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Forty Thieves Type Solitaire Games

A Complete Guide to the Forty Thieves Type Games in Pretty Good Solitaire


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Forty Thieves

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Forty Thieves is a classic 2 deck solitaire game, sometimes known as Napoleon at St. Helena. Forty Thieves has 10 tableau piles with same suit building and the standard 8 foundations piles that are built up in suit. Forty Thieves is a difficult game to win, so it has a lot of easier variations.

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Forty Thieves Type Games

Each Forty Thieves type game in Pretty Good Solitaire is classified into a subgroup here. Some games may belong to more than one subgroup.





10 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games

These games all have 10 tableau piles, the same number as Forty Thieves itself.



Different Initial Deal or Additional Waste Piles or ReDeals

These games all have 10 tableau piles and the same tableau building rules, but have a different initial layout or additional waste piles or redeal rules.


San Juan Hill

Aces dealt to foundations at start

Famous Fifty

5 cards face up in each tableau pile

Other Games

Five Pirates
5 waste piles

Forty Pirates
3 card deal with 2 redeals

Robie
no cards dealt to the tableau

Rough Rider
1 card dealt face down then 3 face up

Thieves Rush
3 card deal, 2 card deal on first redeal, 1 card deal on last redeal

Three Pirates
3 waste piles


Groups in Suit May be Moved (Josephine Type)

These games all have 10 tableau piles and the same tableau building rules, except that groups of cards in suit may be moved as a unit.


Josephine

Josephine

Allows groups in suit

Forty Bandits

Forty Bandits

full waste pile visible

Ali Baba

1 deck
Aces dealt to foundations at start


Other Games

Big Forty
unlimited redeals

Fifty Bandits
5 cards face up


Building by Alternate Color (Rank and File Type)

These games all have 10 tableau piles but tableau building is down by alternate color instead of suit.


Rank and File

Rank and File

3 cards face down, 1 up

Number Ten

Number Ten

2 cards face down, 2 up

Streets

4 cards face up


Blind Patience

all face down

Mamy Susan

5 card reserve pile

Other Games

Elba
stock deals 1 card to each tableau pile

Emperor
No group moving, 3 cards face down, 1 up


Building by Any Suit but the Same (Indian Type)

These games all have 10 tableau piles but tableau building is down by any suit but the same instead of suit.


Indian

Indian

1 face down, 2 up

Indian Patience

Indian Patience

special rules for spaces

Other Games

Mumbai
3 deck Indian Patience


Building Regardless of Suit

These games all have 10 tableau piles but tableau building is down regardless of suit instead of suit.


Little Forty

groups in suit, 3 redeals

Rectangular

Rectangular

groups in suit, only Kings in spaces


Full Waste Pile Visible (Cadran Style)

These games all have 10 tableau piles with all cards in the waste pile visible.


Cadran

Forty Thieves with waste pile visible

Forty Bandits

Forty Bandits

Josephine with waste pile visible

Other Games

Kettle Hill
San Juan Hill with waste pile visible



11 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games

These games all have 11 tableau piles, one more than Forty Thieves.



Forty Four Thieves

Forty Four Thieves

Forty Thieves with 11 piles



12 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games

These games all have 12 tableau piles, 2 more than Forty Thieves.



Tableau Building Down in Suit, Group Moving Allowed

These games all have 12 tableau piles, tableau building is down in suit, and groups of cards down in suit may be moved as a unit.


Blockade

one card dealt to each tableau pile from stock

Napoleon's Square

Groups in suit may be moved

Other Games

Block
2 cards face up

Stages
1 card dealt at start


Tableau Building Down in Suit, Single Card Moves Only

These games all have 12 tableau piles, tableau building is down in suit, and only one card at a time may be moved.


Carre Napoleon

4 cards face up, Aces dealt to foundations

Corona

3 cards face up, spaces filled automatically

Limited

3 cards face up, any card in space


Quadrangle

3 cards face up, foundation base card dealt

Richard's Patience

Corona with a free cell

Triple Line

3 cards face up, one redeal


Tableau Building Down in Alternate Color

These games all have 12 tableau piles, tableau building is down by alternate color.


Barricade
2 cards face up

13 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games (Lucas Type)

These games all have 13 tableau piles, 3 more than Forty Thieves.



Lucas

Lucas

group moving, 4 cards face up, aces dealt

Patience's Reward

Patience's Reward

one card dealt to each tableau pile from the stock

Waning Moon

no group moving, 4 cards face up

Waxing Moon

group moving, spaces Kings only, 4 cards face up

Other Games

Phantom Blockade
alt color building, one card dealt to each tableau from stock

Thirty Nine Steps
3 cards face up



9 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games (Maria Type)

These games all have 9 tableau piles, one less than Forty Thieves.



