Does your cat keep trying to get in on game night? Don’t stop them. How to RPG with Your Cat is a new Tabletop RPG on Kickstarter that makes your actual cat the star of your TTRPG.
It’s a well-known fact that cats and tabletop games are natural enemies in the wild. If a cat wants attention, and its owner is currently bestowing that attention on something else — be it a computer keyboard, a good book, or an RPG — it’s universal cat logic that if a cat replaces that object with its own body, it will receive the attention instead. Trying to argue with a cat that this is not true is useless. It’s impossible to shake this belief of the feline mind, and it’s ruined many a gaming session.
So the folks at Oddfish Games got an idea…what if there was a tabletop RPG where the POINT was for the cat to get involved? 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. Any further questions can be answered by the play session video below, or just wait for the Kickstarter campaign which launches in a few days.