House Cat Edition Stretch Goal! ($1,000)
What is this $1,000 stretch goal for?
It will in no way affect the current vision of Cats Play Politics, rather this will be a secondary product based off of the original game. This will add another edition of Cats Play Politics for 2-8 players. Unlike the current, easily portable design of Cats Play Politics, this version will be a larger game-shelf version and will be called The House Cat Edition. This will feature most, if not all, of the cards in the original game as well as some additional cards designed specifically for it. It will have at least two decks so that you can have separate, simultaneous games of 2-4 people playing or you can combine the decks to play with groups greater than 4. As this is a larger and more complex version of the game, it will take a longer time to fully envision, but I estimate that it should be finished by March 2020.
If you have any ideas for features to add to this edition of the game, please feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments.
How will this stretch goal affect backer rewards?
If we hit the $1,000 goal, not too much will change and no rewards will be devalued. If you have a Cat Cameo ($25), and that card shows up in both editions, your cat will still be on the new card. If you are an Ultimate Catributor ($75), a Cosmic Catributor ($100) or a Co-Cat-Creator! ($250), you can choose to have your reward of a signed Original Mint-Tin Edition be exchanged for a copy of the House Cat Edition instead. Additionally, for backers at Become a Co-Cat-Creator! ($250), you will still receive a copy of the Mint-Tin edition with your custom card, but that card may also appear in the House Cat Edition if it is particularly well designed (you will be able to choose to allow this or not).
Who am I?
Hello, I am Daniel Brazell, an Eagle Scout and a student working in Video Game Design.
I have always been a fan of games, cards, board games, video games, the whole lot, so naturally, I have always wanted to make some of my own. A couple months back I discovered a super fancy website, The Game Crafter, which offers a wide variety of products so I could actually design games and produce them using their print on command services.
Most people view limitations as a drawback, but as a creator I have learned that limitations sometimes lead to the greatest of ideas, and that is where Cats Play Politics began. The Game Crafter recently added a Mint Tin container to their products, and so I decided that I should make my own glorious Mint Tin game. After some time, I formulated the basic structure of Cats Play Politics, drawing inspiration from some card games, such as Coup, Magic the Gathering and poker, I created the basics something completely different.
Games need rules, so here are the current rules of Cats Play Politics:
1. Playing or Discarding cards. Each turn you are given two choices: Play a card (put it out in front of you) or discard a card (put it in the discard pile shared by all players). Skipping is not allowed, unless you're a cheater, in which case, why are you even playing?
2. Cards in hand. These cards have affects that you tally up once the game ends. As you play, work on making your perfect hand to get one over on your friends.
3. Hand size. Players are limited to having only 4 cards in hand. No more, no less (unless you play a certain card I have yet to spoil, heh, heh). At the end of your turn, you will draw a card to replace the one that you either played or discarded. The game ends when the last card is drawn from the deck so no player is left at a disadvantage.
The current plan for Cats Play Politics is that it will be a 55 card deck made for 2-4 players . Each of these cards will be named with its own abilities and have at least one adorable cat on it.
So, where exactly is the money going?
As Cats Play Politics is a bit of a passion project, I am not asking for too much money, but what I am asking for will be split up like so:
$100 gets cut out right off the top, after taxes, the Kickstarter fee and other processing fees. Isn't that fun?
$25 or so will be spent on buying an initial play test copy of the game so I can ensure that it has everything necessary before releasing it on the Game Crafter Store.
$25 more will be spent on buying a Website domain for 2 years where I can answer questions and show off my epic catributors (cat+contributor=catributor I know it's cheesy, but I find it funny for some reason).
$350 of pay for time spent designing, play testing and, most importantly, creating the art of the cards (which takes forever, but is really fun).
What do I hope to achieve with Cats Play Politics?
Ultimately, I want to make a fun game. I want a game that leaves people wanting to play it again and again. I want it to be an awesome game that sparks joy and happiness whenever people play it.
I want it to have crazy fun art, with cute cats doing weird stuff that makes people laugh.
Lastly, I want to learn from this experience and to apply these lessons to my future endeavors in the gaming industry.
Thanks for checking out my Kickstarter!
Risks and challenges
As I am in college at the moment, there is the likelihood that this project will take longer than expected to finish (my current goal is by the end of October). If this happens, I still plan on releasing the game by the end of 2019, and February 2020 at the latest.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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