Copyright (c) 1991 by Daniel Thomas. All Rights Reserved.
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Calculation Solitaire version 1.0 is a full-featured shareware Windows
program that includes card dragging, top scores (records), difficulty levels,
and hints. Much effort was spent to make playing it intuitive, challenging,
Please read the comments on shareware at the end of this document. If you
enjoy this game and want to see more like it, please register.
Microsoft Windows 3.0 or higher, in Standard or Enhanced mode; it will
probably run OK in Real mode, but I can't guarantee it.
Hercules, EGA, VGA, or higher
Installing over previous version:
Just copy the files over the old ones. You will probably lose your top
scores, but as long as you don't delete the file CALCSOL.DAT, you shouldn't
have to re-enter your registration number (if you've registered; if you
haven't, WHY NOT?).
Installation (first time)
You may copy the Calculation Solitaire files into any directory. To add
Calculation Solitaire (CALCSOL.EXE) to one of your Program Manager groups,
follow the instructions in your Windows manual. (Briefly, this involves
selecting File/New/Program Item from the Program Manager menu, and filling
in the appropriate fields.)
Calculation Solitaire will create a file called CALCSOL.DAT, which contains
all your settings, and your Records (top scores) information. It also will
contain your registration information, when you register.
PLEASE DO NOT DISTRIBUTE CALCSOL.DAT TO OTHERS OR TO BULLETIN BOARDS. (You
may distribute the other files freely.)
If you delete CALCSOL.DAT, you will have to re-enter your registration
Calculation Solitaire tops the list of solitaire games that give the
opportunity for skill. Depending on the difficulty level you play, with
proper strategy you can win 2 out of 3 games, or more. Of course, playing at
a more difficult level decreases the chances, but also increases the
opportunity for masterful play.
The Ace, two, three and four of spades are removed from the deck and placed
across the top of the playing area. These cards form the Foundations. The
object is to get all the cards onto the Foundations.
Each Foundation is built up in arithmetical sequence (as shown below),
without regard to suit or color.
Foundation pile 1 counts by ones, as in:
A 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 J Q K
Foundation pile 2 counts by twos, as in:
2 4 6 8 10 Q A 3 5 7 9 J K
Foundation pile 3 counts by threes, as in:
3 6 9 Q 2 5 8 J A 4 7 10 K
Foundation pile 4 counts by fours, as in:
4 8 Q 3 7 J 2 6 10 A 5 9 K
(If you can't remember the sequence, on-screen help is a click away. It is
Turn up a card from the deck, one at a time. The card may be played onto
one of the Foundations, if possible. Alternatively, place it on one of the
Waste Piles (which are located below the Foundations). There are from 4 to
6 Waste Piles, depending on which difficulty level you choose.
If there is already a card on the Waste Pile, simply place the new card on
top of the existing card.
At any time, the top card of any Waste Pile may be played onto the
Foundation. No other movement of cards from the Waste Piles is possible.
To win the game, play all the cards onto the Foundations, in the proper
To turn over a card from the deck, click once on the deck with the left
There are 2 ways to select a card for movement, depending on what Option is
If "Drag Cards" is checked on the Options menu, you move a card by
"dragging" it. This means that you point at the card, and hold down the
left mouse button. The cursor will change into a "hand". When you move
the mouse, you will drag the card. Release the card (by letting go of
the left mouse button) when at least half of the card covers the desired
new location. If it is an invalid location for the card, the card will
drag itself back to its original location.
If "Drag Cards" is not checked, then you move cards by first selecting
the card, then selecting the new location. To select a card, click once
on the card with the left mouse button. It will then be highlighted.
Then click on the new location. (To un-select a card, click on it
You can undo the last move by selecting Undo from the Edit menu, or by
If you can't remember the sequence for a particular Foundation, click once
on it with the right mouse button. A small window will pop up with the
Alternatively, you may choose to have a "Hint Window" on the screen at all
times. This is a free-floating window which shows the card sequence of each
Foundation. Refer to the "Options" section, below.
New Game Starts a new game
Records Brings up the Records screen (top scores). You can
reset the records from this screen.
Exit Terminates Calculation Solitaire.
