This new card game teaches you to love rescued animals


It was in the course of the covid-19 lockdown final 12 months that Mumbai-based board- and card-game designer Nikita Mathur Zatakia launched her first card game, Dive Master, on scuba diving. While Dive Master is an engrossing game that entails equal components technique and luck, the 30-year-old has now give you a new card game, Mission Pawssible, to create consciousness about rescued and shelter animals.

The goal of the card game, which could be performed by two-five folks, is to maintain shelter animals and assist with adoptions—in impact, mimic the method and hopefully encourage it.

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The game options 16 actual canines and cats from 4 animal welfare NGOs Zatakia has collaborated with: CARE (Charlies Animal Rescue Centre in Bengaluru), People for Animals (which was based by politician Maneka Gandhi and has a presence throughout the nation), The Welfare of Stray Dogs (WSD) and World for All, each in Mumbai.

Each participant dons the position of a volunteer at an animal shelter and earns factors by caring for the kennel animals and getting them adopted. “The game delivers a message. It is cute and fun at the same time,” says Zatakia, writer and founding father of NMZ GAMES, an organization she began final 12 months.

The game has 120 playing cards: exercise playing cards, kennel playing cards, process playing cards, household playing cards, distraction playing cards, rescue playing cards and bonus level playing cards. A participant can rating factors by finishing a set of mixtures required by a particular kennel animal, including bonus level playing cards, and by efficiently getting a kennel animal adopted. The participant with most factors wins.

The game’s creator Nikita Mathur Zatakia says the aim was to convey the concept of ‘don’t store, undertake’. The game’s theme is pretty common, she says.
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“Animal welfare is something that is very close to me and this card game is focusing on cats and dogs from different animal shelters in India. The goal was to convey the idea of ‘don’t shop, adopt’. The game’s theme is fairly universal,” Zatakia says over the cellphone.

The kennel animals should not simply illustrated on the playing cards; the playing cards even have info on the background of the animals, what they’ve gone by means of, and their await a house. “The whole game is about taking care of the animals. The cards give you an idea about how that would translate in real life: It could be giving them love and affection, giving them food, taking them out for walks and exercise,” says Zatakia.

The illustrations are by Mumbai-based artist Deepthi Rajan, whereas Zatakia labored on the game design and creatives. Zatakia says creating the game took a good period of time, together with creating the game mechanics, play testing and gathering suggestions. Mission Pawssible is obtainable on the NMZ GAMES web site for 450, and throughout 105 international locations, together with India, by means of

Zatakia says a part of the gross sales proceeds from the game might be donated to the 4 organisations: “I would like to give back to these NGOs. That was also the goal. I feel there are a lot of people out there who are passionate about pets and taking care of animals. They would also relate to the game, apart from the usual card gamers.”

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