Maria

alt color building, 4 cards face up

Midshipman

Midshipman

Any suit but the same building, 2 cards down, 2 up

Other Games

Nine to Five
In suit building, 5 cards face up



8 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games

These games all have 8 tableau piles, 2 less than Forty Thieves.



Tableau Building Down in Suit

These games all have 8 tableau piles and tableau building is down in suit.


Forty and Eight

5 cards face up, one redeal

Wheatsheaf

1 card face up, also build up in suit

Other Games

McClellan
3 cards face down, 1 up

Twin Queens
1 card face up, one redeal


Tableau Building Down by Alternate Color

These games all have 8 tableau piles and tableau building is down by alternate color.


Giant

Move groups in alternate color

Lower 48

Lower 48

5 cards face up, one redeal

Red and Black

foundations built by alternate color


Other Games

Forsythia
one redeal

Normandy
King Only in spaces, similar to Double EastHaven

Rouen
3 cards face up


Tableau Building Regardless of Suit (Congress Type)

These games all have 8 tableau piles and tableau building is regardless of suit (Congress type).


Congress

Congress

no group moving, 1 card face up

Diplomat

no group moving, 4 cards face up

Dieppe

group moving, 3 cards face up


Eight by Eight

Eight by Eight

group moving, 8 cards face up

Lady Palk

group moving, 4 cards face up

Little Napoleon

group moving by suit, 3 cards face down, 1 up


Twister

group moving by alternate color, 7 cards face up, unlimited redeals

Other Games

Parliment
one card face up, spaces filled by waste

Red Hand
King Only in spaces, similar to Double EastHaven

Rouen
group moving by alternate color, 7 cards face up, 2 redeals

7 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games

These games all have 7 tableau piles.



Cassim
Group moving in suit, unlimited redeals



6 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games (Blind Alleys Type)

These games all have 6 tableau piles.



Blind Alleys

Blind Alleys

One redeal

Pas Seul

alt color building, alternate color groups

Lanes

alt color building, no group moving


Q.C.

in suit building, 4 cards face up

Sleepers

regardless of suit building, groups regardless of suit

The Bold

in suit building, no group moving


Thirty-Six

regardless of suit building, groups regardless of suit

Waterloo

regardless of suit building, groups in suit

Little Giant
alternate color building, groups alternate color

Taking Silk
regardless of suit building, groups regardless



5 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games

These games all have 5 tableau piles.



Double Rail

regardless of suit building, groups regardless of suit

Little Thieves
one deck version of Forty Thieves



4 Pile Forty Thieves Type Games

These games all have 4 tableau piles.



Single Rail

regardless of suit building, groups regardless of suit

Light and Shade
alternate color building, groups alternate color

Octagon
In suit building, no group moving



Interchange Type

These games are like Interchange, a difficult 2 deck game. See The Dao of Interchange for tips for winning Interchange.



Interchange

Interchange

Play the hard 2 deck game

Alternations

the original version of Interchange

Breakwater

an easier version of Interchange


Forty-Nine

alternate color building

Quadruple Interchange

4 deck version of Interchange

Single Interchange

1 deck version of Interchange


Triple Interchange

3 deck version of Interchange

Unlimited

Interchange with unlimited redeals (much easier)

Interchange Puzzle
cross between Interchange and Fifteen Puzzle

Give and Take
Interchange with diminishing redeals



Thieves of Egypt Type Games

These games have a pyramid shaped tableau.



Thieves of Egypt

Thieves of Egypt

Play the original Forty Thieves variation

Alexandria

3 deck version

Cleopatra

Upside Down
the Upside Down Pyramid game

King of Egypt
variation of Thieves of Egypt



Busy Aces Type

These games are like Busy Aces.



Busy Aces

Busy Aces

play the simple Forty Thieves variant

Deuces

Deuces

play the Busy Aces variant

Three's Company

Three's Company

Play the Busy Aces variation


Fours Up

Fours Up

Play the original Busy Aces variation

Penta

Penta

Play the original Busy Aces variation

Sixes and Sevens

Sixes and Sevens

Play the simple Busy Aces variation


Cast Out Nines

Single Spark

Single Spark

Play the backwards Busy Aces variation

Square


Fortune's Favor

Fortune's Favor

a very easy game to win



Four Seasons Type Games

These games are like the game Four Seasons.





3 Deck Forty Thieves Type Games

These games are all have 3 decks.



Sixty Thieves

3 deck version of Forty Thieves

Alexandria

3 deck version of Interchange

Triple Interchange

3 deck version of Interchange


Marie Rose
3 deck Josephine

Mumbai
3 deck Indian Patience



4 Deck Forty Thieves Type Games

These games are all have 4 decks.



Eighty Thieves

Eighty Thieves

4 deck version of Forty Thieves

Downing Street

Downing Street

4 deck version of Number Ten

Crossroads


Junction

Malmaison

Malmaison

4 deck version of Josephine

Quadruple Interchange

4 deck version of Interchange















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