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Update #101

Unboxing at Gen Con and More Pics

If you're at Gen Con this week then I hope you'll have time to stop by and watch as we rip open the Ogre Designer's Edition. We have two completed copies of the game and you're invited to join us Wednesday, August 14, 5:30pm in the Crowne Plaza lobby where we will open one of the two games. Everyone is invited to stick around after the box is open and help us punch and assemble pieces! We will film this and post the video online next week for everyone who cannot make it. 

The second box will be opened Thursday at 3:15 at the BoardGameGeek booth at Gen Con. That unboxing will also be filmed and posted online.

More Photos!

Last week we were sent a new series of photos showing the Kickstarter B version of the Ogre Designer's Edition and the assembly process. This is almost identical to what Sam and I saw with Kickstarter A while we were in China a few weeks ago . . . except this also includes the Pocket Edition of the game! 

And since we know how much you guys love photos . . .

- Phil Reed

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      Creator Alan Schirtzinger on September 4, 2013

      SJG: The OGRE bag holds the box sideway, right? Are the garages set up so that the pieces will stay in?

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      Creator David Rock on August 22, 2013

      After staring at the new boards for four straight days, I can't express enough how nice these are. The new matte finish is unbelieveably nicer than the earlier gloss samples. They are just beautiful. They really do line up very well, too.

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      Creator Barry Kendall on August 20, 2013

      WOW that's a lot of stuff! No wonder the box lid won't descend all the way prior to punching. Thanks for putting so much thought into the storage trays--and for labeling them--this will be tremendously helpful in organizing components and also will speed scenario set-up time. You folks have set the gold standard for boardgame presentation! For some reason I think this series of photos has whet my appetite for OGRE's arrival at my door more than anything so far. Magnificent!

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      Creator Philip Reed on August 15, 2013

      Thank you to everyone who attended the unboxing last night! I hope you had a good time. And those who couldn't make it will get to see the video once we're back to Austin and have time to put things together.

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      Creator Philip Reed on August 15, 2013

      @ Kelly Overholser - Each backer who pledged $150 or more gets one copy of Kickstarter B regardless of how many total games they ordered.

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      Creator Kelly Overholser on August 12, 2013

      For the retailers pledging at the $300 level, how many copies of A and B do they get?

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      Creator Greg M on August 12, 2013

      I keep thinking back to the campaign last year, desperately hoping we'd hit the $75k mark and then really really hoping we'd hit the $200k mark. Seeing this now is just astounding. It's so good.

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      Creator John H. on August 12, 2013

      Larger map panels would have been nice, but what's done is done - once it's through production, there's no changing it after the fact.

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      Creator Philip Reed on August 12, 2013

      @Bill Kohler - Every factory uses different manufacturing techniques and I'm happy we took the conservative approach with the boards. I'd you're unhappy please contact me immediately -- phil@sjgames.com -- and I will get a refund processed for you. But please do this right away since we're running out of time on refunds.

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      Creator Al Griego on August 12, 2013

      Wow, it looks absolutely wonderful!! It's awesome seeing it come together so well! I can't wait for the unboxing at GenCon!!

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      Creator Bill K. on August 12, 2013

      @Philip -- Last comment from me on this: "War of the Ring: Collector's Edition" had huge boards--they didn't warp and were fun to play on. They wouldn't have had quite the same feel had they been folded into 16 smaller squares. Then again WotR:CE isn't too portable (although the "Ogre: DE" box doesn't look that portable either).

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      Creator KevinR on August 12, 2013

      @Jeff -- the only difference between Kickstarter A and B is that B contains a copy of Pocket Ogre. If you pledged $150 or more, you will get one copy of Kickstarter B and then your other copies (if any) will be Kickstarter A. Below that level, you will get a Kickstarter A (no Pocket Ogre). This implements the $400K stretch goal.

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      Creator Jeff Leggett on August 12, 2013

      How do we know if we're getting a kickstarter A or B version? What's the difference?

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      Creator Philip Reed on August 12, 2013

      @Royce Day - Sam did a great job designing those trays. I can't wait to take what we learned with these vac trays and try something different.

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      Creator Philip Reed on August 12, 2013

      @Bill Kohler - From a technical/printing view, those smaller panels help a lot. The sidewalk contraction joint really is the best way I can think to explain it.

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      Creator Royce Day on August 12, 2013

      Well, now we have a good idea why the blasted ogre garage took so long. The way things nest atop one another it must have been a nightmare just designing the thing, never mind making sure everything fit in it.

