There are two golden rules on the global web: “No internet without cats” is one. “No internet with out dogs” the other. And what's true of the internet must be true of gaming, one would think. Shadow Games' plan: Combine both, pack them into a card game and successfully finance them via Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign for Tails of Conflict is currently underway - not necessarily with initial difficulties, but the animals are still struggling in the second Kickstarter attempt.


"Kittens vs. Puppies: The Card Game" became "Tails of Conflict", which not only sounds better, but also runs better than the original campaign, which Shadow Games canceled in mid-February. According to the makers of the card game, they said they learned from the campaign at the time and had already promised to start a re-launch on Kickstarter. With the support of the community, a new name for the game was found by voting, and the new campaign is now running.

Tails of Conflict The dog on the gaming table is going crazy

The title of the card game sounds pretty "smooth" after the renaming, less childish, corresponding to a strategic game. The idea: Players slip into the roles of heroic dogs or cats and then compete against each other. Various classes, based on a typical fantasy setting, are available for selection. Add to that equipment whose handling is measured by the number of paws and not hands - a funny trick that is based on the basic theme of the card game.

With a total of 160 cards, including 24 champion cards, dice and tokens, two to four players engage in battles that Shadow Games says last between 20 and 40 minutes. The playing time has already shown that the “Kitties vs. Puppies” fight is not all that complicated. Simple rules, faster fun - that's the idea behind Shadow Games. Everything is embedded in an animal setting, which is often good for a hype on Kickstarter.

Tails on Conflict is a card game with dice combat. Image rights: Shadow Games Ltd

Tails on Conflict is a card game with dice combat. Image rights: Shadow Games Ltd

The battle system of the card game is powered by dice. Players start with a die, but can earn more through upgrades. The throws can be modified with the skill. The aim is to capture the opposing three heroes by placing five hit tokens on them. Each class should be able to be played differently and strategically individually. Available are thieves, barbarians, assassins and knights - all of them hand-to-hand fighters.

Additional classes can be unlocked through backer goals. There are also stretch goals, which concern the card configuration and the quality of the material. Shadow Games calls around 33 euros as the basic pledge for a physical copy of the card game. You want to generate a total of a little over 11.000 euros at the end of the campaign, which is scheduled for September 27th. The creators have already received almost a quarter of the required amount, but the game still needs a little boost - despite the combined cat and dog theme.


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