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9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 2 2019 10:36 PM UTC +00:00.

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 The video introducing Catharsis is using prototype cards. This doesn't reflect the final quality.

Our Box Art design done by Jane Ren
Our Box Art design done by Jane Ren

Each player chooses a player deck and starts the game with six powers drawn at random from a deck of 20 cards and a role card that offers a passive ability and a powerful "flip" ability. Each deck is unique and some play radically different than others. Each player takes six dice to roll during combats, representing the ebb and flow of battle. Players choose a Boss to fight and set up the deck according to its particular rules. Most Bosses have the players shuffle all of the cards and then place the Boss card at the bottom of the deck. 

Players flip a card from the Boss deck face up. If it's an Event, Trap, or Special card, they must face the challenge presented. 

  •  Event cards may have positive, negative, or neutral effects. These represent a range of different encounters the party may have on their hunt of the Boss. Some offer the party decisions; some do not. All of them make the hunt just a bit more interesting...
  •  Trap cards often make the party decide as a whole which negative outcome affects them. Traps can affect players' powers, the party's morale, or more. All you know is that when a Trap is sprung, you will walk away limping.
  •  Special cards represent powerful artifacts and boons, but always come with a price—to claim one, someone must sacrifice a piece of themselves to acquire it, represented by permanently discarding powers from their board to add the Special card. 

Monsters and Bosses are where players' powers come into play. Each combat round, players start by attacking the foe. They roll their six dice, keeping those they like and rerolling those they don't up to two times (Yahtzee style). They use these dice to power their abilities. For many roles, using an ability causes it to exhaust, flipping it face down, unable to be used again until it is refreshed. Then the Monster or Boss attacks, dealing damage to the party. Players take damage by exhausting a face-up power or by discarding (but not replacing!) an exhausted power, permanently weakening them for each point of damage they suffer. After both groups have attacked, players may spend one of their precious Morale points to refresh all of their powers, but moving them closer to surrendering, or they may keep fighting injured and bruised as they are. This cycle continues until the players are victorious... or defeated. 

As the party's Morale ticks down from 21 to 0, the characters start to feel the effects of their journey, suffering damage, losing powers, or worse. Adding to the challenge are special effects the Boss decks, Monsters, and Bosses themselves can bring to the fray. 


A copy of the full rules is here: 

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God Touched Mortals

This being was once four separate explorers, but they ventured too close to Verity, and they accidentally weakened one of the seven seals keeping him entombed. The unleashing of magic, combined with the god’s nightmares, merged them into one being—a being seeking to cause all others to become one. They will cause you to exchange your powers with each other. By itself, that isn’t too bad, until you realize that the Boss is setting you up for failure—the more it makes you like it, the harder it is to fight. Even worse, it has a henchman immune to its effect but supporting its efforts. Which henchman is dependent upon how fast you reach its lair.  

Ruby King Rizardo & Royal Guard 

Ruby King Rizardo's Royal Guard is a symbol of the people’s desire to protect their ruler. Unfortunately, no one believes that the king and his guard have been corrupted and are slowly infiltrating the castle, corrupting people in small groups. To maintain the charade of normalcy, not everything hurts you immediately. The King’s Guard gives you the ability to set cards aside, often in exchange for making your life easier. But be careful—each card set aside adds to the guard's ability to regenerate. As you fight him, he loses these set aside cards, and eventually he can no longer regenerate, at which point he goes into a frenzy, devastating everything around him. 

Verminologist

The Verminologist’s deck has Event and Trap cards that can linger, just like an infestation. The Event cards offer beneficial effects, but their benefits are constantly in danger of disappearing. Trap cards, on the other hand, have debilitating effects that like to linger and can seriously hinder your party’s chances of success. And the Verminologist itself can summon more and more of its pets to destroy the party each turn. You must balance attacking it and being overwhelmed by its swarms. 

Demon Eye Sniper

This Boss is all about guerrilla tactics. She attacks and then runs away, only to attack again, leading you deeper into her traps. Unlike other Bosses, the Demon Eye Sniper starts at the top of the Boss deck, and you’ll have to chase her through the deck. When she has nowhere else to run, she will unleash her full arsenal on your team. Hopefully you’ll be able to use what you’ve learned about her tactics to give you an advantage in the final fight.   

