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35 years after the first publication of OGRE, we're coming back with a massive new edition, and YOU can make it better.
35 years after the first publication of OGRE, we're coming back with a massive new edition, and YOU can make it better.
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Ogre Status Report

Posted by Steve Jackson Games (Creator)

Drew Metzger and I, ably helped by Sam and Randy, have been assiduously working on various Ogre projects. Here's an overview.

In General: Kickstarter FTW

The Kickstarter Ogre projects have been comparatively more successful than the non-Kickstarter ones. We clearly have a focused and relatively small fan base; that tells us that further projects should be Kickstarters.

But let's enlarge that fan base. If you have a friend who likes hex boardgames, play Ogre with him and spread the word!

Ogre Minis

Set 1 is almost ready to start production. There have been delays, very educational delays, but we are moving forward. We have all the CAD files for Set 2, and plan to launch the Kickstarter once we have shipped Set 1. The Set 2 Kickstarter might be combined with . . .


The big supplement promised in the original ODE Kickstarter. Battlefields will include two GEV-type maps, G3 and S3. There will be two sheets of counters, with new things to blow up and new Ogres (Ninjas! Finally!) to blow them up with. Stretch goals will include an overlay sheet, mostly swamp and water, since that was in short supply in ODE.

Equally cool: Battlefields will include a complete and expanded ODE rulebook, 32 pages long, which takes all the new units and other material and puts it in the context of the original ODE rules.

Ogre Videogame

Moving forward! We are at milestone 11 of 14, and if there are no hiccups we will see a Steam release in October 2017. We are very happy with the graphics Auroch has developed, and we are looking forward to testing the game interface and matching wits with the AI, both in the classic scenarios and in a brand new ten-level campaign written by Drew, with creative interference by yours truly.


That might not be the name, because we are still hashing out details, but we are thinking about Kickstarting a project to do a collection of Ogre articles curated by Drew. This is a further test of Ogre support on Kickstarter, as well as an excuse to create some short material for you. If it goes well, it might even become an annual thing.


This is progressing nicely. A campaign of scenarios set deep in the Factory States era has been developed and is being checked and tested. Expect further updates on this soon.

- Steve Jackson

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    1. wolf90 Collaborator

      @Allen F. Schell - Yes. The Giant Battlefield Set found on W23 are the four GEV maps (S1, S2, G1 & G2) that came in Ogre Designer's Edition for either those that want a second set or for owner's of Ogre Sixth Edition that would like to play on the GEV maps.
      The Battlefield expansion will contain the "missing" GEV maps (G3 & S3) plus new counters, the 3D Ninja, a revised and updated rulebook, and much more. Everyone (ODE owners and Sixth Ed. owners alike) can benefit from the forthcoming Battlefields expansion.

    2. Allen F. Schell on

      Is the "Battlefield" expansion different from the $60 "Giant Battlefield Set" maps from the original KS?

    3. wolf90 Collaborator

      @John Gruver - The success of the "Ogre-zine" Kickstarter will have a very direct effect on future issues. Get the word out!
      @AstralWanderer - I'm deferring on the W23 question but as to the Scenario question, there will definitely be Updated Scenarios included to take advantage of the new units. I was working on them last night!

    4. Steve Jackson Games 21-time creator on

      @John Sheppard: I don't think that was the intention of using him, sorry about that.

      @AstralWanderer: Don't have the full details on that yet, but we'll let you know. -HS

    5. John Sheppard on

      I have a friend that likes hex board games, but she's female. I guess I can't spread the word, huh? Too bad.

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      AstralWanderer on

      Good to see an update on the expansion - presumably copies will be available on W23? Any plans for an updated scenario booklet to go with the rules booklet?

    7. John Gruver on

      I'd love to see a yearly Ogrezine and would be glad to help fund it on Kickstarter (and to nag/cajole/encourage all of my friends to do the same).