The games in SolMan are divided into a set of Families. Each family contains a number of games that share a characteristic that binds them. Unfortunately, sometimes a game could be categorized into more than one of these families. When that happens, we just pick the best fit.
Canfields are traditional foundation games, which means that the purpose of the game is to get the cards ordered by sequence and suit into the foundations. In traditional Canfields, the base card of the foundation is the first card dealt. Our Canfields in SolMan add to your ability to use skill by leting you choose the base card. After you see the deal, and potentially make other plays, just move a card to the foundation and that card becomes the foundation card for all foundation piles. When a foundation pile gets up to King, you just warp back around to Ace to continue.
The games of the Canfield Family share the characteristic of having an additional stock of cards that must be worked off. Usually, but not always, only the top card of the stock pile is visible.
These games usually used red-on-black building in the tables.
Klondikes also typically use a "triangle deal", where an extra card is dealt face down in each successive table pile. This deal feature adds to the strategy when moving cards, as some piles have more hidden cards than others.
Additionally, you normally must move only one card at a time, as opposed to the Canfields and Klondikes where matching sequences must be moved in whole. The inability to move sequences in whole make the Napoleons great for a thoughtful planning and in-game pile management experience.
The spice mentioned comes after you have manipulated the table piles to the best of your ability. Rather than turn a card from the hand over into the talon (or waste) pile, you place a card face-up on each of the table piles in one big swoop. The name comes from the idea that the tables drop down like spider legs when decending on a thread.
Squares and Quilts
In the Quilts, there is the added feature of only having access to cards that have a short edge available, meaning there is not another card next to it in that direction. The Quilt name comes from the quilt like pattern of orienting alternate cards in different directions.
Most often, they are gathered in order and laid back out with a set number of cards in each pile, allowing you to plan ways to get a hidden card out.
These games tend to play with Napoleon like rules, but the reserve makes a higher percentage of the deals winnable for an expert player. Typically you move a single card at a time, and strategy wins the day.
The Pattern games with foundation will increment by different amounts to form the sequence on the foundation.
The others have no foundation at all. The purpose of these games is to remove cards from the game board. In some, cards are removed when you make a pair (or collection of four), and others when you have two cards in seuqnce (one above or below). Usually you just drag one onto the other to remove.
Oddballs are some of our favorite games. Some of them sport artistic design patterns and themes as part of the game; well worth getting to know.