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Bark, sniff, and lick your way through the apocalypse to save the hoomans you love!
Bark, sniff, and lick your way through the apocalypse to save the hoomans you love!
Bark, sniff, and lick your way through the apocalypse to save the hoomans you love!
2,145 backers pledged $175,080 to help bring this project to life.

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The Dog Days of Summer

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Hello hoomans, and happy summer!  

Since the Kickstarter finished we’ve been hard at work on Backerkit support. Now that the Backerkit has closed, production on the game is accelerating!  

Pre-orders of the base game and expansions are still available!
Pre-orders of the base game and expansions are still available!

If you know someone who missed out on the game, let them know the Good Dog, Bad Zombie BackerKit will remain open for pre-orders through the summer. Friends and family can still order the game, the expansions, or take a look at our back catalog of roleplaying games! 

Our final counts came in around 1,000 custom dogs! Because we’ve already begun the work of processing through custom dogs and hoomans, those rewards are now locked and no new pups or hoomans can be added. If you need to make any edits to your pup or hooman cards, please get in touch with us. We may be able to accommodate small edits if we hear from you in the next week, and we’re happy to work with you to get your cards right. :) 

Illustrated Pups 

One of our biggest joys this past month has been going through photos from backers who will be having their pups illustrated into an Energy or Sniff card in every copy of the game. It’s a lot of work and a lot of fun, so we wanted to give you a better sense of what that process looks like. 

Bootsy on the left walking with a stick (good dog!) and an initial sketch on the right with Evan’s art notes.
Bootsy on the left walking with a stick (good dog!) and an initial sketch on the right with Evan’s art notes.

After downloading your pup’s photo from Backerkit, Hannah adds the pup’s name to a spreadsheet matched with its owners name, a description of the photo, suggested flavor text for the card, and a suggestion for the pup’s power (run, herd, chew, bark, or "good doggo!"). 

Evan then references the spreadsheet and the original photo to create a sketch with art notes about the pup’s pose, accessories, and foreground/background elements.

From there, Fox creates a draft of the final artwork. Finally, Evan will go through and add the background and other layout elements to finish the card.

We won’t be showing finished art yet - that’s still going through approvals. Backers whose dogs will be featured in the game will get a chance to preview the artwork first, then we'll share sneak peeks of those cards later this summer!

Playtesting and Production 

Initial playtests of the GDBZ expansions!
Initial playtests of the GDBZ expansions!

In June, Brian started playtesting the Weird Smells expansion with his playtesting group at the Second Shift co-working space in Chicago! 

Weird Smells introduced missions to the game, which adds another layer of strategy and complexity to the base rules. It also adds some other new characters and components, like a Mission Hooman and a Zombie Slayer - a new hooman ally that you can Bark and Herd around the board to take out massive swaths of zombies at once. 

The Weird Smells expansion adds a new victory condition to the game: In addition to filling up Hooman Town with rescued hoomans, you have to help Mission Hoomans complete their goals. This might include searching for a cure, reuniting with a lost child, or just having a fun day of playing fetch on the beach. 

We’ll have more updates about the expansions to share in coming months! In the meantime, we’ve also started preparing for production. While Brian playtests and refines the expansion, Hannah works on layout, and Evan and Fox work on the game’s art, we’re also having meetings with Community Printers about packing, materials, printing, and creating the best design possible for this game. 

Welcoming a new playtester to the pack!

On June 12th, Brian and his wife Lydia welcomed our newest playtester to the pack: Baby Simon! Lupin has already begun to show Simon the ropes, and what it means to be a good dog, a good hooman, and a good playtester! 

A new playtester has joined the pack!
A new playtester has joined the pack!

Next Update 

That’s it for now! Our next update will continue to cover our production work, expansion progress, and general fondness for dogs. We’d love to feature dogs that you’ve shared with us in future updates! Let us know in a comment if it’s okay to share a photo of your pup, and you may see them in a future production post! :)

In the meantime, we’d love if you stayed in touch with us. 

  • Check us out on Twitter and Facebook 
  • Listen to Design Doc, a podcast run by Hannah and Evan, about their design process on Questlandia 2 - our next big project! 

Bark ya later, 

Hannah, Evan, and Brian (and Simon, Lupin, and Waine) 

Surveys close June 5th! Bring on the pups!

