This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, March 1 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.
Come back with us to the world of Laser Kittens, where tiny foster kitties learn to grow up to become awesome cats!
Laser Kittens is a light and zany tabletop roleplaying game about foster kittens. To play, you just need the rulebook and two decks of playing cards. To make the game more fun, we're creating an all-new deck of Kitten Cards. Each card features a unique illustration of a kitten doing adorable kitten stuff. You can use these cards to play your favorite card games like poker, rummy, or go fish as well as the Laser Kittens game.
We're also developing a sequel to the core Laser Kittens rulebook, called More Kittens. Included in More Kittens you'll find:
- Tips for playing Laser Kittens online, with large groups, with just two players, and more.
- Fun scenarios for playing Laser Kittens, such as kittens on a spaceship, kittens in ancient Egypt, or kittens learning to be witches' familiars
- Hacks that use the Laser Kittens system to play as dinosaurs, puppies, dragons, and more.
- Bonus feline micro-games, including Kitten Scouts and Mayor Cat.
If you want to hear what Laser Kittens is like, check out the session we ran with the folks from Fandible, using the Halloween adventure from More Kittens!
New Kitten Cards
Our all-new deck of Kitten Cards are illustrated by Dominique Ramsey. Each card features a unique illustration of a kitten getting into an adorable kitten adventure, from attacking a toy on a string, to getting a bath, to finding a perfect box to sit in.
These cards are a standard 52-card deck plus jokers, so you can use your Kitten Cards to play any card game you like! You need two decks to play Laser Kittens, but if you just want a single deck, you can back at the Toe Beans pledge level.
In More Kittens, you'll find a wealth of new adventures for your kittens to go on. The scenarios you'll get are:
Cats in Space: Little kitties have gotten aboard a spaceship bound for the new human colony on a far away planet. Make sure the humans arrive safely so you can find your forever home among the stars.
Haunted House: The humans are holding a scaaaary Halloween party, and the little kittens need to make sure they don't get too frightened.
Catnarök: Viking Kittens: The vikings have sailed to the far end of the world that they know, but they made sure to bring their kitties along.
Kittens Down Under: Watch out for the Cane Toads and Vegemite as you grow up to be the best cats in Australia.
Pr Miu (House of Cats), by Amr El-Azizi: Life in Egypt with the humans of Bubastis is a delicate symbiosis; it's not easy killing snakes, rats, and spiders all day while also conditioning them to feed you food. And now the mantle is passing down to you. Bastet help us all.
Athena's Conservatory for Feline Familiars, by Noella Handley: The kittens who come to ACFF are training to become familiars for the witches and warlocks of the world. Their classes resolve around the basic crafts of magic, along with other skills useful for familiars such as summoning demons, luring wayward children with cuteness, and bringing mommy birds for potions. While most kittens revel in such magical delights, there are also some who question if they want to be bound to dark masters forever.
Digging Up Trouble, by Alex Acks: The building next door to the Knoll Street School for Wayward Kittens has been demolished, which made for a slightly scary time because of all the noise. But now the empty lot is full of humans digging, looking for something – maybe it’s time for kittens to see what they can find.
Bodega Bootcamp, by Justin Joyce: Every bodega needs a cat or two to serve as Security Manager, but every Security Manager needs to retire. Now it is up to this group of youngsters to become the best bodega cats on the block. Bunking in a boot is mandatory.
We all love kittens, but sometimes you want to branch out -- and More Kittens has got you covered. We're featuring a variety of new games based on the Laser Kittens system. If you've played Laser Kittens, then you'll have no trouble picking up:
Doggie Wags, by Maisha Elonai: Foster puppies present their own challenges as the older dogs teach them to use the power hidden in every dog's favorite thing: the wag of their tail.
Dino Roars, by Stentor Danielson: Long long ago, humans and dinosaurs lived in stone-age harmony (or at least, they should have!). Become a little stegosaurus, triceratops, or t-rex and discover how to RAAAAAARRRRR.
