Elemental: How to play (Page Four)

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Using the spares

We wouldn't get very far just by eliminating cards. For example, after just a couple of moves in our example game, the tableau looks like this:

As you can see, there are no blocks here that let us eliminate cards. This is where those four left-over cards called spares come in handy.

You can place a spare on any pile. The only restriction is that this is a manipulation, so the rule that you can't perform more than three manipulations in a row applies.

To do this while playing online, select the spare you wish to use and the pile you wish to place it on, and select "Place spare on tableau" from the menu of available moves. For example: (move #3 in the example game)

Here is the result of that move. See how the diamond is now on top of the pile we selected.


Making new spares

It would still be remarkable to win with just the four spares you get at the start. Fortunately, spares are a renewable resource.

Earlier we saw that to eliminate cards, you need a BLOCK with a different suit on top of each pile. Similarly, to make a new spare, you need a CROSS with a different suit on each pile.

You cannot have more than four spares at the same time, but if there's a vacancy and you have a cross as described above, then you can take the top card from the pile in the middle of the cross and turn it into a new spare (and if there are enough vacancies, you can take more than one card from the middle of the same cross). Making a new spare is a progressive move, so it gives you back your three manipulations.

To do this while playing online, select the pile in the middle of the cross, and from the menu of moves select "Make new spare from selected pile". For example: (move #4 in the example game)

Here is the result of that move:

Continuing the example, in our next move we eliminate another four cards like this:

And here is the result. Notice that only three cards are face-down, because the fourth one is the card we placed a diamond on top of earlier on this page.

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