If the Java applet does not work, check the following in the given order.
All bitmapped graphics used in the game,
For this game two regular packs of 52 cards are shuffled together making a total of 104 cards. All free cards in the layout and the top card in the upturned pile are movable. Only one card can be moved at a time. The aces are moved into the eight free spaces between the two parts of the layout thus forming foundations on which you build following suit up to the king. On the free cards in the layout you may build down regardless of suit. An empty space in the layout can only be filled with a king. When all cards have been moved to the foundations the game is won.
Simply "click" on a free card, and drag it to the wanted position. When the mouse button is released, the card will be transferred if a legal move has been made. By "clicking" on the stock (the cardback image) a new card will be flipped. To start a deal press the <SPACE> bar. If for any reason the playing area is not painted correctly, press "R" to repaint it.
The applet on this page requires a JDK 1.1 compatible browser. Both Netscape Communicator 4 (and above), and Internet Explorer 4 (and above) will work. If your browser doesn't directly support Java, you may download the Java Plugin.
Java is extremely well suited for interactivity on the Internet. For example after the cards needed for the applet on this page have been loaded, you may disconnect from the net and still play as many deals as you like as long as you don't leave the applet page. On the other hand the lack of explicit pointers in Java means it can't really compete with other languages when it comes to developing large scale programs.
"Diplomaten" is the Norwegian word for "the Diplomat", ou pour mieux dire, le mot norvégien pour "le Diplomate". Probably the name was inspired by the fact that qualities needed in the diplomacy come in handy in this game.
There are more than 20 cardbacks available. To save time only one is chosen at random and loaded together with the 52 cards.