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The Secrets of Cats • A World of Adventure for Fate Core

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SableCats are magical; cats understand sacrifice and the power of names. A decapitated mouse left on the doorstep or pillow is a powerful ward, and a spell wailed by the cat chorus confers even greater protection. When evil is on the rise and the safety of the neighbourhood is at stake the Parliament of Cats is there to stand firm against the darkness.

Take Silver Ford, for example, a sleepy tourist town near a played-out old silver mine. When kids messing around in the mine accidentally rouse an ancient evil on All Hallows’ Eve, the secret and magical cats of the neighbourhood are the only thing protecting their special people from the things that go bump in the night.

This 50 page Fate Core adventure provides everything you need to play from character generation to plot and setting ideas, including a new feline magic system based on true names and sacrifices made to protect your human Burdens.

The Secrets of Cats. Sharpen your claws and prepare to defend your territory!

The Fate Adventures & Worlds line provides compact, rich, affordable, gorgeous settings with a ready-to-go adventure for GMs in a pinch. Buy one this afternoon, be ready to run this evening. 

 
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Stirling L September 15, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
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About to run my first fate game and we're using Secret of Cats! Love the setting, and the presentation in the book is phenomenal. Great art and flavor text!
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Dylan C May 05, 2015 8:32 am UTC
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This is a lovely little FATE game, I'd recommend it for anyone who's looking to fill their nitch for playing as a magical cat.
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Brandon F February 03, 2015 1:40 am UTC
Any word on the print on demand version?
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February 03, 2015 1:45 am UTC
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We've got it in print and in game store distribution; not on demand; high quality full color printing. For sale on the Evil Hat webstore and elsewhere!
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Richard B February 02, 2015 5:12 pm UTC
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I'm now funding the production and editing of a 10,000 word add-on volume to this book via Kickstarter over at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1229316235/the-secrets-of-cats-animals-and-threats/

This is going to provide you with a range of interesting sapient animals and terrifying threats to use in your games.

It's already funded, now I'm working on racking up the stretch goals so I can buy some wonderful art from the equally wonderful Crystal Frasier. Check it out if you have a moment, and help me to expand the world of Cats!
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Wordwizard . October 28, 2014 2:34 am UTC
I have never played any of these games before. What do I need to know or have? Is The Secret Of Cats playable by one player? Is it a computer game? How long does it take?
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Richard B October 28, 2014 8:35 am UTC
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This is a roleplaying game that's designed to be played by a group of friends sitting around a table (or a virtual table, if they're playing online). You can't play it single player normally, but there are tools around that are designed to replicate the role of the Game Master, generating random events to allow solo play. A session can take whatever amount of time you like, but most roleplaying game sessions are at least 2-3 hours in length.

To play the game you need this book, Fate Core (which is available for free from this site or as an online resource at fate-srd.com/), and four Fate dice. Fate dice are six-sided dice that produce a result of -, blank, or +. You can replicate them with normal six-sided dice (where 1-2 = -, 3-4 = blank, and 5-6 = +).
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Emmett W October 10, 2014 4:55 pm UTC
I would love to get this and the Core book for my boyfriend, but we have found pdf gaming to be too cumbersome. PLEASE produce this in print-on-demand format.
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October 10, 2014 5:49 pm UTC
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As mentioned (but easily missed) below, we're planning on a non-POD, full-print-run release to retail game distribution planned for January 2015.
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September 05, 2014 1:02 am UTC
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I've never played FATE before. What book(s) would I need in order to play this with my daughters?
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September 05, 2014 1:26 am UTC
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Fate Core System, first and foremost. (Fate Accelerated is very lightly used in terms of how spirits are represented, but not a necessity). Both are free/PWYW here on this site.
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Jon-Pierre G September 04, 2014 5:50 am UTC
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I absolutely love this! I think that this is my favorite FATE publication of all time! I am enamored by the idea of playing as magical cats! I can't wait to run this.
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Ian S September 03, 2014 12:52 pm UTC
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I would just like to thank Fred Hicks for personally taking the time to answer our questions.
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September 03, 2014 1:02 pm UTC
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My pleasure!
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September 03, 2014 12:35 pm UTC
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We have several amendments planned for Secrets of Cats, including a page of inspirations & other media that starts with John Wick's Cat. We'd left out mention originally due to word-count constraints, but it was a silly oversight on our part and we're working on correcting it.

Here's the text of that section. Once we get a new art piece or two (probably a month-or-so from now), we'll be releasing an update to the PDF that includes this as well as a bunch of other fun goodies.