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      Creator Steve Jackson Games on August 12, 2013

      @KevinR -- Yes, each dark rectangle is half of the Ogre map (the back sides).

      @Bill Kohler -- The G.E.V. maps folding down to this size makes them easier to handle, and more portable (which I'm grateful for, with GenCon approaching!).

      The maps have a clear sealant topcoat layer, which protects the artwork at the seams (we specifically paid for this improvement). The art matches up very well, and the maps lie nice and flat after being left out unfolded once, to (say) flatten overnight.

      Basically, the maps are pretty large; we're very happy with the production choices we've picked to maximize overall useability, durability and aesthetics. I see these lasting for many years if handled reasonably.

      I hope that helps!

      ~ Daniel

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      Creator KevinR on August 12, 2013

      What is the dark layer in about the fifth picture (on top of the rules and under the Ogre Garage? Is that (half of) the Ogre map?

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      Creator Bill K. on August 12, 2013

      * not "slop" but "slope"

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      Creator Bill K. on August 12, 2013

      @Philip -- Thanks for the reply. If the boards are prone to warp, I don't understand how cutting them into smaller pieces helps: either you get one large warped board or you get eight small warped boards--either a long slop or many moguls. And in my experience, every fold reduces the life of the boards at those seams and increases the chance of future problems.

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      Creator Philip Reed on August 12, 2013

      Boards - The video we're working on includes shots of the diecut process. Also, an earlier update included a shot of the boards waiting for cutting. Third photo in this update: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition/posts/556937

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      Creator Philip Reed on August 12, 2013

      @Bill Kohler - The map artwork is large sheets adhered to the backing board. Multiple diecut and score passes then handle the folds. We need these to fold down to combat potential warpage; even the Ogre boards fold down smaller than what is seen here.

      Think of the diecut lines as the contraction joints in a sidewalk. The diecuts help extend the life of the boards and reduce the chance of future problems.

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      Creator Bill K. on August 12, 2013

      @KevinR -- There seems enough room, though, so that the maps could've been made of two panels each instead of eight. The point is moot now, of course, but it's disappointing.

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      Creator KevinR on August 12, 2013

      @Bill -- as I understand it, the maps are each cut into two pieces, which are then folded twice. So, while there are 8 panels of each map, they are attached in groups of four (so alignment is less of a problem).

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      Creator Bill K. on August 12, 2013

      I'm disappointed that the maps are cut up into such small pieces when the box is so huge. Every cut is another seam where the graphics might not line up, and another place where the map might not lie flat. Why, when the box is so big, was it decided to dice the maps so small?

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      Creator Brian Rayburn on August 12, 2013

      @Talarius- I'd be happy to take that extra J1 sheet off your hands ;)

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      Creator Talarius on August 12, 2013

      *unboxing

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      Creator Talarius on August 12, 2013

      Omg. Can't believe I got two sets of counters. What will I do with them all!?! Looks amazing. Looking forward to doing my own in boxing in the (near?) future. :-D

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      Creator Brian Rayburn on August 12, 2013

      I may have made a mistake. On second viewing, I think the item Kevin was asking about is the back of the 'Read This First' sheet.

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      Creator Brian Rayburn on August 12, 2013

      I swear when this thing shows up at my door, I may weep.

      @Kevin McCarthy- I second that, or at least a really good quality shot of the entire box bottom.

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      Creator fredgiblet on August 12, 2013

      I may end up having to get rid of my couch to fit this in the apartment.

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      Creator John H. on August 12, 2013

      I am very surprised to see that the GEV/Shockwave boards fold so small with the size of the box, I expected them to fold to A3 (or A2!) size, not A4 size.

      I wonder if the smaller size is to better manage risk of warpage?

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      Creator Scott Walker on August 12, 2013

      All this teasing, and pictures, AUGH! I am becoming a slobbering, gibbering fool! Here I am staring at counters and plastic trays like they were centerfolds? I am this close to a "Real Genius: studying too much, goes crazy" moment.

      Just kidding, I think. I am really looking forward to getting Ogre!

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      Creator Doug Houseman on August 12, 2013

      Thank you sir! Wonderful to see this coming together. Looking forward to GenCon this weekend.

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      Creator Kevin McCarthy on August 12, 2013

      Awesome. Can we get a clearer shot of the "What's in the box panel?"

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