Blog Post 2: Game Lab 1

Of the games I played, I wanted to talk about Klondike Solitaire. I used to play a lot of Klondike Solitaire on my desktop so the game was not new to me, but I never played it physically. I think by physically having the cards in front of me and having to move the cards with my hands, I was more engaged and interested than I would have been had I been on an app on my phone or laptop. I did enjoy playing the game and played multiple rounds, but only wrote a session report for one. I think what I enjoyed most about the game was how it was a pattern building game. I’m a very neat person who likes to organize things, so I think the idea of organizing the cards on top of each other a certain way and sorting them by suite was appealing. Although the session report was tedious and repetitive, it’s helpful in that it tracks how a play through went. It tracks if there were any bugs or unplayable parts to the game. Klondike Solitaire is an old game so it has probably no unplayable parts and since it was in-person it’s not buggy in a technical way either. The session report is boring for Klondike Solitaire, but that wouldn’t be the same for games being developed and tested. A new game with unknown errors undergoing testing with session reports can discover these holes in the game and document them, leading to major changes that will improve the game for future players.

Session Report:

  1. A of clovers and A of spades created two post-it piles to reveal an 8 of clovers and 10 of diamonds respectively.
  2. I put the 8 of clovers on 9 of hearts revealing a 10 of clovers. I put the 9 of hearts back on the 10 of clovers.
  3. I put the 10 of clovers on the J of hearts revealing a 5 of spades.
  4. I put the 10 of diamonds on the J of clovers revealing a 3 of hearts.
  5. I put the 3 of hearts on the 4 of clover revealing 5 of spades.
  6. I put the 4 of hearts on the 5 of spades revealing 3 of clovers.
  7. I put the 3 of clovers on the 4 of hearts revealing 9 of diamonds.
  8. I put the 8 of spades on the 9 of diamonds revealing a 6 of diamonds.
  9. I put the 6 of diamonds on the 7 of clover revealing a Q of clovers.
  10. I put the J of hearts on the Q of clover opening a blank spot.
  11. I put the 5 of spades on the 6 of diamonds revealing a 5 of diamonds.
  12. I put the 4 of clovers on the 5 of diamonds revealing a 10 of hearts.
  13. I start to go through the top deck until I saw a 9 of spades and put it on the 10 of diamonds.
  14. I flip through until a 2 of spades I add to the pile on the post-its.
  15. I flip until a 7 of hearts I put on the 8 of clovers.
  16. I flip until a 7 of diamonds I put on the 8 of spades.
  17. I flip until a 9 of clovers I put on the 10 of hearts.
  18. I flip until a 2 of clovers I add to the post-its stack, as well as the 3 of clovers already on the board.
  19. I flip until a 3 of spades I add to the post-its pile.
  20. I flip until a K of diamonds I put in the blank space. I move the Q of clover on top of it.
  21. I flip until an A of hearts and create a new post-it pile.
  22. I flip until an 8 of diamonds and put it on the 9 of spades. I move the 7 of clovers onto it revealing a 6 of hearts.
  23. I flip until an A of diamonds and create a new post-it pile.
  24. I flip until a 6 of spades and put it on the 7 of hearts. I put the 5 of diamonds on it revealing a K of hearts.
  25. I flip until a Q of spades I put on the K of hearts.
  26. I flip until a K of spades I put in the blank spot.
  27. I restart the pile, starting with a 7 of spades.
  28. I flip until a 6 of clovers I put on the 7 of diamonds.
  29. I flip until a 4 of spades I add to the post-it pile.
  30. I flip until a 2 of diamonds I add to the post-it pile.
  31. I flip until a 4 of clovers I put on the 6 of hearts.
  32. I flip a Q of hearts and put it on the K of spades. I put the J of clovers on the Q of hearts revealing a J of diamonds. I put the J of diamonds on the Q of spades creating a new open space.
  33. I flip through the pile and restart it.
  34. I move the 4 of hearts to the 5 of clovers and add the 5 of spades to the post-it pile
  35. I move the 5 of diamonds to the 6 of clovers and add the 6 of spades to the pile
  36. I flip until a 7 of spades I add to the post-it pile
  37. I flip through the pile of cards and no moves are left.