Tournament Game Instructions
Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of Killer Bunnies®! On behalf of Creative Team Alpha, we would like to thank you for your purchase and assure you that no actual bunnies were harmed in any way during the creation or production of this game. The Ultimate Odyssey is the third of many Killer Bunnies® adventures and this is edition Alpha Two of the rules.
How The Game Works
The basic strategy of the game is to gain Civilization (or Civ) Points by building up a collection of creatures (such as bunnies) in The Bunny Circle and structures (such as cities) in The Center Circle. Another strategy is for players to steal Civ Points by destroying their opponents’ bunnies and cities. Both strategies can get vengeful, nasty, painful and snarky, but most of all, it’s really fun! The first player to reach a Total Civ Point score of 60 is the winner!
Each player may create a deck of no less than 60 cards from any of the cards that he owns. All Starter Decks of Killer Bunnies® and the Ultimate Odyssey contain 60 cards and are ready to be played. If this is your first game, please try a Starter (single color) Deck since they are easier to play. Players who wish to create their own decks may want to see Deck Creating Suggestions in The Bunny Bits.
Each player must shuffle his deck of 60 cards thoroughly and place it face down on the table. This is called the Draw Pile. Each player will have their own Draw Pile for their exclusive use only.
Each player will also use three dice. The d6 and d12 dice are for use during the game, and the d20 die is for keeping track of your Civ Points. Each player starts the game with 10 Civ Points, so set your d20 die to the number 10. The d20 die is used to keep track of your starting Civ Points and the Civ Points that you earn during the game by destroying your opponent’s property.
Each player deals himself seven cards from his Draw Pile. Throughout the game, each player will always have seven cards.
Setting Up The First Round
During the game, players must choose which two cards they will play two rounds in advance (one card per round). This requires a bit of planning.
STEP ONE: Pick the first card that you will play and place it face down on the table. This is called your TOP RUN card.
You may choose any card in your hand. However, the first card that you will want to play is a RESOURCE card. Here’s why: most of the cards (that are not RESOURCE cards) have a Card Cost. The RESOURCE cards are what players use as the ‘payment’ for the Card Cost to play almost all of the other cards. When RESOURCE cards are played, they are automatically saved, and may be used throughout the entire game. You can never go wrong playing a RESOURCE card, and we highly recommend that you play as many as you can at the start of the game.
(Review Card Cost for more information.)
What if I was unlucky and didn’t get any RESOURCE cards?
Most players will have at least one RESOURCE card in their initial draw of seven cards. However, if you did not receive any RESOURCE cards in your first draw of seven cards, then you have two choices:
1) First, you may shuffle all of your cards back into your Draw Pile and deal yourself seven new cards. Unfortunately, this will cost you 5 Civ Points, so reset your d20 die down from 10 to 5. Players may only trade in their cards (and pay the 5 Civ Points) one time, and only at the start of the game.
2) Second, you can wait a few rounds and see if you draw RESOURCE cards. If you choose this option, then you will have no choice but to play and burn (discard) a few less important cards. Without enough RESOURCE cards saved, players will not be able to ‘pay’ the Card Cost to use these cards. If this is the case, we suggest burning Aggressive cards such as weapon cards, or city cards with a very high Card Cost. It is quite common for players to burn a few cards (usually at the start of the game) before they can save a fair amount of RESOURCE cards.
STEP TWO: Next, you will have to pick the second card that you will play. When you have chosen your second card to play, place it face down on the table below the first one. This is called your BOTTOM RUN card.
You may choose any card in your hand. Here are a few good choices:
1) A RESOURCE card. You can never go wrong playing another RESOURCE card. The more RESOURCE cards that a player has saved, the greater the variety of other cards that he may use from his hand. Some players will play all of their RESOURCE cards first, because they have no Card Cost of their own, and because they are automatically saved and used throughout the entire game.
2) A bunny card. Bunny cards are good to play because they have a point value and add to your Total Civ Point score. First, check to see if you have enough RESOURCE cards saved to play a bunny card.
3) A weapon card. Weapon cards allow you to attempt to kill an opponent’s bunny right away and to steal the bunny’s point value. Please note that if a player wishes to play a weapon card, then he will need a bunny card in The Bunny Circle first. Having a bunny in The Bunny Circle is a card condition for a weapon card. (See Card Conditions for more information.)
Once you have placed your cards down in the TOP and BOTTOM RUN positions, you may not change them. If you forget which cards you have put down, then you are allowed to take a quick peek! You are now ready to start the first round of play.
Many of the cards in Killer Bunnies® Odyssey are very unique. Read each card carefully to see what it will do and to make sure that you can ‘pay’ the Card Cost before you obligate a card in play.
Each card may have up to three card conditions that players must meet before it can be played. The three conditions are : Card Cost, Pink Box and Green Box. Let’s review each of the conditions so that no player accidentally places a card in the TOP or BOTTOM RUN position that he cannot use in play.
