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Capricieuse solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Canister | Captive Queens >>

Goal: An ace and a king of each suit are set out. Build the aces up to king in the same suit. Build the kings down to ace in the same suit.

While the layout is being dealt one row at a time, cards are immediately played to the ace and king piles if they can, and a new card is dealt to take its place.

Build the 12 piles of the layout up or down in the same suit. Empty piles can be filled with any card.

You can only move one card at a time. Each empty pile doubles the number of cards you can move, since multiple moves would allow it.

2 redeals are allowed. All cards still in the layout are gathered and redealt without shuffling.

Also known as: Capricious

Variations: Nationale

Descriptions state that when no more building can be done, pick up the cards and redeal. They do not say to fill in empty spaces as they do for Nationale. They don't mention spaces at all. Helen L. Coops states filling spaces in Nationale as one of the differences between the two games.

David Parlett relates Capricieuse to Nationale without mentioning any change to the rule allowing spaces to be filled. He likely noticed that descriptions were lacking. He may have also noticed that this game is nearly impossible to win without filling spaces. Even after using both redeals, many cards are still blocked. For this reason, spaces can be filled here. Other modern implementations have done the same.

Rules source: Le Livre Illustre des Patiences, Comtesse de Blanccoeur ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops ~ The Complete Book of Solitaire & Patience Games, Albert H. Morehead & Geoffrey Mott-Smith ~ 150 Ways to play Solitaire, Alphonse Moyse, Jr. ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry ~ Card Games for One, Peter Arnold (Capricious)

Capricieuse solitaire
This is one of 5 layouts for Capricieuse in Solitaire Forever II.

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