Klondike Solitaire

May 26th, 2009
Klondike solitaire is very similar to classic solitaire.  The object of this game is to stack all the cards in the ascending order from Ace to King.  When you stack the cards they must be in opposite colors each time. When you first start your game you want to try and find as many Ace cards as you can, usually the first one can be hard to find and sometimes it’s one of the first cards you see. Once you find an ACE card you can double click it and it will be sent up to one of the 4 columns in the upper right hand corner:

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Once you find an Ace you can start building your stacks.  (Remember they have to be in opposite colors and ascending from the Ace card to the King card.) You can start adding cards in each column as well, you can click and drag stacks to other columns as long as they are in the correct order and color.

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Even though you can stack some columns with the correct cards you may get stumped.  Sometimes there are no available moves left and you will have to restart your game. You can also go through the deal stack in the upper left hand corner to try and find cards to use.

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When you have gathered most of the Aces and are able to add cards to the stacks in the upper right corner the game will become easier to win. You will soon run out of cards from the deal stack and then piling your stacks up will be a breeze. Once you have been dealt all the cards you can double click the cards and add them to the column in the upper right hand corner.  Make sure you click each card in the right order. Once they are all added you have aced the game!

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Cruel

May 26th, 2009
The objective is to move all the cards to their foundations built up rank and suit from Ace to King. When you begin your screen may look like this.  You want to start building foundations in order of suit and rank but you can only move one card at a time.  This game requires skill and patience.  It is not easily won. image0012 When moving a suited card you can only move it the same suited card.  You must move the same colored suited card as well.  If you can no longer make any plays you can re-deal your cards into sets of 4.   You will find that you will use the stock to reshuffle your cards very often. You can reshuffle the cards by clicking on the stack in the stop left corner. image0042 When you find a card that you are able to move you may find that there is a card underneath that can be used BUT cannot be moved due to you can only move one card at a time.  For instance, you could have 3 movable cards:  a 3, 4 and 5 but when you move the 3 you find a 6 card that you can no longer use since you have moved your cards to cover the 5 suit.  At that point you can try and continue to play if you have some other cards to move or you will have to re-shuffle your cards again. Continue to uncover the cards and you will soon be able to move suited cards up to their foundations. image007 You will soon build your foundations and there will be empty spaces within your columns.  You may not place cards there which makes the game a little bit harder to play but that is where the skill comes in to play. image011 At this point you have pretty much aced the game.  Continue to uncover your cards and before you know it you have won!

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Baker’s Solitaire

May 26th, 2009
The objective is to move all your suited cards to the right starting from Ace and ending with King. In this version of solitaire you can place the same color card on top of another.  For example you may place a red Queen on top of a red King. You may only move one card at a time rather than moving a column as you would in traditional solitaire. (Use caution when choosing which cards to move as after you have moved you are unable to move that card back.) When you start the screen will look like this: image0011 Try and find all your Aces and move them to the right hand columns. As you come upon cards that you can move to their respective foundations on the right, you can simply click that card and it will automatically be moved to the correct pile on the right hand side. Remember you can move a black suited card to another black suited card as same color suited cards are not an issue with this game.  Keep in mind that you can only move one card at a time rather than a column of cards. Take time to look at your deck.  You want to make sure any card you move to get to an Ace or a card you need will not end the game for you.  If there is an empty column you are unable to move any cards there, such as in the original solitaire game. Even though you have all your Aces moved and cards are available to move you still may be stuck: image0031 If you run out of suits to move you may have to start over again until you can get all the cards moved. Try and build up each column as much as possible using the King card. As you dwindle down your cards you will be able to get through the game quicker and all the moves will become easier.  This game takes some skill and a lot of patience.   Congratulations, you’ve won! image005

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Aces Up

May 26th, 2009

The objective of Aces Up is to move all suited cards EXCEPT the Ace to the foundation stack.  Check for any cards of the same suit, for example the 3 of diamonds and the 8 of diamonds.  You can move the lower of these two suits to the foundation stack by double clicking the card you want to move. image001

·         Once the 3 of diamonds is in the foundation stack, you can also move the 8 of diamonds to the stack. ·         Once you have no more moves, click on the deal stack to get a new batch of cards.

