La Belle Lucie Instructions
Version 2.0.0 (Dec 03 2002) Copyright © 2001-2002 Andrew Pipkin
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La Belle Lucie is a deceptively complex game with simple rules which
requires considerable forethought and fortunate reshuffling to win. One
"cheat" (also called a merci) is allowed per game.
There are two areas of the screen:
- Building Stacks
There are eighteen building stacks are arranged in two rows. The first
seventeen stacks intially contain three cards and the last stack starts with
one card. The building stacks accept cards in descending rank with the same
suit. Once a card has been moved between building stacks, it can be moved
only to its suit stack. Since a card cannot be moved multiple times between
building stacks, care should be taken to ensure that the cards below the top
of a building stack are not needed immediately because they will become
inaccessible after a card has been moved on top of it. The buried cards
cannot be reached until the cards above have been moved to their suit stack.
Empty stacks do not accept any cards unless the option in the dialog box
has been set allowing kings to be moved to empty spaces.
- Suit Stacks
The four suit stacks occupy the left column of the screen and accept cards
in ascending rank of the same suit. While moving cards between building
stacks requires much consideration, a card can be moved to its suit stack
without any forethought. Since a card can be moved to its suit stack only if
all cards which can be placed on it are already in their suit stack, no
moves will be precluded by removing a card from the building stacks. The
movement of cards to the suit stacks will be done automatically unless the
game settings are changed.
To move a card between stacks, simply click on the source stack, highlighting
it, and then click on the destination stack.
When no more moves are possible in the building stacks, clicking the redeal
button will take all cards currently in the building stacks and reshuffle
them. The shuffled cards will then be redistributed into stacks of three
cards with any remaining cards going into the final stack. Two reshuffles
are normally allowed, but this can be changed using the options dialog box.
The number of remaining reshuffles is indicated in the row containing the
A normally invalid move (called a merci) is allowed after the final redeal.
After the last reshuffle, a card from below the top of a stack can be drawn
out a building stack and placed on any other stack (including its original
stack). A card from below the top of a stack can also be moved to a suit
stack if the suit stack accepts it. When a merci is possible, the area which
normally indicates the deal number will indicate the number of remaining
mercis. The number of mercis can be set to more than one with the options
dialog box. No mercis are allowed if the number of redeals is set to
After starting a game or reshuffling, there are three types of stacks upon
which cards can be moved without blocking any additional cards:
- Stacks containing only one card.
- Stacks with a king on top (if moving kings to empty spaces is not
- Stacks whose top cards are ordered after shuffling due to luck
After all possible cards have been placed on cards falling into the above
three categories, subsequent moves will result in blocking more cards.
Try to build the longest possible sequences as this will result in the
smallest number of stacks being blocked. It might be necessary to build
a sequence shorter than possible if the stack it is build on contains
cards which will be needed soon.
Once it has been determined that the cards which the suit stacks will
currently accept are blocked, click redeal (or begin a new game) because
any following moves are pointless.
Click on the button labeled options to bring up a dialog box with the
- Number of Redeals
- This option determines the number of in-game reshuffles which are
- Number of Mercis
- This option controls how many normally invalid moves can be made during
after the final reshuffle.
- Allow moving kings to empty spaces
- If this checkbox is set, kings can be moved to empty spaces
Click here for information about common options
- Version 2.0.0 (2002/12/03)
- Variable card sizes, backgrounds
and card backs added.
- Version 1.01 (2001/07/20)
- Allowed merci any time during
final deal and made option for number of mercis
- Version 1.0 (2001/06/23)
- First public release