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Be a ninja, vampire or... gerbil and learn the secrets of the Committee! Or at least their interns. Based on the long-running webcomic!
Be a ninja, vampire or... gerbil and learn the secrets of the Committee! Or at least their interns. Based on the long-running webcomic!
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The Underground: A Sam & Fuzzy Role-Playing Game is a tabletop RPG created by Damocles Thread Development and cartoonist Sam Logan, using mechanics built from the ground up and tailored to the unique universe of the Sam & Fuzzy comic book.

We've been working on it for nearly two years... but now, we need your help to finish it up and manufacture the physical copies!

TELL ME ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND!


The Underground is one part role-playing game and one part encyclopedic guidebook to a secret, complex world of interconnected underground cities, unknown inhuman races, and powerful criminal conspirators. So whether you're a tabletop gamer, a Sam and Fuzzy fan, or both, The Underground will have plenty to offer!

You can learn more about our universe and game mechanics by watching our video, or scrolling further down this page.

WHAT IF WE RAISE EXTRA MONEY?

Thanks to your incredible support, The Underground has not only funded, but added a ton of extra features and bonuses! Our gamebook has thoroughly expanded to include new lore, factions, species, and powers. We've also been able to include an entire new playable campaign, a new section on minor factions and an optional conversion to the FATE ACCELERATED system. And we've also added a free Sam d6 die to our "Gilded" bonus pack, and every tier that includes it!

If we're so lucky as to raise even more funds, we're going to give every backer a free "Making Of the Game" PDF ebook, featuring concept sketches, unused artwork, and author commentary!

ARE THERE OTHER REWARDS TO GET, TOO?

You bet there are! We have several increasingly fancy versions of our gamebook, as well as original artwork and other bonuses!

THE GILDED BONUS PACK is an optional bonus pack that contains two Kickstarter exclusive 5 x 7" Sam & Fuzzy postcard prints, two exclusive buttons... and thanks to a stretch goal, a kickstarter exclusive Sam d6! It's included in the Gilded tier, the Gilded Digital Edition tier, the Gilded Physical Edition tier, and the Gilded Collector's Edition and higher.

In addition to the regular digital and physical editions of our gamebook, we're also offering a special COLLECTOR'S EDITION version! This version of the book is signed by Sam Logan and the DTD team, and has an original hand-illustrated bookplate of a gaming-themed Fuzzy on the inside cover. It also comes with a kickstarter-exclusive Fuzzy d6!

If you'd like to own a piece of history, our LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION includes not only the Collector's Edition signed gamebook, but also the original 5.5 x 7.5" inked artwork for one of the illustrations drawn for the gamebook! Each drawing features at least one of the Sam and Fuzzy universe's heroes, villains, or monsters, and is one-of-a-kind.  Meanwhile, our OVERSIZED OPULENT EDITION includes the artwork for one of our gamebook's larger 8.5 x 11" illustrations, depicting a big group shot and/or action scene!

If you're a fan of custom artwork, our PORTRAIT COMMISSIONER tiers will score you either a black-and-white or full-colour custom-drawn 8.5 x 11" original marker illustration of any character, drawn by Sam Logan! Alternately, THE GROUP PORTRAIT COMMISSIONER tier nabs you a larger custom 11 x 14 piece with up to three characters.
With either option, you can choose the subject (portrait, pin-up, parody, etc.) and the characters (yourself, your RPG character, your favourite Sam & Fuzzy cast member, your pet, or any other character or living entity!) Or, you can live dangerously and let the artist decide! You probably won't regret it.

Our ART COLLECTOR tiers each include one huge, one-of-a-kind piece of Sam and Fuzzy artwork. The original 11x14 artwork for our gamebook's cover and kickstarter exclusive print are available, as are all four pages of our gamebook's special intro comic. (In which Mr. Rexford explains the origins of the Underground to Mr. Sin.)

And for those looking for a true stab at immortality, our CREATE A CHARACTER and CAMEO OF IMMORTALITY tiers allows you to design (or help design) a character that will be included in our gamebook as a sample NPC. It can be based on you, or an original creation. Sam Logan will draw an illustration of your character which you can keep... and in the case of the CAMEO tier, your character will also make an appearance in the Sam and Fuzzy comic itself!

Whew! That's a lot of stuff!

YEAH! SO TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE UNIVERSE THIS GAME TAKES PLACE IN.

I'd be delighted!

Our game takes place on a divided Earth. Aboveground, humans like us live in a world seemingly just like our own. But deep underground thrives a secret, surreal second world of everything humanity can't handle: vampires and werewolves, robots and cyborgs, ninja mafiosos and squid samurai, rodent gangsters and cat monarchs, and plenty of other strange creatures and criminals both organized and disorganized.

Both worlds are secretly controlled by the Committee to Maintain the Status Quo – an association of powerful business owners and crime lords who force humanity to live in carefully controlled ignorance for the good of global stability. (And profits.) Anyone who threatens to upset the balance or reveal the truth is quarantined in the Underground by the Erasers -- the Committee's army of enforcers. The few inhumans who do live among humanity on the surface must agree to do so in secret. 

This divided Earth is now your home. You may be an inhuman, who has known the truth since birth, You may be a human discovering it for the first time. Or you may be something in between. But this is the world you live in, and how you do so is up to you. Will you play by the Committee's rules? Or will you fight the power?

INTERESTING! SO WHAT ABOUT THOSE GAME MECHANICS?

