Update: For anyone discovering this post in the future, I would like to clarify this announcement was made on April 1st 2021 as an April Fools joke and is not a real expansion. Thank you to everyone who shared their reactions to it and I am glad you all had as much fun with this as I did.
Over the past year I have been working hard on a new expansion for The Isle of Cats and today I am excited to share it with you!
This video is the perfect way to learn about the expansion as it discusses the story, the full rules, introduces you to the components, and finishes with information about release dates.
The end of the rescue has arrived, and it is time to head home, as you begin to raise your anchor you notice a shadow in the distance and a strange noise starts to fill the air. The Dark Hand has arrived and is attempting to take control of one of the captains, they have no intentions of letting you and the cats leave the island in one piece.
How to play in 5 easy steps
The NSFC expansion adds a new stage to the game after the 5th day has completed, up until the end of the 5th day, no rules change.
1. Role cards
Each player is given a role card at random. If you receive the hand of Vesh card then you are now an agent of Vesh and your mission is to blow up the other ships before they leave.
2. Ability tokens
After receiving their roles, players may purchase ability tokens for 5 fish each, or for 3 fish if you are the agent. The agent also receives 1 any number token for free.
3. Boat grids and screens
Place 1 screen protector around each player boat, and position the boat grid extension around your boat.
Each player must secretly choose an empty space on their boat to place the propeller token. The agent of Vesh however may place the propeller anywhere, discarding any cats that may be in the way.
Starting with the agent, players take it in turns to fire cannon balls at the other players by calling out grid references where they think the other players propeller may be.
Each player must announce their target and the location they have hit.
The targeted player must then remove any cats or treasures from their boat that were on the targetted space, and announce how many squares away the cannon ball landed from their propeller. If they have any ability tokens, they may use them to alter the number they announce.
- The agent wins if they manage to hit all of the propellers on the rescuers ships.
- If the rescuers manage to disable the agents ship, the surviving players will add up their scores following the normal rules to find the winner.
Players may place battle axes on their boats to remind them of what spaces they have previously targeted.
For more details, please check out the video at the top of this post.
I can’t wait to share more information about this new expansion for The Isle of Cats with you soon!