Contents of the SP.DOC file
A234 Simple Pleasures Solitaire 10
4 Copyright 1992-1993 by Randy Rasa 10JQK
Simple Pleasures is a collection of eight challenging and addictive
solitaire games in one easy-to-play, integrated program. All the games
share a smooth, elegant, and consistent push-button interface and the
same powerful, enjoyable features.
Why is it called "Simple Pleasures"?
1. The games are "simple" because they all share one basic,
overriding rule: cards are removed in groups that add up to a
particular number, in this case 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and
17. These games are all members of the "simple addition" family
2. The games are "pleasures" because they're fun to play, of course!
Some of these games are pure exercises in luck, while others
require great skill and concentration. They are all quite
addictive and enjoyable.
A few of the many features of Simple Pleasures are the following:
- A flexible multi-player capability that can accommodate up to ten
player's statistics and preferences.
- A five-level undo capability
- A "move alert" option lets the player know if any more moves are
- A "Hint" button.
- Fully-configurable screen background and border colors.
- Eight full-color card back designs to choose from.
- Enhanced sound options.
Simple Pleasures is shareware. As such, you can play it, copy it, and
give it away as you wish. In fact, you are encouraged to distribute
the program to friends, family, and strangers alike. This includes
distribution via electronic bulletin board systems (BBS), user's
groups, and disk-distribution services. All that I ask is that the
package remains unaltered and complete, consisting of the following
SP.EXE ......... Simple Pleasures program
SP.DOC ......... Simple Pleasures documentation
SP.HLP ......... Simple Pleasures Help File
SP.PIF ......... Windows PIF (Program Information File)
SP.ICO ......... Windows Icon
SPPICxx.PIC .... Simple Pleasures graphics files (1-6)
CARDS.CD1 ...... Card Graphics
CARDS.CD2 ...... Card Graphics
FILE_ID.DIZ .... Program Description
BBS.LST ........ List of Support BBS's
VENDOR.TXT ..... Shareware Distribution Information
The only required files are the executable (SP.EXE), the help file
(SP.HLP), and the graphics files (CARDS.CD* and SPPIC*.PIC). The
remainder of the files may be deleted if you're short on disk space.
Refer to the VENDOR.TXT file for more distribution information.
Simple Pleasures requires approximately requires 512K of memory, EGA or
higher graphics capability, and a Microsoft-compatible mouse. A hard
disk is recommended.
Standard Limited Warranty: This software is sold "as is", without any
warranty as to performance or any other warranties whether expressed
or implied. Because of the vast number of possible hardware and
software environments in which this software may be used, no warranty
of fitness for a particular purpose is offered. The user assumes the
entire risk of using this program. Any liability of the author will
be limited to product replacement or the refund of the registration fee.
Concept, Design, and Programming: Randy Rasa
Beta Testers: Bruce Findlay, Jay McDaniels, Laura Rasa
Programming Tools: Microsoft Corporation: QuickBASIC 4.5
Crescent Software: QuickPak Professional
Milestone Software: GFONTS
DB/Soft Publishing: InstallPro
Solitaire Reference: The Complete Book of Solitaire and Patience
Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith
Special Thanks To: Laura, who helps out with the orders,
and makes it all worthwhile.
In Memory of my brother, Kenny, 1971-1991.
Simple Pleasures is shareware. If you enjoy it, please support it.
Registration is only $15, which gets you the latest registered version
on the diskette of your choice, plus a "Hints & Strategy" sheet and a
registration code good for all future updates of Simple Pleasures.
The "Hints & Strategy" sheet is intended as a supplement to this
document, and contains numerous hints for playing the games, along with
strategy tips and some background on each of the games.
The registration code allows you to change the program from a shareware
version to a registered version. Essentially, what this buys you is
unlimited "free" updates. If you acquire a newer version of Simple
Pleasures from a bulletin board (BBS) or through a shareware disk
distributor, you can convert the shareware version of the game to a
registered version for your own use.
