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Caithness artist plans to expand board game which was inspired by growing up in the north

By Gordon Calder

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A CAITHNESS artist who successfully launched her first board game in 2019 is now planning to expand it to a new level.

Catherine Redgate, who comes from Castletown but lives and works in Aberdeen, created Waters Edge which has already sold 1000 copies.

She said the game was inspired by her growing up in Caithness with its “little harbours, fishing towns and wee cottages.”

Catherine is to enhance the game with four expansion packs containing over 30 new cards. She explained that Waters Edge consists of illustrated cards which join together to build a town in which players spend a week catching and selling fish in order to gain points.

Catherine Redgate is to expand her Waters Edge board game
Catherine Redgate is to expand her Waters Edge board game

“The expansion packs and a re-run of the base game have been launched on Kickstarter – the crowdfunding website – to generate public support for the project. With pledges from all over the world, the campaign reached its funding goal in just over a week. The base game will also be available as copies are now pretty much sold out. The expansion packs will bring all sorts of pirate mischief, natural disasters and fishy fun to the game play,” she said.

Catherine put off the release of the expansion packs “due to Brexit and the various issues this brought about” but hopes to tap into the European Union market.

“The game developed as a result of growing up on the north coast of Caithness, inspired by little harbours, fishing towns and wee cottages. It was further enhanced by the red and white lighthouse at Boddam in Aberdeenshire,” said Catherine, who moved to Aberdeen in 2007 to go to university.

“Waters Edge was originally meant to be a story book but naturally developed into a game through my own love of modern tabletop games as well as a way to become immersed in a story, perhaps more so than a book by actively playing the game.

“It’s very exciting to know a game I created has been received so well across the world. I’m looking forward to bringing the four new expansion packs to life with the support of the Kickstarter backers.”

Catherine held her first solo exhibition in 2015 with further exhibitions and installations in Aberdeen and Edinburgh. She has produced work for four charity sculpture trails including Oor Wullie’s Big Bucket Trail, and has been commissioned by a number of larger clients including the Highland Wildlife Park, Cairn O’Mohr wines and Chest, Heart, Stroke Scotland.

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