It’s the year three million, and the animals of Earth’s past now inhabit the planets of the galaxy in advanced societies. And even though the human species has long since been forgotten, the darkest parts of their history have not.
A rising wave of fascism is sweeping across the galaxy, threatening to throw the Interspecies Galactic Alliance under autocratic rule. To help grow its power, the regime known as The Rat Pack has convinced the powers that be that all cats must be tightly controlled... or forced into feline exile. But everyone knows, cats don’t like to be collared, and they don’t like to be caged.
And so the feline rebellion begins, led by Ophelia (the freedom fighter), Rocket (the medic), Sky (the pouncer), and Pepper (the smuggler). Together, they can stop these fascist forces from seizing power - while building a new galaxy where all species are free together.
Space Cats Fight Fascism is a cooperative game where you play as a band of rebel cats trying to stop fascists from taking over the galaxy. It is for 2 - 4 players and takes roughly 45 - 60 minutes to play.
"Space Cats Fight Fascism is a card game with a great name and an even better mission." - io9
In Space Cats Fight Fascism, you’ll hop from planet to planet, scratching away at fascist forces and freeing animals pinned under the fascists’ claws.
The resistance kneads your help! Space Cats Fight Fascism is a cooperative game — all players win and lose together. Your goal is to liberate four planets before the fascists take control of the Interspecies Galactic Alliance. You'll have to strategize to liberate one planet of each type: Whiskers, Tails, Paws, and Ears.
You’ll use cards from your hand to build up the animal resistance on the twelve different home worlds. Once the Resistance has at least four liberation tokens on a planet, you will place a Liberated flag there!
When four planets have become liberated, the fascists have been defeated by the Resistance, and the animals of the galaxy rejoice!
The Rat Pack Strikes Back
But watch out, because the fascists are always right on your tail! With cards like Anti-Cat Propaganda and The Fascists Use Laser Pointers to Distract Us!, they’ll try to wrestle back control of liberated planets while occupying even more planets to cement their power. The Fascists can win the game in one of three ways: by placing three Occupied flags on the board, by getting every single fascist onto the board, or by gaining too much power on the Fascism Scale.
Making Tough Choices on Your Turn
Everyone knows Space Cats won’t just sit on their haunches while vermin try to take over. Each player gets three actions on their turn, which can consist of a combination of leaping from one planet to another, removing a fascist token from the board, restocking cards from the Resistance Deck, and playing Resistance cards from their hand. Resistance cards give you extra powerful effects, such as adding liberation tokens to your current planet, teleporting across the galaxy, healing scratches from yourself and your fellow cats, learning new cat paw-ers, and more.
And while there are so many ways to free the galaxy, there’s so little time. So stop shedding all over your crash couch and blast off in your rocket ship instead, because you’ll have to make difficult choices on your turn. If you don’t remove scratches from your cat, you'll risk gaining too many of them, which will hinder your rebellion. Should you teleport to the planet that’s on the verge of becoming occupied by fascists, or do you want stay where you are and liberate your home world? Then again, if you don’t restock soon, you’ll run out of the Resistance Cards you need to fight for the resistance!
Build Your Cat Paw-ers
Each cat starts with one base ability, such as: Pouncer, Medic, Smuggler, and Freedom Fighter. But players can also add new powers to their cats throughout the game, like “Sharp Claws,” “Cough Up Hairballs,” “Stolen Fascist Plans,” and “Rescued Animals.” These will create combinations of effects that allow you to fight fascism in new ways. The decisions you make about the powers you adopt will make each game different than the last! So even if you have nine lives to play, every game will be unique.
Work Together, Win Together!
Space Cats Fight Fascism is a cooperative game, which means players will have to strategize together by using their resources and unique powers. Every cat-stronaut will have an important role to play, and it’ll take a team effort to stop the fascists from taking over!
TESA has been the leader in producing games that are ethically manufactured. Several years ago, we began working with Community Printers — a worker-owned business in California that uses sustainable materials. Community Printers is an industrial scale printing press, and we collaborated with them to develop methods for manufacturing board games. Since then, other publishers have followed our lead in using Community Printers to manufacture their games!