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Hi all 1 year, 1 month ago #4620

Been quiet here lately. Just wanted to say hi.

Re: Hi all 1 year, 1 month ago #4621

Hi! Seems like there's a bunch of us still visiting regularly, but without anything really to say we all just stay silent and/or look at the latest Retro Game of the Day image/video and then keep moving.

Re: Hi all 1 year, 1 month ago #4622

Yeah, pretty much what mossy said.

Re: Hi all 1 year, 1 month ago #4623

Honestly, I think that the world has moved on from what we all used to come here for.

It seems only recently that I took all my emulator projects out of retirement to do M1 updates. However, the download figures are only a fraction of what they used to be back in the day.

My Solitaire game might break even soon, though, which is something. Try it if you haven't:
apps.apple.com/ie/app/superior-solitaire/id1570982173?mt=12

Re: Hi all 1 year, 1 month ago #4624

One feature I'd love to see... make an option to only deal winnable games. Maybe it defeats the purpose to some... but my favorite OS 9 card game (cannto for the life of me remember the name) had this feature and it was wonderful.

Re: Hi all 1 year, 1 month ago #4625

menace690 wrote:
One feature I'd love to see... make an option to only deal winnable games. Maybe it defeats the purpose to some... but my favorite OS 9 card game (cannto for the life of me remember the name) had this feature and it was wonderful.

Eric's Ultimate Solitaire?

On a semi-related note, my book The Secret History of Mac Gaming is now back in print thanks to Bitmap Books and new copies are shipping from next week. We've done an "Expanded Edition" with some extra stories (Snood, Dungeon of Doom, Stick Man Games, a few other things), a really nice-looking timeline, a couple of icon galleries, loads more images, and some revisions to the layout. (I'll soon be self-publishing what I'm calling a digital add-on pack with just the new text, for anyone who has the first edition and doesn't want to fork out the cash to buy the Expanded Edition.)

www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/the-secre...ing-expanded-edition

Re: Hi all 1 year, 1 month ago #4626

Yes! Good call

Re: Hi all 1 year ago #4628

menace690 wrote:
One feature I'd love to see... make an option to only deal winnable games. Maybe it defeats the purpose to some... but my favorite OS 9 card game (cannto for the life of me remember the name) had this feature and it was wonderful.


I've been thinking about this one – and am not at all sure how I'd go about computationally verifying that a certain deal was winnable in any half reasonable amount of time. Suggestions welcomed

Re: Hi all 1 year ago #4629

This paper describes an algorithm to solve games, using heuristic search and state saving. So you could have your randomized deck, run through the solver, if its doesn't complete in X amount of time, you consider it unsolvable.

In their testing, they got over 60% win rate under a second of processing per deck, in 2007, so probably even higher rate of solving today.

web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~afern/papers/solitaire.pdf

Re: Hi all 1 year ago #4630

Or a couple of solvers readily available that can potentially be adapted.

github.com/ShootMe/Klondike-Solver

github.com/shlomif/fc-solve

github.com/mchung94/pyramid-solver

Re: Hi all 1 year ago #4631

Very interesting, thanks. I'll look into this.

In the meanwhile, I've reduced the price of my retro game bundles for Black Friday. Those who haven't tried yet, now's your chance to get ten games for just $4.99.

Bundle 1: apps.apple.com/ie/app-bundle/retro-game-bundle/id1521726386
Bundle 2: apps.apple.com/ie/app-bundle/retro-game-bundle-2/id1522892700
Bundle 3: apps.apple.com/ie/app-bundle/retro-game-bundle-3/id1545818336

Enjoy

Re: Hi all 1 month, 2 weeks ago #4641

I'm not sure anyone's still here, but just in case – Superior Solitaire 2.0 was released this morning, and one of the new features in this release is guaranteed winnable games.

www.superiorsolitaire.com/ for more details.

All the best.

Re: Hi all 1 month ago #4642

Awesome! Already bought but thank you!

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