Crescent – learn to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor



Let me tell you about a card game called Crescent. It’s quite unique because it uses not just one, but two decks of cards. However, we remove one Ace and one King from each suit to create a challenging twist.

To start the game, we take the removed Aces and Kings and arrange them in two neat rows. These special cards will serve as the foundations for our game.

Next, we deal the remaining cards out into sixteen piles, with each pile containing six cards. We place the first five cards in each pile face down, creating a mysterious aura. The sixth and final card of each pile is placed face up, in a beautiful crescent shape. These face-up cards make up the tableau, which is the centerpiece of our game.

In Crescent, the goal is to stack cards from the tableau onto the foundation piles. You’ll need to strategically match cards of the same suit and in sequential order, from King to Ace. It’s a challenging task, but I’m confident you’ll rise to the occasion.

With Crescent, you’ll experience the joy of unraveling the mysteries of the tableau as you strategically move and stack the cards. It’s a game that requires both skill and a bit of luck, making it an exciting adventure for players of all ages.


Hey there! Let’s talk about the name of the game: “The Play.”

The goal in this game is to build up the Ace foundations all the way to the Kings, and the King foundations down to the Aces. It’s like a puzzle you need to solve.

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how you can make your moves. The top cards in the tableau piles are the ones you can play with. You have a few options with these cards. First, you can move them onto the foundations, or you can also move them onto other tableau piles. It’s up to you!

When you’re moving the cards around, keep in mind that you can build the tableau piles up or down, but you have to do it in sequential order according to the suit. That means you need to follow the pattern of the cards. If you’re going up, you need to go in order from lowest to highest. And if you’re going down, you need to go from highest to lowest. It’s like climbing up a ladder and then going back down.

Remember, you can adjust the order of the cards in the pile as you need. And here’s a cool trick: once you’ve reached the Ace in a pile, you can keep building in either direction, to a 2 or a King. It’s like having a path that can take you forward or backward.

If you happen to have a face-down card in one of the tableau piles, don’t worry! As soon as it’s exposed, you can flip it face up and continue playing with it.

And here’s another important thing to keep in mind: once you’ve cleared a tableau pile, you don’t fill the space with more cards. It’s like an empty spot, a blank canvas, that you can leave as it is.

So, there you have it! The ropes of “The Play” game. I hope you enjoy playing with strategy and coming up with clever moves. Remember, it’s all about building those foundations from top to bottom and bottom to top. Good luck, and have fun!

If you find yourself stuck and can’t make any more moves in the game, don’t worry! You have the option to make a special move called a “shift.” To do this, simply bring the bottom card of each pile on the playing area to the top, facing upwards. This will open up new possibilities and allow you to continue playing. But be careful, because you can only use this move three times, and it must be applied to every pile.

How to Win

The goal of the game is to build all eight foundations to completion. Once you have successfully placed all the cards in their respective foundations, congratulations, you win! However, if you have used the “shift” three times and still haven’t managed to complete all the foundations, and the game becomes blocked with no more moves available, unfortunately, you lose.

My name is Amber, and I’m an avid writer and gaming enthusiast from Austin. I consider myself a master gamer with a passion for dogs, plants, and Dungeons & Dragons.

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