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War is a classic game where players draw cards from their decks and see who has the highest card. Traditionally, War is played with 2 players and, due to its simplicity, is usually a game parents and grandparents play with kids to introduce them to card games. At CardzMania, we have used that teaching angle and taken it one step further by adding more features to the traditional game so you can introduce kids to trick playing, team games and other card game basics. You can play War with 2 to 12 players.
Ranking of Cards
Aces are high and 2s are low.
War is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. The dealer begins by passing out all 52 cards, one by one, face down, to each player. In the case of 2 players, 26 cards are dealt face down to each person. If more than 2 people are playing, all cards are distributed equally to all players and any left over cards form an out-of-play facedown stock.
Players simultaneously draw the top card of their decks and flip it over to the middle of the gameplay area without looking at it. The player with the highest card wins a point. At CardzMania, this happens turn by turn and the winner of the previous pile leads the first card on the next pile.
If the same valued card is drawn, the player who drew the first card wins. Traditionally, this is handled differently when a “War” happens and the same valued cards are left on the table while players draw another set of cards to determine who wins the entire pile. This continues to happen until a winner is declared. In some variations, players draw additional one, two, three or four cards and put them face down on the pile before putting a face up card for the next turn. Those additionally drawn cards are also won as part of the war and provide that extra importance to winning the war.
Traditionally, the game continues with the accumulated cards by each player until one player runs out of cards; at CardzMania, we don’t reuse or reshuffle the existing cards, nor do we distribute the deck for the next round of play.
Whenever a player wins a draw, they receive a point. For teams, the score is accumulated across all players of the team.
The game ends when a player reaches a predetermined amount of points. The player with the highest points wins the game.
We support several customizable rules and options so you can play War exactly how you like or how you grew up playing with your friends and family. In addition to the classic way of playing, we often have new creative options for you to try to spice up the game if you are interested in trying different spins for fun.
Players determine a set amount of points when the game ends.
Players determine a set amount of rounds (also known as hands or deals) that the game will go to (instead of the points selection above).
Players only have a set amount of time to make their turn after which a turn is automatically played for them and the game proceeds: Fast is 7 seconds, Standard is 15 seconds, Slow is 30 seconds, and Very Slow is 60 seconds. Players can also choose to disable the timer, but that is only for private tables.
Players play without looking at their cards. This is how the game is played traditionally. At CardzMania, we allow you to disable this setting, allowing players to look at their cards and choose what they want to play on their turn. This way, players can make an educated decision to best utilize their hand and play with some strategy.
First Card Wins
If players draw the same valued card, the card that was played first wins the cards. When disabled, the card that was played second wins the cards.
Players can determine how tricks are won. Traditionally, the highest card drawn wins the trick. At CardzMania, we also allow you to use suit ranking as the criteria for selecting a winner. You can use this feature to introduce basic trick play to newer card players.
Players can determine whether they would like to play with a trump suit (only applicable with suits play). When enabled, a trump suit will be determined automatically for each round. Players can decide to cycle through the following suit order: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts and Spades. Players can also choose to add a No Trumps option to the cycle; If selected, the order would be: Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades and No Trumps. Like the Blind variation, this feature also adds some strategy to the game.
If you have less than 7 players, then you can choose to play with two decks, or 104 cards. If you have more than 6 players, you will automatically play with two decks.
In a trick, each player plays a single card. One player is selected to start, then play proceeds clockwise around the table. If possible, players must play a card which is the same suit as the first card played - this is called ‘following suit’. If a player cannot follow suit, then they may play any card in their hand.
Based on the cards played, one player is declared the winner of the trick, usually for playing the highest value card of the trump suit, or of the suit of the card which started the trick.
A deck of cards consists of 52 cards, with 4 distinctive subgroups. Each of these subgroups is recognised by a symbol and are referred to as suits. They consist of Clubs, Spades, Hearts and Diamonds. Each suit contains 13 cards which, generally, are considered in this order, Ace (A), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jacks (J), Queen (Q) and King (K).
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