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I'm in the process of putting together the Curiosity Killed the Cat box. Between that and the Cat Princess there are a LOT of cats in here. How many is reasonable to leave as singles vs pile together as another Rat King/Cat Princess or Cat Catcher conversions? I see you get a lot of cats/rats out with Hamelin, but there's also a good bit of cycling into other models. How many do you get on the table at the same time?

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My record was 9 rats at the same time on the table, but I was playing against Sommer, so his gremlins were dying super easy. I suggest leaving about 6-8 rats, as this number should be enough for 95% of your games.

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I've played lists that started with 12. 

It's funny.... to me, only.

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I played Hamelin for a year with a pool of 9 rats, 2 rat kings and 2 rat catchers. There was the odd time I had to adjust my summoning to fit the models in my case, but by that stage I was already running away with the game anyway so it really didn't matter.

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I had 9 rats myself and it was enough. Not sure how about now cause Benny creates rats as well and i see him as a staple in Hamelin's crew so if you focus really hard on summoning them you might need 12 rats at least.

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2 hours ago, Freman said:

I have twelve, and five Rat Kings.

I'm really curious, so I have to ask - did you have an opportunity to put all these models on the table in the past? 

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I don't think that in a year of Hamelin games I've ever had more than 8 rats and 3 Rat Kings in play, even when I lived the dream.

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1 hour ago, Cedar said:

I'm really curious, so I have to ask - did you have an opportunity to put all these models on the table in the past? 

I think I've managed to get four Rat Kings on the table once, but I was really working on it. Rats tend to be cycled into Kings, or just die, so I don't think I've managed to put all 12 down.

On the other hand I do keep forgetting that enemy models, and friendly models with blight, that die near Hamelin also summon rats, so there's that.

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I've had way more than 12 Rats on the table at once.

I've had 5 rat kings on the table at once, briefly, which was bad as I only have 4 models.

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