To register, print the registration form from the initial shareware
screen and send it in. To print the form, simply select the "Print
Registration Form" button, then select a destination, either to a
printer or a file. If you elect to send the form to a printer, make
sure it is on-line and ready. The form should print on any standard
80-column printer. If you want to save the form to a file, the file
"ORDER.FRM" will be created in the Simple Pleasures directory. You
can then print out the registration form by entering the following
command from the DOS prompt (with your printer connected and ready):
COPY ORDER.FRM PRN
Then just fill out the form and send it, along with cash, check or money
Olathe, KS 66062-9208
When you order Simple Pleasures, you can also get a registered copy of
Solitaire Suite (a $15.00 value) for only ten bucks more. Solitaire
Suite is my original collection of seven addictive solitaires:
Calculation, Concentration, Idiot's Delight, Midnight Oil, Monte Carlo,
Osmosis, and Royal Cotillion. If you like Simple Pleasures, I'm sure
you'd enjoy Solitaire Suite as well. I urge you to give it a try.
Registered Users Of Solitaire Suite: If you're a registered user of any
of my earlier games, I'll send you updated versions of all the games
in the Solitaire Suite collection absolutely free when you register
Simple Pleasures. Just write a note in the space provided on the
registration form, to remind me that you're a registered user.
How To Contact The Author
I can be contacted via US mail at the address above, or via modem
at one of the locations listed in the BBS.LST file.
Shareware vs. Registered Versions
The shareware version of Simple Pleasures is not crippled in any way --
it is complete and fully functional. The only difference between the
shareware and registered versions is that the shareware version displays
a "beg screen" each time you run the program. This is just a gentle
reminder that Simple Pleasures is shareware, and that if you play it you
really should register it. You can also print the registration form
from this screen by clicking on the "Print Registration Form" button
and selecting a destination for the form. You can also enter a
registration code via the "Register" button. Click on the "Play"
button to erase the shareware screen and get on with the game.
The First Time You Play
When you run the program for the first time, you will be asked to enter
your name, then you'll be shown the help and option menus (described
elsewhere in this document).
The Player Selection Menu
Simple Pleasures can accommodate up to ten players, keeping separate
statistics and preferences for each player. The player selection menu
provides an easy way to choose and manage the players. The player's
names are shown along the left-hand side of the menu, with the
currently-selected player's name highlighted and the statistics for that
player displayed at the bottom of the screen. The order of the names in
the list will vary, with the current player at the top and the least-
used player at the bottom.
To select a new player, simply point and click on the desired name (the
highlight will move to that name and the stats will be updated) and then
click on the "OK" button. The screen background and border colors will
immediately change to the colors associated with the new player.
The player selection menu is also a handy place to view and compare
statistics for different players. Just point and click on a player's
name to see that player's stats. You can click on the "Cancel" button
to exit the menu.
Clicking on the "Add Player" button brings up a dialog box where you can
enter the new player's name, or press the "Esc" key to cancel. Note
that if you try to add a player when the menu is already full, the
program will beep and inform you that it cannot accommodate more than
ten players. If you really want to add a new player, you'll have to
delete an old one first.
You can use the "Delete Player" button to remove the highlighted name,
and will be asked to confirm before the deletion actually takes place.
Clicking on the "Help" button will display a short summary of how to use
the player selection menu.
The player selection menu will be displayed automatically when the
program is run (if there is more than one player to choose from), or can
be accessed by selecting the "Change Player" button on the main menu
The Help Menu
The on-line help can be accessed by clicking on the "Help" button. You
can browse through the help text by clicking on the arrow buttons, or
exit by selecting the "OK" button.
Clicking the "Help" button from the main menu brings up information
common to all the games, while the help screens in each of the
individual games provides assistance specific to the current game.
The Options Menu
You can access the options menu by selecting the "Options" button from
the main menu or from within any of the games. The parameters you can
set from the options menu are:
Sound Effects: The options here are "Sound Disabled", "Beeps &
Blips", and "Beeps, Blips, & Tunes". The first choice is pretty
obvious -- if sound is disabled the program will be absolutely quiet.
