Alien Petshop

Created by Ogre Crossing Games

The Kickstarter campaign is over but you can still bring these cute and mildly dangerous pets in your home! Manage your dice workers and the chaos in this light engine builder. -- US RETAILERS ONLY can register and pre-order retailer packs.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Monthly Update from the Petshops in outer space
about 1 month ago – Thu, Nov 04, 2021 at 02:50:12 AM

Greetings Petshoppers!

We have hit a lull while waiting for the production printers to start kicking out copies of the game. There will be a few rounds of proofs to make sure the game looks great. That back and forth takes time and that was all planned for.

But as we wait, most of you know what a snarl-fest international shipping has become.  There are even rolling blackouts in China where our cute pets will be made, but our printer thinks the impact on our schedule will be small.

It is looking like March is a more likely timeframe to begin shipping out copies of Petshop to you eager folks. I added padding to the timeline posted in kickstarter but apparently not enough to account for so much disruption.  I will be able to give a firmer time estimate once freight is scheduled from the factory.

In other news, I have begin preliminary design work on expansion ideas for Alien Petshop.  I feel strongly that there is so much potential to extend the gaming experience of Alien Petshop. I have enjoyed drawing the cute pets and incorporating your feedback.  If you want to be more involved in the expansion design process, feel free to join our Discord. Here is a link for the first 10 signups:

https://discord.gg/cUu7HJRSPn

If you're late to the design party, send me a message at greg@ogrecrossinggames.com and I'll add you in manually.

Finally a reminder. If you are interested in the 5th player Add-on and its 9 new pets, there are just a few copies left to add to your pledge via the  BACKERKIT SURVEY 

Here are a few of the pets from the 5th-player addon:

Thanks for your support and patience!

Best regards,

-Greg

5th player add-on available for Alien Petshop!
2 months ago – Mon, Oct 04, 2021 at 04:36:21 PM

Greetings Petshoppers!

I have some exciting news for you this update.  A 5th player add-on pack is available for purchase for Alien Petshop and can be added to your order here--> BackerKit Survey

I have considered the cost and impact of a 5th player add-on for a year now.   It would make EVERY copy of the game more expensive and many people don't need a 5 player game. I also needed to understand how a 5th player impacts the play experience.  After researching and playtesting this option, I feel confident it's a quality addition to the game.  The last piece that fell into place was the manufacturer giving me good pricing for the add-on. All I needed to do was design the new pets, do the new art, and playtest and balance the new pets.  All that has happened!!

What comes in the addon?

* 5 worker dice

* 1 credit tracker cube

* 9 new pets including 1 starter pet

*1 reference card

*1 random shopboard**

**You'll receive 1 of the 4 double-sided shopboards, randomly selected.

The 5th player add-on does not change any of the game rules or setup. With 5 players, you can expect a little more scarcity of market items so buy those habitats and mutations while you can!  The game will take longer to play of course, but with 2 of the 4 phases of play happening simultaneously for all players, game rounds are still pretty snappy.

The addon is priced at $10 and will not increase your shipping. Ogre Crossing Games will handle the extra VAT for UK/EU backers to keep things simple. As the add-on is not an official expansion with its own retail packaging, the only way to get this for now will be as an add-on with your order.


So if you want your copy of Alien Petshop to support 5 players, head over to the Backerkit store and add the add-on:   available on your BackerKit Survey 

There will only be 100 add-ons made so reserve your copy now!

Best regards,

-Greg

Another new pet!!!
2 months ago – Sun, Oct 03, 2021 at 12:50:59 PM

Greetings intergalactic petshoppers! 

It's update time!

Art files are off to the manufacturer.  It's a huge step towards getting the game in your hands. I'll send out an update when the printer's machines are actually making our game. That will be a few more weeks yet. This process is running a few weeks long, but hopefully the padding I put into the schedule will absorb this, and we'll still hit a February ship date. 

New Pet!

One unexpected bonus, is that there was 1 more pet needed to hit our 5 extra from the stretch goals. Using your earlier votes on sketches, this pet has been added to the game:

Scuttle!

It didn't have the most votes out of the remaining sketches, but it did fulfill the very tight attribute requirements this pet needed to maintain game balance.

Surveys

Lastly, I wanted to remind folks to complete their survey from backerkit.  Ninety percent of you have done this.  Thank you!!! If you haven't, you should have received emails from backerkit asking you to enter your mailing address.    This information is not stored by Kickstarter so if you don't do the survey I cannot get you your Alien Petshop! Please check your emails and maybe your spam folders for a survey. 

You can email me at greg@ogrecrossinggames.com if you need help with the survey.

That's it for this update, but stay tuned for a very cool and important update coming soon!

Best regards,

-Greg

Pre-press
3 months ago – Thu, Sep 09, 2021 at 01:24:04 AM

Greetings Petshoppers!

Pre-press is well under way for Alien Petshop. What is pre-press? That is when art files for cards, rulebooks, and other printed components are prepared for the manufacturer.  This also includes things like the plastic insert which we unlocked at the very end of the kickstarter!  I've had a lot of folks volunteer to fine-tooth comb the rulebook and the cards. The rulebook was also updated to reflect the unlocked stretch goals. So the rules now mention the Episode cards for example.  

If you have a good eye for proofing and want to contribute, the link to the rulebook is here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BlzG6mqI9b6JZmr3BpwWM9D6yFVz7I2H&authuser=reapinwombat%40gmail.com&usp=drive_fs

You can add comments to the doc using the + icon in the upper right of the chrome PDF viewer.

So all of the new pets and Episodes have been playtested and we're ready to send art to the manufacture.  Aside from any last typos on the manual that you all find, we're almost finished pre-press! We are very close to the original scheduled date for pre-press of August 31st but I think the extra diligence and new content from the stretch goals is worth it!

Best regards,

-Greg

The last new pet has been discovered from the vast reaches of space!!!
4 months ago – Mon, Aug 09, 2021 at 08:55:23 PM

Greetings Petshoppers!

All the way from sector 13, a new critter has been discovered and it is a unique one!

Introducing the Chromadoh!

This little guy has a very unique ability. You get to pick its attribute when the game ends.  So if you need 1 more pink pet or carnivore pet to score a bigger end game bonus, the Chromadoh can count as 1 of these! So its like a 'wild' card.  

This design happened because of the exacting balance of all the attributes. This pet couldn't have ANY attributes. So I decided it should be a crazy hybrid of a gelatinous cube and playdoh!

So it may not be the cutest pet in the galaxy, but it has a unique purpose in your shop. Please comment and tell me how you feel about this critter!

There is only 1 more pet art to update and then all the art is done for the base game!!

Reminder Time!

Surveys went out to backers via Backerkit last week and 70% of you have filled in your address. Awesome! If you missed the email, a quick check of your email from August 2nd (and maybe even your SPAM folder) may reveal the survey.  Searching your inbox for "ogre crossing" or "alien petshop" may help. Backerkit will send out reminders too.

Share the pet love!

Do you have some gamer friends who might want in on the petshop action? They can pre-order the game at:  https://alien-petshop.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders

Until next time,

-Greg