Reinforcements solitaire rules (2 decks of cards)<< Red and Black (Cadogan) | Rouge et Noir >>
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.
A layout of 4 piles is dealt, 12 cards to each pile. There is no building on these piles. The top card of each pile is available to play to the foundations (aces and kings), or the waste pile. Empty piles are dealt a new card from the deck.
Turn over one card at a time from the deck, and build onto the top card up or down in the same suit from the 8 piles of the layout. Rank order wraps, so kings and aces can play onto each other. The top card is available to play to the foundations.
2 redeals are allowed, returning the waste pile back to the deck.
Also known as: Grant's Reinforcement, The Reserves
Variation of: Alhambra
Difference: The layout has 4 piles of 12 cards each rather than 8 piles of 4. Empty piles in the layout are dealt a new card from the deck.
Filling empty piles means that there will always be 4 cards available that don't need to wait to come up again during a redeal. Note that Professor Hoffman and David Parlett do not deal a new card to empty piles in their descriptions.
Rules source: Dick's Games of Patience, Dick and Fitzgerald ~ 100 Games of Solitaire, Helen L. Coops ~ The Illustrated Book of Patience Games, Professor Hoffman (The Reserves) ~ The Penguin Book of Patience, David Parlett (The Reserves)
This is one of 6 layouts for Reinforcements in Solitaire Forever II.
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