The deck of the Wet Nose was abuzz with activity. The crew desperately adjusted sails, pulled ropes, and turned wheels — anything to try and steer the course of the ship away from the looming thick fog sitting dead ahead of them. Captain Pug calmly walked among the crew, staring at the Fog when she wasn’t barking the occasional order. Eventually, the blue sky took up more and more of the view. Noctis returned to his captain, who was still staring ahead. “Ma’am, shouldn’t you be happy? We’ve cleared the Fog.”
“We have. But you’ve forgotten one thing.”
At that precise moment, the water all around the ship started to boil. The acidic water splashed onto the desk, irritating the eyes and skin of all the crew as they tried to figure out what was going on. Noctis ran to the side of the ship and stuck his head into the spray, shielding his eyes to get a better look. He caught a glimpse of something dark and rubbery slithering under the water before it disappeared again.
Then he heard a loud keening wail, and a giant squid-like creature lurched out of the water in front of the ship. Its tentacles waved menacingly in the air as it reared up, as large as the ship itself.
Captain Pug stared calmly at the monstrosity. “You forgot the kraken, number one.”
The main goal of this Pirates of Pugmire Kickstarter is to enable us to create a hardcover edition of the Pirates of Pugmire book compatible with the other Realms of Pugmire core rulebooks such as Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau.
We want to create an 7" x 10" hardcover with an evocative, action-packed cover image and a Pugmire- and Mau-inspired cover design. We estimate the book to be between 150-200 pages, with a full-color interior and endpapers on high quality paper stock. Exceptional funding may allow us to add Stretch Goals that further develop the setting and add additional materials for play, including further depth to the two new playable species! We also want to get at least one print run into traditional distribution and available for sale at game and hobby stores.
Pirates of Pugmire is a chronicle sourcebook for both Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau. It’s usable in either game, or as part of a joint experience. Some highlights include:
- Two new species for players to enjoy: lizards and birds
- Six new callings, including two for dogs and two for cats
- Rules for building, sailing, and sinking ships
- A trove of new allies, enemies, and treasures
- Information on Waterdog Port and Port Matthew
- “Going on the Account,” a chronicle of three new adventures, taking characters from 1st through 6th level
Throughout this Kickstarter campaign, we will be posting complete previews of the Pirates of Pugmire manuscript as backer-only updates.
MORE INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS, and REVIEWS
To hear Eddy's complete audio Design Diary, check out the OnyxPathcast <HERE>
Click below to hear an interview with Eddy about Pirates of Pugmire from The Story Told podcast team:
Dogs have inherited the world, building the kingdom of Pugmire untold centuries after the Ages of Man were over. These dogs have been uplifted to use tools and language, and they seek to rediscover the ruins of the Old Ones. Some have learned to use the leftover technology of humanity, but they believe it to be magic handed to them by their lost gods. Others seek to create an ideal civilization, using a Code of Man compiled from ancient, fragmentary lore left behind by humanity. The world is dangerous and mysterious, but good dogs will persevere.
Pugmire is a light-hearted and family-friendly fantasy world. It’s one of the first of Onyx Path’s creator-owned games, produced in a partnership with Eddy Webb and Pugsteady. Combining the ideas, passion, and creativity of experienced designers with decades of experience in producing quality roleplaying game products, these creator-owned games push the boundaries of the “Onyx Path brand” in new and diverse directions.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Pugmire roleplaying game Core Rulebook was released in 2017. The game featured a traditional fantasy rules system redesigned for streamlined play and easy creation of heroic dogs, with an emphasis on cooperation and action over competition and violence.
Since the initial release, the Realms of Pugmire have expanded to include adventure scenarios and audio dramas, as well as a new game in the setting featuring the cat-based Monarchies of Mau. The recent introduction of Canis Minor, a community-driven digital content storefront, has further opened up the world for exploration.
As noted, the primary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to create the best version of the Pirates of Pugmire that is possible. Your support allows us to fund the best production, use the most appropriate components, and possibly even contract more art for the book. We hope to not only deliver a beautiful book to all of our backers, but also fund at least one print run to be sold through distribution and into book and hobby stores that are so vital to our community.
Beyond that primary goal, we hope to gain additional funding to explore more of the Realms of Pugmire, expanding into rules companions and other Pugmire-related tools and accessories. The greater our funding for this project, the more resources we are able to explore options and this game line.
Thirdly, we want to celebrate the success of Pugmire and Mau so far by offering an opportunity to for new players to join in. We'll help backers by including a discounted selection of PDF titles — the core rulebooks, as well as a digital treasure chest containing expansions and supplements.
Beyond all of those campaign-specific goals, we hope to do what our games have always done — open a path to a new world; a setting for our community to build new stories and entwine imaginations. Every person who participates in this campaign is joining with the goal of giving this game physical form — and like the scenarios contained within, setting out on a brave new adventure! When you back this project, you join our crew and we explore this story together.
