OMG, you guys. I am SO excited this day has come. Today I’m sharing game 1 of my first ever 52 weeks project: Card games!!!
I’ve been wanting to do a 52 Weeks Project for a while now, but I couldn’t ever think of something that I loved so much that I could stick with it all year long. But then this idea just hit me out of the blue, and I realized of course. 52 Cards. 52 Games. I’ll get to prioritize playing cards all year long and even learn some new games!? You know what we call that around our house? A Nguyen, Win folks! hyuck, hyuck.
I love to play card games. I’ve played all sorts of card games over the course of my life. My grandparents always tell stories from when I was a little girl that I would always ask them to play cards (they taught me many of the games I play now), and even if they said no, I’d just start dealing. Of course, this is pretty much exactly how I lead my adult life. Just start dealing because people don’t even realize how much fun they’re going to have until they start playing.
I love that with cards all you need is a small pocket-sized deck and you have limitless options for games. I never travel without a pack of cards, and on most days, I usually have one in my purse. Viet and I play cards together and with our friends whenever we can, and I’m excited about sharing some of our favorites games here on the blog.
So here we go! I thought I’d start with the classic one-player game: Solitaire.
Deal the first card face up and then deal six more cards face down to the right of the first face up card:
Then on the 2nd row, starting on the 2nd card, deal one card face up, and then five more face down:
Continue dealing in this same pattern, starting with the first card face up and the rest of the cards in that row face down until you deal the final face up card on the 7th row. The remaining cards get placed to the side. You will draw from this stack.
To move the game forward, you want to line up the cards in descending numeric order. In addition to the order, the cards must alternate red and black. If you’re lucky, you’ll be dealt a few face up cards that you can move onto other cards. In the case of above, there aren’t any moves that can be made just with the face up cards, so you’ll need to start by drawing from the stack you set aside.
When you draw, you have to draw three cards at a time. You can only play the top card of the three. In the photo below, that would be the queen.
In this case, we can’t play the queen anywhere, so we’ll have to draw three more cards. If the Queen was a black 10, then we could place it on top of the red jack at the bottom of the 7th row. Once you play the top card, then you have access to the card beneath it, and so on and so forth as long as you are able to play the top card.
For example, after I drew the next three cards, the top card was a black 8. That plays nicely on top of the red 9 in row 6.
If there was any black 4s face up on the board, I could have played the red 3 (which was the 2nd card below the black 8).
And so you continue flipping over three cards at a time and building little decks. As you move the face up cards off of their rows, you can flip over the bottom card in that row. For example, in the photo above, if I drew a black 10 to put on the red jack. Then I could move the red 9 and black 8 over on top of the black 10. Once I moved those two cards, the bottom card in row six would be a face up card, which I could flip over.
When you find an ace either by flipping over a face down card in the rows or you receive an ace through the three card draw through the stack, you should place each Ace you find on it’s own row above the seven rows:
Once an Ace is placed above the rows, you can begin building stacks on top of the Ace. In the example above, once you placed the Ace of hearts, next you could add the 2 of hearts on top of the Ace, then the 3 of hearts, then the 4 of hearts, and so on and so far. So as you build your descending stacks down below, you will slowly also be adding to the Ace stacks above the rows as you can. You can move cards on and off of the rows below and the stacks above as you need to strategically to free up certain cards. Here’s a look at the cards after I’ve built some good rows and started to work on the Ace stacks:
Any time you move all of the cards out of one of the seven rows, you can move a single king or a king with a stack into the space of the blank rows. This can help you to turn over more face down cards in the other rows. The king is the only card that can move to an empty row.
Don’t be discouraged if you get stuck and have to shuffle and try again. The fun of this game is that it’s as much luck as it is strategy. Don’t give up. When the stars align and you get that perfect deal, it’s all worth it in the end. . .
The Big Finish
Once you have all the cards face up and accounted for, it’s time for the race to the finish. This is the best part.
And then. . . yeah, you’re just a huge Winner! Congrats for making it through the game.
You know the bowling alley bumpers that you can pull out if want to avoid sending your ball down the gutter? Well, Solitaire has a bumper of sorts too. If you want to cut yourself a little slack, just flip over two cards at a time (only playing the top card) instead of three. Or if you’re really desperate, ditch that rule all together. If you’ve got a really good game going, and you get stuck, sometimes I go there. why not?
Hope you’ve enjoyed the first of 2014’s #52cardgames!