Undo Backs up one move. You may also "undo" by pressing
Alt+Backspace on the keyboard. The Undo option is only
available after a card has been placed onto one of the
Waste Piles or Foundation Piles. Once a new card has
been turned up from the Deck, you can no longer undo the
Easy These three options, Easy, Intermediate, and Hard,
Intermediate control the difficulty level of the game. The Easy game
Hard has 6 Waste Piles, the Intermediate has 5, and the Hard
has 4 Waste Piles. It takes an expert to win
consistently with only 4 Waste Piles.
Green Back- If you don't like the look of the green playing surface,
round un-check this option.
Hint Window Selecting this option brings up another menu, with these
Show Check this option if you want a window with the
card sequences of the Foundations. It is a
free-floating window, which means that you can
"drag" it to any position on the screen. If you
want to move this window, use the mouse to point at
the caption ("Hint Window"), press and hold the left
mouse button, and move it wherever you wish. Then
release the mouse button.
When the Hint Window is displayed, if you hold down
the right mouse button while pointing at a
Foundation Pile, the Hint Window will "highlight"
the corresponding hint row.
NOTE: If you use Whiskers (another Shareware
product), you may notice a delay when you do
this. If you want to eliminate this delay,
turn off Whiskers while running Calculation
Restore Position Select this option if you want to move the Hint
Window back to its original position.
Drag Cards If you would rather not "drag" cards around the
screen, then un-check this option. See the
discussion about this, in the preceding section
Changing Deck The card deck shows a picture. When this option is
selected, the picture on the card deck will
periodically change during game play. If this is
annoying, un-check this option.
Start Maximized When this options is checked, Calculation always
starts up in full-screen mode. If you don't like
that, un-check this option.
Hand Cursor When you start to drag a card, the cursor changes
into a "hand". On some systems, this can slow down
the dragging process. Un-check this option, and
Calculation Solitaire will not display a hand cursor.
Help Currently, selecting this options starts Notepad,
opening up this document. A future version will use the
standard Windows help system.
About Selecting this option brings up the "About" screen,
which gives you information about the version number and
Think ahead when you have to cover up cards on the waste pile. Try to
figure out which cards are likely to be needed first. The more you play the
game, the more familiar you become with the order. This is essential to
winning Calculation Solitaire. Use the Floating Hint Window to help you
learn the order.
Remember that Kings are the last card on each Foundation, so be careful what
you cover up with a King.
Calculation Solitaire was written in Borland's Turbo Pascal for Windows.
Many thanks to all the guys in Borland's support department, including
Danny Thorpe and Rob Powell.
Also I'd like to thank my wife, Gina, for believing.
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.
Turbo Pascal for Windows is a trademark of Borland International.
3-26-91 version 1.01
first public release
4-2-91 version 1.02
minor bug fix (average cards for hard level could corrupt)
reduced EXE size by 90k (!)
added Hand Cursor option
A note about Shareware
This program, Calculation Solitaire, is Copyright (c) 1991 by Daniel Thomas.
All rights reserved.
Calculation Solitaire is Shareware. This means that you are free to use it
for a trial period, at no charge. After a reasonable trial period, if you
continue to use it, you must register it.
This program is a fully functional version, and is not crippled in any way.
I do not believe in crippling software in order to force registration.
To register your copy of Calculation Solitaire, please print and fill out
the order form at the end of this document. NOTE: The order form is
duplicated in the file CALCSOL.REG. You can load this file into NOTEPAD
and print it.
When you register, you will receive a registration number that will get rid
of the reminder screen that you see when you start the program. In
addition, for a small additional fee you can receive the current version on
disk, along with a small printed manual.
You may distribute this program freely, as long as all files are included
EXCEPT THE FILE CALCSOL.DAT, and the files are not modified in any way.
You can contact me on Compuserve at 72301,2164, and Prodigy at CWRF01A.
Thanks for your support.
Calculation Solitaire v1.0 Registration Form
City: ____________________________ State:_____ Zip:_________________
Phone: (_______)___________________ Country:__________________________
Electronic Mail: _______________________________________________________
Where did you get your copy of Calculation Solitaire from:
Calculation Solitaire registration: $15.00 $___________
Printed manual and current version on disk (optional):
US & Canada address: $5.00,
Foreign address: $10.00 $___________
Disk size(circle one): 5.25 3.5
Total (US Funds): $___________
Checks must be drawn on a US bank, and payable in US funds.
Please make checks payable to: Daniel Thomas
Send to: Daniel Thomas
2301 N. Huron Circle
Placentia, CA 92670