Stepping Stone

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2 Decks.  Very Easy (88%).  Skill/Luck balanced.



To move all the cards to the foundations.



8 foundation piles (top right, starting with Aces) - build up in suit from Ace to King.  Only cards from the Landing may be played to the foundations.


The Landing (10 piles, below foundations) - Reserve cells, limited to one card each.  Cards in the Landing may only be played to the foundations (Stepping up).  Spaces may be filled from the Staircase.  At the start of the game 1 card is dealt face up to each pile, except for the last pile, which begins empty.


The Staircase (9 piles, below the Landing) -  build down by alternate color.  Only one card at a time may be moved.   The top card of each pile is available for play elsewhere in the Staircase or to step up by filling spaces in the Landing.  Spaces may be filled from other Staircase piles or from the waste.  At the start of the game 1 card is dealt face up to each pile.


stock (left of Staircase) - turn over cards 1 at a time to the waste by clicking.  No redeals.


waste (below stock) -  top card is available for play on the Staircase only.






The game is called Stepping Stone because cards move up from the waste, stepping up to the Staircase, then to the Landing, and finally to the foundations.  A card must flow thru each step in order to reach the top.



The original version of Stepping Stone was invented by Mary Whitmore Jones around 1900 under the name "Step Up". David Parlett modified the rules somewhat and changed the name to Staircase in his book "Card Games for One".  In order to make the game more easily playable on computer, Thomas Warfield again modified the rules and changed the name to Stepping Stone.