The other two choices might be thought of as partial and full sound,
the only difference being that the "beeps, blips, and tunes" option
will play some music when you win or lose a game.
Session Statistics: If this is enabled, a box will pop up when you
exit a game informing you of your "session stats" (i.e. how well you
did during that round of games).
Move Alert: If this is enabled, the program will alert you that more
moves are possible. This is handy for those of us who are sometimes
too lazy to pay attention to the actual cards.
Quick Deal: If this is disabled, the program adds small delays
between each card dealt to improve the visual effect. When Quick
Deal is enabled, the program deals as fast as it can. The difference
will be most apparent on faster machines.
Card Back: Simple Pleasures allows you to choose from several designs
for the card back graphics. To select a new back, just point at it
and click the left mouse button.
Background Color: There are 64 choices for the background color --
just click on the up-arrow and down-arrow to cycle through the
numbers until you find one that appeals to you.
Border Color: As with the background color, you can select from 64
possibilities by using the up and down arrows next to the number.
To accept and save all of the current option settings, click on the "OK"
button. The "Cancel" button exits the menu without changing anything,
and the final button in the option menu, "Clear Scores ...", invokes the
menu described in the next paragraph.
The Clear Scores Menu
This menu allows you to clear the scores for any or all of the games,
and for one or all of the players. You can click on the buttons next to
the game numbers to select the games to clear. The "OK" button clears
the scores you have selected, the "Cancel" button exits without changing
anything, and the "Help" button provides a brief summary of what you can
do in the clear scores menu.
The Main Menu
The main menu provides a means to select which of the games you want to
play, as well as giving you access to the shareware screen (the "About
..." button), the player selection menu, the help menu, the option menu,
and a way to exit the game (the "Quit" button).
To play a game, simply point the one of the buttons with a games number
on it (e.g. 10's) and click the left mouse button.
The Games ...
The eight games in Simple Pleasures all share certain common features
and attributes. For one thing, they all share the same goal: to discard
all the cards. Of course, each game goes about that in a slightly
different way, but they're all based on the concept of removing groups
of cards whose sum matches the titles of the games (for example, in 10's
you removed pairs that total ten).
In addition to sharing similar rules and goals, each game uses the same
interface, with the same on-screen buttons and objects. These are:
The Deck Box: This box displays the card back, the card faces as
they're dealt, and the number of cards remaining in the deck.
The "Move Alert" Box: This status box is displayed if the "move
alert" option is enabled, and if any more moves are possible in the
The "Hint" Button: In case you become confused or stuck, clicking on
this button will show you one possible move. It will not show every
move, and it may not show the optimal move, but it will show you a
move that you can make.
The "Undo" Button: Click on this button to take back your last move.
Simple Pleasures remembers your last five moves and allows you to
recall them. This button can definitely be abused, but is intended
as a sort of safety net for careless or ill-advised moves.
The "Same Hand" Button: If the current game comes to an impasse, and
you can see that you're going to lose, but think back and say "if
only I'd made a different choice ten moves back I could have won",
give this button a try. The game you just played will still count
against you, but instead of dealing a new hand, with new cards,
you'll be given another chance at the hand you just lost.
The "New Hand" Button: Click here to concede a hand and deal a new
one in it's place. If you haven't started a game (i.e. if the score
is zero), you can deal a new hand without having the current game
count against you. Use this if the initial hand doesn't look too
The "Options" Button: Works the same as described earlier in this
The "Help" Button: Works the same as described earlier in this
document, except that game-specific, rather than general, help is
The "Main Menu" Button: Click here to return to the main menu. If
the "session statistics" option is enabled, your session stats for
the current game will be displayed.
The "Exit To DOS" Button: Click here to quit Simple Pleasures without
going through the main menu. If the "session statistics" option is
enabled, your session stats for the current game will be displayed.
