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Single-Deck Non-Builder Solitaire Games That You Should Try

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Single-Deck Non-Builder Solitaire Games That You Should Try

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameWhen most people think of solitaire card games, they think of the classic game Klondike, which has become synonymous with solitaire itself. Klondike Solitaire is the quintessential example of a builder solitaire game, where you're trying to play all the cards from the deck from Ace through King on four foundations corresponding to suit, with the help of a tableau which is built with cards in descending order and in alternating colours.Some of the finest solitaire games in the world are builder games like this, and take this concept in various different directions. But what about non-builder games,...

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Single-Deck Builder Solitaire Games That You Should Try

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Single-Deck Builder Solitaire Games That You Should Try

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameMost people are familiar with solitaire, and identify it with Klondike. Klondike is the classic game that everyone is familiar with from Microsoft Windows, where you're building cards down in value in alternating red and black colours, while simultaneously trying to play the entire deck from Ace through King by suit onto four foundations. It is the archetype of the classic builder solitaire game.Many two-deck builder games offer a longer and more thoughtful playing experience, but builder games like Klondike that use just a single deck are ideal time fillers. Perhaps you have explored some solitaire games outside...

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Moving beyond Hugard and Braue's The Royal Road to Card Magic

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Moving beyond Hugard and Braue's The Royal Road to Card Magic

Next steps and alternatives to a classic book for those serious about learning card magic by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameJean Hugard and Frederick Braue's classic The Royal Road to Card Magic (often just dubbed Royal Road or RRTCM for short) is arguably the most recommended book for beginners wanting to learn the essentials of card magic. That's despite the fact that it was written in 1948. In my previous article, we took a close look at this classic work, gave an outline of its contents, and summarized some of its strengths and weaknesses. My conclusion was never really in doubt: despite its age, this book is still...

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What is the Best Marked Deck for Card Magic?

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What is the Best Marked Deck for Card Magic?

Marked Decks for Magicians, Part 2 by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGameAs a collector, I love all kinds of marked decks. They're especially wonderful for card magic, and I've outlined some of the advantages of using marked playing cards in my previous article: Why do magicians use marked decks? A good argument can even be made that they are worth using not only for tricks that require a marked deck, but for all your card magic.But not all marked decks are created equal, and a magician will have very specific requirements. And that's exactly what this next article is about. If you're into card...

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Popular Non-Builder Solitaire Card Games

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Popular Non-Builder Solitaire Card Games

by BoardGameGeek reviewer EndersGame Despite the fact that the world of solitaire card games features a rich diversity of different types of games, most people are only familiar with the classic Klondike, and similar games of its kind like Spider, and FreeCell. Consider yourself more experienced with solitaire than most if you've ever played games like Baker's Dozen, Beleaguered Castle, Canfield, Fan Games, Yukon, or Forty Thieves. But all of these games - and the many related ones that belong to their families - have one thing in common: they share the same basic formula for game-play, since they are all examples of builder games.Builder games represent the largest slice...

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