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Welcome to SafeHarborGames
Opened in April, 2008, and still going strong! SHG has offered a gaming community featuring group tournaments, Cases Ladders, Rated games, social games, web-based and site sponsored tournaments in Spades, Backgammon, Pachisi, Pinochle, Cribbage, Hearts, Canasta, CommandHQ, Euchre and Trivia on site, everyday.

Bot play for Backgammon
powered by BGBlitz (
Android, IOS, Mac Versions
are now available for the following games:

Backgammon, Canasta, Cribbage, Euchre, Gin Rummy, Pachisi, Pinochle, Spades, Yahtzee and Domino!
Click here for more details on our Mobile versions.
Due to Internet connections being overwhelmed by so many people now at home using the internet, more players are experiencing lag and disconnects to our server.

We encourage everyone to shutdown their computers for a few minutes every day to force a new and hopefully better network connection.


About SafeHarborGames(SHG)
Opened since April 13th, 2008
Founded by a group of like-minded individuals who all had experience in programming, hosting and gameplay from other sites and were still looking for something more - a true community driven site. SHG was designed from the ground up to support community based games, peer communication and most of all, a place we would all feel comfortable visiting and playing. Over the years, SHG has welcomed like-minded hosts and players from a number of different sites including Yahoo, Pogo and MSN Gaming Zone.
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Free to play, player supported
Our intent has always been to provide the best open site with the most useful features for our players. We support
Social games * Tournament based games * League and Ladders * Friends List * Private Chats * Lobby Chat
Custom Lobbies * Site-wide events * and more
But like any institution, SHG needs funding to survive. SHG's one year Yacht Club Memberships (YCM) are the main source of income that helps to maintain our site and prizes that we give out. Without these memberships, SHG would not be able to continue. As a thank-you, SHG provides exclusive features and events to our YCMs.
Click here to purchase a one year membership.
Supported Platforms
Today, SafeHarborGames supports multiple platforms.
  • For Microsoft Windows, SHG supports versions Windows 7 through the current version : Windows 11 beta.
  • For Mac OSx, with the use of any Windows emulater, our software will run on any Mac OSX. Platform (desktop or laptop).
  • For Linux, our software will run on a full implementation of Wine on Linux.
  • We also support native versions of
    MacOS * IOS * Android.
Click here for downloads

About Our Games
Games Supported
All games are available to play free online.
Touted as one of the older games of skill, Backgammon is a 2-player game where each player must move their 15 checkers on the board and bear them off. SHG Backgammon features include
Choice of 3D or 2D view * 3 different table color combinations * 8 different stone colors * Auto-Roll
Auto-Bearoff * Auto-Done * sounds * Matchlogs compatible with most BG analyzers
Rated version with Timer * Supports No-Hit BG

Come join us for free online Backgammon in Social, Competitive,Rated, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
Canasta is a card meld game where the goal is to 'go out' with the most accumulated meld points. When at least one of the players accumulates a pre-determined agreed points, the match is over, and the player with the highest score wins. SHG Canasta supports both two player and four Player partners. Features include
1 or 2 Draw * 1 or 2 Canasta * Control Discard Pile * Wildcards on Opening Meld
Timer * Bots for 4 Player * Variable points from 1500 to 5000

