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For the card game War, what happens when a player plays their last card as part of the war?

  1. When their last card is the first card of the war (face up), before the three face down cards are dealt
  2. When their last card is one of the three face down cards
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Just to clarify, you mean actual LAST card, rather than the final card in a pile before you reshuffle, right? –  Discord Oct 9 '13 at 17:21
    
@Discord In war, I believe you do not keep a discard pile or shuffle. Cards won in battles are placed on the bottom of your deck. (order depends on game variant) –  Colin D Oct 9 '13 at 17:42
    
@Discord Yes, I mean the actual last card. My boys were playing War today, and they had a war of Aces where it was the actual last card for one of them. –  Yaakov Ellis Oct 9 '13 at 18:04
    
War is not a game as there are no decisions to make. –  corsiKa Oct 10 '13 at 1:33
    
@corsiKa I guess that depends on how you define "game". According to the first definition here, it seems to fit. –  Yaakov Ellis Oct 10 '13 at 6:51
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It depends.

The linked Wikipedia article has this to say:

Most descriptions of War are unclear about what happens if a player runs out of cards during a war. In some variants, that player immediately loses. In others, the player may play the last card in their deck as their face-up card for the remainder of the war.

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So then what is the fairest thing to do if you do not have a declared variant or rule-set to follow for this situation? –  Yaakov Ellis Oct 9 '13 at 18:05
    
If you do not have a rule to cover this situation. The fairest thing to do is call it a draw, come up with a rule you think is fair and play with the new rule from that point forward. Personally, I prefer the version where you immediately lose if you run out of cards. –  Colin D Oct 9 '13 at 18:33
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