The World of Pugmire
“Be a good dog. Protect your home. Be loyal to those who are true. These are the words of the Code of Man.”
— Sister Picassa Collie, Shepherd of the Church of Man
Dogs have inherited the world, building the kingdom of Pugmire untold centuries after the Ages of Man are over. These dogs have been uplifted to use tools and language, and they seek to rediscover the ruins of the Old Ones. Some have learned to use the leftover technology of humanity, 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, fragmentary lore left behind by humanity.
Pugmire is a world that juxtaposes the tropes of high fantasy with our relationship with domestic dogs. The main characters are pioneers that explore lost ruins in search of relics, knowledge, and danger. Enemies can either be monstrous or simply other misunderstood people, such as the cats of the Monarchies of Mau. Civilized dogs have a moral code that classifies some people as “good” and others as “bad,” although 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.
There are several ways you can experience the world of Pugmire!
Tabletop Role-Playing Game
After a successful Kickstarter, Pugsteady is working with Onyx Path Publishing to produce an exciting Pugmire tabletop RPG experience. The rules allow for streamlined play and easy creation of heroic dogs, with an emphasis on cooperation and action over competition and violence. It also has lots of information about the Pugmire world as a whole!
Pugmire was born as a short story, "Winter of Man," which was published in Sojourn, Volume 2.
Since then, Pugmire has moved to a variety of other media, but it hasn't lost its fiction roots. Pugsteady is in the process of working on a fiction anthology, edited by the amazing James Lowder (Wikipedia).
Interactive Audio Drama
In partnership with Earplay, Pugmire will become an interactive audio drama. It will be a full cast story that you can play with your voice. Voice recognition means that you can listen to events, and then tell your device what happens next!
Pugmire will be available on iOS and Amazon Echo in early 2017.
If you want awesome pictures of dogs on your body or on your walls, there's a lot of Pugmire merchandise available!