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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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Mini Car Wars Available Now!

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We've released the first in our planned 2014 Car Wars titles: Mini Car Wars is available now at Warehouse 23! This is a great way to introduce your friends and family to the original Car Wars game and prepare them for the release of Car Wars Classic later this year. When? Later. (Shhhhh. We may have advance copies for sale at Gen Con. Don't tell anyone.)

Scott Talks Car Wars

As we announced recently, Scott Haring is at the wheel of the Car Wars line. In addition to helping get Car Wars Classic off to print, Scott's working on the new edition of Car Wars . . . which will be released when we think it's as amazing as it deserves to be. 

Ogre project backers who are participating in the secret Car Wars forums are already following Scott's weekly updates, and later this summer we'll have more to say to the world about the new game. 

- Phil Reed

Scott Haring Returns to Car Wars

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I can’t help thinking about Al Pacino in Godfather 3, who famously said, “Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.” But here I am. SJ Games has decided to relaunch Car Wars, and they reached out to me and asked me to come back and be in charge of it. I couldn’t say no.

For all you pre-Millenials out there, you may remember that I was Car Wars Line Editor back in the early days, way back in the . . . well, let’s just say it was a long time ago. But much fun was had, and I remember my autoduelling days fondly.

And now I’m back! What does that mean, exactly? When SJ Games launched the amazing Ogre Designer’s Edition campaign here on Kickstarter, one of the stretch goals was a promise to produce a Kickstarter-backed edition of Car Wars. I will be working with the Kickstarter contributors in moving Car Wars into the 21st century of game design and the 22nd century of game worlds. (And what does that mean? Stay tuned and find out.)

The first step will be a re-release later this year of Car Wars Classic and the Mini Car Wars starter pack while I begin the design and playtesting process on the new(est) edition. I will, of course, also be working with Phil Reed and maybe even Steve hisownself, when they have contributions to make. And I will be keeping the fans informed and listening to what they have to say. All that’s left to say is . . . Drive Offensively!

- Scott Haring

Ogre Metal Preorders Shipping Late May

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Thank you for the preorders. The last round of metal Ogre miniatures is in the works and we expect to ship all of the preorders late in May. Some miniatures are in stock now; jump on these if you want more forces for your game, because we don't expect that these will be run in metal again.

Plastic Miniatures?

Maybe. We'll emphasize the maybe part of that first sentence. The tooling costs are not insignificant. Plus, factory minimums make the process of creating plastic miniatures slightly more complicated than if we knew we could sell tens of thousands of sets. 

We're investigating options. Richard made a suggestion this morning -- a set of plastic miniatures that corresponds to the units featured in the original Ogre game -- that sounds to us like one of the better approaches. This would leave several classic units off the table (pun intended), but if the first set sells incredibly well then the door would be open for expansion sets with new minis.

This idea requires manufacturing and sales research to determine whether it could be workable (and profitable), but we like the rough concept enough that we wanted to get your thoughts.

So please let us know: Would you buy a set of plastic Ogre miniatures that gives you everything needed to play the original Ogre game, but probably no more in the initial wave?

- Phil Reed

Ogre Metal Miniatures Now Open For Preorder

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Visit Warehouse 23 today to preorder metal Ogre miniatures. As we mentioned last week, we're open for preorders between now and noon Austin time, Friday, April 11. Next week we will post a delivery estimate, but at this time we expect to fulfill all of the preorders for Ogre miniatures in June.

Any other items ordered along with preordered miniatures will sit in our Austin warehouse until the minis ship. We will not be separating items, so if you want in-stock goodies sooner, I recommend placing separate orders: one preorder for miniatures and a second order for currently available games and accessories.

To answer one question in advance, preorders are billed when you check out through our shopping cart system. Hopefully this preorder window gives all our Ogre fans a chance to grab the minis that they want. When we have news on the future of the miniatures line, we will post another update.

Thanks for all of your support!

- Phil Reed

Ogre Miniatures: Available Now, Pre-Order Next Week, And . . . Shapeways?

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Now Available!

After weeks of crunching numbers, discussions with miniatures fanatics, and much bashing of my face into the problem, we have opened the miniatures for sale on our site. We have posted all minis that are in stock and ready to ship; if you don't see something listed then we're out . . . for now.

Pre-Order Window: April 7, 2014 through April 11, 2014

Starting noon on Monday, April 7, we will start accepting Ogre minis preorders on our site, for units we can manufacture and deliver by June, 2014. This is the last time we plan to run metal Ogre minis for the foreseeable future. We have been looking into other casting options, but nothing is definite; anyone who wants to get more metal minis should visit our site between noon on April 7 and noon in Austin on Friday, April 11.

The pre-ordered minis may ship later than June if we're overwhelmed by orders. During the week of April 14, we will post an update to let everyone know how the schedule is looking.

 What About Shapeways?

Several of you have asked if we would consider uploading models to Shapeways so that everyone can order exactly what minis they need. We ran a couple of tests -- you can see the results in the pics shown here -- and while this will work, the costs are fairly high. 

For the Mark IV shown here, we would need to charge:

  • Strong White Flexible Material - $45
  • Frosted Ultra Detail - $85

The higher-quality version looks great, yes, but we agree that $85 is a lot to pay for a single Ogre miniature. We've made no decisions on what our next steps may be, but all of us at the office thought you guys would enjoy seeing these pieces.

Other Options?

At the GAMA Trade Show a few weeks ago I met with factory reps to discuss the possibility of translating all of the existing minis designs into PVC. It is too early to say anything beyond that, but Steve and I wanted you guys to know that we're exploring our options. Once we learn more we will post another update.

- Phil Reed