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I wanted to post a picture of the view from the evacuation boat, but it may not happen. The  phone took the pics, but that may have been its last act in life. Too bad - they were all dramatic and stuff.

I'm fine. Monica's fine. My Mac is fine. I had not taken my copy of Ogre home yet, so IT is fine. And some of the really precious old Metagaming stuff was on a top shelf, so that might be fine. If the house is still there. I have conflicting information right this second on whether the water has even started to go down. (The pretty car was at the office so it's fine. The faithful old Corolla was drowned before I woke up.)

Flooding is a rorblem for some other staff members too, but AFAIK nobody is in danger. The office and the OLF are both well away from the danger zones.

Now moved into a hotel room. Showers are good. I have canceled plans for the next two weekends, but still intend to go to BGG.

Thanks, everyone, for the good wishes and offers of help. Right now there is nothing you can do except be excellent to one another and play Ogre when it shows up. 

– Steve Jackson

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    1. Creator linuxgurugamer on November 5, 2013

      --- Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ---

      The threat these tanks seem to present has been averted. They are vanquished by a simple box cutter. The two tanks in New Jersey arrived at the apartment complex and were subsequently disabled by a civilian with a box cutter.

      The civilian hero had a big smile on his face. His words to us were: “The tank doesn't always win!”

    2. Creator Andrew Lloyd on November 4, 2013

      Mine arrived here in the SF East Bay. It's beautiful.

    3. Creator linuxgurugamer on November 4, 2013

      --- News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ---

      Reports have been coming in about enormous tanks rumbling on the roads of the country. They seem to be originating from a small warehouse in Austin, Tx, and heading across the entire country. No area seems to be exempt from their presence.

      These vehicles are the size of football fields, and the army has, as of now, been unable to stop their movements. Their destinations currently remain unknown at this time, as well as the owners and/or controllers of them. Nothing seems to be able to stop them; they have been seen to go underwater, over hills, and in at least one instance, through a highway bridge. There is nothing left of the bridge.

      Residents are urged to take cover and avoid them at all costs if they are seen.

      --- Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ---

      A new report has just come in about another pair of these large tanks. These seem to be headed towards New Jersey, exact destination is unknown. They are expected to reach New Jersey sometime on Monday; residents are urged to take cover and avoid them at all costs if they are seen.

      --- Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ---

      Latest news shows that this latest pair of tanks have successfully crossed the Delaware River. The Army has deployed to stop them, but has been unable to do so at this time. Air assaults have failed, the aircraft being shot down at extreme ranges.

      --- Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ---

      Update at 11 PM: The tanks have stopped in Dayton, NJ. The reason for their stop is unknown, although they seem to be looking for something or someone. Observers have noted that they seem to have tapped into the local computer networks, and are engaging in high speed communications. Stand by for further updates as they happen.

      --- Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ---

      The pair of tanks are on the move again, now heading south from Dayton. Their destination appears to be an apartment complex in East Windsor.

      WARNING: These appear to be extremely dangerous vehicles. They are flattening anything which gets in their way. Civilians are advised to get out of their way if seen.

      WARNING: Reports are continuing to come in about more of these tanks operating throughout the nation. Their objectives are still a mystery.

    4. Creator Lyle Watson on November 3, 2013

      Somehow, mine beat the email and arrived as a pleasant surprise. :-)
      I have pictures, where/how should they be sent?

    5. Creator Steve Vincent on November 3, 2013

      So sorry to hear about your house, Steve. I hope the damage is as bad as reported and it's all set right again soon. It's been one hell of year hasn't it?

    6. Creator Steve Jackson Games on November 3, 2013

      Not dead yet! -SJ

    7. Creator Greg Silberman on November 2, 2013

      All of a sudden my copy of Ogre being returned to shipper does not seem so bad. Take care and best of luck. See you at BGG Con.

    8. Creator Hans Peter Bak on November 1, 2013

      Suddenly I'm glad that I live in a high place.
      I'm happy that you and your family is safe. :-)

    9. Creator Talarius on November 1, 2013

      Glad to read the damage only reached 31". I worked at a radio station that was flooded to about the same level 20+ years ago. All vinyl and electronics below 36" were a complete loss, but everything above that point was salvageable. We were back in business in a couple days and the damage was fully repaired without significant cost... but we were in a cement-walled structure, so ymmv. Sorry for your losses; hang in there! :-)

    10. Creator Lone Shark Games on November 1, 2013

      Oh geez. Steve, stay safe.

