In The Way of the Bear, players take on the roles of princes trying to gain the favor of one of four different bear clans by building statues throughout the land. Each turn players either acquire or place resin statue markers on the board, and gain tokens for controlling spaces with a statue. The game ends when a player fills out all the token spaces on their bear clan board at the end of a round. That player is declared the winner unless other players have accomplished the same feat as well, in which case the game is decided by a system of tiebreakers.
The Way of the Bear is for two to four players, ages 14 and up, and plays in 30 minutes. This game will retail for $49.95.
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