgets and avatar items.

If you can't find your Star League items, make sure you've first opened the presents (this counts for all items you receive as gifts)!

  • Go to your profile and click "Gifts"
  • Find the gift from Playforia Staff in the list and click it
  • Drag the lid off the gift box to reveil the present
  • The item is now available for use

Games

1. Do I have to pay to play?

Absolutely not! Almost all games can be played for free. If you create your own account (which is free too) you can even enjoy access to many extra features.

Some extras may cos a few coins, but you can earn a free coin a day by logging in and win coins in our competitions.

2. How do I play this game?

Game instructions are usually displayed below or inside each game. You can also check out the game instructions page that lists all instructions.

Check out the information about browsers and plug-ins in this FAQ if the game you want to play does not work.

3. What is ranking and how does it work?

Create your own account and automatically work on your rank when gaming; the better you play, the higher your rank.

The ranking icon next to your nickname in the gamerooms and on your profile tells how good you are. Below the gamerooms, the different ranking icons are defined.

The formula of the ranking system is the same for every player without exceptions. The formula is rather complex since there are many different factors involved. Your rank isn't a result of simply extracting your amount of lost games from your wins.

Detailed ranking information »

4. What is a browser and which one/version do I use?

A web browser is the program you use to "browse" the Internet, which is the program you are using at this very moment to view this page!

Recommended Browsers

Playforia uses advanced browser techniques to enhance site functionality. Recommended browsers are Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari (for Mac OSX) and Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Keep Your Browser Up To Date

As the internet and browsers develop, Playforia develops along. Therefore, it's important to always use the newest version of your browser and plug-ins. Older browsers may generate errors or get stuck when loading the newest technologies.

Check your browser's help functions to see if there are any updates to install, or go to your browsers' website to download and install the latest version. You can also adjust your browser's settings to check for updates automatically (recommended).

5. How do I install/enable Flash/Java plug-ins?

In order to enjoy all functions in Playforia, you need the newest Flash and Java plug-ins versions installed (and enabled) and your web browser must be configured accordingly.

Plug-in Check/Download

Click here to verify your software, or download the newest (free) versions:

Enabling Plug-ins

Enabling plug-ins works differently in every browser and may change when you update versions. Due to this, we recommend that you check the plug-ins' help pages instead. (You can find more detailed information on these pages to help you out with other Flash/Java issues you may encounter.)

6. How do I clear my browser/Java cache?

If the site (or a component of it) has been updated, your computer may sometimes still try and use the old data instead, which can cause errors on the site and in the games.

Solutions:

  1. Simply reload the page
  2. Clear your browser's cache and cookies (often referred to as "browsing history" or "temporary internet files"). Check out Java's help page for a step to step tutorial.
  3. Clear your Java plug-in cache. Check out Java's help page for a step to step tutorial:

If the solutions above do not help, then try to reinstall your Java/Flash plug-ins entirely.

7. The game(s) will not load/start or it disconnects/freezes/slows down, what do I do?

A simple refresh of the page might solve the issue. If the game is slow or if errors occur, use the checklist below. You can find more information about each tip in the other sections of this FAQ.

  1. Make sure Java and Flash plug-ins are installed, enabled and up to date
  2. Make sure to use a recommended browser and that it's up to date
  3. It might be that you have too many applications/programs running at once that slow down the game - turn off all other applications/programs (such as other games, but also fe. Youtube movies etc)
  4. It might be that the game has been updated on our server and your computer is still using the old version - empty your browser/Java cache and restart your browser
  5. Check the news on latest updates and the forum, if there is a server malfunction, it's usually reported there

In addition, sometimes internet connections disconnect or are very slow. We are not responsible for your internet connection - contact your internet provider about this instead.

8. My firewall blocks the game connection, what ports are the games using?

Our games are using TCP ports between 4200 and 4500 (inclusive).

9. How come my purchased game time has suddenly expired?

If you buy game time for a game, note that the time starts from the moment of purchase and continues to count down in real time (no matter whether you play the game or are logged in to Playforia or not).

You can see how much game time you have left in your profile settings in the "Play Time" box.

10. How come I can't chat?

It might be that you're logged in as a guest or that your Playforia account hasn't been confirmed yet, or, you might have entered a gameroom that doesn't allow chatting (silent mode).

It might also be that you don't have the Java/Flash plug-ins installed/enabled.

11. I've made a new record, why doesn't it appear in the ranking/top lists?

Your records will only be saved if you have your own Playforia account. You can find your records in your personal game statistics, which you can access in your profile.

The record lists might take a moment to update, as well as the records listed inside the games (loggin out and back in and/or emptying your cache might help).

Reasons why your record might not have been registered:

  1. You're not logged in with your Playforia account.
  2. In some cases it requires you to play only in the language you've registered you're account in (fe. the Best of the Day competition and ranking).
  3. Server disconnection; some internet connections can get be slow or disconnected every once in a while. This usually isn't noticable while surfing websites, but applets like games need a continuous connection to function optimally. If the connection is lost, the game server might not register your record. We are not responsible for your internet connection - contact your internet provider about this instead.
  4. You might experience technical issues with your Java/Flash plug-ins, they're not properly enabled or installed, and might require a reinstall.