Trash Friends, by Stentor Danielson: There is so much delicious garbage in this town, and as a motley crew of critters -- a raccoon, a possum, an ibis, a bear, and more -- it's up to you to take advantage of it.
The Gr8 Escape, by Brie Beau Sheldon: An embrace of octopuses have been taken from the tidal pools and deeper seas they know to a marine life recovery center. Once in a human environment, they learn new laser-fueled ways to disrupt the scientists and eventually find their ways home!
Dragon Diplobrats, by Alison Tam: From the hills of Wales to the banks of the Yangtze River, dragon tribes all over the world come together once a year for the International Conference on Draconic Affairs. You may be stuck in daycare and told not to interrupt all the important meetings happening, but there's still plenty of mischief for young dragons to get into. You've got diplomatic immunity, after all, and you might as well use it!
Toad on the Loose, by James Bojaciuk: Mr. Toad is on the loose in this charming asymmetrical multiplayer game in which the otters, moles, badgers and water rats surrounding Toad Hall must make Mr. Toad behave -- or he'll be arrested once more. Inspired by Kenneth Graham's classic novel The Wind in the Willows.
We also have a few bonus cat-related games for you!
Mayor Cat, by Stentor Danielson: The incumbent mayor of this town is corrupt and incompetent, so you have all come together to run the campaign of the only candidate that can bring real change: a cat. Release some attack ads, phone-bank for votes, and meow your way through the big debate and see if you come out on top on election day. Check out an actual play of Mayor Cat from the Gauntlet community here!
Kitten Scouts, by Cheyenne Grimes: Just because you've found your forever home doesn't mean your kitty adventures have come to an end. Earn merit badges and rise in the ranks to be the best Kitten Scout you can be!
There are a bunch of different items you can get with your pledge. We've tried to simplify the backer tiers with the most likely combinations, but don't worry -- you can always add additional items to your pledge through Backerkit at the end of the campaign.
- Kitten Cards: A deck of 54 playing cards, each featuring a unique kitten illustration by Dominique Ramsey
- More Kittens book: A book of scenarios, hacks, and expansions for the Laser Kittens game, illustrated by Cynthia Lee. Available as both a pdf and a softcover print book, depending on your pledge level.
- Laser Kittens book: The core rules for the Laser Kittens game. You'll need Laser Kittens to play the scenarios in More Kittens, but not to worry -- any pledge level that includes More Kittens also comes with a pdf of Laser Kittens. At higher pledge levels, you can add a softcover print version of Laser Kittens as well.
And for the true cat lovers out there, you can get your feline friend immortalized in More Kittens as a professor at the Knoll St. School for Wayward Kittens! If you select the Cat Pictures pledge level, we'll contact you after the campaign for a photo and description of your cat, which Cynthia will turn into a fun Cat Selfie to illustrate the book.
We have some awesome stretch goals lined up. Every $500 we go past our goal, we'll add another scenario or hack to the More Kittens book. These stretch goals will go to everyone who gets the book, no matter your pledge level!
[LOCKED] $5500: Mahou Neko Nyannyan Panic, by Angela Telmos: Learn to be the best Magical Purr Scout! Mew and Pew your way out of magical situations both large and small!
[LOCKED] $6000: Tails of Curious Kittens, by Kristin Devine: Inside the London flat of a legendary detective and her crime-solving cat, the kittens learn to examine clues, use their wits, and how to behave properly during afternoon tea.
[LOCKED] $6500: Hilda's House for Monstrous Manners, by Liz Chaipraditkul: Claws, scales, and fangs are no reason to act beastly. In fact, you're a monster - a creature from a long line of noble frights - and Hilda's House for Monstrous Manners will teach you how to live up to your legacy!
[LOCKED] $7000: Bright Lights, Star Kitties, by Kent Blue: What better place for tiny kittens to learn to use their lasers than the set of the next Hollywood box office smash? We’re ready for our close up. Lights! Camera! Laser Kittens!
