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  1. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 12 :: Artistic Reinforcements

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Our aspirations for Lightning Dogs are as vast as the debris-scattered plains of the Wasteland. But can three people be the sole creative forces behind what we hope to be a full-fledged animated series? Maybe, but we’d be daft not to tap our resources and team-up with other humans for this cartoon canine crusade.

    In this episode we bring in Kaymonstar and local-shop, two of our favorite illustrative pals, to join forces with us in building the creatures and characters of the Wasteland. We explore new takes on old ideas like the Diamond Dogs and Earth’s remaining robots, as well as roll out some exciting concepts on new friends and foes. We also share how we developed the Lightning Dogs logo you now know and love! (more…)

  2. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 11 :: Vistas of the Wasteland

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    After spending so many sessions dedicated almost exclusively to building the history of the Lightning Dogs’ homeworld, we decide to kick back and let loose with new weirdness from the Wasteland. In fact, this time we’re taking a scenic tour.

    What was initially just a Mad Max-style desert is starting to grow and evolve into its own character. In this episode we discuss our expanding topography, and also make strides towards putting a pin in how exactly planet Earth got so twisted. The origin story for our world’s horrific transformation begins here, along with discussions on what the animation of our hypothetical series will look like. (more…)

  3. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 10 :: Home Sweet Homeworld – Part 3

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    This is our final installment in our world building project to create The Lightning Dogs’ homeworld, and we’ve saved the best (and most complicated) part for last: The Great War. This global conflict drastically shapes the lives of our main characters – leaving them combat hardened, in some cases orphaned, all of them profoundly marked.  But moreover, it’s a conflict that taps into the unique situation of their civilization’s origins; a culmination of the species’ rapid evolution and their advancement from what humanity left behind. The trauma, scale, and in some cases motives of this war make The Lightning Dogs’ mission to Earth all the more critical.

    Join us as we pull from Earth’s history and our own present day social upheavals to change the course of canine history. (more…)

  4. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 9 :: Home Sweet Homeworld – Part 2

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    In our quest to flesh out our canine heroes’ origins, we first needed to learn a thing or two about where they came from. Enter the unconventional, worldbuilding RPG: Microscope. In our first round with the system we created an outline of the homeworld’s history – from the moment humanity abandoned their canine compatriots, to The Lightning Dogs’ departure back to Earth. Now, we’re going deeper and adding in details such as the ways that leftover human technology informed an industrial revolution.

    But that’s not all, we also spend some time with new concepts for wasteland fauna and vehicles, as well as a potential first contact scenario for the Lightning Dogs and Earth’s remaining robots, and even… a spin-off?! (more…)

  5. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 8 :: Home Sweet Homeworld – Part 1

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Characters are shaped by the world in which they’re forged. So it should be no surprise that when we attempted to cement the origin stories of The Lightning Dogs, we found ourselves asking questions about where they came from and what life was like on the homeworld of these evolved canines.

    To help us in answering these big picture questions, we’ve turned to Microscope – an unconventional roleplaying game designed specifically to create histories. We zoom in and out of great moments in dog history, plot the species’ rise from four legs to two, discover fascinating ways that living in humanity’s shadow pushed their civilization to new and unusual places, and uncover the ancient story of The First Lightning Dog. (more…)

  6. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 7 :: Return to the Wasteland

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    It’s time to get down to business and turn all our Wasteland wanderings into serious missions! Cap, Doug, and Tony have each been randomly assigned two Lightning Dogs characters to write bios for – in this episode: Angela, Pierre, and Kid. From these categorical character explorations, we go deeper into backstory than we’d anticipated and closer to unlocking the secrets of the Dogs’ homeworld. We also explore new corners of the ruined Earth: the fate of Middle America and the last rainforest.

    And… perhaps most importantly of all… The Lightning Dogs join the ranks of Ninja Turtles and Sonic the Hedgehog with something no good cartoon series can go without: a trademark food item! What is it? Well, you’d better scarf down this episode and find out! (more…)

  7. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 6 :: Play Dead!

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Join Cap, Tony, and Doug as they elaborate on the Lightning Dogs’ mission to Earth. What did they know and when did they know it?! Venturing to the planet of your gods is not a mission to be taken lightly.

    We also look for inspiration in building the world of The Wasteland – both the expected (classic rock album covers) and the unexpected (apocalypse prophecy). What pop culture characters do the Lightning Dogs take after? When does Glampire show his nefarious hand? And what’s the deal with that “plant guy”, anyway? These and many other mysteries will be mulled over. #Howlnoise (more…)

  8. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 5 :: Never Turn Tail

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Once again we return to The Wasteland – a desolate future Earth where humanity is gone and the mutants that remain are lorded over by the villainous Glampire. The only righteous force left to tame the human world gone awry is the evolution of man’s best friend: The Lightning Dogs! These canine commandos’ shred through the desolate terrain on makeshift hotrods looking for answers in a world gone mad.

    Tune in to hear Cap, Tony, and Doug pitch crazy concepts and debate crazier back stories. You’ve heard us flesh out our heroes, but what about the villains? In this first part of a two-part puppy pile-up we delve into the nefarious alien, Glampire and his grotesque minion Halloween Jack! (more…)

  9. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 4 :: Strike Back

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    The Lightning Dogs crew reconvenes to revisit the world of the Wasteland. Join Cap, Doug, Tony, and Hex as they finalize the characteristics and power set of our final three Lightning Dogs: Narisa, Kane, and Kid. When your physiology is altered by an exploding galactic transit device, all kinds of things can happen!  We explore a ton of possible power sets for these three and even revise some of the powers of the rest of the crew.  With special abilities, the Lightning Dogs seem unstoppable, right?  WRONG! We explore the torched rock once called “Earth” and the freakish minions ruled by Glampire. What lurks in the churning seas and in the farther reaches of the Wasteland? And if there’s any human survivors…what horrors have they become? (more…)

  10. Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast :: Episode 3 :: Unleashed

    lightning-dogs-album-artRide with The Lightning Dogs: canines from another world; stranded on a post-apocalyptic Earth. It’s a crazy idea fueled by our favorite 80s pop culture and we’ve been recording our development of it since the moment lightning struck. Join us on our quest to build this world and launch it as an animated series.

    Our 80s-inspired, action figure-ready, cartoon universe is ever-growing.  When last we checked in with Cap, Doug, Tony, Hex, and Brian, the Lightning Dogs had gained new team members, special powers, and their world expanded – but there’s still more work to do.  In this episode we complete the core Lightning Dogs cast, brainstorm new villains and allies, and attempt to bring the world of the Wasteland to a point from which we can start telling full-fledged Lightning Dogs tales. (more…)

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