12. How can the number of games in my profile statistics box be different from the number in my full game statistics page?

The number of games displayed in your profile statistics box is based on the total amount of games you've played from the beginning of Playforia. The number of games displayed in your full game statistics page is counted from the moment we started collecting game statistics (around 2008).

So, if you've been on Playforia since before 2008, the number in your profile statistics box can possibly be higher than the one on your full game statistics page.

13. How do I clear my game statistics?

You can clear your gaming statistics as follows;

  • Go to your profile and click "Settings" on the right top
  • Scroll down to "Clear your gaming statistics"
  • Click "Clear gaming history"
  • Check the checkbox, enter your password and click "Remove Gaming Statistics"
  • A confirmation email will be send to you
  • To confirm, please click the link provided in the email
  • Your gaming statistics will be erased around midnight (UTC)

Clearing your gaming history permanently deletes all gaming statistics, ranking and history of all multiplayer games (except Bombermania) associated with the user account. The singleplayer game statistics can not be erased. Do note that such action can not be undone.

You can only clear your gaming statistics once every 30 days.

1. What is a gallery and how do I find mine?

If you have your own Playforia account, you automatically own a gallery on your user profile. In the gallery you create multiple photo albums (max. 20) you can use to display photo's, artwork or other images.

You can choose to hide or display your gallery box on your profile;

  • To hide your gallery box, hover with the mouse on the right top corner of the box and click the red X icon
  • To recover your hidden gallery box, click the green + icon with the text "Customise" on the right top of the page and click the "Gallery" icon. The gallery box will then appear on your profile, and you may choose to drag it to the placement of your choice (if your gallery is empty, the gallery box can not be displayed)


Even though your - or someone elses - gallery might be hidden from your profile frontpage, the gallery will always be available by selecting "Gallery" from the profile pages drop down menu on the top left.

2. How do I add/remove an album/image to my gallery?

You can only add albums/images to your gallery if you're logged in on the Playforia pages with the language you created your account in. You can easily browse your own and other people's photo albums by using the "Gallery Albums" menu on the right within the Gallery profile pages.

Before uploading, do keep in mind that this is a family site and all public content should be appropriate.

Here's how to add an album;

  • Go to your profile and select "Gallery" from the profile dropdown menu on the left top
  • On the right side, the box "Gallery Albums" is displayed, where you can see the albums you currently have (by default you have two albums; "Avatar Studio" and "Default album")
  • Fill in a new album name at "New album" and click "Add" to create a new album
  • Once the album is created you can upload new images to it or move older images to it by editing the image settings (pick the image and click the small pencil on the right bottom next to the image to display the image settings)

You can create up to a maximum of 20 albums.

Here's how to edit/remove an album;

  • Select the gallery album you wish to edit/remove
  • Click the pencil icon next to the "current album" you've selected
  • You can choose to rename the album here and/or rewrite it's description and click "Save" to save your settings
  • You can click "Delete" to delete the album, you will be asked for confirmation

If you remove an album that contains images, then the images will be moved to your default album.

Here's how to add an image;

  • Go to your profile and select "Gallery" from the profile dropdown menu on the left top
  • On the right side, an upload form is displayed
  • Click "Browse" and select the image from your computer.
  • Select to whom the image will be visible (everyone, my friends or myself) and optionally, write a short text or description
  • Select the album you want the image to be displayed in
  • Click "Save entry"
  • After saving, your image is visible in your gallery


Note! You can add a maximum of 500 images to your gallery.

Inappropriate images set for public display may be removed by the Playforia staff without prior notice. In such cases, your account may get banned or even totally removed from our services. Once measures have been taken, the decision is final and can not be corresponded about.

Here's how to remove an image;

  • Go to your profile and select "Gallery" from the profile dropdown menu on the left top
  • Click the image you wish to remove
  • Click the "edit" icon (a pencil) below the image on the right
  • Click "Delete image"

3. How do I edit an image description/display settings?

Here's how to edit an image description and/or display settings;

  • Go to your profile and select "Gallery" from the profile dropdown menu on the left top
  • Click the image you wish to edit
  • Click the "edit" icon (a pencil) below the image on the right
  • Edit the text and/or use the dropdown menu on the right to change the visibility settings to "everyone", "my friends" or "myself"
  • Click "Save"

4. How do I post a comment to a gallery?

If you have your own Playforia nickname, you can post comments to people's images in their galleries (if you haven't been blocked from the gallery).

Before writing comments in anyone's gallery, do note that this is a family site and use appropriate language. Once you've posted your comment, you can not remove it, so treat one another with mutual respect and make sure not to write anything you might regret later!

Here's how to post a comment;

  • Go to the image you want to comment on
  • Below the image in "Comments", click the text link "Add new comment"
  • Write your message and click "Save"
  • A notification about the post will be send to the owner of the gallery


Colours and links

You can use BB-code and the other text editing options from the menu in order to spice up your message. For more information about how to do so, please go to messages and texts.

