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Rachel Petrovicz in the North Shore News

headshot-rachelArtist Rachel Petrovicz was featured in a great story in the North Shore News on January 13th – “Illustrator finds her niche with Zombie Fight or Flight”. Check out the story here.

And don’t forget, you can follow Rachel and watch her create her amazing art on her twitch.tv livestream: https://www.twitch.tv/tunatwitches. Rachel is working on a graphic novel, Good Spirits, which Kickstarted at the same time as Zombie Fight or Flight. She livestreams work on Good Spirits on Tuesdays at 8pm PST and Sundays at 1:30pm PST. She also streams games on Fridays at 9pm PST.

 

 

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Conferences and Conventions!

We are incredibly excited to be attending our first Con since the launch of Zombie Fight or Flight! We’re starting the new year with a trip to OrcaCon in Everett. The 2017 focus at OrcaCon is Race and Accessibility join Tabletop Games, so we’re excited to have the chance to listen to speakers and engage with other attendees on the ways that game can be made both more inclusive and more accessible.

We have five demo table slots, so if you plan to be in Everett this weekend (Jan. 13-15), the easiest way to find us is to come to one of our Zombie Fight or Flight demos.

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  • Saturday 9:00-11:30am
  • Saturday 10:00-1:00
  • Sunday 11:30-2:00
  • Sunday 1:00-4:00

Rowan and Darsey will be wearing Zombie Fight or Flight t-shirts, so they’ll be easy to find. Emily and Sharon will just be carrying bags of Zombie card games everywhere they go.We hope to see you there!

In early March, we’re going to Emerald City Comicon in Seattle! Sharon, Mark, Emily, Amanda, Darsey and Taryn will team up to offer a panel on “Collaborative Tabletop Games for Conflict Prevention, Management, and Resolution.”  Our panel will be on Saturday, March 4th, but we’ll be available at the Con throughout the long weekend. Drop us a line at pignpotato@gmail.com if you’d like to find us there.

Later in the month, Emily and Amanda will be the NWDR Conference in Seattle.  They’ll be offering a lunch session on March 25th on “Alternative Tools for Dispute Resolution” Exploring Collaborative Games”.  Check it out if you have an interest in dispute resolution.  There are lots of great speakers and workshops planned, and the chance to play Zombie Fight or flight with a bunch of mediators is a nice bonus!

Let us know where else you’d like to see us!

Zombie Fight or Flight – the “anti-Monopoly”?

We have delivered almost all of our Zombie Fight or Flight Kickstarter orders now.  Most arrived in time for Christmas, and we understand that the game made an appearance in many a stocking! Some of our favourite holidays stories so far include:

  • The discovery that very young children who might find the regular deck a bit scary, seem to be drawn to the Drunken cards! We have one young friend that won’t look at the regular deck, but thinks drunken zombies are hilarious.
  • Tweets like this one that remind us of those few times we started out with a win when teaching the game. It’s a very different experience when the group starts out thinking it’s easy!dougharris-tweet
  • Lots of notes from surprised players who discovered their family didn’t get into a fight playing the game!

We heard this last comment more times than we can count. And clearly, stories like this one underscore just how often games and family squabbles go together over the holidays! (When a game causes so many problems that it makes sense to set up a mediation hotline over the holidays, it may just be time to try a collaborative game!)

We’re in the first stages of planning another Collaborative Game Jam this spring, so studies on common points of contention in games offer a rather useful staring point for what to avoid in new game design. If you’re interested in joining us, send us a note to be added to the “interested” list.  We’ll let you know when dates are finalized.

Finally, you can still purchase a copy of Zombie Fight or Flight (original or drunken versions). There are three ways to make a purchase:

Wishing everyone a happy 2017!

Zombie Fight or Flight has shipped!

img_6258We received our order of Zombie Fight or Flight decks late Thursday. After a long night of packaging, we managed to get hundreds of games in the mail yesterday morning! (There are a few orders still waiting for a survey reply to process. You’ll have received a reminder email from us if we don’t have your address.)

Reminders about Vancouver and New Westminster Pick-ups today

If you ordered your decks for pick-up, today is the day!  Remember, there are three options for pick-up:

  • Dec. 17, 10:00-12:00: Meet Amanda at Old Crow Coffee, 665 Front St. in New Westminster.  (This location is near the Skytrain and intended to accommodate the large number of pick-up requests we received from the New West/Burnaby area).
  • Dec. 17, 2:00-4:00: Meet Sharon, Mark, Rowan, Darsey, Taryn and Cailean at the Storm Crown Alehouse, 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver.
  • If you are unable to pick-up at one of those times, you can arrange to pick up from Mark at his office (777 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver) on a weekday. In order to coordinate pick-ups there, please email  pignpotato@gmail.com. (Please note, Mark’s office is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.)

