# What software can I use to simulate a deck of cards for playing online?

I'm going to be running a game over a Google+ hangout, and the game needs a deck of cards that all of the players will draw from, keeping some of the draws hidden. I've searched around but most of the things I've seen replace the cards after they're drawn.

I'm looking specifically for something web based so that I don't have to require the players to install any software.

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Roll20 is another online tabletop - recently out of kickstarter - that operates with Google+ Hangouts. It's got good card support, including recently added hands and more features. The changelog has more details, including:

• Better support for multiple decks.
• Switched from the "drag upward" draw motion to just "click" to draw.
• You can now deal cards to players, who have "hands" to hold the cards
• Cards can be dragged and dropped directly from the deck onto the tabletop, or from player hands onto the tabletop, turning them into drawings that can be moved, resized, etc.
• Cards can be "picked up" from the table to your hand by right-clicking and selecting "Take Card".
• Cards can be flipped by right-clicking and choosing "Flip Card." In addition if you hold down Shift while dropping a card onto the tabletop it will start face-down instead of face-up.
• Players can re-order the cards in their hands.
• Players can trade cards and steal from each other (there are dialog boxes for confirming both).
• You can now designate that a deck has "infinite cards", then just add one card and it will always be drawn, no need to re-shuffle the deck.

There is a video overview as well.

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Thanks, their website gave the impression that it wasn't supported yet – Daenyth Jul 5 '12 at 16:15
Just ended up using this last night. Was a little buggy but it got the job done and everyone had a great time with it. – Daenyth Jul 19 '12 at 13:41

The Tabletop Forge hangout app includes what they call a "table" - this is something you can roll random results from. It includes a default table that doesn't replace items rolled called Card_Deck-Default, which contains a standard 52-card poker deck plus 2 jokers.

You can draw publicly from this deck with /table Card_Deck-Default, and draw without revealing the card by using /localtable instead of /table. Abbreviations for the two are /t and /lt respectively.

The deck can be reshuffled by using /reset Card_Deck-Default

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This app apparently became part of roll20.net and no longer exists on its own. – ladenedge Feb 17 '14 at 17:43

One I've played (but never actually engineered myself) is called VASSAL. A guy I know playtests his card games using this program which includes your standard two deck versus and even deckbuilding games. We are in two different countries so it definitely has networking capability. You create a module and set all the card properties (where they go, visibility, etc.) and can upload all of your art. Where it gets a little manual is things like counters and costs and what-not.

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I'm looking for something web-based so that the players don't have to install anything. – Daenyth Jul 5 '12 at 20:37
Vassal requires a free install. – aramis Jul 12 '12 at 5:43