Corner stones – learn to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

CORNER STONES

Hey there! Welcome to Corner Stones, a super fun Solitaire game that keeps you on your toes. Let me break it down for you: there are two main parts to the game – the deal and the play. During the deal, you’ll need to keep an eye out for foundation cards and any cards that can be moved to the foundation. Once all the cards are dealt, it’s time to shift your focus and start managing the tableau like a pro. You win the game when all eight foundations are built correctly. Exciting, right?

THE CARDS & THE DEAL

In Corner Stones, we use two decks of cards that have a total of 52 cards each. To start the game, shuffle both decks together and deal them out into two columns, with each column having six cards. These two columns make up what we call the tableau. Now, leave some space between these columns because we’ll use that space to create the foundation piles. Oh, and don’t forget to turn the top and bottom cards on each column sideways – those are the corner stones for the tableau. They’re kind of special. Now you’re all set to start playing! Have a blast and enjoy the game!

Let’s start by setting up the foundation columns. On the left column, we’ll place one Ace from each suit. On the right column, we’ll start with one King from each suit. You can start building these columns as soon as the cards are revealed. Make sure to place the same suited Ace and King next to each other.

During the game, you can move uncovered Aces and Kings to the foundation piles at any time. Just remember that the Ace and King next to each other in the foundation section must be of the same suit. As you play, you’ll build the Ace foundations up to Kings, and the King foundations down to Ace, always following the matching suit.

THE PLAY

BEGIN PLAY

Let’s get started with the game by dealing out the cards one at a time. We’ll go around the table in a clockwise direction, starting with the top left corner stone. Each time we turn over a card, we’ll place it on the next tableau pile. Even if a pile has run out of cards, we won’t skip it. We’ll simply place a card there and begin a new pile.

Now, as we turn over cards and place them on the tableau, we can play them to the foundation if they meet the requirements. For example, any cards turned up for a corner stone can be played on any eligible foundation pile. However, if a card is turned up for a normal tableau pile, it can only be played on the foundation in the same row as that tableau pile.

Corner stones - learn to play with

AFTER THE DEAL

Once all the cards have been dealt, you can take the top card from each tableau pile, including the corner stones, and play it on another tableau pile. You can build the piles up or down without worrying about the suit. If you reach a King in a pile, you can keep building with an Ace and so on.

Keep playing until you’ve finished all the foundations or the game gets stuck.

WINNING

To win, you need to successfully build all eight foundations in order. No reshuffling is allowed. If the game gets stuck, you lose.

I’m Amber (They/Them), an Austin-based writer and avid gamer. I consider myself a gaming expert and I have a passion for dogs, plants, and playing D&D.

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