Sneak Peak: Taking Territory
With just under 2 weeks left for the Kickstarter campaign, we wanted to give all our backers and followers a quick update with an exciting sneak peak at a brand new feature!
In Cattails, the world is divided into large, rectangular regions. Each region either makes up part of a colony's territory or is unclaimed. As you play Cattails, the world will change based on your actions!
Here's a look at the large world political map. You can access it at any time from your inventory. It shows the world of Cattails and reveals the political standing of any region you'd like to visit.
Here, we can see that the green tiles belong to the Forest Colony and the blue tiles belong to a different colony; these two colonies may clash at any time along the wilderness that lies between them! A brave colony might even attack another colony's territory directly, trying to steal their land for themselves...
As you walk around the world, you'll be alerted to the status of any region you enter so that you always know if you're in a safe spot or not. You can see here that the "Forest Central" region is currently claimed by the Forest Colony (as indicated by the yellow tree emblem to either side of the region's name). The bar beneath the name of the region indicates how strong each colony's claim is there; you can see that a dark red colony has been sending scouts into this area, leaving their scent behind and taking some of the power away from the Forest Colony (green).
There are a number of ways to gain power in a region or secure your colony's claim; first, you'll get a small amount of power simply by patrolling through a region each day as your scent is left behind. Second, you can gain power by using certain items like Lavender, a strong-smelling herb that will ward off enemy cats. Of course, Lavender is more effective if you know how to use it, so make sure you rank up your "Foraging" skill before you use it!
Third, you can gain a lot of power by participating in a battle that has broken out in a region of the world. Each day, battles will randomly appear along your colony's borders. Sometimes, a battle is fought to gain new ground; other times, a battle is fought to defend what is rightfully yours!
In either case, it is entirely optional to participate in these battles, but if you do, you'll be rewarded with political power and experience when you win.
You can see that since our colony has won this battle, the Forest Colony now owns the "Woodland Corner" region:
For those who favor a non-combat approach, there will be other options to gain power or defend your territory, such as the lavender mentioned above and a few other methods we're not quite yet ready to reveal. ;)
Who will you be in Cattails? Will you be the honor-bound guard that keeps invaders at bay? Will you be the marauder who leads your colony to conquer the world? Will you be the peaceful apothecary who keeps your lands safe with your knowledge of herbs and plants?
If you haven't backed us already on Kickstarter, make sure you check out our campaign! There's loads of neat bonuses you can only get if you pledge to the Cattails Kickstarter campaign while it's live.
Until next time, stay awesome!