Demon – learn to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor


Hey there! I want to tell you about a really cool game called Demon. It’s a solitaire game that can be a bit challenging, but I think you’ll have a blast playing it!

In Demon, you start off with a small table of cards. Your goal is to strategically play your cards onto columns so that you can eventually move them to the foundations. The trick is to plan your moves carefully!

Now, here’s something interesting about Demon. The starting card for the foundations is chosen randomly, so neither Kings nor Aces are considered high cards in this game. Instead, the foundation piles simply continue from the first card to the last. Pretty cool, huh?


For Demon, you’ll need a standard 52-card deck. So, grab your deck and let’s get started!

To set up the game, thoroughly shuffle all of the cards.

Next, deal 13 cards face down to create a pile. This pile is called “the heel.” It’s a special pile that you’ll use to fill any empty spaces in the tableau and also play cards directly to the foundations.

Let’s get started by flipping over one card to determine our starting foundation card. This card will be the first one in our foundation piles. For example, if we flip over the 7 of hearts, our foundation will start with that card and continue with the 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of hearts.

Next, we’ll deal four cards face up to create our tableau piles. The remaining cards will become our draw pile.

With our tableau and foundation piles set up, we’re now ready to begin playing!

Let’s Play!

So here’s how the game of Demon works: the goal is to put all 52 cards in their rightful foundation piles.

Now, let’s break it down step by step. First things first, take a good look at your cards and see if you can make any moves. If you can’t, no worries, you can always draw some more cards from your draw pile. But remember, you can only draw them in groups of three.

To begin, three cards are turned face up and become the waste pile. From there, you can either move the top card of the waste pile to the tableau or the foundation piles. And don’t worry, if you reach the end of the draw pile, you can flip it back over and cycle through it again. Feel free to use the draw pile as many times as you need until you win the game or you simply can’t win anymore.

When building your tableau stacks, make sure to place the cards in descending order and alternate the colors. For instance, if the top card is a 6 of spades, the next card you put on top of it should be either the 5 of hearts or diamonds.

When it comes to playing solitaire, there are some important rules to keep in mind. Let me explain them to you.

Firstly, you can move an entire column if it is already in the correct order. This makes it easier to organize your cards.

If you ever remove a whole column and create a gap in the playing area, don’t worry! Just take the top card from the deck and use it to fill the gap. Then, flip the next card from the deck face up. You can also play the top card from the deck directly onto one of the foundation piles.

Once you have a card that can be placed on a foundation pile, make sure to move it there right away. Once a card is placed on the foundation, it can’t be taken back.


The goal of solitaire is to build all four foundation piles in ascending order, according to the suit. If you achieve this, you win the game! It may take some time and strategy, but don’t give up. You can do it!

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