Written by Jonathan Blandford
|Type of Deck||Standard Deck|
|Stock||Top left pile. The rest of the deck is placed here after dealing on to the Tableau. Cards are turned over one at a time to Waste. Two redeals.|
|Waste||To be taken from Stock. Top card available for play.|
|Foundation||Four piles top right. To be built up in suit from Ace to King. Topmost card in each Foundation can be played back on to the Tableau.|
|Tableau||Seven piles. Deal card face up in first pile. Place one card face down on all other piles. Place one card face up on next pile followed by one card face down on all covered piles. Repeat until there are seven cards in last pile. Tableau can be built down in alternating colors. Groups of cards can be moved. Empty piles can only be filled by Kings or group of cards starting with a King.|
Move all cards to the Foundation piles.
Cards in the Tableau are built down by alternating color. Groups of cards can be moved. An empty pile in the Tableau can be filled with a King or a group of cards with a King on the bottom.
Cards are flipped from the Stock to the Waste individually. Top card in Waste is in play. When Stock is empty, move all cards in Waste back to the Stock, maintaining order. You can go through the deck three times.
Foundations are built up in suit from Ace to King. Cards in Foundations are still in play. Double clicking on a card will move it to the appropriate Foundation pile if such a move is possible.
Double clicking on a foundation card will move all the cards that can be moved to the foundation to the foundation. This is useful for cleaning up at the end of the game.
There are three possible ways to play. The difference between them is in how the cards are dealt from the stock.
- Three card deals
Cards are dealt from the stock three at a time. There is no limit to how many times you can redeal the stock.
- Single card deals
Cards are dealt from the stock one at a time. However you can only turn the stock over and redeal twice.
- No redeals
Cards are dealt one at a time from the stock. There is no redeal. Play this way if you want a challenge (and some frustration).
- Unlimited redeals
Cards are dealt one at a time from the stock. There is no limit to how many times you can redeal the stock.
Most likely you will consider one of the first two methods traditional - depending on where you live and who taught you. The no redeals option is the one normally found in older sets of rules, but the game is rarely played that way.
Each card in the Foundation piles scores one point.
Maximum possible score: 52
Don't give up the ship! Try brute force methods when the game seems over. Sometimes a combination of using cards already in the Foundation and rearranging sequences will free up some needed cards.