[LOCKED] $7500: Catastrophic Curators, by Amr El-Azizi: It’s been a long time since the golden days of kitten kind here in Egypt, but relics of those days still exist; the only ties to a time long forgotten. Your job is to protect these artefacts in the name of all kitten kind ... just try not to cause a cat-astrophe in the process.
[LOCKED] $8000: Shifting Axolotls, by Alastor Guzman: There are nightmares all around. Some people use teddy bears, but in Xochimilco’s canals, the Axolotls shift their way into keeping them away. Go go Shifting Axolotl.
[LOCKED] $8500: Barn Cat Tales, by Cass Reyfield: You play as a litter of kittens discovered in a farmer's field. You are adopted by the family and have to learn how to be a proper farm cat: schooled in the art of chasing mice, befriending rowdy goats, calming the bulls, and warming the Farmer after a hard day's work ... do it well enough, and they might not even miss some fish from the cow pond.
[LOCKED] $9000: Kittens at Sea, by Kyle Decker: Oh no! The shelter our kittens will use to find their Forever Homes is all the way across the ocean! Now they must voyage across the open ocean on a pirate ship, all while taking classes on sea shanties, grappling with pesky parrots, and perfecting a set of lasers that rhyme with the oldest pirate sound of all: Argh Argh Argh!
[LOCKED] $9500: Transylvania Racing Academy, by Jacob Wood: There’s less than a year left to prepare for the next annual Monster Mash, Transylvania’s epic speed race and battle royale. You’re a new cadet at the Academy and ready to learn from the best beasts in the business. Can you hold yourself together long enough to graduate, or will you fall apart before the glue dries?
[LOCKED] $10,000: Supernatural School Squirrels, by Ennis Rook Bashe: A game about squirrels living on the campus of a school for unusual kids with special abilities. Fight off bad guys with walnuts, join clubs, and use your Power Squeak!
[LOCKED] $10,500: Steam Kittens, by Alex Acks: Welcome to Queen’s Finishing School, where orphaned kittens learn the finer points of keeping vermin out of a lady’s luggage or an engineer’s notes, among other important skills. Adventure waits around down the corridor of a speeding train or a soaring airship, ready to be defeated—or exacerbated—by your feline powers of invention.
[LOCKED] $11,000: Meowy Christmas, by Mary Helen Norris: Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year for kittens but this festive season comes with its own challenges. Luckily, Professor Tinsel Toes knows the ins and outs of Christmas - including the best way to climb the Christmas Tree.
[LOCKED] $11,500: Fiery Flavours and Where to Find Them, by Aaron King: Magical cooking is the most important sport in the world, so grave & weighty schools teach the culinary arts. Can students of arcane cuisine find fame while fending off the rise of automated chocolate factories?
Who We Are
Glittercats Fine Amusements is a Pittsburgh-based game publisher. The core team working on More Kittens consists of:
Stentor Danielson, project management, game writing and development:
Stentor is a geography professor, map-maker, and kitten wrangler. They are also The Worst because they have not given the kitties any wet foods since this morning!
Cheyenne Grimes, game writing and development:
Cheyenne Grimes (they/them) is a game designer for Glittercats Fine Amusements, as well as a professional tarot reader based in Pittsburgh. Most of their free time is spent on board games, karaoke, and looking at chonky cats on the internet. They are beyond pleased that enough gamers are cat people that we can make another game exploring their favorite subject.
Dominique Ramsey, illustration for Kitten Cards:
Dominique Ramsey is an African-American illustrator who loves drawing animals, animal symbolism, and nature. She is inspired by the connection between animals and people and how every animal could symbolize something different to everyone. She has always loved art and drawing animals ever since she could hold a pen and it brings her so much joy to draw them and learn varies art techniques and tools along the way. This is a joyful feeling that she wants to share with others and to help show others that animal art does not have to be only realism or cartoon, it can be anything your heart desires! and if we open up our minds and hearts to animal art more and more, the ideas and inspiration will be endless.
Cynthia Lee, illustration for More Kittens book:
Cynthia is primarily a tattoo artist in Pittsburgh, but is always excited to work on cool illustration projects. They like playing board games, roleplaying games, reading comics, and drawing.
