XPat/XPat2 (1993)

Running XPat2 with Gypsy Solitaire rules

XPat is a collection of solitaire/patience games. Before Aisleriot, KPatience or PySolFC, this was as good as it got. It contains the following variety of games, with links to uploaded copies of the in-game rule explanations and screenshots:

The only real quirk with this particular game is the mouse button assignment. Left button automatically moves a card/stack to any obvious destination. To move a card/stack to a specific destination, you need to use the middle mouse button. Which you need to have, of course. Thanks, Unix 3-button standard.

XPat was originally released in 1993 by Heiko Eißfeldt and Michael Bischoff based on the code for Spider. It became xpat2 sometime in 1994; probably at version 1.0.5 going by the included xpat.log in the source release. Per the manual, this transition marked the change to the Athena widgets rather than direct use of Xlib. I have not actually been able to locate any version prior to this transition to check, however.

The following is a video of me scrolling through the included game rules, then playing a game of Idiot's Delight (aka Aces Up). It did not go well. The game itself starts at about timestamp 0:53 in the video.

XPat2 is still packaged in Debian as well. Other distro users should check the usual places, or rebuild the source from the Debian package.

Also, since most distributions include but don't bother to create an output from the original LaTeX manual, I've gone ahead and uploaded it in PDF format.

More general information on old X games, including build tips can be found in the Old X Games article.

If the above video does not work for you, it is also available on my YouTube channel.


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