Good Dog, Bad Zombie: A Cooperative Board Game

Created by Make Big Things

Bark, sniff, and lick your way through the apocalypse to save the hoomans you love!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Custom Dog Cards Update: $150+ Edits Complete and Photos of Your Pups!
3 days ago – Fri, May 17, 2019 at 12:03:37 AM

Hello hoomans,

A quick update to let you know we’re making good progress on your custom cards!

Text editing is complete for all $150 and above backers. The $150 and $300 levels represented a huge editing project, and we took on the challenge! While there are many single cards in the $75 level, the $150 and $300 levels each have 4 dog cards and 12 custom hooman cards per sheet (around 1,200 dogs + 3,600 hoomans total), so we wanted to tackle that work first!

Here’s a few things we pay special attention to when editing your cards:

Sometimes quotations or tildes don’t translate well from the spreadsheet to InDesign. We keep an eye out for these and work to fix them on the cards before they go to print!

The tilde needs to be corrected here!
The tilde needs to be corrected here!
Whoops, those quotations won't do. Fixed!
Whoops, those quotations won't do. Fixed!

InDesign does a pretty good job finding overset text, but we still go through each of these cards personally to be sure they look great and that the text flows well. That means we resize or rearrange text that might be flowing off of the card, because of too many words or characters!

We want to make sure we can fit the dog names and all the text on this card!
We want to make sure we can fit the dog names and all the text on this card!

And here’s what one of those full spreads looks like, sans images:

A pack of 4 pups and 12 hoomans, edited and ready for images.
A pack of 4 pups and 12 hoomans, edited and ready for images.

We’re excited to finish the text layout for all single dog cards and to move on to the last three steps of this process: matching your pup’s images with their cards, sending these off to the printer, and sending them off to you!

We’ll update again when all $75’s are complete and when we’ve started placing your pup’s images in their templates! We anticipate these will be off to the printer in about two weeks.

Until then, here’s a yip yip hooray for nearing the finish line and we hope you’re enjoying spring! Here’s some of your very good doggos enjoying the outdoors:

Hershey loves a forest bed!
Hershey loves a forest bed!
Korra playing hide-and-seek!
Korra playing hide-and-seek!
Jimmy is a very good boy!
Jimmy is a very good boy!
Gary is skeptical of this nice weather. Same, Gary. Same.
Gary is skeptical of this nice weather. Same, Gary. Same.

Best,

Brian, Evan, & Hannah

PS - Don't forget: While we work on your cards, you can download a bonus playable pup, Sandy the Loyal Golden Retriever, here!

Bonus Pup: Here’s Sandy! And a Short Video of Our Custom Dog Spreadsheets
19 days ago – Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 04:27:13 PM

Hello hoomans!

We’re writing to update you on our custom doggo progress, and to share Sandy with you, a bonus playable pup for your GDBZ games!

Custom Card Progress

We’re working hard on your custom cards every day! The cutout process is finally finished (cutting out over 1,000 dogs, phew!) and we’ve moved to the art phase, where we do an artistic filter pass on your pup photos in Photoshop, and then drop those photos onto an illustrated background. 

Hello, Coco! Coco is just one of over 1,000 custom pups that got a special cutout pass. Now, off to Photoshop!
Hello, Coco! Coco is just one of over 1,000 custom pups that got a special cutout pass. Now, off to Photoshop!

As we mentioned in our last update, we’ve hired additional help with this part of the project so we can get your cards to you as soon as hoomanly possible. Our additional designers have said that they’re able to help with the art pass as well, and we’re grateful for their skilled support!

At the time of writing, this puts us about two weeks behind our to-print deadline, but we’re making swift progress on these, and with every card we work on, the process gets even faster.

Tallulah, Lola, and Fidget filtered and placed on illustrated backgrounds! Next step is placing these puppers on their cards.
Tallulah, Lola, and Fidget filtered and placed on illustrated backgrounds! Next step is placing these puppers on their cards.

While our small design team helps us finish the custom pup photo layout, we’re working on flowing all the data from your surveys into InDesign to lay out your custom cards. The spreadsheets we’re working from are a marvel to behold! Check out the video below, where Hannah walks through the spreadsheet for the $150 and above custom content—a sheet with over 50 separate tabs!

Custom Doggo Spreadsheet video: 4min 22s

Meet Sandy!

BE LOYAL. Move to any dog, then Herd that dog 1. OR Move to any hooman, then Howl.
BE LOYAL. Move to any dog, then Herd that dog 1. OR Move to any hooman, then Howl.