Colleen Riley, editing:
Colleen Riley is a freelance editor, writer, artist, and immigration paralegal. Her other projects include The White Box, Beating the Story, Friendly Local Game Store, Meeples Together, Unknown Armies 3, Trinity Continuum: In Media Res, Infinity, Technoir, Mechnoir, and Morenoir. She serves four (mostly) benevolent feline overlords in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her Twitter (@wordbunny) and Instagram (colleen_elizabeth_riley) are mostly cat pictures.
Professor Monks, supervisor:
Monks is a bug hunting expert and wet food connoisseur who has proudly taught many classes of kittens at the Knoll St. School for Wayward Kittens. He has the pinkest toe beans.
And for More Kittens, we have a wonderful team of guest writers:
Alex Acks is an award-winning writer, Book Riot contributor, geologist, and sharp-dressed sir. Angry Robot Books has published their novels HUNGER MAKES THE WOLF (winner of the 2017 Kitschies Golden Tentacle award) and BLOOD BINDS THE PACK under the pen name Alex Wells. A collection of their steampunk novellas, MURDER ON THE TITANIA AND OTHER STEAM-POWERED ADVENTURES, is available Queen of Swords Press. They’ve had short fiction in Tor.com, Strange Horizons, Giganotosaurus, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, and more, and written movie reviews for Strange Horizons and Mothership Zeta. They’ve also written several episodes of Six to Start’s Superhero Workout game and races for their RaceLink project. Alex lives in Denver (where they bicycle, drink tea, and twirl their ever-so-dapper mustache) with their two furry little bastards. For more information, see http://www.alexacks.com
Ennis Rook Bashe, who has previously published as Kayla Bashe, is a game designer, poet, and novelist from Brooklyn. Their work has previously appeared in Strange Horizons and Cricket Magazine, and they contributed a Patreon-exclusive playbook to Under Hollow Hills. Find them on itch.io at https://ennisrook.itch.io.
Kent Blue is a father and husband. He is also the host of Roll To Play Podcast; a weekly actual play podcast.
James Bojaciuk is CEO Duobus of 18thWall Productions. He's also the co-host and producer of The Raconteur Roundtable, a podcast dedicated to intimate, in-depth interviews with creators. If that weren't enough, he's written a Doctor Who spin-off story (part of the Faction Paradox line, in Stranger Tales of the City), a Sherlock Holmes story which won Best Steampunk Short Story (Preditors and Editors Readers' Poll 2017), and co-edited two volumes of Cryptid Clash! with Josh Reynolds. Other recent fiction and articles have appeared in Speakeasies & Spiritualists, Occult Detective Quarterly, and Doctor Who Appreciation Society publications.
Elizabeth Chaipraditkul is a game developer, author, and owner of Angry Hamster Publishing. She is the author of dark fantasy game WITCH: Fated Souls and a game about human heroes and their animal companions Familiars of Terra. Liz has been the lead developer for John Wick Presents with books set in the 7th Sea World including the Crescent Empire and Heroes & Villains. She has also written for numerous companies including Wizards of the Coast, Onyx Path Publishing, Magpie Games, and Third Eye Games.
Kyle Decker is the editor and host of the roleplaying podcast Quest Friends! His fiendish allergies prevent him from adopting kittens, but that doesn't stop him from trying every time he passes a shelter.
Kristin Devine loves to hack, design and play games. She and her husband share a passion for storytelling and together formed Dice Up Games with several games in the process of being published. You can find more information about Kristin and Dice Up Games at www.diceupgames.com
Amr El-Azizi is an Egyptian engineering student who ironically likes writing games with as few numbers as possible. They apologize for having to borrow their best friend's kittens for the photo, as their landlord does not allow pets (They refuse to specify what pet they would have if given permission). Find them on twitter @ammourazz for news about their other work.
