War & Write is a pen & paper simulation game of World War II for 2 to 5 players. You are the leaders of the Axis or Allies powers trying to defeat your enemy during the war spanning 6 years (1940 to 1945) with each round of play simulating a full year. You will write down orders to maneuver, conduct diplomacy, build up powerful technology, take part in historical battles, and try to win the war based on the final arbitration in the League of Nations.
The battlefield in War & Write is divided into three theaters: Europe, the Pacific, and the hypothetical American battlefield! You can choose different scenarios by combining maps to engage in multiple simulations of historical World War II conflicts.
The game is played over 6 rounds, each representing 1 year of World War II. Each round is composed of 7 phases. All players will finish one phase together before entering the next. In each phase, all players can perform their actions simultaneously.
Phase 1: Write down your orders (W)
Phase 2: Redeploy your units (R)
Phase 3: Diplomacy (D) action to recruit Neutral units
Phase 4: Movement (M) of your units
Phase 5: Combat (C) resolution over the map
Phase 6: Battle cards (B) resolution based on the historical battles
Phase 7: League of Nations Arbitration (LoN)
The game ends after the 6th round (1945). The side with the LoN marker in their favor wins!
Once you are familiar with the base rules, we strongly recommend you play with the advanced rules by adding the Technology cards to the game.
Each nation has its own deck of Tech cards. In each scenario, you can find the instructions about how many Tech cards can be chosen by each nation.
Designer: Jay Bernardo, Wei-Cheng Cheng, Kun-Hang Lee
Publisher: 2Plus Games
Time: 30-60 Min
*Tech cards are bilingual. (Chinese and English)
Check out Cardboard East's overview of War & Write
Review by Dale Yu at Opinionated Gamers (Link)
Unboxing video by the designer Wei-Cheng (Chinese)
"Setup of the game" by the designer Wei-Cheng (Chinese)
Sequence of play by the designer Wei-Cheng (Chinese)