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Hello hoomans!

We’ve reached 90% completion on the GDBZ surveys! Thank you everyone for filling out your surveys. We’re excited to dive into the work ahead after the Backerkit closes June 5th. Here’s a quick update with what to expect and what you need to know.

Backerkit timeline

  • Backerkit closes: Tuesday June 5th
  • Cards charged: By Friday June 8th

Your Backerkit surveys are how we get you your rewards! Choosing add-ons and additional components for the game is optional, but filling out your survey lets us keep track of your address and any information we need to track your shipments, create custom dog cards, etc.

GDBZ Backerkit surveys close June 5th! It's the last chance to order custom dog add-ons!
GDBZ Backerkit surveys close June 5th! It's the last chance to order custom dog add-ons!

If you’ve lost track of the Backerkit link, you can always return here to log into your survey:

https://good-dog-bad-zombie.backerkit.com/

If you’re having trouble uploading your pup’s photo and that’s preventing you from completing your survey, please use the Backerkit support function to send us a message! We think all the simultaneous submissions may be overworking Backerkit’s system, but we can re-size and upload your photos manually so you won’t get stuck!

This survey deadline is just to lock in your rewards. You’ll have the opportunity to change or update your mailing address as we get closer to our estimated ship date!

Custom dog cards and illustrated dog cards

It’s especially important to fill out your survey if you’ve chosen custom rewards! If you’ve backed at a level where you’ll be getting your dog illustrated into the game, we’ll need photos of your sweet pups by June 5th! We’ll be passing your photos along to our art team immediately so they can get started on that work. :)

We can't wait to get started drawing your dogs! Here's Hannah's pup, Waine the beautiful grump.
We can't wait to get started drawing your dogs! Here's Hannah's pup, Waine the beautiful grump.

We’ll have a more in-depth production update later this month, after the Backerkit has closed.

Thanks again for your kind, patient, and enthusiastic support! We can’t wait to share our progress with you along the way!

Best,

Brian, Evan, & Hannah

One week left to fill out Backerkit surveys, and FAQs!

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Hello hoomans!

Congratulations on the momentous task you’ve taken on. We’ve reached 70% completion on the GDBZ surveys, which is preposterously expedient (or is that pupposterously dogfeedient?).

71% survey completion, and still one week to go!
71% survey completion, and still one week to go!

We wanted to write to cheer you on, to say thanks, and to answer some frequently asked questions!

Thank you and troubleshooting

Thanks to everyone who has finished their surveys! As a reminder, these are not optional. You must fill out your survey or we can’t ship your rewards!

https://good-dog-bad-zombie.backerkit.com/

If you backed at a level that includes custom dogs, especially the 4 custom dogs and 12 hoomans levels, we know these surveys take a bit of effort! Thank you for filling them out, and we appreciate those of you who have reached out for help.

There are some common hiccups with the surveys. Depending on the add-ons you select, you may get stuck and not be able to move past certain questions. Here are some common issues we’ve identified:

Stuck in a survey loop or can’t submit my photos

If you’re stuck in a loop where the survey keeps taking you back to the beginning, it may be because you haven’t proceeded to the add-ons section. The prompts to upload dog photos may appear AFTER the add-ons. If this is the case, you’ll want to advance through the add-ons and click “next,” even if you’re not selecting any add-ons, so you can upload those photos and complete your survey.

If that’s not the case, or if you’re having unrelated troubles uploading dog photos, just drop us a Backerkit support request. We’re able to upload photos manually, so we can identify where you’re stuck in the survey and help you out!

Can’t purchase an additional custom dog add-on

We’ve capped this add-on at one per backer to keep the survey section as clear as possible. If you’d really like to get around this limit, you can use Backerkit’s pledge-switching function to up your pledge to a level that includes additional custom dogs.

Additional photo questions

  • Is my photo’s height & width the proper ratio? We’ll be cutting out your pup from the background to put them on a watercolor landscape, so any photo proportions are fine!
  • Is my photo a high enough resolution? Because of the filtering process, we can work with even fairly low-resolution pictures. That said, if your photo is at least 800x800 pixels, that helps us make the result as good as possible!
  • I’m not sure how to rename my photo to my dog’s name! Don’t sweat it. We can link up your photos using BackerKit’s tools; naming your photo just gives us a way to double-check our work. Feel free to submit without renaming if you’re having trouble.
  • Does my dog look okay in this photo? Yes! Your dog is adorable!

