RPG Spotlight: Be a Good Dog in the ‘Realms of Pugmire’
The age of man is over and dogs have inherited the world. In Realms of Pugmire use your magic and weapons, but always try to be a good dog.
Remember that time not so long ago when everybody knew a ton of people who were playing too much Animal Crossing? I sure did. And I was! It was a kind and calming game when the rest of the world felt like that “This is fine” comic. But even in somewhat more normal times, games centered around animals and completing quests have a unique draw that’s hard to explain or replicate. And if you want to mix a little of that feeling with a lot of what makes D&D a great sort of escapism, Realms of Pugmire may be the next tabletop RPG for you to consider.
Realms of Pugmire
To describe is as accurately and concisely as possible, Pugmire is “D&D with dogs.” The classes, races (now breeds), items, magic, character creation, and gameplay are all similar enough to D&D that you could probably switch from one system to the other fairly seamlessly and with very little book consultation. The systems aren’t identical, of course. But if you’ve only played D&D and are joining in on a Pugmire game, you probably wouldn’t have to work very hard to catch up with the party.
What sets Realms of Pugmire apart for me is the setting. The game takes place in our world in the far future. Humans have disappeared and dogs (and cats and rodents) have evolved to have a common language, opposable thumbs, clothing, etc. Pugmire takes place in a fantasy setting that isn’t actually fantastical at all. There’s magic, but it’s actually just our leftover technology that dogs don’t yet understand. Remember Adventure Time? Remember the strange very human leftovers littered about in the background of a world that’s otherwise right out of a fairy tale? You have a good idea of the general feel of the Realms of Pugmire.
Your Characters (and Enemies)
And of course, there are the cute cuddly critters who you’re playing as. I usually love playing a Tiefling or an elf or any other vaguely human-shaped but technically not human character. But making a giant, fluffy Newfoundland adventurer immediately brings an amount of levity to a game where they may have instead been a goliath or firbolg. The whole game comes together to create something that, even at its most serious, still manages to feel light and fun.
Are you more of a cat person? Monarchies of Mau is an entirely compatible spin-off of Realms of Pugmire where you can experience what the feline portion of the population is up to.
If you’re interested in learning more about Realms of Pugmire or Monarchies of Mau check out their official website, linked below, for sourcebooks, FAQ, new releases, and more.
Are you ready to be a very good dog? What’s your favorite breed? Or would you rather play as a kind of cat? Let us know in the comments.