[BUG] FreeCell 2.8a

Doug Way dway at mat.net
Tue Mar 21 23:00:20 UTC 2000

On Tue, 21 Mar 2000, Bob Arning wrote:

> On Tue, 21 Mar 2000 22:48:55 +0100 Karl Ramberg <karl.ramberg at chello.se> wrote:
> >In some sparetime it tested the freeCell game and found it
> >allmost unusable because it was like the cards lost their
> >relationship to eachother. Like moving the king with alot of
> >cards in order ontop of it to a empty stack was impossible, but
> >moving the queen sometime worked.
> >I don't know if this is some rule or something, I never played
> >that game elswere before but it made it allmost impossible to
> >do anything with the game.
> I think the rule is that moving a stack of cards is permitted only if
> you could do the same thing moving the cards one at a time. It's
> different from some other solitaire games (e.g. Klondike) in that
> regard.

This rule is obscure enough that it should probably be considered a bug
that the Help text doesn't at least mention it.  I haven't seen a computer
card game that's done this before, although I haven't played a lot of
computer card games.  The first time I saw it, I thought it was a bug,

(I know, I know... I should submit the fix myself if I'm going to
complain.  Maybe I will in a few days if no one else does.)

- Doug Way
  EAI/Transom Technologies, Ann Arbor, MI
  dway at mat.net, @eai.com

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