Holy Assassins

When you fight the Holy Assassins, be ready—they hit hard. They are a specially-chosen elite force sent to destroy you, and they will. Their strikes are so precise and deadly that each person will be losing a power from their board each attack. Fighting people who know your every weakness is demoralizing, and they do a devastating 3 Morale damage per attack.  

Forest Elemental

You are in the midst of raging fires. The corruption has caused the Forest Elemental to reject her nature, fighting without restriction, setting fire to everything she can. The magical flames will leave you with Burn counters, which damage you at the end of each battle before you have a chance to refresh. And like an inferno, the Boss grows more resistant to damage and deals more damage the more things around her burn.  

Corrupted Mage

When faced with a brutal pain now or a lingering ache, which will you choose? What if you know that the ache will flare up later? The Corrupted Mage is all about forcing you to make painful choices. Face the devastating traps head on, or avoid them by setting them aside, leaving them to haunt your footsteps. Set aside cards often have on-going effects. You also need to be careful about the growth counters that increase the Corrupted Mage’s power. As it fights, it continues to grow, healing and getting stronger each turn.   

Shaman Spirit

If you are introducing people to the game, this is a great deck to start with. The decisions are simpler, and the fights are tough but straightforward. The Shaman Spirit is no pushover, though, and there are more than a few potentially devastating cards in its deck, so be on your guard! 

Below you can find a list of our stretch goals.
Below you can find a list of our stretch goals.



Below you can find our social media and any method here you can find out details about our upcoming games and other products. Please do not hesitate to send us messages on any of our social medias and we will happily answer any questions or concerns you have.

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To add an add-on to your pledge, select the tier you want to back at, then increase your pledge by the amount of the add-ons. For example, if you wanted to add a hoodie to the Mortal Tier, you would select the Mortal Tier, then choose to pay $110 ($60 for the tier + $50 for the hoodie). You will be able to let us know your add-ons after the campaign ends.

Each T-shirt features full scale artwork from the game. T-shirts can be added to your pledge for $25 each. You can also get any of them as a hoodie for $50. 

The digital art and lore books can be added to your pledge for $20 and hardcover can be added to your pledge for $60.

The posters and prints feature the gorgeous character and boss artwork from the game. Prints can be added to your pledge for $7 each and posters for $15 each.

Maybe you want a box that reflects the incredible quality of game it holds. So, if you would like an amazingly crafted wooden box to hold your game, you can add one to your pledge for $55.

Risks and challenges

We are a new company, and with that comes all the risks of doing a Kickstarter (and a board game, no less!) for the first time. However, we have several advantages that other companies don't.
1. Completing the game—Catharsis has been playtested and refined for over four years. The is well out of the prototype stage and ready to factory print. As the campaign goes on, we hope to unlock a lot of new content. This will require some additional work on our part, but we know this game and will playtest all new components to make sure Catharsis is the best game ever! (There may be some personal bias in that claim.)
2. Materials and assembly—We have already identified a manufacturer in China, scoped out the pricing, and have planned out what components we need, from the box layout, to the dice, to the quality of the card stock. We will need to get test versions of the game built to ensure final quality of the pieces, but we should otherwise be set on this front.
3. Shipping—Art and Jane own a shipping business that regularly ships to the U.S. from China. (In fact, that's where our awesome shirts and hoodies are coming from!) So this piece is well in hand.

We know that unexpected issues can arise during the project, but we are as prepared as we can be to face them. Art and Jane run a business and Dave actually teaches entrepreneurship and game design (the best job ever!), so we have both firsthand knowledge and a lot of connections to see this project realized. In addition, we've personally set aside personal funds to make sure we have extra resources for any hiccups along the way.

Our goal is to be transparent throughout the process. We know how frustrating it can be to have months of radio silence, so we want to provide you with regular updates on the process. And we're looking forward to feedback and comments—we know we aren't perfect, so if you have additional thoughts, share them with us! We can't promise we'll use all of them, but the more ideas, the better!

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