Tuesday, July 23, 2013

New Game Added: Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne is a solitaire card game which is played with a deck of 52 playing cards. It is a game which is somewhat akin to Sir Tommy, except in the dealing of the deck.

First, the four aces are separated from the rest of the deck and placed on the layout as the foundations. The object of the game is to build each of the foundations from Ace to King regardless of suit.

Four cards are dealt below the aces, each starting a tableau pile. The player then determines if any of the four cards can be build on the foundations. In this first deal of four (and in succeeding deals), when a card is played and leaves a gap, it is not filled until the next deal.

Furthermore, there is no building or playing in the tableau. When the players has built all the cards in the foundation as one can, or if the cards cannot be played at all, a new set of four cards is dealt, one over each tableau pile.

This process is repeated until all cards are dealt.  There is no redeal.

The game is won when all cards are built onto the foundations. This is rare as, according to Morehead and Mott-Smith's The Complete Book of Solitaire and Patience Games, it can be achieved once in 100 games.

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