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Five-Up Solitaire

A simple solitaire game for one player, played with a Double-Six domino set and a score sheet. It is pretty much played in the same way as standard multiplayer Five-Up dominoes but in the solitaire version you play against the "deck". The deck is a separate score you keep as an imaginary opponent. In this game, all doubles are played as spinners.

Play:

The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then the player draws five tiles that form his hand.  The remaining tiles are used as the boneyard and are drawn upon by the player during the course of play.

The player then plays a tile to start the layout and then as many tiles as he can onto the open ends of the domino layout with same-number adjacent to same-number (doubles placed horizontally onto ends, allowing play to branch four ways, and known as a spinner).  Should the player be unable to play a domino from his hand onto the layout, he must continue drawing tiles from the boneyard until he is able to play one or the boneyard is exhausted.

The player score points every time they play a tile onto the layout and the pips on the open ends total a multiple of 5 (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, etc.).  The player scores 1 point every time he plays a tile for each multiple of five open on the layout. Unlike in the related game of Fives, there may be many open ends of the layout which makes working out multiples of five more complicated. Although doubles are played as spinners, the player must play onto the horizontal side of a spinner first and then the vertical ends of a spinner are not counted towards the multiples of five total until a tile has been played onto it. So doubles count as the pip total on both ends of the tile until another tile has been played on its horizontal side.

Every time the player overdraws a tile, he records a score of 3 points for the deck. If the player reaches a total score of 61 or over before the deck's score, the game is won. If the game ends blocked, then the deck scores the pip total left on the remaining tiles in the player's hand.

At the start of each game, the player should give the deck's score 5 points if he's a beginner and 10 points if he is more experienced to offset the scores he makes during play.

 

 

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