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This
two player card game is a combination of War and Stratego. The Rules
follow. After you read the rules be sure to read the example.
It will clear up any points of confusion.
Rules
Preparation:
 Take
a deck of 52 cards and divide them into 4 suits.
 Put
all the diamonds in a pile face
down between the two players.
 Player
1: Take the 13 clubs. Hold all the cards in your hand facing
you so that you can see all of them. Do not put them in number
order.
 Player
2: Take the 13 spades. Hold all the cards in your hand facing
you so that you can see all of them. Do not put them in number
order.
 Put
the 13 hearts to the side. They are not used.
Play:
All
that matters are the cards' number "value." A King has
the highest card value and the ace the lowest.
The object of the game is for each player to win as many "diamond
points" as possible. First one of the players flips
over one of the cards from the diamond pile. The card exposed
will be one of the 13 diamonds in the deck. The king of diamonds
is worth 13 points, whereas a 2 of diamonds is worth only 2 points.
The diamond card values are listed below:
King  13 Points
Queen  12 Points
Jack 11 Points
Ten 10 Points
Nine 9 Points
Eight 8 Points
Seven 7 Points
Six 6 Points
Five 5 Points
Four 4 Points
Three  3 Points
Two  2 Points
Ace 1 Points
After
the 1st diamond card is flipped over,
both players take one of the 13 cards in their hands and play
one of their cards by placing it face down on the table. After
each player has put down a card, the cards are flipped over. The
player that played the higher card wins. The winning player takes
the three exposed cards (the diamond
flipped over, the club player #1 played, and the spade player
#2 played) and puts them into his or her winnings pile.
Then
a 2nd diamond is flipped over. Both
players take one of the 12 cards left in their hands and play
another card face down. Both of their cards are then turned over.
The player with the higher card wins the three cards and puts
them in his winning pile.
Then
a 3rd diamond is flipped over...
The game continues until all thirteen diamonds have been flipped
over and won by one of the two players. Note: If there is a tie.
You play it just like you would in regular war. Another diamond
is flipped over, and then the players play another card from their
hands. The winner of this second hand wins all of the cards (which
includes 2 diamonds, 6 cards in total.)
Scoring:
After all thirteen diamonds have been played, the players then
add up the number of "diamond points"
they have in their winnings pile. The player with the most diamond
points wins. Remember, not all diamonds are worth the same
number of points. A Queen of diamonds
is worth twice as many points as a 6 of
diamonds. Note: All nondiamond cards are worth 0 points.
King
 13 Points
Queen  12 Points
Jack 11 Points
Ten 10 Points
Nine 9 Points
Eight 8 Points
Seven 7 Points
Six 6 Points
Five 5 Points
Four 4 Points
Three  3 Points
Two  2 Points
Ace 1 Points
Example
Play
Player
#1 has the following Starting Club Cards: A,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K
Player #2 has the following Starting Spades Cards: A,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K
The first diamond is flipped over... It is a Queen
of diamonds.
The Queen of diamonds is worth 12
points, so it is pretty valuable card. Now each player must decide
which card to use to attempt to win the card.
Player
#1 decides he really wants to win the card and so he plays his
King face down.
Player #2 decides that although it's a high card she'd rather
save her high cards until later and decides to play her lowest
card, the ace, face down.
After
each player has put a card face down, both cards are flipped over.
In this case, player #1 would win the three cards including the
Queen worth 12 points. Note: player #1 would probably be pretty
upset that he "wasted" such a high card to win the Queen
when he could have won with a much lower card... Player #1 still
would have won, even with just a 2.
Now
the players have the following cards left:
Player #1: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,
Player #2: ,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K
Point
Totals:
Player #1: has won 12 points so far
Player #2: has won 0 points so far
The
second diamond is flipped over... It is a three
of diamonds.
Player #1 realizes that this is not a very valuable card and puts
down a 3 face down.
Player #2 also realizes that this is not a very valuable card
and puts down a 2 face down.
Since a 3 is higher than a 2, player #1 wins the three of diamonds.
Now the players have the following cards left:
Player #1: 1,2,,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,
Player #2: ,,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K
Point
Totals:
Player #1: has won 12 + 3 points so far
Player #2: has won 0 points so far
The
third diamond is flipped over... It is an ace
of diamonds.
Player #1 realizes that this is the least valuable card: Plays
an ace
Player #2 also realizes this is a low card and plays a 3.
3 is higher than an ace, so player #2 wins the ace of diamonds.
Now
the players have the following cards left:
Player #1: ,2,,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,
Player #2: ,,,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,J,Q,K
Point
Totals:
Player #1: has won 12 + 3 points so far
Player #2: has won 1 points so far
The
fourth diamond is flipped over... It is a ten
of diamonds.
Player #1 plays his 10
Player #2 plays her 10
There is a tie, so another diamond (the fifth) is flipped to break the tie (as
one would do in war.)
Now
the players have the following cards left:
Player #1: ,2,,4,5,6,7,8,9,,J,Q,
Player #2: ,,,4,5,6,7,8,9,,J,Q,K
Point
Totals:
Player #1: has won 12 + 3 points so far > The Same
Player #2: has won 1 points so far > The Same
The
fifth diamond is flipped over... It is a King
of diamonds.
Player #1 plays his 2
Player #2 plays her Q
Q
is higher than a 2 so player #2 wins both the King of diamonds
from this hand and also the 10 of diamonds from the previous hand.
Now
the players have the following cards left:
Player #1: ,,,4,5,6,7,8,9,,J,Q,
Player #2: ,,,4,5,6,7,8,9,,J,,K
Point
Totals:
Player #1: has won 12 + 3 points so far
Player #2: has won 1 + 10 + 13 points so far
Play continues until all the diamonds
have been flipped over and won. In the end, the player with the most points wins.
