In Art of War, players take on the role of generals attempting to outwit and overwhelm their competition. Will you control the shadowy Ninja, striking with a silent blade, or wield the power of faith as the Monk, or lead the barbarous horde in savaging the lands of all who stand against them? Balance protecting your civilian workers to grow your army, reinforce the territory you have conquered to protect your monarch, and expand your borders by conquering neighboring territories. Balancing all of this will allow you to maneuver until your enemy's monarch is vulnerable to your decisive and eliminating strike.
The gameplay is very simple. On a turn, players may either produce new pieces or move their existing pieces. It is a game of planning the buildup to battle and putting ones forces in an advantageous position. It is not a game of doing battle and hoping to get lucky.
The length of the game depends on the number of players
2 players: 20-30 minutes
3 players: 30-60 minutes
4 players: 60-90 minutes
6 players: 90-120 minutes