Maisha Elonai lives in a world of whimsy along with her Shih-Tzu, Muppet the Fearsome War Beast. They frequently appear together at small Renaissance Faires in the Mid-Atlantic region and spend their days advocating for disability rights. An inseparable team, Maisha wrote most of Doggie Wags with Muppet sitting across her arms.
Alastor Guzman is a Mexican game designer and biologist. Co-founder of Axo stories, where they are trying to support latinx game designers to get their games on the market. Fan of axolotls and cats, he like urban fantasy and surreal games.
Noella Handley is a linguist, speculative fiction writer, and RPG gamer. They are a graduate of the 2013 and 2015 Alpha Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing Workshop for Young Writers. They are currently a Master's Student in Linguistics at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. They are knee-deep in decoding cat language and how to learn the secrets of the universe from our four-legged friends.
Justin Joyce is a Bronx-born author and freelance creative writer. He is a contributor for TDF SEEN, an award-winning playwright (technically), an avid dice-roller, and a proud father of a gray tabby. You can find him @RadioAirHyper where he reposts cute animals, surreal memes, and sometimes updates his own projects.
Aaron King is a game writer and collage artist living in Minneapolis, MN (one of the homes of roleplaying games). Their work can be found in Languard Locations, The Gauntlet's Codex zine, Rolled & Told, and more. Their obsession with food mascots can be traced back to a homemade Kool-Aid Man comic made at the age of 5.
M.H. Norris most recently launched her mystery series, All The Petty Myths, which combines forensics and mythology. The first volume featured the premiere story “Midnight,” which won #2 Best Mystery Novel in the 2018 Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll. She is co-host and co-producer on The Raconteur Roundtable, a popular podcast focused on in-depth, intimate interviews with authors, actors, and other creators. In addition, she is the Television Coordinator for The Time Travel Nexus.
Cass Reyfield is a game designer and digital artist. She is currently owned by Columbo, a rescue cat who has properly trained her to serve breakfast promptly at 4:00 am every day. She is dedicated to balancing out negativity on social media with cute animal art and can be found on Twitter @casskdesigns.
Brie Beau Sheldon (they/he) is a queer game designer, journalist, and editor and is a genderfluid nonbinary-masculine person. They are the creator of Turn, Script Change, Let Me Take a Selfie, and a number of other small products, and have worked on larger professional projects like Firefly Smuggler’s Guide to the Rim and Bubblegumshoe. They have managed the Thoughty Blog for over 5 years to include game theory, interviews, and free games released through their Patreon. They have also created Leading with Class, a leadership show teaching through games. Their passions are asking questions, selfies, and exploring identity and community through games.
Alison Tam is the kind of writer who works best when she has a sparkly glitter pen and paper. She grew up on dragon stories and kitten videos, and has never stopped daydreaming about either of them since.
Angela Telmos is a purr-veyor of most things creepy and cute, who also enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and tabletop gaming! Always ready to watch anime, build a blanket fort, and eat some snacks. Blood is 90% coffee.
Jacob Wood is the owner of Accessible Games and a member of the Indie Game Developers Network. When not writing his own books such as Psi-punk and Monster Kart Mayhem, he enjoys working with other companies such as Third Eye Games, Rebel Minis, and others. He’s legally blind and has a mission to help make the gaming industry a more welcoming place for people with disabilities.
And last but not least, we have our printing partners. We had such good experiences with our original Kickstarter that we'll be using the same shops for our printing. The More Kittens book will be printed at Keness here in Pittsburgh, and the Kitten Cards will be done by DriveThru Cards on premium cardstock with their special no-glue tuckboxes (seriously, these tuckboxes are super cool).
Risks and challenges
In 2016, we successfully Kickstarted the Laser Kittens core rulebook, including a PDF, print book, and cards, so we know the process for getting all of these parts to happen. There are always possible road bumps, from personal illnesses to printer errors, but we will remain transparent throughout the process to make sure all of our backers know where we are. The biggest new challenge will be our large number of awesome contributors, so we'll be stepping up our organizing game to make sure that all of the promised pieces are ready to go on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter