June 24th, 2007

full deck

Freecell

I like to play Windows Freecell, and sometimes when I'm not on a computer, I play Freecell on a table with a real deck of cards. Sometimes, though, I forget to remove the jokers from the deck before playing. So, what to do when jokers turn up in a game of Freecell? The obvious thing is to simply remove them from the game when they become exposed.

But now I've got an idea for a couple of variations using the jokers. One version uses them as wildcards. A joker may stand in for any other card when building a column, but it must do so consistently; for example, if a joker is played onto a black seven, it represents a red six, and only a black five may then be played onto it. However, a joker may change what card it represents when moved to another column. Jokers may not be removed from the game or placed on foundations.

A harder variation uses the jokers as blocks. They may be placed on empty columns and in free cells, but they may not be removed from the game, they may not be placed on any other card, and they may not be built on. They are simply in the way, and they run the risk of clogging up otherwise useful cells or empty columns, so it's in your best interests not to uncover them too soon.
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Thunderstorms common in this area

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(As a bonus, who can figure out the connection between this image and the song in this entry's "current music" field?)
  • Current Music
    Allan Sherman - Good Advice