Our goal with CATaclysm is to create an easy-to-learn action-packed tabletop role-playing game that places the fate of the world in the capable claws of furious feline fighters. In CATaclysm you play a Cat, not a Cat person. You think like a Cat. You act like a Cat. Because you are a Cat! The only difference between the Cats you play and your Cat at home is that the Cats of CATaclysm stand on two feet, wear clothes and armour, and swing axes into Rats, Toads, and Frogs. The Cats are aided by Meowgic, a mystic force that they have learned to harness and use to defend Cat civilization.
CATaclysm is a game created by Brent Logan and Shiraz Sheikh, and beautifully illustrated by Toma Feizo-Gas. Together they form Akinji Entertainment, and this is their very first RPG.
Da humanz iz ded. No moar fud for us. No moar scratchez for us. No moar protecshun frum teh outsides for us. We haz taken teh earth…
Catain Galileo Furrwhisker.
No Cat knows exactly how long it has been since the humans left, but one thing’s for sure, they left in a real hurry. The Cats can still see the majestic Human cities of glass and steel on the horizon on a clear day, but they dare not approach, not without protection. These places have become forbidden zones because they are filled with a mysterious and sinister evil: Miasma.
Miasma is a horrible, evil substance that eventually corrupts and destroys everything it touches… well almost everything. The despicable Rats, Toads, and Frogs feed off of Miasma, and it is even rumored that they can control it for their own nefarious ends. The Cats believe that Miasma is what chased the humans away in the first place, and now it is their responsibility to defend the world, and Mommy Nurtur, against it.
Although most animals have evolved into sophisticated, intelligent beings, Cats have been given a very special gift from Mommy Nurtur that singles them out from all the other creatures: Meowgic. This mystical force is where the Cats draw their power - the source of their nine lives. As their birthright, all Cats can use Meowgic, however some breeds are more attuned to its power than others.
Feline society is quite complex. Cats are tribal, living in large societies known as clowders which are based on their breed. As a player you choose to play a breed, of which 9 are the most common, each having their own special talents and gifts. The Maine Coons are a large warrior and seafaring breed who are at home both on land and in water; The slippery and sneaky Egyptian Mau have the fastest of cat-like reflexes, making them effective rogues and assassins; the bookish Persians have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge which sends them to the furthest corners of world in search for lore, and; the mysterious Manx are powerful Meowgicians that can manipulate Meowgic better than any other breed.
In recent years, Cats have become extremely curious of their origins and the fate of their ancient masters: the humans. The Cats do not worship humans (did they ever?) and were in fact quite indifferent to things human, however they now know that the key to understanding their place in the world is to uncover what happened to them. Cats now scour the world searching for ancient human lore and artifacts, going to great lengths to acquire them. The ancient Catains (the founders of the original 9 breeds) have left clues for later generations throughout the land of Cats and it is up to you, the Cat Hero, to find them!
This fantasy-based role-playing game brings a fast-paced combat module and a rich Cat-like role-playing experience that creates a theatrical game that moves with agility and grace. Akinji Entertainment has designed CATaclysm with the intention of making it easy-to-learn for those who have never before tried RPGs but at the same time giving it enough bite to keep seasoned players asking for more. We feel that we have accomplished this in two ways: Firstly, by designing a new RPG engine that does not intimidate the new player but at the same time is faithful to the way most RPGs are played, and secondly; by creating an immersive story that is compelling and conducive to a rich role playing experience.
Ph4se Lite (“Phase 4 Lite”) is Akinji’s premiere game mechanic that keeps play quick and intuitive. Whenever a Hero wants to attempt an action that has a chance of failure, they roll a ten-sided die (or ‘d10’). To determine success of the task (for a Talent, Skill, or Attack):
- Roll a d10
- Add any relevant scores and modifiers
- Compare the result to the required result If the required result is met or exceeded, the Hero performs the action or task. If the result is lower, the Hero fails.
