How to Play Minus War

Everyone likes to play the card game War, but it can go on forever. Here's how to play a shorter game of War!

Steps

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    Deal out all the cards to the two players. Make sure no one looks at their cards!
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    Each player flips over the top card on their pile.
    • Suits are unimportant here.
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    The one with the higher card gets to put that card back in their hand.
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    The lower card goes on the "trash heap" or discard pile. This card will never go back into play.
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    Flip over a card. Both players will flip over a card to see which one is higher, or if there will be a 'war'.
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    When both cards are the same value, there is a war. Each player puts two cards face-down and a third card face-up. The player with the higher face-up card takes all their cards back into their hand. The lower faceup card, and all cards played by that player in the war, go on the trash heap. It is okay to look at the face-down cards that go on the trash heap in this way. If the faceup cards are the same value after a war, there is another war.
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    When one player runs out of cards, their opponent is the winner.
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    If a player has less than four cards and the cards turned up are of the same value, their opponent automatically wins.

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Categories: Card Games | Games of Chance