Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ogre 6e

That's a nice looking game!
Reader Michael Brewington has drawn my attention to this post by Steve Jackson over at the SJ Games website, where he announces that, later this year, the company will be releasing the sixth edition of Ogre. I have to admit I was quite pleased to read of this news, especially after Jackson stated the following:
It won’t be “Euro” style. No meeples, no plastic. This will be the kind of hex wargame that we dreamed about 30 years ago, back when our heroes were SPI and Avalon Hill. HUGE double-sided map boards. HUGE full-color counters with HUGE type. A HUGE box to hold them in. And giant constructible Ogres!
This is the kind of thing I'd always hoped SJG might do one day, so seeing that they are fills me with some excitement. Of course, the projected price tag on this game is likely to be $100, which is rather rich for my blood these days, but who knows? Maybe I can justify it as a birthday or Christmas gift to myself, depending on when it's released. There's as yet no formal release date for the game. You can view a PDF sell sheet for it here.

15 comments:

  1. Considering how the last edition of Space Hulk sold, I don't think that SJG will have any problems shifting their big-box version of Ogre. If I can afford it (and find a copy), then I'll happily add it to the collection.

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  2. You need to read my blog more often, James. :-)

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  3. Joseph,

    Yes, I see that you included mention of this some time ago. That's what I get for being busy and having too blogs to keep track of :)

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  4. Since Ogre was the first game I ever beat my brother at (I discovered the Four Howitzer Defense before he did) I shall be getting this.

    I miss big war games. GDW's Third World War series in particular. Put all four games together and you had WWIII from the Arctic Circle to the Persian Gulf.

    Nice photo. The components look really well-designed and sturdy.

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  5. I for one will gladly be living on rice and noodles for a week in order to buy this!

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  6. I am definitely hoping that I will be able to fit this into my budget when it comes out. I don't expect them to sit on the shelves for very long.

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  7. $100 for a constructable card game?!? I like the idea - like the Pirates game - but the price tag is too rich for my blood! This is perhaps the first time I'm actually advocating booster backs. I have seen it get put to good use with other games - more so, with sets that show you that you're getting.

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  8. I'm really tempted to getting this as well. It looks like SJG pulled just about all the stops making this, although I'm hoping at least one map will be entirely new. Once it's released it will easily double or triple it's value the way Space Hulk has now.

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  9. I will definitely buy this. This is one of the games that I never picked up way back when and which I *really* regret not having played, given all the good things I've read about it.

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  10. $100 for a constructable card game?!? I like the idea - like the Pirates game - but the price tag is too rich for my blood! This is perhaps the first time I'm actually advocating booster backs. I have seen it get put to good use with other games - more so, with sets that show you that you're getting.

    It's not for everyone, but you get a lot for your Benjamin--a bunch of big maps, a whole lotta counters, a rulebook and a scenario book, and more. I posted everything I could find out about it here: http://supergalacticdreadnought.blogspot.com/2011/03/under-hood-of-new-ogre.html

    Oh, and they're gonna sell the counters and maps separately as well :)

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  11. I would so love to get this, but I haven't had people to play wargames with for something like 20 years, and I can't afford the new version simply for nostalgia's sake.

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  12. I think 100 bucks for a game lacking quality materials a little ridiculous. I respect not wanting to produce a game without plastic or metal miniatures (even if you do produce a line of metal miniatures for just such a game) and not wanting to produce euro-style wooden pieces. But ultimately paper products should be more price friendly. Were this produced by fantasy flight games the 100 dollar price tag would include significantly more product. I cannot help but feel this is an attempt to lower cost and raise profit, which i'm fine with, just don't pitch it to me like a "classic war game they way we wanted to make it!"

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  13. <---I am so buying this! I love OGRE!

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  14. "• It weighs almost 12 pounds."

    Maybe $100 isn't so outrageous.... I'm going to hold off judgment on the price until actually comes out.

    "• Many of your customers first learned Ogre 20 or even 30 years ago, in high school or in the service. They’ll welcome it back like an old friend. "

    Yup. That's me and why I'm so excited about this.

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  15. Cardboard counters are a poor man's miniatures! A hundred bucks???!!!! He can play himself. I rather like European innovation and use of high quality playing pieces as opposed to some dude printing cardboard to cut moanufacturing costs assuming aposture to market it!

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