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 downloadthe 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)
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:
Pre-Pre-Shipping Notice for Pugmire
3 days ago
– Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:34:11 PM
Hello Pugmire backers!
Just wanted to let you know that we will be putting up the 48 hour notice on Monday, the 26th that we'll be locking addresses and closing down the Pugmire BackerKit site on Wednesday, the 28th. All addresses will be locked down and no changes will be possible, and the site will be shut down and no more "pre-orders" will be possible, in preparation for shipping in July.
If you need to change your shipping address, please do so before Wednesday the 28th, by going to your Survey responses on the BackerKit site. If you lost your Survey link/email, you can recover it here: https://pugmire-fantasy-tabletop-rpg.backerkit.com/.
Please do not let this time go past if you need to change your shipping address!
Anything that has to happen after the 28th will have to be hand-entered and is prone to human error. (Don't tell the Pugmire Dogs!)
Here are a couple of pics of the finished book and Screen - enjoy and thanks!
Only 24 Hours Left in the Monarchies of Mau Kickstarter!
11 days ago
– Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 08:16:43 PM
Hello Pugmire backers!
We are coming down to the last 24 hours of our Monarchies of Mau Kickstarter!
In case you missed hearing about this: in Monarchies of Mau, you play uplifted cats that live in the ashes of our world far in the future, seeking danger and mystery. Think Three Musketeers meets Planet of the Apes, but with cats.
These cats have been uplifted to use technology and language. Some cats acquire the remnants of human technology, believing them to be literal gifts of magic from ancient, god-like servants. Others seek to create an ideal civilization, using the Precepts of Mau agreed to in the heat of a terrible war.
This is the companion game to Pugmire and with both you can play mixed Cats and Dogs adventuring parties, but it contains all the info to play a complete game on its own.
17 days ago
– Thu, Jun 08, 2017 at 09:05:54 PM
Rose here, with an update from Eddy!
Hello good dogs, and excellent cats! So much to cover, so let's get to it!
MONARCHIES OF MAU KICKSTARTER
In case you've missed it, the Mau Kickstarter is live! We funded in just under an hour, which is wonderful. At the time I'm writing this, we're over $91,000, and we still have nine days to go! And just like with this Kickstarter, once you back you have access to the Early Access PDF in the first backer update. So if you haven't backed it yet, you can go check it out right here:
I've done some last-minute proofing with Mike Chaney, we both had some final corrections, and now it's really happening! The book, dice, cards, pins, and screen are all being printed, then will get shipped to our distribution warehouse. From there, everything will be compiled, and they'll start mailing things out! When the Kickstarter launched, we predicted that we'd start shipping in August 2017, and thus far we seem to be on track for that date.
Fiction Anthology and Pan's Guide
Writers are rewriting their stories (in fact, I finished rewriting mine a while ago). Pan's Guide is still on my desk for review, unfortunately -- there's so much going on, and unfortunately that got delayed longer than I hoped it would. But I'm planning to dive back into that right after I finish writing this update!
Earplay and Audio Drama
The non-interactive audio drama is written, and off to a team to produce. They're getting me samples so we can dial in the right voices for the project, and then they'll start making funny voices in front of a microphone.
As for Earplay, I listened to the latest batch of files, and sent off the last set of corrections. I also worked with Earplay to make an interactive teaser for Pugmire. Think of it like a trailer for a movie, only you can make a couple of choices as well. It's a short experience, and you'll be able to check it out for yourself very soon!
As I mentioned last month, I'm now deep in the process of moving to Ireland. My wife is already over there, while I'm still in Atlanta wrapping up final things and getting Prince Murray Pug ready for his Irish adventure. We both get on our respective flights on the 15th, so it's just a few days away! As we wrap up everything for this Kickstarter, the move will mark a good transition to start thinking through everything for Monarchies of Mau (and maybe beyond!)
Monarchies of Mau Kickstarter Now Live!
about 1 month ago
– Tue, May 16, 2017 at 11:27:17 AM
Hello Pugmire Backers!
Just want you to know that the Monarchies of Mau Kickstarter is now live here:
Come join us for more fun in the world of Pugmire!
Pugmire May update!
about 2 months ago
– Wed, May 03, 2017 at 09:12:16 PM
Hi, Rose here, with another update from Eddy!
Greetings, nobledogs! I have some more updates, but first a quick bit of re-organization. As a second Kickstarter comes over the horizon (more on that below!), I felt it was best to divide this update by Kickstarter campaign. That way Rose can more easily post this information across campaigns, and everyone is informed (some of you more than once!)
Pugmire Core Rulebook
We're getting specifications from the printer, and tweaking things like the final cover. Exciting! (In a very technical and production-oriented way.)
Dice, cards, and the screen are all proofed and off to their respective printers!
Last month, a backer asked about the state of the wooden boxes. I admit I hadn't been keeping track of that, but Rich was on the ball. He tells me they're all done and ready to be shipped once the rest of the items are printed. This is why Onyx Path is such a great partner to work with.
Jim is sending notes out to the authors now, so they should be diving into their second drafts.
Revisions are in! Matthew's done his development pass (where he incorporates the revisions, tweaks the text a little, and generally makes the whole thing more seamless). Right now it's on my desk to review, and then we move into the next and more unusual phase of things.
We're at the home stretch! I have the second pass of audio edits on my desk to review as well. We're also hard at work on the technology to get it into your ears. Odds are you'll be listening and playing in the near future!
MONARCHIES OF MAU KICKSTARTER
We're getting close to the launch! I don't have an exact date, but right now it's looking like later this month. We'll certainly post an update here when we're getting ready to launch, so all you good dogs can be clever cats and jump right on it!
Monarchies of Mau Early Access
Final art is trickling in, and we're now discussing the visual direction of the book to strike the right balance of looking LIKE Pugmire without being IDENTICAL to Pugmire. We definitely want these books to feel like companions, but cats have their own style.
Things are incredibly busy for Pugsteady (i.e., me) these days. On top of all the amazing Pugmire/Mau stuff and my additional consulting and contract work, my family and I are in the process of moving overseas! If all goes as planned, once the Mau Kickstarter is over I should be living in Dublin, Ireland. This has been in the works for several months now, so the change shouldn't impact the Pugmire train TOO much, but there's a chance things might be a little hectic for the next couple of months. So, for all your patience and enthusiasm, all I can say is "Go raibh maith agaibh!"