Play a Game of War

The object of War is to win all the cards in a standard 52-card deck.

All 52 cards are dealt to each player (if you have two players, each player has a total of 26 cards). You do not look at your cards—you hold them in a stack face-down.

Each player flips the top card in their stack face-up on the table in front of them. The highest card wins the round (suit is ignored).

The person who wins the round takes the cards from the center of the table and places them at the bottom of his or her stack of face-down cards.

If you both play a card of the same rank—for example, an Ace—you have to have a war. You leave the Aces face-up on the table and put two cards on top of your Ace—face-down—and then another card face-up on top of the face-down cards.  Whoever has the highest card wins ALL the cards in the stack.  If the cards are the same rank, repeat the process above.

Continue play like this until one of you has accumulated all the cards.

To make it easier, try playing with ½ a deck of cards, or agree to play for a certain amount of time.  Once that time is up, have each player count their cards.  Whoever has the most, wins.

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