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Thomas Warfield (Support)
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Post Number: 898
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 05, 2005 - 10:44 am:   

Goodsol Newsletter #95

New Pretty Good Solitaire Card Set - Egyptian Card Set
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A new Pretty Good Solitaire card set is now available. The Egyptian Card Set features images of ancient Egyptian mythology on the cards. This card set can be downloaded from <>. To install the card set, download the file, run it and have it install the card set in the same folder as the game.

This card set requires a registered copy of at least version 8 of Pretty Good Solitaire. It will also work in registered copies of Action Solitaire, FreeCell Wizard, and Spider Wizard, be sure to change the installation folder to the folders where those games are installed.

This card set will not work in trial versions of Pretty Good Solitaire. Pretty Good Solitaire can be ordered from <>.

Updated Download and Support Pages
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We've recently updated our game download page at <> to make it easier than ever to download. All of our games are now available for download from this one page with easy to find download now buttons. We have also updated our How to Download tutorial at <> to give step-by-step instructions for how to download using the two most popular browsers, Internet Explorer and Firefox.
Our customer service page at <> has also been updated to include upgrade information, what to do if you lose your registration code, how to enter your registration code, how to download older versions, and how to contact us.

Featured Game - Alaska

Alaska is a one deck variation of Yukon. Alaska is actually most similar to Russian Solitaire, the variation of Yukon where tableau building is down in suit rather than by alternate color.

At the start of the game 28 cards are dealt into 7 tableau piles, face down as in Yukon. Then the remaining 24 cards are dealt face up in the rightmost 6 piles, 4 in each pile. Within the tableau, building is up or down in of suit. Groups of cards can be moved regardless of any sequence, as in Yukon. An empty tableau pile can be filled only by a King or group of cards headed by a King.

There are four foundation piles. The object is to build the foundation piles up in suit from Ace to King to win the game.

The play is like Russian Solitaire, except you have additional move options because you can build up in suit as well as down in suit. Strategy is to play like Russian Solitaire first, making all the down in suit moves that you can until you get stuck. Down in suit moves should generally be preferred since that sets up the cards to move up to the foundations later. One exception is when an up in suit build will uncover a face down card when a down in suit move will not.

Once all possible Russian Solitaire type down in suit moves have been made, then start looking for up in suit moves. After some up in suit builds have been created, it is helpful when you can reverse up in suit builds and play them down in suit on another pile.

Because Alaska gives more options that Russian Solitaire, it is won on average 10% of the time in comparison to Russian Solitaire's 5% average.

Alaska was suggested by a Pretty Good Solitaire user in 1996 and made its first appearance anywhere in Pretty Good Solitaire version 2.2. Alaska is one of the 610 solitaire games in Pretty Good Solitaire. It can be downloaded from <>.

Thomas Warfield - Software Designer -
Anne Warfield - Order Fulfilment -

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