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Emperor+ solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Emperor | Exiled Kings >>

Goal: Move out the aces when you can and build them up to king in the same suit.

Build the 10 piles of the layout down in alternating suit color. 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.

Turn over one card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.

One redeal is allowed, returning the waste pile back to the deck. At this point you can no longer discard to a waste pile. Only the top card can be played. The game ends if it can not be played.

Variation of: Emperor (Forty Thieves)

Difference: Entire piles can not be moved; only the top card. You get one redeal, but the top card must be played before the next card can be turned. (Note that Tarbart allows a full, unrestricted redeal. See Blind Hookey.)

Early descriptions are sometimes open to interpretation. They often deal the face-up card below the 3 face-down cards without overlapping; 10 piles beneath 10 piles. The word "vacancy" is used when the face-up card (below) is removed, and again when the face-down cards (above) are removed, which can lead to possible confusion.

Miss Whitmore Jones states: "When you open up a sealed packet [the 3 face-down cards] by making a vacancy beneath it, turn the top card, and lay it in this space. As soon as the whole of a sealed packet is got rid of in this manner any exposed card may be placed in the vacancy".

Some intepretations allow you to fill a "vacancy" when a face-up card is removed, without turning up a face-down card, making this a variation of Blind Patience. Basil Dalton, George F. Hervey, and Peter Arnold each have their own interpretation of the rules, and they all turn over 3 cards in the restricted redeal rather than just 1.

Rules source: Games of Patience - 2nd Series, Miss Whitmore Jones ~ Games of Patience, Tarbart ~ Solitaire and Patience, George Hapgood

Emperor+ solitaire
This is one of 6 layouts for Emperor+ in Solitaire Forever II.

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