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Nuclear War is a card game designed by Douglas Malewicki, and originally published in 1966. It is currently (as of 2005) published by Flying Buffalo, and has inspired several expansions. A card game is any game using playing cards, either traditional or game-specific. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar and is the current year. ... Flying Buffalo is a company based in Scottsdale, Arizona that develops roleplaying games, gaming materials, and play by mail gaming services. ...



Each player is dealt a number of "population cards", which they must protect. They are then dealt a number of cards, which may contain:

  • Secrets which usually steal or reduce another player's population
  • Propaganda which steal another player's population, but have no effect during a war
  • Missiles which stay in play ready to hold a warhead
  • Warheads which are fitted to a missile, or discarded if there is no available missile for them.

Secrets are resolved immediately. Each player plays two cards face down. Players then take turns during which they will play a third face down card, and then reveal the oldest face down card (first in, first out) and resolve it. Once they have a warhead fitted to a missile, they may launch an attack. A successful attack reduces the target's population; when a player's population reaches zero, they may launch a retaliatory attack and are then out of play. Often, this will lead to many players being removed at once. North Korean propaganda showing a soldier destroying the United States Capitol building. ... FIFO is an acronym for First In, First Out. ...

The object of the game is to be the only player still in play after all attacks are resolved. More often, retaliatory strikes remove all the players, and there is no winner.


Flying Buffalo have released a number of expansions, each of which can be played separately or with the original game. Each expansion highlights the worries of the end-of-the-world scenarios -- including actual, theoretical and feared weapons -- at the time of their releases. Flying Buffalo is a company based in Scottsdale, Arizona that develops roleplaying games, gaming materials, and play by mail gaming services. ...

Nuclear Escalation (1983)
Adds deterrents and defensive capabilities.
Nuclear Proliferation (1992)
Each player now represents a different country with unique special powers.
Weapons of Mass Destruction (2004)
More cards for the game featuring characters from Nodwick, Kenzer and Company and Dork Tower.

1983 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) generally include nuclear, biological, chemical and, increasingly, radiological weapons. ... 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nodwick is a comic strip created by Aaron Williams, based around the conventions of fantasy role-playing games. ... Dork Tower, the comic written by John Kovalic, chronicles the lives of a group of geeks living in the fictional town of Mud Bay, Wisconsin. ...


1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Charles S. Roberts Awards are given annually for excellence in the historical wargaming hobby. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Origins Awards, presented by the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design, are presented at the Origins International Game Expo for outstanding work in the game industry. ... 1998 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Various fields of endeavour have established Halls of Fame that honour individuals of noteworthy achievement in their respective fields. ...

External links

Board Game Geek reviews and pictures of the game

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The year 2005 was the 40th Anniversary of the first release of the Nuclear War Card Game, and in honor of that milestone, we created this special signed and numbered limited edition.
NUCLEAR ESCALATION CARD GAME: intended as the `expansion set' for Nuclear War, this game can be played separately or shuffled in with Nuclear War to make a bigger game.
NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION: the second `expansion set' for Nuclear War, this explosively funny card game is for 2-6 players of all ages.
The Effects of a Global Thermonuclear War (6176 words)
Immediate nuclear radiation from the weapons being used is generally absorbed by the atmosphere before it reaches people surviving the flash and blast.
This concludes most of the nuclear war in Texas: 273 warheads were fired at 233 targets, and 215 detonated successfully, with a total yield of 128 megatons (about 40 times the explosive force of all conventional bombs and shells used in World War II).
U.S. Green Berets are crossing enemy lines carrying the smallest nuclear weapons to be used: these atomic demolition munitions are used to destroy bridges and similar targets and have explosive yields as low as 10 tons of TNT equivalent (somewhat more than the truck bomb that destroyed the Marine barracks in Lebanon in 1983).
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