In those trying times we try to help, you can now meet 4 friends on a private online table. Below is a step by step guide on how to accomplish it. The instructions are valid for iPad / iPhone / Mac and Windows.
Step 2. Open Shark and go to Online Bridge Club on the bottom main menu ( the diamond suit ). If it is the first time you opening Shark it will prompt to Login or register if you don't have an account.
The following steps explain how to create a friendship between two people, note that your friends can't see who your other friends are, privacy for us is essential. You don't have to do those every time you want to start a table.
Important note: To become friends, both people need to be in the Online Bridge Club at the time.
Step 3. Once you are in Online Bridge Club, select Friends and Players from the top of the screen. A list of player groups will show up.
Step 4. Select Online Players and locate the person you want to be friends with. You can also use the search box at the top of the groups.
Step 5. Now that you have your friends in the list press on their nickname, and then press on "Add Friend", if that option is missing, it means you are already friends.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each player you want to be friends with. When you are done, focus on the table's list, on mobile devices choose Tables on the very top of the screen, and the tables will load.
You can quickly see if any of your friends is playing by selecting 'My Friends" on the left-hand side of the tables' list, and you will only see tables with your friends. If there is no such tables, touch / click 'My Friends' again, and you can see all the tables.
Starting a table.
Step 1. Select 'Start New Game' on the top right corner.
Step 2. From 'Who can join your game' select 'Friends Only'.
Step 3. Robot's skill is not very important when you plan to play with 4 players, as they will be available to give hints when you ask.
Step 4. Next is essential, select Robot's play, choose the last option 'No Robots'
Step 5. Selection of bidding system is only valid for robot hints if you are playing with four people
Step 6. Select practice ( hands can be skipped and played with all cards face up), allow or prevent kibitzing.
Step 7. Press Play, and in a second or two, you will be sitting at a table.
Now for those that are going to join.
The creator of the table did all the work
Step 1. Find the table with your friend
Step 2. Press on 'Play for XXXX' the seat you want to take, in 1-2 seconds you will be at the table
Inviting players to a table you are sitting at
Step 1. Press on the tray for the seat you want to invite a player. You get a list of player groups.
Step 2. Select the appropriate group, find the player you want.
Step 3. Press on its nickname and then press on 'Invite Plyer'
If you touch on a player's name in the hand tray, a small menu comes up with brief players stats and the option to 'Add as a friend', ' Boot' or 'Block player'.
It makes sense to print out this reading and have it handy for the first few times you use the game.
Best of luck !!!