Ogre: Designer’s Edition up on Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
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Apr 13th, 2012
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Steve Jackson Games has the newest version of their Ogre franchise up on Kickstarter asking for your help.
Man, I remember playing Ogre/G.E.V. that came out of a box that looked like it should hold a VHS tape. Those were the days.

From the website:

Ogre was the first game I ever designed. It came out in 1977! It’s been out of print for years, except for the miniatures rules. I’m constantly getting requests to bring it back, and in 2008 we started working on a new edition . . . a “designer’s edition” that would be as big and beautiful as any wargame you’ve ever seen.

Even as planned right now, the game is huge. The current prototype weighs 14 pounds! There are three huge maps – one 17″ x 21″ Ogre map and two geomorphic two-sided G.E.V./Shockwave maps. The hexes are 1.5″ across, with counters to fit. And the Ogre and building counters are 3-D models made of heavy cardstock. There are already well over 15 square feet of chipboard in this game.

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  • Ritterton

    I am now convinced that I need to do sponsor this one. I remember that “VHS box” whch also dates me. I hope that we see a Car Wars! Also need to add Illuminati to my purchase list.

    • Polar_Bear

      Steve Jackson’s stuff was very influential for me in my original days with gaming. I played a lot of Ogre/G.E.V., so much that originally my screen name for places online was “OgreMk5.” We also played a bunch of Illuminati, though I was never good at it. My first RPG I played regularly was Gurps. I can’t wait for this incarnation to come out.

  • cannondaddy

    Four days in and they’re nearly three quarters of the way to their highest stretch goal!

  • SurfPenguin

    As much as I love OGRE (and I do!) I probably won’t be buying this. Why? Because in this day and age if I’m dropping a Benjamin on a game I want more than just a boxfull of cardboard. They could have licensed this to Fantasy Flight two years ago and we would have been swimming in plastic GEVs already…instead we’re going to be paying 2014 prices for what is essentially a 1994 product on steroids.