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The Rabbit Playing Game is a fantasy role playing game Inspired by Richard Adams’ novel Watership Down and other RPGs that have emulated this genre. 


Players take on the role of rabbits in our real world, your rabbit character thinks with human-like Cleverness.  Well, you think like a human thinks a rabbit would think anyway.  You can use and manipulate items around you to your advantage, and carry a few items snug in your fur or in a small woven backpack, but other than that you are simply a rabbit trying to survive in a hostile world.


The Rabbit Playing Game uses traditional old school type mechanics inspired by the earliest RPGs.  The goal was to develop a simple familiar feeling, yet comprehensive set of rules that can be learned very quickly.  While concise, you will find them extremely versatile and able to satisfactorily handle most situations with a minimum of confusion or guesswork. 

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Joseph B April 28, 2015 5:52 pm UTC
Hi David,
This is a great little game - I enjoyed reading it very much and look forward to trying it out.
Two quick questions:
1. On the Rabbit Character Advancement Table (p. 12) under Special Abilities, what does the +3 represent for Level 7 or is that a typo?
2. Same table under Hit Dice: Is this how Hit Dice advancement Hit Point calculation by level works - 1d10+moxie at 1st level, then add moxie to the total HP on even numbered levels and add another 1d10 to the HP total on odd levels?
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David B April 28, 2015 9:52 pm UTC
Thanks Joseph, I hope you have as much fun with the game as I do.

Woops! Yep, that's a typo (darn it!) It should simply read "Nil" at that level (I'd fire my proofreader, but...well, it's me ;)). You have it exactly right on hit points. :)
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April 27, 2015 4:52 am UTC
Is this a "retro-clone" of 'Bunnies & Burrows'?
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David B April 27, 2015 1:33 pm UTC
Short answer: No it's not (although the colors I decided to use in the cover are a fun little homage to the game).

It is a game primarily inspired by Watership Down, and designed to play similar adventures. This game takes a handful of the ideas that were pretty neat in B&B and places them into a custom game system that is both modern, but still takes its cue from the solid core mechanics of old school games (It's not retro "D20" but people who enjoy that game system will find the ideas very familiar).

I wanted to go light enough that it could be quickly played by anyone, but I didn't want to go too narrative, and wanted to add enough "game crunch" to make it a viable game for short campaigns. In a nutshell, Watership Down is great and I couldn't count the number of times I've seen people looking for a game to cover the genre, but one that had mechanics more friendly to modern gamers than B&B. When I decided to revisit the genre in my own games, I was also...See more
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