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Moar about CATS & CATS
CATS & CATS is an experimental and (mostly) unplayable tabletop role-playing game experience. The degree of playability depends on the players' extreme commitment to the premise of the game. It attempts to be a supermegacompletely cutdownuntilthereisnothingleft traditional style RPG, wrapped in a (metaphorical) fuzzy blanket of cat. Why? Because I have yet to find a ttrpg that was cat enough for me and now I want to share my creation with yooouuuuuu~~! Cat cat cat cat cat cat cat cat cat!
This game is designed for 0-12 players and takes approximately 0-8 hours to play.
CATS & CATS is a very smol game; the rule book and character sheet fit on the front and back of one sheet of paper. Breaking from standard traditional d20 RPG mechanics, this game utilizes only 1c6.
The game will be released in two graphic styles. The first is more trad, with clean and precise computer generated lines. The other is a more "zine" style, which is to say photocopies of my hand-drawn version of the trad style mentioned above. Don't worry, you don't have to choose; you will get both versions. You're welcome?
CATS&CATS is part of Kickstarter's Zine Quest Project, a celebration of RPG zine creations! Go check it out, there are some PAWSOME things out there!!!
Uhm...Okay? But why is this a Kickstarter?
This Kickstarter will fund the production of the custom six-sided cats—I mean custom six-sided dice—which are required to play the game. Unfortunately, producing a limited number of dice with each die face being customized is spendy. Boo. These exclusive 1c6 are only compatible with CATS & CATS, but they at least look really cool!
Here is a pre-production proof from the manufacturer!
Pledge Levels and Backer Rewards
$1: ...I have no idea what is going on???
That's alright, I don't know what is going on either! But I'm plowing forward anyways. If you accidentally click on this level, you will receive the PDF of CATS & CATS, including a print-and-fold version of the 1c6.
$3: I know what's going on...and I like it!
Huh! Wow! Okay? I'm impressed and confused. I guess if you decide to back at this level for some inconceivable reason you will get a digital PDF of CATS & CATS, including a print-and-fold version of the 1c6. Yes, this is indeed the same reward as the "...I have no idea what is going on???" level. It's your own fault. I don't even feel bad.
$8: ALL I WANT FUREVER ARE 1c6!??!!!??!!???
Cat cat cat catcatcat cat 1c6 cat cat? Cat cat cat! This level gets you a paper copy of the game (1-page) and a beautiful CATS&CATS 1c6 only! You will also get the PDFs. This will ship worldwide, but shipping charges are extra (see Shipping and Fulfillment below).
$10: I'M ALL IN!!! GIMME!!!!! CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT!!!!!!!!!!! -- ALL GONE! ---
What, really?!? Well, I'm not going to stop you. This level gets you a paper copy of the game (1-page), a beautiful CATS & CATS 1c6, and a handmade thematic little drawstring bag to hold it all in. You will also get the PDFs. This will ship worldwide, but shipping charges are extra (see Shipping and Fulfillment below).
$10: I'M LATE BUT ALL IN! GIMME CATS!!! I CAN WAIT!!! -- ALL GONE! ---
You were taking a cat nap and missed everything, right? Okay, I am going to open a second-wave duplication of "$10: I'M ALL IN! GIMME!!! CAT CAT CAT CAT!!!!". HOWEVER, this level WILL SHIP LATE. Hand-making lil bags and shipping myself takes a lot of work--expect a 4-6 week delay. This level gets you a paper copy of the game (1-page), a beautiful CATS & CATS 1c6, and a handmade thematic little drawstring bag to hold it all in. You will also get the PDFs. This will ship worldwide, but shipping charges are extra (see Shipping and Fulfillment below).
$75: I CAN HAS ARTZ N MOAR GAMES?!
Yer so woah and I can't cope with it. Ok. So. I guess if you really want I can send you the original concept pencil sketches for the catmpersand logo and some of the interior art, all of which has been slept on by my cat (Antoine Rasputin Little-Bunny-Foo-Foo-Hopping-Through-The-Forest-Scooping-Up-The-Fieldmice-And-Bopping-Them-On-The-Head Napoleon Bathory the Third)? I'm not a flash artist, so be prepared! I'll also send you two DELUXE full copies of the game--including a total of FOUR 1c6 and two dice bags. Shine on you crazy cat-obsessed diamond. This will ship to US or Canada only, but shipping charges are extra (see Shipping and Fulfillment below).
