About Us

Water Bear Games is a tabletop game design company founded at Omaha’s Startup Weekend in September 2012, by cousins Marcus Ross and Cara Heacock. We have been experimenting with goofy and engaging print and play games over at WaterBearGames.com ever since. Our mission statement is to “Create games to bring people together IRL.” As much fun as it is to play video games online, we think the best kind of get-togethers are the ones where you can hang out with your friends away from your screens.

In June of 2013, Water Bear Games entered Cards Against Humanity's game design contest, Tabletop Deathmatch with our game, Discount Salmon. Out of more than 500 entries, Discount Salmon was chosen as one of just 16 finalists! Each of the finalist games in the competition was presented by its creators to a panel of industry judges during Gen Con 2013. After a spirited round of judging, Discount Salmon was chosen as one of two WINNERS of the first Tabletop Deathmatch! Now our game is published and ready for purchase!

Check out our presentation to the Tabletop Deathmatch judges in the video below!