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Launch Party West: Success!

Posted by Steve Jackson Games (Creator)

Launch Party West was a success! C. Andrew Walters had this to say:

"We had over forty people; people stayed all day, there were people there after 7pm when I left so they had been playing nearly eight hours. We had a bunch of people who started in 1977 and a bunch of people who learned to play today. We had at least five second-generation Ogre players, including one about six years old. The six year old had helped his dad punch and assemble Ogre DE so he was fairly knowledgeable about Ogres and their configurations. Many of us discovered Ogre fans that lived near us that we knew nothing about. We had enough prizes and they were well-appreciated. People drove up to two hours to attend and left really happy. I met new people and saw people who haven't come out to an Ogre event in years. Many Command Posts were smashed. Plans for future events were discussed."

Check out the photos from the event!

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    1. Clyde Lee Graham

      I still need to email photos out to people, but here's the usable pics that I got...

    2. Steve Jackson Games 21-time creator on

      Add me to the list of the Iron Mountain board fans!

      Andrew, thank you so much for doing this. You are, as they used to say, a credit to the force. (Maybe these days it would be a credit to the Force?)

      John, the big Ogre blueprint is either in Warehouse 23 or about to be. They cost enough to make that they won't be a permanent inventory item, but we'll try to keep a few on hand for a while! (Credit Eric Dow for the idea of doing the blueprint as a giant banner.)

      - Steve J.

    3. Karl Gallagher on

      Add me to the list impressed by the Iron Mountain board. I'd like to see some AARs from that scenario as well as more pictures.

    4. Dave Doolin on

      Lots of fun! Thanks Andrew!

      And thanks to everyone having patience with newbies, very much appreciated.

    5. Talarius on

      If you look closely at the tabletop museum picture, you will see what has to be the world's smallest OGRE set: a metal Altoids box with magnetic units and the beginner map glued to the top. I am taking a close up picture of it in one of the other shots. The units are so small, I'm not sure you'd be able to tell an Ogre from a Howitzer, but it is really cool regardless!

      Thanks again to Andrew and his crew for putting on such a fun event. I've already spray-mounted my Ranger squads and will be cutting them out tonight. Can't wait to give them a spin. :-)

    6. Darin Ramsey on

      Interesting trivia: Our 6 YO friend Derek will be ~78 in 2085.

    7. John Fleisher on

      I like that big Ogre blueprint poster! Where can I lay my hands on one of those?

    8. Richard Grady on

      I love that Iron Mountain board. I was thinking about building my own Ogre boards when I got my set, but I don't think I can top that. That thing is sweet - more pics, please!

    9. Duncan McEwen on

      The Iron Mountain board is the awesomest thing ever. Amazing!

    10. Gene Warren on

      Just wanted to thank Mr. Walters and everyone else involved in setting up LPW (+ Game Kastle Fremont for hosting). My son Derek (the 6-year old mentioned in the update) & I had a great time. When we arrived about 2/3 into the event wasn't any more space available, but one of the event runners unpacked his own set and set up a game for us to play, helping us through the rules (it had been nearly 20 years since i'd actually gotten a game in) and showed off a ton of awesome Ogre paraphernalia - including giant Ogres, extensive minis collections, and the aforementioned Iron Mountain board - Derek was a big fan. Gaming events aren't always the best places to bring a 1st grader, but both the organizers and the attendees were patient and engaging and provided a great experience for anyone 6 to 60 - SJ Games couldn't ask for better ambassadors!

    11. Clyde Lee Graham

      More photos to follow. You can see me in one of the shots taking pictures.

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      Joshua Megerman on

      I'm sorry, but that Iron Mountain board deserves at least a +10! How dare you give it only +1 :P Seriously, that's AWESOME. Now I'm really hoping something doesn't prevent me from going to LP-East, and I may just have to beg my wife to let me stay more than just a couple hours (busy day, and I'll be leaving her with the kids unless I bring my 3.5-year old, which would probably cramp my playing ability to try and prevent her from destroying everything in reach...).

    13. Tim Collins on

      Looks like a grand time, wish I'd have been able to attend.

    14. Greg M on

      +1 on the Iron Mountain Board. I am headed to Launch Party East and these pictures have made it even harder to wait for the weekend!

    15. Scott K. Ellis on

      Very nice Iron Mountain setup.

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      Derek Longmuir on

      That Iron Mountain board looks great!