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Being simplistic in form the game of war is ideal for a novice pertaining to card games and for children. The basic aim of the game is to win all cards in essentially what is due to chance.


Traditionally only two individuals partake in the game of war, but there are variations where three or more play. This version is coined three player war which I will briefly discuss this later in the notes section.


A standard pack of 52 playing cards should be used for this game .The ranking of the cards are A, K, Q, J, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and the suits of the cards are not taken into consideration for the game.

Game play

  1. The cards are shuffled and handed out evenly between the two players; this should result in both players having 26 cards each. Cards are kept face down in front of the players.

  2. At the same time both players should reveal their top card. The player with the highest ranking card returns there card and their challenger’s card to the bottom of their pile.

  3. In the situation of a tie between the two players, a war is declared by the players uttering “one, two, three, and four I declare a war”. Both players place three cards facedown, and one card face up. The person with the highest ranking face up card wins all the cards that were laid out.

  4. This manner of game play continues until one of the players acquires all 52 cards, winning and ending the game.


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