GREEN RECTANGULAR BOX (with a city icon)
If your card has a Green Rectangular Box on the left border of the picture, then you will need a city in The Center Circle before you may use the card.
A city card is easy to spot because it is a horizontal card. Also, all city cards have a Green Circle (with a city icon) on the right border of the text window. If a player has at least one city in The Center Circle, then he can play any card with a Green Rectangular Box on the left border.
PINK RECTANGULAR BOX (with a bunny icon)
If your card has a Pink Rectangular Box on the left border of the picture, then you will need a bunny in The Bunny Circle before you may use the card.
A bunny card is easy to spot because it usually has the word ‘Bunny’ as part of its title. Also, all bunny cards have a Pink Circle (with a bunny icon) on the right border of the text window. If a player has at least one bunny in The Bunny Circle, then he can play any card with a Pink Rectangular Box on the left border.
For example, all Ground Weapon cards have a Pink Rectangular Box, so a player will need to have a bunny in The Bunny Circle before using these cards. All City Weapon cards have a Green Rectangular Box as well, so a player will also need to have a city in The Center Circle before using these cards.
The Card Cost mechanic is an essential part of a game of Killer Bunnies® Odyssey. The Card Cost to play each card is shown as small colorful hexagon icons that are located on the right side of the top window of each card. Players must have enough RESOURCE cards saved that match the Card Cost icons’ type (color) to use as ‘payment’ for the card if they wish to play it.
A White hexagon is a Card Cost that can be ‘paid’ with any type (color) RESOURCE card saved. Think of a White hexagon as a Wild Card! Any type of RESOURCE card may be used to pay for a White hexagon Card Cost.
For example, if a particular card has a Card Cost of two Blue hexagon icons and two White hexagon icons, then the player must have two Technology RESOURCE cards saved and two of any other RESOURCE cards saved before he can play the card. A player in this example may simply use four Technology RESOURCE cards.
Sometimes a player is forced to place a card in the TOP or BOTTOM RUN position knowing that he cannot meet one or more of the card conditions. Maybe the player does not have enough RESOURCE cards saved yet to pay for the Card Cost, or the card may require a bunny or a city to play it and he doesn’t have one yet. When cards are played and any of the card conditions cannot be met, the cards are simply discarded (burned).
It is quite common for players to burn a few cards (usually at the start of the game) before they can save a fair number of RESOURCE cards, so try not to worry, this happens to everyone.
There are four types of Killer Bunnies® Odyssey cards: RUN, SPECIAL, VERY SPECIAL and RESOURCE. All cards have their type name printed in the top window of the card and a matching color bullet in the top left corner. Take a minute to make sure that you know the type of each of your seven cards.
To play a RUN card, a player must first place it down in the BOTTOM RUN position. On the next turn, the player will slide it to the TOP RUN position, and finally on the next turn, he will flip and play the card. All RUN cards work this way.
There are two ways to play a SPECIAL card:
1) Players may play a SPECIAL card the same way that they would play a RUN card by placing it in the BOTTOM RUN position, sliding it to the TOP RUN position and flipping it over. When a player flips over a SPECIAL card, he may either play the card or save the card:
a) SPECIAL cards may be played the same way that RUN cards are played. Don’t forget to meet the card conditions for a SPECIAL card (Card Cost and the rectangular boxes on the left border) the same as for any RUN card.
b) SPECIAL cards may be saved by placing them off to the side with a player’s RESOURCE cards. All saved cards are placed face up.
2) Players may play a SPECIAL card directly from their hand instead of flipping their TOP RUN card. Don’t forget to meet the card conditions for a SPECIAL card (Card Cost and rectangular boxes on the left border) the same as for any RUN card. When a SPECIAL card is played in this manner, the player draws a replacement card from his Draw Pile and the TOP and BOTTOM RUN cards remain in place until his next turn.
Here are a few more facts about SPECIAL cards:
a) SPECIAL cards may be discarded directly from a player’s hand as a turn. When a SPECIAL card is played in this manner, the player draws a replacement card from his Draw Pile and the TOP and BOTTOM RUN cards remain in place until his next turn.
b) SPECIAL cards may not be saved directly from a player’s hand as a turn. SPECIAL cards must go through the BOTTOM RUN and TOP RUN card cycle to be saved.
c) A player can use any number of saved SPECIAL cards during his turn in addition to his regular play.
d) Card Cost is not paid when saving a SPECIAL card, only when playing a SPECIAL card (unless the card specifically states: The Card Cost is paid when this card is saved.)
VERY SPECIAL Cards
All of the rules for VERY SPECIAL cards are the same as the rules for SPECIAL cards with one difference. The difference between a VERY SPECIAL card and a SPECIAL card is that a SPECIAL card may only be played during a player’s own turn, whereas a VERY SPECIAL card may be played during any player’s turn.
Here are a few more facts about VERY SPECIAL cards:
a) Playing a VERY SPECIAL card (either saved or directly from a player’s hand) does not count as a player’s turn.
b) Any time that a player plays a VERY SPECIAL card, a replacement card must be drawn from his Draw Pile immediately.