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Continue to eliminate cards of the same suit from lowest to highest rank, keep in mind that you can’t eliminate the Aces.

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·         If you have an empty column, you can move any top card to that column provided the move can be made. ·         The best move to make is to get an Ace card to the top of the column. ·         You can only move the Ace card if it is sitting on top of the column, not placed underneath another card. ·         Remember, the object of the game is to move all cards EXCEPT the Aces to the foundation pile.

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·         The game is over and you have won if you can get all cards to the foundation pile and have the remaining 4 aces sitting in each column. ·         There is no re-deal in this game, once you have gone through your initial stack of cards, you must play with what you have. ·         You lose if you have more than the 4 Aces remaining on the table.

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Why You Should Never Play Solitaire Again

January 27th, 2009

Author: Brian Armstrong

First of all, this article will probably strike some of you the wrong way, but for others, this article will be exactly what you need to hear and act as a catalyst for change.

Solitaire is one of the biggest productivity killers around. I worked full time doing technical support and in between waiting for calls to come in. I’m ashamed to say I probably wasted at least 3 hours per day or more on this game. Multiple that by 5 days per week and about 50 weeks per year, that’s about 750 hours per year of Solitaire. Ouch!

I coach people right now that are getting started with ecommerce and the complaint seems to always be that they don’t have enough time. Although I don’t make a huge point about it, I often wonder if they watch a lot of TV or play a few rounds of Solitaire before getting started with their “homework” or task list from our previous coaching session. I suspect that there is a lot of Solitaire playing and probably just as much TV watching. Probably quite a few people can multi-task and do both. I know I did… watching X-Files on my computer while playing Solitaire was my vice.

I came to a state of conscious awareness that I was literally wasting my life away. I made a decision to never play again and I haven’t since that day. But like any “bad habit” if you don’t replace that time with something else, you’re going to revert back by conditioning. So, here’s what I propose: Another game!

Enter the concept of real life Monopoly. The risks are greater, the rewards are real and the intensity is significant compared to anything else. I’m making a comparison between the board game Monopoly and then the concept of building up your own real estate empire. This doesn’t have to be in the form of actual real estate as an investor or anything quite so dramatic. This can be as simple as claiming your piece of internet real estate by creating a website, driving traffic to that website and making sales or making money from that website.

Internet business can be learned by just about anyone. I’ve seen websites run by 12 year old kids doing more sales than several of my students. The internet is a place where you can learn all the concepts you need to and a place where you can get detailed instructions on how to play the “game“.

When I quit playing Solitaire, I decided instead to dedicating my time to how I could best profit from the internet. I started with “Baltic Avenue” ideas such as selling some misc. junk on eBay for a few hundred dollars and eventually graduated to a $25,000 per month “Marvin Gardens”. I’m working on my “Park Place” ideas and websites as we speak which are in the 6 figure per month range of income.

Now, get started with something like eBay if you need to generate some capital to get your first web hosting account setup and your first domain name, but also know that the instruction manual on how to play the game is always available. You may need to learn how to read this manual (i.e. Google, the internet, Yahoo Answers, etc). Once you learn how to read the manual (get your answers from the internet), you will have no shortage of information on how to play the game, how to avoid costly mistakes and how to transfer the distraction and zombie-like clicking of your mouse while playing Solitaire to the exciting, motivating, experience of the highs and lows of internet business.

Reality is that you only have so much time in this life. Why waste it playing Solitaire? Go out there, experience whatever you can and get some skin in the game. Ask anybody that has a bet on a game how much more interesting and emotionally attached they are to that game than someone who is merely watching to teams play not caring for the outcome either way…

Quit playing Solitaire. I’m here to tell you that “Real Life Monopoly” is much better in every way.

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