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Can’t find an opponent for Valley of the Kings or its sequels? Don’t fret. You can still play by yourself. Below are two Valley of the Kings solitaire games. These two games will sharpen your skills when playing against others.

For both games the following additional rules apply:

  • You may examine the boneyard whenever you wish.
  • You may examine your discard pile whenever you wish.
  • You may not execute an action that refers to another player.
  • Duplicate set cards in your tomb count against you.

Starter Solitaire

These rules work for all three versions of Valley of the Kings, (original, Afterlife, and Last Rites). To win you must get a perfect score, that is, you must entomb 10 starter cards, all uniques, and one copy of each color-set card. This scores 164 points for the original game or Afterlife, and 198 points for Last Rites.

Master Solitaire

This game is the same as Starter Solitaire, except that you no longer get one free entombment per turn. You must therefore use card actions to populate your tomb.

Card Clarifications for Afterlife

The solitaire rules state that you may not execute an action that refers to another player.  The following are clarifications for certain cards that refer to other players.

  • The action of Dagger is allowed.
  • The action of Offering Chapel is allowed.
  • The action of Linen Bandages is forbidden.

Card Clarifications for Last Rites

The solitaire rules state that you may not execute an action that refers to another player.  The following are clarifications for certain cards that refer to other players.

  • The action of Brick Mason is allowed.
  • The action of Priest of Anubis is allowed.
  • The action of Priestess of Sekhmet is allowed.
  • The action of Draughtsman is forbidden.
  • The action of Leather Worker is forbidden.
  • The Action of Priest of Osiris is forbidden.

Valley of the Kings and its sequels – Solo Player Variant

by Arne Kjell Vikhagen (tilde72 on Board Game Geek) edited by Tom Cleaver

This solo variant uses a dummy player deck with cards that have special actions connected to them. It simulates the behavior of a real opponent, making it difficult to predict what will happen.

The game is played with the same rules and scoring as any other game with human players. The dummy player takes turns and the pyramid behaves exactly the same way as usual.

The dummy player does not have a hand – all cards that are taken by the dummy player are immediately entombed and count towards the dummy’s score. The cards in the dummy player’s tomb are open information and should be well organized.

Setup of the Dummy Player Deck

Shuffle the thirty starter cards that are not used by the player: twelve Shabtis, nine Urns, six Boxes of Food, and three Offering Tables. If you are playing with the Last Rites expansion, use twelve Menials, nine Embalmers, 8 Kites, and 4 Medjays. These cards will form the dummy player deck.

The Dummy Player’s Turn

Draw a card from the dummy player deck. Instead of doing the action listed on the card, play out the action that corresponds to the card drawn according to the following list:

Shabti (or Menial)
Entomb the cheapest card of the same color as the lower right card in the pyramid.

Urn (or Embalmer)
Entomb the cheapest card of the same color as the lower left card in the pyramid.

Box of Food (or Kite)
Entomb the most expensive card of the same color as the card nearest the top of the pyramid.

Offering Table (or Medjay)
Entomb the most expensive card in the pyramid of the set that matches the most developed set in the dummy player’s tomb. If this card is already in the dummy player’s tomb, entomb the most expensive card that matches the most developed set in your tomb. If that card is in your tomb already, entomb the most expensive card in the pyramid.

In case of a tie in any of the above, choose the card that benefits the dummy the most.

Near the end of the game, the Shabti (or Menial) and Urn (or Embalmer) actions may refer to positions where there are no cards. In such cases, use the card that is closest to that position.

Refill the pyramid as usual at the end of the turn. Reshuffle the dummy deck if necessary.

Setting a Difficulty Level

Before you start playing, select a difficulty level from 0 to 10. Draw a number of cards from the stock equal to the difficulty level, and put them in the dummy’s tomb.

For an even harder challenge, you may do the following: Once the first Level III card is drawn from the stock, the Shabti (or Menial) and The Urn (or Embalmer) card actions change; they entomb the most expensive card instead of the cheapest.

Winning the Game

You win the game if you get more points than the dummy player.

Special Card Actions for Valley of the Kings

Below is a list of cards which in some way address the opponent, and how their actions should be treated.

Boat
When an opponent buys a card, you may immediately discard Boat and take a card from the base of the pyramid.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Censer
Take the top card of an opponent’s discard pile. Put Censer on top of that opponent’s discard pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Inner Sarcophagus
Each opponent discards down to 3 cards.

Effect on Dummy Player: No effect.

Mummified Cat
When an opponent sacrifices a card, you may immediately discard Mummified Cat and take the discarded card.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Outer Sarcophagus
Put a card on top of an opponent’s discard pile. Draw a card.

Effect on Dummy Player: Put a card into the dummy’s tomb. Draw a card.

Linen Bandages
Entomb a card. Each opponent with at least one card in their draw deck may draw a card.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action has no effect on the dummy player. You get to entomb a card.

