Fraction Wars

This is a game based on War — a card game played with a standard 52-card deck — with the goal of winning more cards than your opponent. The standard rules of war apply to Fraction Wars:

  • At least 2 players

  • The deck is shuffled and blindly divided evenly between players

  • Players hold their cards upside down and on a count of 3 flip over a card

  • Whoever has more of their card shaded in wins

  • If there is a tie, 3 cards are laid upside-down and the 4th flipped over. Whoever has more of the 4th card shaded in wins.

  • The player who has won more cards at the end wins the game

The beauty of this game is threefold:

  1. While it is possible to determine exactly what fraction of each card is shaded in, it is also possible to use benchmarks. 1/2, 1/4, 1/6, and 1/8. Does my card have more than 1/2? Less than 1/2? More than 1/4? Less than 1/4?

  2. Players become familiar with what different parts of a whole could look like. 1/2, 1/4, 1/6 etc. can look many different ways. This builds a more flexible understanding of fracturing a whole.

  3. This deck of fraction cards can be used for a myriad other games, the rules for which will be posted here in the next few weeks.

Here is a link to the Dropbox PDF of every Fraction Wars card I have made in 2018. Enjoy!