Card Wars

“Card Wars”

Adventure Time episode

Episode no.
Season 4
Episode 14

Directed by
Larry Leichliter

Written by
Somvilay Xayaphone
Bert Youn

Story by
Patrick McHale
Kent Osborne
Pendleton Ward

Production code

Original air date
July 16, 2012

Running time
11 minutes

Episode chronology

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“Card Wars” is the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of the American animated television series Adventure Time. The episode was written and storyboarded by Somvilay Xayaphone and Bert Youn, from a story by Patrick McHale, Kent Osborne, and Pendleton Ward. It originally aired on Cartoon Network on July 16, 2012.
The series follows the adventures of Finn (voiced by Jeremy Shada), a human boy, and his best friend and adoptive brother Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio), a dog with magical powers to change shape and grow and shrink at will. In this episode, Finn and Jake play Card Wars, a tabletop game. But things take a turn for the worse when Jake becomes overly competitive.
It had originally been planned to produce the episode during the first season because McHale and Ward were actively playing immersive, worldbuilding games. The episode received largely positive critical reviews, with Alasdair Wilkins of The A.V. Club applauding how the eponymous game lampooned Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, and Risk. Due to the episode’s success a mobile app and a physical version of the eponymous game have been released.


1 Plot
2 Production
3 Reception
4 Merchandise

4.1 Mobile app
4.2 Physical version
4.3 Comic

5 References

Jake explains to Finn that his girlfriend, Lady Rainicorn will not play his favorite card game, ‘’Card Wars’’; Finn, however, agrees to play with Jake, and the duo agree that the winner (who will be crowned “the Cool Guy”) will be rewarded with soda, whereas the loser (who will be dubbed “the Dweeb”) will be forced to drink a terrible concoction including soda, coffee grounds, and kimchi, among other things. With the stakes set, the game begins.
Jake explains the complex and arcane rules to Finn, who quickly falls asleep. However, once the board game component begins, Finn gains the upper hand, largely by “flooping” (or “activating”) his Pig card. Time and time again, Jake tries to kill Finn’s Pig, only for his plans to backfire. Soon, however,