      Mike

    11. Creator Thomas Wayne Diener on November 1, 2013

      Rick Said
      "Keep us posted in case there's anything you lose that we (the gaming community) might be able to restore to your hands. You know we're mostly packrats, so if some piece of my gaming collection can help restore yours, let me know. I know I'm not alone in this wish. "

      And This is True:
      So much of my gaming sensibilities were formulated by the { Fnord } approach to Grognardism, that I would more than Gladly pay Back the fortunate Kismet
      (as though such a thing were possible! )...

      The Family is safe...?
      Joy!!
      The rest is just details.... and Paperwork!

    12. Creator S.D. on November 1, 2013

      Really sorry about the loss, and relieved that your family is unhurt. As far as what you suggest we do... well, you're the boss, Steve. So, it shall be. And we will party on, dudes.

    13. Creator Michael Sanchez on November 1, 2013

      I think it is time for an intervention Steve. Between the Model S, Ogre 6th, the solar installation, and the impending Car Wars, your kharmic Account was WAY over funded.

      Glad to Hear that you and yours are ok and you are at least temporarily settled for now.

      Is the office going to set you up a place to live in the discarded shipping boxes left over from the release party?

    14. Creator Steve Jackson Games on November 1, 2013

      Thanks again, everyone. Status update on today's Daily Illuminator - the news on our home page, for those who are not regular visitors. Summary: It's awful, but it could have been so much worse. I'll check in again soon, hopefully with Ogre news this time.

    15. Creator Timothy Carroll on November 1, 2013

      Hey Steve!

      I was sorry to hear about the floods. Ordered a bunch of games from W23 tonight -- it isn't much, but I wanted to show some support. Hope all goes well and that you can recover from the disaster. Hope to see you in California again sometime!

      Tim

    16. Creator Dave Doolin on October 31, 2013

      Having lived in Austin for a few years, I know how much rain can come down all at once. Blue Northers and all that. Glad no one was hurt, and I hope you don't lose much memorabilia to water damage.

      And I got my delivery today! A few scrunches and scrapes on the carton, but unless there is gross structural damage to the box, I'm letting it ride.

    17. Creator K Abson on October 31, 2013

      And here I am, walking to work in the rain, grumbling about the hole in my shoe...
      I wish you and your neighbors the best with the recovery efforts. Keep safe, and dry.

    18. Creator Stephen E Brown on October 31, 2013

      Please keep us posted on whether there's any relief efforts that it would be particularly helpful for us to give to. Glad to hear you were able to save so much, glad to hear everyone's safe, best of luck sorting it out!

    19. Creator Richard Wagoner on October 31, 2013

      Steve - My family and I are very glad to hear that everyone is safe and sound.

      Rick

    20. Creator pcalvi on October 31, 2013

      I heard SJGames was instrumental in evacuation efforts. I guess a number of extra Ogre box lids were used to evacuate households and act as barges to move emergency supplies....

    21. Creator Ryan on October 31, 2013

      God Bless in your time of need.

      Oh and Ogre is absolutely monstrous and amazing!

      I admit I was one of the gripers so I'll go eat crow now!

    22. Creator "Filkertom" Tom Smith on October 31, 2013

      SO glad nobody's hurt. Please take care, Steve.

    23. Creator Robert V. Mantzel on October 31, 2013

      You and your family are OK, and that is what is important. Material things can always be replaced.

    24. Creator linuxgurugamer on October 31, 2013

      --- News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ------ News Flash ---

      Reports have been coming in about enormous tanks rumbling on the roads of the country. They seem to be originating from a small warehouse in Austin, Tx, and heading across the entire country. No area seems to be exempt from their presence.
      These vehicles are the size of football fields, and the army has, as of now, been unable to stop their movements. Their destinations currently remain unknown at this time, as well as the owners and/or controllers of them. Nothing seems to be able to stop them; they have been seen to go underwater, over hills, and in at least one instance, through a highway bridge. There is nothing left of the bridge.
      Residents are urged to take cover and avoid them at all costs if they are seen.

      --- Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ------ Update ---
      A new report has just come in about another pair of these large tanks. These seem to be headed towards New Jersey, exact destination is unknown. They are expected to reach New Jersey sometime on Monday; residents are urged to take cover and avoid them at all costs if they are seen.

    25. Creator Bryan Peterson on October 31, 2013

      You and yours are in my prayers Steve. Also, I really like your advice to "be excellent to one another".. always a good reminder. Take care.

    26. Creator Dave Choat on October 31, 2013

      Very sorry to read the info, Steve. Good news! It was only a Corolla.
      All the best.

    27. Creator Altropos on October 31, 2013

      Best of luck going forward.This is the first I'm hearing of floods down that way.

