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Bark, sniff, and lick your way through the apocalypse to save the hoomans you love!
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Debuting the Updated Energy Deck and Your Custom Dog Illustrations!

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Hi hoomans!

We’re excited to share with you a first glimpse of the look of the new energy cards in Good Dog, Bad Zombie. We’ve been working our tails off to finish everything to send to Community Printers, our ethical, sustainable, and US based printer! They’ve been collaborating diligently with us to have everything prepared in time to ship for the holidays, and we’re so delighted to be working together.

But without further ado (arooo?), we are excited to share with you some early glimpses of the illustrations in Good Dog, Bad Zombie:

Energy Cards

Below is a sneak peek of some of the Energy cards (there will be 64 total, each with a unique illustration) in the game! These are all dogs submitted by you, our backers (at the ”Have Your Dog Illustrated into the Game” level), and that were lovingly illustrated by Evan Rowland and Fox Desfleurs, who did so much incredible work to make them possible.

Here’s what the cards looked like before:

Our playtest energy cards used the same repeating art for each of the different card types.
Our playtest energy cards used the same repeating art for each of the different card types.

And here’s what they look like now, featuring some of your dogs:

Our new energy cards are much more dynamic and exciting to play with!
Our new energy cards are much more dynamic and exciting to play with!

We’ve heard from a ton of people that they are really happy with their dog’s illustration in the game, and we’re so happy about that! But what if you’re not loving the illustration we sent you? That’s okay! There’s been a couple people already that felt that we haven’t quite captured their dog’s spirit. We’ll do our best to make adjustments to the illustration within reason to make sure you’re happy with it.

If that’s the case for you, please respond with your thoughts to the email we sent you with the illustration; that will ensure we see, track, and respond to your request. But please do so as soon as possible, with Tuesday, September 25th, at 5 PM EST being the last possible time we can accept those requests.

Thank you for sharing your dogs with us to breathe life into this game. (We’re saving hoomans from the undead, after all!)

We’ll have another update for you soon, showing off the updates and improvements to the other parts of the game.

Best, 

Brian, Hannah, and Evan

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    1. Kaisha on

      I never got an email with the illustration.

    2. Margareth S
      Superbacker
      on

      These look lovely. Bravo!

    3. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey there Susan!

      We made a mistake in how we phrased things in the update, for sure. We're super close to every detail in the project, so something that made sense to us confused a lot of other people. And now we've been working hard to clarify everything for everyone who reaches out!

      We're sorry about that - we're only hooman :)

      Thanks for backing, and we're looking forward to getting you the game and your custom dog.

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      Susan Blake-Nehama on

      I never got an email with my dog’s illustration, I know you received his picture because I emailed you asking if it came through.

      You explained below but you should have made it clearer in the email.

    5. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Fang and Talon Games!

      So sorry for the confusion: The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck in this update. So sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

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      Fang and Talon Games
      Superbacker
      on

      Yea, I also never received any email re: our pups illustration :-S And if we only have a few days to approve, and I haven't even seen it yet, it seems a bit weird.

    7. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey David, good eye! Haha. Yes, we're working with Joshua Yearsley, a professional game editor on GDBZ. We're excited to get you the game!

    8. David Drum on

      Glad to see that you corrected “sneak peak” (in the email) to “sneak peek” (in this blog post). Reassures me that the game rules will be properly edited. Very excited about this game!

    9. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Melanie M!

      So sorry for the confusion: The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck in this update. So sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

    10. Melanie M. on

      I'm also very confused. I have not received an email either with proofs.

    11. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      @Kristen No problem; thanks so much for reaching out. We apologize for the confusion and glad we could clear it up. We're so excited to get you the game and your pups!

    12. Kristen Rismiller on

      @Male Big Things, thank you so much. I was worried, but it all makes sense now. 😊

    13. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      @Taylor @Gemma

      So sorry for the confusion: The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how those pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      That's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck in this update.

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling. :)

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      Taylor Shockey on

      I never received proofs. Are they online or sent via email?

    15. Gemma Robinson-Wilson on

      I also haven't received a proof of my hound.

    16. Gemma Robinson-Wilson on

      I also haven't received a proof of my hound.

    17. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Ashleigh - we understand! Just shoot us an email at makebigthings@gmail.com if you have special concerns or are worried they won't render well!

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      Ashleigh McKenna on

      Nevermind! I just saw your comments above. I am a little worried about the photos turning out. These are a gift for my husband of two of his childhood pets that passed away. They’re copies of pictures that I got through subterfuge and i’m Worried they won’t come out well

    19. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Ashleigh!

      So sorry for the confusion: The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck in this update. So sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

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      Ashleigh McKenna on

      What do you do if you never received your dog illustrations?
      I didn’t realize people had been sent theirs.

    21. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Kathryn, totally, sorry about that! We definitely were not as clear as we could have been in this update - and we apologize for that. Thanks so much for reaching out, and we can't wait to get you this game and your pups!

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      Kathryn Nichols on

      Oh, nevermind. Reading the comments now, and people were confused about the same thing I was. I see that the pledge level I have doesn't have an approval.

    23. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Kathryn!

