No game truly inspires ridiculousness the way a game called Bunny Kingdom does. If I didn’t know any better, I’d assume you can find it in Target right between Trouble and Gator Golf. In fact, one of our game night members has so far refused to play it for exactly that reason.
But he’s wrong of course.
Bunny Kingdom is designed by Richard Garfield, most famous for designing Magic: The Gathering. And thankfully my favorite part of MTG, drafting, made its way over to Bunny Kingdom in spades. As the name might convey, Bunny Kingdom is a game about bunnies….and their Kingdoms. Each player is attempting to produce the greatest and most noble of kingdoms. They do this by passing around a hand of cards, each player drafting 2 cards a time. Like all drafting games (possibly my favorite mechanic), the choices are haaarrdddd. You want every single card and that's incredible.
You score points in Bunny Kingdom through a variety of methods. The first and most basic, is territory control. You place your bunnies on the board in different territories and then collect points at the end of each of the four rounds by multiplying the number of unique resources in your kingdom by the number of towers in your kingdom. The other main way of scoring points is through collecting cards with scoring bonuses when drafting. These cards vary between direct points and conditional points based on fulfilling specific criteria.
This is what makes Bunny Kingdom so much fun...it's beautiful looking, it's ridiculously themed, it's easy to teach, quick to play, and has hard choices. Do you draft the card giving you the 3 tower castle even though you have no mountain territories? Or do you take that unique resource to add to your board? Perhaps that scoring card that might be worth 15 points at the end of the game? And which of these cards are most likely to make their way back to you in this draft (likely none of the ones you really want but maybe...). The decisions are hard and the gameplay is fast and rewarding. Your choices now will either be why you win later, or you'll be groaning at getting a little too greedy and having it not play out.
Bunny Kingdom looks and sounds like a joke of a game. But the combination of accessibility and strategy make it one of the better games at bridging that Gateway/Strategy gap. I suggest you give it a shot.