Ph4se Lite also introduces a unique life management system that does away with crunchy hit points and replaces them with colour-coded conditions called Phases. These phases represent a Hero’s physical and mental condition as they interact with their environment. Each phase represents a different state of being whether it be cool and collected (green), stressed and winded (yellow), injured (red), or dead or incapacitated (black). Moving into each phase may lock up or unlock certain abilities and talents. Tracking your Hero’s phase is easy with a Life-Force Dial (included with the base game) and the dials are large enough so that everybody at the table is aware of the group’s health at a quick glance.
CATaclysm debuted at Gen Con 49 two years ago. Originally intended as a oneshot, it was an instant hit with players who wanted more. Since then we have tried to incorporate more, fleshing out the game world and the Cats that make it their home. Since then, we have created a deep and mythical lore-based fantasy realm that will allow players to immerse themselves fully into a rich tapestry of Cat-like role play. We love storytelling and vivid role-playing scenarios and this is another aspect that we have tried to incorporate into CATaclysm. We want to arm both gamemasters and players with lore that can delve deep into the heart of Cat culture, legends, and mythos.
At Akinji Entertainment we believe that every great story needs great art, and we have tried to spare no expense to make that a reality for CATaclysm. We are very fortunate to have Toma Feizo-Gas as our lead artist on this project. Toma comes with years of experience in Fantasy/Sci-Fi illustrations, having worked on many RPG titles such as Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Mutant Chronicles, Magic: The Gathering, and the new Star Trek RPG. The illustrations you see here are all done by Toma’s gifted hand and you can see how each Cat is beaming with a unique personality.
But good art doesn’t come cheap. We want to make sure that Toma is appropriately compensated for the great work he’s done so we have come up with an idea that we hope will facilitate that, and at the same time give you a unique opportunity to take advantage of. During the production process, if you back us at specific pledge levels, we will add your cat to the game! Just imagine your furry feline gracing one of the pages of the Core Rulebook, the GM screen or supplement - or even the book cover! There are four pledge levels that you can pledge to get your cat’s likeness in the game:
Copied Cat (CAN$250): Pledge at this level and we will put your heroic cat in either the Core Rulebook, or one of our other products or supplements from the Kickstarter. Your cat will be credited on a special page in the Core Rulebook. Limit 20 spots.
Copied Cat Hero (CAN$350): Pledge at this level and your cat will be featured on Chapter plate. Each chapter will have a lead-in illustration one of which will depict your cat in a heroic scene! Limit 15 spots.
Catain (CAN$750): At this pledge your cat’s likeness will be used as an archetype for one of the main breeds or paradigms in the game. If your cat’s breed is not already in the game we will create one to fit your cat. If the breed already exists and has an illustration, we will create a paradigm hero (see Stretch Level 2 below) for your cat instead. Limit 25 spots.
Legendary Catain (CAN$1000): At this pledge level your cat will grace the Core Rulebook cover! Up to three cats can be added to the cover scene, so make sure you pledge fast!
For kindly supporting us in our project, everyone who pledges from the base pledge (Kitty Citizen) and up, will receive the Cat Package, which is essentially the CATaclysm Game Box. The game box comes with:
Full-Colour Illustrated Core Rulebook: The book is planned to be about 6x8 (A5) with gloss finish high-quality paper. The current page count is approximately 110 pages, and sections dealing with Character Creation, Breeds, Feats, Skills and Talents, Combat, Meowgic, Items, as well as a GM section, which fleshes out the CATaclysm world and also includes an introductory adventure.
A Pair of 10-Sided Dice: The box will also include 2 beautifully customized d10s, which is the only set of dice you need to play the game. Remember, the highest number you can role is 9 - a 0 is exactly that, a zero!
A Set of High-Quality Dials: These fully assembled dials are made from a durable 800gsm board, full-colour illustrated with matt varnish with linen finish. They are held together with a plastic button that makes turning the dials smooth and easy. You get:
- 3 Player Hero Dials
- 3 Lives Dials to track your 9 Lives
- 4 Enemy Dials
- 1 Enemy Leader (Chief) Dial
- 1 Boss Dial
As a very special thank-you to those who support us on Kickstarter, everyone who pledges the base pledge (Kitty Citizen) and up will receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Dice Bag (CAN$15 value) filled with 5 custom d10s!! The Dice Bag will feature the Black Cat Paradigm archetype Pawzzt Do’Purrden leaping through the air, duel-wielding a pair of curved daggers. Yep, it’s pretty epic.