We are so excited to get the game into everyone’s hands and look forward to hearing from you as the games arrive!  Enjoy!

Vancouver Pick-up Plans

The good news is that we have seen prototypes of both decks and they look great! The less good news…

We have been warned of a bit of a delay in delivery from our printer. We’re still expecting to receive cards in time for the planned Dec. 17th pick-ups in Vancouver, but we are nervous about getting shipped cards to everyone by Christmas.

Pick-ups in Vancouver

If you’ll be picking up, here are the options:

Dec. 17, 10:00-12:00: Meet Amanda at Old Crow Coffee, 665 Front St. in New Westminster.  (This location is near the Skytrain and intended to accommodate the large number of pick-up requests we received from the New West/Burnaby area).

Dec. 17, 2:00-4:00: Meet Sharon, Mark, Rowan, Darsey, Taryn and Cailean at the Storm Crown Alehouse, 1619 West Broadway, Vancouver.

If you are unable to pick-up at one of those times, you can arrange to pick up from Mark at his office (777 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver) on a weekday. In order to coordinate pick-ups there, please email  pignpotato@gmail.com. (Please note, Mark’s office is closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day.)

Shipping

Shipping will occur as soon as we receive the cards! We have envelopes and shipping labels prepared to go. We know they won’t arrive overseas before Christmas, but we hope many domestic packages will get there! Just in case decks that are intended as gifts don’t arrive in time, we have created a downloadable gift notice for you to print (Regular or Drunken Zombies).  Our apologies for any and all deliveries that get caught in holiday mail rushes!

Additional Orders

We will receive a few extra decks with our rush shipment so we can still take some orders at the Kickstarter prices ($26CAD/deck) until Dec. 12th. After that, decks will only be available at retail price ($32CAD/deck).  Email us at pignpotato@gmail.com for details or place an order here.

Post-Kickstarter purchases

original-box-frontFollowing the close of our Kickstarter, we have heard from several backers who hope to add decks of Zombie Fight or Flight to the order. We’ve also heard from a  few supporters who were unable to pledge on Kickstarter but are hoping they can still purchase the game.

In response to those backers and supporters, we will accept additional orders at the Kickstarter price of $26CAD/game until December 12th.  After December 12th, we will be unable to take additional orders until January 2017 when prices will rise to $32CAD/game to match retailers’ prices.

Canadian and US customers

If you wish to purchase Zombie Fight or Flight or Drunken Zombie Fight or Flight for the Kickstarter price, please make your purchase through Squarespace by December 12th. (This is PignPotato founder Emily Martin’s website.)

If you are adding to an order for pick-up in Vancouver on Dec. 17th, or would like to place an order for pick-up, please email us (pignpotato@gmail.com). We will invoice you for the order and accept payment at time of pick-up.

Other countries

If you would like to place an order for shipping to a country outside Canada and the USA, please email us at pignpotato@gmail.com.  We will calculate shipping and arrange payment through Paypal or alternative.

For more information

For more information, or if you have any difficulty placing your order, please contact us at pignpotato@gmail.com.

Funded and ready to print!

Many, many thanks!

cardback_02With just 11 hours to go, we reached our funding goal for Zombie Fight or Flight! Thank you to everyone who supported over the course of the campaign:

  • Our backers
  • Our friends and colleagues who helped us get the word out about our game
  • The game stores, cafes, and local businesses that were so incredibly helpful in providing us with games nights and demo opportunities

We will pull together a more complete list of the people and businesses we owe thanks to over the next few days, but please know that we are very grateful to all!

Next Steps

Sharon and Darsey have taken on the task of placing our order with the printer this weekend. They’re counting orders for regular or drunken decks, and submitting our artwork.  (And they have roped in Amy Massiah to help with box design! Thank you, Amy!!)

We had excellent turn around from this printer with our prototype decks, so we are looking forward to the same with the larger order!

Surveys

Most of our backers who ordered cards have already provided their preference for deck selection, but we will be sending out a survey to ensure we have correct delivery/pick-up details. If you do want to change your deck selection, this is the last chance to do so. (You can see the decks here.)

Rachel would like to get the custom sketches underway as quickly as possible, so backers who chose that reward are encouraged to reply as quickly as possible to the survey you’ll receive this weekend.

All other backers will receive surveys as well, but please don’t expect them this weekend.

Vancouver Pick-up

We have a very large number of pick-up orders. If you’ve selected Vancouver pick-up, you’ll receive a message once the decks are delivered providing you with information on the options for pick-up.  We plan to make the cards available in a few locations around the Lower Mainland on December 17th.

Thanks again to all of our supporters! We are incredibly excited to be moving forward with Zombie Fight or Flight!