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Play a cat in this card game where you try to catch, steal and eat birds. Yeah, the other players, they're cats too.
Check us out at dphgames.com/cats
Play a cat in this card game where you try to catch, steal and eat birds. Yeah, the other players, they're cats too. Check us out at dphgames.com/cats
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WHAT COMES IN THE BASE GAME: 11 Bird Cards, a Locale Card, and 5 sets of cats (12 cards each).

This is a crazy secret selection, simultaneous reveal game that plays in about 20 minutes. The closer you get to the end of the game, the more insane and paranoid you (and your cat) will get. If two cats choose to catch the same bird at the same time, they collide and the bird flies away. You will laugh, plot and scratch your brain!

Chose to play one of five cats. Each has a special ability that can be used once per game. Individual artists have illustrated each deck.

20 minutes. 3-5 players. Ages 8+ In CATS everyone chooses from the same card types. No discarding, No luck of the draw; only choosing which action to take... it's entirely up to you! Get as many enjoyment points as possible and win the game! Be clever and anticipate what the others will do.

Typical 3-4 player bird setup
Typical 3-4 player bird setup

The birds will hang out at the bird bath, in the grass, on the fence or in the trees. The bigger birds will need to be stalked before catching them and you will have to time everything just right. Once you do catch your bird you can either press your luck and play with the bird (doubling its enjoyment point value) or you can just eat it. The more birds you play with, the more likely they are to be stolen. The other cats are not to be trusted!

THE BASIC GAME:

The cats all start with the same cards: 1 Catch, 2 Stalk, 1 Play, 1 Steal and 1 Eat. Each player will secretly target another cat or a location where a bird is hanging out. Players will also secretly select an Action card to play. All players reveal their cards simultaneously after everything is resolved, some cats may have birds, some may not, and some birds may have flown away.

THE ADVANCED GAME: 

 A Taunt card will be added to each cat deck. This will give cats the ability to cancel other cat's actions. Each cat will also have a special ability that they can use once per game. Each player will target another cat and a location where a bird is hanging out. A turn consists of 2 rounds. Players select 1 card for the first round and 2 cards for the second round. All players reveal their cards simultaneously in each round. Actions are resolved as in the Basic game, but now you will need to plan ahead and be wary of those Taunt cards.

Each game contains 5 cats (1 Main, 7 action, and 4 targeting cards), 11 Birds and a back yard card. Kickstarter version will have an additional 6 cards (5 Bird and 1 Utility).

 The above video gives a sample of game play using the advanced game rules.

 "Dan Hundycz has developed a fun, 'programmed-turn' card game that is approachable by anyone who enjoys games... and cats... and eating birds once they've been properly batted around and played with for bigger points." - Curt Covert Smirk & Dagger Games  

"I was really impressed with this game" Princess Margaret of the Rouge Princess Squadron

"Better than Pong!" Baldo owner of Baldo's Armory Rochester, NY

"...a light filler that I very much enjoyed and probably will back" Matthew McHale Not Just Another Gaming Podcast/The Dicetower Network.

"I thought this game would suck, I'm not into cats or birds, but it was surprisingly a lot of fun!" Christopher Reedman at DEXCON 18 Morristown, N.J. ( I just thought this was too funny not to include)

 $15 - CATS a sad but necessary cycle of violent predatory behavior Every game sold through Kickstarter will receive an additional 6 game cards. Theses cards will not be included in the regular version of the game after the Kickstarter campaign.

Everything in the base game
Everything in the base game

$35 - EXCLUSIVE HARD CASE VERSION Each Cat and all of the Birds have their own clear plastic Snap Box. They will all contained in a Premium Ion Deck Box.

$40 - PUT YOUR OWN CAT IN THE GAME! You send us photos of your cat and we will send you a set of 18 cards that will allow you to play as your cat catching birds.

$70 - PUT YOUR OWN CAT IN THE GAME WITH THE EXCLUSIVE ELITE HARD CASE VERSION OF THE GAME Combine the two previous levels together. The extra cat case will not fit in the Hard Case, one cat will need to be removed to put your custom cat in the case.

ADD-ON

You can add additional items to your pledge level by simply choosing the item(s) you would like and then following the instructions below to add to your pledge! Instructions for adding add-ons can be found below:

$35 for 5 PLAY MATS. Receive a set of 5 game play mats (shipping included). Mats are 10 x 15 inch in size and fabric surface with 1/16 inch rubber backing. If you just want a couple of play mats, please add $10 per mat. 

ADD-ON INSTRUCTIONS: To add an add-on to your pledge, follow these steps: 1) Press the 'Manage Your Pledge' Button above. If you have not pledged yet, it will say 'Back this Project'. 2) Increase your pledge in the 'Pledge Amount' box by the total of the add-ons you want to add. 3) After the end of the Kickstarter campaign you will receive a survey that will ask you questions so that you can explain how you would like the add-on money assigned.

$3000 - Playing cards will have a linen finish.

$6000 - The box quality will be improved to chipboard and art wrapped paper. This would likely change the ship date to September.

Risks and challenges

DPH Games has been in business for almost 3 years, in that time we have successfully created and manufactured 2 games; Cache Me If You Can! The Geocaching Board Game (5/13/2013), Psychological Warfare (11/28/2014) and 2 Expansion packs; Zombie Apocalypse Geocaching (10/31/13) and Superhero Geocaching (1/18/2015). Our manufacturing/distribution network is in place. CATS has received extremely positive reviews over the past months when presented at regional game cons.
We have faced the challenges of launching a new product and have a proven track record for bringing new games to market. We are hoping to ship in early winter, but sometimes there are delays with printing/shipping that are beyond our control. We have an excellent reputation for responding to our customers and keeping them informed every step of the way. We will continue to do so through this project.

Kickstarter Launch Date: December 2015

Expected Release Date*: March 2016 (Made in USA)

*If $6000 stretch goal is reached, production will be moved to overseas and the release date would be pushed to August.

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    I LIKE CATS!
    Just because you like cats and you want the world to know. You will be listed on our webpage as a supporter of cats.

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    TWEET! 1 copy of CATS a sad but necessary cycle of violent predatory behavior - which will include the 6 bonus project backer bird cards.

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    Elite Hard Case.
    Each Cat and all of the Birds have their own clear plastic Snap Box. They will all contained in a Premium Ion Deck Box.

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    YOUR OWN KITTY DECK!!!!

    You send us photos of your kitty-cat and we will make a deck just for him or her. Send us 8 photos (or drawings) and we will create a deck with those images of your cat(really it can be any animal you want).

    At the conclusion of the campaign, you will need to label the images so that we know what cards to put them on (Main Front, Main Back, Catch, Stalk, Taunt, Play, Eat, Steal). You should also send us the name of your cat, as you would like it to appear on the card. You may optionally include a line of descriptive flavor text ex."Crazy and Fun-loving".

    You will receive the base game along with your custom deck of a Main Cat Card, 1 Catches, 2 Stalks, 1 Steal, 1 Taunt, 1 Play, 1 Eat, 4 Targeting Cards and 5 cards to allow other cats to target your cat. We will send you an electronic proof before printing your cards.

    To create 2 cats, add $20!

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    Put your own cat in the game AND get the Exclusive Elite Hard Case.

    Note: Due to the extra cat, not all cat cases will fit in the Hard Case, one cat will need to be stored separately.

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