Veterans of War is a simple two player card game involving both luck and strategy. All you need is a regular deck of cards to play the game, which takes about 15-30 minutes.
The object of the game is to remove 13 cards from your deck before your opponent. Cards removed from the deck become veterans of war.
1. Divide the deck up into two halves: red cards (diamonds and hearts) and black cards (spades and clubs). Each player chooses one half of the deck.
2. Each card is ranked by its number or letter. Aces are higher than kings, king are higher than queens, and so on and so forth.
3. At first, gameplay proceeds as in the well-known card game War. Both players sides shuffle their deck, and then each flip their top card over. The highest card wins and is set aside in the victor’s pile. The lower card is considered captured and removed from play. In ties, both cards are removed from the board. This process continues until both players go through their hands.
4. Players then sort through their victor’s piles, set the order of their cards, and then repeat the process outlined in step 3. Play proceeds until one (or both) players have all their cards captured or killed.
5. If one player has a victor’s pile at the end of the process outlined in steps 3 and 4, the cards in the victor’s pile become veterans of war. They are considered “retired” from service, and cannot be used for the remainder of the game.
6. Play continues as in steps 3, 4, and 5, with the exception that veterans do not “fight.”
7. Cards must “fight” in one battle to be considered veterans.
8. Gameplay is over when one player attains 13 veterans of war.
Aces and twos can never be veterans of war. Use them strategically in later rounds.
If you find yourself with a larger victor’s pile than your opponent, keep your lower-ranked cards in the back, where they will not run the risk of dying. Having low-ranked veterans is a major advantage.