      So sorry for the confusion: The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck in this update. So sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

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      Kathryn Nichols on

      Hi, I didn't get a copy of my dog's card. When was I supposed to get that?

    25. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey there Dallas, thank you so much for this note - that really means a lot!

      And no worries at all. We have been working very hard to get you all this game, and we were excited to share the new energy cards with everyone. In our haste, we totally weren't as clear as we could have been and confused a lot of people. We really appreciate everyone working though this with us. We know how much your dogs mean, and we're honored you'd celebrate them in Good Dog, Bad Zombie.

      We are so excited to get you this game and your pups. Thank you so much for backing us.

      Sorry again for the confusion. We're only hooman!

    26. Dallas Dunn on

      Thank you for the explanation. I understand now and fully agree that it was my misunderstanding. Thank you! We are looking forward to playing this game!

    27. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Jason!

      So sorry for the confusion: The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck. So sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

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      Jason M. Batchelor on

      Have you sent rough ("ruffs?") to those of us that backed at that level so we can see our illustrated dogs? If so, I haven't seen any email like that... Just wanted to make sure that our pictures made it through with the questionnaire properly!

    29. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      @Matthew, glad you think so! :D We definitely agree.

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      Matthew W Schulz on

      That chew card is adorable. He must be a very cute pup...😀

    31. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Jordan! Thanks for checking in. And we're glad you like the Energy cards - Evan and Fox worked so hard on them, and we're delighted with how they turned out. We think they're going to make the game great.

      Absolutely, while we can't preview all the individual custom playable dogs at the $75 to $150 levels, if people have special concerns about their photos or if you're worried it won't render well on the card, you can reach out to us at makebigthings@gmail.com. We can work with you to make sure the photo looks great! :) We haven't started the layout process for those yet, but we will let folks know when we do. Thanks for being in touch! I hope that clarifies.

      We're so sorry to hear about the passing of Azna <3 We're honored you would use our game to celebrate him.

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      Jordan Nicholson on

      The pictures are so cute! I backed at the 4 custom dogs level so I do know that this update doesn't apply to me regarding the deadlines. I would love to see my dogs custom pictures before the game ships for peace of mind if that's possible... my baby Azna passed away at only 2yrs old so I really want him to be well represented. I know this selfish sorry as you have likely 1000's of dogs at this level. Please let me know if it's not possible

    33. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Bad Wolf!

      The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck. So sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

    34. Bad Wolf
      Superbacker
      on

      Haven't received an Email either and would hate to miss a deadline. :/

    35. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Peter!

      The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck. So sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started work on the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

    36. Peter Nguyen on

      What if we haven’t gotten an email with our pup?

    37. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Kristen,

      The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck. Sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

    38. Andrea C. Zimmerman on

      Excited to play my pups, too. Thanks!

    39. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Andrea, no worries at all! Thanks so much for following up. We're excited to get you the game!

    40. Kristen Rismiller on

      I never received an email with the art of my dogs.

    41. Andrea C. Zimmerman on

      Sorry for the shot-gun response, I see your comments. I, also, was under the impression my dog would be illustrated. I can understand the workload, I just had the wrong understanding before upping my original pledge. Thanks so much for the quick response.

    42. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Andrea,

      The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck. Sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

    43. Andrea C. Zimmerman on

      Has everyone received the proof of their dog's card? I have not seen it in my email and wanted to double-check before the deadline. Thank you!!

    44. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey Carly and Jathis,

      The $75 and $150 level "Play As Your Dogs" rewards are going to be filtered and put on illustrated backgrounds, then shipped to you as a playable character sheet and token. Here's an image from the campaign showing how their pictures will look: https://tinyurl.com/y9bfxh7g

      So that's different than the $300 level "Have Your Dog Illustrated Into the Game" rewards, featured in the Energy Deck. Sorry for the confusion there!

      We don't have an approval pass planned for the $75 and $150 custom dogs, at it's a simpler process and would take us quite a while to handle the conversations for the many hundreds of dogs.

      That said, if you're concerned about how your pup is going to turn out, or this description doesn't match your expectations, let us know! You can email us at makebigthings@gmail.com and we'll work with you to make sure you feel good about the custom card. We want these dogs to look great! We haven't started the custom playable dogs yet, but we will let folks know when that process is rolling.

    45. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Hey @Insane Ian:

      I actually remember sending the illustration of Parker specifically! Can you check your spam? If it's not in there, it's possible I sent it to the wrong address. Can you email me at brian@makebigthings.com and I'll make sure to send it in a reply. We definitely want to get you the illustration of Parker!

    46. Nick on

      Thanks Brian, I just sent the email.

    47. Carly H. on

      Like many others here, I did not receive an email with doggo proofs...??

    48. Insane Ian on

      I haven't gotten my dog illustration! I backed at the level to have my dear departed dog Parker in the game, and I haven't seen the drawing at all. Please let me know what's going on with this. I'd hate to get the game and not have my pup in it...that's the whole reason I backed at that level! I wanted to memorialize my dog since he passed away in Feb.

    49. Jathis on

      Have people been getting emails with their dogs? I haven’t gotten anything for my four dogs

    50. Make Big Things 5-time creator on

      Nick, glad you like the artwork! Shoot me an email: brian@makebigthings.com and I'll get your art sent over!