OddFish Games recently hit 200% funding on the Kickstarter for their tabletop RPG, How to RPG with Your Cat. The crowdfunding campaign started on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, and runs through Thursday, October 14, 2021. Rewards tiers include options as low as $15 for a PDF of the game book, $30 for a physical paperback copy of the same core book. The crowdfunding campaign also includes premium reward tiers. These tiers will allow backers will receive handmade, cat-themed TTRPG accessories, in addition to the PDF and Paperback versions of the game book.
How to RPG with Your Cat takes a situation with which all those who own cats and play board games or tabletop RPGs are familiar. Cats love to get involved with the game, often resulting in chaos. How to RPG with Your Cat harnesses the feline-created mayhem using methods that allow cat owners to spend more playtime with their cats, families, and friends while still getting to play a tabletop RPG.
The game uses an RPG system built around cat prompts to determine the protagonist’s actions in your story. The player’s cat’s reaction to certain activities, such as treats, playing with string, boxes, a light sheet, and more, inform how the story will progress next. The game book explicitly states that players should always put the comfort and safety of their cats first. When they feel a cat prompt is not something their cat likes, they should substitute with one their cat would enjoy much more.
The role-playing game’s core book shows players how to build characters for their campaign or session. It features rules, a character sheet, charts for attack checks, skill checks, attribute checks, and more. It also includes ways to integrate this tabletop RPG into others, such as Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, Call of Cthuhlu, and other tabletop games. Players can play solo adventures with their cats or coordinate online play via Zoom, Facetime, or virtual tabletops (VTTs).
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The How to RPG with Your Cat Kickstarter also features premium reward tiers in addition to the PDF and physical paperback versions of the game book. Backers can have their cat’s name incorporated into the book. Kickstarter backers can pledge towards an online session for them and five friends, a handmade Cat’s Eye dice jail with a custom-made How to RPG with Your Cat gemstone D20, or handmade Cat Armor.
When fulfillment on the Kickstarter begins, Oddfish Games will make their starter adventure, Trouble on the Sphinx, available as a free download on their website. The simplified adventure places players on a spaceship where the hero cat has the choice of either helping the crew fend off space pirates or not. There are multiple endings to this adventure. Trouble on the Sphinx is the adventure that OddFish Games ran during Gen Con and other online conventions in 2020.
During the Kickstarter, OddFish Games is also running contests on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. All followers of OddFish Games and How to RPG with Your Cat’s social media accounts are eligible to participate in Caption this Cat, Cat Cosplay, Famous Cat Trivia for a chance to win prizes.
How to RPG with Your Cat was created by the Indiana-based OddFish Games. They’re the creators behind other quirky RPGs and RPG adjacent products, such as Cooking with Dice and Adventure Scents. To learn more about OddFish Games, visit their official website at oddfishgames.com. To become a backer or find out more, go to the How to RPG with your Cat Kickstarter.