Offering Table
When an opponent’s action would cause you to discard or sacrifice, reveal Offering Table to prevent the action from affecting you.

Effect on Dummy Player: The dummy player will never cause you to discard or sacrifice, so the action cannot be used.

Qebehsenuef Canopic Jar
Each opponent sacrifices a card. Exception: Players with 5 or fewer total cards do not sacrifice.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Statue of Bastet
Each opponent puts a card on top of your discard pile. Exception: Players with 5 or fewer total cards do not put cards on top of your discard pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Statue of Sobek
Reveal the top 3 cards of your deck. Discard one. Entomb one. Put one on top of an opponent’s discard pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: Put the opponent’s card into the dummy’s tomb.

Weres Amulet
Put a card from your hand into an opponent’s tomb. Draw 3 cards.

Effect on Dummy Player: This works exactly as stated.

Special Card Actions for Valley of the Kings: Afterlife

Below is a list of cards which in some way address the opponent, and how their actions should be treated.

Axe
If you discard Axe as the result of an action, each opponent discards the highest cost card in their hand.

Effect on Dummy Player: No effect.

Burial Chamber
Put a card from your hand into an opponent’s tomb. Entomb a card from your hand or discar pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: This works exactly as stated.

Dagger
If there are at least as many cards in the boneyard as there are players, each player, starting with you, takes the top card of the boneyard.

Effect on Dummy Player: The card that the dummy player takes gets entombed immediately.

Goddess Nut
Select an opponent, That opponent may take the card with the lowest cost. You take the card with the highest cost.

Effect on Dummy Player: Solve ties the same way as described above. The card that the dummy takes gets entombed immediately.

Harvest
Each opponent with an empty discard pile sacrifices a card or discards 2 cards.

Effect on Dummy Player: No effect.

Linen Bandages
Entomb a card. Each opponent with at least one card in their draw deck may draw a card.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action has no effect on the dummy player. You get to entomb a card.

Offering Chapel
Each player may entomb the top card of their discard pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action has no effect on the dummy player. You get to entomb a card from your discard pile.

Offering Table
When an opponent’s action would cause you to discard or sacrifice, reveal Offering Table to prevent the action from affecting you.

Effect on Dummy Player: The dummy player will never cause you to discard or sacrifice, so the action cannot be used.

Pesesh-kef
Take a card selected by the player to your left.

Effect on Dummy Player: Take the cheapest card in the pyramid. If there is a tie, you get to choose.

Senet Game
Draw a card. Put Senet Game on top of an opponent’s discard pile. That opponent puts a set card on top of your discard pile, or reveals a hand with no set cards.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Sling
When an opponent entombs a card, discard Sling and entomb a card costing 3 or less.

Effect on Dummy Player: This works exactly as stated.

Special Card Actions for Valley of the Kings: Last Rites

Below is a list of cards which in some way address the opponent, and how their actions should be treated.

Astrolger
Put Astrologer on top of an opponent’s discard pile. Draw up to 3 cards.

Effect on Dummy Player: Put the card the dummy gets into the dummy’s tomb.

Brick Mason
Each player, starting with you, may entomb the top card of the boneyard or the top card of the stock.

Effect on Dummy Player: After you have taken your card, put the top card of the boneyard into the dummy’s tomb if it is a set card that is not a duplicate of one in the dummy’s tomb. Otherwise put the top card of the stock into the dummy’s tomb.

Draughtsman
Swap a set card in your hand with a card in the pyramid. Each opponent may put the top card of their discard pile into their hand.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action has no effect on the dummy player. You get to do the swap.

High Priestess of Bastet
Search the boneyard. Entomb the highest cost card. Put the lowest cost card on top of an opponent’s discard pile. Return the rest of the cards, if any, to the boneyard in any order.

Effect on Dummy Player: The lowest cost card.

Leather Worker
Reveal a card from your hand. Each opponent must discard a card with an equal or higher cost, or reveal a hand containing only lower cost cards.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Plasterer
Select an opponent. That opponent selects a number of cards from the pyramid equal to the number of players. Put one of these cards on top of each player’s discard pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: Take the two lowest cost cards. Put one on top of your discard pile and the other into the dummy’s tomb.

Priest of Anubis
Each player, including you, with an empty discard pile puts a card from their tomb on top of their discard pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: This action cannot be used.

Priest of Osiris
If an opponent has more cards entombed than you do, entomb a card from your hand or discard pile.

Effect on Dummy Player: This works exactly as stated.

Priest of Thoth
Put the top card of your deck on top of an opponent’s discard pile. Take a card from the middle row of the pyramid.

Effect on Dummy Player: Put the card the dummy gets into the dummy’s tomb.

Priestess of Sekhmet
Each player may draw up to 3 cards, without shuffling their discard pile to create a new deck.

Effect on Dummy Player: This has no effect on the dummy. You may draw up to 3 cards.

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