This is an update on the status of the various sponsored counter sheets created by third parties in support of the new Ogre edition. The biggest lesson we learned from those was: it’s risky. Some of the counter-sheet sponsors performed their obligations flawlessly. Some had problems but are working through them. Some seem to have fallen off the map.
The problem, with 20-20 hindsight, is that it’s possible to have enough money and enthusiasm to sponsor a counter sheet, and even take orders, and still not have the ability to follow through. This not only makes us look bad, but burns a lot of our time just trying to get answers to report to our fans. Two of these sponsors have not answered MY mail for many months!
You can see images of all the counter sheets on our site.
ACD Distribution Sponsored Sheet: One sheet. Originally available to ACD’s retailer customers as a bonus with the copies of Ogre that they ordered. Retailers can now order them directly from ACD, so ask your favorite retailer if they have an ACD account.
Barbarians at the Gate: Two sheets, sponsored by Drew Metzger, with a rules/background pamphlet. Drew has shipped all his sheet orders, but there have been issues with production of the pamphlet and further orders are “on hold” while he works that out. He is communicating regularly with us and, we understand, with his customers. He’s also working on a co-op distribution agreement with Tiffin Games in the UK, sponsor of the Strategic and Tactical Objectives sheet (see below). The purpose is to save shipping for both US and UK customers by having the US-sourced sheet also available in the UK and vice versa.
BGG 3-D Units: One sheet, sponsored by BoardGameGeek. Was available in the BGG Store at launch time, and is still available. Let me add here that working with BGG was a dream, from conception of the counter sheet through its release, and I’d do it again any time.
BGG Exclusive Overlays: One sheet, sponsored by BoardGameGeek. As above: it became available immediately and is still available.
Nihon Empire: North American Divisions: One sheet with support material, sponsored by Roy (Thirdpower) Kubicek. These became available on time and are still available; orders are shipping promptly. In other words, Roy was an example of what we naively thought all sponsors would be.
Ogre Nightfall: Two sheets plus scenario material, sponsored by Fire Mountain Games. Orders were taken starting last year, but as of last month there had been no deliveries, and email (including my own) was not being answered by the president of FMG. We reached another employee at FMG who told us that the first 300 orders would be shipped soon, counter sheets only, and the scenario book would be distributed in PDF. As of now (June 5) we have seen reports that some purchasers have received their counter sheet.
Strategic and Tactical Objectives: One sheet, sponsored by Tiffin Games, with support material. The sheet became available quickly and is still available on the Tiffin site. They are working on a co-op offer with Drew Metzger for his Barbarians at the Gates.
Uncommon Ogres: Two sheets, sponsored by Walt Freitag. The last we heard from Walt was, more or less, that he was “very busy and would get back to us.” This was before the game launched. We still have all his counter sheets here, because we have not heard from him to confirm a shipping address! I’ve written to him myself, more than once. The last letter was an offer to refund his sponsorship and take over the sheets. No answer. This is frustrating, because the Ogres on these sheets are beautiful.
So what are we going to do about this?
We shipped 3,500 copies of each sponsored sheet (except for Walt’s, which are still on the shelf and waiting). Under the terms of the sponsorship agreement, the rest are ours to sell starting a year after ship date. So on October 21, we’ll start selling in Warehouse 23 those sheets (and only those sheets) which are not at that time available from their sponsors.
– Steve Jackson
PS - If you have information that supplements (or contradicts) any of the above, please add it as a comment. Thank you.