Rex Pyrenees wiped blood from his muzzle and adjusted his grip on his sword. He looked around for his attacker, but all he could see was the forest around him, surrounded by the ominous black bark of the trees. Pan Dachshund slipped from between two of the imposing trees, silent as a whisper, his arrow nocked and ready on his bow. He growled a challenge to the demon and immediately let go.
The demon screamed, and Rex barked triumphantly. “Begone, foul demon!” The mighty guardian swung at the blood that appeared in the air from the hunter’s arrow. The blade sliced open invisible flesh. The demon screamed again, and then didn’t make any noise at all.
Yosha Pug removed her paws from her eyes. “Is it gone?” she asked, her wrinkles quivering.
Rex towered over her, pushing the button on his sword’s hilt. The demon’s blood sizzled on his blade, turning into dark smoke. “You can open your eyes now, lady Yosha,” he said, looking at her to make sure she was unhurt.
Pan snorted as he slid the bow across his back before sitting on his haunches. “Sure, now that she’s done barking her Man-damned head off. If I hadn’t shot that thing....”
Rex turned a stern look at Pan. “Her barks warned us to the presence of the demon, did they not?”
Yosha sat awkwardly next to Rex. “Pan’s right, Rex. I put you all in danger.”
“No, my lady,” Rex rumbled. “It’s this forest, lousy with demons to plague us. It’s no wonder that the necromancer built his tower in the middle of such evil.”
“Oh, that’s not entirely true,” Yosha said, standing up excitedly. She spun in a circle until she found her rucksack, discarded in her eagerness to flee the demon. Opening it, she pulled out a thin book covered in old leather. “According to legend, the necromancer’s tower was here long before this area was even called the Dark Forest.” She quickly flipped through pages before finding what she was looking for.
“Some people say the demons were summoned by the cats of House Sphinx, but my uncle Murra heard that the demons only returned long after Man banished them.”
Pan stood up on all fours and started pacing around the group. “Look, it doesn’t matter when the tower was made or why. All that matters is what we need to get from it....”
“I know. The Vessel of Rejuvenation,” Yosha muttered. “One of the lost artifacts of Man.”
"Welcome to a world of fantasy adventure in the ancient future. I’m Eddy Webb, and this is Princess Yosha Pug… and over there is Pan Dachshund."
"We want to talk to you about Pugmire. It’s a tabletop roleplaying game I’ve been working on for a couple of years now. Pugmire is the biggest kingdom in a world in which dogs have built a new society."
"Anyway, they live in the ashes of our world far in the future, seeking adventure and redemption. Think Lord of the Rings meets Planet of the Apes, but with dogs."
"These dogs have been uplifted to use tools and language, and they seek to rediscover the world they’ve inherited. Some dogs use the remnants of human technology, 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 but fragmented lore left behind by humanity."
"Enemies of Pugmire can either be monstrous, like demon-possessed zombies, or simply other misunderstood people, such as the cats of the Monarchies of Mau."
"Dogs have a moral code that classifies some people as “good” and others as “bad,” but not “evil.” That’s reserved for insane monsters that only seek destruction and chaos. The world is dangerous and mysterious, but good dogs will persevere."
"My company, Pugsteady, is working with Rich Thomas at Onyx Path Publishing to expand on our Pugmire Early Access version (see below).
We’re running this Kickstarter so we can both make the best version of Pugmire that we can, adding more art and writing to make this a complete and amazing product. If funded, we will produce a full-color 7 x 10 hardcover book (about the size of a graphic novel), with around 184 pages.
One of the highlights of the Pugmire game include this evocative, mysterious, and family-friendly setting, presented from the perspective of iconic characters like Yosha and Pan here."
"Pugmire uses a traditional fantasy rules system (based on the d20 Open Game License). It’s been redesigned for streamlined play and easy creation of heroic dogs, with an emphasis on cooperation and action over competition and violence. To help you with your decision, I’m providing Pugmire Early Access. It’s a playable version of Pugmire that has a little over half the material you can expect in the final book."
"Once you pledge, you'll be able to look at the very first Backer Only Update here on this site and get the link to download the Pugmire Early Access PDF so you can start playing right away!"
"As you can see, this is more than just a bare-bones document, but a glimpse into what the final book could really look like."