Come join us for free online Canasta in Social, Competitive,Rated, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
Command HQ
Command HQ was originally released in 1990, and is the first and original two-player real-time strategy wargame. To those unfamiliar with the game, consider it like playing Speed Chess on a Risk board.
Like chess, you have a small handful of unit types at your disposal, and like Risk, you play on a map of the world, with certain resources spread all around which you must capture and hold in order to gain more forces. The more of the world you own, the larger the army that you can muster.
Command HQ is now available exclusively at SafeHarborGames and can now be installed easily and played for free by going to the SafeHarborGames website.
SafeHarborGames Cribbage is a unique card game for two and four players that involves playing and grouping cards to gain points. SafeHarborGames Cribbage features the full Cribbage board. The object of the game is to score the most points by making card combinations of fifteen using pairs, runs and flushes. SafeHarborGames Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for scorekeeping, the eponymous crib or box, two distinct scoring cribbage stages (the play and the show) and a unique cribbage scoring system including points. In the SHG version, we show the cribbage board with the pegs denoting the proper scores, but we also show the scores next to the Player's nicks at the top and bottom, respectively. SafeHarborGames Cribbage features include
Stakes vs Regular * Point lengths of 61 or 121 * Variable match Length * Sounds * show Cards on or Off
Come join us for free online Cribbage in Social, Competitive,Rated, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
SafeHarborGames supports five classic versions of Dominos including:
  • Mexican Train.
  • Multiple Spinners Draw.
  • All Fives Dominos.
  • Five Up Dominos.
  • Muggins Dominos.
Game Options:
  • 2, 3, 4 player cutthroat, or 4 player partners.
  • Start with 5, 6 or 7 bones.
  • Optional Bots
  • For Mexican train: Double-blanks score as 0 or 50 points.
  • For all Draw games: Points to win from 50 to 300.
Come join us for free online Domino in Social, Competitive,Rated, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
SafeHarborGames supports the classic game of Euchre to put your card skills to the test. Pair up with a partner and bid on being the trump maker or the defender. Euchre your opponents by preventing them from taking three tricks. Be the first team to score 11 points to win in Free Online Euchre game. Features include:
Stick the Dealer * Trump maker Can go it Alone Optional * Defender can go alone * Optional Bot Player
Come join us for free online Euchre in Social, Competitive,Rated, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
Gin Rummy
SafeHarborGames supports the classic game of Gin Rummy to put your card skills to the test. Test your skills of building sets and runs and Knocking or Ginning your opponent to win. Features include:
Point variations for Gin, Undercut, End Game * Force GIN only to end hand * Oklahoma * Red/Black * Timer * Supports Team Play
Come join us for free online Gin Rummy in Social, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
Hearts is played with four (4) players using a standard 52-card deck without jokers. Cards range from Ace (highest) to deuce (2) lowest. The entire deck is dealt so each player starts the hand with 13 cards. The objective is to have the lowest score when one of the player's score reaches or exceeds 100 Points, ending the game. Variations include
Jack Of Diamonds * Partnership Hearts * Spot Hearts * Always Pass * Allow Safe Moons * Optional Bots * Variable hand Limit
Come join us for free online Hearts in Social, Competitive,Rated, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
Be first to move all four of your pawns from your NEST to your HOME. Each player starts with four pieces of the same color placed in their "NEST" or Start Circle. At SafeHarborGames, the game is displayed so that each player's nest is to his lower right. Variations include
Support 2 to 4 players * First Pawn Out * Undo Move or not undo * Blockades On or Off * Auto Fives * Timer
Come join us for free online Pachisi in Social, Competitive, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
From Joe Andrews:
"Pinochle is a card game with European roots. Its origin can be traced to the mid 19th century, when it was derived from the similar French game of bezique. Pinochle became a mainstay in the United States during the late 1800s. At first , most variations were for two and three players. Since the 1940s, however, the most frequently played version is double deck for partners."
Supports Double-Deck version variation of number of hands and max score.
Come join us for free online Pachisi in Social, Competitive, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
Spades is played with four players (people or bots), where players sitting opposite each other play as a team. The deal rotates clockwise around the table. A standard deck of 52 cards is used (aces high), and each player is dealt 13 cards. The object of the game is to win points for taking the number of tricks that you and your partner bid. Variations include
Regular * Blind Nil * Crawl * Frill * Frizz * Mirrors * Suicide * Swamp * Thrill * Thrizz * Whiz
Set Winning Score * Set Losing Score * Hand Limit * Hand History * Allow Nil * Optional Bot Play * Allow Blind Nil
Come join us for free online Spades in Social, Competitive, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.
Based on the traditional dice game, our Yahtzee supports 2, 3, and 4 players, as well as Teams (4 players only). Standard Joker rules apply (see About Yahtzee), and Bot play is supported. Variations include
Bot play available * 4 Player individual or Teams
Come join us for free online Yahtzee in Social, Competitive, Tournament Play, League and Ladders and Special Events.

SafeHarborGames Special Events
Backgammon * Canasta * Cribbage * Euchre * Gin Rummy * Hearts * Pachisi * Pinochle * Spades * Trivia * Yahtzee
Casino Cruise
Open to all players in SafeHarborGames. Please join us for our Safe Harbor Casino Cruise. Sail along with us for a fun-filled day of games. Just another way of showing our appreciation for your patronage and support. Dates, along with formats and hosting information will be listed. Prize package included.
Harbor Horror
Open to all players in SafeHarborGames. Please join us in the Safe Harbor Game Regattas. We are going to have a special spooky lobby for all to enjoy!! This is SHG's way of wishing you and your family a safe and spooky Halloween!!
Tournament formats and hosting information will be listed. Prize package included.
Zoner's Reunion
The "Zoner's Reunion" is back! We have grown over the years with the influx of players from a number of different sites, but it all started after the MSN Gaming Zone Community Rooms closed. A lot of our members played there "back in the day". We invite all to come join us, reminisce about the "Zone" and play in rooms designed from the original layout. Prizes will be offered for many of the special event tournaments.
SHG Birthday
SHG opened on April 13, 2008, with only four games - Backgammon, Spades, Hearts, and Canasta. We want to thank the Players and Staff who have supported SHG over the years with this special tournament. This gives us the opportunity to show how far we have come. Dates, formats and hosting information are listed on the events calendar at the top of the home page. Prize Package Included.
Winter Wonderland
This is SHG's way of wishing you and your family a Healthy and Festive Holiday with our Winter Wonderland Event. Special Holiday lobbies are set up in the Regattas to invite you all in for a fun event. Prize includes a custom icon. A great time of the year to just relax and have fun with your friends! Dates, formats and hosting information are listed in the events section.

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