To play in one of our RealBridge sessions you need to do the following:
1. TEST YOUR CAMERA AND MICROPHONE
Click here to go to the testing page. The test takes 3 minutes, but do it well before the session starts in case of problems. If it doesn't work RealBridge support may be able to help.
Not all devices and browsers support RealBridge, so please click here to view a PDF document providing further details, or go to the RealBridge FAQ (which may be slightly more up to date).
Please check that your browser is up to date. Click here if you need help to update your browser.
If you don't have a device that supports video and/or audio you can still play as long as your browser is up to date and supported. Your partner and opponents won't be able to see or hear you, but you can communicate via text chat.
2. BOOK YOUR PLACE
Book and pay for your place on Bookwhen (our bookings platform). The entry fee is £3.00 (£4.00 for Learn & Play). You must do this at least 15 minutes before the start of the session.
Click here to go to the booking page.
One free place will be available for the host (see item 6 below).
3. CLICK ON THE LINK TO JOIN THE SESSION
(note that you can only access a playing session on RealBridge via a special link that we send to you, and this only becomes available a few hours before the session is due to start).
The Bookwhen booking system will automatically send you an email that contains the unique link to join the session, either in your booking confirmation email, or as a separate email sent out 60 minutes before the start.
Please click the link to join the session 15 to 20 minutes before it's due to start.
When you click on the link the following window opens:
Type in your real name in full (the name that OBC knows you by), eg Andrew Smith
For ID number use your EBU number (it is a great help to us if you can do this, but if you don't know your EBU number leave it blank)
Your name and ID number will be saved for next time, so do it carefully the first time
The High Contrast UI option is for people who are colour blind (and is definitely not suitable for anyone else!)
Then click Login. You will be taken to the lobby.
4. GO TO A TABLE (unless you don't have a partner, in which case see below)
From the lobby you'll see the tables. Sit opposite your partner or join whichever table you wish by clicking an unoccupied seat.
5. PLAYERS WHO DON'T HAVE A PARTNER
Book and pay for your place as outlined above. Join the session at least 15 to 20 minutes before the start.
When you reach the lobby tell the director (via text chat) that you're looking for a partner. They will do their best to help you. A host may be available, but this is not guaranteed.
If you're unable to play you may transfer your booking to another day, but you must do this before the session starts (see item 7 below).
If you're willing to act as a host, please book the free place on offer. When you reach the lobby tell the director (via text chat) that you're the host and are looking for a partner.
7. TO TRANSFER OR CANCEL YOUR BOOKING
If you've booked and paid for a place and find that you're unable to play after all, you can transfer it to another day. You must do this before the session starts (or you'll lose your money!).
Click on the link in your booking confirmation email, and then the button in Bookwhen.
If you cancel your booking you won't receive a refund.
8. PLAYING ON REALBRIDGE
A detailed guide to playing on RealBridge is available on their website.
Alerting and announcing: we ask you to alert and announce your partner's bids verbally, as you do in face-to-face bridge. Don't alert your own bids.
Undos: are normally not allowed, except for teaching sessions, and misbids in teams games.
9. CONTACT US FOR SUPPORT
Please email us if you have any queries or problems and we'll do our best to help.