Backerkit timeline

Backerkit closes: Tuesday June 5th

Cards charged: By Friday June 8th

Remember, you must fill out your survey before the Backerkit closes on June 5th to receive your rewards for pledging to this campaign. If you’d like any help walking through the process reach out to us. That’s what we’re here for! Well, that AND delivering a fun game to your doorstep. :)

Production timeline

While the Backerkit is open, answering support requests and processing through surveys is a full-time job. We’ll have a rough production timeline for you in early June, after the Backerkit closes. In the meantime, we’ve already hit the ground running with expansion work and putting the final bit of polish on the game’s mechanics. Here’s a shot of Brian and Evan meeting in Chicago for a mini design retreat!

Brian and Evan playtesting in Chicago.
Brian and Evan playtesting in Chicago.

Thanks again for your kind, patient, enthusiastic support requests. We’re happy to help and we’re so excited to see all your pups!

Best,

Brian, Evan, & Hannah

GDBZ Backerkit has launched!

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Hello hoomans!

We’re happy to announce that the Good Dog, Bad Zombie Backerkit has launched! Backerkit is a pledge manager that connects to your Kickstarter information to deliver your rewards. You should have received an e-mail with the information you need to log in and complete your survey. We'll need your Backerkit survey info to be able to deliver your rewards, so follow the link from your e-mail. You can always return to this link if you lose track of that e-mail message:

https://good-dog-bad-zombie.backerkit.com

Here are some important things to know!

The last chance for new backers and Custom Doggos!

This BackerKit will allow people who missed the Kickstarter a chance to get in on the game! This is the last chance for people to get customized versions of the game featuring their own dogs—once the BackerKit closes, that offer will be over! So if you know anyone who would be interested in joining our pack, please share this link with them:

https://good-dog-bad-zombie.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

This will also be the last chance for pledge switching. If you backed for the base game and decide to switch up to the expansions or a custom dog, now's the time!

This will be the last chance to get custom dog cards. After the Backerkit closes we won’t be offering these again!
This will be the last chance to get custom dog cards. After the Backerkit closes we won’t be offering these again!

Let friends and family know that if they want to see their own dogs in the game, this is their chance!

The GDBZ Backerkit will be open for pre-orders until June! Share the link with family and friends!
The GDBZ Backerkit will be open for pre-orders until June! Share the link with family and friends!

Important Backerkit dates

  • Surveys and pre-orders close: June 5th
  • Cards charged: by June 15th

We'll send a backer update if these dates change, but plan for around two weeks to fill out your survey! Cards will be charged shortly thereafter.

Placing your order

When you go to Backerkit, it will already know your pledge level. Before you fill out the survey, you'll have the chance to get some add-ons to your order. You can add custom dogs, more copies of the game, and even a Make Dog Things t-shirt!

Just a few of the options you'll see in the add-ons section of your survey.
Just a few of the options you'll see in the add-ons section of your survey.

If you find anything you want, simply select that add-on and click “Add to Cart.” You’ll be prompted to enter payment information at the end of your survey. Shipping is calculated for many of these items individually, as t-shirts and other Make Big Things games will ship out shortly after the Backerkit closes, before even the games go out!

The next page will take you to an address field, where you’ll enter your shipping information. Don’t worry, shipping address can be changed before games ship out! Even though we’ll be ending the surveys in June, we’ll keep address changes open until we’re ready to ship.

Taking your survey

If your pledge level includes custom dogs, or if you selected an add-on with custom pups or hoomans, you’ll want to leave some time to fill out your survey! Surveys for one custom pup should take about 15 minutes, including uploading your dog’s image.

Surveys that include four custom pups and 12 custom hoomans will take some time, and you’ll want to budget around 30-45 minutes to enter all your information for your customized game elements. Survey progress does not get saved, so while taking your survey, you’ll want to be careful to not close your browser tab or navigate away from the page to return later. You’ve got a few weeks to complete your survey and we don’t want you to lose any progress filling out your custom rewards, so take your time!

If you backed at $150 or above surveys should take around 30-45 minutes to complete. We’ve got a lot of custom information we need to get from you!
If you backed at $150 or above surveys should take around 30-45 minutes to complete. We’ve got a lot of custom information we need to get from you!