Heart Rate

In addition to comments, gallery images can also be rated. If you like an image you see, click the heart on the right below the image. The amount of hearts given to each image are also displayed in the overview menu on the right.

5. How do I reply to/remove comments in my gallery?

Here's how to reply to a comment;

  • Go to your profile and select "Gallery" from the profile dropdown menu on the left top
  • Click the image and go to the comment you wish to reply to
  • Click the text link "Add reply" on the right side of the comment
  • Write your message and click "Save"


Here's how to remove a comment;

  • Go to your profile and select "Gallery" from the profile dropdown menu on the left top
  • Click the image and go to the comment you wish to reply to
  • Click the small downward arrow on the right, next to "Add reply"
  • Select "Delete entry" from the dropdown menu
  • You will be asked for confirmation

6. How do I (un)block a user from my gallery?

Here's how to block a person from your gallery;

  • Go to the message in your gallery written by the person you wish to block
  • Click the small downward arrow on the right, next to "Add reply"
  • Select "Block user", you will be asked for confirmation
  • The person you've blocked is no longer able to post in your profile or contact you by private message, and any messages written by the person will be removed from your profile and inbox


Here's how to unblock someone from your gallery;

  • Go to your profile
  • Click "Settings" on the right top in the menu
  • If you have any users in your blocklist, you can find the list displayed at the bottom of the page
  • Click the trashbin icon next to the person you wish to unblock
  • The messages the unblocked person has written to you before will, however, not return

7. I've seen rather inappropriate images in a gallery, how can I report this?

Playforia is a family site, and all public content people upload to their galleries should be appropriate accordingly.

If you have seen inappropriate images, please be so kind to help us out and let us know about it!

  • Go to the image you wish report
  • Click the text link "Inform administration of questionable content" above the image
  • A notification will be send to the Playforia staff, who will review the image for removal


Inappropriate images set for public display may be removed by the Playforia staff without prior notice. In such cases, the account of the person who uploaded the image, may get banned or even totally removed from our services. Once such measures have been taken, the decision is final and can not be corresponded about.

Medals And Star League

1. What are medals?

If you've created your own Playforia account, you can start earning medals right away. Medals aren't just another game playing feature; you can earn medals anywhere in Playforia! They can be earned in three different categories;

  • Games (to be earned by playing games)
  • Social (to be earned by social activity)
  • Unique (to be earned during special events).

Do note that the social medals require unique numbers to be awarded. Your profile statistics box doesn't count by unique numbers, and might display higher numbers than your social medals display. Fe. the "5 (Unique) Visitors" medal does require that your profile is visited by 5 different people, and thus, 5 visits from the same person will only be counted as 1 unique visitor, even though the number of "profile views" in your profile statistics box will go up by 5.

Different Types

Within these categories, there are two types of medals; skill medals and grind medals.

A skill medal can be earned by displaying some special skills, fe. shooting a hole in one, or some other precise/unique task.

A grind medal is based on stamina and develops when executing a repetitive task, fe. playing 1 game, playing 5 games, playing 10 games etcetera. For executing the requirements and the more often you repeat the specific task, you'll get the same medal - but then one of a a higher level. So, it definitely pays off to stubbornly keep on playing the games, even if your skills are not quite at the top!

Special Medals

There are hidden medals you could earn as well. These are awarded as a surprise based on luck, not just skills! Additionally, we might grant you special medals for extraordinary actions on Playforia, fe. having a gorgeous avatar, or being a great, high quality forum or blog writer or poet.

Earning Medals

In the medal overview you can also see which medals are within your reach and what you have to do in order get them.

Once you've earned a new medal, you'll get notified right away. You can check out the latest medals you've earned on your profile in the Star League box, or, check out all medals  you've earned in your profile (select "Medals" in the dropdown menu on the left top).

Below the games, you can see the medals that you have earned before, plus the medals that are closest to your reach.

By earning medals you collect star points as well and automatically participate in the Star League.

Medals can not be given away. They are totally personal and, most of all, fun!

2. How do I win medals in Best of the Day competitions?

You can earn Best of the Day medals (as well as Playforia coins) by playing our most popular games. Every day, the top three players of each participating game will be rewarded.

Check out the Best of the Day page for more information about the competitions and which games to play.

Do note that you can only participate in the Best of the Day competition in the Playforia language you've created your account in.

Additionally, the threshold to get Best of the Day medals increases once you earn more medals. This means that after you've won 5 or 6 medals, you may have to wait until you've been the Best of the Day 10 times until you receive your next medal (so, you don't get a medal every time you become the best of the day).

For more details about which Best of the Day medals you have and what you need to do in order to get the next medal, visit your medal page (make sure you're logged in). The info about how many times you need to win in order to get the next medal is always displayed with the info of your latest achieved medal of that game.

If you think you haven't received the Best of the Day medal you rightfully earned, it might help to empty your browser cache and delete your browser cookies (click here for more info). Very rarely, it's possible that there is a delay in the awarding system of max. a few days.

