Spider Glossary

1 Suit: The variant Spider 1 Suit is played with 104 cards of the same suit. This is the standard mode of a free table at the Spider Palace. It is the most relaxed mode since one color cannot end up blocking the other one. When creating a table, the variants Spider 2 Suit and Spider 4 Suit can be selected as well.

2 Suit: Use this custom rule to activate Spider 2 Suit. In this mode, the 104 cards are evenly distributed in two suits. This makes the game more challenging: Cards of different suits could block each other so that you first have to move the cards out of the way strategically.

4 Suit: Use this custom rule to activate the popular variant Spider 4 Suit. This game mode is much more challenging than playing with one or two suits. Even though it might not seem so at times, solving this type of game is possible. You will need practice, brains, and patience.

Custom Rules: When creating a table at the Spider Palace, you get to set up the game as you please. You can choose from the rules 2 Suit, 4 Suit, Joker, Undo Off, Fast, Relaxed, Easy, Scorpion, and Game of Nothing.

Deck: This term refers to a complete set of playing cards. In Spider Solitaire, this means 104 traditionally French-suited playing cards with each of the 13 ranks occurring eight times. In Scorpion Solitaire, this means 52 traditionally French-suited playing cards with each of the 13 ranks occurring once per suit.

Easy: Using this custom tule, you can distribute cards from the stock also when tableau piles are empty. This is impossible in standard mode. (When additionally playing Scorpion, there is a slight variation to this rule: You can now play any card onto empty tableau piles. This is forbidden in standard Scorpion.)

Fast: This custom rule shortens the standard time players have to solve the game in one round.

Game of Nothing: When enabling this custom rule, the table is not ranked for the league.

Foundation: This is the area of eight empty panels at the beginning of the round. These are the spaces for your sequences. Once a sequence is complete, it will be automatically moved to the foundation. When you fill all eight foundation piles, you solved the game. If you win against your fellow players depends on your solution’s scoring.

Joker: With this custom rule, each player starts with three Jokers: An additional button showing the Joker symbol appears on the playing field. When using a Joker, you select a tableau pile which will automatically receive a matching card. This card will be moved from its position of the playing field to the selected tableau pile.

Patience: Spider Solitaire is a type of patience game. The word is derived from the French language. It might point to the game’s probable origin as an exercise in patience. Patience games are also referred to as solitaire games. Either are umbrella terms for many related but different games. At the Spider Palace you can play Spider and Scorpion. Check out the Solitaire Palace for Klondike and Easthaven.

Ranks: There are 13 ranks in Spider Solitaire. Their descending order is King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and Ace. You must follow this order when completing the sequences.

Relaxed: Using this custom rule, the otherwise face down cards of the tableau piles are all revealed from the beginning. This way, you know which cards are in the tableau pile and can thus play more strategically. (When additionally playing Scorpion, there is a slight variation to this rule: Only one additional tableau pile is revealed, not all of them.)

Round: At a table in the Spider Palace, several rounds can be played. Each round’s scores are collected to determine the total score and winner of the table. A round ends either when all players solve the game or when the time is up.

Scoring: How does one score points in Spider Solitaire? Any action in the round adds or subtracts points from your score. Depending on how efficiently you solve the game, you might receive more or fewer points. This way, solving the same game becomes comparable: Compete with fellow players.

Scorpion: This custom rule switches the game to Scorpion Solitaire, a relative of Spider Solitaire. There are plenty of differences between the two modes. That is why we explain their differences in detail in our manual.

Sequence: A sequence in Spider Solitaire is a correctly sorted, one-suited group of cards. The cards must be sorted by the descending order of ranks, with each rank occurring only once. You must sort all cards of the tableau piles and the stock into sequences to solve a round of Spider. Once a sequence is complete, it will be automatically moved from the tableau to the foundation.

Solitaire: See Patience.

Stock: In a round of Spider, 50 cards are placed face down as the stock pile at the beginning of the round. While playing, you can distribute and reveal ten cards from the stock evenly to the tableau piles.

Suit: Spider and Scorpion are traditionally played with French-suited playing cards. Thus, the suits are Clubs, Spades, Hearts, and Diamonds. In Spider, you can choose to play with the 104 cards in one, two, or all four suits.

Table: At the Spider Palace, you can play Spider at different tables. They are limited to specific amounts of rounds and players. A table ends when a predefined number of rounds is finished. Different custom rules can be activated for the tables. When entering the Palace, choose a table that looks good to you.

Tableau: At the beginning of a round, 54 cards are dealt to ten piles in the middle of the table, the tableau. The first four piles contain six cards, while the other six piles contain five cards. The top card of each pile is revealed. Here, you must move the revealed cards from pile to pile to gradually form sequences.

Tableau piles: These are the ten piles of cards that are filled at the beginning of the round. Move the revealed cards from pile to pile to gradually form sequences. When you remove all revealed cards from one pile, the new top card is revealed. You can only move a card from one pile to another if the moving card is one rank lower than the target card, no gaps allowed. Moving several cards at once is possible if they follow the order of ranks and are of the same suit. If one tableau pile is empty, you can place any card you like there.

Undo Off: Disable the undo feature with this custom rule and make the game more challenging.