For millennia, the Earth has held a fiercely guarded secret: human beings are not the only intelligent species that roams its surface. And that’s not all ! Not only is she not the only one, but she is neither the first nor the most brilliant… because that place belongs to the cats! Forget everything you learned in history books and let your inner feline speak: in Cats! The Masquerade, the cat, it’s you!
We always land on our feet.
It is at the end of 2021 that Black Book Edition is crowdfunding to release the CATS role-playing game again! THE MASQUERADE of Vincent Matthew. Originally, it was published in 2011 by Éditions Icare. Ten years later and a few redesigns later, you can continue to embody your favorite felines in extraordinary adventures.
The basic book is almost 300 pages, nicely illustrated by Maxime Teppe and technically, that’s all you’ll need to embark on the adventure… OK, a few sheets of paper, a pencil, a set of D10s and of course some friends around the table! It will allow you to understand the universe, contains a bestiary, what to create your character and 8 scenarios to embark on the adventure.
The 3-pane screen illustrated by Maxime Teppe
Masters of the Declining World.
The book offers at the beginning a short story with two secret agent cats in order to put you in the mood. It is very quickly followed by a quick history on the story according to the cats.
To sum up, it is the most intelligent species, endowed with telepathy and psychic powers. They end up creating man by genetically modifying apes, all to serve as their slaves. Helped by their workforce, they build Atlantis which is a true paradise for our felines. Unfortunately, one of the experiments goes wrong, causing the moon’s orbit to change and triggering a tidal wave that devastates the mythical continent.
Weakened and few in number, cats are afraid that humans will turn against them. They decide to change their strategy and keep them in the dark about their past, all while pretending to be mere pets.
A few millennia later, the situation has somewhat escaped them, humans are destroying the planet with their “technology”. Added to this is a deep evil, the feline population undergoes a slow regression, most of their people have lost their psychic powers, have difficulty speaking and behave like savages. The “Awakened”, those who still have their power and the full capacities of their means, call them the “Degenerates”.
And as if that were not enough, a human secret society, the Rosicrucians, got wind of their actions by surprising awakened people during their missions. Since then, these humans have been hunting them relentlessly.
Simplicity and feline atmosphere.
In terms of the rules, it’s really very simple. To create your feline, all you have to do is follow the book’s step-by-step instructions and choose the breed of cat that suits you best. They all have advantages and disadvantages. You will also have a Luck value which is important since it is the number of D10s you will have to roll to pass the tests. At creation, it cannot exceed the value 3. It is up to you to take the best die and add the value to the characteristic or skill requested by your GM in order to obtain your final result and therefore see if you have succeeded or not.
Your felines have different physical characteristics (Claws, Hair, Eye, Tail) or mental ones (Caresse, Purr, Pad, Whiskers). The names, while there for the sake of immersion, will be a bit “abstract” at first as you get used to the terms. Indeed, each in fact takes up the classics of role-playing games, for example Claw corresponds to Strength and Caress to Will.
In the small peculiarities, you can still embody a Bastet (a cat imprisoned in a human body) or downright a human who can come to the aid of your spies with paws of
As accessories, you will find the screen in 3 rigid sections which includes a good deal of information and tables from the basic book. This allows you to find your way around in the blink of an eye. The good surprise is that it comes with a “Da Vinci Cat” scenario that takes place in 3 acts, perfect as an “introduction” to the universe. A good reason to complete the range and continue the adventures. And of course, there are also game aids and dice with the image of the game, even if classic D10s do the trick, you can only succumb to their charm.
A purr of happiness.
Cats! The Masquerade is one of those role-playing games for everyone, with its simple rules, its “known” universe, but sufficiently offbeat to be surprised by the scenarios. Only the name of the characteristics to gain in immersion “slows down” the rhythm a little at the beginning (tip: write
the “classic” equivalent on your sheet below each to help you). We will also smile at the sight of certain enemies, such as the pound technician or the vacuum cleaner.
It’s really a very good surprise that this discovery and a real pleasure to read, in order to understand this universe. And I repeat, only the book is enough to play, there is even a soft version of Casus Belli at a low price. In short, with that, you have enough to redo the Aristocats with your family and much more.