3. What are star points?

The number of star points you collect represents your activity and skills and defines your position in the Star League.

You can collect star points by earning medals. The number of star points you get for each medal varies. In general, the harder it is to get the medal, the more star points it's worth.

The more star points you collect, the higher you climb in the Star League. To keep your star score up, you'll have to make sure you stay active, as everyone is working hard to beat you!

The Star League system should not be confused with Playforia ranking.

4. What is the Star League?

Join the competition and all the fun!

The Playforia Star League is a gamers league. It's easy and fun and everyone all over the world can join in to compete!

Earn all the medals you can get by playing games and by performing other special activities, such as logging in or spending time online. Stay alert and active, there's always something new to gain.

Keep a close eye on the list of medals, it displays all the available medals (with instructions about how to get them) and the ones you've already earned (although, the secret hidden medals that you don't own, aren't listed). New medals are released on regular basis, so there's always something new for you to pursue and you'll never get bored.

Earn medals and collect star points

You can collect star points by earning medals. Medals can be earned in three different categories; games (to be earned by playing games), social (to be earned by social activity) and unique (to be earned during special events).

Within these categories, there are two types of medals; skill medals and grind medals. A skill medal can be earned by displaying some special skills, fe. shooting a hole in one, or some other precise/unique task. A grind medal is a medal based on stamina and develops by executing a repetitive task, fe. playing 1 game, playing 5 games, playing 10 games etc., you'll get the same medal - but a higher level one - the more you repeat a specific task.

The number of star points you get for each medal varies. In general, the harder it is to get the medal, the more star points it's worth. The number of star points you collect defines your activity and skills – whether it's playing games or writing blog posts – in Playforia. The more you dedicate yourself to do the things you like and do them well, the more star points you'll be able to collect.

Star points define your Star League status

The Playforia Star League is divided into divisions and levels. Each division consists of 10 levels. New Playforia users start their journey from the Bronze division at level 1.

You can check out your current division’s star point range limits from the Star League Bar at the right top of the page (if you're logged in).

Be a star at all times and stay active

Everyone is working hard to beat you and your special place in the Star League, so make sure to be active at all times to climb and stay at the top!

Messages And Texts

1. How do I manage my private messages?

If you have your own Playforia account, you automatically own a private message inbox and archive. You can find your private messages as follows;

  • Go to your profile
  • Click "Messages" on the top right in the menu
  • Your inbox will automatically open


Your private messages are divided into three folders (displayed on the right top under "Folders"): Inbox, Sent and Archive. You can browse the different folders by clicking on their links.

Message overview

You can define how many messages you want to display in the overview by using the dropdown menu at the left bottom at "Messages per page".

Unread messages are displayed in bold and have a closed envelope displayed on their left. Read messages have an opened envelope displayed on their left.

Limited storage space

You can only have a limited amount of messages in your folders. You can see how full the folder is on the folder view, below the list of messages at "Folder usage". If your inbox is full, you will be advised to either delete some messages or move messages to your archive.

Do note that any message in your Inbox folder that is older than six months is automatically deleted. Only the messages in the "Archive" folder are saved permanently.

Delete/move messages

  • Click the checkbox on the right of a message(s) and click the text link "Delete" in order to delete
  • Click the checkbox on the right of a message(s) and click the button "Move to archive" in order to move


Viewing a message

You can view a message by clicking it in the message overview list. On top you can see the subject, the sender and the date. Below that, the actual message is displayed.

Below the message there are several options available for you;

  • Click "Back" to return to the message overview
  • Click "Block user" to block the user (all the sender's messages will be deleted and the person can no longer contact you" - unblocking someone works the same as in the guestbook » )
  • Click "Move to archive" in order to move the message
  • Click "Reply" to write a reply message (the message that was send to you is then displayed as a quote)


Writing a private message

You can write a private message as follows;

  • Go to your profile, click "Messages" at the right top in the menu, click the text link "Send new private message" and at "to" write the nickname of the recipient or use the dropdown menu to choose one of your friends

    OR - Go to the profile of the person you wish to contact and click "Send PM"

    OR - Click "Reply" when viewing a message you've received
  • Write your message
  • Click "Send"
  • The recipient will automatically get a notification about the message


Using colours and links

You can use BB-code and the other text editing options from the menu in order to spice up your message. Make sure the "Use BB-codes" and/or "Use smilies" checkboxes below the message view are checked.

For more information about how to do so, please go to spicing up messages and texts.

Private messaging in chatrooms

You are also able to send and receive private messages in the chatrooms;

  • Click a nickname in the player list
  • Check the check box labeled "Private" at the bottom of the window
  • The message you type will only be visible for the person you selected
  • Private chat messages targeted to you will be clearly highlighted in a different colour

2. How do I add/edit a description to my profile?

You can use your profile description to share a little something about yourself, in order for your visitors to get to know you better. You can write (almost) anything you like, so let your imagination flow!

You can fe, use this option to describe your avatar, to challenge other gamers to play against you, to express your poetic thoughts!

However, always keep in mind this is a family site, and thus, public messages should be written appropriately.

