Artist Arnel Baluyot knows to prioritize the important things in life: pop culture and cats, two good things that go great together.
Along with game designer Estefania Rodriguez—and their comic-con booth NinjaBot that sells artwork that showcases a love of TV, film, and small fuzzy animals—the duo has taken that fandom and leveled it up by creating a unique tabletop game that combines cuddly kittens with furry-ious fighting moves.
This Thursday during @guardiangames’ Free Pizza and Beer Night! We will be showing off and demoing the game! Everyone 21+ is welcome! Games start at 6pm! I’ll be giving away some stickers as well, so really you have no reason for not coming over! Be there, or be square! #theninjabot #ninjabot #popcats #popcats #game #demo #cardgames #boardgame #guardiangames #tabletop #tabletopgame #free #arnelbaluyot #estefaniarodriguez #popcatsfighter #kickstartergames #kickstarter #portland #geek #gaming
PopCats Fighter is a turn-based strategy card game where kitties battle it out with hit cards, counter cards, and more. Power-ups give characters an advantage against their enemies, just like real life cats! In other words, never underestimate the power of a fierce feline.
Being able to have a literal catfight is a fun idea in and of itself—especially since no real animals will be injured in the process—but the added element of pirates, robots, and sword-wielding samurai, all overlaid onto precious little kitty creatures, makes the gaming even more exciting.
We have the final prototypes in our hands and they look amazing! Can’t wait to start sharing everything inside! The cards are so colorful! #popcats #popcatsfighter #popcat #fightinggame #cardgame #tabletop #tabletopgames #kickstarter #ninjabot #theninjabot #arnelbaluyot #estefaniarodriguez #illustration #design #tbs #unleashthefurry
PopCats Fighter is launching via Kickstarter on August 6, but tabletop fans have a chance to demo the game for themselves at San Diego Comic-Con, along with the promise of some sweet prizes. But really, playing with kickbutt cats should be prize enough.
For more PopCats Fighter info follow @popcatsfighter on Twitter and Instagram, and look out for the PopCats Fighter Kickstarter in August.
What is your ideal fighter-cat name? Furr-iosa seems like the ideal choice. Let us know yours in the comments and tag @nerdist and @justjenn on Twitter!
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