Here’s Sandy, the first bonus playable pup we created for you all! We’ve tested Sandy a couple times, but we’d love your help testing her ability, BE LOYAL, more fully. After you’ve had a chance to play a game with Sandy, let us know how your game went! If you test out Sandy, we’d love to hear your feedback via email: makebigthings@gmail.com.

Click here to view and download Sandy!

The idea behind Sandy’s Good Doggo power is something we didn’t get to include in the base game: an ability with a “choose an option” feature. The design concept behind Sandy’s ability is that while each individual special action (move to any dog and herd it, or move to any hooman and howl) is not as powerful as a normal Good Doggo ability, having the additional option to choose whichever effect is best at any given time is a powerful ability in its own right!

So go ahead and print out Sandy and be one loyal pup!

Best,
  MBT

Custom Cards Completion Timeline and a Peek at a New Pup!
about 1 month ago – Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 11:12:41 PM

Hello hoomans!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hello at PAX East! We had a wonderful time and it was great getting Good Dog, Bad Zombie into so many happy new hands. 

Custom Cards Progress and Timeline

After returning from PAX, we jumped back in to work on your custom cards ($75+ backers)! As we mentioned in a previous update, the bulk of the work has been making sure we cut around the images of your pups with care. We use Photoshop to trace around the image of the pup, then we remove the original background. After that the pup gets a Photoshop pass to give the original image a more artistic feel, then each pup gets placed on an illustrated background.

Here’s an image of Evan’s work aligning Abby, one of our very good dogs, on an in-progress background image:

Abby: Cut out, brushed up, and placed on an in-progress background.
Abby: Cut out, brushed up, and placed on an in-progress background.

We have been working on the cut out work every day, and it's been a gradual process that has been helping us learn a lot along the way! To help move the process along, we brought on board additional designers who have been helping cut out about 100 dogs a day. It’s been amazing working with this additional team, who has been able to help us streamline the process. With their help we can put our efforts into working on your card text and placing your pup’s images onto your custom cards!

Here are some more photos of your pups, skillfully removed from their backgrounds by our helpful cutout team. Goooo TEAM CUTOUT!

Fancy a family photo, anyone? Your pups will have their own card! We just wanted to show off how great a job TEAM CUTOUT is doing separating these photos from their backgrounds.
Fancy a family photo, anyone? Your pups will have their own card! We just wanted to show off how great a job TEAM CUTOUT is doing separating these photos from their backgrounds.

With the additional help, we’re aiming to have your cards to our printer soon, in the last week of April. We’ll update you along the way, and after the files have been delivered, we’ll update again letting you know how long our printer estimates their work will take from printing your cards, to compiling the envelopes, to delivery! But this means we are in the home stretch, and the custom dogs will be to you ASAP!

A Peek at Sandy!

A peek at Sandy. A very good dog! Illustrated by Fox Desfleurs.
A peek at Sandy. A very good dog! Illustrated by Fox Desfleurs.

Next week, we’ll be sending out an update introducing Sandy, the pack’s newest pup! Sandy is a new free playable dog we’d like to share with you as thanks for being part of GDBZ and for being the best backers we could have asked for.

Sandy’s current ability is:

BE LOYAL

Move to any dog, then Herd that dog 1. OR Move to any hooman, then Howl.

While we’ve tested Sandy a couple of times, we’d like you to help us evaluate her ability more fully! Keep an eye out next week for Sandy’s card and join us in playing a game of GDBZ to take Sandy’s card for a test run. Or at least for a jaunty around-the-block walk. :)

Unlikely Ally Stands

Good news! For everyone that requested them, we've received the Unlikely Ally stands from our supplier. It was a bulk order, so it took them a little bit of time to fulfill. We are currently working on processing them in order to ship them to you, but we're so glad we now have them in hand and we can get to work on getting them to you. We'll have more info about that next week! 

Talk soon,

Brian, Evan, and Hannah

International Games Have Shipped ARROO-OUUUUT! (Plus custom dog progress and PAX East)
2 months ago – Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 05:28:12 PM

Hello hoomans!

Good news! If you’re an international backer, you may have received an email letting you know that games have begun shipping from Blackbox. As of this morning, it looks like the bulk of international orders have shipped and the rest should soon be on their way.