Display of the description box

You can choose to hide or display your description box on your profile;

  • To hide your description box, hover with the mouse on the right top corner of the box and click the red X icon
  • To recover your hidden description box, click the green + icon with the text "Customise" on the right top of the page and click the "Description" icon. The description box will then appear on your profile, and you may choose to drag it to the placement of your choice


The description will only be visible in the Playforia country you've created it in, allowing you to create descriptions in different languages in different Playforia countries.

Even though your - or someone elses - description might be hidden from their profile frontpage, the description will always be available by selecting "Description" from the profile pages drop down menu on the top left.

Adding/editing the description text

  • Go to your profile
  • Click the text link "Edit your description" at the top of your description box, or, select "Description" from the profile dropdown menu on the left top and click "Edit your description"
  • Write/edit your description (with a max. total of 20000 characters)
  • Click "Save your description" to save


Using colours and links

You can use BB-code and the other text editing options from the menu in order to spice up your message. For more information about how to do so, please go to spicing up messages and texts.

3. What is a guestbook and where can I find mine?

Everyone with their own Playforia account, automatically own a guestbook on their user profile. This is a place for visitors to leave a message.

You can choose to hide or display your guestbook box on your profile;

  • To hide your guestbook, hover with the mouse on the right top corner of the box and click the red X icon
  • To recover your hidden guestbook box, click the green + icon with the text "Customise" on the right top of the page and click the "Guestbook" icon. The guestbook box will then appear on your profile, and you may choose to drag it to the placement of your choice


Entries older than six months may be hidden. If this is the case, a link to view the entries is displayed at the right bottom of the guestbook page.

Even though your - or someone elses - guestbook might be hidden from their profile frontpage, the guestbook will always be available by selecting "Guestbook" from the profile pages drop down menu on the top left.

4. How do I post/remove a message in a guestbook?

Anyone with a Playforia account can post messages in guestbooks (unless the user has been blocked from the guestbook). When posting messages, treat one another with mutual respect and do keep in mind this is a family site, and thus, public messages should be written appropriately.

Posting

Here's how to post a message;

  • Go to the guestbook you want to post a message
  • Click the text link "Add new message"
  • Write your message and press "Save"
  • A notification about your post will be send to the owner of the guestbook


Replying

If you wish to reply to a message in your own guestbook;

  • Open your guestbook and go to the message you wish to reply to
  • Click the text link "Add reply"
  • Write your message and press "Save"


Removing a post

You can only remove messages from your own guestbook, so if you post in someone else's guestbook, make sure not to write anything you might regret later!

Here's how to remove a message from your own guestbook;

  • Open your guestbook and go to the message you wish to remove
  • Click the the small downward arrow on the right, next to "Add reply"
  • Select "Delete entry" from the dropdown menu
  • You will be asked for confirmation


Colours and links

You can use BB-code and the other text editing options from the menu in order to spice up your message. For more information about how to do so, please go to messages and texts.

5. How do I (un)block a person from my guestbook?

Here's how to block a person from your guestbook;

  • Go to the message in your guestbook written by the person you wish to block
  • Click the small downward arrow on the right, next to "Add reply"
  • Select "Block user" You will be asked for confirmation
  • The person you've blocked is no longer able to post in your profile or contact you by private message, and any messages written by the person will be removed from your profile and inbox


Here's how to unblock someone;

  • Go to your profile
  • Click "Settings" on the right top in the menu
  • If you have any users in your blocklist, you can find the list displayed at the bottom of the page
  • Click the trashbin icon next to the person you wish to unblock
  • The messages the unblocked person has written to you before will, however, not return

6. What is a blog and how do I find/use mine?

If you have your own Playforia account, you automatically own a blog on your user profile. This is a place for you to express yourself and write about your every day thoughts, put your emotions into poetry, or share your ideas in any other form of text.

a. Display of the blog box

You can choose to hide or display your blog box on your profile;

  • To hide your blog box, hover with the mouse on the right top corner of the box and click the red X icon
  • To recover your hidden blog box, click the green + icon with the text "Customise" on the right top of the page and click the "Blog" icon. The blog box will then appear on your profile, and you may choose to drag it to the placement of your choice


Note! If the profile blog box is hidden because you've never written any blog posts, the blog box can not be moved into the profile display.

However, you could write a new entry to display box!

Even though your - or someone elses - blog might be hidden from their profile frontpage, the blog will always be available by selecting "Blog" from the profile pages drop down menu on the top left.

b. Writing/editing/deleting an entry

Before posting messages, think about what you are publishing. This is a family site, and thus, public messages should be written appropriately.

To write an entry, proceed as follows;

  • Go to your profile and select "Blog"
  • Enter the subject of your post and write your text below
  • You can use BB-code and the other text editing options from the menu in order to spice up your message. For more information about how to do so, please go to spicing up messages and texts
  • Select if you want to display the entry to "everyone", "my friends" or "myself"
  • Click "Save"


If your blog entry is set to be displayed to everyone, it will be visible on the Community page at "Latest blog posts" for a while as well. Your friends will be able to see your new post in their profile in the "What's happening right now?" box (if displayed), if the message isn't set to be displayed to "myself".

