Here’s a way to play RallyBird Baseball solitaire. It’s unofficial. The introduction explains why. Here’s a screenshot of it, below. Or you can download the PDF and read it there.
I designed the game with the social electricity and ferment of two live players in mind. Again and again, I made design choices intended to help two people want to take the game off the shelf and, without rules barriers, sit down and compete socially. The excitement, aggravation, worry, and second-guessing of each other I think is essential. Mind-saber clashes against mind-saber to make sparks. One face shows triumph, the other playful horror. That’s a memorable experience, and my idea of fun.
The panorama of baseball provides the ballad for the clash of wit and chance.
In RallyBird (aka RallyByrd), all choices have a chance of success or failure. It’s a matter of degree. When play testing years ago, I tried a random method of choosing offense or defense, and making decisions by deliberate choice for the other. I wanted to test the game’s ability to sustain conscious purpose. I proved to myself that conscious decisions, over time, won over random.
We all might want or need to play solitaire sometimes. I’m sympathetic. Do these unofficial charts work? I don’t know. They required a sizable random spirit to forestall predictability. It needs play testing proof in all respects. It might remain unofficial forever.
These charts do provide randomness. There’s a tension within them of purpose versus random. In addition, I don’t know if the mechanic of the charts works for enjoyment. What do you think? Again, the introduction provides my further thoughts on this.