Lesson 3: Klondike Solitaire and Easthaven


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Lesson 3: Klondike Solitaire and Easthaven

If this is your first time hearing about Klondike Solitaire and Easthaven, do not worry. You likely already know at least half of it. And you will be all in the know by the end of this lesson at the latest! After all, when saying Solitaire, many people are actually referring to Klondike Solitaire without being aware of it. Most people got to know Solitaire via Microsoft’s operating system Windows, you see. And that Solitaire game follows the Klondike rules.


At the Solitaire Palace, you can choose to play Easthaven using a custom rule. That is why we shine a light on the differences and similarities of Easthaven and Klondike here in the Solitaire School.

Solitaire Table Info: Custom Rules Easthaven
This is the table info showing active custom rules at the Solitaire Palace.

Similarities

Klondike and Easthaven share the play material as well as most rules and mechanics. Both use a deck of 52 cards in four suits. Also, both have seven tableau piles and four foundation piles.

The rules concerning moving cards in the tableau and the foundation remain the same, too.

Differences

Easthaven features a more evenly set-up playing field at the beginning and deviant utilization of the stock. Let us take a closer look.


Setting up the Game

Before the round even starts, multiple differences are obvious. Here, we itemized them.

KlondikeEasthaven
24 cards in the stock31 cards in the stock
Stock with waste panelStock without waste panel
28 cards in the tableau
  • 7 piles
    first pile = 1 card
    each following pile = +1 card
21 cards in the tableau
  • 7 piles à 3 cards
Setup in Klondike
Setup in Klondike
Setup in Easthaven
Setup in Easthaven

That means you have fewer cards to reveal, comparing 14 face-down cards in Easthaven to 21 face-down cards in Klondike. You are surely going to be thankful for that simplification in Easthaven.


Stock

In the stock, we are dealing with overlapping differences and similarities: You get to draw cards from the stock anytime you like, both in Klondike Solitaire and Easthaven. It does not matter if the tableau has empty panels or not.

However, Easthaven removes the waste that belongs with the stock in Klondike. Here, you do not flip through the stock card by card, choosing which one to place in the foundation or add to the tableau. Drawing in Easthaven means that each tableau pile receives a card from the stock.

Thus, the distribution of drawn cards is relatively random. That way, you have much less control in the game, which makes it even more important to plan your moves well and tap the full potential of your opportunities.

Solitaire Playing Field - Drew From the Stock Too Soon
The cards highlighted in blue are the last ones from the stock. Before making other moves, you can put them back using the undo button. That way, you could combine the highlighted Jack and Queen and move the highlighted row of cards onto the empty panel.
Example Evaluation Easthaven Solitaire
Here, you see the result of the game above – it could be solved, even though plenty of moves had to be undone. We highlighted the minus points. Compared to 549 points at the bottom line, you can stand multiple drawbacks.


The result is an overall trickier game, and you will probably use the undo button more often to solve the game. Naturally, some setups cannot be solved under this rule set. In that case, you can give up the game to not waste any moves, especially in multiplayer mode. Of course, we compensate for the increased challenge of Easthaven with increased scores at the Solitaire Palace!

Score Comparison Klondike and Easthaven
These are the differences in scoring between Solitaire and Easthaven.

If you want a short and sweet overview, it is waiting for you in our Solitaire manual.


With only a few modifications, a solitaire game posing a new challenge emerges. Are you ready for this headscratcher? Then select a table with the custom rule Easthaven at your next visit to the Solitaire Palace and get your brain into gear! If you would rather find out more about Klondike Solitaire, you will find all you need at the Solitaire School.