Meow! is based on Mao, the classic parlor game. You are cat cultists, competing to be the first to complete the ritual. Each game uses a small set of hidden rule cards - follow all the rules and win the game!
At the start of the game, you’ll only know your rules and the rules held by the player to your left. As more rules are broken - and revealed - you’ll learn more and more about what you need to do to win!
Be the first to complete every action in the game held by any player to win! But be warned: it’s not as easy as it looks…
UNLOCKED: At $10k, we unlocked Koala art for the promo pack!
UNLOCKED: When we raised $15k, we upgraded the quality of the cardstock!
UNLOCKED: At $20k, we added Platypus art into the promo pack!
UNLOCKED: At $25k, we unlocked a Collector's box - large enough to hold ALL the cards, even when sleeved!
UNLOCKED: When we reached $30k, we included an adorable wombat in the promo pack! He's gonna be so nice. You'll wanna cuddle him all the time.
UNLOCKED: At $35k, we added an echidna! It's like a hedgehog, but Australian. So yes, much more dangerous.
And if we can raise $37k towards the project, we'll include a SECOND platypus. This one will be a vampire. Because WHY NOT.
If we can get 1,500 backers onboard, we'll also add a Kookaburra art (it's an Australian bird that sounds like a madman! 10/10, would listen again.) AND some kind of scary Australian lizard. Which one? The choice is YOURS!
For every thousand dollars the campaign raises, we’re going to add a new card to the promo pack! Cards doing wilder and wacky things, including cards suggested by backers!
NOTE: Only CABAL pledges will receive the promo pack and collector's box!
Each game of Meow! only uses 13 cards, making this one of the most replayable games you'll ever buy! The more we raise, the more replayable it gets...
At the start of the game, everyone draws a card (2 each in a 3-5 player game), looks at it, then passes it to the player to their left.
Each turn has three steps:
Play any card from your hand!
Take the action from the card you played, then try to follow every rule held by every other player.
Ask each other player if you’ve broken any of their rules. If you’ve broken a rule, the player holding it will read it aloud, and your turn ends immediately. (You only learn of 1 broken rule each turn!)
If you check with every player and you haven’t broken any of their rules, you win the game!
We're offering two different versions of Meow! on this campaign.
Kitten Cabal (which contains simpler, thematic rule cards):
The Cult of Cat (which features slightly more advanced rule cards, allowing for more double-bluffing and deduction)
Splitting the game into two packs allowed us to provide two unique experiences with the same simple ruleset. Playing primarily with gamers? You'll want to use the red cards! Pulling this out with your family? Kitten Cabal it is!
Each game contains 50 unique rule cards, and the two versions can be mixed, allowing for endless replayability.
If you get both editions, you'll also get access to the promo pack, which will contain a new card for every $1k raised through the campaign!
$1 - NEOPHYTE: Join the Cult! Get all our project updates, and help support the campaign!
$9 - CAT: One edition of Meow! The Cult of Cat (the Red Box)
$9 - KITTEN: One edition of Meow! Kitten Cabal (the Blue Box)
$18 - CABAL: Both editions of Meow! AND a copy of the promo pack (with all unlocked stretch goals!)
$20 - RETAILER: Want to sell Meow! and get free copies of the promo pack? Contact us for details!
Add any of the delightful Jellybean Games to your order! Do you like fun? Cos we got fun for days! All add-ons come with the promo pack for that game (but not wooden turnips or pandas, alas).
We’re still a small company, and we don’t yet have the cashflow to fund a print run ourselves. We put a lot of money into art, a lot of time into playtesting, and a lot of effort into every project we make.
We’ve done all we can by ourselves: now, we need your help to print Meow! and get it out into the world.
By supporting us on Kickstarter, you can help us create this fun set of games, you’ll get the game before anyone else, and a set of rad promo cards that won’t be available through retail!
Thanks so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
This is our thirteenth project, and to be honest we're starting to get pretty good at this. Both versions of Meow! are complete and have been extensively blind playtested; all that's left is to make sure backer-suggested stretch goals are balanced! (The game is very robust, so we're not worried about this!)
We are renowned for keeping our backers in the loop through our comprehensive updates. When you back a Jellybean Games campaign, you know you’re in good hands!
If you have any questions, you can message us through Kickstarter or email us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org for a prompt response.
We know that you’re going to adore Meow! - so much so that we’re offering a full money back guarantee! At any point before we ship, you can get in contact for a full refund. As well as that, if you decide Meow! isn’t for you within a month of receiving it, you can return it and get your money back, no questions asked.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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