Those of us who have played tabletop RPGs long into the evening know that your pets sometimes like to help. Your faithful canine companions usually lend their names to characters and curl up on your lap. (Cats tend to sprawl all over the board, knocking over your freshly-painted miniatures and stealing your 20-sided dice. Just me?) 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 new game from Pugsteady is currently being Kickstarted, though it’s already far surpassed its goal of $15,000 with 39 days remaining. Once it’s ready, you’ll get a traditionally printed game, though backers can download an early playable version called Pugmire Early Access. A description from the Kickstarter page reads, “…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.”
This “Code of Man” the dogs live by consists of seven rules. First, be a good dog. Second, obey the master. Third, bite only those who endanger you. Fourth, protect your home. Fifth, be loyal to those that are true. Sixth, protect all from the unseen and seventh, fetch what has been left behind.
Intrigued? Backers get all sorts of rewards. Those who pledge $20 or more (Puppies) get the early copy of the game, wallpaper featuring some of the art from the game, and either their name or their dog’s name listed in the credits. Is it wrong that I want to read that list? Big spenders get the three-panel Pugmire GameMaster’s Screen featuring art from the game to help keep those missions a secret and a full set of Pugmire game dice.
Head over to the Kickstarter page to watch the video, which features the real-life inspiration for the game, one of the cutest/silliest pugs we’ve ever seen. Tweet me/us @JennaBusch/@Nerdist to let us know your thoughts. Are you guys going to donate? What breed of dog would you want to be? How badass does that dog in the front of the pic look? Huzzah, my fellow canines. Huzzah!
Image Credit: Pugsteady