All your blog entries are displayed in the list on the right.

To edit/delete an entry;

  • Click the entry you wish to edit and click the text link "Edit this entry" at the top of the post

  • Click the trash bin icon next to the entry you wish to delete, you will be asked for confirmation


Inappropriate blog entries set for public display may be removed by the Playforia staff without prior notice. In such cases, your account may get banned or even totally removed from our services. Once measures have been taken, the decision is final and can not be corresponded about.

c. Comments

The people who can post comments, depend on the display settings of the blog entry and on the block list of the blog owner.

Posting comments, replying to comments, removing comments and (un)blocking people from a blog works the same as in the guestbook »

d. Heart Rate

In addition to comments, blog posts can also be rated. If you like a blog post you see, click the heart on the right top of the post. The amount of hearts given to each post are also displayed in the overview menu on the right.

7. What is a poll and how do I use it?

A poll is a survey you can create on your profile, to see what your visitors think of a certain topic. It allows you to ask a question or make a statement, and give your visitors different opinions/options to vote for. Polls can be as creative, serious or funny as you like to make them.

Poll box display

  • To display the poll box, go to your profile, click the green + icon with the text "Customise" on the right top of the page and click the "Poll" icon. The poll box will then appear on your profile, and you may choose to drag it to the placement of your choice
  • To hide the poll box, hover with the mouse on the right top corner of the box and click the red X icon


The poll box is hidden by default if you've never created any polls.

Creating a poll

Before creating a poll, think about what you are publishing. What is the topic you'd like to get opinions about, and what kind of options will you give your visitors to vote for? Always keep in mind this is a family site, and thus, public messages should be written appropriately.

  • Click the text link "Add new poll" at the top of the poll box (or use the link at the right bottom of the box)
  • At step 1, write the question/statement you'd like to collect opinions about
  • At step 2, give at least two options for people to vote on
  • At step 3, set the duration of the poll to define how many days your visitors have to vote (the default is 7 days)
  • Click "Publish"


Your poll is displayed on your profile and your visitors can start voting. The poll is only visible in the Playforia country you've created it in, so you can run multiple polls in different languages in different Playforia countries.

Once the voting period is over, the poll remains displayed on the site and shows the results, until you create a new one or delete it.

You may choose to hide/display the poll box, or, create a new poll even while the poll period hasn't ended yet.

Voting

You can vote on a poll by clicking one of the options in the list. After this, you can see how many votes each option got.

When a poll period has ended, you can no longer vote on any of the options, and the results of the poll are displayed.

Editing/removing a poll

Once you've created a poll, you can not edit it anymore. In this case, you'd have to remove the poll and create a new one.

  • To remove a poll, go to your profile
  • Click "Remove poll" on the right bottom of the poll box


Your poll will be removed. If you have create a poll previous to the one you've removed, this poll will be displayed in the box instead (until you create a new one).

8. What is a forum and how do I use it?

The forum is a place for you to share your ideas and opinions about different topics with your friends and other gamers.

Rules and instructions

  • Click here for tips and instructions about the Playforia Forum.
  • Click here for the Forum rules and F.A.Q.

9. How do I spice up my messages and texts?

Whether you're writing your profile description, posting blog entries or posting messages anywhere else in Playforia (forum, guestbooks, galleries, private messages), there are many options available for you to define the look of your text.

You can use the simple options in the text editing menu below the messages for this, or, for more advanced looks, you can use BB-codes.

BB-codes

BB-codes are used to format your text. They are easy to learn and offer you a range of text formatting options.

By using BB-codes, you can add/define (click links for more info);


BB-code tags should always be opened and closed:

  • [??]text[/??]


Whenever you want to format a word (or multiple words), you enclose it between two nearly identical tags - the only difference being that the latter tag must ALWAYS contain a forward slash (/). The first BB tag tells us "this formatting style starts here" while the latter one with the forward slash means "this formatting style ends here".

Note! Changing the colour, font type and font size does not work on our forum. You can still use them elsewhere, though.

Text styles

You can apply different styles to your text as follows;

  • Select the word(s) you want to style
  • Click the B (for bold), I (for italic) or U (for underline) icon from the text editing menu below your message
  • The BB-code to create the is automatically inserted in your message


You can also use BB-codes directly, which give you a couple more options;

  • [b]bold[/b]
  • [i]italic[/i]
  • [u]underline[/u]
  • [s]stroke[/s]
  • [sup]superscript[/sup]
  • [sub]subscript[/sub]
  • [acronym="descriptive text"]keyword[/acronym]


The acronym tag displays the descriptive text when hovering with the mouse on top of the keyword. This can be useful if you want to keep your text short, but still want to explain a little extra for people who might needed.

Font size

You can change the size of your text by using the BB-code size tag;

  • [size=10]Font size 10[/size]
  • [size=15]Font size 15[/size]
  • [size=20]Font size 20[/size]


The value of the size tag can be any number from 7 to 25.

