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Crossing the Species Boundary

Posted September 17th, 2010 at 04:39 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
I donít know how the idea first came to me.

Probably because house cats are always around, waiting, watching. Ours is a cranky old female- her most common game is to stare at you and meow in this why-do-you-always-betray-me kind of way. Itís number four on my list of the most annoying things.

She always seems to be watching me. She watches when I cook, and when I change clothes. Come to think of it, she even comes in the bathroom and watches when I shower. Itís like having a stalker that you have to feed.

Once I got the idea I couldnít stop thinking about it. How could I get it to work with her and I? Crossing the species boundary just isnít done, really in any kind of activity. Maybe the time has come.

Iím talking about Scaping here of course. But you knew that.

Her name is Andrea, but she gets called Andy for short. Sheís had a hard life- a good start but then shifted from place to place where people werenít sure they wanted her. Now sheís ended up with me and Iíve vowed to keep her Ďtil the end. (Though some days, that end is potentially very near...)

For some reason she loves to sit on terrain. We have a small house and no dining room table so we usually build on the floor. Andrea will go out of her way to walk across the terrain, and she doesnít care if she knocks figures over- she even seems to do it on purpose. She knows it bothers us- so why does she do it? Sheís either moderately evil, which is possible, or she wants to play Scape. Iím hoping itís a little of both.





Iíve tried to explain it to her. She just stares at me. I think she doesnít like the basic game. She also doesnít like dice. She just ignores them. I was hoping she would be excited by Utgar but it turns out she likes Einar better.

Predictably, Catscape has evolved some different rules. When you attack a figure, you just knock it over with your paw, or just lie on top of it.

She really likes the Marr for some reason. My theory is that they somehow look like theyíre made out of cat food. I bet they would smell all fishy too.

Our game night goes like this:
I wait until the children are in bed and asleep. I donít want them to think Iím cheating on them with a cat.

I set up a map and place figures in starting zones. I donít worry about points. Andrea doesnít do points.

She stares at certain figures and I know she wants me to move them for her. I keep moving them until she looks away.

I move my figures. Then she walks onto the board and sits on my figures. In response, I carefully lower a leg onto some of her figures. We stare at each other. The first one to blink or look away loses the figures that the other one is sitting on.

Then we break and have a snack and eat crunchy cat food. (okay, I donít eat the cat food, I find other snacky things)

Then we return to the board and do the sit and stare thing again.

It may not sound exciting, but it really is- itís not just about strategy anymore- endurance, flexibility- itís a much more active Scape for the player.





My only complaint is that sheís a sore loser. I usually win (because my leg is way bigger than she is, so I can cover more figures), so she sits on the board and sulks all night long. When I get up in the morning, sheís still there, staring at me. And then she starts that awful meowing...

I think this could be a Scape saving idea. Itís a brand new market! Scape for pet owners and their cats- weíll need some new sculpts- ones that would appeal to our feline friends- Like angry neutered archer cats. Or maybe some cat cavalry that rode on dogs. And cats with wings, that cat drop on you from above. The sand terrain can sort of be a big litter pan area.

A whole new marketing push could rebrand Scape as a human/pet game. They have Dogopoly, right? Why not Dogscape? But the difference- and the marketing advantage is that this would be that it is a game you could actually play with your pet. How many games are there like that? Only a few.

In Dogscape, the figures could be edible, or made out of rawhide for an extended chew. People would have to buy new boosters all the time. Sales would sky rockets. I sure hope those monkeys over at WOTC read this.

I know itís not exactly Scape by the book, but at my house weíve never really played that anyway. Iím thinking about organizing my first tournament- thereís a bunch of strays in the neighborhood.

And what about those creepy cat shows? With all those blow-dried cats in cages? Wouldnít it be better if they were out, playing Scape with each other? How much would a person pay to go to the zoo to watch the lions playing Scape?

My cat Andreaís favourite thing to attack and kill seems to be humanoid figures. This concerns me a little. Iím glad sheís channeling her hostility into a game situation, but I wonder how she really feels about me. When I wake up in the middle of the night and sheís sitting there, staring at me, eyes glowing ... makes you think, doesnít it?
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Kaiyu's Avatar
Posted September 17th, 2010 at 04:54 PM by Kaiyu Kaiyu is offline
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Einar's puppy's Avatar
This is, without a doubt, the best thing on the site.
Posted September 17th, 2010 at 05:19 PM by Einar's puppy Einar's puppy is offline
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Arrow Grut's Avatar
Umm... I think you need medical attention...
Posted September 17th, 2010 at 05:23 PM by Arrow Grut Arrow Grut is offline
Updated September 18th, 2010 at 09:09 AM by Arrow Grut (I hope you know I'm kidding, I love your blogs)
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flameslayer93's Avatar
Maybe D4 will represent CatScape?


Another great piece Slyvano.
Posted September 17th, 2010 at 05:31 PM by flameslayer93 flameslayer93 is offline
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Killer Lawnmower's Avatar
Hahahahahah!!!!! Wow...who couldve ever known.
Posted September 17th, 2010 at 05:47 PM by Killer Lawnmower Killer Lawnmower is offline
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AliasQTip's Avatar
Sometimes I have a board set up on my dining room table for a couple days, working on scenarios and such, and my cats love to lay all over it; knocking over ruins and tress, shuffling tiles, and getting hair everywhere. I can't stand it. I have to check my build instructions every time to see what's moved. And, I have pluck hair out between tiles all game. Oh, and polish water tiles; they get little footy prints on 'em. Sorry but I have to disagree with you on this one, Sylvano the Wasabus, Cats + HeroScape = Annoying.

(Love the blog though.)
Posted September 17th, 2010 at 07:38 PM by AliasQTip AliasQTip is offline
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chas's Avatar
Your cat owns you. Your cat must always keep an eye on you, so you are ready to feed and pet her at all times, and not waste too much time with your own stupid business. It amuses your cat that you think you can beat her in anything.

In a major battle in Ancient times, the Egyptians were once beaten by enemies who threw (sacred) cats at them. Which meant the Egyptians couldn't fight where the cats were.

You may think you are playing with your cat. But actually, you cat is just playing with you.
Posted September 18th, 2010 at 07:33 AM by chas chas is offline
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sir william the bold's Avatar
Looks like my cat did you steal him?
Posted September 18th, 2010 at 05:57 PM by sir william the bold sir william the bold is offline
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Bolo's Avatar
You never cease to amaze me with how fantastic and bizzare your everyday life is.

Keep writing and I'll keep laughing.

Posted September 19th, 2010 at 12:12 PM by Bolo Bolo is offline
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Gladitor's Avatar
VERY GOOD! That is halarius
Posted September 22nd, 2010 at 04:50 PM by Gladitor Gladitor is offline
 
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