Lucas solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Lower 48 | Lucky Thirteen >>
Goal: All 8 aces are set out. Build them up to king in the same suit.
Build the 13 piles of the layout 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.
Turn over one card at a time from the deck, playing the top card to other piles when you can.
Variation of: Forty Thieves
Difference: The aces are set out right away. The layout has 13 piles of 3 cards each rather than 10 piles of 4.
Professor Hoffman pretty much has a translation of the French description by Comtesse de Blanccoeur with the addition of a redeal; likely a misunderstanding.
David Parlett includes the redeal, and adds the ability to move a sequence of cards. This is perhaps a misunderstanding as well, since the first two descriptions have an awkward way of stating that a sequence of cards can be transfered to an ace pile.
The first three sources cited here don't even mention empty spaces. The rules came to adapt those of Forty Thieves.
Another game named Waning Moon matches the description of Lucas used here, except that the aces are not dealt. The cards are laid out in an arc, with the aces along an inner arc. The cards make their way to the inner arc like a waning moon.
Rules source: Le Livre Illustre des Patiences, Comtesse de Blanccoeur ~ The Illustrated Book of Patience Games, Professor Hoffman ~ 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. ~ 150 Solitaire Games, Douglas Brown ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett ~ World's Best Card Games for One, Sheila Anne Barry
This is one of 6 layouts for Lucas in Solitaire Forever II.
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