The people who rattled our game nights with Exploding Kittens think we're up for a new challenge: an army of evil and grotesque babies. Bears vs. Babies is another ridiculous card game filled with implausible (but not impossible!) realities, but this one requires players to build "handsome, incredible monsters" to fight off "horrible, awful babies."
Like Exploding Kittens, Bears vs. Babies has an NSFW edition, but the core game is kid-friendly and rounds take only about 20 minutes to play. The basics:
- You draw cards to build a defense of bear-monsters. They come as individual head, torso, arm, and leg cards that fit together to form complete, mottled beasts.
- Drawn baby cards play to the center of the table, where they form an army with the likes of Portuguese Man O' Baby, Scary Hairbaby, and Beard Baby. The babies remind me a little of Garbage Pail Kids, though the family version of Bears vs. Babies isn't nearly as gross or offensive as the best trading cards of the 80s. I haven't seen cards from the NSFW edition yet.
- Players start wars between their creatures and the band of vicious pant crappers by throwing down Provoke cards, which ignites the baby army and forces everyone at the table to fight them at once. Players whose creatures are bigger than the attackers (i.e., if there are 3 babies in the army, but your bear is made up of 4 cards) win the battle and get to eat the vile infant insurgents, while those with wee little defenders get taken out.
- Even though everyone must fight the babies at once, the point of Bears vs. Babies is to eliminate other players by provoking their army before opponents have big enough bears to win.
Bears vs. Babies is up for backing here on Kickstarter through November 17, 2016.