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The Impact of the ‘Bunnies & Burrows’ RPG

Classic 'Bunnies & Burrows' game

Classic ‘Bunnies & Burrows’ game

I’m reflecting on how much I admire Dr. Dennis Sustare and his Bunnies & Burrows game from the 70’s.

Yeah, we play Rabbits in this game! :-)

Yeah, we play Rabbits in this game! 🙂

Bunnies & Burrows (or ‘B&B’ as we called it, in homage to ‘D&D’) was originally published in 1976, only two years after the first role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons was published. B&B was very innovative for its time.

Dr. Sustare GM'ing B&B

Dr. Sustare GM’ing B&B

Some firsts in the game:

  • First RPG in history to have a skill system (Classic Traveller, debuting the next year in 1977, would also have a skill system).
  • First role-playing game to have detailed martial arts rules.
  • First RPG in history to allow you to play non-humanoids.
  • First RPG to appeal as widely to women as to men.

I loved the spirit and innovation of B&B! So happy to have played in Dr. Dennis Sustare’s B&B game at NTRPGCon back in 2013! Read more about this game’s history — a lot of tabletop and video RPGs owe more than they know to this lesser known game.

My friend Marshall brought us bunny ears to wear. Ha!

My friend Marshall brought us bunny ears to wear. Ha!

3 Responses to The Impact of the ‘Bunnies & Burrows’ RPG

  1. Dennis Sustare August 3, 2016 at 9:37 am #

    Thanks for the kind comments, Stan. I’m glad I was able to run it at NTRPG.

  2. S. W. Shinn August 3, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    I hope to run it myself at some future con — seems to be a unique appeal being the lone anthropomorphic RPG I can think of. And who doesn’t like rabbits? 🙂

  3. Jesse February 23, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    B&B looks intriguing I had never heard of it. I recall playing this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG in the late 80’s and it would almost be anthropomorphic 😉

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Mutant_Ninja_Turtles_%26_Other_Strangeness

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