This was created for an exhibit the Salem Arts Association was having. They asked for something inspired by Parker Bros. which was running out of Salem up until the 1980’s. I had recently seen an event for a live action Clue game. I am not sure if I saw that before or after thinking that would be a good premise for the board itself. But I wasn’t sure what the premise would be.
What would be
- visually interesting
- amusing to people
- potentially fun to play (but not a high priority)
And for some reason (probably because Neptune was sitting in front of me), I thought came up with the question: what would it be like to live like a cat?
Immediately, I knew at least half the game would involve napping. I went through a few options of adding a way to win, but that felt like a lot to learn for an exhibit/art piece. So I went with a quick to figure out rule of
- flip over a card
- follow it
Half the cards would be take a nap, lose a turn. The other half being some things a lot of cats do.
I used cats that I knew. I tried to find images where they looked pretty unhappy.
The images are either clip art or rug samples. I went with a 1970’s theme. The box lid stays on via magnets. All the parts for the game pieces, the game board and the box came from my studio.