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€3,154
pledged of €14,000pledged of €14,000 goal
32
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, August 24 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Cathracha is a skirmish/adventure board game for 1-8 players. In this deckbuilding board game, you travel around the cities of the magical island Tir na nOg. Collect weapons, gems and other items to become the strongest druid. Ready for a battle royale showdown measuring your skills against others? Go for an "all against each other" battle, using magical weapons and items to be the last man standing! Do you love adventures in a Celtic-inspired mystical world? Go solo or with your friends on multiple campaigns, learning the deeper lore of Cathracha and face your enemies with your group of heroes.

Each player takes one of the 8 miniatures and chooses between one of the three factions. These factions have unique advantages in the game, to gather or use certain cards.

The Tuatha Dé faction is known for its strong connection to the island and the forest in the very centre between their Cities, the Nemeton. Inhabitants from the City of Falias (green) are allied with the Dordras druids.

The Firban druids are know for using white magic, their own magic class. They entered Tir na nOg with their own spells of teleportation, a thorn in the eye of the Falias druids who proclaim themselves as the master of teleportation. The Dordras faction are human druids that made an oath not to use Firban's white magic. Ally to Falias, they fight for what they think is best for Tir na nOg.

You will be able to explore the world by freely moving your character over the board on the given paths that connect different areas with each other. At the start and at the end of each turn, you get to roll a 12-sided die (1D12) for steps that you may take. You are of course allowed to take less steps. Even none is possible. It's all about strategy.

Example: Green throws a 7 with the D12 die, but needs only 4 steps to get in reach. He attacks his opponent, standng on the same line (one of the possible criteria to be able to attack your opponent). Afterwards he throws a 5, but only makes 2 steps, waiting with his Sword weapon card around the corner to counter-attack the archer when she comes closer.
Example: Green throws a 7 with the D12 die, but needs only 4 steps to get in reach. He attacks his opponent, standng on the same line (one of the possible criteria to be able to attack your opponent). Afterwards he throws a 5, but only makes 2 steps, waiting with his Sword weapon card around the corner to counter-attack the archer when she comes closer.

On your path you will gather cards to build your deck and strengthen your character. Cathracha has 7 different card themes to choose from, giving you the opportunity to build and change your style during the game. These cards can be enhanced with gems that you gather throughout the game, unlocking spells of 5 different magic classes. 

There are 7 piles of cards, by color. Depending on where you are on the board, you will get cards of a given color. This means you can gather cards depending on your strategy and game style, by roaming certain areas on the board.
There are 7 piles of cards, by color. Depending on where you are on the board, you will get cards of a given color. This means you can gather cards depending on your strategy and game style, by roaming certain areas on the board.
In each pile of cards, you will find a mix of Action, Hand, Super Hand, Table and Weapon cards.
In each pile of cards, you will find a mix of Action, Hand, Super Hand, Table and Weapon cards.

During the game, you will collect Weapon cards and gems with which you can attack your opponents. Sword cards deal most damage, can attack around corners but have a small range. Archery cards deal less damage but have a big range as you can attack opponents standing on the same line as you. Staff cards deal zero damage but have more magical possibilities. While Sword and Archery cards can only carry a couple of gems, Staff cards can easily accept 4 or 5 gems. The amount of gems you can place on a Weapon card is written at the bottom of the card.

In the standard battle royale / skirmish game, players will start from different locations on the board. With the throw of a die, you walk through forest, field, city and sanctuary. Compete against your friends by combining these beautiful, immersive cards to create a fierce attack or cunning ambush. 

For the true adventurers, we have a campaign book with quests for solo play or co-op play! These adventures are based on the lore of Cathracha, a mix of Irish mythology and European fantasy. Players can explore the world, gather resources, strengthen their skills, fight against enemies and more. Using luck and witty choices, you create your story and learn to survive in the mystical world of Cathracha.

  • A huge, beautiful board (60x60cm) which combines its movement and attacking system by using grid paths unique in every area instead of a standard square or hexagon grid. Take advantage of your surroundings!
  • No more tossing away your weapons for a better one: improve the weapons you have. Your character doesn't change, it grows!
  • No fixed character, no fixed perks at start. Evolve as you want! Gather cards from unique places on the board, to specialize in different magic types and play styles.
  • Change the world around you by placing barricades on the board, preventing players to use certain routes. Put your enemies asleep, freeze them or move them to dangerous positions.
  • 'Easy rules and magic lists' A5 sheets that offer a quick overview of the rules and magic spells, lying next to you while playing.
  • Easy to learn, hard to master. Combine weapons, spells and additional Hand and Table cards to create strong combinations!
  • Campaign book with Cathracha lore-friendly stories, based on Celtic mythology!

It all began more than 16 years ago, with a children's book. It was a small story about fantasy, magic, love and war. At that time, the working title was 'The Four Cities'. As fantasy and mythology often go hand in hand, amazing similarities were found between that story and the myths of the Tuatha Dé Danann from Irish mythology. A beautiful blend was made between both worlds in those years that followed. Over the last 12 years, the lore of Cathracha grew, as did the interest in turning that Celtic story into a beautiful board game filled with adventures and strategy.

A dream was born to create a Celtic board game. One with a story. A story from writer to player. Gameplay, tactics, storyline and lore are all linked to each other and giving this board game in the hands of a big company may change all that. We love the magical theme that was build around this board game and we would love to see it come to life!

For our board game production, we work together with local, high-quality companies in Europe. We are excited to do all 3D production of our miniatures in our own studio! Final production is also done in our studio, to check the quality of every copy of the game and because we love being close to our product and customer. 

Cathracha was created with the help of Baskerville, a professional high-quality printing company with more than 80 years of experience.

Cathracha will be available in English and in Dutch. Translations will be done for the complete game: rules, campaigns, cards,... You will be able to choose the language of your preference after the campaign has ended, in the pledge manager.

I want to give a special thanks to all the people that helped making this dream come true. First of all, I want to thank my girlfriend. Without her, this board game wouldn't even be on Kickstarter to begin with! She is the mastermind behind the card logo, the setting and clothing of our own commercial video, fine-tuning of game mechanics and the cohesion of the artwork in our game and she has been a huge help in every single process of the production.

I also want to thank my friends that helped creating the awesome commercial video. They also helped testing and balancing the game. Sybrid Music, who produces epic music that we were allowed to use in our video, thank you!

And of course a big thank you to the community. It's you that believes we can build this board game, create this world for you to explore and have fun whether it be in a solo game or with friends. We need your help to make our dream come true!


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Risks and challenges

This is our first Kickstarter campaign and we focus on sale in Europe and the USA for now. As we are based in Europe, this makes our campaign EU-friendly. We contacted multiple sources to get practical and official information on selling board games to the USA. All sources until now claim that the only import costs for one or three games will be $2,10 on MPF. Alas, we cannot foresee if any additional costs will be charged at US customs.
We will try to get every board game ready and delivered before the winter holidays this year. At the moment, we do not foresee any delays in our production line.

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