Font type

You can change the type of your text by using the BB-code font tag;

  • [font=arial]Arial[/font]
  • [font=courier]Courier[/font]
  • [font=verdana]Verdana[/font]
  • [font=comic]Comic[/font]


Keep in mind that not all fonts work on all computers, so you may want to only use standard fonts.

Text colour

You can change define the colour of your text by using the BB-code color tag. You can define a colour by using one of the English colour terms below, or, use hexadecimal RGB codes if you are familiar with those.

Colour terms:

black, brown, maroon, red, orange, yellow, olive, lime, green, teal, aqua, blue, navy, purple, fuchsia, gray, silver, white

Hexadecimal RGB codes (some examples):

  • #000000 (black)
  • #ffffff (white)
  • #0000ff (blue)


Some examples of color tags:

  • [color=blue]this text is blue[/color]
  • [color=#0000ff]this text is also blue[/color]


If you're using hexadecimal RGB codes, always remember to start the code with the # symbol.

Links

You can add a link to your text as follows;

  • Select the word(s) you want to link
  • Click the globe icon in the text editing menu below your message
  • Enter the http address (url) of the page you want to link to
  • Press "OK"
  • The BB-code to create the link is automatically inserted in your message


The BB-code might look like this:


You can also add links to email addresses using the email-tag, of which the code might look as follows:

  • [email]myemail@emailprovider.com[/email]
  • [email=myemail@emailprovider.com]link to email address[/email]


Text alignment

The align BB tag can be used to define how text is positioned on the page.

  • [align=left]this text is positioned to the left[/align]
  • [align=right]this text is positioned to the right[/align]
  • [align=center]this text is centered[/align]
  • [align=justify]this text is justified[/align]
  • [indent]this text has an indent[/indent]


Quotations

If you want to quote someone else on the forum, for example to refer to a point they made earlier, click the "Quote" button below the message, and a new message will open for you. You can use BB-codes directly.

The BB-code might look something like this:

  • [quote]this is a quotation[/quote]


On the forum, you can also give the quote a title.

  • [quote title="this is the title of this quote"]this is a quotation[/quote]


Images

You can add an image to your text as follows;

  • Click the photo icon in the text editing menu below your message
  • Enter the http address (url) of the image
  • Press "OK"
  • The BB-code to create the image is automatically inserted in your message


The BB-code might look something like this:

  • [img]http://www.playforia.com/community/user/nickname/gallery/view/image.jpg[/img]
  • [img]http://www.host.com/folder/image.jpg[/img]


Just make sure the address you include inside the img tags starts with http:// and points to an actual image (in JPG, PNG or GIF format). Don't forget that it's common courtesy not to link to images on other people's servers - only link to images YOU have uploaded to YOUR gallery, image host or web server.

Lists

You can also add lists, the BB-code will look something like this;

  • [list]
    [*]first list item
    [*]second list item
    [*]third list item
    [/list]


Code

There's one more tag might be useful in certain situations - the code tag. Whatever is written within code tags is shown as-is: multiple white spaces are not truncated to just one; BB-codes you write are not used to format the text between them, and so forth.

Use the text editing menu below your message and click # and write your code inbetween the BB-code tags that appear in your message field.

The BB-code might look something like this:

  • [code]
    this
    text
    will appear
    just like it is
    written
    [/code]


Special characters and smilies

Smilies are another way to express oneself. You can add a smiley or other emoticon as follows;

  • Clicking the smiley icon in the text editing menu below your message
  • Clicking the icon of your choice
  • The BB-code to create the smiley is automatically inserted in your message


You can also use BB-codes directly, fe :) ->

Special characters, such as the heart symbol ♥, can be entered in as well;

  • Keep the ALT key on your keyboard pressed while entering the ASCII code number with your numpad (the separate set of number keys at the right end of your keyboard)
  • When you release the ALT key, the symbol is entered


Here are some examples of ASCII codes (more can be found on the internet);

  • ALT + 1 and ALT + 2 = white and black smileys ☺☻
  • ALT + 3 and ALT + 5 = heart and clover ♥ ♣
  • ALT + 13 and ALT + 14 = music notation ♪ ♫
  • ALT + 127 = house shaped pentagon ⌂


Note that some special characters do not work on our forums.

Combinations

BB-code tags can also be combined. Don't forget that every tag has to be closed ("[/tag]"). A good way to close tags is to do it in the reverse order from which they were entered;

  • [color=blue][size=15][b]Bold, blue, 15![/b][/size][/color]
  • [url=http://www.playforia.com]=)[/url] ->

Profile Looks And Layout

1. What is a profile and what can I do with it?

If you have created your own Playforia account, you automatically own a profile.

These are your personal pages in Playforia you can use to share info about yourself and communicate with your visitors and friends. The pages contain, amongst other things, your (click link to read more);


The profile is a lot of fun to use, you can customise it to your own looks and taste, and, it will allow your visitors to get to know you better and even become friends with you!

Profile rating

On top of each profile avatar page, a heart is displayed. If you like the profile you visit, click the heart to become a fan. Make your own profile look nice as well, for the more fans you collect, the more medals you earn as well!

