Play as a Hamster in Dungeons & Dragons

An upcoming publication finally gives Dungeons & Dragons players the option to build a hamster character. Plot Hooks, a tabletop roleplaying game creation network, has launched a Kickstarter for Disaster Hamsters 2, a new 5E compatible supplement that provides a campaign setting and adventure featuring sentient animals. In Disaster Hamsters 2, players will create a party of sentient hamsters who explore the Sanctuary, a realm created by a nefarious scientist and ruled over by Snuggles, a cat spliced with red dragon DNA. The new book contains both rules for creating a hamster character for Fifth Edition Dungeons & Dragons, a full description of the Sanctuary, and a Level 1-3 adventure that leads players on the road to a showdown with Snuggles. 

Hamsters are a surprisingly popular part of Dungeons & Dragons, dating back to the Spelljammer campaign setting. That space opera-esque fantasy setting featured giant space hamsters used to power magic spelljammer ships that sailed between planets. Later, Baldur's Gate introduced the character Boo, a supposed "miniature giant space hamster" who acted as the companion to the justice-oriented fan-favorite character Minsc. Minsc and Boo continue to appear in various D&D publications, including a current line of comics published by IDW and written by industry standout Jim Zub.

Disaster Hamsters 2 is a follow-up work to Disaster Hamsters, a 50-page supplement published on the DMs Guild. The first Disaster Hamsters book contained statblocks for hamster versions of various D&D classes, while this new book contains expanded lore and more mechanics for players. The creative team for Disaster Hamsters 2 includes 17 creators, including industry professionals Kat Kruger (whose D&D inspirational book will hit stores later this year) and Willy Abeel. Other creators involved with the project include Samuel Branch, Aaron Catano-Saez, Ken Hart, Austin Knight, Kat Kruger, Collette Quach, StarShinobi, Holly Wake, Ashton Duncan, Direquest, Noxbatty, Devin Symons, Ludovico Tellatin, Chloe Bolland, Nick Galvin, and Noordin Ali Kadir.

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The Kickstarter for Disaster Hamsters 2 will run until February 3rd. As of press time, the project is sitting at about 10% of its $22,500 goal.