Bears vs Babies is the new card game from the creators of Exploding Kittens

19 October 2016
a94ac415ace4c02a304ca0a79efacc40_original-30375.png Bears vs Babies takes around 20 minutes to play
Elan Lee and The Oatmeal artist Matthew Inman raised $8.8m for their first project

The creators behind the most successful tabletop Kickstarter to date are back with a brand new card game.

Exploding Kittens made $8.8 million when former Xbox designer Elan Lee and Matthew Inman, the artist behind web comic The Oatmeal, brought it to the crowdfunding platform last year.

Now, Lee and Inman have returned with Bears vs Babies, a party card game that sees a group of players fighting off a horde of infants by building horrific monsters from a deck of modular body parts.

Each turn, players draw cards which can be either Bears or Babies. Bear cards are a variety of body parts from animals, humans and other absurd creations that are then combined to create creatures. For example, a shark with machine guns for arms who is being piloted by a robo-squirrel who is also a squid.

The monsters’ strength is equal to the number of cards involved in their creation, and can defeat the army of babies if they outnumber the total number of infants in the centre of the table – otherwise they are consumed and defeated.

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The babies are set off by playing provoke cards, which interrupt their naptime and cause them to attack the players.

Other cards offer various extra weapons, hats and tools to weaken rival monsters and buff your own army.

At the end of the round, which takes about 20 minutes, the player that has managed to eat the most babies wins.

All of the cards feature Inman’s iconic Oatmeal artwork, with a similarly dark sense of humour – although the game is touted as being kid-friendly and suitable for ages seven and up.

The core deck costs $25, with a NSFW expansion pack available for an extra $10. At the time of writing, the campaign has already raised close to $800,000 in under a day, smashing its $10,000 target.

Whether it will surpass Exploding Kittens’ record-breaking sum remains to be seen, but with 29 days left to run the card games’ success appears to be assured.


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