Almost everyone has played the card game War, yet few people know its origins. Everyone has played this game that seems to never end in which the deck is divided into two parts and each player gets half. The players then flip over cards and the one with the higher card is the winner and captures the other player’s card. In case of a tie, the players fight a War. To fight a War, the players must deal out three cards and flip the next. Whoever has a higher value in their face-up card gets to grab all ten cards on the table.
The Rules of War
Legend has it that the game was invented by King Arthur. King Arthur would often get tired of jousting. According to legend, he and Lancelot were together when Arthur’s wife Guinevere suggested that they play cards. Arthur wanted a game that was both simple to understand, and would have a military theme so his knights would enjoy it. It was actually his friend Merlin who came up with the game.
War Spreads Around the World
The game of War spread around the world and within no time at all, people in Africa, China, South America, and the New World were playing War.