The Underground system creates a world in which what you notice and who you care about is as important as your strength of arm or fleetness of foot -- where your ability to mentally deal with weirdness is as important as your ability to physically deal with force -- while still allowing for satisfying tactical chases and combat.

(Translation into gamer-ese: we have a social mechanic that isn't just a dump stat or a turbo win. You should watch our project video for a thorough example of how it works, using awesome live-action ninja mafioso battles as a visualization!)

A simple roll-over system means characters and their ability to influence their world can grow as they delve further into the mysteries and power politics of the Underground.

(Translation: There is a leveling/experience mechanic, but not one that renders conflict between the haves and the have-nots pointless. Having friends and a good plan is a better idea than pure character optimization, not that a little CharOp ever hurts.)

But one cannot game with intrigue and relationships alone! The Underground provides a broad plethora of factions and species to deal with. Ninjas, vampires, werewolves, dinosaurs, robots, cuddly animals with flamethrowers, cybernetic pangolins, and countless other critters are available for all of your modern fantasy/horror/action/comedy needs. Much like the stories in the comic itself, the tone of your game can be played serious, goofy, or anywhere in between.

We’ve tried to make the mechanics feel like the Sam and Fuzzy web comic we all love. Sometimes that means learning valuable lessons about life goals, responsibility and helping others. And sometimes that means wearing a sombrero while beating the crap out of gerbils in leather jackets. We hope you enjoy!

COOL! SO WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO!

Printing professional, high quality books is a costly and serious undertaking. Most of the goal will cover creating the gamebooks and rewards, freighting them to us and then mailing them to you. The remainder covers the manufacturing of our other rewards, as well as Kickstarter fees and taxes. 

OK, THIS ALL SOUNDS GOOD. LET'S DO THIS!

Thank you. And I really, really mean that. Let's do this thing, and do it right!

Risks and challenges

The primary challenge which has already been overcome is translating the deep world of the Underground into mechanics suitable for a role-playing game that faithfully translate the comic in a way that make sense and is balanced.

The biggest challenge we now face is printing the books and shipping them out to our supporters. We have budgeted out precisely what we need to have the books printed and shipped... we just need the funds to make this a reality.

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    PHYSICAL EDITION: Our extremely attractive print copy of The Underground: A Sam and Fuzzy RPG. Role-Playing Game! Includes a free PDF copy.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION: A special print copy of The Underground RPG with an original hand-drawn bookplate of Fuzzy on the inside cover, signed by Sam Logan and the DTD team. PLUS, you'll also get our kickstarter-exclusive Fuzzy D6 die! (That's die as in dice, not die as in death.) Includes a free PDF copy.

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    LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION: In addition to your signed copy of The Underground RPG with a drawing of Fuzzy inside, your PDF copy, your exclusive D6, and the kickstarter-exclusive prints and buttons... you will ALSO receive the one-of-a-kind FULLY INKED ORIGINAL ARTWORK for one of Sam Logan's illustrations from the book! The drawing will feature one or more of the Sam & Fuzzy universe's many heroes, villains, or monsters, and will be awesome.

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    THE PORTRAIT COMMISSIONER (black and white): In addition to everything in the LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION, Sam Logan will draw: an ORIGINAL 8.5 x 11" pen-and-ink illustration of YOUR Underground character! (Or if you prefer: your real-life self, your character from another RPG, your pet, your favourite Sam & Fuzzy cast member, or any other single living entity. You can even live dangerously and let the artist decide!)

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    THE GROUP PORTRAIT COMMISSIONER: In addition to everything in the LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION, Sam Logan will draw a HUGE ORIGINAL FULL COLOUR 11 x 14" marker illustration of up to THREE characters! It can be you and your friends, your party from The Underground or any other RPG, your favourite Sam and Fuzzy characters, or any other living entities in any combination.

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    ORIGINAL COVER ART: In addition to everything in the LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION, you will get: the original one-of-a-kind hand-drawn and inked, signed 11 x 14 artwork used for The Underground's book cover, featuring infamous Ninja Mafioso Gertrude evading many of the game's major threats. Also included: a signed 11x14 print of the colour version!

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    ORIGINAL PRINT ART: In addition to everything in the LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION, you will get: the original one-of-a-kind full-marker-coloured 11 x 14 artwork used for our Kickstarter-exclusive print, featuring the cast of Sam and Fuzzy dressed as an RPG party and ready to do battle. Also included: a signed 11x14 copy of the digitally coloured version used for the print!

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    ORIGINAL COMIC ART: In addition to everything in the LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION, you will get ALL FOUR 11 x 14" PAGES of original artwork for the special intro comic drawn for The Underground book, in which Mr. Rexford reveals the origins of the Underground to Mr. Sin.

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    CREATE A GAME CHARACTER: In addition to everything in the LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION, a character YOU create (or co-create with us, if you prefer) will be featured in the gamebook as a sample NPC. Sam will draw you a custom full-colour portrait of your character, as well as a smaller one to use in the gamebook. (And you will get to keep the originals for both!)

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    CREATE A JOB: In addition to everything in the LUDICROUSLY OPULENT EDITION, a job YOU create (That is approved by Sam Logan) will be featured in the final game.

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    CAMEO OF IMMORTALITY: Everything in the CREATE A GAME CHARACTER TIER, plus you or your character will make a speaking cameo appearance in a future Sam and Fuzzy strip! Your appearance will be in a manner of the artist's choosing. It will also be awesome.

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