The Following Add-ons can be added to your pledge and are included in some pledge levels as a reward:
CATaclysm Core Rulebook PDF (CAN$20): This high-resolution watermarked PDF version contains everything the printed Core Rulebook has, and comes with Print-and-Play dials which you can easily print and assemble on your own.
6 CATaclysm Character Postcards (CAN$10): 6 beautiful full-colour standard postcard size illustrations of the Cat Heroes featured in CATaclysm (You choose the ones you want).
Printed Illustrated Full-Colour Character Sheets (CAN$10): this set of nine 6x8 (A5) character sheets are full colour,and printed on cardstock. Each one features a different Cat Hero as the illustration. You can also track your phases and lives along the side of the card as well.
Printed Blank Full-Colour Character Sheets (CAN$10): This pack of 20 character sheets are just like the ones above, except that they do not have a portrait illustration so you can design your own Cat Hero!
Full Colour GM Screen (CAN$10): A must-have for any serious GM to keep nosey players out of her business, this GM Screen is matt laminated and fully illustrated. It has all the tables you need at your fingertips, and also has enemy phase trackers along its borders (plastic clips included).
Relic Deck Featuring 30 Illustrated Cards (CAN$10): This deck of standard playing card-size cards feature 30 illustrated human relics with accompanying stats players can find while exploring the world of CATaclysm.
3 30x18 Play Mats for "The Palace of Ss'inar Hiss" (CAN$20): When we playtested CATaclysm at the last Gen Con, we printed large maps of several of maps from the Adventure, The Palace of Ss’nar Hiss which is included in the Core Rulebook for tabletop miniature play. Beautifully rendered by Alia Moosvi, these were an instant hit at the Convention. Many of our playtesters requested that we add them to the game, so here they are! You get 3 large (30x18) matte laminated maps, each map is overlaid with one-inch square grids which works perfectly with most standard minis.
We are pleased to include a full adventure in the Core Rulebook entitled: The Palace of Ss'inar Hiss. In this adventure, the players are recruited by a mysterious noblecat, Sir Whiskers Shadow, to search for an ancient tome that holds information about the legendary Catains, the heroic founders of the Cat race. However the tome is said to lie within the Palace of Ss'inar Hiss, the long dead Adder Lord, and is guarded by a foul tribe of rats led by a pair of crazed feral cat brothers. The heroes must storm the palace, retrieve the tome, and make off with any human artifacts they can find... sounds easy enough. But there is something waiting for them in the dark...
We want to see this game go beyond the basic box set described above and we have plans to launch many additional books and supplements to create an even more full-bodied and furtastic fantasy world to play in, some of which can be unlocked through our stretch goals (see below).
We have come to all of you, our fans, to help us bring this product to bear… err… bearcat? We have already invested a lot of time and resources into this project with the intention of creating a beautiful product for you. Kickstarter will help us not only accomplish this faster, but also assist us in going even bigger to create this pawsome role playing game.
“CATaclysm is everything I love about pen and paper RPGs mixed with the ease of learning and playability of a board game. Elves, orcs, and fey monsters aren’t for everyone. But everyone loves cats! The appeal of this charismatic playable felines helps introduce those who are not baptized in the fire of a deep dungeon crawl into the RPG genre. This game brings something for everyone to enjoy such as dice-rolling, epic battles, magic (Meowgic), role-playing, a rich world, enjoyable NPCs, and most of all CATS!”
Cameron Anderson, two-time playtester, Gen Con 49 & Gen Con 50.
“CATaclysm Is a colorful, fun, and simple RPG with a great deal of theme. The character artwork is inspired, combat is color-coded for damage, and has an active combat system, so all players must pay closer attention. And let us not forget the nine lives. Next life, my axe-wielding Maine Coon is going to get that Frog Boss for sure!”
Matt Reed, Podcaster, The Guides to the Megaverse.