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Our ancient forebears worshipped cats and, if the Internet is anything to go by, many of us still do. I drew from a long and storied tradition of cats as heroes when writing The Secrets of Cats, and the following is a short list of works that inspired me or which draw from the same tradition.

Cat by John Wick
”A Little Game About Little Heroes” that features housecats protecting their owners from monsters they can’t see. With a very straightforward system...See more
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Joel S September 03, 2014 1:32 pm UTC
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Fred --

Nicely done, and thank you very much for including Catthulhu. >^,,,^<

-- Mr. Joel
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Dirk W September 03, 2014 11:46 am UTC
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Seen it. Bought it. Love it. When can we expect the print?
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September 03, 2014 12:24 pm UTC
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I'm targeting January, but if a few things come together faster, sooner.
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Brian R September 02, 2014 12:35 am UTC
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Hi folks. Trying to get myself and family into Fate. Can this story be run using FAE or should we use Fate Core?
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September 02, 2014 2:22 am UTC
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If you went with FAE you'd have some adaptation work on your hands; the magic system here relies on the granularity of the Core-qua-Core end of the Fate Core continuum.
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Richard B September 03, 2014 1:49 pm UTC
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I give some thoughts on running the game in FAE here: http://sk1mble.wordpress.com/2014/09/03/running-the-secrets-of-cats-in-fate-accelerated-edition/
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Ian S August 30, 2014 1:24 pm UTC
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I wonder how this compares to John Wick's Cats.
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August 30, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
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Wick's Cats is a very straightforward system and a lighthearted tone suitable for younger players; Secrets explores some similar thematic territory with the robustness of Fate and a darker (but still whimsical) tone.
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Lynne R February 03, 2015 3:14 pm UTC
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I am looking for a game to introduce my 10 year old daughter to RPG. We already play many board games, so it's time to move up to the good stuff!
So how suitable is this for a bright, curious 10 year old?
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Richard B February 03, 2015 4:32 pm UTC
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That's a difficult question to answer without knowing the ten-year-old in question. Cats sacrifice small animals to power their magic and there are also a few mentions of murder and supernatural evil, so the game is definitely quite dark in tone.

A lot of kids are fine with that (delight in it, even) but of course I can't speak for your daughter specifically. If she liked Coraline and Paranorman and isn't too squeamish about cats killing birds and rodents, she'll probably be fine, but honestly the best way to be sure is to grab the book for free and have a look through it before deciding whether it's any use to you.

I would say for the most part it's PG rated, maybe a 12.
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Benjamin N August 28, 2014 8:52 pm UTC
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So how does this compare to Catthulhu? Ignoring the rule system differences, focusing purely on fluff and such.
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Richard B August 28, 2014 9:01 pm UTC
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I haven't read Catthulhu, so I'm afraid I can't help much. I do know that we aren't focusing on the Cthulhu Mythos in "Secrets" so you're less likely to become gibberingly insane, I assume. I think there's also even more of a focus on secrecy in Catthulhu. Sure the cats in "Secrets" aren't meant to show what they can do to humans, but there's nothing mystical to prevent them from blowing that.
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August 28, 2014 9:01 pm UTC
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I haven't read Catthulhu, so you'll have to tell us how they compare. :)
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Joel S August 29, 2014 6:14 pm UTC
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Happy to chime in!

"Call of Catthulhu" presents a world of chaos cults, fiendish plots, and cosmic conspiracies, all seen through the eyes of cat heroes sworn to protect human civilization -- which was the cats' idea in the first place. Game play is fast and focuses on player cleverness, feline awesomeness, and a light-hearted inversion of dark Lovecraftian themes. We call that flavor "creepadorbs." The goal of a Catthulhu game can be as simple as getting the cat treats that some two-foots stuck in a high cabinet -- but ultimately, if the Player Cats follow up over several sessions, there's always some crazy cult behind every seemingly innocent circumstance. We call that "Oswald's Razor." You can see more at http://catthulhu.com.

This "Secret World of Cats" game comes much closer to John Wick's classic CAT, which you should check out

>^,,,^<
Mr. Joel
CATTHULHU.com
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Richard B August 28, 2014 8:25 am UTC
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I can't say for certain, but there is the possibility of a print run at some point in the future!
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Geert-Jan W August 28, 2014 8:24 am UTC
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Will this also get a print release?
generally preffer print, but it seems interesting.
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August 28, 2014 8:51 pm UTC
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We are working on a print release, which will expand the content currently available (by about 5-6 pages of appendix info & other features). Once we've got that content done and laid out we'll update the PDF offering here, and use it as the basis for the print run.
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Gustavo C August 29, 2014 1:18 am UTC
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Thanks for including the future updates in the PDF, much appreciated.
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