It is highly recommended to play RESOURCE cards for the first few rounds in the game. Here’s why: most of the cards that are not RESOURCE cards have a Card Cost. When RESOURCE cards are played, they are automatically saved, and may be used throughout the entire game. The RESOURCE cards are what each player will use as the ‘payment’ for the Card Cost to play almost all of the other cards. All RESOURCE cards are saved face up.
Playing The Game
Before the game begins, each player must have the first two cards that he will play face down on the table (this was explained earlier in Setting Up The First Round). These two cards are called the TOP and BOTTOM RUN cards.
Determine with the roll of the d12 die, which player will go first.
The first player will follow these four steps (FLIP, SLIDE, DRAW, REPLACE):
1) FLIP over the TOP RUN card.
2) SLIDE the BOTTOM RUN card up to the TOP RUN card position.
3) DRAW a replacement card from your Draw Pile.
4) REPLACE the BOTTOM RUN card with any card from your hand.
Each player will take a turn clockwise around the table going through the four steps (FLIP, SLIDE, DRAW, REPLACE) and following the instructions on the card that they play. This four-step cycle will continue for the entire game.
The game continues with each player playing one card per round as they follow the FLIP, SLIDE, DRAW, REPLACE mechanic. The picture shows the player’s fourth round of play.
Remember that each card may have card conditions that need to be met before it can be played. If any of the card conditions for a card cannot be met, then the card is burned (discarded) forming a Discard Pile for each player.
GAINING CIV POINTS
Players gain Civ Points by placing bunnies into The Bunny Circle and cities into The Center Circle. A player’s Total Civ Point score is the combination of the Civ Points on his d20 die (most players will start with 10 Civ Points), the point values of all of his structures (cities) in The Center Circle, and the point values of all of his creatures (bunnies) in play either in The Bunny Circle or in cities in The Center Circle.
Players may also choose to steal their opponents’ Civ Points by playing cards such as a Ground Weapon or a City Weapon. These cards are designed to destroy their opponents’ possessions. Only when a player destroys an opponent’s bunny or city will the player add Civ Points to their d20 die.
If an opponent’s bunny is killed by the Ground Weapon shown, then the player who played the Ground Weapon adds (+1) Civ Point to his d20 die (the point value of the bunny).
If an opponent’s city is destroyed by the City Weapon shown, then the player who played the City Weapon adds a total of (+10) Civ Points to his d20 die (the point value of the city and the point value of the bunnies inside the city).
A player’s Total Civ Point score is the combination of the Civ Points on his d20 die, the point values of all of his structures (cities) in The Center Circle, and the point values of all of his creatures (bunnies) in play either in The Bunny Circle or in cities in The Center Circle.
Ending The Game
The game is over when one of the players has reached or exceeded a Total Civ Point score of 60. A player may win the game during another player’s turn if he reaches or exceeds a Total Civ Point score of 60.
As play continues, remember to laugh, growl, carry on, and exhibit both hilarity and general mayhem. Also, it may not be a bad idea to have a pretty decent sense of humor.
The minimum number of cards in a Killer Bunnies® and the Ultimate Odyssey deck is 60 and the maximum number of cards in a deck is 100. Players may combine cards from any deck colors (themes) and in greater frequencies than originally provided.
Cards are distinguished by their Main Title alone. The Main Title is the first line in any text box. The color of a Card Cost, card art and card text do not affect a card’s Main Title status.
A player may put up to four of any one RUN card into his deck, up to three of any one SPECIAL card into his deck, up to two of any one VERY SPECIAL card into his deck and as many Resource cards as he likes into his deck. Again, cards are distinguished by their Main Title alone. For example, a player may decide to have four Yang Bunny cards (RUN card) in his deck or two Time Travelers cards (VERY SPECIAL card).
Deck Creating Guidelines
Although there is no substitution for experience in building Killer Bunnies® and the Ultimate Odyssey card decks, we would like to offer a few simple guidelines to get you started:
In a deck of 60 cards, we suggest having:
- 20 Resource cards (33%)
- 12 Bunny cards (20%)
- 6 City cards (10%)
- 12 Aggressive cards (such as weapons) (20%)
- 10 Unique cards (cards that appear in only one deck) (17%)
The minimum number of cards in a deck is 60 and the maximum number of cards in a deck is 100. The percentages provided above are helpful for players who build decks with more than 60 cards.
Deck Creating Mistakes
The most common mistake in building Killer Bunnies® and the Ultimate Odyssey decks is to simply mix all of the cards you own together and hope for the best. There are two reasons that this will not work very well. First, there will most likely not be enough Resource cards to support your deck. Remember that almost a third of your deck needs to be Resource cards. Second, different decks have different themes such as: multiple weapons, Psychic Penguins, Beyea Aliens or Super Bunny characters. Trying to combine too many themes into a single deck is a futile choice. Winning is far more difficult when a deck has a diluted theme.
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