“it’s hard to just say one thing that is awesome about CATaclysm, the ease of entry, the simplicity of generating a character, and the rules being easy to grasp while still at the same time being tactically sound and rewarding. When you do something awesome is what will make this game a fun game to not only bring in newer players that haven’t played before but to also play with veteran role players that are looking for a light but challenging system to engage in!”
Keith LaRue, Playtester, Gen Con 50.
“I’m a dog person. Dogs like me, and I like them. Cats don’t like me. I don’t think I’ve ever met a cat which truly liked me for who I am. I won’t be surviving the apocalypse, when the Cats take over. This much became clear to me when I first picked up CATaclysm. Imagine a world where humans are dead, and only Cats, rats, and all sorts of other mammals and rodents exist. Now give them a ton of fantasy weaponry. Oh, and Meowgic (I know, purrfect). Now you’re imagining the sheer silly fun that is CATaclysm. I got the chance to play the game recently, and despite my inner pride about playing a game about cats, I was quickly won over. You’d think a game like this would exist purely on the gimmick of being a TTRP – but with Cats! Again, the book surprises. If you’re familiar with D&D, you’ll be familiar with the Ph4se system.” [Full Review]
Will Jones, Encounter Roleplay.
"CATaclysm is am awesome new take on traditional pen and paper or tabletop RPGs. The system makes it easy to enjoy the game whether you're a novice or experienced player. The setting is hilarious and makes the game as serious or as silly as you want it to be. I'm looking forward to seeing what the full game has to offer."
Thomas McIvor, two-time playtester, Gen Con 49 & Gen Con 50.
We are pleased to offer you the following pledge levels:
We are pleased to offer the following stretch goals as incentives to make CATaclysm even better!
Level 1: $19,000 – BREEDING LIKE CATS – Why settle for just 9 breeds when you can have 11! At this stretch level we will add:
- 2 new fully illustrated playable breeds will be added to the Core Rulebook.
Level 2: $22,000 – THE FOUR MEOWSKATEERS – CATaclysm is about bringing friends together. When unlocked, this stretch level will give you:
- 1 Additional player Hero Dial and Life Dial will be added to the game box, to get one more player at the table.
Level 3: $25,000 – TABLETOP TACTICS – Transform your tabletop into an epic battle scene with:
- 25 high-quality cardboard punch-out standies (plastic bases included) for tabletop play - These will include all the breeds, foes, bosses, obstacles, and even a giant snake!
Level 4: $27,000 – RISE OF THE PARADIGMS – At this level, additional rules content will be unlocked:
- Paradigm Rules: Take your CATaclysm heroes to the next level with these intriguing new paradigms that can be added to any breed. Paradigms give your Hero some new abilities and talents, but there is usually a trade-off! 9 new fully illustrated paradigms will be included in the Core Rulebook, such as: Black Cat, Fat Cat, Steam Cat, Aristo-Cat, and more!
Level 5: $30,000 – DIALING IT UP – At this level, an additional add-on will be unlocked:
- Hero Dial Box Add-on: The Hero Box comes with 9 additional dials with completely different art to add to your game. It can be added to your pledge for an additional CAN$10, and it will be included in the following pledge levels and packages: Cat Citizen (Player Package), Cat Mayor (GM Package), and Cat Hero (Hero Package).
Level 6: $40,000 – THE TOME OF MEOWGIC – CATaclysm Meowgic Supplement.
- Written by the ancient Catains, The fabled Tome of Meowgic was the mystical codex containing the ancient art of manipulating Meowgic for maximum effect. When unlocked, everyone will receive a digital copy of this rule supplement which adds new rules, spell descriptions, (known as incatations and catrips), human artifacts, and a section devoted to the foul practice of Miasma alchemy!
- 2 new fully illustrated playable breeds will be added to the Core Rulebook. However, to fit the theme of the Tome of Meowgic, these breeds will be especially attuned to the use of the Meowgical arts.
Level 7: $50,000 – LEGENDS OF THE CATAINS – CATaclysm Adventure Campaign Supplement.
