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Bears! Is a simple dice rolling game from Fireside Games. The setting is that you and your friends have gone camping when some bears show to spoil the fun. So your goal is to survive the bear rampage and possibly even sleep through…..the attack? Whatever, it’s a filler where you match pairs of dice so the oddly macabre story is not important anyway.
In the box you get:
20 Camp Dice – Camp dice have two faces: a Bear and a Tent.
20 Player Dice – Player Dice have three faces: Runners, Guns, and Sleepers.
4 Scoring Reminders – These list the types of dice you can pair for points.
You also get a foldable rule sheet and it all comes in a nice little box where you can store your game after you finish.
To set up all you do is give each player five player dice in a private pile and add five camp dice to the camp (community) pile per person playing. To play you shake and roll the camp dice and then have all the players simultaneously shake and roll their player dice. The goal is to pair up all of your player dice with camp dice to score points. The Camp Dice only have two sides and if one face type is gone from the camp (Bears or Tents) the player taking that last die shouts BEARS! and the round is over. All other players must stop immediately even if they have unpaired player dice. Two of the combinations will give you guaranteed points but one combination can give you either positive or negative points depending on what dice are left in the camp. So you’re going to have to gamble if you want to win those big points.
I like small filler type games; they’re quick to set up, quick to teach, and you can knock a few out in a session without frying your brain. Bears! is definitely one of those types of games. My game group was laughing out loud while playing this. Everyone was just waiting to go crazy as soon as the player dice were rolled and we started using a variant where we would roll our player dice and keep our hand over them until we counted down. I actually considered getting some Liars Dice style cups and using them for this game. As I’m sure you can tell by now I think this game is a fun little filler and worth checking out if you have kids or crazy friends who enjoy a good laugh.
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