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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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China! It's Full of Ogres!

Posted by Steve Jackson Games (Creator)

As I write this, it is Wednesday morning in China. Sam and I are only hours from seeing whole walls of Ogre components ready for assembly. We spent yesterday driving to the plastics factory – Sam's first time there and my second – where we followed dice through initial tooling, the injection machines, and all the way to the inking process, where the pips get filled with color. There's nothing quite like the excitement of seeing hot plastic parts snatched right from the machines. Our Ogre dice were already done and bagged up!

After the factory visit, we piled back into the car for the five-hour drive to our hotel. Miles and miles – excuse me, kilometers and kilometers – of open road, with nothing to look at except the cars around us, gave us time to talk about what we had seen . . . and what new tricks we had learned that we could use on future projects. Today we will be at the primary printing and assembly factory, where we will review more production copies, watch three people shrinkwrap a single copy of Ogre, and enjoy the best fried rice I've had in my life!  The factory's garden and their awesome cook turn out such tasty food that I'm sure to eat too much.

Tomorrow, I'll do everything I can to get some shots of Ogre in assembly so you can see how the game is coming together.

– Phil Reed

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    1. Zoe Brain on

      You might want to have a word about production of OGRE miniatures while you're there. They might be able to do things more cheaply than you imagine, if you give them choice of materials. A mix of diecast metal and plastic, painted, might be quite inexpensive.

      See Ares games "Wings of Glory" 1/144 aircraft.

    2. Brian Rayburn on

      Phil, these updates are great. Thanks so much for taking the time to take and post all these pics.

      Sweet Morgan Freeman's ghost on a unicycle that thing is frickin huge. Were you guys ever allowed to do a vid of the drop test?

    3. Greg M on

      These updates are great. Thanks for doing them.

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      Raymond Lee

      Stefan - I'm sure just one Ogre box will accommodate 2 adults quite spaciously ;)

    5. Stefan Jones on

      You know, rather than drive five for five hours you could probably have had the factory guys assemble a small hotel from those boxes.

    6. Philip Reed Collaborator

      @John H - Don't use your faction die when you play. Use the opposition die. Then when you see the enemy icon you know things are about to get bad.

    7. John H. on

      Oh, noes. The faction symbol is on the "1", so whenever my symbol comes up, it's an auto-loss?