We’ve tried to make the surveys clear and hopefully even a little fun! Here are some tips to make the process go even smoother:

1. Want to customize pups but not hoomans? We’ve included the option to skip customization on some or all hoomans! You can skip customizing hooman names, flavor text, or both! If you select “skip” we’ll fill these cards in for you.

Don't want to customize all your hoomans? Skip em and we'll do it for you!
Don't want to customize all your hoomans? Skip em and we'll do it for you!

2. We need to be able to match your pup to their card! Whether you’re submitting one or four dogs, please name your uploaded files with the name of your pup!

Be sure to rename each file with the name of your pup so we can match the right dog to the right card!
Be sure to rename each file with the name of your pup so we can match the right dog to the right card!

3. Looking for something you don’t see in Backerkit? Backerkit’s customization tools only extend so far. If you’d like multiple copies of the same custom reward, get in touch with us. We’ll let you know which special requests we’re able to manually fulfill! (Ex: I’d like two copies of the game with my dog Lola, one for me and one for my mom!)

Getting in touch with us

We’re sure questions will crop up as you’re answering these surveys! Feel free to contact us publicly or privately through Kickstarter, or drop us an email here.

Thank you!

We have the best backers and we’re so excited to work with you. You put a smile on our faces and a wag in our tails!

We’ll send another update when survey deadlines loom near.

Best,

Brian, Evan, & Hannah

GDBZ Backerkit Launching Soon!

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Hello hoomans!

After much anticipawtion, the Good Dog, Bad Zombie Backerkit is under final review. The staff at Backerkit has been fantastic to work with. Because of the complexity of some of our custom dog surveys, we had to stretch their system to the limit, and they met us with good spirits every step of the way.

The Backerkit should be launching this week. Here’s what to expect:

What’s Backerkit and what do I have to do?

Backerkit is a pledge manager that interfaces with Kickstarter. Some time this week, we’ll send out another backer update letting you know the Backerkit has launched (you’ll likely get an email from Backerkit around the same time).

All of your pledge information, including shipping, will transfer over to Backerkit. If there’s nothing else you’d like to add to your pledge, you’ll just answer the survey and you’re good to go! You won’t be charged anything else unless you add new items onto your pledge.

Backerkit is cool because it lets us add “a la carte” items that would have been hard to fit into normal Kickstarter pledge levels. For the GDBZ Backerkit, these include things like additional custom dog cards, t-shirts, and tabletop RPGs from our back catalog of games!

Backerkit lets us offer certain Kickstarter rewards "a la carte," as well as items that didn't fit into individual pledge levels!
Backerkit lets us offer certain Kickstarter rewards "a la carte," as well as items that didn't fit into individual pledge levels!

Because some of these items are ready to ship and will be shipping from different warehouses, we’re able to charge shipping on these items separately. If you end up adding shirts or roleplaying games on to your order, those items will ship out this summer, even before the game is ready to go!

What if I'd like to add a custom dog or switch to a higher pledge?

Did you decide after the campaign that you’d like to get a custom dog, or you’d like to get four custom dogs and twelve custom hoomans? Backerkit lets you “switch” to a higher pledge, and so these items are still available to you!

Finally, the Backerkit also comes with a pre-order store that will let folks who missed the campaign pre-order the game. We'll include that link when the Backerkit launches and we encourage you to share it with family and friends!

Backerkit pre-orders will allow folks who missed the campaign to purchase the game!
Backerkit pre-orders will allow folks who missed the campaign to purchase the game!

What should I be thinking about for my dog submission?

If you backed at a level where you’ll be getting one or more custom dog cards, custom hoomans, or an illustrated pup, it’s time to start thinking about what you’d like those custom elements to be!

Decide on the photo (or photos if getting multiple pups) that you want to submit. We prefer high resolution pics with good lighting. The photo you submit is the photo we will use - so our print will be the same resolution you share with us! We’ll have more information in the next backer update about how to name those files properly. In the meantime, search through your library to find the perfect shot!

What else?

We’ll have more detailed instructions and another backer update for you when the Backerkit is ready to launch! We’re so excited to get you Good Dog, Bad Zombie as well as all of your custom doggos! Thank you for the support!

We'll see you real soon with another update!

Brian, Evan, & Hannah