These rules are made for one purpose: to ensure that Picture Wars is a constant battle of art, quick thinking, creativity,
and ingenuity, that no person can create an ultimate, unconditional object to win a game. At first, when we started playing PW,
there were no rules. But as we played more and more, we saw that there HAD to be an establishment of rules for guiding those
to play. These rules are to keep the playing of Picture Wars an unexpected fun and unpredictable game. As long as you keep in
mind that things aren't always what they seem and you have a very creative mind, then you'll make a great PW player!
The general premise of Picture Wars is this: First a character is drawn in the center by the defender. The attacker then draws
an attack that will put the character in danger. The defender then must then either draw something that will counteract the attack
or edit it if possible. Turns of coursae alternate.
I'm not really sure who truely started this. All I know is that I and a few friends innovated with it mainly in 1999 and beyond.
Beginning the game
The game starts with a character drawn in the center of the canvass. The character can't be too big to allow for space. The character
can be anyone. A stick figure or whatever. The character cannot be invinicible however.
After a character is drawn in the center, the game begins with an attack. The attacker's goal is to draw a situation that the character
will be doomed to death. The attacker has to use a different scenario each time or alter old scenarios. The attacker must kill the
character to win which happens either if the defender cannot think of a way to neutralize an attack or a preset amount of time goes
by with the defender not neutralizing the attack.
The attacker cannot redefine the defender (an example would be coloring the head black and drawing a fuse to make it a bomb)
The attacker cannot use any divine influence to ensure that the defender will lose
The defender must protect his/her character from the attacker by creating new objects or altering old objects to
neutralize the attacker's creations of destruction. As well as the attacker, the defender has to find a different way to survive the attacker's scenario each time.
The defender has to keep his character alive either for a preset amount of time, or until the drawing space is all filled up. Should either events occur, the
After the defender makes their turn, it is the attacker's turn again. This of course alternates.
The defender cannot move to another place or change into another object to evade attack
The defender's character cannot take up a ton of space (preventing the attacker to have room for many attacks)
Both the attacker and the defender have something called textboxes (also called labels) that allow many things into the
realm of Picture Wars. (Not available in mode 3) It simply lets you be more specific in the game. They can be very helpful.
If someone uses one and it has no lines bordering it, it can be altered by adding words. You cannot cross anything out or add
material if it is bounded. You also cannot have the textbox more than 8 words. The reason why is lets say that you want to
label a bomb and in the label you say...
"Bomb that can blow anything up and if it's disabled it will automatically home in on who it was disabled by and then unleash a
napalm cannon that fries anything in it's path including you. This bomb is also fissure proof, plug proof, on/off switch
proof, tamper proof, water proof, basically ANYTHING proof. Let's just say NOTHING can stop it."
This is too tedious and unnecessary. It also takes up too much viable space that the attacker may need for future attacks.
Once an object is defined by using a text label, it cannot be redefined.
EVERYTHING is frozen in time at the point of each person's turn. Nothing goes in motion until the game ends. There is
also no limit to how long some one can make a move unless otherwise determined before a game. What this also means is that you
never edit anything to reflect time change. An example would be an attacker drawing an asteroid as an attack and then the defender
draws a nuke to destroy it and then edits the asteroid to be blown up. You can't do this.
Justification is the art of describing what you are doing if a label is unclear. The attacker or defender can request more
information if it's needed of their opponent's move. An example of this is asking what an attack is supposed to do or how it works.
Best used for message boards, this mode allows anyone to join in. A character is drawn like normal but then anyone can either
attack or defend as long as it alternates. The same person cannot go twice however. (Attacks then defends)
Another version of this is teams. Two people could play the role of the defender while two could play the role of the attacker.
The two would be able to exchange thoughts and ideas for their next move. This is recommended for a long game. :P
MODE 3 - Classic PW
In this mode, there are no labels whatsoever. Each player just simply draws an object to destroy the defender/neutralize the
attacker. Depending what role you have.