International Shipping Info

  •  If you have any damaged or missing parts, please send us an email. If your game arrives damaged, or if any parts become damaged during construction or play, email makebigthings@gmail.com and we’ll straighten things out ASAP!
  • Custom dog cards are coming later. We are working every day on making the custom dogs! Every international backer who is receiving custom dogs and custom hoomans will still get their base game and expansions now, and custom elements will be shipped later. We will ship the custom dogs all at once when we finish them. As a reminder, we made this custom dog tool that you can use to play the game as your own dog until the custom cards arrive!
  •  You should receive a shipping notice shortly after your package ships. If you don’t receive a shipping notification by week’s end, email makebigthings@gmail.com and we’ll look up your info!
  •  If you requested Unlikely Ally stands, those will come later as well! (See below.) 

Thanks again for the support and patience as we worked hard to overcome those unexpected obstacles in getting the games to our international shipping warehouse! We’re so excited to finally get your games to you, and we are now bona fide *experts* in international shipping. Okay, maybe not experts… but definitely aficionados.

Custom Dog Pupdate

We continue to work hard on making all your wonderful custom pups! Evan has completed the majority of the cutout pass for all cards detailed in the last update. He’s currently able to cut out 50 - 75 pictures in a full work day, depending on factors such as picture detail and us forcing him to take breaks. (Seriously, Evan, you’re doing awesome - thank you for all the time, energy, and attention you’re putting in to these special dogs!) 

Here’s a few of your pups cut out from their backgrounds, now ready to be passed off for a Photoshop pass on the foreground and their background art! 

"Hi! Be my friend?!"
"Hi! Be my friend?!"
"Do you have any treats?"
"Do you have any treats?"
"I'm ready to protect some hoomans!"
"I'm ready to protect some hoomans!"

Unlikely Ally stands are currently being processed! We are putting together an assembly and shipping plan to everyone who requested these. We purchased a large batch of them, and so it's taken our supplier a little bit of time to get them to us. We will be hand shipping them to everyone who requested them ourselves, and we hope to do so soon.  

International shipping is our big news of the week, so today’s update is brief! We’ll be back next week with Sandy, a lovable Golden Retriever bonus pup and more custom dog progress! In the meantime, we hope to see some of you at PAX East in Boston! We’ll be there this upcoming week at the Make Big Things booth (booth #11032) with Good Dog, Bad Zombie and other games!

Will you be there? Let us know in the comments and please do say hi!

Best,

Hannah, Brian, and Evan

International Shipping, Custom Pup Progress, and PAX East 2019
3 months ago – Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 08:45:04 PM

Running Good Dog, Bad Zombie at the Lagunitas Game Day in Chicago
Running Good Dog, Bad Zombie at the Lagunitas Game Day in Chicago

Hello hoomans! A quick progress report and some convention news!

International Shipping

We’re beyond thrilled to announce that your games have arrived at Blackbox’s UK warehouse. All international, non-US and non-Canadian games will ship out from Blackbox UK. They’re in the intake process right now, but we’ll have another update soon when your packages have started shipping. Hurrah!

Custom Dog Card Progress

We are steadily working through your $75-and-above custom cards. Every card is custom created, with over a thousand cards total, and we want to give each one the same amount of care! Before every dog gets a stylized background, we first have to remove the background from the original photo. Removing the pup from the background is the slowest part of the process, as we have to trace the outline of each pup, being sure not to remove any important parts (keep ears and whiskers inside the vehicle at all times, please!). Evan’s been doing amazing work progressing through hundreds of pup photos. (And of course, he gets to look at adorable dogs all day!)

Here’s what that work looks like:

 First, Evan traces along the edges of the dog.

Good doggo!
Good doggo!

Next, the background is removed. 

Almost there...
Almost there...

The cutout doesn't have to be pixel-perfect, as all dogs will be placed on an illustrated background and every foreground pup will get an artistic filter pass in Photoshop to boost the vibrant colors!

We don’t have a ship date on these cards yet, but we’re estimating completion in late March. Thanks for your patience while we work through these photos of your sweet pups! It’s definitely a big task, and one we are proud to take on. We will keep communicating with you throughout the process!

PAX East 2019

One of the best parts of bringing GDBZ to life has been watching the game grow at conventions over the years. It was amazing meeting so many backers in person at PAX East and PAX Unplugged this past year, and we’re happy to share that Make Big Things will be at PAX East in Boston at the end of March—with our own booth! We’ll share a booth map and more details as the event draws closer. In the meantime, save the date!

PAX East 2019. March 28-31st.
PAX East 2019. March 28-31st.

On that note, a couple of small items:

  • Our artist Fox Desfleurs has finished the illustration of the first bonus dog: Sandy the loyal golden retriever! We’re going to do one more playtest with Sandy’s ability, then we will be ready to share her with you all.
  • The Unlikely Ally stands have not shipped yet! We’re still waiting on these to be fulfilled by our supplier. 

Until next woof,

Make Big Things