Saturday, May 17, 2008

Card and Tile Games: Pysol Fan Club Edition

I've long been a fan of Pysol (Python Solitaire) games. The originator of the project stopped development, but let the program's fans take over. This has resulted in the PysolFC (Fan Club edition).

Free to download and use, it has 1048 games, card games and Mahjongg and various other Asian games. It has an easy to install Windows version (download the setup.exe file). It was originally developed for Linux. The Linux version can be more problematic to install, but I expect we will start seeing more easy to install versions in many Linux repositories soon.

PySolFC: a Python solitaire game collection
[...] PySolFC is a collection of more than 1000 solitaire card games. It is a fork of PySol Solitaire.

There are games that use the 52 card International Pattern deck, games for the 78 card Tarock deck, eight and ten suit Ganjifa games, Hanafuda games, Matrix games, Mahjongg games, and games for an original hexadecimal-based deck.

Its features include modern look and feel (uses Tile widget set), multiple cardsets and tableau backgrounds, sound, unlimited undo, player statistics, a hint system, demo games, a solitaire wizard, support for user written plug-ins, an integrated HTML help browser, and lots of documentation.

PySolFC is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. [...]

This is my favorite card game/Mahjongg program, it's only a 6.90 MB download (for windows), it has a variety of options in the pull down menus, for sound effects, unlimited redeals, auto complete, auto drop, hints, score keeping, assorted animation controls, mouse controls etc, and a music soundtrack too. If you like these kinds of games, this is a program for you.


Anonymous said...

I can't get the hanafuda games to show all 12 suits. It only shows the first 4 suits. The hanafuda games look so fun and the cards are so beautiful. I wonder if you have gotten your fan club edition to work? I have the old download but the fan club edition has a lot more games for the hanafuda deck. Got any advice?

Chas said...

I'm using the fan club edition v1.1. Under Hanafuda type games, it shows 43 different selections. I haven't played any of them, so I'm not much help in answering any questions about them.

Have you tried the PysolFC forum? The link is here:

They are probably your best bet for help.