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Subject: An alternative perspective on Solitaire rss

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Matt Dowson
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Having browsed the Solitaire page on BGG, it's pretty clear what most BGG folk think about this game. Too simple once you know how, repetitive, boring, not even a game in the first place - and that's alright, I actually agree with all those points.

But I still have a soft spot for it.

I like Solitaire because it's the kind of quick, easy filler game I can play for 15 minutes before bed when I don't have the mental energy to play anything else more complicated. If I can't face the maths of Yahtzee, can't deal with how fiddly Utopia Engine can be, or can't even be bothered to play Patience, I'll spend a few minutes just mindlessly moving the Solitaire pieces around.

A common criticism of Solitaire is that once you've worked out the solution, there is no more challenge. While this is true, I haven't worked it out yet, and I don't think I will as I don't play it often enough to make any kind of tactical progress. But then that's not why I play the game.

The version I play with is a simple black-and-white line board I printed off the internet, using dice as playing pieces. I spent no money on it (not even the printer ink as I printed it off at work!), and it uses dice I already had, so I basically got a game in exchange for nothing, which can't be bad.

In summary, despite all it's faults, Solitaire has it's place in my collection. It is a mindless filler game/puzzle/activity that does nothing more than fill the occasional 15 minutes here or there, and because I don't expect anything more from it, I'm not disappointed with it.
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