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Subject: Solitaire Variant (oops!) 20 trials before reading the rules rss

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David Thompson
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I've been playing a lot of solitaire Ingenious in the last couple of weeks. I've been tracking my score, trying to improve, and so I thought I would post my scores to start a discussion of how I was faring, and how other people have been doing. Before I posted tonight, I thought I would look over the rules so I didn't look like a dork about some of the questions I was having.

Doh! I had been playing wrong all along!

I guess I somehow missed the part in the solitaire rules that says you play without a rack. I've been scoring correctly using two scoreboards, but have been choosing from six tiles each time, as in the multiplayer game.

Here are my scores using accidental variant #1 (six tiles):

00 - 05 - 08 - 10 - 18 - 18
03 - 05 - 10 - 11 - 18 - 18
07 - 10 - 10 - 11 - 14 - 14
17 - 01 - 11 - 14 - 14 - 18
09 - 04 - 08 - 09 - 18 - 18
17 - 04 - 13 - 16 - 18 - 18
02 - 03 - 04 - 06 - 18 - 18
01 - 04 - 05 - 12 - 18 - 18
03 - 04 - 05 - 05 - 18 - 18
04 - 06 - 07 - 12 - 18 - 18
16 - 16 - 17 - 18 - 18 - 18
07 - 07 - 08 - 09 - 12 - 18
00 - 02 - 02 - 08 - 15 - 16
00 - 09 - 16 - 17 - 17 - 17
11 - 04 - 05 - 10 - 13 - 18
04 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 14 - 16

Bold scores are for cubes that didn't make it to the second board.

So here are my first questions for you fellow Ingenious solitaire players:

Do you keep track of your scores? Do you track which color gets what score or do you just list the numbers from lowest to highest (like I do)? Do any of you play with a rack of six tiles?

Last week I was playing a face-to-face 2-player game of Ingenious while waiting for the rest of my game group to arrive. The other player reminded me about trading in tiles, a rule I had completely forgotten about since I had been playing solo so much. Well, rather than consult the rules, I started playing with tile trading in my solitaire games tonight. The result?

Accidental variant #2: Six tiles with trading

Here are the scores:

00 - 11 - 12 - 13 - 18 - 18 (one swap)
01 - 08 - 14 - 17 - 18 - 18 (three swaps)
06 - 10 - 11 - 13 - 15 - 15 (two swaps)

I only played three of these games, but it really warped the gameplay. I felt like it was an advantage to leave one color in the back of the pack and then be able to trade in my tiles to boost it near the end of the game. Although I didn't beat my high score in the three plays, it seemed like I was on the verge of crushing it. In my last game, one different tile would have boosted my 6 to an 11, leaving me with a low of 10 on board two.

Question two for you listeners at home:

Do any of you play this way?

I would be interested in hearing about other people's scores using either of these variants or using the regular rules. Well, I'm off to try the regular rules to see how that compares to these two variants!
 
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Merric Blackman
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I've played a lot of solo Ingenious on brettspielwelt.de; my best score using its system is 22-22-23 (those are the lowest three scores).

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Rui Silva
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Hi Merric,

I played the game solo, and in my second game i had 25-26-28.
I draw 6 tiles as a normal game and used the exchange hand if none of the lowest color rule. Is this how you play?
I can imagine that it's not, so, can u tell how those brettspielwelt rules work.

Tks
 
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