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