    28. Creator Cuddly Tiger on October 31, 2013

      Very glad to hear that everyone's OK, and best wishes to you all in sorting out the chaos. May your insurers pay out with the absolute minimum of paperwork, stonewalling, and general bother!

    29. Creator Quentin Westcott on October 31, 2013

      VERY sorry to hear this. If you need help, just let us know.

    30. Creator Greg M on October 31, 2013

      Hi Steve. Glad to hear everyone is ok, but I am very sorry for all the damage and displacement you are dealing with. Thinking good thoughts for you and yours.

    31. Creator Tom Haessly on October 31, 2013

      That's terrible news Steve. I can't believe it. I live north of Austin and had no idea that the flooding was so bad (I don't bother watching local TV.)

      I'm glad you and your business are safe. Best wishes on your eventual rebuilding. We support you.

    32. Creator Alfred Lee on October 31, 2013

      Glad to hear that you and yours are safe. Be well.

    33. Creator Dustin_00 on October 31, 2013

      Wow, that really sucks. What a down note on this glorious occasion: MY OGRE ARRIVED TODAY!

      Thanks for the double cardboard walls! They paid off with the outer container taking some scuffing and nothing reaching the inner box. Yay!

    34. Creator Thomas Price on October 31, 2013

      Were the Chaos Machine, Lego pirates game, and other cool toys you let us fellow gamers play with at conventions stored at your house or the SJG warehouse or similar location?

    35. Creator AstralWanderer on October 31, 2013

      Ugh - sorry to hear of this tragedy! Flooding must rank as any householder's biggest nightmare - not least due to the possibility of it recurring in future.
      Looks like the Secret Service may have stepped up their game there...

    36. Creator Doug Houseman on October 31, 2013

      Steve -

      I am supposed to be in Austin next week for a work gig. If you are still in the hotel then, I will happily treat you and your family to dinner one night. It is the least I can do for you.

    37. Creator M Alexander Jurkat on October 31, 2013

      Glad to hear you're bearing up. "It could have been much worse" is small comfort during such a crisis, but it is something to take heart about.

    38. Creator Tony Wong on October 31, 2013

      Sorry that you've lost your house and likely a lot of cherished memories. My brother was affected by the floods in Calgary, Alberta this year as well. I bought him an ioSafe NAS that is floodproof and fireproof, so at least his data will be (relatively) safe in any future event.

      Glad to hear no one was hurt.

    39. Creator Daniel Magnan on October 31, 2013

      Good to hear everyone is safe. Everything else is just material things.

    40. Creator Royce Day on October 31, 2013

      Glad you and yours are safe and sound, Steve. I think I'll stop whining about my box not shipping yet...

    41. Creator Glenn Usher on October 31, 2013

      Really sorry to hear that Steve. I had to leave my place over a year ago due to flooding and it is never fun. I wish you and yours the best in this stressful time.

      Glad to hear you're in a hotel at least. Take care.

    42. Creator Joshua Megerman on October 31, 2013

      Take care of yourself and yours, and it'll all get sorted in the end. Glad the important stuff (namely, people) made it safely.

    43. Creator Andrew Lloyd on October 31, 2013

      That sucks but I'm glad you and yours are alright. The first scenario I play when mine arrives this weekend will have an Ogre coming out of the water in your honor.

    44. Creator Matt on October 31, 2013

      Good luck with everything! Wish you all the best.

    45. Creator John H. on October 31, 2013

      Glad to hear everyone's OK, nobody hurt.

    46. Creator Driscon on October 31, 2013

      Take care! I'm glad to hear that your family is safe.

    47. Creator Ron Olszewski on October 31, 2013

      Stay safe and take care Steve. Our thought are with you. Glad to hear you and yours are safe.

    48. Creator Rick on October 31, 2013

      You're a class act Steve. I'm sorry this kind of disaster has to happen to anyone, but I know you'll weather the storm in fine style, and be back on your proverbial feet in no time.
      Keep us posted in case there's anything you lose that we (the gaming community) might be able to restore to your hands. You know we're mostly packrats, so if some piece of my gaming collection can help restore yours, let me know. I know I'm not alone in this wish.
      ~Rick

    49. Creator Rob Randolph on October 31, 2013

      You're a trooper. Our thoughts are with you and the team.

    50. Creator Barry Kendall on October 31, 2013

      So glad everyone's okay. Sorry for the damage and losses you folks have sustained. We have lots of floods in PA so I know what a mess it can be.

      In light of your misfortunes, a little box damage to my awesome "OGRE" game is nothing. I'll live with it, and it can serve as a reminder of how fortunate we are most of the time, and how small are many of our misfortunes in light of real tragedies.

      Please keep the community informed regarding help we might be able to provide.