The Score Box: This box displays your current score (the number of
cards you've discarded), the number of games you've played, the
number you've won (and percentage won), and your average score.
Clicking on the score box will bring up the session stats box.
Simple Pleasures is almost entirely mouse-driven, and uses the mouse
buttons as follows:
Left Mouse Button: Used to select the object being pointed to
(normally a card or a button).
Right Mouse Button: Normally this is used as an "Esc" key to exit a
menu or dialog box.
Middle Mouse Button: If you're using a three-button mouse, this
button can be used to blank the screen. This can also be
accomplished by pressing the left and right buttons
How to Play 10's
The layout is three rows of five columns each, and the object is to
remove pairs of lower cards totaling ten, regardless of suit. The upper
cards (10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings) are removed in quartets of the
How to Play 11's
The layout is three rows by three columns, and the object is to discard
pairs of cards totaling eleven. Face cards are discarded in triplets --
one Jack, one Queen, and one King, of any suits.
How to Play 12's
The cards are dealt into eight piles of six cards each, with the
remaining four cards going into a column on the right. The object is to
remove pairs of cards totalling twelve (Jacks counting as 11). Queens
and Kings are removed in pairs. Only the top card of each pile is
available for play, and once a space is created, it may not be filled.
How to Play 13's
The cards are arranged as three columns of five cards each, and as cards
are removed from the layout, cards "fall" into the holes, and new cards
are dealt in from the top. Cards are discarded in pairs that total
thirteen, with Jacks counting as 11, and Queens as 12. Kings are
removed singly. Pairs to be discarded must be adjacent, either
vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
When the entire deck has been dealt, and one of the columns becomes
empty, you may move a card from the top of one of the remaining columns
into the empty space. To do so, simply select the card to move, then
click where you want to move it.
How to Play 14's
The initial layout is five cards at the top of the screen (which expand
into columns as more cards are dealt) and two at the bottom. The top
card of each column, and the two cards at the bottom, are available for
play. Remove pairs totaling fourteen, with Jacks counting as 11, Queens
as 12, and Kings as 13. When all possible moves have been made, click
on the deck to deal another five cards. If a space is created, the top
of any other pile may be moved into the opening. The two cards at the
bottom may only be used once.
How to Play 15's
The layout is three rows of four cards, and the object is to remove
groups of cards that total fifteen. Only the lower cards are available
to be grouped into fifteens. 10s, Jacks, Queens, and Kings are removed
in quartets of the same suit.
How to Play 16's
The layout is four rows of five cards, and the object is to remove pairs
of cards that total sixteen. Jacks count as 11, Queens as 12, and Kings
as 13. Aces and twos are removed in pairs. In addition, cards to be
removed must be adjacent, either horizontally, vertically, or
How to Play 17's
The cards are dealt into ten piles of three cards each surrounding a row
of three single cards. The object is to remove pairs of cards that
total seventeen. Jacks count as 11, Queens as 12, and Kings as 13.
Aces, twos, and threes are removed in triplets. When one of the three
cards in the center is used, it is replaced with a new card from the
deck, until it is exhausted. Cards in the outer piles are not replaced
when they are removed.
Running Under Windows
Simple Pleasures, while not a Microsoft Windows program, can be run from
Windows. The program must be run in full-screen mode and if you're
running in 386 enhanced mode the "High Graphics" (under Advanced Options
... Display Options ... Monitor Ports in the PIF editor) should be
turned off. The included SP.PIF file should help. In addition, adding
the following two lines to the [386enh] section of the SYSTEM.INI file
may help improve performace of Simple Pleasures under Windows:
I've also included a Simple Pleasures icon (SP.ICO) which you can use in
the Program Manager. There's no room here for all the details of
setting up this program for Windows, but you should be able to figure
it out (refer to the Windows manuals or online help for details).
/NC -- "No Cheat" option disables the F10 (abort) key. Use this if you
find yourself unable to resist temptation.
