Separate the twelve face cards (zombies). Shuffle the rest of the
deck, and deal nine cards (the cabin) face up in a 3 by 3 grid.
Shuffle the face cards, and deal one each face down on the twelve
spaces vertically or horizontally adjacent to the cabin’s outside
The game is played over a series of turns. Each turn, you must
perform each the following three actions in order:
- Reveal a zombie if able
- Draw a card and play on a valid pile
- Kill a zombie adjacent to the card you played, if able
Reveal a Zombie
If any zombies are still face down, choose and reveal one of them by
turning the card face up. As there are twelve zombies, this only
happens during the first twelve turns.
Play a card
Draw the top card of the deck, and play it face up into one of the
central nine piles. The pile(s) you may play on depend on the color
and value of that pile’s top card. You may play your card either on:
Another way to think about the placement rules, in solitaire terms,
is that you build up with alternating colors, while you build down
with a single color.
- A card of equal value,
- A card of the same color and greater value, or
- A card of an opposite color and less value.
Aces have value 1. Jokers may be played on any card, and have any
card played on it. Cards you play on a pile become the new top card
of that pile.
Kill a Zombie
After placing your card, you may then kill a single face up zombie
adjacent to the pile you just played on, if your attack is strong
enough. (The four corners of the 9x9 grid have two adjacent
zombies each, the edges have one, and the center has none). The
strength of your attack isn't based on the card you played, but
rather its support cards: the two other cabin cards on the same
line as the card you just played and the zombie you’re attacking.
For an attack to kill a zombie, the sum of these two support cards
must be at least 10. In addition,
When used as an attack support card, Jokers have value zero but
count as all suits. A Joker must be paired with a 10 to kill.
The game becomes a puzzle of sequencing attacks and setting up
cards for future attacks. You can't attack or kill facedown zombies,
so the order you choose to reveal them is also part of your strategy.
If you can’t kill any zombie with the card you played, nothing
happens; proceed to the next turn.
- To kill a king, both support cards must match the king’s suit.
- To kill a queen, both support cards must match the queen’s color.
- There are no suit restrictions to kill jacks.
If you have to draw a card but the deck is empty, or if you are
unable to play a card, you lose. If you manage to kill all twelve
zombies, you win the game. Your score is the number of cards left
in the deck.
For a harder game, reduce the number of Jokers to 1 (my preferred
way to play), then to zero.
Reddit user efofecks designed ten modern solo games which can all be
played with just a standard card deck and
them with the community in the attached PDF.
This page implements one of these games, Dead Center.