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Hydras is a quick and easy card game with elements of tile laying games and some "take that" mechanics. The game is for 2-4 players, takes about 5 minutes to teach, and around 15-30 minutes to play.

Each player starts with a hydra body card and takes turns playing and drawing cards. Cards can be played on their own hydras to build up their defenses, thwart or undo their opponent's attacks, and increase the number of heads on their hydra. They can also be played to attack your opponent's hydras by cutting off heads or burning stumps.

The game ends when the deck runs out. The player with the most heads at the end of the game wins!

Hydras Print 'N' Play


Rules 3.6 MB PDF
How to play.
Color Cards 11.3 MB PDF
Color cards look fantastic.
Black & White Cards 5.1 MB PDF
Print and color them yourself.

Dev Blog

3rd Version March 10th, 2014
Print 'N' Play Hydra Deck February 24th, 2014
Print 'N' Play Sample 6 February 18th, 2014
Print 'N' Play Sample 5 February 10th, 2014
Print 'N' Play Sample 4 February 5th, 2014
Print 'N' Play Sample 3 January 27th, 2014
Print 'N' Play Sample 2 January 20th, 2014
Print 'N' Play Sample 1 January 13th, 2014
Updated Artwork December 16th, 2013
Card Backs December 9th, 2013
New Torch Mockups December 2nd, 2013
More Hydra Sketches November 18th, 2013
Game Box Mockup November 11th, 2013
Finalized Labours November 6th, 2013
Fan Card Suggestions October 28th, 2013
Deconstruction of Hydras October 21st, 2013
Sketching New Hydras October 14th, 2013
7 Guidelines For Game Design October 7th, 2013
Playing With Young Children September 30th, 2013
Solo Play September 23rd, 2013
Hydras 2nd Version September 16th, 2013
Necks August 26th, 2013
Labours Revisited August 19th, 2013
Torches August 12th, 2013
Card Creation August 5th, 2013
Poison Is The New Shields July 29th, 2013
Labour Cards July 22nd, 2013
The 4 Start Cards July 15th, 2013
A Sampling Of Swords July 8th, 2013
Choosing A Color Scheme July 1st, 2013
Hydras on Board Game Geek June 10th, 2013