Content

When you are adding content to your profile, think about what you are publishing. Always follow good manners and keep in mind that our users range from little children to adults.

Prohibited on the profile;

  • Inaproppiate language
  • Racism or any other form of discrimination and offence of minority groups
  • Commercial advertising
  • Religious promotion
  • Promoting piracy
  • Spamming, provocation, mocking
  • Impersonation (pretending to be someone else)
  • Giving out personal data, phone numbers, email addresses, videos or pictures of others
  • To sell, trade or give away avatars/accounts
  • Displaying inaproppiate images


When breaking any of these rules, your inappropiate content will be removed. Additionally, your account will be banned temporarily, or even deleted from the whole services. When such measures have been taken, the decisions are final and can not be corresponded about.

Reporting inappropriate content

If you see inappropriate texts or other content in any profile, please let us know and send a message to our Customer Support.

If you see inappropriate images in any image gallery, please let us know as well. Click here for more instructions about how to report this.

2. How do I edit my profile layout/background/box theme/gadgets?

You can easily edit your profile layout to your personal looks and likes by/with;

   a. Hiding/displaying/moving boxes
   b. Box Themes
   c. Backgrounds
   d. Gadgets
   e. Resetting the layout

a. Hiding/displaying/moving boxes

Besides your avatar, the profile front page displays a set of different boxes, fe. your friends, your latest visitors, your star league status, gaming statistics, guestbook etcetera.

  • You can easily move a box around by pointing your mouse to the top of a box and dragging it to the desired area
  • You can hide a box by pointing your mouse to the top of the box and clicking the red X icon on the right top
  • You can display a box again by clicking the "Customise" + icon on the right top of the page and clicking the icon of the box you wish to display at "Restore a hidden element"


Note! Some boxes are arbitrary and can not be hidden. Other boxes that are empty might not be displayed on the page at all.

If a blog box is hidden because you've never written any blog posts, the blog box can not be moved into the profile display unless a new entry is written.

b. Box Themes

Box themes are background styles that can be applied to the boxes on your profile front page, to give your profile that extra personal touch. There is a wide selection of box themes available in the shop, some are even free!

You can either choose to apply a single box theme to all boxes, or customise each box separately.

If you wish to apply/remove a box theme to a particular box;

  • Move the mouse to the top of the box you wish to edit and click the green "Customise" + icon on the right top
  • Select the box theme you wish to apply (or select the red X in order to remove the theme) and the style will be applied


If you wish to apply/remove box theme to all boxes;

  • Click the green "Customise" + icon on the right top of the menu
  • Select the box theme you wish to apply at "Apply a theme to all boxes" (or select the red X in order to remove the theme) and the style will be applied (you can do this as well by clicking the checkbox "Apply theme to all boxes" when editing the box theme of a particular box)
  • If you wish to apply the box theme to all profile pages, click the checkbox "Apply theme to all boxes on all pages"


c. Profile backgrounds

Profile backgrounds are styles that can be applied to the background of your profile pages, to make your look complete. There is a wide selection of backgrounds available in the shop, some are even free!

If you wish to apply/remove a background on your profile;

  • Click the green "Customise" + icon on the right top of the menu
  • Select the background you wish to apply (or select the red X in order to remove the theme) and the style will be applied
  • If you wish to apply background to all profile pages, click the checkbox "Apply page background to all pages"


d. Gadgets

Gadgets are decorations you can use to make your profile even more personal. Some are animated and have sounds. Some are interactive and react when you touch them with the mouse cursor. There is a wide selection of gadgets available in the shop and you can add them to anywhere on any page on your profile.

If you wish to add/move/remove a gadget to your profile;

  • Click the green "Customise" + icon on the right top of the menu
  • If you own any gadgets, you can find them under "Restore a hidden element"
  • Click the gadget you wish to place and it will appear at the top center of the page
  • Drag the gadget from it's top side to the place of your preference
  • Or, click the red X icon on the right top of the gadget to hide it again


Note! Some (slower) computers might take a long time to load profiles with a lot of gadgets.

Be inspired!

Be creative and play as much around with the layout as you like. Don't forget that you can create a unique look for every single page in your profile. You can even create a different look for every avatar you create. Your visitors will appreciate your unique style and may even ask you to be their friend or join their clan!

Any changes you make in your profile layout will automatically get saved.

e. Resetting the layout

To reset all box positions, box themes and backgrounds to default;

  • Go to your profile settings
  • Scroll to "Reset box positions and themes to default"
  • Fill in your password
  • Click "Reset Profile"


Your profile layout settings will be erased and you'll have a standard profile again.

3. How do I change the whole site look?

Playforia can be displayed in different skins, we currently have three different skins available;

  • Clean orange
  • Pretty pink
  • Playforia (blue)
  • Avatar Studio (grey)


You can switch skins as follows;

  • Point the mouse to the top left corner of the site
  • The corner of the page will unfold
  • Select one of the available skins by clicking on it
  • The site look will automatically change to your choice