Copyright © 1999-2005 Andrew Pipkin
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Clicking New Game will bring up a dialog window. Right clicking the new
game button will start a new game immediately. The top of this window has a
choice where a different solitaire game can be selected. There are three
possibilities for the starting state of the new game:
Clicking OK will start the desired type of game. Cancel will return to the
- New Game using random seed Begin a new game with a random
starting state. This is the only allowed option if the selected game is
different from the current game. A game must start with a random seed for it
to count in the statistics/streak information.
- New Game using chosen seed Setting the seed value enables
starting the game in a predefined state. Games which use the same seed
should begin with the same layout of cards (I cannot guarantee this for all
- Restart game The current seed is listed in this row to enable
replaying this game in another session.
Starting Rank This option sets the rank of the
cards at the tops of the suit stacks at the start of the game. A new game
must be started for this option to take effect. Increasing this value will
result in an easier game.
Empty Spaces Accept
This option determines what ranks are accepted by empty building stacks
Number of Redeals:
In games with a deck, this option sets the number of times the deck can
be cycled through. (In La Belle Lucie, this option determines the number of
times the stacks can be reshuffled.)
Number of Cards Drawn:
In Klondike and Canfield, this option determines the number of cards
drawn from the deck at a time. Using a higher number will result in a more
The default setting for this option, Auto-size, will select the largest
card size that will fit in the browser window. Other options will use a
specific card size. The pixel widths and heights of the card sizes are listed
next to the name of the card size.
There are two choices for the Micro card
size. The second choice will display one suit symbol for all ranks, which
might be easier to read.
Diamond and club cards have a yellow-gray color instead of the usual white
when the smallest card size, nano, is used. (I am not sure what the
techincal name for this color is, but whatever it is it's the color of the
New Jersy license plate.) This makes it possible to distinguish between
hearts and diamonds, and clubs and spades, in a vertical stack lacking suit
symbols for partially covered cards.
Automatic Card Moving
If this option is set, cards will be automatically removed from the building
stacks (and moved to the suit or discard stack) if there are no other cards
that can be placed on them.
If this checkbox is set, the timer will be displayed in the status
line at the bottom of the browser window.
Display Deck Contents
In Klondike and Canfield, setting this option will display a window
listing the contents of the deck. This makes it easier to see how moving a
card from the deck will affect the order of the cards drawn in the next pass
through the deck.
Automatic Card From Deck
If this option is set (in Klondike and Canfield only), cards will be
automatically removed from the deck (and moved to its suit) if there are
no other cards that can be placed on them. (There is a separate option
for card moving from the deck because automatic card moving will alter the
sequence of cards that appear in the next pass through the deck.)
There are four possible choices for the game background (click the
corresponding radio button on the left side to select the desired type of
There are also four possibilities for displaying an image:
- Tile will repeat the
image (at its original size) until the entire window is filled. If the image
to be tiled is larger than the window, it will be cropped.
will expand or compress the image so that its size matches the window size.
- Center will display a single instance of the image at the
center of the window, cropping the image if necessary.
- Fill will fill the window with at
most one instance of the image. If the image is larger than the window, it
will be cropped, otherwise it will be expanded to fill the window. If the
image is expanded, its original aspect ratio will be preserved.
If the image does not fill the game window, or has transparent areas, the
most recently selected solid color will fill those areas.
(For games which have face down cards only)
The card back can be altered in the same way the game background can be
changed (See above).
If an image is used, the Border Width option changes the number of pixels
between the image and the card boundaries.
The border color will be the color of the last selected solid color.
The number of games played and victories for this session are displayed in
this panel along with the current and longest streak. Clicking the Reset
Statistics button will clear these values. Setting the Display Statistics in
Status Bar will display this information when a game is started.
Only games which are started with random seed will count in the statistics.
Undo and Redo
Clicking undo will return the game to the condition it was in before the
most recent move was made. If the move recent move was an undo, clicking
redo will undo the undo. Right clicking undo will restart the current game.
Clicking help will bring up a dialog showing a help screen. There are three
topics for the help screen: Card Stacks, Mouse and Keyboard Shortcuts.
Clicking Show Instructions will display more detailed information
for the game. Right clicking the help button will also display this