Bunny Kingdom Board Game Overview

Bunny Kingdom Board Game Overview

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Most people understand the phrase, “It’s like herding cats.” It takes a bit of skill and luck to figure out how to wrangle them into one place. But have you ever tried a similar feat with other critters? Like bunnies, for example. A couple years ago a mamma bunny decided to dig a nest into our front yard and one day the babies got loose. We gloved up and attempted to round them up, but it took four of us and a bucket to put them in. I was reminded of this because we discovered last week that we have another nest. So what did we do? Played a rabbit-themed board game, Bunny Kingdom from IELLO! And boy, it sure feels accurate.

Have a hare-raising good time during game night with Bunny Kingdom board game from IELLO. Easy to learn, it's great for family night! - SahmReviews.com

In Bunny Kingdom, you’re playing as Rabbit Lords who working on behalf of the Bunny King to conquer new lands. Or in our case, conquering our front yard. The game consists of a board, cards, 36 rabbit meeples per player, building tokens and city figures with either one two or three towers (representative of their strength). To begin the set up process, place the board in the middle of the table then add a Strength 1 city on each designated space on the board. Select a color then take the 36 rabbit figures, adding one on the scoring track and setting the others in front of you, Create a general pool of the tokens (Farms, Sky Towers and Camps) as well as the excess city figures. Shuffle the exploration cards and deal 10 (or 12 in a 3-player game) to each person. 

Have a hare-raising good time during game night with Bunny Kingdom board game from IELLO. Easy to learn, it's great for family night! - SahmReviews.com

A game of Bunny Kingdom consists of four rounds with each containing three phases (Exploration, Construction and Harvest). The world board is divided into equal spaces consisting of different territories and are identified by grid coordinates. Each type of territory produces a unique resource that may be claimed during the harvest phase each round. Sea and forest spaces produce fish and wood, respectively and carrots come from fields. 

Have a hare-raising good time during game night with Bunny Kingdom board game from IELLO. Easy to learn, it's great for family night! - SahmReviews.com

The Exploration Phase begins each round where players simultaneously draft cards and choose two that will be played during that step. Place them face down in front of you then set the remainder of the stack in front of your neighbor (left or right alternates each round)

Have a hare-raising good time during game night with Bunny Kingdom board game from IELLO. Easy to learn, it's great for family night! - SahmReviews.com

Next, players take turns playing the cards selected in the first step. There are different types of cards that all have unique abilities. The bulk of the cards in the deck are Territory cards that allow you to place one of your rabbits on the Territory shown. These areas on the board are referred to as a Fief. 

Have a hare-raising good time during game night with Bunny Kingdom board game from IELLO. Easy to learn, it's great for family night! - SahmReviews.com

Parchment cards are set face-down in front of you and will come into play at the end of the fourth round. These vary from providing carrots for meeting specific goals to copying the parchment of one of your neighbors. Additional cards allow you to claim additional cards, put a City or token (Farm, Sky Tower or Camp) on the board during the Construction Phase.

Have a hare-raising good time during game night with Bunny Kingdom board game from IELLO. Easy to learn, it's great for family night! - SahmReviews.com

Repeat this process with the cards you received from your neighbor. Once you have completed the Exploration Phase, it’s time to move on to the Construction Phase. If you selected a City or Token card during the Exploration Phase, now is the time to add it to the board on one of the Territories you control, also abiding by the card restrictions. Cities increase the strength of your Fief while Farms increase your wealth. Sky Towers connect territories that are on different parts of the board and Camps allow you to take control of an empty territory. 

Have a hare-raising good time during game night with Bunny Kingdom board game from IELLO. Easy to learn, it's great for family night! - SahmReviews.com

After construction has been completed, it’s time to harvest! Collect carrots from all your Fiefs using the following calculation: Strength times Wealth. As you recall, wealth is based on the number of DIFFERENT resources within its limits and strength is created by placing cities. Move your bunny on the scoring track accordingly for each of your eligible Fiefs. 

