Card and Tile Games: Layout Group
In these games there is a layout: an arrangement of cards (or tile) or piles of cards on the table, and rules for adding cards to the layout or moving cards around within it. Generally the aim is to get rid of cards, and if you have no other play you may have to pick up a card from the stock. Previously I called this the "domino group" because many of the games use dominoes, and because one of the best known card games of this group (Fan Tan) is sometimes known as Card Dominoes. It is now called the layout group to avoid confusion between games of this group (which may or may not use dominoes) and games played with dominoes (which may or may not belong to the layout group). There is now a separate page about games played with dominoes, and a collection of pages by Joe Celko about games with Western Dominoes and Chinese Dominoes.
Layout games played with dominoes
In layout games played with dominoes, usually it is necessary for one end of the played domino to match a free end of a domino on the layout.
- The Draw Game
- The Block Game
- Five up, or Muggins
- Fives and Threes
- Flower and Scorpion
- Chicken Foot
- Caribbean Dominoes
Layout games played with cards
- Parliament / Sevens / Fan Tan / Card Dominoes in which the layout consists of the four suits built in sequence from the 7's in the centre to the ace and king at the extremes. A version of this also occurs as an option in some compendium games such as Lórum and Barbu.
- Table Tob Cribbage is rather different type of game in that you can always play, and you score according to the combinations on the layout.
- Kings in the Corners has some characteristics of a competitive patience game.
Patience or solitaire games for one player, in which cards are added to or manipulated within a layout, can also be considered as belonging to this group.
There are also many competitive patience games, which have similar layouts but with two or more players competing.