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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.
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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Ogre: Operation 218 and Car Wars Arenas

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Two new pieces of fabulous news to share with all of you today. 

Ogre: Operation 218. 

This is a new Ogre card game that we are producing in cooperation with Your Move Games. Based on Battle for Hill 218, Ogre: Operation 218 is designed for two and is planned for release late this year. See the recent Battle for Hill 218 Kickstarter project for more information. (Hint: It's lots of fun. I first played the game at BoardGameGeek Con in 2007 and it's a real treat to get a chance to publish this game.)

Cover art by Brandon Moore. Graphics a work in progress and not 100% complete.
Cover art by Brandon Moore. Graphics a work in progress and not 100% complete.

Car Wars Arenas

This new Kickstarter project launches March 31, 2015 and gives us a chance to print classic arenas at full map size . . . for the first time! You can learn more at today's Daily Illuminator post and at the official Car Wars Arenas webpage. We hope to see many of you join us for this project!

- Phil Reed

I've personally always loved this art and have my fingers crossed we meet the goal. I want this box and these maps! -PR
I've personally always loved this art and have my fingers crossed we meet the goal. I want this box and these maps! -PR

Car Wars Classic Returns . . . Then Vanishes.

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Our new printing of Car Wars Classic started shipping to distributors on March 2, 2015. It has only been ten days and we've already shipped 90% of the latest printing. If you're looking for a copy of Car Wars Classic for your game library, grab it now, because we do not expect to have another printing of the game until later this year.

Why does the game continue to sell so quickly? Because so many of you have told the world how much you love the original Car Wars game. We knew that reprinting the 1990 small-box game was the way to go, but none of us were expecting the print runs to sell through so fast. We're especially excited to see the demand is still high. Hopefully, this means that when we announce our upcoming Kickstarter project, we will have even more fans to join us for the Car Wars Classic expansion.

What expansion? It's too early to share the specifics, but we're comfortable with saying that the planned Car Wars expansion box will make many of you arena duellists very happy.

Watch for details on the Kickstarter project next week, and in the meantime don't forget to check the secret Car Wars forums for the latest news each week from Scott.

- Phil Reed

More Kickstarter News!

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We want to keep the Steve Jackson Games Kickstarter community informed about the latest from the land of Car Wars, because there's a lot going on!

We have a precious few Car Wars Classic sets still available via Warehouse 23. If your local game store ran out before you could score a copy, now's the time. And if you still somehow manage to miss the boat, there's another boat headed this way with a full reprint, due to hit these shores in a few months.

In other news, Car Wars 6th Edition is nearly ready for prototyping and playtest. You can keep up with all the latest 6e developments at the SJ Games Car Wars forum.

And while you're browsing the various message threads, you might want to check out a new Car Wars Classic product we're working on. It's gonna be big, really big -- even after it's folded.

Nightfall Sponsored Sheets In The Wild and Pocket G.E.V.?

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As a quick reminder, our last update announced Ogre Designer’s Edition Nightfall counter sheets would ship from our warehouse.

All the orders we received from Fire Mountain Games have shipped and we are happy to announce that you may now purchase additional sheets from Warehouse 23

 Here’s a handy reference for your sponsored counter sheet needs: 

Enjoy!

-Jen Atkinson

But wait, we're not quite done!

Pocket G.E.V.?

First things first: Thank you, Jen, for stepping in and taking on so many of the Ogre responsibilities and freeing my time for other things. 

That's leaving me time to tackle other tasks around the office, and leaving me time to dig into things like checking on the status of Pocket Ogre. What's the status? I'm glad you asked, because . . .

I'm told that Pocket Ogre will be out of print later this spring. We've given away thousands of copies, sold thousands more, and our supply is running down. At the moment we have no plans to reprint the game . . . but we are considering Pocket G.E.V. for release late this year or in 2016. 

We're looking at what would be involved in preparing the game for print and weighing our options, but I'd like to ask one simple question: How many of you would buy a copy of Pocket G.E.V. at a $9.95 retail price?

-Phil Reed

Nightfall Shipping Solution

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Welcome to 2015 and the first Ogre Designer's Edition update of the year!

In Update #176, we mentioned that we were working on a solution to the Nightfall sponsored sheet delivery problem. We wanted to make sure we had a feasible way forward before getting any hopes up, and we're very pleased to announce that we -- Steve Jackson Games -- have taken over the shipping of the Nightfall counter sheets . . . and the first sets have already started shipping!

If you pre-ordered the counters with Fire Mountain Games and don't yet have your sheets- do not fear. We have their list of unfulfilled orders are working from that. We will post a comment to this update once the last of the pre-ordered sheets have been shipped. If we have any questions about your order, we'll contact you for more information.

Additionally, the book promised by Fire Mountain Games is being produced by Steve Jackson Games. We have the Fire Mountain Games materials and have started work on completing the project. Once we have finished we'll release this in PDF. At this time we don't have an expected release date for the PDF, but when we have information we'll post an update here.

Thanks for your patience!

-Jen Atkinson