Gen Con, the largest tabletop gaming convention in the United States, kicks off Aug. 2. With less than two weeks to go, Kickstarter campaigns are blooming everywhere with a bevy of first-time creators trying to get in on the action. But one campaign, in my estimation, stands apart. Allow me to introduce to you Animal Adventures: Tales of Dungeons and Doggies.
That’s right, friends. It’s a set of 28-millimeter dogs, all kitted out for adventure. The set even includes rules that make your animal companions compatible with Dungeons & Dragons’ 5th edition.
Perhaps the best part of this campaign is that a reputable miniatures sculptor is running it. According to the crowdfunding page, Russ Charles is a principal sculptor for Painting and Polygons, a Twitch channel that primarily broadcasts hobby miniatures content. He’s worked on Reaper’s Bones line, Warmachine and the upcoming tabletop version of Resident Evil 2 from Steamforged Games.
The basic pledge includes 12 unpainted miniatures. As a Kickstarter exclusive, they’ll also throw in a 13th dog named Tonka, the Mastiff Bard. The set comes with a pre-generated character sheet for each one, and a one-shot adventure.
Even if you’re not planning on running an entire campaign with your players as dogs, this set could open up some fun possibilities at the table. Perhaps your band of adventurers meets their furry doppelgängers when they’re out on the hunt, or maybe they’re cursed for a period of time and have to navigate the world without the use of thumbs. And for $35, it’s not all that bad of a deal.
Delivery is expected in May 2019. The campaign, which has already raised more than $120,000 on a $19,000 ask, ends July 31. There are no stretch goals at this time.