Bears vs Babies Rules
Build amazing Bears (and other Monsters) strong enough to eat the horrible Babies when they attack.
Whoever eats the most Babies wins!
Setup - practice round
The best way to learn a game is by actually doing stuff. For the next few minutes, you’re going to try a quick practice round.
1 Unfold the playmat in the middle of the table.
2 Open Packet 1 (leave Packet 2 in the box for now.)
3 Shuffle the cards REALLY WELL. Deal five cards face-down to each player. Players may look at their own hand.
4 Deal five cards face-down to each player.
5 Players may look at their own hand
If you get a Baby Card (any card with the word “Baby” on it) in your initial hand, put it face-down on the playmat on the matching color block.
Draw a new card to replace it so you still have five cards; repeat as necessary.
6 Roughly separate the remaining deck into three Draw Piles and put them face-down on the playmat.
7 Pick a player to go first. (Some sample criteria: furriest, most recent tantrum, most body parts, etc.)
You can play up to two cards on your turn to build Monsters. You must play a Head Card to start building any Monster. Add strength by adding additional body parts.
Your collection of Monsters is your MONSTER ARMY. Build as many Monsters as you can, and add as many body parts to them as possible to add to their strength.
As you build, make sure the stitches line up.
important: You don’t have to complete a Monster to start building another one.
If you can’t play two cards, you can draw a card instead. Drawing a card or playing a card is an “action”. On your turn, you can perform two actions:
Action 1: Draw or play a card.
Action 2: Draw or play a card.
PRO TIP: Count your actions out loud so that everyone can keep track.
There is no maximum or minimum number of cards you can have in your hand.
When any Draw Pile is depleted, do not replace it. Just work with the remaining Draw Piles.
If you draw a Baby Card, put it face-down in the matching Baby Army.
Important: Drawing a Baby and putting it on the playmat counts as one action.
TRY IT NOW Go around the table three times playing and drawing cards to build Monster Armies. As you play, the Baby Armies will grow as well.
The goal of building Monsters is to make them strong enough to eat the Babies. There are three types of Monsters, determined by the oval icon on each Monster’s head:
sky monsters [red]
All your Monsters of the same type fight together, so you really have three Armies in front of you.
Here’s an example of the three Monster Armies you might have built and the strength of each one:
a monster with the following parts
2 head, 1 body, 1 arm = 4 land monster strength
a monster with the following parts
and another monster with
2 head and 2 body = 6 total sea monster strength
2 head = 2 total sky monster strength
For practice, each player should announce the strength of their three Monster Armies.
Some players might only have one or two Army types.
Provoking The Babies
Notice there are three types of Baby Armies to match the three types of Monster Armies.
The goal of the game is to build Monsters strong enough to eat the Babies when they attack. Babies will attack whenever they are provoked
To provoke a Baby Army on your turn:
1. Take NO ACTIONS
2 Yell “PROVOKE!”
3 Pick one of the Baby Armies to provoke
4 Turn over the Baby Army that’s been provoked and add up the strength of the Baby Cards in the pile
A provoked Baby Army will attack ALL players’ Monster Armies of the matching type anywhere on the table.
All matching Armies anywhere on the table must fight! Including those of the player that provoked the Babies!
The strongest Army wins.
If Monsters Win
The player with the strongest Monster Army that can beat the Babies wins the battle and collects the Babies as points.
If Babies Win
If none of the players can beat the Baby Army, the Babies win and are moved to the Discard Pile
If there’s a tie between the Monsters and the Babies, the Monsters win
Land babies are provoked -
Land baby strength 4
Player 2 = has a land army of 5
Player 1 = has a land army strength of 0(does not fight)
Player 3 = has a land army strength of 4 and 3 for a total of 7(has the most points)
Most points wins the battle!
All Monsters and Babies only fight once! After a battle, all Monsters that fought are discarded regardless of who won
PLAYER 3 HAD THE STRONGEST MONSTER ARMY THAT BEAT THE BABIES, AND COLLECTS THEM AS POINTS
As you can see, provoking the Babies can clear huge Armies from the table, so use it strategically! You can provoke a Baby Army when you think your Monster Army is strong enough to eat the Babies, or provoke to wipe out another player’s Army before it grows too powerful.
PRO TIP: You can provoke a Baby Army if you don’t have any Monsters of that type. It’s a great way to hurt your opponents!
For practice, the next player should provoke the Land Babies.
If there are no Land Babies, provoke a different Baby Army
Now enjoy your last few moments with your Monsters.
We’re about to collect all the cards, end the practice round, and play fUr real
Collect all the cards and Monsters from all players, and clear the playmat.
open packet 2
This packet contains extra Babies and other cards that either help you build more amazing Monsters or hurt other players. You can learn what each card does by reading the text on the card.
There are five Bear Heads in this packet (cards with the word BEAR at the top). Keep them separate for a moment. These cards are the strongest but also the most vulnerable cards in the game. Bear Heads are all three types of Monster (Land, Sea, and Sky) which means they must fight in EVERY battle. Use them carefully.
1 Shuffle the cards from both packets together REALLY WELL
2 Deal one Bear Head to each player. (Shuffle any extra Bear Heads into the deck.)
3 Deal four more cards to each player so that your starting hand is the Bear Head plus four more random cards.
4 Once again, put any Baby Cards dealt in your initial hand on the playmat face-down and replace them until you have five cards.
Your Turn On your turn, you can do one of three things:
TAKE ACTIONS Any combination of Drawing and Playing cards
PROVOKE Take no actions and pick a Baby Army to Provoke instead
DUMPSTER DIVE Take no actions and take a card of your choice from the Discard Pile into your hand
If you draw a Baby Card, you must move it to the playmat
Drawing and moving a Baby counts as 1 action.
play clockwise around the table
This isn’t practice, so you don’t have to spend three rounds just building Monsters
PRO TIP: Be strategic about when you play and when you draw. You might want to build powerful Monster Armies immediately, or collect cards for a while and let your opponents fight it out.
Remember, you’re trying to eat as many Babies as you can to win the game!
Don’t start playing yet! you have one more page to read!
Ending the Game
When all the cards have been drawn, the player with the most points wins! Points are determined by adding up all the numbers on the Baby Cards you’ve eaten.
When a player draws the last card from the last Draw Pile, that player will complete their turn, and then every player (including the player that just drew the last card) will get one final turn.
You don’t have to take all your actions on your final turn if you don’t want to.
How many actions do you get?
Although we’ve been practicing with 2 actions per turn to learn to play, the number of actions you take on your turn depends on the number of players:
2 Players: 4 actions per turn 3 Players: 3 actions per turn 4+ Players: 2 Actions Per Turn
That’s It. Stop reading…Go Play!
Add this rule to the game because you really like rules and want more of them.
After each player takes their final turn, there will be a final attack in which Baby and Monster types are ignored. All the Baby Armies left on the table will combine forces to attack all players. The player with the strongest combined Monster Army who can beat the combined Baby Army will win the battle and collect the final points. (Otherwise, the Babies win and no one collects the final points.)
All other normal battle rules apply.
The cards come separated into 2 packets when you first open the box. If they’re not separated into packets anymore and you really want them to be, the easiest way to recreate the packets is to gather all the Heads, body parts, and Babies into “Packet 1” (87 cards) and everything else into “Packet 2” (20 cards). It’s not exactly the way the game was packaged, but it’s close enough to get you going.