"With your help, we’ll be able to make a game that not only adults can play among themselves, but also something that people can play with their families."
"More than that, we want this Kickstarter to help us put Pugmire into stores. We love retailers, but we know that modern publishing methods don’t always make it easy for them to get books into their stores. With Pugmire, we want to try and get at least one print run of the game into their hands, so everyone can get a chance to experience it."
Eddy and Rich will be discussing Pugmire on various blogs and podcasts as this Kickstarter runs, so here are some links to those:
- “Well, now you can play as a personified version of your pup in a new tabletop game Pugmire. The game is set in the future where dogs have created a Medieval-style society, complete with magic, evil cats, and monster-sized ants.” (The Nerdist, January 29, 2016)
- An excellent Geek & Sundry interview with Eddy:
- If you haven't yet downloaded it, here's Tercio2002's YouTube overview of Pugmire Early Access page by page:
- Am interview about Pugmire with Eddy on FlamesRising:
- Two Pugmire Actual Play sessions with the Gentleman Gamer running it and Eddy playing in it, if you'd like to see a game in action:
And here is a link to all of the Pugmire artciles and interviews and gaming sessions in the US and around the world that Eddy has been able to amass:
Contribute any amount you want, bearing in mind the levels of contribution and their commensurate rewards over there on the right. If we hit our goal, you’ll get the reward that goes with your level of contribution. PDFs and Print on Demand versions will be made available first in the form of a coupon from our online sales partner, DriveThruRPG.
Pugmire will take multiple months from the closing date to print and ship. During that time we will be using Backerkit to process and deliver your pledge Rewards, Add-ons, and anything additional you wish to add on after the KS is over. Backerkit has been the back-end service for about a thousand Kickstarters and has a sterling reputation for customer service and security.
"Eddy here, with one last comment: unlike previous Kickstarters by Onyx Path, which were based on well-established worlds, we're still working on creating and developing Pugmire. So we’re offering a special opportunity to contribute to the world as I’m building it! Check out the tiers on the right – there’s even one where you can use your dog as inspirations for a piece of art, or even as a completely new character to the world of Pugmire!"
You can Add-on the items listed below to any Reward Tier pledge that already includes a Pugmire physical book by clicking on your Reward Tier to the right, and then when you get to the pledge page that confirms your pledge amount, manually changing the amount of your pledge from the base Reward amount to that Reward amount plus the amount of each Add-on that you want as listed below :
You can add on additional physical copies of the Pugmire book to any pledge that is already shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $35 for each additional copy of the Pugmire book (US/Canada)
+ $50 for each additional copy of the Pugmire book (non-US/Canada)
You can add on any of these game accessories to any pledge that is already shipping a physical book by manually adding the appropriate amount on the pledge page:
+ $10 for the Pugmire Dice Set, a set of seven bone white dice: two d20s with special Pugmire symbols in place of the twenty, and a die 12, 10, 8, 6, and 4. Dogs love bones!
+ $15 for the Pugmire Gamemaster's 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 Gamemaster's job a little bit easier.
+ $15 for the Pugmire Pin Set, a thirteen pin assortment of the Breed and Calling symbols.
+ $18 for the Pugmire Playing Aid Cards: over 150 cards featuring Tricks, Spells, and Conditions for easy reference at the table, as well as cards for Initiative tracking.
You must type in the correct amount calculated by adding the base Reward amount and the Add-ons you want. It does not happen automatically. We will include a section in the Backer Survey that will let you tell us which items you have added more money for.
If we have contributions beyond our target number, we've planned many added rewards for contributors. Our range of possible Stretch Goal awards includes additional material in Pugmire itself, a fiction anthology, an introductory adventure, a Monarchies of Mau Early Access PDF, and much, much more.
At $20,000 of contributions, once the Pugmire KS is over, we're going to offer an exclusive KS Pugmire shirt that says something like "I'm a Good Dog. I backed the Pugmire Kickstarter" on our RedBubble store for sale at the deepest discount they'll let us do it for a limited time after which we'll change the design- and we'll tell you folks about it first so you can order one if you want. We estimate that you'll be getting about a $10 discount.
At $35,000 of contributions, we will create a Pugmire Introductory Adventure PDF as a way for your heroic dogs to get started on their exploration of the world of Pugmire! We'll send it to all backers who pledged for a reward tier including a PDF of the Pugmire core book.
