Alternations Solitaire - play for free

Alternations is like some bizarre combination of Klondike and FreeCell. In alternation, half the cards on the table are face-up and the other half are face-down, in of all things, an alternating pattern.

To play by hand, you'll need two decks of cards (minus the Jokers). Shuffle the cards completely, then begin to assemble the columns. First, deal 7 cards across face-up. Next, deal 7 cards across face-down. You'll repeat this alternating pattern 5 more times. At the end, you'll have a total of 7 columns and 7 rows. For your rows, your very first and very last rows will both be face-up. Clear enough space on your table for 8 foundation piles and you'll be ready to start.

And of course, if you're playing for free here on the alternations site, all of this is magically taken care of for you so that you can jump right into a new game.

Now that everything's set up, you get to choose your rules; rules that can make this one easy solitaire game or a nightmarish combination of skill and chance. If you're playing online, you'll be able to change the rules under the "prefs" menu and then the "rule prefs" submenu.

Alternations Solitaire Rules

Your objective is to build your foundation piles by suit, in ascending order (meaning starting with an Ace and finishing with a King). As mentioned previously, given that you're playing with 2 complete card decks, you'll have a total of 8 foundations to build.

Traditional rules for the Alternations game are as follows:

To make things friendlier, you have some flexibility here with the rules:

On the flipside, if you want to make things super tough, change the tableau rules so that you can only build down by suit (as opposed to the default of alternating color).

Whatever rules you decide to play with, we hope you enjoy your game!

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