War is one of the oldest and simplest card games to learn. It can be played with two people or more, but is best when played with just two or three people.
To play War, the dealer shuffles the cards and deals the entire deck out to the players. All of the cards are dealt facing down and none of the players are allowed to look at their cards. Cards are piled, face down in front of each person playing. To begin the game, the person to the left of the dealer turns the top card in his pile up. The rest of the players do the same and the person who has the highest card, wins all the rest of the overturned cards.
If playing this game with two people, the person who does not deal the cards goes first. The card game of War is a fast moving game that can be quite fun for the entire family to play. It is an excellent game for children, as it teaches the concept of counting to 10. In War, Aces are generally thought to be the highest card in the deck. Next to the Ace is the King, next to the King is the Queen, next to the Queen is the Jack and next to the Jack is the 10. The rest of the cards follow as they normally would in numerical order.
The game gets to be fun when two or more people turn up the same card, such as two Kings. The players who do this, have to go to “war.” This means that they have to place three cards from the top of their individual decks face down and turn the fourth card up. The person who has the highest card after this round, wins all of the cards in the war, as well as any other players who turned up a card, but did not participate in the “war.” If playing with more than two people, the “war” is only necessary if the two cards that are turned up are higher than any of the other cards in the round. Say, for example, three people are playing and two of them turn up Kings and the other person turns up a 10. The two who turned up the Kings will have a war, the person who turned up the 10 will lose his or her 10 to the person who wins the war.
If three people are playing and two people turn up a 3 and the third person turns up a 10, the person with the 10 wins the other two cards and no war is necessary. Cards won in this card game get turned face down and go to the bottom of the winner’s pile of cards.
In many instances, especially when playing the game with two people, there are double wars. This is when the fourth card turned up by the players during the war also matches. In this case, three more cards are placed down from the top of the deck and yet another fourth card turned up. This can be quite exciting, especially with young players.
The objective of the game is to gain all of the other cards in the game. This can only be done by acquiring the four Aces that are in the deck, and Aces can only be acquired during a war, as they are the high card and nothing beats them. The card game of war is a relatively easy game to play and can entertain two or more people for a couple of hours. It is the perfect “rainy day” game for children.