Tuesday, May 4, 2004

What's my game?

Jack (new computer) came with Spider Solitaire.  I started playing it sometime last week.  I really sucked at first, but I'm getting better -- to the point where I'm winning games at the "medium" level more often than not.

Thing is, it's wreaking havoc with my FreeCell abilities -- which used to rock, if I do say so myself. 

What's funny about my Spider Solitaire playing is that I can't really say how or why it is getting better.  I'm not sure what game playing techniques I've figured out that I hadn't known before.  Only that I'm getting rather better at getting into the zen of the game, and sort of feeling which cards go where.

And since Spider Solitaire zen is rather different from FreeCell zen, I'm finding myself having trouble with FreeCell.  The other day, I opened a game of FreeCell and just stared at the screen, instead of having my usual instant feeling as to which opening strategy would best defeat the game. 

Troubling.  I'd like to master Spider without losing FreeCell, but it seems I've only got room in my head to store one solitaire card game's strategy.

I'm trying to switch off -- playing a hand or two of each game each day, in the hopes of retaining skill at both.  Maybe I can expand the "Solitaire Card Game Strategy Storage Section" of my brain.  Then again, perhaps I should be concerned at what that expansion might be at the expense of.  Maybe next week, I'll find I have a total inability to play Monopoly or something.


jeffcomedy said...

I fear you are becoming a "Jack of all trades, master of none" in regards to solataire games.  Choose one and go with the zen.


good stuff!

mrccgoody said...

When I started playing Spider Solitaire, I did the same thing! I opened up a game of just regular solitaire and didn't have a clue. I had to get my daughter to coach me. I think it must be a common problem. Hopefully. I'm just glad to hear it's not only me! LOL

kiskar said...

The exact same thing happened to me when I started playing Spider. I forgot how to play Free Cell and regular Solitaire. I get addicted to every single game I play, so this was fine during my addiction to Spider, but was annoying once I burned out. I also introduced my family and my husband's family to Spider and they are all terribly addicted. It's sad really. :P - K.

annalisa135 said...

i'm afraid i have to agree with JC's comment.  

but oh what a loss!!  to have an inability to play Monopoly.  LOL

mlraminiak said...

Now I see that this is a common phenomenon.  I thought I was getting Alzheimers or something...  Lisa  :-]