At $50,000 of contributions, we will commission 3 short stories that will be combined with later stretch goals to create a Pugmire Fiction Anthology PDF/eBook that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a Pugmire PDF. Included in these three stories will be a story featuring Alistair Afghan and his valet, Darcy Cat, by Pugmire creator Eddy Webb.
At $65,000 of contributions, we will include the Pugmire Introductory Adventure in the main Pugmire book itself, increasing the book's word count and usability.
At $80,000 of contributions, we will commission an additional 3 short stories that will be combined with later stretch goals to create a Pugmire Fiction Anthology PDF/eBook that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a Pugmire PDF. Included in these three stories will be a story by long time friend of Pugmire, game designer and author Sean Patrick Fannon.
At $90,000 of contributions, we will take the Pugmire Introductory Adventure maps and other resources like NPC chits and make them usable on online gaming sites like Roll20.
At $105,000 of contributions, we will take one of the Pugmire Fiction Anthology stories and turn it into an audio drama that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a Pugmire PDF.
At $115,000 of contributions, we will create Spell, Trick, and Condition Cards for Pugmire as game aids and offer them as an Add-on to backers who pledge for a Reward Tier that includes a physical copy of Pugmire.
At $130,000 of contributions, we will increase our art budget by 20% for more art in the Pugmire main book!
At $145,000 of contributions, we will commission an additional 3 short stories that will be combined with later stretch goals to create a Pugmire Fiction Anthology PDF/eBook that we will send to all backers who pledge for a reward tier that include a Pugmire PDF. Included in these three stories will be a story by friend of Pugmire and internationally noted writer Aaron Rosenberg.
At $170,000 of contributions, Eddy will work with Dave Grossman (Secret of Monkey Island, The Wolf Among Us) and their colleagues at Earplay to make several episodes of an interactive Pugmire audio drama that you can play on your mobile device! All backers who pledge for a reward tier that includes a Pugmire PDF will get ad-free access to this volume at release.
At $185,000 of contributions, we will create Pan's Guide for New Explorers, an in-character guide that walks new players through learning how to play Pugmire. The gruff but experienced Pan Dachshund is just the pioneer to get everyone back safely. We'll send a PDF of this to all backers who pledged for a reward tier including a PDF of the Pugmire core book.
At $200,000 of pledges, we will create a Monarchies of Mau Early Access pdf, and backers who pledged for a Reward Tier which contains a PDF of Pugmire will receive the Monarchies of Mau Early Access PDF before we allow access by the general public.
At $210,000 of pledges, we will create a StoryPath System Translation Guide pdf by our own Neall Raemonn Price, and backers who pledged for a Reward Tier which contains a PDF of Pugmire will receive the StoryPath System Translation Guide pdf.
This is Onyx Path Publishing's twentieth Kickstarter, and the company has learned enough (sometimes painfully) to make some tweaks to goals, reward tiers, and prizes. This knowledge has been applied to Onyx Path's first partnership with Pugsteady as well as the FAQ below:
If you liked the audio drama and the quality of the video in general, check out these two wonderful crews who made that coolness happen:
Audioblivious Productions: https://www.facebook.com/Audioblivious-Productions-731894620278960/
Risks and challenges
Risk: This book isn't created at all even though the goal is reached.
Solution: We have successfully shipped ten Kickstarter projects and several more are headed to completion as you read this. All those books have taught us how the various pieces of the process works, sometimes painfully, and we have increased our ability to judge the various stages of delivery better with each KS. The Early Access PDF is finished and playable and we will be expanding that into the full book.
Risk: Shipping costs soak up pledges that were meant to enable the creation of Pugmire.
Solution: Kickstarter shipping costs have continued to rise dramatically 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 up the shipping charges- both methods allowing us to be sure that shipping doesn't eat up the pledge money supposed to go to printing. For the first time, because of Kickstarter adding the option to their tools, we are able to be more specific as to shipping costs based on your country. These costs will be added to your pledge automatically by KS if you are outside the US. As always, local or VAT style taxes will need to be paid by the backer when appropriate and are not included in these costs.
Risk: The books 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 most recent Kickstarter started shipping the month before we 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 regular Updates on progress via Kickstarter as well as in our regular, weekly, Monday Meeting Notes blog at www.theonyxpath.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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