- Everyone who pledges the base pledge and above will receive this exciting new supplement: A new digital supplement will be unlocked entitled Legend of the Catains, which is a campaign adventure book that continues the story from The Palace of of Ss’inar Hiss adventure included in the Core Rulebook. The Campaign Book fleshes out the important story arc that began in the first adventure, giving you 4 more adventures for your players to sink their claws into. The Campaign Book will also give a detailed description of the Cat capital city, Catalon, and its many districts and levels.
- This supplement will also introduce two new playable breeds, the secretive Somali Reds and the equally enigmatic Russian Blues!
Level 8: $60,000 – CAT EVOLUTION – Go big or go home right? At this level we will do some modifications to the Core Rulebook format.
- The Core Rulebook will grow from a 6x8 (A5) to an 8.5x11 format! Bigger pages means bigger artwork! (It also means bigger shipping costs but don’t worry we’ll cover the difference!).
- 2 new fully illustrated playable breeds will be added to the Core Rulebook.
Level 9: $70,000 – CATAMEOWMICON – At this level a previously unlocked digital supplement will go through a major upgrade:
- The Tome of Meowgic will be liberated from the digital ether and will be released in print! Featuring a new, Lovecatian-themed cover that will be sure to send chills down your spine, as well as a new adventure, The Quest for the Catameowmicon that is designed to introduce the Tome of Meowgic rules to your CATaclysm Campaign.
- 2 new fully illustrated playable breeds will be added to the Core Rulebook.
Level 10: $100,000 – KINGDOM CAT – OK. If the other stuff we’ve just given you doesn’t make you purr in excitement, there really is only one thing left – MINIATURES!!!!!! That’s right! We will give you minis, how many minis? I don’t know… How about a dozen minis? High quality resin minis that will just blow your mind. In fact, they will be so good you’ll just want the game for the minis, that’s how awesome these minis will be. Cat minis, rat minis, a giant snake mini… Cool right? Or maybe not it doesn't matter because that's how we’ll thank you for bringing us all the way here.
- 4 Hero Cat miniatures
- 6 Rat miniatures
- 1 Toad Chieftain Miniature
- 1 Giant Snake Miniature
Risks and challenges
One of the main challenges with this campaign is that we are new to Kickstarter. Akinji Entertainment Inc. is a fresh new company that aims to bring fun and exciting games to the public. However, we cannot do this without the support of fans! Building a fanbase has been a struggle but we know there are people who are dedicated to seeing Cataclysm on their game shelf at home.
Cataclysm is about 90% completed in terms of rules and mechanics. This means we are just making minor tweaking to the rules based on feedback from our playtesters. We are working diligently to complete all of the revisions and testing so that all of the kinks are ironed out and the game will soon be ready for tabletops everywhere.
This is also our first product which has many of its own challenges and risks. This is a very ambitious undertaking for the Akinji team and we know well that this is a worthwhile risk. We believe this product is high quality, fun, and that people will love it. We are committed to a tight production timeline and have done our due diligence in ensuring that, once the Kickstarter is successful, we can efficiently produce a beautiful product to bring to our fans.
We have been in talks with manufacturers and fulfillment specialists and have done our best to secure production timelines and costs. We have an inside man, so to speak, with a manufacturing company and he is helping us keep costs low and keep our production fast. As we said we have contacted many fulfillment agencies and intend to get the fastest and most cost effective option so that Cataclysm is on your tables as soon as possible.
Another challenge is shipping costs and fulfillment. We live in Canada, and so shipping can be a bit challenging, but thankfully we have some key national resources that we can take advantage of. Our national mail carrier Canada Post, offers great services to foster small businesses and even provides discounts to shipping. Depending on how we do in the Kickstarter, we may choose to use Canada Post and take advantage of this discount. Typically, we expect domestic shipping to be around CAN$10 and to the U.S. around CAN$15. International shipping may be a bit more depending on final destination country.
As ever, unforeseen events can slow down or impede the progress of the game, but we’ve done our best to leave room in our plan for them. We plan to remain transparent with our supporters throughout this campaign, which means we will communicate deadlines, project status, and our development process. We’ll be updating all of you with news about the project so that you know precisely what’s going on with the game. We hope you will join us on this journey of CATaclysmic proportions!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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