All participants who would like to make this project happen can pledge their support and add to the overall campaign total. If the campaign meets the funding target ($40,000), then we will have funded the project and it will become a reality. Your pledge will only be collected if we achieve our funding target.
In thanks for your support, we offer rewards based on your level of funding pledged. The Reward Tiers down the right side of the page outline the various rewards reflecting various levels of support pledged. Please note that rewards may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
To help simplify matters, the Reward Chart lists the core reward combinations, as well as the multi-copy tiers and special limited and premium reward tiers. (see Reward Descriptions, below).
Core Reward Decision: Do you save some shelf space and go digital-only with the PDF version (Buccaneer and Freebooter Reward Tiers), or go all in with the hardcover (Corsair Reward Tier)? Please note that physical rewards may automatically add additional charges to cover shipping expenses.
Backers looking to receive multiple copies should also note the Seadog and Pressgang Reward Tiers, which offer 2 or 5 copies respectively as part of the rewards (and may save on shipping per unit!)
Finally, we love retailers, but modern publishing methods don’t always make it easy for them to get books into their stores. With this Pirates of Pugmire campaign, we have created a special Reward Tier just for you. Any retailer who pledges at the Retailer Reward Tier level (Sutler) will get 5 copies of the hardcover book (as well as the PDF versions) at a retail-specific discount so that they can sell in-store.
Several Reward Tiers offer special limited or premium rewards in addition to the basics, including everything from a BOOK PLATE which will be signed by as many of the creative team as we can wrangle, an option to have your pet act as a ART MODEL, as well as a chance to NAME an NPC included in the Pirates of Pugmire book or a possible supplement. We also offer some of our remaining stock of Pugmire and Monarchies of Mau DICE SETS, as well as the Pugmire GUIDE SCREEN. Check each of the Reward Tier descriptions for more details.
ACCESS TO MANUSCRIPT PREVIEW UPDATES – During the course of the campaign, we will be posting the ENTIRE manuscript for the Pirates of Pugmire. These previews will be shared via Backer-Only updates. You must be a backer of this project to receive these updates.
PDF VERSION - The digital version of the Pirates of Pugmire, fulfilled by our partners at DriveThruRPG.com. Kickstarter backers will receive an early version, before it goes on sale to the public. This initial "Backer Version" will be used to get feedback from the fans to make the final version the best that it can be. When it has been updated to the final version, it will be automatically added to your DriveThruRPG library and available for download at your convenience.
HARDCOVER VERSION - The main goal of this campaign is to fund the creation, production, and print run of a beautiful digest-sized (7" x 10") hardcover edition of the game. Note that all Reward Tiers that include the Hardcover version also include the PDF version as a bonus.
PUGMIRE DICE SET - A set of seven bone white dice: two d20s with special Pugmire symbols in place of the 20, and a d12, d10, d8, d6, and d4. Dogs love bones! Limited Quantities Available.
MONARCHIES OF MAU DICE SET - A set of seven ebon black dice: two d20s with special a Monarchies of Mau symbol in place of the 20, and a d12, d10, d8, d6, and d4. Cats love to bat things around! Limited Quantities Available.
PUGMIRE GUIDE SCREEN - A sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of Pugmire art on the outer side, and on the inside there's a selection of charts and other info to make the Guide's job a little bit easier. Limited Quantities Available.
PIRATES OF PUGMIRE GUIDE SCREEN - A sturdy three-panel screen featuring the beautiful collage of Pugmire art on the outer side, and on the inside it'll have pirate-specific tables and references for your chronicle, including the sailing rules, the new weapons (including gunpowder weapons), and rules for Gunpowder Panic, along with some information that will be useful for any Pugmire or Monarchies of Mau game!
OPTIONAL "AT COST" PoD VERSION – For the Pirates of Pugmire, you will have the option of using DriveThruRPG’s Print-On-Demand service to purchase a physical, printed copy directly from their PoD partners at as close as we can get to the cost of printing and shipping (this cost is not included in your pledge, and you do not need to increase the cost of your pledge to use this option). When the PoD versions are available to order (which will be some time after the book has gone to print), you will receive links to purchase these versions of the book from DriveThruRPG.com. You DO NOT need to take advantage of this PoD offer as it does not affect in any way your pledge rewards.
In addition to the rewards listed in each Reward Tier, backers can increase their overall pledge to add on the following additional rewards. Simply increase your total pledge amount by the value indicated – we will confirm which add on rewards you’ve chosen via BackerKit surveys after the campaign has run.
Digital and PDF Rewards will be fulfilled by DriveThruRPG. Previously-released titles are the ones currently available from DrivethruRPG.com and were created as best they could be depending on the state of the files. So quality may vary from title to title.
All physical items that will require shipping (additional books) can only be added to reward tiers that already include a hardcover copy of the Pirates of Pugmire (Reward Tiers of $45+). Your rewards will be sent in a single shipment when the book becomes available.
