Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is this?

  • How come I can see the planchette moving in the video, but I don't see a question?

  • How come I can't ask questions in the chat window?

  • I'm on a Mac, and when I go to the Ouija page, I see nothing, what's going on?

  • How come the system periodically goes inactive and asks me to reload?


  • What is this?

    This is a telerobotic online Ouija board that lets up to 20 people play together using a robot based at UC Berkeley. `Talking boards' are the world's oldest telecommunications devices, dating back at least 2000 years in China. Although they run counter to all basic laws of science, it is difficult to deny the beliefs of the millions who have tried them in board rooms, laboratories, and slumber parties the world over. Ouija boards were especially popular in the late 19th Century as the radio and telephone revolutionized communication. At that time nothing seemed impossible.

    How come I can see the planchette moving in the video, but the question doesn't work?

    You are probably at work and behind a firewall which is not allowing our server to send packets to your computer. To fix this, ask your systems administrator to configure your firewall to accept incoming packets on TCP port 1112. If you want to allow the ports only for the ouija.berkeley.edu domain, open them for 128.32.42.157.

    How come I can't ask questions in the chat window?

    The chat window allows you to send text to other Ouija players. If you want to submit a question for future use, please go Here.

    I'm on a Mac, and when I go to the Ouija page, I see nothing, what's going on?

    Ouija 2000 uses Java. To use our system make sure your browser supports Java. If you are on a Mac, the latest version of Safari should do this.

    How come the system periodically goes inactive and asks me to reload?

    If you don't move the planchette for a minute we assume you've decided to stop playing. The planchette is like a shark; it has to keep moving. Just press Exit and enter again.

    Contact us at ouija2000@gmail.com

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