Pet Brigade is game about a group of mischievous pets exploring and treasure-hunting when the humans are absent. There are treats to procure, critters to kill, toys to dig up, and territory to mark. Your characters will hunt and sneak and race their way into new tricks, until they lay claim to the entire neighborhood around them . . . along with a proper stash of toys at home.
Each player creates a pet character (PC) and works with other players to develop the household to which your PCs belong. Each players strives to bring their characters to life as animals who love their home but thirst for adventure. And food...always food. Players take on this core responsibility: explore and collect.
The PCs are all household pets. They want to distract from the long hours they are left alone (silly humans and their “work days”) by finding new excitement. They do this by exploring the world outside the Go-For-A-Walk Door: befriending new animals and humans; procuring abandoned or neglected or unwatched toys; climbing, jumping, or breaking down new walls; digging deep into unsupervised yards; tracking varmints; and chasing out competition for new grounds. There are several character types to choose from, based upon your role in the family:
Activity Buddies are energetic and agile.
Companions are attuned to others and adaptable.
Guardians are intimidating and alert.
Rascals are clever and sneaky.
Royalty are manipulative and commanding.
Seniors are knowledgeable and persistent.
You can pair any household pet with a role. Be a companion rabbit...a rascal turtle...a senior cat...a companion dog…a snake guardian. As long as you are a different playbook from the other PCs, the options are open.
In addition to creating characters, you’ll also create the household by choosing what type of environment you’re interested in exploring. The household defines the type of geography around you, but also the general genre or tone you want to play. Your household gets its own “character sheet” just like PCs.
The Frontier Farmlands are defined by their vast landscapes and hodge-podge mix of outlaw critters, domesticated farm folk, and the family’s patrolling lawdogs. The group is focused on claiming the wilds around them as their own territory or helping the family’s dogs with their sheriff work.
The Rural Mystery has a small town veneer with a dangerous, maybe even supernatural, undercurrent. While the group might start out trying to tend to their own yard, they will often get pulled into the neighborhood’s latest thriller or uncanny incident.
The Sitcom Suburb is defined by a wacky cast of locals set in nondescript scenery. Your group is focused on making friends and having fun, but somehow always lands in the most unlikely trouble.
The Urban Dungeon is a place of darkness, harsh terrain, and danger on all sides. Your group is focused on delving into the untamed or hostile places to secure resources and treasure for yourselves.