/Rxxx -- This option is used to convert the shareware version of Simple
Pleasures to a registered version. Refer to the "How To Use
The Registration Code" section of this document for more
/SW -- This option is used to convert a registered version to a
filename.ext -- This option is for alternate data files (see discussion
Alternate Data Files
Unless otherwise specified, Simple Pleasures uses SP.DAT as the name of
the data file containing preferences and statistics for up to ten
players. Normally, this is all you'll ever need, but in case you have
more than ten players, you can provide the name of an alternate data
file on the command line. This also might be useful if several
different groups of players want to use the same copy of SP, for example
in a classroom situation.
As a fer'instance, suppose three families each wanted to keep separate
data files. The Smith family could run the program with "SP SMITH.DAT"
to use a data file called "SMITH.DAT", while the Jones family would
start SP with "SP JONES.DAT" and the Foster's would use "SP
The file extension does not have to be "DAT" -- it can be whatever you
want, as long as it is three letters or less.
Program Revision History
Version Date Description of Changes
------- -------- ---------------------------------------------------
1.00 06-30-92 First Public Release
1.01 07-11-92 Added "About ..." button on main menu.
A few minor tweaks.
1.02 07-23-92 Fixed bug with "About ..." button.
Added "Quick Deal" option.
1.03 08-08-92 Esc or right mouse button exits Clear Scores menu.
Small improvement to mouse init routine.
1.04 10-21-92 Reduced number of PIC files from 14 to 7.
Fixed overlapping cards problem in 14's.
Changed way "Delete Player" works.
1.05 03-01-93 Added "16's" and "17's" games.
1.06 08-09-93 Moved help to external file.
1.07 11-07-93 Added "register/un-register" button to "About" box.
Added menu to interactively enter registation code.
What is considered a good score? Good question, and one I don't have a
definitive answer to. All I can really do is report what I've exper-
ienced while playing the games myself. These are my current stats:
Game Games Played Games Won Winning % Average Score
------ ------------ --------- --------- -------------
10's 185 69 37.30% 28.4541
11's 185 38 20.54% 22.6973
12's 185 60 32.43% 38.4757
13's 185 52 28.11% 32.5676
14's 185 42 22.70% 33.3838
15's 185 34 18.38% 23.9676
16's 75 32 42.67% 41.1733
17's 75 28 37.33% 36.7200
If you are interested in improving your scores, I want to remind you
that when you register you'll receive the "Hints & Strategy" sheet. I
can't guarantee that it will make you an expert, but it might.
How To Use The Registration Code (Registered Users Only!)
This section describes the procedure that is used to convert a shareware
version of Simple Pleasures to a registered version. It can only be
used after the player has sent in the registration form to the author
and paid the registration fee. As part of the registration package
provided by the author, the player receives a "registration code". The
shareware version of Simple Pleasures may be converted to a registered
version by running the program with an "/R" command-line switch,
followed by the registration code, like this:
You would, of course use the proper registration code in place of the
"xxx". Note also that there should be no space between the "R" and the
registration code. After running the game with the /R switch and the
proper code, you'll have a brand-spanking new registered version of the
program. What this essentially amounts to is unlimited, free updates
with each registration!
You can also enter the registration code by clicking on the "Register"
button in the "About" dialog box. This will bring up a second menu
which allows you to select a registration code.
The registration procedure has the following restrictions:
1. The name of the EXE files must be SP.EXE.
2. You cannot perform the registration procedure on a compressed
version (i.e. an EXE file processed with PKLite, Diet, or LZEXE).
The EXE file may be compressed after the registration procedure,
but not before.
3. Please do not distribute registered versions of the programs.
Note: You can also change the program back to a shareware version by
using the "/SW" command-line switch, or by clicking on the
"Un-Register" button in the "About" dialog box. This function
is subject to the same restrictions as the registration
procedure (i.e. the program must be properly named and
uncompressed). Please use this option to "un-register" the
program if you wish to pass it along to anyone. Also, please
include all of the files listed under the "Legalese" section of
this document. Thanks.
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