San Marcos couple makes board game with internet cats

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San Marcos, TX — The Original Sasquatch game studio announced their debut board game CATastrophe: A Game of 9 Lives will be available for preorder via the crowdfunding website Kickstarter on May 4th, 2021.

CATastrophe is a 2-6 player family board game as unpredictable as cats themselves and features iconic cats from around the world. CATastrophe: A Game of 9 Lives has players battling it out to be top cat with wild card play and exciting mini-games. Each player starts with 9 lives shown on the colorful cat tower-themed game board, and the last cat standing is the victor!

CATastrophe’s feline guests include some of the internet’s most-followed cat accounts, like Cole and Marmalade (@coleandmarmalade), Molly and Monty Happiness (@monty_happiness), Hosico (@hosico_cat) and many more. Backers have a limited chance to get their own cat included in the game as well. One notable cat inclusion is the tribute to Lil BUB (@iamlibub), who passed away in 2019.

“Over the course of the past few years, I have seen CATastrophe grow from a fun idea into a full-blown over-the-top board game. Josh and Abi are both true cat lovers and very serious board game creators, and I am beyond excited to have Lil BUB featured in the game, her memory honored through the amazing artwork, and her legacy continued through their generous contribution to Lil BUB’s Big FUND for special needs pets.” – Mike Bridavsky, BUB’s dude

The game is designed by Josh Norris, co-founder of publisher Original Sasquatch. They’ve gathered an experienced team to bring CATastrophe to market, including cat illustrator Jenny Parks (Star Trek Cats book, Marvel National Cat Day Covers) and board game illustrator Jacqui Davis (Ex Libris, Euphoria). CATastrophe’s colorful infographic-style minigames come courtesy of graphic designer Jason Taylor (Unmatched, Fireball Island), and gameplay development is from Brieger Creative (Cartographers, Trekking the World).

About Original Sasquatch: The Original Sasquatch is a new publishing company run by a husband and wife team, Josh Norris and Abi Norris, who are dedicated to promoting community and uniting people through play. They are passionate about making games that create an experience full of laughter, fun competition, and stunning artwork that make people want to play again and again. On any given day, you can find them playing their favorite board games, hanging out with their cat, Indie, or enjoying a hike in the Texas Hill Country. The Original Sasquatch is based in San Marcos, TX.

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