As we increase the overall funding and support for the project, we’re able to add additional resources to the project, expand the rewards listed, and add in new offers and opportunities. Each Stretch Goal will have a target that, once reached, will unlock a bounty and add to the reward lists. We will continue to build on this list when we achieve these targets during the campaign. Whenever we achieve a stretch goal, the image will be updated to reflect the achievement.
Achieved! - KICKSTARTER BACKER T-SHIRT – Hosted on the redbubble store for a limited time, a Pirates of Pugmire-themed shirt will be priced at a steep discount. All backers will be notified when the shirt becomes available.
Achieved! - DIGITAL WALLPAPER – An awesome digital wallpaper for your computer desktop featuring art from the Pirates of Pugmire. All backers will have this automatically added to their rewards list.
Achieved! - INTERSTITIAL ADVENTURE – Eddy and his team will create a new Pirate-themed adventure that can work by itself or be easily inserted between "Rotten Rats" and "The Race," two of the adventures that are included in the Pirates of Pugmire. This interstitial adventure will be released via PDF and automatically added to the rewards list of all backers receiving the Pirates of Pugmire PDF.
Achieved! - ART BUDGET INCREASE – Additional funds will be allocated to the art budget, adding more swashbuckling art to the Pirates of Pugmire book.
At $50,000 in funding - INTERSTITIAL ADVENTURE 2 – Eddy and his team will create a new Pirate-themed adventure that can work by itself or be easily inserted between "The Race" and "Heart of the Storm," two of the adventures that are included in the Pirates of Pugmire. This interstitial adventure will be released via PDF and automatically added to the rewards list of all backers receiving the Pirates of Pugmire PDF
This is Onyx Path Publishing's 36th Kickstarter, and the company has learned how to maintain focus during a campaign to maintain manageable projects and achievable goals. To read more about the knowledge that has been applied to this project, you can read the FAQ linked here: http://theonyxpath.com/about/faq/kickstarter/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This game isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped many Kickstarter projects and more are headed to completion as you read this. All those projects have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The text for the Pirates of Pugmire is finished and some initial interior artwork has been contracted, so the development process is well underway.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of the book.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise this last year, but we are aware of that and were able to find ways to work with shippers to bring down those costs - unfortunately, only to some extent as we have also needed to increase the shipping charges- both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to printing.
Risk: The game will take a long time to produce and anger the backers.
Solution: We've learned many, many lessons with our previous Kickstarters and we're becoming much better at estimating the various pitfalls that will delay a KS project. We were able to deliver the PDFs for our last several KS projects several months before the estimate, and our recent campaigns have delivered rewards earlier than estimated.
That being said, backers need to be aware that they are enabling a process, and not a pre-order opportunity, and things do sometimes run slower than we want or anticipate with that process. We've found that an open flow of communication between us and the backer community is vital so once the project funds we will deliver Updates on progress once a month (or more, as needed) via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.com
ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
By backing this Kickstarter project, you have agreed to the following additional terms and conditions:
ARTWORK, DESIGN, MATERIAL & CONTENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Onyx Path shares artwork, design, descriptions and manuscript contents with the understanding that changes may occur in the creation of the final product based on further development, available resources and materials, and the nature of the creative process.
REWARDS REQUIRING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REQUIRE TIMELY RESPONSE. Some rewards, particularly limited Special Rewards such as art model descriptions, character names, and custom design work, require input from the reward backer. For these rewards, the backer must respond within 6 weeks of the information being requested (most likely by BackerKit pledge manager survey, occasionally by direct e-mail) in order to maintain the project development and manufacturing timeline. Onyx Path will make a strong effort to acquire this information, but should the backer not provide it in a timely fashion, all parties agree that Onyx Path can move forward on the project without the information or using an appropriate substitution and the respective backer will consider the reward obligation fulfilled in full for payment or donations pledged and collected on the part of Onyx Path. The simple fact is that we cannot delay the production of the product due to a unresponsive backer, that's just not fair to the others who have supported this project.
ADDRESS CONFIRMATION & DELIVERY OBLIGATIONS. If you confirm your pledge prior to final address confirmation and initiation of distribution notification via email, you agree that our responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into our pledge manager system, that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment, and you are responsible for import duties or any other duties that may be payable to the relevant tax authorities, providing correct address information and ensuring this address is deliverable by normal methods. Failure to confirm mailing address prior to final request and distribution notification will be taken as agreement that all obligations have been met and no further action or effort is required on the part of Onyx Path. We will attempt to alert you via the methods provided by Kickstarter and/or BackerKit, primarily e-mail, prior to distribution of rewards to avoid any issue, but once we’ve made all reasonable efforts, we must move on with other business and will be unable to make exceptions.
DIGITAL REWARDS. You will be notified by BackerKit when digital rewards become available to you. Typically, these will be links to load PDF titles into your account library on DriveThruRPG.com. The links from BackerKit must be activated within 90 days to ensure the titles are added to your library, after which the links may expire and Onyx Path may not be able to provide replacements.
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