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Kevin Kulp
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Farmer Card: The Gate

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What does every farmer need to complete their pen? That would be a gate. And who could go wrong with the one that comes in Pigpen. A gate is one the many pieces of a good pen, and is needed for all aspiring farmers. Gates don't offer much protection as they let farmers get access to their many pigs. And before a farmer can grab a pig, they must have one of these to each pen.

Game Tip: Gates are better left to last when completing a pen.

Pig Reveal: Dis-grunt-led Pig

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He works hard, but seems to get no respect from those around him.

Designer Notes
Originally the game was to have more tower defense elements. The player was to defend their pens from the onslaught of the player and other forces attacking them. Initial thought was to add machine guns and rocket launchers for the player to use. And more bacon happened in the original game. As the decision was made to make the game more family friendly, these more violent aspects of the game went to the background of the game and became more hidden.

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Pigpen Reveal Day 2!

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Farmer Card: The Brick

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For the second reveal I give you the brick wall. Farmers can never go wrong with this as there cornerstone of their pen for their pigs. The brick is good upgrade from fencing when the farmer wants better defense from his rival farmer's attacks. Pigs also love the privacy the brick offers their daily life. Farmers can also rest assured when they get a brick wall up it should stand the test of time for their pen.

Game Tip: The Brick are good farmer cards to use at the front of your pen.

Pig Reveal: Little Bow Pig

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Little Bow Pig is the cutest of the bunch and sure to be a favorite of most farmers.

Designer Notes
Early on I looked into ways of promoting the game and a simple solution was thought to make promo packs of Pig cards. These promo packs would be for conventions and public appearances. The promo pigs would contain tongue-in-cheek pop culture references in pig format and possibly celebrities. This was a way to get something into the hand of people that they could take with them, collectible and something people could hold onto at a relatively low cost.

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Farmer Card: The Fence

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For the first reveal the cornerstone and backbone of a farmer's pen is presented. Farmer's need to start somewhere when they want to pen some pigs and the wooden fence is as good as any. The fence is on the low end of defense from those rival farmers, but don't let that put you off. Fences are plentiful and when one is taken down it is a good bet that there will be another in your hand or ready to be drawn.

Game Tip: The Fence are good farmer cards to use at the back of your pen.

Pig Reveal: Ima Pig

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Ima Pig loves mud and that's pretty much, because he's a pig!

Designer Notes
Pigpen went from prototype to first printing in one month!

After the initial game was prototyped and played, I spent another day making up a more durable set of cards. When I found out that there was free booth space being offered to independent game developers at Too Many Games (a local game convention) I jumped on the chance. It also became the impetus to jump into the world of game design. But I only had four weeks to get a finished product to the convention, after securing a booth.

With no knowledge of the printing business, I sought out some quotes and to see who could handle a small print run for a reasonable price. I ended up finding a local printer who could help me out and deal with the tight time schedule. I also secured the services of Kelly Horner Freed, a local artist and friend to do the art. With two weeks left we started work on earnest with two weeks left to the convention.

It was frantic but with only an hour to spare till Too Many Games, I ended up picking up 40+ copies of the game for the show making it on time.

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Pigpen, A game of pigs and farmers

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What happens when you put a bunch of hungry pigs in the middle of a bunch of farmers?

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Introducing Pigpen!
Pigpen is a card game of frantic, family fun. Players take on the role of a farmer trying to pen some pigs. But farmers don't have it easy, they first have to build some pens. You can choose the wood fencing or the more sturdy brick walls to form the pen that will contain the pigs. They also need some enticement such as feed or a farmer can go for broke and build a pen for two with the slop tray. Once a farmer has a pen with some feed together, a pig will walk right into the nice cozy home.

Sounds easy, doesn't it? You would think that...

Facing you down on the other side of the table, are your rival farmers who want pigs for themselves. They will saw your wooden fences, dynamite your brick wall and stop at nothing to make sure you are out of the pig market.

If you can make it to the end with cute pigs in complete pens, they get judged against the table of rival farmers to see who was the best farmer for that game!

So roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and get ready to jump into the quick and crazy world of Pigpen!

Designer View
Pigpen was born while walking around the fair city of Philadelphia, waiting for an IGDA meeting to start, one Saturday afternoon. As a game design student who had come to the conclusion he wanted to enter the world of board games, I knew I wanted to design a family card game. But for some reason that type of game had alluded me for a long time. Walking around the city thinking about the idea of a quick family card game, I thought back to a game I had just played at the time called There's a Moose in My House. I knew I wanted that kind of silliness and that simple of a goal, putting Moose in other players house, for my game.

Thinking back to my childhood, growing up around working and non-working farms, the idea of doing something with farm animals came to mind. It was there that the idea of penning pigs came to be. With that simple goal in mind, I headed to my local CVS, picked up some note cards and by the end of the next day I had a working game together that I played with my own children.

BONUS TRIVIA
The original name of Pigpen was Pen the Pigs.

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