Feb 072011
 

Six years ago I started playing around with a neat board game idea. It was based around cats.  And fire.  More specifically, it was based around a cat on fire.  As morbid as this may sound, I assure you, no cats were harmed in the making of this game.  I love cats. I own four.  But I also know that cats play by a slightly different set of rules than the rest of us.

And from that idea – Mi Gato se Incendia! (My Cat is on Fire!) was born.

Mi Gato se Incendia! (My Cat is on Fire!)  A board game of escaped house cats and strange situations. In Mi Gato se Incendia! 2-6 players take the part of a family chasing after their escaped house cat. Mi Gato has slipped its bonds and is running free through the neighborhood. But with freedom, comes a price.

Fire.

Rogue Russian satellites, BBQ grills, street punks – and much more can cause Mi Gato to burst into a fiery ball of spite. Mi Gato has 9 lives and it’s up to the players to capture it and return it safely home, or no one wins!

So what is play really like?

Players each have 5 card hands from the Action deck. These cards include movement cards, nets (to capture the cat), catnip, failure cards and a few other goodies.  After cards are played, the player draws one card from the Action deck.

There’s also an event deck, which dictates what happens to Mi Gato. At the end over every player’s turn, they draw a card from the Event deck and do what it says.

The cat can move (between 1 and 3 spaces), get attacked by packs of roving Chihuahuas, set on fire by rogue satellites, and a lot more.

The person to capture Mi Gato with a net, wins the game. If Mi Gato turns into a fiery ball of spite, no one wins. Except dog lovers.

Use two decks of cards – one to move Mi Gato, the other to call in the vet, put a smoldering cat out, capture Mi Gato, and foil each others plans!

Mi Gato se Incendia comes with everything you’ll need to play this game.  The game board can be printed out on a single piece of 8.5″ x 11″ paper.  All cards will fit on standard Avery Business Card templates, or can be printed on plain paper.

Several people have already asked me why this game is in English, but the title is in Spanish.  Well… a few years back I used to play a silly little game with some friends over IM.  Take a statement, any statement, such as “My cat is on fire!” and then use any online tool to translate it to some other language (other than your native language).  Then translate it back.  Now have your friends figure out what you were saying in the first place.  I like the Mi Gato se Incendia rolls off the tongue, so I kept it.

Over the past few years I had been gradually working on this game.  Eventually I printed out a number of different prototypes and proceeded to play test it with family and friends.  Finally, a few months ago the game had reached a state where I was happy with it.  My biggest problem though, before I could think of putting this game on the market, was that my game board looked absolutely awful.  I’m the first to admit that I am no graphic artist, so I turned to Reddit and asked if anyone would be interested in designing a board for a game about a cat on fire.

It turns out, somebody was.  Enter Jeremy Bushnell with Dystopian Design Services.  Jeremy stepped up and created a great looking and highly playable game board!

Now, I can finally offer this fun little game to the world for just under two bucks. Mi Gato se Incendia! (My Cat is on Fire) is currently available at DriveThruRPG for $1.99.  As of this writing, it has already received one 4 out of 5 star review!

Now, if you’ve read this far, then I’d like to thank you for sticking around and finding out more about my first board game.  To that end, I’d like to offer Mi Gato se Incendia for $0.99 rather than $1.99 to anyone who wants to click here.  This promotion lasts until midnight, March 1st.  Thanks!

[tags]mi gato se incendia, board games, games, rpg, cats, fire, bbq[/tags]

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About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

  4 Responses to “Mi Gato se Incendia! (My Cat is on Fire!) A new board game by Benjamin Gerber”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Troll in the Corner, Troll in the Corner. Troll in the Corner said: Mi Gato se Incendia is a downloadable, PDF board game, selling for $1.99. If you'd like to review it, let me know! http://t.co/Y970DZi […]

  2. Wait…you mean these AREN’T a set of LARP rules? Uhm. Uh oh.

  3. For you Buddy, they *are* LARP rules.

    Now go strap on a tail and grab your lighter.

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