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Kings in the Corner

A multi-player solitare style card game

Kings in the Corner is a multi-player solitare style card game using one deck of traditional playing cards with between two and four players participating.

Each player is dealt seven cards from the top of the deck. A game play "board" is then set up on the playing surface. Four cards are laid down, face up, in a plus pattern, with the remainder of the deck face down in the middle. In this fashion there should be a card north, south, east and west of the deck with empty spaces in the "corners".

The player who takes the first turn is determined by each player drawing a random card from the deck; the player with the highest draw takes the first turn.

Each turn begins by the player drawing a card from the top of the deck. Players then attempt to discard from their hand by playing their cards in descending numerical order AND in alternating colors (suits are irrelevant) using the cards on the "board" as a starting point. For instance, if there is a four of clubs sitting on the playing board, a player can take a three of diamonds or hearts from their hand and discard it onto that four (and so forth for as many cards from their hand as continue in this pattern.) Players can continue playing as many cards from their hand as are eligble for play in this fashion.

If at any time a player has a King in their hand they should (during their turn) place it in one of the empty corners (thus the origin of the game's name.) These corner stacks now become active in game play and cards can be played on them during turns in the same fashion as the normal game board.

The "twist" in the game comes when a space in any one of the four main game play slots becomes vacant. This happens when the highest card in the chain of cards in any slot is applicable to be played on top of the lowest card on any other slot on the board. For instance, if the cards on the northern slot are "five of diamonds, four of clubs, three of hearts" and the cards on the southern slot are "two of clubs, ace of hearts" then a player may move the cards from the Southern slot on top of those on the northern. Now there is a "vacancy" in the southern slot on the board.

If a player accomplishes such a move during their turn, they now have the priveledge of additionally being able to play cards from their hand in ASCENDING order (in alternating colors) underneath the highest card in any stack on the board. For instance, if the western stack has "eight of clubs, seven of hearts, six of clubs" a player may now take a nine of hearts or diamonds from their hand and play it UNDER the eight of clubs (and so forth...) This method of play may ONLY be executed when a vacancy is in existance and ONLY during the turn for which the vacancy exists. The player ends this turn by filling in the vacancy with any card or combination of cards (in correct order) from their hand.

The first player to play all of his or her cards onto the board is the winner.

Source: Wikipedia

Flags: Very Short (0-60 mins), With a Friend, With a Group, Children, Teens, Adults, Seniors, Indoors, Outdoors, At Home, Morning, Day, Night, Sunny, Snowy, Rainy
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