Repeat these three phases for a total of four rounds, then reveal Parchment cards and do final scoring. The bunny who has collected the most overall carrots earns the title of “Big Ears”. Bunny Kingdom is an excellent game for grasping the ideas of both card drafting and area control. Go down the rabbit hole of all the awesome games in the IELLO lineup by visiting their website and social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Pick up a copy of Bunny Kingdom on Amazon, direct from IELLO or ask your local game store about availability. Chase the carrot down to the giveaway widget to enter to WIN a copy of Bunny Kingdom AND the Bunny Kingdom in the Sky expansion!

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32 comments on «Bunny Kingdom Board Game Overview»

  1. Benjamin K. says:

    When I was a kid, I absolutely LOVED the book Watership Down. I really need to read it again, because I don’t remember much at all. I just know I loved it.

    1. Brian K says:

      I’ve read Watership Down… more times than I’d like to admit, honestly. It was like comfort food. epic and sometimes terrifying comfort food! Good choice!

  2. Dane Trimble says:

    Bugs Bunny has to be my favorite bunny from TV. I grew up watching him and his pals.

  3. James says:

    Gotta be Beatrix Potter and peter rabbit!

  4. mistercmo says:

    My favorite book involving rabbits is Watership Down.

  5. Thomas Gibson says:

    I grew up watching Bugs Bunny.

  6. Quelqun says:

    Thx for the giveaway

  7. Christina Gould says:

    We used to have a pet rabbit, named Sneakers, when we were young. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Tony Platz says:

    Bugs Bunny of course .

  9. Rammy M says:

    We had a pet rabbit when I was a kid, my sister named him Grey Ears Domino, because of his ears and some spots 🙂

  10. Sue E says:

    My granddaughter has a pet rabbit named Thumper. She is a hoot! She thinks she is a cat! Her and the cat, Charlie follow each other and play together. They are hilarious together! We are so happy, otherwise we would eventually have to get rid of one of them
    So YAY for peaceful friendships!!

  11. Anthony says:

    In France, we eat rabbit. My wife is taiwanese and she need time to taste rabbit cooked by my mum… I think for Bunny Kingdom, she will need less time to try and play with rabbit XD This game looks amazing, thanks for the review

  12. Dan Shank says:

    Looks awesome!!!

  13. Lauren L-G says:

    As a kid, I loved the video game “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” I still remember the music!

  14. David B says:

    Usagi Yojimbo is a decades long running, award winning comic, featuring a samurai rabbit.

  15. Amy H. says:

    Watership Down is one of my favorite books.

  16. Mia E. says:

    Bunnicula is a family favorite. We even went to see the play at our local children’s theater.

  17. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Bunnicula made me howl with laughter as a kid….

  18. Max Oesterling says:

    This game actually looks interesting! Even if it’s about bunnies 🙂

  19. Donna L says:

    Of course, Bugs Bunny!

  20. Thomas Helms says:

    Man, Bugs Bunny paired with Classical music was always amazing.

  21. Josh Christian says:

    When I was little, we raised bunnies.

  22. Nat says:

    The Green Ember book series by S. D. Smith

  23. Omar says:

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

  24. McKnight says:

    Harvey.. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It stars Jimmy Stewart who sees a giant rabbit named Harvey when he drinks (which is a lot). Truly one of the best movies ever made!

  25. Leela says:

    I just really love Bugs Bunny 🙂

  26. Debra Branigan says:

    I believe that would be Bugs Bunny. They don’t make characters like him much anymore.

  27. Pete Donegan says:

    My favorite bunny memory is my pet rabbits as a kid. Dusty and Checkers were adorable

  28. gala says:

    I like Joel Chandler Harris’s stories about Brer Rabbit

  29. Jessica Peeling says:

    I remember reading The Velveteen Rabbit with my family and absolutely loving it!

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