Clue was a surprisingly clever and funny movie with an all-star cast which demonstrated a successful movie could be made from a board game. Battleship was a high-budget movie which demonstrated that a terrible movie could be made from a popular game, as well.
And then there’s Devil Bunny Needs a Ham.
DBNaH is a board game created by James Ernest for his company, Cheapass Games. They produced entertaining, playable board games for rock-bottom prices, originally merely sealing the rules and any needed cards in a white envelope and printing a summary of the game on the front of the envelope. It marked a significant step for the company when they could upgrade to cheap cardboard boxes.
Cheapass had its successes, most notable among them Kill Doctor Lucky, and among their most bizarre hits was Devil Bunny Needs a Ham.
It’s now available for free download off of their site. You’ll need to find things to use as counters to play… but you always needed to do that. This is Cheapass Games, they’re not going to charge people money to make things like counters.
The description of it is as follows:
You and your friends are living pleasant and full lives in Happyville.
You are highly trained and well-paid sous-chefs, who have decided to climb to the top of a tall building, as fast as you can.
Devil Bunny needs a ham.
And he’s pretty sure that knocking you off the building will help him get one.
Perhaps he is right. Perhaps he is not.
Does that sound reasonable? Probably not, which is likely why it became popular. Popular enough, as it turned out, to earn a sequel game: Devil Bunny Hates the Earth, in which players take the roles of taffy machines trying to prevent Devil Bunny from tricking squirrels into performing evil deeds which will doom the planet.
Oh, and a movie. Which is just as good as one would expect based on the source material.
Question of the night: what’s your favorite holiday food?