We’ve entered the home stretch for How To RPG With Your Cat, a quirky new tabletop experience from Oddfish Games that allows your pet to become part of the game. With less than 48 hours to go, Oddfish has so far raised $11,000 (out of a initial goal of $3000). So far, backers have unlocked the additions of cat confetti, character sheet bookmarks and a foldable D20 paper cat toy. If the campaign can make it to $15,000, they’ll throw in a bumper sticker.
In How To RPG With Your Cat, your pet is unwittingly cast as an important character in the game’s world. Should the cat choose to leap onto the table and start pawing various figures, well, it was supposed to do that! This is a story event that the other players will have to respond to…in any other fashion than the normal one (carrying the cat into another room and locking the door). If the cat decides to take a figure off the table, carry it to the corner and start chomping….well, it was nice knowing you, Larry.
The role the cat plays is up to you. Wise sage, world-destroying monster, trained dragon, fearsome boss…with imagination, a cat can be anything. Important decisions or inputs can be weighed on what the cat does at certain points called Cat Prompts. The game can be played in person, or virtually in an online Zoom or Facetime session (which might work even better as just one member needs to own a cat). You can even play the game as the only human participant. Your cat (or plural cats) will be the other characters and their Cat Prompts will create unpredictable story twists.
The rules in How To RPG With Your Cat are fully adaptable for other games, so you can involve your furry friend in a game of D&D if you want. Everything you need to know How To RPG With Your Cat is explained in the Core Rulebook. There will also be an introductory adventure, Trouble on the Sphinx, included to give you a feel for cat-centric adventuring.
You can get a PDF copy of How To RPG With Your Cat for just a $15 pledge. Doubling that pledge to $30 lands you the physical paperback version (with the PDF thrown in). Double that again and they’ll sign the book for $6, plus throw in a designer cat-themed tote bag. The campaign for How To RPG With Your Cat officially ends October 14, so don’t sleep on it.