Cat Cat Cat Add-on 1c6???
Yes, you can add one extra 1c6 to your reward, but ONLY if you pledge at an $8 or $10 level. This will not change your shipping costs. If you pledge at $1 or $3, you will need to change your pledge level to the $8 tier.
The 1c6 add-on is $6.
Kickstarter charges your pledge right when the campaign ends (in 48 hrs!). This means that if you want to add an extra 1c6 by increasing your pledge by $6, you MUST do it before the project ends! You cannot increase your pledge after the campaign ends (unlike some projects that use third-party KS managers like backerkit).
To take advantage of this and amp up your CATS&CATS experience, follow these simple steps:
1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the CATS&CATS page.
2. Increase your pledge by $6 to claim your 1c6. Maximum add-on is ONE 1c6.
3. Save your pledge.
4. At the end of the campaign, I will send out a Backer Survey via Kickstarter. There will be a place to indicate that you added $6 to your pledge amount for the add-on 1c6.
When you make your initial pledge, Kickstarter should automatically add on your shipping cost. Please check this handy chart below to ensure your total pledge amount is correct!
How did this even happen?
Okay, at $500 I will put together merch like stickers and t-shirts that you can buy on zazzle. You all are even weirder than me.
...alright. Starting at $1000 and for every $100 thereafter, I will post a cat photo and/or video to backers.
Who are you? Do you know that you are really weird?
Great questions! Thanks for asking! My name is Dana and I am, indeed, very weird. I also really like cats. You can find me on Twitter @DAYtheELF.
Surprisingly, I actually sometimes work on real and functional role-playing games, such as the recent ttrpg sensation Dinosaur Princesses; CYBERKITTENS, a cyberpunk transfelinism playbook, for The Sprawl: November Metric; and Upcycle, more cyberpunk cats, for The Veil: Cascade. My next upcoming gaming convention appearances will be at BreakoutCon in Toronto and PAXEast in Boston. Stop by and I will show you pics of my cats!
Shipping and Fulfillment
PDFs of the game will be fulfilled using itch.io (http://itch.io). This is a change from the original plan to use DriveThruRPG, largely because itch.io is easier to use for digital-only game distribution (DTRPG is excellent for Print-On-Demand, however). Itch.io is rad and it's an easy process, though you will need to create a free account, if you don't have one yet. When the game is ready, I will send out download keys to all backers who chose the $1 level or higher!
The physical copy of the game will be mailed via standard mail worldwide. Depending on where your mailing address is, you will be charged one of three shipping & handling costs in addition to your $10 pledge: United States (+$4), Canada (+$10), or Other International (+$15).
CATS & CATS is mostly written and the art is nearly finalized, but we have to wait on the dice to be crafted and the bags to be sewn. Unless something awful happens to me or the manufacturer, CATS & CATS should be shipped (and the PDFs released) by May 2019.
I will not be selling anything not already available to backers before my upcoming. I will only be selling printed versions of the PDFs, which will already have been distributed by early March.
So for transparency sake, here is the updated distribution/fulfillment plan:
- Early March: PDF of CATS&CATS will be released to all backers via itch.io.
- Mid-March: First-wave $10 level backer rewards (of folx who do not add-on an extra 1c6) will be shipped.
- Mid-March: I will be at BreakoutCon. I will be selling a limited number of paper copies of CATS&CATS with the print-and-fold die, BUT NOT THE FANCY ACRYLIC DIE, for $3USD/$4CAD.
- Late-March: I will be at PAX East. I will be selling a limited number of paper copies of CATS&CATS with the print-and-fold die, BUT NOT THE FANCY ACRYLIC DIE, for $3USD.
- Late-May: Manufacturer willing, I will be fulfilling all remaining physical backer rewards (standard and add-ons).
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Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is that this won't fund. Sad!
A very probable risk is that you won't like CATS & CATS. Even sadder.
Oh, I guess this project could run behind schedule! Like, there could be a volcano eruption or something that distracts me!
Finally, there is the risk that I will die and no one will get around to fulfilling on my behalf. Sad?
- (14 days)