– 4 Foundations – build up from Ace to King in suit.
– 8 Tableau Stacks of 6 cards each – build down regardless of suit.
Cards in the Tableau can be moved to a Foundation or onto another Tableau stack. You can only move 1 card at a time; however, ordered piles can move so long as there are enough empty stacks available to hold each card. The Tableau builds down without regard to suit, so any 4 can go onto a 5. An emptied stack can be filled with any card.
Move all cards to the Foundations to win.
Tips & Strategies:
Create and keep as many empty Tableau piles as possible, as soon as possible. Any card can be played onto an empty Tableau pile, so you can use these for temporarily storing cards. If a temporary storage is not needed, place a King or the highest ranking card possible in this empty Tableau pile. Do not let one foundation exceed another by too much, for this will make maneuvering cards more difficult.
How the game got it’s name:
The word “beleaguer” means to surround with troops or to besiege. The castle is the Foundations in the middle. The Tableau represents the “troops”, i.e., the castle is being beleaguered by the Tableau piles.
* Besieged Castle
* Day of Maneuvers
* Laying Siege
* Sham Battle