Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
Deal one regular deck of 52 cards in seventeen groups of three. There will be one card left over and that will be a group unto itself.
Keep room on your playing surface for four cards down the side of the playing area. That space will be the base to lay your foundations and build up in suit. The object is to get all of the cards on the playing surface onto those four foundations.
On the playing surface, only three cards can be in a group. The topmost card of any pile is the only card in that pile available for play. That card can be played onto a foundation or placed in another group of cards on the playing surface as long as there are just one or two cards in the group.
Remember, rules state only three cards to a group; although they can have just one or two and that is fine. Once cards in a group are gone, there is no filling in the gaps. Once the group is gone, it's gone.
When you want to change around a group, as stated before, only the topmost card is available for movement. The topmost card can be placed on a card that is either one card rank higher or one card rank lower than the card you are playing.
Suits or colors do not figure into to play when you move cards on the playing field. Suits count only when you move cards in sequence from lower to higher on the foundations. Aces are wraparounds - they can be the highest as well as the lowest cards in sequence.
In other words, you can move a King to cover a Queen. It may look at first like you have just fenced yourself in; but perhaps the King could be moved onto another card at some point in time to make the buried Queen available for a play.
Before you start on building your foundations, take a look at the cards and how they are laid out. Sometimes it would be easy to take the first similar ranked cards that you see as the starting foundation cards. Watch out for this seemingly easy way out. In this game, strategy is everything and it is best to think about future plays before starting foundation building.
In foundation building, you do not have to start with an Ace. You could start with a Queen, then a King; and from there go into Ace, 2, 3,4, etc.
The game is won when all cards are played onto the foundations. Strategy counts big with this game. Remember, there are no re-deals in this challenging game.