Demons and Thieves

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2 Decks.  Easy (96%).  Mostly Skill.



To move all the cards to the foundations.



8 foundation piles (across top) - build up in suit from the rank of first card dealt to the first pile, wrapping from King to Ace as necessary, until each pile contains 13 cards.


9 tableau piles (below foundations) - build first 4 (left of line) down by alternate color.  Build remaining 5 (right of line) down in suit, wrapping from Ace to King if necessary in both cases.  Move groups of cards if they form a legal descending sequence for that pile.  Spaces can be filled by any card or legal group of cards.  At the start of the game 1 card is dealt each to the left 4 piles, and 8 cards are dealt to each of the remaining 5 piles.


stock (top left, face down) - turn over 1 card at a time to the waste by clicking.  Two redeals.


waste (next to stock) - top card is available for play on the foundations or tableau.


reserve (below stock, next to tableau) - top card is available for play on the foundations or tableau.  At the start of the game 13 cards are dealt here.






The tableau piles are divided into two parts: the Left tableau and the Right tableau, divided by a line.  The 4 Left tableau piles are built down by alternate color.  The 5 Right tableau piles are built down in suit.  Groups of cards may be moved from one tableau pile to another, if they form a legal descending sequence in their current pile.  For example, a sequence down by alternate color may be moved from the Left tableau to the Right, since that is the legal sequence for the Left tableau.  However, a sequence down by alternate color cannot be moved from the Right tableau to the Left, since that sequence is not legal on the Right.  These kinds of groups transfers are called "shifts".  Shifts of groups down by alternate color are allowed from Left to Right, while shifts of down in suit cards are allowed from Right to Left.  Once an shift has been made, the cards in the groups cannot again be moved as a group, since they will no longer be a legal group for their side of the tableau.




The secret to success is strategic shifting between the the left tableau and the right tableau.



Demons and Thieves is a complicated cross between Canfield and Forty Thieves.  It's name derives from Canfield's common name "Demon" and the "Thieves" in Forty Thieves.  The Reserve pile and the Left Tableau resemble Canfield, while the Foundations and Right Tableau resemble Forty Thieves.


Demons and Thieves was invented by Thomas Warfield. Demonthief is the same as Demons and Thieves except there are no redeals.


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