The Cats Are Out of the Bag

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John, delivery truck driver who brought us Cat Capers
Delivery truck driver John

Manufacture of Cat Capers was completed by October 1, but as the Chinese then went on a week long holiday (and videos of their epic traffic jams went viral), I suspect our logistics company didn’t manage to whisk the shipment away from Shanghai for a while longer. We were anticipating delivery on November 9, so we were pleasantly surprised when Blondi Logistics was able to deliver on the 5th.

The earlier date gave us plenty of time to get games on their way to PledgeMe supporters ahead of release, as promised. Claire and James were so excited to see their dream realized, they went on the road for a couple of days, delivering many of the pledged copies in person. A few games went as far as the USA and the UK.

We are all ecstatic about the game’s high production quality.  Every component has been cut perfectly, the colours are bright, and the compact, magnetic closure box is a good selling point with retailers.

James Dunning and Claire Ahuriri, designers
James, Claire, and their catty creation

As of the official release date, ‘Black Cat Friday’, November 13, about 20 of our retailers have taken stock.  These include BoardGameRentals, Seriously Board, and Caffeinated Dragon, who made retailer pledges for the crowdfunding campaign, as well as loyal Cheeky sellers such as King of Cards and Mainly Toys in Auckland, Toyworld New Plymouth, Moore Wilson’s and the Hobby Stop in Wellington, and Comics Compulsion and Piccadilly Bookshop in Christchurch.

A launch party for Cat Capers is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 at 8:00 pm and will be held at Auckland’s new boardgaming cafe, CakesnLadders on Symonds Street. The event is open to the public, with Cheeky covering cost of entry and cake for PledgeMe supporters and invited guests. There will be an opportunity to play Cat Capers with its creators, as well as to try the next game in Cheeky’s pipeline, Hoard.

Board with cards